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Ukraine refuses to surrender Mariupol as Russia warns of a humanitarian “catastrophe”

  • Mariupol City Council says thousands were forcibly taken to Russia
  • Zelensky demands Israel a missile defense system
  • Turkish minister says ceasefire is near

Ukraine, Lviv, March 21 (Reuters)-Ukraine rejected Russia’s call to surrender the port city of Mariupol on Monday. Moscow.

The Ukrainian government categorically rejects Russia’s call for weapons to be placed on Ukrainian troops in Mariupol in exchange for a safe passage from the city and humanitarian corridor, which will open Monday at 1000 GMT. did.

The Ukrayinska Pravda news portal said Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister Irina Bereshchuk said:

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“We have already informed the Russian side of this.”

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Mariupol has suffered the most intense bombardment since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24th. Many of the 400,000 inhabitants remain trapped because they are furious in the surrounding streets.read more

Vereshchuk said more than 7,000 people had evacuated from Ukrainian cities via the humanitarian corridor on Sunday, and more than half had evacuated from Mariupol, and the government had nearly 50 buses there to evacuate further on Monday. He said he was planning to send it.

Russia and Ukraine have agreed to evacuate civilians in the humanitarian corridor throughout the war, but have accused each other of their frequent violations.

The crisis in Mariupol and other devastated Ukrainian cities could be highlighted in this week’s discussions among European Union leaders as they are considering imposing severe sanctions on Russia, including an oil embargo. ..read more

Before US President Joe Biden arrives in Brussels on Thursday, the EU government will meet with foreign ministers on Monday to meet in seven group (G7) formats, including NATO’s 30 allies, the EU, and Japan. to hold.read more

Diplomats warn Reuters that Baltic states, including Lithuania, are pushing for an embargo as the next logical step, but Germany is already acting too early as Europe’s energy prices are soaring. He said he was doing it.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky addressed the Israeli parliament on a videolink on Sunday in a recent request for help, questioning Israel’s hesitation in selling the Iron Dome missile defense system to Ukraine. did.

“Everyone knows that your missile defense system is the best … and you can definitely help our people and save the lives of Ukrainians, Ukrainian Jews.” Zelensky, a Jewish heritage, said.

Zelensky also welcomed the mediation efforts that have made numerous phone calls between Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“Sooner or later, perhaps in Jerusalem, we will begin negotiations with Russia,” he said in a daily video speech to the Ukrainians.

The Mariupol’s council said in Telegram that thousands of residents had been “deported” to Russia in the past week. A Russian news agency said the bus recently carried hundreds of refugees from Mariupol to Russia.

UN Ambassador Linda Thomas Greenfield told CNN that the explanation for deportation was “disturbing” and not “conscientious” if true, but Washington has not yet confirmed them. ..read more

Reuters could not independently verify the claim. Russia has denied targeting civilians.

Greek Consul General Mariupol said he was the last EU diplomat to join the ranks of places known to have been destroyed in the war.read more

“I hope no one sees what I see,” he said.

Kyiv and Moscow last week reported some progress towards a political formula to keep Ukraine out of NATO, Russia’s main demand, while guaranteeing Ukraine’s security, but both pulled things out. I accused him of being there.

Some progress

Occupation of Mariupol will help Russian troops secure a land route to the Crimean Peninsula, which Moscow annexed from Ukraine in 2014.

Putin said Russia’s “special operations” were aimed at disarming Ukraine and eradicating dangerous nationalists, which Western nations called an aggressive choice war, aimed at destroying the Russian economy. I am imposing penalties.

Ukrainian and its western supporters say Russia’s ground forces made little progress last week, instead focusing on artillery and missile attacks.

Zelenskiy adviser Oleksiy Arestovych said on Sunday that he had been relatively calm in the last 24 hours, “there was virtually no rocket attack on the city,” and the front line was “substantially frozen.”

Pavel Kirirenko, head of the Donetsk junta, said Russia’s bombardment in the eastern part of the country on Sunday killed three civilians and injured five. Two people in the area were killed and one was injured.

In the capital Kyiv, the mayor of Vitali Klitschko reported several explosions in the Podil district, saying rescue teams were causing a big fire in a shopping center and at least one person was killed.read more

Reuters was unable to validate the report.

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said at least 902 civilians had been killed as of Saturday, but the actual casualties were probably much higher.

The 5km area around the chemical plant in the besieged northeastern city of Smy was dangerous due to a leak of ammonia, said Dmytro Zhyvytskyy, Governor of Smy, and the cause of the leak was unknown.

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, about 10 million Ukrainians have been evacuated, of which about 3.4 million have fled to neighboring countries such as Poland.

In a video seen by Reuters in the southern city of Kherson, dozens of protesters were wrapped in Ukrainian blue and yellow flags and said “go home” in Russian on two military vehicles with the Russian mark. I was chanting.

Margarita Morozova, 87, who survived the siege of Leningrad in Nazi Germany in World War II and lived in Kharkiv in eastern Ukraine, said, “I want to end the war. They (Russian troops) make Ukraine peaceful. I want you to leave. ” The last 60 years.read more

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Report by Reuters, written by David Brunnstrom, edited by Rosalba O’Brien and Michael Perry

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