At least 9 dead in Russian rocket attack on TV tower in western Ukraine

The latest development in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

Summary

– Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is in its 19th day

– Thousands of people, including civilians and soldiers, have been killed in the conflict

– According to the UN, more than 2.8 million people have fled Ukraine

– Diplomatic talks between Ukraine and Russia end without breakthrough

1:30 p.m.: The Institute for the Study of War reports that Russian forces made small territorial gains in Luhansk Oblast on March 14, but carried out no major attacks towards kyiv or in northeastern Russia. Ukraine.

1:00 p.m.: The BBC reports that British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss is set to announce new sanctions against more than 100 people with links to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s regime.

Last week, the New Zealand government also released a list of 100 people associated with the Russian invasion of Ukraine who are subject to a travel ban, with Putin topping the list.

12:43 p.m.: Talks between Russia and Ukraine are set to resume overnight as the attacks on Ukraine enter their 20th day.

As the BBC’s James Landale reports in the video below, it is hoped that a ceasefire agreement will be reached.

12:08 p.m.: The New Zealand government said it was providing shelter for around 4,000 family members of Ukrainians in New Zealand.

“The 2022 Special Ukraine Policy will be open for one year from today and will allow New Zealand citizens of Ukrainian descent and New Zealand residents to sponsor a Ukrainian family member and their immediate family,” Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta said in a statement.

New Zealand is also providing additional humanitarian aid to support the people of Ukraine, the statement said.

“Our thoughts are with the people of Ukraine. New Zealand will provide an additional $4 million in funding to support Ukrainian communities,” Nanaia Mahuta said.

“Russia is causing a massive humanitarian crisis, with more than 2.8 million people fleeing Ukraine’s invasion to neighboring countries. Reports also show more than 1.8 million people internally displaced in Ukraine following Russia’s attacks on humanitarian corridors and the targeting of innocent people, hospitals, schools, homes and civil infrastructure.

“This funding is in addition to the initial $2 million we have already provided and will help those immediately on the ground as we continue to explore options for additional support,” Nanaia Mahuta said.

11:55 a.m.: From the Associated Press:

Activists have occupied a London townhouse linked to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, saying the property will be used to support Ukrainian refugees.

The UK government last week froze Deripaska’s assets as it widened sanctions on wealthy Russians and businesses to pressure President Vladimir Putin’s regime to end its invasion of Ukraine. .

The sanctions announcement identified Deripaska as a prominent “pro-Kremlin oligarch” with close ties to Putin.

On Tuesday, activists stood on the balcony of 5 Belgrave Square and unfurled Ukrainian flags and a banner proclaiming the property had been ‘liberated’.

11:45 a.m.: The BBC reports that Putin has introduced a new law that makes it harder for foreign aircraft leasing companies to repossess their planes as Western sanctions begin to kick in.

“The new law will allow foreign jets to be registered in Russia ‘to ensure the uninterrupted operation of civil aviation activities’. Critics say it will allow Russia to seize private jets and put to domestic use in the vast countryside.

“Russian airlines have 515 jets leased overseas worth around $10 billion (NZ$14.8 billion).

“Foreign owners have until March 28 to collect them from Russian companies before the sanctions take effect.

“But, as BBC business correspondent Theo Leggett explains, it’s one thing to fly planes, it’s quite another to operate them for an indefinite period of time.

“If Russia goes ahead and seizes aircraft belonging to foreigners, it will immediately find it difficult to maintain them,” the report said.

11:20 a.m.: The main live evening news program on Russian state television was briefly interrupted on Tuesday by a person who entered the studio with a poster against the war in Ukraine.

The poster read: “Stop the war, don’t believe the propaganda. They lie to you” as she chanted “Stop the war! No war.”

Earlier this morning, the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta tweeted: “On the air of the Vremya program, behind the back of the host Ekaterina Andreeva, a girl appeared with a poster, the content of which we are forbidden to transfer to Roskomnadzor and the Penal Code.

“According to unconfirmed information, this is the editor-in-chief Marina Ovsyannikova.

“She is currently under arrest.

This has been translated from Russian.

10:34 a.m.: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy offered his condolences to Brent Renaud, a renowned filmmaker shot and killed in Ukraine.

10:26 a.m.: The BBC reports that more than 4,000 civilians managed to evacuate Ukraine on Monday local time, according to Ukraine’s deputy prime minister.

“In a video statement, Vereshchuk said the evacuations were carried out through seven humanitarian corridors.

“Three other such corridors, however, could not operate successfully, she added,” the report said.

10:19 a.m.: The war in Ukraine threatens the world’s food supply and endangers some of the world’s poorest countries, the head of the United Nations World Food Program has said.

9:56 a.m.: From the Associated Press:

The Russian military was largely stalled in its bid to advance into Ukraine over the past day and made little progress over the weekend, a senior US defense official said.

The official also said the Russians had not taken full control of the airspace. The official said all Russian military forces that had been deployed in the country are now inside and the Russians still retain about 90 percent of their combat capabilities. The official said there was no indication that the Russians were trying to bring in reinforcements.

The official also said that the United States had not trained the Ukrainian army in the country since the departure of the National Guard forces from Florida at the start of the war. And the official said a military training base the Russians hit on Monday in western Ukraine near the Polish border was not being used as a site for shipping US military supplies to the country. ‘Ukraine.

9:06 a.m.: Footage showing soldiers firing from an armored vehicle at Russian forces in Mairupol was released by Ukraine’s National Guard, a paramilitary police force fighting alongside the national army.

It showed a Russian armored personnel carrier and forces being fired upon from the vehicle, as seen on a monitor inside the vehicle.

8:18 a.m.: The BBC reports that a journalist working for US Fox News was injured while reporting outside kyiv.

America Reports co-anchor John Roberts said live that there were ‘very few details but the teams on the ground are working as hard as they can to try to gather more information’ about what happened. has passed”.

7:24 a.m.: Evacuations of civilians continue across Ukraine. In Mariupol, a convoy of 160 cars managed to leave the city. The Associated Press’ Philip Crowther told Breakfast it was a beacon of hope for the city under fire.

6:49 a.m.: From the Associated Press:

A Russian rocket attack on a TV tower in the western village of Antopol killed nine people on Tuesday, according to the governor of the Rivne region. The village is only about 160 kilometers from the border of NATO member Poland.

Ukrainian authorities also said two people died and seven were injured after Russian forces hit an aircraft factory in the capital of kyiv, and two people were killed in the northern Obolonskyi district of the city. capital when Russian artillery fire hit a nine-storey building. They said a Russian airstrike in the capital’s city center on Tuesday killed one person and injured six others.

The United Nations has recorded at least 596 civilian deaths since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, although it estimates the true toll to be much higher.

6:30 a.m.: From the Associated Press:

The White House is weighing the possibility of President Joe Biden traveling to Europe in the coming weeks for face-to-face talks with European leaders about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, according to three US officials familiar with the issues. deliberations.

The possible trip is not yet finalized. A possible destination for the meetings would be Brussels, which is the headquarters of NATO.

Biden’s potential trip would follow Vice President Kamala Harris’ visit to NATO countries on the eastern flank of Poland and Romania last week to discuss with leaders the growing refugee crisis in Eastern Europe. Is triggered by the Russian invasion. The trip would underscore the Biden administration’s support for NATO allies. NBC News first reported that talks for a possible Biden trip were underway.

Firefighters extinguish a building after a Russian rocket attack in Kharkiv, Ukraine's second largest city.

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