The Ukraine March 30 update: What happened in the morning: Putin’s return to gas tracks – Khodorkovsky: “He will attack NATO countries”
Ukraine’s March 30 update: according to an announcement by the Russian presidential office, gas will not have to be paid for in rubles from now on. In Mariupol, 70 people were reportedly abducted from a maternity ward. What happened in the morning in the war in Ukraine.
What happened on the morning of March 30th
- Office of the President: from now on gas will not have to be paid in rubles
The payment of gas deliveries in rubles requested by Russia will probably not be implemented immediately. The Russian presidential office announced Wednesday that the changeover to the euro should take place gradually. It was initially unclear how exactly these steps followed. In general, the dollar has had its time as a global reserve currency, so payments in their respective national currencies are inevitable, the President’s Office continued.
- Mikhail Khodorkovsky on Putin: “He will attack NATO countries”
Russian opposition leader in exile Mikhail Khodorkovsky believes Vladimir Putin will strike NATO territory. “He will attack NATO countries, one way or another – not necessarily with rockets, but with terrorist attacks, for example,” the former oligarch said in an interview with the weekly “Zeit”.
In Germany, it must be understood that Putin and his circle of power are convinced that they are waging a war in Ukraine against the US – and therefore against NATO. “I think he is thinking: will NATO remain united if I cross the border into Poland or the Baltic states? I can prove it!”, Says Khodorkovsky. “Personally, I think NATO will not react and, as a result, it will cease to exist. This is exactly what Putin wants ”.
- Kremlin: no breakthrough in talks with Ukrainian representatives in Istanbul
According to the Kremlin, there was no “breakthrough” in the talks between the Russian and Ukrainian delegations in Istanbul. “At the moment we cannot report anything very promising or turning point,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov in Moscow told reporters Wednesday. “There is still a lot to do,” said Vladimir Putin’s spokesman.
This statement contrasts with much more positive statements made by Russian officials who took part in Tuesday’s talks in Istanbul. The head of the Russian delegation, Vladimir Medinsky, reported after the meeting of “substantive talks” and said that Ukraine’s “clear” proposals for an agreement will be “examined and presented to the president very soon”.
- Report: Russians are said to have set up ammunition depots near Chernobyl
The Russian military is said to have set up an ammunition depot near the former Chernobyl nuclear power plant. Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said Wednesday. He also called for a UN mission to eliminate the risk of another nuclear accident in Chernobyl.
- Ukraine: over 70 people kidnapped from the Mariupol maternity ward
According to Ukrainian authorities, more than 70 people were forcibly taken from a maternity ward in the besieged Ukrainian port city of Mariupol. The municipal administration reports on Telegram.
“More than 70 people, including women and medical personnel, have been forcibly removed by the occupants of maternity ward # 2,” the message reads. It is not known where the people were taken. The information is not independently verifiable.
Contrary to the announced reduction in military activities in northern Ukraine, the city of Chernihiv continued to be attacked by Russian forces throughout the night, according to Ukrainian sources. “Chernihiv was bombed all night,” Governor Vyacheslav Chaus said Wednesday in the Telegram online service. The attacks were carried out with artillery and airplanes.
In Chernihiv, civilian infrastructure had been destroyed and the city was still without water and electricity, Tschau explained. The Russian army also attacked the nearby city of Nizhyn. Chernihiv and the region of the same name are located north-east of the capital Kiev.
Russia announced Tuesday that it would drastically reduce its military activities in the north. Doubts about the announcement quickly arose in Ukraine and internationally.
What happened on the night of March 30th
- Zelenskyy: The armed forces are the only guarantee of survival
“Defending Ukraine is our number one task, everything else comes of it,” Zelenskyy stressed in his daily video speech. Only on this basis can negotiations with Russia continue. “The enemy is still on our territory.” The reality is that Ukrainian cities would continue to be besieged and bombed. Therefore, the Ukrainian armed forces are “the only guarantee of our survival,” Zelenskyy said. “Ukrainians are not naive”.
- The United States is moving more warplanes and soldiers to Eastern Europe
Ahead of the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine, the US military is relocating more fighter jets, transport planes and soldiers to Eastern Europe. A unit of about 200 US Marines was deployed to Lithuania following maneuvers in Norway, Defense Department spokesman John Kirby said. In addition, ten “F / A-18 Hornet” fighter jets and “a few” C-130 Hercules transport planes with around 200 associated soldiers would be flown to Eastern Europe from the United States.
- UN: Humanitarian crisis in Ukraine “Disaster after disaster”
According to the head of the United Nations World Food Program, David Beasley, the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine following the Russian war of aggression is “a disaster upon a disaster”. Even before the war, for example, there were severe hunger crises in Yemen or some places in Africa, where it was only with great effort that sufficient help could be provided, Beasley told the Security Council of the United States. United Nations in New York on Tuesday. Now the crisis in Ukraine has added to this. The country was changed in a few weeks “from the bread basket to the bread snakes”.
- US Department Travel Notice: Americans may be detained in Russia
In an unusually harsh travel warning, the US State Department warned all Americans that if they travel to Russia, they could be detained by local security authorities. Ahead of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, “the potential for harassment of US citizens” by Russian security services has increased, as has the targeted solitary confinement and detention of US citizens, the ministry said in the notice of voyage. “All US citizens residing in or traveling to Russia should leave the country immediately,” it reads.
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