Ukraine war live: Russian shelling damages buildings in two Kyiv districts

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Ukraine war live: Russian shelling damages buildings in two Kyiv districts

A Ukrainian firefighter sprays water inside a house destroyed by shelling, in Kyiv, Ukraine,Wednesday, March 23, 2022.   —  

The war in Ukraine rages on after the invasion was launched by Moscow on 24 February.

Fighting has forced more than ten million Ukrainians to flee their homes and more than 3.5 million to flee the country, with thousands of people killed or wounded and widespread damage in the wake of shelling and aerial bombardments.

Follow our live updates below.

07:07

Latest updates:

    The United Nations will consider three resolutions on the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.

    UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called the war in Ukraine «morally unacceptable, politically indefensible and militarily nonsensical.»

    Russian shelling injured four in Kyiv, according to the city administration.

    Ukrainian leaders say nine humanitarian convoys have been agreed upon on Wednesday.

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that Russia seized a convoy en route to the port city of Mariupol in a speech on Tuesday night.

    Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov says Putin hasn’t ‘yet’ achieved military goals and refused to rule out Russia using nuclear weapons.

    Zelenskyy will speak to France’s parliament after telling Italian MPs on Tuesday the death of 117 children so far in the war is ‘the price of procrastination’ over Russia.

12:02

International Red Cross president in Moscow to discuss humanitarian aid in Ukraine

Peter Maurer, the International Committee of the Red Cross president, travelled to Moscow on Wednesday to discuss humanitarian efforts to help people in Ukraine.

«The devastation caused by the conflict in recent weeks, as well as eight years of conflict in Donbas, has been vast,» said Maurer in a statement, adding there are steps guided by international humanitarian law that limit suffering.

«I was in Kyiv last week and I’m in Moscow this week to continue the discussion with the authorities on these steps.»

The Red Cross said that «neutral and impartial humanitarian space must be agreed upon and respected» in order to reach those in need.

Maurer will also meet with the Russian Red Cross which is helping people who fled eastern Ukraine.

11:50

Zelenskyy calls for UN reform in speech to Japanese parliament

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called for UN reform, stressing that it had not prevented Russia from invading Ukraine in a speech to the Japanese parliament.

Zelenskyy said that he was pleased that Japan was «the first nation in Asia to put pressure» on Russia.

«Neither the United Nations nor the Security Council has worked. Reforms are required,» Zelenskyy added.

«We need a tool to preemptively ensure global security. Existing international organisations do not work for this purpose. So we need to develop a new preemptive tool that can actually stop invasions,» he said.

(AFP)

11:21

Four people injured by Russian shelling in Kyiv, city administration says

Four people were injured by Russian shelling overnight and on Wednesday in two districts of the Ukrainian capital, the Kyiv city administration said.

The authorities in Kyiv said that Russian strikes hit a shopping centre, private sector buildings and high-rise buildings, as well as private houses that were under fire.

11:03

Scholz reiterates that Germany will not support a no-fly zone over Ukraine

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz reiterated that Germany will not support a no-fly zone over Ukraine or send troops to intervene in the war.

Scholz told German lawmakers on Wednesday that “NATO will not become a party to the war. We are in agreement on this with our European allies and the United States.”

But he said Ukraine could rely on Germany’s help including the financial and military aid already provided and harsh sanctions on Russia.

Scholz said Germany would not support a boycott of Russian oil, coal and gas, but is seeking to wean itself off those imports by finding other suppliers and ramping up renewables.

(AP)

10:48

Poland identifies 45 Russian diplomats and associates suspected of spying

Poland’s internal security agency identified 45 people with diplomatic status who are suspected of spying on behalf of Russia, according to Stanisław Żaryn, the agency’s spokesman.

The agency said in a statement that the diplomats were involved in Russian intelligence projects that posed a threat to Poland’s national security. The agency has called on Poland’s government to expel them from the country.

One of the people identified is a Polish citizen who was detained on March 17, the agency said.

10:21

Zelenskyy condemns ‘inhuman conditions’ in the city of Mariupol

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy condemned the «inhuman conditions» in the city of Mariupol, adding that the government was still working to establish humanitarian corridors to evacuate civilians from the port city.

Mariupol has been devastated by constant shelling, officials and witnesses have said, of the southern port city that is a strategic target for Russia.

Zelenskyy said that around 100,000 people were still trapped in the city.

09:58

China against excluding Russia from the G20

China has said it is against excluding Russia from the next G20 summit after the US and its Western allies were reportedly analysing removing them as a possibility.

«Russia is an important member country (of the G20), no member has the right to expel another country,» Chinese diplomatic spokesman Wang Wenbin told reporters.

(AFP)

09:52

Nine humanitarian corridors agreed with Russia, Ukrainian official says

Nine humanitarian corridors have been agreed upon with Russia, according to Ukrainian Deputy PM Iryna Vereschuk.

Civilians in the besieged port city of Mariupol, however, would need to make it to Berdyansk, a city more than 80 kilometres away, where 24 buses are waiting to evacuate people, she said.

09:14

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy to address French parliament

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will address the French parliament on Wednesday as he urges western countries to impose tougher sanctions on Russia.

Zelenskyy addressed the Italian parliament just one day ago and will also address the Japanese parliament on Wednesday.

Zelenskyy will speak to France’s senate and national assembly at 3:00 pm CET.

Additional sources • AP, AFP

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