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Status: 03/24/2022 03:44

The Russian media regulator has restricted access to Google News. Britain wants to supply Ukraine with additional weapons. The developments in the live blog.


Aiea: four fires extinguished in Chernobyl

Several fires have been successfully fought in the restricted area around the former Chernobyl nuclear power plant. Ukraine’s nuclear regulatory agency informed the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that Chernobyl firefighters have put out four fires, said director-general Rafael Grossi. But there are more fires.

On Tuesday, the Ukrainian parliament announced that seven fires had broken out in the area and that an area of ​​more than two square kilometers was on fire. Russian troops took control of the area around the nuclear power plant about a month ago. It was there in 1986 that the worst nuclear accident in the history of civilian use of nuclear energy occurred.


Renault stops production at the Moscow plant

French carmaker Renault has stopped production at its Moscow plant against the backdrop of the war in Ukraine. Additionally, the company is examining “possible options regarding its stake” in the Russian subsidiary Avtovaz, the group said Wednesday evening. Russia is the Renault Group’s second largest market in the world after Europe. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy had previously called on Renault and other French companies to withdraw from Russia.

However, the announcement by the French does not represent a final decision to leave Russia, where the group sold nearly half a million vehicles last year.


Kiev: bombings in numerous cities and areas

According to the Ukrainian army, Russian troops continue to attack numerous cities and areas of the country, but have been prevented from advancing near the capital Kiev. According to a report by the Ukrainian General Staff posted on Facebook, Russian troops were stopped near the Kiev suburb of Brovary. They failed to break through Ukrainian defenses to reach the northwestern outskirts of the capital, Kiev. In the area around the besieged city of Izyum, Russian units tried to overrun the defensive positions of the Ukrainian armed forces in the villages of Donetsk, Topolske and Kamianka south of Izyum, it is said. The fighting there continued.

In the Donetsk region, the vast majority of Ukrainian units are under fire. In the area, Russian troops mainly wanted to capture the cities of Verkhnoterezke, Marjinka and the city of Mariupol. In the Luhansk region, efforts have focused on the cities of Rubishne, Sieverdonetsk and Popasna, the report said.

Combat operations also continued in the north of the country. Russian units fired artillery against the cities of Kalinowka, Horinka, Romanovka and the north-eastern outskirts of the capital Kiev. According to reports, Russian troops also mined areas in the area. The information cannot be independently verified.

parties to the conflict as a source

In the current situation, information on the course of the war, bombing and casualties provided by the official bodies of the Russian and Ukrainian parties to the conflict cannot be controlled directly by an independent body.


Wissing: better distribution of refugees in Europe

The admission of refugees from Ukraine must not remain a German-Polish problem. Federal Transport Minister Volker Wissing requests it. “Even countries not close to Ukraine are willing to accept them. Transport to France, Spain, Greece and Denmark must be organized – by train or plane,” the FDP politician told media group Funke newspapers. In Germany, in addition to Berlin, Hanover and Cottbus, other distribution centers should be established. Otherwise, many refugees would continue to come to Berlin because they have friends and family there and are more likely to see prospects for themselves. A good system is needed to distribute refugees to Germany and Europe.


Britain wants to supply Ukraine with more weapons

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has promised to supply 6,000 additional missiles to the Ukrainian army in the fight against Russia. Johnson also announced that his country will support Ukraine with an additional 25 million pounds (30 million euros) in financial aid.

At today’s NATO and G7 summit in Brussels, Johnson also wants to call on allies to “change gears” in the conflict with Russia, his office said. Among other things, Johnson will propose “greater defense support for Ukraine and greater economic sanctions” against Russia. Furthermore, Western allies are expected to provide Ukrainian forces with intelligence information for further attacks on Russian positions.


Ukrainian president calls for global support

The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy called on people from all over the world to show their support for Ukraine. They should come “to their squares and streets” to side with his country and oppose the war. In a video speech, he said the war was breaking “my heart, the hearts of all Ukrainians and all free people in the world”. He called on people to show their support for Ukraine from today, exactly one month after the Russian invasion began.


Russian media regulator restricts access to Google News

The Russian media regulator has restricted access to Google News. The decision was made at the request of the Russian Attorney General’s Office, Roskomnadzor’s authority said, according to Russian news agencies. Google News “has provided access to numerous publications and materials containing false information” on the course of “Russia’s special military operation on Ukrainian territory,” the statement said.

Since the start of the military operation in Ukraine a month ago, Russian authorities have severely restricted access to online media. Among other things, the BBC website was blocked. This week a Moscow court imposed a ban on Facebook and Instagram online services. Access to Twitter is also restricted in Russia.

At the beginning of March, the Russian parliament passed a law that provides for up to 15 years in prison for spreading “false news” about the military. The law particularly worries members of the opposition and the media critical of the Kremlin, who fear they will be prosecuted for statements on the Russian military operation in Ukraine.


Charles Michel accuses Russia of war crimes

EU Council President Charles Michel accused Russia of committing war crimes in Ukraine. “As the war progresses, we observe that Russia increasingly attacks the civilian population and targets hospitals, schools and reception centers,” wrote the Belgian in his letter of invitation to the next EU summit in Brussels. “These war crimes must stop immediately.”

The US government had previously officially accused Russian troops in Ukraine of war crimes for the first time. Michel also said last week that war crimes have certainly been committed in Ukraine.


US military: Russia builds defenses outside Kiev

Apparently, the Russian ground forces have installed and excavated defensive positions 15 to 20 kilometers outside Kiev. This was announced by a high-ranking American army. They would continue to make little or no progress in getting closer to the city center. Apparently the military has stopped trying to advance into the city. In some cases east of Kiev, Ukrainian troops managed to push Russian soldiers further.

According to the US military, the Russian forces were 20 to 30 kilometers east and northeast and are now about 55 kilometers apart. Instead, Russian troops would devote more energy and effort in the eastern Donbass region, especially Luhansk and Donetsk, he said. The United States noted that Russia prioritized the struggle there. The activity of Russian ships in the Azov Sea was also observed, including efforts to disembark DropShip with supplies, including vehicles.

Additionally, the US military said final shipments of the US-approved $ 350 million arms and security aid package will arrive in Ukraine in the coming days. The first shipments of the recent $ 800 million package will also arrive soon.


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