New escape corridors planned after the attack on Lviv

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According to Ukrainian information, nine new evacuation corridors are planned for Friday for the evacuation of civilians from disputed areas. According to the Ukrainian authorities, more than three weeks after the start of the Russian aggression war, the armed forces continue to garrison the main areas where the Russian army is trying to advance.

Putin celebrates the propaganda party in Moscow

For Russia, Friday marks the eighth anniversary of the annexation of Crimea. While millions of people are fighting for their lives in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin is throwing a propaganda party in Moscow. In front of tens of thousands of cheering Russians at the Luzhniki stadium, the head of the Kremlin praised the “special military operation” in Ukraine as a “heroic” mission of the Russian army. All plans would be implemented, Putin said, ahead of the war in the neighboring country.

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Successes and weaknesses of Putin’s army

Both Ukraine and Russia have reported military successes. Troops responded to every attack by Russian units, President Volodymyr Zelenskii said in a video message posted on Telegram on Friday evening. According to Mayor Vitali Klitschko, one person died and 19 were injured in an attack on a residential area in Kiev. According to Ukrainian sources, an aircraft repair facility was destroyed at Lviv airport, but initially there were no casualties.

The Russian military reported that it has taken control of 90 percent of the Luhansk region in eastern Ukraine. The self-proclaimed Luhansk and Donetsk People’s Republics have been supported and equipped by Russia since 2014. The territory they controlled before the Russian attack on February 24 included only a part of the Ukrainian regions of Luhansk and Donetsk. The separatists claim these larger areas: conquering them is one of Moscow’s war objectives.

Lviv after missile attack: “I try to get on with normal life”

Journalist Iván Furlan Cano is traveling to Lviv. Early Friday morning he saw Russian rockets hit the outskirts of the western Ukrainian city.

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According to the British intelligence services, Moscow has difficulty obtaining food or fuel for its troops in Ukraine because Russia does not have control of the airspace and rarely moves on unpaved terrain.

According to the federal government, Chancellor Scholz “urged that a ceasefire, an improvement in the humanitarian situation and progress in the search for a diplomatic solution to the conflict be reached as quickly as possible” in talks with Putin. During the phone call initiated by Scholz, Putin said that the Russian side was doing everything to avoid civilian casualties, the Kremlin said.

Zelenskyy to the besieged cities: “You will be free”.

People should be able to flee the port city of Mariupol, which is besieged by Russia, in Zaporizhia in the northwest, Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Wereshchuk said in a video message in the morning. Other so-called corridors are said to exist in the northeastern Sumy region, for example, which then lead from various cities to Poltava in central Ukraine.

March 17, 2022: Soldiers from the breakaway Donetsk region militia check cars as the citizens of Mariupol try to escape the besieged city.

According to Wereshchuk, a tanker with fuel for private cars is still on its way to Mariupol, where the situation is particularly dire. In recent days, thousands of civilians had managed to flee Mariupol with their vehicles. But many are still stranded in the city on the Sea of ​​Azov. There has been no electricity, water or heating in days. According to information from Kiev, aid convoys cannot reach people.

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“I wish they were happy”: Lviv Children’s Hospital struggles with the aftermath of the war

The Russian war against Ukraine makes adequate care for the children of the Lviv hospital impossible.

According to official data, nearly 200,000 refugees have arrived in Germany since the start of the Russian attack on Ukraine. The actual number is likely to be higher, because only refugees who are found by the federal police are registered, for example at the Austro-Bavarian border, in railway stations or on trains.

In his video message, Zelenskii also addressed people in cities such as Mariupol in the south, Kharkiv in the east and Chernihiv in the north, who are besieged by Russian troops and have suffered severe damage from the fighting. Residents would not be left in the lurch, the president assured. From the army to the church, everyone does everything for the people. Zelenskyi promised them: “You will be free”.

Shortly before his trip to Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, Federal Economy Minister Robert Habeck was optimistic that he would be able to acquire new gas suppliers for Europe. “Our main goal is to set up LNG terminals in Germany – they need new contracts and I am confident that the sum of the talks we are having – Norway, United States, Canada, Qatar – will lead to what we will then also get new, that is, more liquid gas, in Europe and also in Germany “, said the Green politician in the ARD” Morgenmagazin “on Friday. Moral purchases in the fossil energy field “don’t really exist,” Habeck said.

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After two days with slightly lower delivery volumes, Russia made the customary high volume of gas available on Friday for transit through Ukraine to Europe.

RND / dpa / AP / jst

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