Russia's war in Ukraine: Latest developments

By: AFP
Published: 09:30 PM, 10 Mar, 2022
Russia's war in Ukraine: Latest developments
Caption: Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova speaks to media as Turkish Foreign Minister, Russian Foreign Minister and Ukraine's Foreign Minister meet for talks in Antalya.
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Here are the latest developments in Russia's war in Ukraine:

- Russia moves on Kyiv -

Fears are mounting Kyiv will soon be encircled, with Russian tanks just a few kilometres (miles) northeast of the city. 

Mayor Vitali Klitschko says half the population has fled.

But he warns that the city is now "a fortress. Every street, every building, every checkpoint has been fortified."

- 71 children killed -

At least 71 children have been killed and more than 100 wounded since the Russian invasion began, Ukraine says.

- Fury at children's hospital attack -

Ukraine accuses Russia of a "war crime" over an attack on a children's hospital in the besieged port of Mariupol that killed three including a child.

At least 17 staff, including doctors, are injured with footage showing the wounded streaming from the destroyed building past burning cars and a giant crater.

Russia's top diplomat Sergei Lavrov claims the hospital was a base for Ukraine's Azov Battalion and "other radicals" and slams the West for supplying them with "deadly weapons".

- 1,207 dead in Mariupol siege -

Some 1,207 civilians have been killed in the 10-day Russian siege of the port, its mayor says. The Red Cross calls the situation there "apocalyptic" after more than a week without water, power or heat. Safe routes out have repeatedly come under attack. 

- 'We did not attack Ukraine': Lavrov -

Lavrov and his Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba make "no progress" in their talks in Turkey, their first face-to-face meet since Moscow launched its invasion, with the Russian foreign minister telling reporters that "we did not attack Ukraine".

- 35,000 evacuated -

Some 35,000 civilians are evacuated from the badly hit cities of Sumy, Enerhodar and areas around Kyiv during a 12-hour ceasefire.

- Women and child killed -

Two women and a 13-year-old boy are killed in the bombing of Velyka Pysarivka village near the badly hit northern city of Sumy close to the Russian border.

- Abramovich assets frozen -

Britain freezes the assets of Roman Abramovich and six other Russian oligarchs, including what London describes as President Vladimir Putin's "right-hand man", Rosneft chief Igor Sechin.

Abramovich will now not be able to sell Chelsea Football Club, nor the club sign new players.

- Invasion damage bill hits $100 bn -

The Russian invasion has so far done around $100 billion worth of damage to roads, bridges and businesses in Ukraine, dealing a huge hit to its economy, Kyiv says.

- Putin: Sanctions will hike food prices -

The Russian president says its oil and gas exports will not stop but warns food prices will soar because of sanctions since Moscow is one of the world's top fertiliser producers.

- Patriot missiles -

Washington deploys two new Patriot surface-to-air missile batteries in Poland to protect its frontline NATO ally. 

- Britain urges G7 oil ban -

British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss calls on the G7 to ban Russian oil imports after the US and Britain said they were "cutting the artery" of the Russian economy.

But fellow G7 members France, Germany, Italy and Japan are wary of such a move.

- US warns on biological weapons -

Washington rejects Russian claims it is involved in bioweapons research in Ukraine, and warns Russia could be preparing to use chemical or biological weapons.

- 2.3 million flee -

The UN says more than 2.3 million people have fled Ukraine, with more than half now in Poland.

- Oil surges, stocks slip -

Oil prices surge, while European stocks slip as the market turmoil continues over Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

AFP

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