Defiant Zelenskyy vows Ukraine will ‘not give up, will fight to the end’ as casualties continue to mount: Live updates

Written by on March 8, 2022

A defiant Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy issued an impassioned plea for assist to the world Tuesday, thanking the West for its help and saying his nation wouldn’t yield to the overwhelming may of the Russian army.

“We won’t quit and we won’t lose,” Zelenskyy mentioned to a rousing ovation from the British parliament through video from Ukraine. “We are going to combat to the top, at sea, within the air. We are going to proceed combating for our land regardless of the prices.”

Zelenskyy acknowledged the prices have been excessive, citing Russian missile strikes which have killed a whole bunch of civilians, together with kids, and devastated residential neighborhoods in Ukraine’s largest cities.

Zelenskyy spoke minutes after President Joe Biden introduced a ban on the U.S. import of Russian energy, saying the U.S. is “concentrating on the principle artery of Russia’s economic system.” Britain, extra dependent than the U.S. on Russian vitality, introduced that it will part out the import of Russian oil over the subsequent 12 months.

Earlier Tuesday, the primary corridor intended to allow civilians to escape safely from Ukraine’s battered cities opened, a big transfer met with skepticism after comparable efforts failed. Ukrainian officers mentioned the corridors nonetheless have been unattainable for civilian use as a consequence of continued Russian shelling. 

The Russian army has countered the declare, alleging that Ukraine solely has allowed civilians to make use of one hall from the town of Sumy and blocked different routes from Kyiv, Chernihiv, Kharkiv and Mariupol.

Russian Col. Gen. Mikhail Mizintsev mentioned Tuesday that the Russian army has introduced it’s going to cease firing at 10 a.m. Wednesday to let civilians depart safely through the corridors. He steered establishing a hotline between Russia and Ukraine to coordinate the evacuation.

Newest developments:

► Reserving Holdings, which manufacturers embody widespread journey websites, Priceline and Kayak, announced it suspended bookings in Russia and its ally Belarus. 

►McDonald’s says it’s quickly closing 850 eating places in Russia in response to the Ukraine invasion. Starbucks, which has pretty small enterprise publicity within the area, adopted swimsuit and mentioned it was suspending all enterprise in Russia. 

►The Ukrainian army intelligence company mentioned Russian Maj. Gen. Vitaly Gerasimov, 45, was killed in battle close to Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest metropolis.

►Vitality large Shell mentioned it will stop buying Russian oil and pure gasoline and shut down its service stations and different operations within the nation.

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Poland, U.S. transferring all MIG-29 jets to Ukraine

Poland mentioned it will give all of its MiG-29 fighter jets to the U.S., apparently agreeing to an association that will permit them for use by Ukraine’s army. Ukraine has pleaded for extra warplanes.

The choice got here Tuesday as Washington was a proposal beneath which Poland would provide Ukraine with Soviet-era fighters and in flip obtain American F-16s to make up for his or her loss. Ukrainian pilots are skilled to fly Soviet-era fighter jets.

Chairman of the Senate International Relations Committee Robert Menendez, D-N.J., famous the plan Tuesday saying Poland had determined to switch its  jets to the U.S. army, which might then switch these Soviet-era planes to Ukraine.

Menendez’s assertion got here throughout a Senate listening to on Russia’s invasion with Victoria Nuland, the State Division’s beneath secretary for political affairs.

Menendez mentioned giving these planes to the Ukrainian army would give them the power to maintain management over their airspace towards Russia’s greater air pressure. Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., urged Nuland to make sure the fighter jets are transferred as shortly as attainable.

“Time is of the essence,” Cardin mentioned. “We wish to see these planes there yesterday.”

The Polish International Ministry mentioned in a press release that Poland is able to ship the jets to the U.S. Ramstein Air Base in Germany.

 – Deirdre Shesgreen

Brittney Griner’s spouse expresses ache as Russian reserving photograph launched 

The wife of WNBA player Brittney Griner expressed her pain on social media because the Phoenix Mercury basketball participant stays in Russian custody, presumably going through as much as 10 years in jail. 

Cherelle T. Griner, the spouse of the seven-time all-star, wrote Monday in an Instagram caption “there are not any phrases to precise this ache. I am hurting, we’re hurting. We await the day to like on you as a household.” 

Griner has been in custody since February due to alleged drug expenses, though the Russian Federal Customs Service did not launch footage of Griner, recognized by Russia state-operated information company Tass, at an airport screening till Saturday.

The 2-time Olympic gold medalist allegedly was stopped for carrying cannabis oil in her baggage. The punishment, based on Russian officers, may carry a jail sentence of as much as 10 years. 

