Ukraine-Russia war: Russia says it is not trying to “overthrow” the Ukrainian government: 10 points

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Ukraine war: The number of people fleeing Ukraine has reached two million

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Ukraine-Russia War: Russia and Ukraine agreed on Wednesday to a one-day ceasefire around a series of evacuation corridors to allow civilians to escape the fighting.

Here are the top 10 updates on this big story

  1. Russia says it is not trying to “overthrow” the Ukrainian government, reports the AFP news agency.

  2. Russia and Ukraine on Wednesday agreed to a one-day ceasefire around a series of evacuation corridors to allow civilians to escape the fighting. Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said Moscow had pledged to observe the truce from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. around six areas that were badly hit by the fighting, including areas near kyiv, in Zaporizhzhia in the south , and parts of Northeastern Ukraine.

  3. Russia warned the West on Wednesday that it was working on a broad sanctions response that would be swift and felt in the West’s most sensitive areas. “Russia’s reaction will be quick, thoughtful and sensitive for those to whom it is addressed,” said Dmitry Birichevsky, director of the economic cooperation department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, quoted by the RIA news agency.

  4. The number of people fleeing Ukraine since the Russian invasion began has likely reached 2.1 to 2.2 million, the head of the UN refugee agency UNHCR said on Wednesday. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, told a press conference that “the time has come to try to help at the border”, rather than discussing the distribution of refugees between the countries.

  5. The Chernobyl nuclear power plant is no longer transmitting data to the UN’s atomic watchdog, the agency said, expressing concern about personnel working under Russian guard at the Ukrainian facility. The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Grossi, “reported that the remote transmission of data from safeguards monitoring systems installed at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant had been lost,” the agency said in a statement. a statement.

  6. The European Union has agreed to add more Russian oligarchs and officials to its sanctions blacklist, tighten controls on cryptocurrency transfers and target the maritime sector over Moscow’s war in Ukraine , diplomats said on Wednesday.

  7. President Zelenskyy has urged British MPs to designate Russia a ‘terrorist state’ after President Vladimir Putin ordered a special military operation against his country and called for tougher sanctions against Moscow to ‘ensure that our heaven is sure”.

  8. The United States has rejected a Polish offer to send MiG-29 fighter jets to Ukraine via a US airbase, saying the proposal raises “serious concerns” for the entire NATO alliance. According to the proposed scheme, these jets could then be deployed in Ukraine, while the Polish Air Force would receive F-16 fighters as replacements.

  9. McDonald’s, Coca-Cola and Starbucks suspended operations in Russia following Moscow’s internationally condemned invasion of Ukraine. President Joe Biden has announced a ban on US imports of Russian oil, gas and coal, saying Ukraine “will never be a victory for Putin”. Britain has said it will also phase out imports of Russian oil by the end of this year.

  10. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said he is no longer pushing for Ukraine’s NATO membership, a sensitive issue that was one of the reasons given by Russia for invading its pro-Western neighbor. Referring to NATO membership, Zelensky said through an interpreter that he did not want to be president of a “country begging for something on its knees”.

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