Russia Ukraine War: Latest Developments in Ukraine

Russia Ukraine war

Russia Ukraine Update: Russia Ukraine War Latest developments

A 12-hour Ceasefire

Moscow and Kyiv agreed to a 12-hour ceasefire to allow civilians to flee six badly battered areas, including the capital, Kyiv. But Ukraine warns that Moscow bombed a humanitarian corridor to the besieged southern port of Mariupol on Tuesday.

The six-year-old girl died of dehydration in the rubble of her home, the city's mayor said. The city of Mariupol has been without water and power for nine days, with several ceasefires breaking down by Russian Army.

Ten people were killed in a Russian attack

At least 10 people were killed as the Russian military "opened fire" on homes and other buildings in the eastern Ukrainian town of Severodonetsk, a local official said.

Russian Gas & Oil Import Banned

The United States has banned Russian oil imports, effectively "cutting the main artery" of Russia's economy, with Britain pledging to do the same by the end of the year and the European Union also going to slash gas imports by two-thirds.


USA Refuses to send fighters to Ukraine

The Pentagon rejected a Polish offer to hand its Russia-made MiG-29 fighter jets to Ukraine, which is desperate for protection from the air, fearing a wider conflict with Moscow.

EU added more Sanctions to Russia

The EU added more Russian oligarchs and officials to its sanctions blacklist, EU tightens controls on cryptocurrency transfers and also targets Russia's maritime sector over the war in Ukraine.

Three Belarus banks are also cut off from the SWIFT bank payments system over Minsk's support for the invasion.

Russia's default is 'Imminent'

Ratings agency Fitch downgraded Russia's sovereign debt rating again, saying a default is imminent.

Fears over Chernobyl

The UN's nuclear watchdog, the IAEA, warns that the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, now under Russian control, is no longer transmitting data. The 

Staff trapped there have worked 13 straight days since the Russian takeover. Invoking the wartime defiance of British prime minister Winston Churchill, Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky vows to "fight to the end" in a virtual speech to UK lawmakers. 


Nord Stream 2 is "dead," US says

A senior US official says Russia's controversial $12-billion Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Germany is "dead."

No Heineken, McDonald's, or Coke

Beer giant company Heineken immediate halts brewing and sales in Russia, with McDonald's, Coca-Cola, and coffee chain Starbucks also suspending operations in Russia. 

Putin is angry and frustrated

US intelligence chiefs say Russian President Vladimir Putin is angry and frustrated, He also said that Putin is likely to "double down and try to grind down the Ukrainian military with no regard for civilian casualties.

2,000 plus Russian troops killed

The Pentagon official says it estimates between 2,000 and 4,000 Russian soldiers have been killed in the nearly two week invasion.

Russia admitted to 498 soldiers killed on March 2.

Two million refugees:

The UN says the number of people fleeing the war affected Ukraine now tops two million. Poland alone has received 1.2 million people flewed from Ukraine.

Eurovision winner now refugee

Ukraine's 2016 Eurovision Song Contest winner Jamala tells AFP that she having to leave her husband behind as she fled Kyiv. The ethnic Tartar said she never thought she would end up like her grandmother, whom the Soviets drove from Crimea.

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