U.S. Senate brands Putin a war criminal
The International Criminal Court in The Hague has called for a rare party vote to investigate Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine.
In a speech Tuesday before the election, Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer said Putin was responsible for Ukraine’s “atrocities.”
Republican Senator Lindsay Graham, a co-sponsor of the bill, said in a statement: “The next step for me is to create an intelligence cell available to our British allies and other Russian military units at war. Start naming crimes and their commanding officers, ”he said.
In an interview with CNN on Tuesday, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken predicted that Ukraine would be more independent than the Russian president.
A baby is born in the middle of a bomb blast in Bucha
Anna and her newborn daughter Alyssa. Anna Timchenko Copyright: Anna Timchenko
Anna Timchenko was terrified. She had been in labor for hours, but her hometown was being bombed and her apartment was shaking. She and her husband were stranded without electricity, running water or a doctor.
Bucha, a small town about 30 kilometers (18.5 miles) from the capital Kiev, has been relentlessly bombed.
Anna’s husband, Volodymyr, was torn between staying in Bucha or trying to escape. When they finally tried to escape in a car, they had to turn back when they learned that a Russian military vehicle lane was approaching them.
“We later decided to stay in the apartment,” 21-year-old Anna told the BBC.
On March 7, when she was in labor, she called neighbors for help. They agreed to come, but none of them had the experience of having babies.
“We were scared when the baby’s head came out,” said neighbor Victoria. “She’s blue, we do not know what to do. She did not cry at first – we started beating her, then she screamed, we all cheered.” They said.
“You are not alone” – world leaders tell Ukraine
On Tuesday, the prime ministers of Poland, Slovenia and the Czech Republic traveled to Kiev, where they met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Selensky.
Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa told the people of Ukraine, “You are not alone. Your fight is our fight. Together we will win.”
Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala said: “You are fighting for your life; for your freedom, but we know that you are fighting for our lives and our freedom.” Said the Prime Minister.
“We appreciate your courage and will continue to provide further assistance and assistance,” he said, adding that “Europe is with the Ukrainian people.”
The siren sounds in the city of West Lviv
The city of Lviv, a city in western Ukraine, has already largely escaped the weight of the war.
According to its reporters, air sirens are ringing, indicating that civilians should be housed in underground bunkers in the event of an air strike from Russia.
Two days ago, several Russian cruise missiles struck an army base outside the city near the Polish border, killing at least 35 Ukrainian troops.
Men stay behind and seek refuge for their wives and children.
Franklin Steves Copyright: Franklin Steves
Franklin Steve, of Greenwich, southeast London, says he signed on to provide two extra rooms in his family’s home after the war devastated.
A father of three says: “It is heartbreaking to be behind men and to help their wives and children flee and seek refuge.” He mentions.
Biden to send more military aid to Ukraine
Ukrainian troops were seen loading US-made Stinger missiles in early February before the war began.
President Joe Biden will announce an additional $ 1 billion (77 777 million) in US military aid to Ukraine, according to the Wall Street Journal, citing unnamed U.S. officials.
The money will be spent on anti-aircraft and anti-aircraft weapons such as stingers and spears, the newspaper reported. The funding comes from the nearly $ 14 billion that Congress voted to give to Ukraine last week.
According to a Reuters news agency, the figure would be $ 800 million in defense aid.
Since 2014, the United States has provided more than $ 2.5 billion in military aid to Ukraine. The most recent arms shipment was approved on February 26 and is valued at about $ 350 million.
Navalny sentenced to 13 years in prison
Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny has been sentenced by Russian prosecutors to 13 years in prison on new fraud charges.
The opposition politician is currently serving a two-and-a-half-year sentence and is being tried in a prison colony outside Moscow.
Navalny was jailed last year after surviving a neurosis attack he blamed on the Russian government.
In this latest trial, Putin has asked prosecutors to send the “strict regime” prisoner to prison, which means he is in a worse situation than he is currently.
“Not everyone can be imprisoned. Even after 113 years, people like me are not afraid,” Navalny told the court, according to his team.
Polish Deputy Prime Minister: Deploy peace operation in Ukraine
Polish ruling party leader proposes international peacekeeping mission to Ukraine during a symbolic visit to Kiev
With the enforcement of the 35-hour curfew in Kiev, large explosions erupted on the western border of the capital.
As the prime ministers of Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovenia held talks after a train journey across this dangerous war zone to show what they called “unconditional support” for Ukraine, continuous explosions could be heard throughout the city.
Russian artillery and warplanes continue to attack cities and towns throughout Ukraine.
In the besieged city of Mariupol, local officials say about 400 patients and doctors are being held hostage at a hospital.
Russia, meanwhile, says it has seized control of southern Kersen.
But according to Western officials, Russia’s overall growth on the ground, including around Kyiv, is stagnant.
Sanctions could ‘severely affect’ the economy – EU Trade Chief
European Trade Commissioner Valdis Dombrovskis has warned of high inflation, pressure on energy and food prices, market volatility and disruption of the supply chain.
But speaking after a meeting of EU finance ministers in Brussels, Dombrovsky said it was “impossible” to assess the specific economic impact at this stage.
The finance ministers today discussed proposals to help the worst-hit businesses, including grants and loans.
But Dombrovsky stressed that the elements of the EU economy were “tough” and that the group could “tolerate” the crisis.
European leaders’ visit to Kiev risky but worth it – Polish Minister
Adam Easton – Warsaw Correspondent
A Polish deputy foreign minister has said the visit of the Polish, Czech and Slovenian prime ministers to Kiev was “risky” – but said the visit was valuable for its values. The leaders traveled by train to Kyiv for talks with Jaroslaw Kaczynski, head of the Polish Governance, Law and Justice Party, and the Ukrainian president and prime minister.
They are said to represent the European Union.
Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Marcin Przydacz pointed out that in 2008, leaders of Poland, Ukraine and the Baltic states flew to Tbilisi in support of Russia’s invasion of Georgia.
The then Polish president was Jaroslaw Kaczynski’s late twin brother Lech – and Jaroslaw accompanied him on the trip.
Describing the Russian leadership as “barbaric”, he said the visit was “clearly risky”. But he said Poland had already given its approval before visiting Belarus and Russia.
“However, the prime ministers decided that it was worth taking this risk for the sake of values, for our common security and for cooperation with the (Ukrainian) nation,” he said.
‘I only saw the war in movies. I’m alive now. “
Tetiana in a damaged Kiev apartment – Copyright: BBC
She is cleaning her apartment after the windows of her apartment collapsed in a missile attack in a neighboring Kyiv area. No glass is left to protect her home from the early spring winds. Her balcony has been reduced to rubble.
She tells us she woke up at around 4am this morning with an air strike warning and saw missiles “flying in the sky”.
“I walked out the window – boom!” The broken glass hit me in the back, ”she says. “I was shocked!”
She lives in one of three multi-storey residential buildings damaged by a shelling in Kiev this morning. Five people died in one of them.
Now Tetiana is planning to move out of the apartment where she lived for 33 years and where her granddaughter grew up.
“I only saw the war in movies, I only remembered it on TV,” she added. “Now I’m experiencing it myself.”