A series of Russian strikes hit a residential area of the Ukrainian capital, sparking a huge fire and frantic rescue efforts in a 15-storey building in Kyiv
The latest developments on the Russian-Ukrainian war:
KYIV, Ukraine — A series of Russian strikes hit a residential area of Ukraine’s capital on Tuesday, sparking a huge fire and frantic rescue efforts at a 15-story building in Kyiv. At least one person has been killed and others remain trapped inside.
The Ukrainian military said in a statement that the strikes were artillery strikes. They hit the Svyatoshynskyi district in western Kyiv, adjacent to the suburb of Irpin which saw some of the worst battles of the war.
Flames erupted from the building as firefighters rescued people from the ladders. Smoke choked the air.
A firefighter at the scene confirmed one person had died and several were rescued alive, but others are still inside as rescuers try to reach them.
Russian forces also intensified their strikes overnight against the northwestern suburbs of Irpin, Hostomel and Bucha, Kyiv region chief Oleksiy Kuleba told Ukrainian television.
Russian forces also renewed their efforts on Tuesday to seize the important southern port city of Mariupol and unleashed fresh artillery strikes on downtown Kharkiv in the east, it said. the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on Facebook.
TOKYO — The Japanese government is freezing the assets of 17 other Russian political tycoons and their associates to tighten sanctions and pressure Moscow to end its invasion of Ukraine.
The list of sanctions targets includes 11 members of Russia’s Duma parliamentary chamber, banker Yuri Kovalchuk and his associates, as well as billionaire Viktor Vekselberg, chairman of the Renova Group, according to a joint statement issued by the foreign ministries, of Finance and Trade.
This decision brings to 61 the number of Russians targeted by the freezing of Japanese assets.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno told reporters on Tuesday that further steps had been taken “in order to stop Russia’s invasion (of Ukraine) as soon as possible”.
Matsuno said Japan would cooperate with other Group of Seven countries and other international communities to respond appropriately in the event of new sanctions.
Japan has already imposed sanctions on the Russian central bank, seven private banks, and Russian and Belarusian individuals and groups. Tokyo has also imposed a ban on the export to Russia of items, including high-tech equipment that can be used for military purposes.
UNITED NATIONS – The UN chief warned on Monday that Russia’s war on Ukraine holds “a sword of Damocles” over the global economy, especially poor developing countries facing soaring prices food, fuel and fertilizer and now see their granary “being bombarded”. ”
Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told reporters that “Russia and Ukraine account for more than half of the world’s sunflower oil supply and around 30% of the world’s wheat” and that “grain prices have already exceeded those of the start of the Arab Spring and the food riots of 2007-2008.
He told reporters that 45 African and least developed countries import at least a third of their wheat from Ukraine and Russia, and 18 of them import at least 50%. These countries include Egypt, Congo, Burkina Faso, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, he said.
“All of this hits the poorest the hardest and sows the seeds of political instability and unrest around the world,” Guterres warned.
KYIV, Ukraine – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said talks between Ukrainian and Russian delegations will continue on Tuesday.
Speaking in a video address, Zelenskyy said the Ukrainian delegation had done a good job during the talks on Monday. He gave no further details.
He said he spoke to Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Monday as part of efforts to “quickly end the war” and achieve “honest peace”. Bennett, who has sought to broker a peaceful settlement, also spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday.
Zelenskyy hailed a Russian state television employee who interrupted the main evening news program on Russian Channel 1 by rushing into a studio with a poster against the war in Ukraine. The employee was then arrested by the police.
Ukraine’s president again addressed the Russian soldiers, urging them to stop fighting and saying, “I’m giving you a chance to survive.
In an effort to shore up the war-stricken economy, Zelenskyy announced a plan to cut corporate taxes sharply.