Today Kuleba-Lavrov talks in Turkey. Kiev: two hospitals bombed west of the capital
Ukraine-Russia war, according to the latest news, bombing continues on the 15th day of the Russian invasion. Today the meeting between Ukrainian foreign ministers Kuleba and Russian Lavrov in Turkey. The news in real time:
HOURS 9.36 – The meeting between Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ukrainian Dmytro Kuleba has begun in Antalya, in southern Turkey. This was announced by the Anadolu news agency.
9.27 am – Ukrenergo (Ukrainian company supplying electricity) said it was immediately ready to start repairs at the Chernobyl power plant as soon as there is a green corridor. This was announced by the company through Facebook.
9.13 AM – Credit Suisse assured today that it is implementing all the international sanctions against Russia, decided after the invasion of Ukraine. The bank also provided information on its exposure to Russia.
9.06 – On the billboards in Crimea and in the Russian Federation there are posters with slogans connected to the invasion of Ukraine: ‘We do not abandon our people’ “.
8.58 AM – Ukraine has opened seven humanitarian corridors, including one from Mariupol, for the evacuation of civilians. Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said this, explaining that the corridors will be open from 9 this morning Ukrainian time until 21 this evening. Vereshchuk asked Russian forces not to fire on humanitarian corridors.
8.47 am – There is also a six-year-old boy among the three people killed in a Russian bombing of the Mariupol Children’s Hospital. Deputy Mayor Sergei Orlov told the BBC, confirming that 17 other people were injured in the attack.
8.38 AM – Russia “no longer intends to participate in the Council of Europe”. This was stated by the Russian Foreign Ministry quoted by the Tass news agency. Moscow lost the right to vote after the annexation of Crimea. “Let them talk to each other, without Russia,” said the Russian Foreign Ministry.
8.29 AM – Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu had a bilateral meeting in Antalya, southern Turkey, with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba and then with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. These meetings took place ahead of the expected negotiations between Kuleba and Lavrov on the crisis in Ukraine, the highest at the diplomatic level since the beginning of the conflict.
8.17 – Today’s meeting in Antalya, in southern Turkey, between Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba should pave the way for a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelensky. This was stated by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, explaining that “our main objective is to bring the three leaders together”, also referring to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
HOURS 8.01 – Millions of people can die if the world does not put an end to this war. This was stated by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky interviewed by Sky News, asking the international community to ” close ” the skies to the Russians, which he defined as ” Nazis ”, ” before it is too late ”. Addressing Western countries, Zelensky said that ” you cannot decide whether or not to close the airspace. If you are against the Nazis and against terrorism, you have to shut them down. Don’t wait for me to ask you many times, millions of times. Close the skies. ”
7.45 am – United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres described the attack that hit the Mariupol pediatric hospital in southern Ukraine as ” horrible ”. On Twitter, Guterres said that “civilians are paying the highest price in a war that has nothing to do with them” and saying that “senseless violence must stop.” Stop the bloodshed now. ”
7.44 – Four people, including two children, were killed after a residential building near the city of Kharkiv was bombed in the night by Russian forces. This was announced by the Ukrainian emergency services, specifying that the attack took place in the village of Slobozhanske, south-east of Ukraine. A five-year-old girl was also injured in the bombing and was taken to hospital for treatment. Rescuers continue their search operations under the rubble.
7.28 – Russian fighters bombed two hospitals in Zhytomyr, west of Kiev. This was announced by the mayor of Zhytomyr, explaining that one of the two hospitals affected is a children’s hospital. At the moment there is no news of victims.
7.22 – ”The Russian military invasion of Ukraine was responsible for a massive humanitarian and economic crisis. The tragic loss of life, the huge influx of refugees and the immense destruction of infrastructure and production capacity are causing severe human suffering and will lead to a deep recession this year. Funding needs are great, urgent, and could increase significantly as the war continues. ” The director general and president of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Kristalina Georgievaon the occasion of the approval of an emergency fund for Ukraine.
” The emergency political response of the Ukrainian authorities has been remarkable – Georgieva continues -. Administrative and capital controls have been introduced to preserve the availability of foreign exchange reserves and reduce exchange rate uncertainty. To further support financial stability, the National Bank of Ukraine established a new liquidity structure and introduced regulatory forbearance measures. While limits were imposed on cash withdrawals, cashless transactions were not restricted. Fiscal policy has focused on securing priority payments. Ukraine remained in compliance with all debt obligations. ”
7.21 – The evacuation of civilians from Sumy is scheduled to resume at 9 am local time, 8 am in Italy, in northeastern Ukraine. This was announced by the president of the Sumy regional administration Dmytro Zhyvytsky through Telegram. The destination is Poltava, a city in central Ukraine.
7.15 – The Executive Council of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has approved a disbursement of 1.4 billion dollars under the Quick Financing Facility (RFI) to help meet urgent funding needs and mitigate the economic impact of the war in Ukraine. The Executive Committee expressed its strong support for the Ukrainian people.
” The war in Ukraine is causing tragic loss of life and suffering. While the outlook is subject to extraordinary uncertainty, the economic consequences are already very serious, with refugee flows of more than 2 million people in just 13 days and the large-scale destruction of key infrastructure in Ukraine. This RFI outlay, equivalent to 50% of Ukraine’s share in the IMF, will help meet urgent balance-of-payments needs stemming from the impacts of the ongoing war and provide critical short-term support, while delivering a role of catalyst for the financing of other partners ”, underlines the IMF.
The Ukrainian authorities have canceled the stand-by agreement and the authorities have expressed their intention to work with the IMF to design an appropriate economic program aimed at rehabilitation and growth, when conditions permit. Authorities intend to remain in close consultation with staff as they continue to design and implement effective crisis mitigation measures, ” concludes the IMF.
7.14 – I. Russian fighters bombed the city of Okhtyrka and the village of Bytytsya, in the Sumy region, destroying residential buildings and civilian infrastructure. This was stated by the head of the Sumy regional administration Dmytro Zhyvytsky. Quoted by the ‘Kiev Independent’, he also specified that Okhtyrka is being bombed day and night.
7.09 am – The US Congress has approved the allocation of 14 billion dollars in aid to Ukraine. The measure, which will now have to pass to the Senate, was approved with 414 votes in favor and 17 against.
7.01 – Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba and Russian Minister Sergei Lavrov arrived in Antalya, southern Turkey, where they will meet to discuss the ongoing crisis. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday hoped that the talks could “pave the way for a lasting ceasefire”.