Biden takes on “dictator” Putin as Russia’s attack on Ukraine intensifies

Photo of Kyiv TV Tower posted on Facebook page of Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, March 1, 2022 (UKRAINIAN INTERIOR MINISTRY PRESS SERVICES /-)

Photo of Kyiv TV Tower posted on Facebook page of Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, March 1, 2022 (UKRAINIAN INTERIOR MINISTRY PRESS SERVICES /-)

On Tuesday Joe Biden forcibly attacked “more isolated” and “dictator” Vladimir Putin and Russian oligarchs, while Moscow intensified its attacks in Ukraine, especially in the big cities of Kyiv and Kharkov. I attacked.

Vladimir Putin was “wrong”, “ready, united”, launched the US president in the first “State of the Union address” in Washington, and gave a permanent applause to the US Congress. Asked to provide. “Don’t be afraid of anything” “Ukrainians”.

The Russian president “thought that the West and NATO would not react,” he beat. But because “democracy is in the rendezvous” in the fight against “dictatorship,” “Putin is now more isolated than ever from other parts of the world,” he added, setting a precedent for Russia. Cited no sanctions.

-Closed US airspace-

However, “if the dictators do not pay the price of their attacks, they will cause further confusion,” he warned the 46th president of American history in a speech by the Kremlin’s master.

He threatened Russia’s oligarchs by grabbing their “yachts, luxury apartments and jets”.

In fact, international pressure on Russia continues to grow.

Joe Biden has announced a ban on US airspace on Russian planes, as the European Union and Canada did.

And 27 EU member states have approved the exclusion of “specific Russian banks” from the Swift messaging system, the main gear of international finance, and the ban on the broadcast of Russian RT and Sputnik in the state media. ..

As a result of the sanctions, bankruptcy proceedings have begun on a major European subsidiary of Sberbank, Russia’s largest bank, announced by EU bank regulators.

The International Court of Justice (ICJ), seized by the Ukrainian government accusing Moscow of genocide plans, announced hearings on March 7 and 8.

-Kharkov bombing-

On the sixth day of Russia’s invasion, bombings continued in Kharkov, a city with a population of 1.4 million near the Russian border that attackers were trying to seize.

In the central square, the headquarters of the local administration was partially destroyed, Governor Oleg Sinegbov said in a video showing the explosion.

At least 10 people were killed, more than 20 were injured, and the other 8 were killed when the apartment building was attacked.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson compared the strike to the deadly bombing in Sarajevo, Bosnia in the 1990s.

Satellite imagery was provided on February 28, 2022 by McDonald's Technologies, a part of the Russian army fleet and burnt house near Ivankiv, northwest of Kyiv (satellite imagery © 2022 McDonald's Technologies /-).

Satellite imagery was provided on February 28, 2022 by McDonald’s Technologies, a part of the Russian army fleet and burnt house near Ivankiv, northwest of Kyiv (satellite imagery © 2022 McDonald’s Technologies /-).

In Kyiv, five people died when the TV Tower was targeted late in the afternoon.

However, one hour after the attack, most Ukrainian channels appeared to be functioning again.

In the evening, a new explosion occurred in the Ukrainian capital and Birazelkva. According to Ukraine’s bailout, the city of Zhytomyr, northwest of the country, was the target of an airstrike, killing two houses and seriously damaging 10 homes.

Earlier, Russian troops called on civilians living near security service infrastructure to evacuate, saying they wanted to attack them to thwart “computer attacks on Russia.”

Future Russian attacks on Kyiv raise the fear of a significant number of victims in this metropolis. This metropolis is usually home to nearly 3 million people and is blessed with a rich historical heritage.

Photos released overnight by American satellite imagery company Maxar from Monday to Tuesday show that the Russian convoy is stretching tens of kilometers towards the capital.

On March 1, 2022, firefighters evacuated the bodies of victims of bombing in a local prefecture in Kharkov (AFP / Sergey BOBOK).

On March 1, 2022, firefighters evacuated the bodies of victims of bombing in a local prefecture in Kharkov (AFP / Sergey BOBOK).

