What to remember from Saturday, March 12
Russian troops continued their offensive in southern and eastern Ukraine on Saturday, March 12, while still trying to encircle Kiev. Emmanuel Macron called on his Russian counterpart to end the conflict during his meeting with Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz. “Abuses of the Russian Army” in a neighboring country. The French president said “Decided to use all resources of diplomacy”but also sanctions, to respond to the invasion of Ukraine.
Mariupol is in “almost hopeless” condition
Mariupol was without water, gas, electricity and communication on Saturday, March 12, after a 12-day siege by the Russian army. In one situation “almost hopeless” According to Doctors Without Borders, residents have recently been struggling for food. According to the head of Ukrainian diplomacy, 1,582 civilians were killed and buried in mass graves in this strategic port in southeastern Ukraine.
Russian troops also continued their attacks on Kiev on Saturday, which they tried to besiege. Soldiers in the surrounding areas of the capital tried to destroy Ukrainian defenses in the west and north of the city. “block”, – said the General Staff of Ukraine. Russian missiles at Vasilkov, south of Kiev “completely destroyed” According to local authorities, the local airport and oil terminal were also burnt.
The port city of Mykolayiv, near Odessa, in the south of the country, was bombed overnight from Friday to Saturday. Bullets hit the residents’ evacuated cancer center and the eye hospital, which housed an unspecified number of patients.
“about 1300” In the first official information provided by the Ukrainian authorities since the beginning of the occupation, Volodymyr Zelensky said that Ukrainian soldiers have been killed since February 24. Russia reported on March 2 that 498 soldiers had been killed among its forces and has not yet released another estimate.
Zelensky welcomes the “Russian signal” in the negotiations
The Ukrainian president welcomed the approach on Saturday “fundamentally different” He emphasizes that Russia is no longer satisfied with the recent talks between Moscow and Kyiv “just give ultimatums”. A day ago, Vladimir Putin noted “advanced” In negotiations with Ukraine. Vladimir Zelensky responded on Saturday “I am happy to receive a signal from Russia” In these exchanges, during the press conference in Kyiv, which was broadcast on the Telegram account of the Ukrainian presidency.
Putin accuses Kiev of violating humanitarian laws, and Paris calls it a “lie”.
Vladimir Putin accused Ukrainian forces on Saturday “gross violations” on humanitarian law during a telephone conversation with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz. The President of Russia spoke “extrajudicial killing of opponents”of “civil foreclosure” and theirs “use as a human shield”as well as “Placing heavy weapons in residential areas, near hospitals, schools and kindergartens”.
These accusations “lie” After this 75 exchange Yelysey reacted minutes, the second three leaders bring together in three days. The exchange took place “focused” At the request of Paris and Berlin“Immediate ceasefire and beginning of diplomatic settlement”French presidency and German chancellor were also appointed.
Emmanuel Macron told this to his Russian counterpart “The pressure of the Russian army should have stopped” and this “disruptions” of “the worst way” can be, “under international law and subject to ongoing investigation”, “categorized as war crimes”. The Europeans are currently considering new sanctions against Moscow, and ambassadors from 27 member states are due to meet in Brussels on Sunday to discuss them. In turn, Joe Biden opened Road to punitive tariffs against Russia on Friday.