US President Joe Biden called his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, for almost two hours as Westerners tried to put more pressure on Russia to end the war. The latter ensured that the dispute “does not benefit anyone.”
On the ground, Mariupol was still bombed on Friday, as was the capital Kyiv and Kharkov, the country’s second largest city. At least 780 civilians were killed and more than 1,250 were injured in Ukraine, according to a March 16 tally by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Ukraine.
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10:40 am. : London fears the talks are just a “smoke screen”
British Foreign Minister Liz Truss said he feared that the peace talks between Ukraine and Russia were just the “smoke screen” used by the Kremlin before the new attack.
In an interview with the Times daily, Liz Truss said he was “very skeptical” about the negotiations, saying that Russia was using them as a shift to “reorganize” its troops. ..
10:19 am. : Japanese Prime Minister of India talks about Ukraine
According to Tokyo, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is expected to hold a “frank discussion” in India on Saturday about New Delhi, which does not want to condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Unlike other members of the “Quad” alliance, Japan, Australia and the United States, India is content to abstain from voting in three UN resolutions condemning Moscow’s military operations and seek an end to violence. Was there.
9am: Moscow states that it used the first supersonic missile
The Russian Defense Ministry said on Saturday that it used a “Kinjar” supersonic missile the day before to destroy an underground weapons warehouse in western Ukraine.
According to state agency Leah Novosti, his work is the first. According to Moscow, this type of missile is extremely mobile and counters all anti-aircraft defense systems.
“On March 18, the Kinjar Air Complex with supersonic ballistic missiles destroyed a large underground warehouse of Ukrainian aviation missiles and ammunition in the Delyatin region of the Ivanofrankifsk region,” Pentagon spokesman said. Mann, Igor Konashenkov announced.
08:30: Opened a humanitarian corridor in the Luhansk area
The humanitarian corridor will open in the Luhansk region this Saturday at 9 am, Governor Serhiy Gaidy announced on Telegram.
“The agreement on the humanitarian corridor has been accepted. Today we will strive to evacuate civilians and provide food. The” silence “has been agreed on March 19th at 9am (Greenwich Mean Time 0700). It was done, “he added.
Saturday 6:41 am: Zelensky calls for in-depth consultations with Moscow
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called for the organization of in-depth peace talks with Moscow on Saturday, failing to determine which generation of Russians would have to face the consequences of the war.
“Especially in Moscow, I want everyone to hear me. It’s time to be together, it’s time to talk,” he said in a video.
“It’s time to restore Ukraine’s territorial integrity and justice. Otherwise, Russia’s losses would be like you need generations to make up for them.
Friday 8:42 pm: Special equipment for French who have left Ukraine on the election list
French people who have left Ukraine due to the war will be able to register on the French electoral list of the new host country (France or abroad) so that they can vote in the presidential election, the National Commission announced. Electoral campaign.
The conflict “had many French citizens established in this country participate in France and settle in other countries,” CNCCEP said in a press release, and the situation of the war “does not allow the opening of polling stations.” Ukraine for this election on April 10th and 24th.