Joe Biden talks about new sanctions against Russia and promises a “response” from NATO in case of use of chemical weapons

Update on the situation at noon.

Intense diplomacy in Brussels

As the Russian invasion enters its second month, three summits – NATO, the G7 and the European Union – await Western heads of state and government on a single day in Brussels on Thursday. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Thursday called on NATO countries to provide “unrestricted military aid” to his country, so that he can confront the Russian army, which is currently being confronted by kyiv “under unequal conditions”. “To save people and our cities, Ukraine needs unrestricted military assistance. Just as Russia uses, without restraint, her entire arsenal against us”Mr. Zelensky said in a video message posted on his Telegram account for the attention of the heads of state and government of the Atlantic Alliance.

NATO strengthens its defenses on its eastern flank

The President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, committed a ” big mistake “ with the invasion of Ukraine, that he “Underrated” resistance, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday ahead of the opening of the Alliance’s extraordinary summit. NATO, he said, will deploy four new battle groups in Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria and Slovakia to bolster its defenses against Russia on its eastern flank.

Deadly shelling near Luhansk

At least four people were killed, including two children, and six others wounded in Russian strikes in the eastern Ukrainian town of Rubizhne, near Luhansk, the region’s governor Serhi Gaidai said on Thursday. The balance can “prove to be far superior”he said, accusing the Russians of using phosphorous bombs. Other officials in this region have accused the Russians of using such bombs in recent days, accusations that cannot be immediately verified.

kyiv says it destroyed a Russian ship

The Ukrainian navy said on Thursday it had destroyed a Russian troop carrier anchored in the port of Berdyansk, a city near Mariupol on the Sea of ​​Azov. The information was immediately unverifiable, the Russian army rarely gave information about its losses. The port of Berdyansk is located 80 kilometers west of the strategic port of Mariupol, a city besieged by the Russians since the end of February and hit relentlessly.

The director of the Kherson theater was released.

We told you about his kidnapping on this live, the director of the Kherson theater, Oleksandr Kniga, was released, he found out The world, contacted him, on Thursday. He had been kidnapped the day before in this Russian-occupied Ukrainian city, where kidnappings are on the rise, while anti-occupation demonstrations are taking place every day. Mr. Kniga’s release was confirmed to us by one of his colleagues, actor Oleksandr Moudry. Mr. Kniga tests himself but is fine.

London imposes new sanctions

The British government announced on Thursday a new series of sanctions targeting 59 Russian and six Belarusian personalities and companies. Companies like the Russian diamond giant Alrosa or the Wagner private military services group are targeted, or even the founder of Tinkoff Bank Oleg Tinkov, the influential head of the first Russian bank Sberbank, Guerman Gref, as well as Polina Kovaleva, daughter of the alleged lover of Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has also called for Russia to be prevented from using its vast gold reserves.

4.3 million displaced children

More than half of the children in Ukraine have had to leave their homes to flee insecurity and fighting caused by the Russian army’s invasion on February 24, UNICEF said on Thursday. “A month of war in Ukraine has caused the displacement of 4.3 million children, more than half of the country’s estimated child population of 7.5 million”detailed the United Nations Children’s Fund in a press release.

Resumption of the Moscow Stock Exchange

Stock trading partially resumed Thursday on the Moscow Stock Exchange after a month-long hiatus, a tightly controlled reopening after the imposition of unprecedented sanctions by the West over Russian intervention in Ukraine. Only about thirty shares were available during this partial acquisition. “What we are witnessing is a masquerade: an opening of the Potemkin market”White House Deputy National Security Adviser Daleep Singh reacted in a press release.

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