- Ukraine tells UN nuclear watchdog IAEA it has lost all contact with facilities at the Chernobyl nuclear power station, which is now held by Russian forces.
- Over 400,000 civilians have so far been evacuated in Ukraine, according to Interior Minister Denys Monastyrsky.
- More than 12,000 people have been evacuated from Sumy, while no civilians have been able to leave besieged Mariupol.
- High-level talks in Turkey between Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba have not produced a ceasefire agreement.
- Fighting intensifies around Kyiv as Ukrainian forces attempt to block a column of Russian tanks.
Here are all the latest updates:
Situation in besieged city of Mariupol ‘a total horror’
Maria Moskaleno, who managed to get out of the besieged city of Mariupol last week, says her parents remain stuck there.
“It’s a total horror, it’s a humanitarian catastrophe,” Moskaleno told Al Jazeera. “They don’t know, they’ll have food till the end of the blockade.”
According to Moskaleno, her parents have been cooking food “on the streets”, with branches of wood from surrounding trees.
“It’s a disaster, it’s really scary… Russians are constantly bombing,… constantly, rockets are flying around them, they’re really scared, they just don’t have hope of salvation,” she added.
UN Security Council to convene at Russia’s request
The United Nations Security Council will convene on Friday at the request, diplomats have said, to discuss Moscow’s claims, presented without evidence, of US biological activities in Ukraine.
The United States has dismissed Russian claims as ‘laughable,’ warning Moscow may be preparing to use chemical or biological weapons.
Ukraine says civilians unable to leave Mariupol; Zelenskyy blames Russian ‘terror’
Not a single civilian was able to leave the encircled Ukrainian city of Mariupol as Russian forces failed to respect a temporary ceasefire to allow evacuations, Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk has said.
Meanwhile, efforts to send food, water and medicine into the city failed when Russian tanks attacked a humanitarian corridor, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said.
“This is outright terror from experienced terrorists,” he said. “The world needs to know this. I have to admit it – we are all dealing with a terrorist state. ”
Top US aid official hails ‘solidarity’ of Ukraine’s neighbors
The head of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has praised countries neighboring Ukraine for their “solidarity and generosity” in welcoming more than 2 million refugees amid the war.
“The unity of these frontline states — Moldova, Slovakia, Romania, Poland & Hungary — has taken Putin by surprise,” Samantha Power said on Twitter.
As 2M + Ukrainians flee their country, the solidarity and generosity of their neighbors has been unprecedented. The unity of these frontline states — Moldova, Slovakia, Romania, Poland & Hungary — has taken Putin by surprise. Here’s how they’re helping:
– Samantha Power (@PowerUSAID) March 10, 2022
Russian forces shell Ukraine institute which has an experimental reactor, parliament says
Russian forces shelled an institute in the city of Kharkiv that is home to an experimental nuclear reactor and a neighboring hostel is on fire, the Ukrainian Parliament has said.
In a tweet, the parliament’s official website said fighting close to the Institute of Physics and Technology was continuing.
🛑 Russia just attacked #Kharkiv Institute of Physics and Technology
Experimental nuclear reactor is located inside. The shelling caused a fire in a neighboring hostel; the fight continues.#StopRussia #StopRussia #ClosetheSkyoverUkraine pic.twitter.com/H88CYHGl9C
– Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine (@ua_parliament) March 10, 2022
Ukraine banking leader calls for stiffer financial sanctions on Russia
Valeria Gontareva, a former governor of the National Bank of Ukraine, says seized Russian assets should be used to help rebuild Ukraine.
The sanctions imposed by Western nations against Moscow are having “seismic negative effects on the Russian economy,” Gontareva told Al Jazeera.
She said that is not enough, however, because revenue from Russian oil and gas sales will be sufficient to continue financing the ongoing war.
UN and partners boost presence and aid supplies inside Ukraine
UN Spokesman Stephane Dujarric has said humanitarian organizations are “deploying additional staff across Ukraine and are working to move supplies to warehouses in different hubs” within the country and abroad.
He added that an estimated 1.9 million Ukrainians have been internally displaced, while more than 2.3 million have now crossed the western border in search of safety.
Dujarric also said the World Food Program was “deeply concerned about the impact of the conflict on Ukraine’s food security and the waning ability of families in embattled areas to feed themselves.”
US urges Russia to allow civilians to safely depart Ukrainian cities
Washington has urged Moscow to allow civilians to safely depart Ukrainian cities and towns besieged by Russian troops, saying that the forces now encircle multiple cities after having destroyed much of the critical infrastructure.
“Putin’s military plan to quickly capture Ukraine is clear. So he’s now turning to a strategy of laying waste to population centers to try to break the will of the people of Ukraine, something he won’t be able to do, “State Department spokesperson Ned Price told reporters.
Ukraine tells IAEA it has lost all contact with Chernobyl after power cut
Ukraine has told the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog that it has lost all contact with the radioactive waste facilities at Chernobyl next to the defunct power plant, which is now held by Russian forces.
“Ukraine informed the International Atomic Energy Agency [IAEA] that it had lost today all communications with the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant [NPP]the day after the Russian-controlled site lost all external power supplies, ”the IAEA said in a statement, adding that before there was contact by email.
#Ukraine nuclear regulator told IAEA today it had lost all communication w / #Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant, can no longer provide updated info. @RafaelMGrossi says IAEA’s aware of reports that power has now been restored to the site, needs for confirmation. https://t.co/GhdMceMgRP pic.twitter.com/8iwjPzmef1
– IAEA – International Atomic Energy Agency (@iaeaorg) March 10, 2022
Hungary intervenes to stabilize fuel supply amid surge in demand
Hungary’s government has ordered a truck stoppage for four days starting on Saturday and cut the excise tax on fuel as part of efforts to stabilize fuel supplies after a surge in demand in recent days, a government official said.
“Supply is ensured, there is no reason to panic and the government maintains the cap on fuel prices,” Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s chief of staff, Gergely Gulyas, said during a news conference.
Facebook, Instagram to temporarily allow calls for violence against Russians
Meta Platforms will allow Facebook and Instagram users in some countries to call for violence against Russians and Russian soldiers in the context of Ukraine’s invasion, according to internal emails seen by the Reuters news agency, in a temporary change to its hate speech policy.
The social media company is also temporarily allowing posts that call for death to Russian President Vladimir Putin or Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko in countries including Russia, Ukraine and Poland, according to a series of internal emails to its content moderators.
Meta did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
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