“My coronary heart, our hearts, are all skipping beats on a regular basis that goes by,” Cherelle Griner wrote. “I miss your voice. I miss your presence. You’re our particular person!”

CNN reported Tuesday that Russian state tv aired on Saturday a photograph of Griner holding a chunk of paper at a police station. The photograph was taken after Griner’s arrest, the community mentioned. The CNN report additionally included footage of a Russian Federal Customs service official confirming {that a} “prison case has been opened towards an American for smuggling a big quantity of medicine.” 

 – Chris Bumbaca 

Putin has ‘fingers full’ in Ukraine, will not begin battle with U.S., Rep. Schiff says

The chairman of the Home Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., referred to as Russian President Vladimir Putin’s saber-rattling over nuclear weapons “destabilizing and harmful” however mentioned he’s too busy in Ukraine to get into direct battle with the US.

“I assume it is definitely the case that Putin understands how a lot he was taken on with Ukraine,” Schiff advised reporters Tuesday after a listening to on worldwide threats the place lawmakers heard evaluation from U.S. intelligence businesses. 

“I assume it has been a brutal realization, not simply how nicely the Ukrainians are combating, however how poorly his personal troops are doing. I assume he feels or ought to really feel that he has his fingers full extra than his fingers full.”

 – Bart Jansen 

Russia offers little of US oil imports

The US imported roughly 6.1 million barrels a day final 12 months, which accounted for 40% of the crude processed at American refineries. The largest share of imports got here from Canada (61%) adopted by Mexico (10%), Saudi Arabia (6%) and Russia (3%), based on the commerce affiliation. Columbia, Iraq and Ecuador comply with Russia. In 2021, the U.S. imported a mean of 209,000 barrels per day of crude oil from Russia,  based on the American Gas & Petrochemical Producers. 

Derrick Morgan, a senior vp for the gasoline group, mentioned oil and gasoline are globally traded commodities and banning imports from Russia to the U.S. would have an effect on nations all over the world.

“Taking any oil off globally will have an effect,” he mentioned.

 – Craig Harris

Civilian loss of life toll rises; true totals unknown

The U.N. workplace of human rights has recorded 1,335 civilian casualties throughout Ukraine because the battle started, together with 474 killed and 861 injured. Greater than two dozen kids are among the many fatalities. The U.N. mentioned the true toll possible is “significantly greater, particularly in government- managed territory and particularly in current days, because the receipt of knowledge from some areas the place intense hostilities have been occurring has been delayed” and lots of stories are pending corroboration.

The U.N.’s refugee company mentioned Tuesday that 2,011,000 Ukrainians had fled the nation, most of them to Poland. The European Union may see as many as 5 million Ukrainian refugees if Russia continues to assault cities, E.U. overseas affairs chief Josep Borrell mentioned.

US high spy: Putin ‘aggrieved’ at West however searching for off-ramp in Ukraine

The USA’s high intelligence officer provided a blunt evaluation Tuesday of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s missteps and the potential for escalated battle amid within the invasion of Ukraine. U.S. intelligence businesses discovered that Putin incorrectly calculated going into the battle that the U.S. and Europe have been too internally divided to mount a transparent response, that Ukraine was a weak state ripe for an intervention and that Russian forces had modernized itself sufficient to swiftly win a combat, Director of Nationwide Intelligence Avril Haines advised the Home Intelligence Committee.

“Putin feels aggrieved the West doesn’t give him correct deference and perceives this as a battle he can not lose,”  Haines mentioned.

Putin’s “nuclear sabre-rattling” was a part of a method to point out energy in an try to create a face-saving climb down, she mentioned. CIA Director Invoice Burns mentioned throughout testimony to Congress that Putin has “no sustainable political endgame in face of what’s going to proceed to be fierce resistance from Ukrainians.”

– Matthew Brown

Biden says oil ban hits ‘essential artery of Russian economic system’

President Joe Biden introduced a ban on the U.S. import of all Russian vitality in an try to focus on “the principle artery of Russia’s economic system.” 

“Russian oil will not be accepted at U.S. ports,” the president mentioned on the White Home. “We won’t be a part of subsidizing Putin’s battle.” 

Biden acknowledged that gasoline costs, which have already risen since Russia invaded Ukraine, will go up additional. The president mentioned he made the choice in session with European allies however added they don’t seem to be able to hitch the U.S. in banning Russian vitality imports.

Whereas the U.S. imports little oil and no gasoline from Russia, the nation provides Europe with 30% of its oil and 40% of its pure gasoline. European leaders have been hesitant to chop off the Russian vitality provide line. Biden mentioned the U.S. is working carefully with European allies to develop a “long-term technique” to cut back their dependence on Russian vitality. 

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy thanked Biden on Twitter after the announcement, writing he was grateful for Biden’s management “in putting within the coronary heart of Putin’s battle machine” with the ban. 

