Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called for tougher measures against Russia amid alleged “war crimes”.
- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy told the United Nations Security Council that the Russian military must be brought to justice because “War Crimes“.
- Russia called the allegations a “monstrous forgery” aimed at smearing the Russian military.
- The White House said Washington and its allies were preparing to enact additional sanctions against Moscow, including a ban on new Russian investments.
- The European Commission also proposed additional sanctions, including a ban on coal imports from Russia.
- Ukraine says people can only flee the besieged city of Mariupol by car or on foot, as mass evacuation efforts continue to fail.
Here are all the latest updates:
US Secretary of State arrives in Brussels
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken landed in the Belgian capital ahead of a meeting of NATO foreign ministers.
No casualties reported after explosion in Lviv, local officials say
Local officials said no casualties were reported following the explosions in the Lviv region of western Ukraine.
“Explosions near Radekhiv,” regional governor Maksim Kositsky said on Telegram, referring to a town about 70 kilometers (40 miles) northeast of Lviv. “Everyone has to stay in shelters.”
Moments later, he said in another post: “So far, no information about the victim.”
Nearly 4,000 people evacuated from Ukrainian cities on Tuesday: Official
A total of 3,846 people were evacuated from Ukrainian cities through humanitarian corridors on Tuesday, Vereshchuk said in an online post.
This is slightly more than the 3,376 people who escaped on Monday, Ukraine’s deputy prime minister said.
Ukraine says people can still only get out of Mariupol by car or on foot
Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said that people can still only get out of the besieged Ukrainian city of Mariupol on foot or by private car.
Efforts to organize mass bus evacuations to safer regions of Ukraine have so far failed, and efforts with the help of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) have repeatedly failed .
In an online post, Vereshchuk said seven buses trying to get to Mariupol were unable to get through Russia’s blockade.
TASS news agency quoted a senior official as saying that the Russian Defense Ministry said Ukrainian forces had “psychedely disrupted” the evacuation effort.
US announces new sanctions against Russia: White House
The United States will announce new sanctions against Russia on Wednesday, including a ban on all new investment in Russia, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said.
“They will target Russian government officials, their family members, Russian-owned financial institutions, as well as businesses,” Psaki told a news conference about the upcoming measures. government.
“It’s part of our continued efforts to deal with the aftermath, [to] hold Russian officials accountable. ”
The US provides Ukraine with protective chemical weapons: Official
A Biden administration official said the United States is providing Ukraine with life-saving protective equipment that could be deployed if Russia used chemical and biological weapons.
Equipment and supplies, at Kyiv’s request, are being delivered on a rolling basis and some have already been delivered, the unnamed official told Reuters news agency.
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