Pentagon officials said, “We generally feel that the movement of Russian troops to Kyiv is stagnant at this stage,” but not only Ukrainian resistance, but also “logistics”, food and fuel. I also mentioned the problem of. supply.

-Between Crimea and Donbus-

Meanwhile, Russian troops seemed to have advanced in southern Ukraine on the coast of the Sea of ​​Azov.

At the port of Mariupol, “all areas” have been bombed, the regional governor said of undecided deaths.

The Russian Defense Ministry claimed that troops advancing from Crimea to the coast joined the army of Donets’k’s pro-Russian separatist territory, providing strategic territorial continuity.

The information could not be confirmed immediately. Not long ago, Ukrainian troops claimed to have thwarted this attempt.

On March 1, 2022, a Russian bombing was damaged in the square in front of the Kharkiv district (AFP / Sergey BOBOK).

On March 1, 2022, a Russian bombing was damaged in the square in front of the Kharkiv district (AFP / Sergey BOBOK).

After chatting with Joe Biden, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky tweeted, “We need to stop the invaders as soon as possible.”

Residents line up to buy food outside the supermarket in Kyiv on March 1, 2022 (AFP / Dimitar DILKOFF)

Residents line up to buy food outside the supermarket in Kyiv on March 1, 2022 (AFP / Dimitar DILKOFF)

Finance ministers of the G7 countries discussed additional sanctions on the Russian economy on Tuesday, hit by a series of measures in historic proportions.

Four of the world’s five largest shipowners have ceased service to Russian ports, and Swiss-based German and Russian gas pipeline operators Nord Stream 2 have filed for bankruptcy.

Italian oil giant Eni plans to withdraw from the gas pipeline connecting Russia and Turkey, and US ExxonMobil has announced that it will gradually withdraw from the major oil fields operating in Russia.

Like many companies, Apple said it has stopped selling all its products in Russia.

Location of explosion or bombardment after February 24 in the center of Kharkiv, Ukraine's second largest city (AFP /)

Location of explosion or bombardment after February 24 in the center of Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city (AFP /)

The Russian government, striving to counter these sanctions, was preparing new legislation to stop the escape of foreign investors.

At the same time, he blocked access to the famous independent online TV channels and radio stations Dozhd and Moscow Echo.

As a result of these tensions, European stock markets and Wall Street have fallen sharply. Before the meeting of OPEC and its allies (OPEC +) on Wednesday, oil prices continued to rise at the same time. The same is true for record levels of wheat and corn prices in Europe.

-“Deep regret” from Beijing-

In addition to economic sanctions, coupled with demonstrations of solidarity with Ukraine in many countries, Russia has been excluded from numerous events, from the 2022 World Cup to cycling events to the Davis Cup tennis.

Members of the Ukrainian Civil Defense Corps cross a river whose bridge was destroyed north of Kyiv on March 1, 2022 (AFP / ARIS MESSINIS).

Members of the Ukrainian Civil Defense Corps cross a river whose bridge was destroyed north of Kyiv on March 1, 2022 (AFP / ARIS MESSINIS).

Even China, which has not previously condemned Russia’s aggression, expressed “deep regret” in the conflict on Tuesday.

-677,000 people have been banished-

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, one million people have been evacuated in Ukraine since the invasion of Russia began on February 24, leaving more than 677,000 in neighboring countries.

The World Bank has announced $ 3 billion in emergency aid to Ukraine, of which at least $ 350 million could be released this week.

According to the Higher Refugee Commission (AFP /), a map of Europe showing the influx of refugees from Ukraine into European countries as of 15:00 GMT on February 28.

According to the Higher Refugee Commission (AFP /), a map of Europe showing the influx of refugees from Ukraine into European countries as of 15:00 GMT on February 28.

From the Ukrainian and Western embassy exit doors and the center of the hideout in the western Ukrainian metropolis of Lviv, long lines of cars continued towards the Polish border.

Female refugees in this city left family men “to protect Ukraine” and were mobilized to support them, feeding their blood and making camouflage nets.

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