– Maureen Groppe, Courtney Subramanian and Christal Hayes

In Mariupol, a wrestle to outlive

In Mariupol, the Russian military has damaged the agreements on the humanitarian hall for a fourth day in a row, making evacuation “unattainable,” the Ukraine authorities mentioned. Shelling has continued nonstop for per week, and most utilities are out. Civilians within the besieged southeastern port metropolis are struggling to outlive, and the Related Press stories that our bodies have been left uncollected on the streets.

Efforts to arrange evacuation routes have repeatedly collapsed. With water provides minimize, individuals have been counting on streams or melting snow. Energy outages have residents relying on their automobile radios for info, some broadcast from areas managed by Russia or Russian-backed separatist forces.

Looting for meals, garments and even furnishings is widespread, and locals refer to the follow as getting a “low cost,” AP stories.

Boy, 11, escapes to Slovakia on his personal

An 11-year-old boy has made a heroic journey to Slovakia alone to flee the Russian assaults. According to a Facebook put up from the Slovak Embassy within the U.Ok., the boy crossed the Slovakian border with only a plastic bag, a passport and a telephone quantity written on his hand. Volunteers took him to get meals, warmth and drinks as they ready him for his subsequent journey. Officers have been ready to contact his mom from the telephone quantity written on his hand. In a video posted on Fb, she thanked everybody for her son’s security. 

“He conquered everybody together with his smile, fearlessness and dedication of an actual hero,” a Slovak Inside Ministry consultant mentioned.

– Asha C. Gilbert

A Ukrainian serviceman walks past the vertical tail fin of a Russian Su-34 bomber lying in a damaged building in Kharkiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, March 8, 2022.

2 million have fled Ukraine

The variety of refugees fleeing Ukraine reached 2 million on Tuesday, based on the United Nations, the quickest exodus Europe has seen since World Struggle II.

“In the present day the outflow of refugees from Ukraine reaches 2 million individuals. Two million,” Filippo Grandi, the U.N. Excessive Commissioner for Refugees, wrote on Twitter. Michelle Bachelet, the U.N. excessive commissioner for human rights, mentioned she is “deeply involved about civilians trapped in lively hostilities in quite a few areas.” 

Poland has been the escape level for greater than 1.2 million of the refugees. A number of hundred thousand have fled to different European nations, together with about 100,000 to Russia. Greater than 15% of the nation of 45 million persons are ethnic Russians.

Russia warns oil costs may attain $300 per barrel

Russia warned the worth of oil may leapfrog to $300 a barrel and threatened the possible closure of gas supplies to Europe amid rising tensions towards Western nations contemplating a ban on Russia oil.

“It’s completely clear {that a} rejection of Russian oil would result in catastrophic penalties for the worldwide market,” Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak mentioned in a press release on state tv, based on Reuters. “The surge in costs can be unpredictable. It could be $300 per barrel if no more.”

Noting Germany’s choice final month to freeze the certification of the Nord Stream 2 gasoline pipeline, Novak mentioned Russia could ax the existing Nord Stream 1 pipeline – thought of one in all Europe’s essential sources of pure gasoline.

“Now we have each proper to take an identical choice and impose an embargo on gasoline pumping by means of the Nord Stream 1 gasoline pipeline,” mentioned Novak, The Guardian reported.

Gasoline costs are actually the costliest in US historical past

After days of dramatically rising gasoline costs in wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the nationwide common for a gallon of gasoline is now the highest in U.S. history, breaking the report that stood for practically 14 years. As of Tuesday morning, the value of standard gasoline within the U.S. is $4.17, based on AAA, up from $4.06 on Monday. Final week, the typical value was $3.60.

The earlier nationwide common excessive was $4.11, set on July 17, 2008, based on AAA.

“Individuals have by no means seen gasoline costs this excessive, nor have we seen the tempo of will increase so quick and livid,” Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum evaluation at fuel-savings app GasBuddy, mentioned in a press release on Monday. 

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Lviv struggling with inflow of Ukrainians hoping to flee to Poland

Many refugees are crossing over to Poland by means of the far western metropolis of Lviv. However the metropolis is buckling beneath the strain of the tens of hundreds of people that have fled their hometowns in hopes of searching for refuge out of the country. “We actually want help,” Mayor Andriy Sadovyi mentioned. The town wants massive tents with kitchens to be able to put together meals, he mentioned.

The historic metropolis, as soon as a well-liked vacationer vacation spot, had a inhabitants of 700,000 earlier than the battle. Now, over 200,000 displaced Ukrainians are filling up Lviv’s sports activities halls, colleges, church buildings and hospitals. 

– Celina Tebor

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