Russia-Ukraine conflict: 20th day, fighting is still intense

Russia-Ukraine conflict: 20th day, the war is still tense - Photo 1.

People are evacuated from a 16-story building that was attacked and damaged in the capital Kiev (Ukraine) on March 15 – Photo: AFP

While the negotiations are not yet concluded, artillery shells are still ringing in many parts of Ukraine. On Twitter, Mr. Mykhailo Podolyak, an adviser to the Ukrainian president, said: “Our position remains unchanged. It is demanding peace, an immediate ceasefire and the withdrawal of all Russian troops.”

Mariupol evacuates people safe

According to Reuters news agency, Ukrainian media reported that there were two large explosions in the capital Kiev on March 15. AFP reporters said they heard at least three loud explosions in the center of the capital Kiev in the early morning of the same day. Ukraine’s emergency services agency reported that attacks on residential areas in Kiev killed at least two people early on March 15.

Mayor Vitali Klitschko said a curfew would be in place in Kiev from 8 p.m. on March 15 to 7 a.m. on March 17. Meanwhile, air raid sirens sounded every day in many regions of Ukraine, including Odessa, Chernihiv, Cherkasy and Smila.

On March 14, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the Russian president had ordered not to immediately launch attacks on major Ukrainian cities because doing so would result in huge civilian casualties.

However, Peskov also confirmed that the Russian Defense Ministry did not rule out the possibility of “comprehensive control” of major Ukrainian cities, which are almost completely besieged. Peskov also denied that Russia asked China for military aid. “Russia has its own potential to continue the campaign,” Peskov told reporters.

On March 15, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said that they have complete control of the Kherson region in southern Ukraine.

Meanwhile, the city of Mariupol (besieged by Russia for the past 2 weeks) in southeastern Ukraine recorded positive developments. The city government said a convoy of more than 160 cars left Mariupol along the humanitarian corridor on March 14. This was the first successful evacuation of civilians after several failed evacuation attempts at Mariupol.

The Ukrainian side said more than 2,300 civilians in Mariupol were killed and 400,000 residents were stranded without running water, heating and lack of food in recent days.

The Polish government said the prime ministers of Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovenia on March 15 left for Kiev to meet President Volodymyr Zelensky. “The purpose of the visit is to affirm the clear support of the entire EU for Ukraine’s sovereignty and independence, and to provide a large package of support to Ukraine,” the Polish government said.

UN warns of hunger risk

On March 14, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned the world to take action to prevent the “storm of hunger and the collapse of the global food system” following the military campaign of the United Nations. Russia in Ukraine.

According to the UN secretary general, even before this conflict, developing countries were also “struggling to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic with record inflation, rising interest rates and debt burdens”. “Now their bread basket is being bombed,” Guterres said, referring to Ukraine as the country that supplies more than half of the World Food Program’s (WFP) wheat supply.

Meanwhile, in a phone call with Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Albares on March 15, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Beijing did not want to be affected by economic sanctions imposed by the West on Russia. . The Chinese Embassy in the UK also denied information (from the US) that Russia asked Beijing to support military equipment.

On March 14, the European Union (EU) said the bloc had approved its fourth package of sanctions against Russia, affecting more than 600 Russian citizens.

In the US, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will address members of the US Congress via video on March 16. Last week, the US Congress approved nearly 14 billion USD in aid for Ukraine.

UN data released earlier this week showed that more than 3 million refugees have been evacuated from Ukraine since February 24. This is the largest refugee exodus in Europe since World War II. According to the UN, about 1.4 million children have fled Ukraine, and an average of one Ukrainian child becomes a human every second. refugee.

Russia bans entry to US President Joe Biden

On the evening of March 15 (Vietnam time), the Russian Foreign Ministry announced that it would ban entry of US President Biden and 12 other Americans. The ministry explained that Russia’s action was in response to an “unprecedented series of sanctions” by the US and was based on the principle of “reciprocity”.

In addition to President Biden, other officials include: Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley. Notably, the list also includes former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, son of President Biden, Mr. Hunter Biden and President of the Export-Import Bank of America Reta Jo Lewis.

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