Ukraine war live: Zelenskyy urges global protests to mark one month since start of invasion

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Ukraine war live: Zelenskyy urges global protests to mark one month since start of invasion

Members of Japan's lower house of parliament applaud as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy delivers a virtual address to Japanese lawmakers in Tokyo, March 23, 2022.   —  

It has been one month since Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine on 24 February.

Fighting has forced millions of 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.

Here are the latest developments as leaders meet in Europe to discuss the crisis.

07:37

Key updates on Thursday:

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called for global protests as he marked one month since Russia began its invasion of Ukraine.Western leaders will meet at a NATO summit, followed by a meeting of the G7 and an EU summit.US President Joe Biden has arrived in Brussels for meetings with western allies, he will join an EU summit later in the day.NATO will bolster its eastern flank amid the war in Ukraine.The UN General Assembly will vote on a resolution blaming Russia for the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine. 

08:18

Ukraine says it destroyed Russian landing ship

Ukraine’s navy on Thursday reported destroying Russia’s large landing ship, Orsk, near the port city of Berdyansk.

A short Facebook statement about the ship was accompanied with photos and videos of fire and thick plumes of smoke in the port.

The Russian military has not commented on what happened to the ship.

Berdyansk has been under Russian control since 27 February.

(AP)

07:59

Putin has made a big mistake, Stoltenberg says ahead of NATO summit

«President Putin has made a big mistake,» NATO secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg said as he arrived at a NATO summit meeting.

Stoltenberg said Putin underestimated the strength of the Ukrainian people.

He added that use of chemical weapons would change the conflict, saying it would be a «catastrophe».

Stoltenberg said NATO was «facing the most serious security crisis in a generation» and that allies needed to invest more in defence.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will address NATO allies at the summit today.
 

07:33

Western allies to discuss Ukraine war in three separate meetings 

Joe Biden has landed in Brussels to send Vladimir Putin the message that, in the face of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the Western alliance is stronger than it has ever been since the end of the Cold War.

The US President has a packed agenda for his trip to the Belgian capital: his day will start in the morning with an emergency NATO summit to then be followed by a meeting of the Group of Seven (G7) and conclude by joining his EU counterparts at the European Council building.

The extraordinary coincidence of the three high-level encounters responds to the deteriorating situation inside Ukraine, where the Russian advance has stalled but the death toll continues to mount and cities are shelled and bombed. 

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Ukraine war live: Zelenskyy urges global protests to mark one month since start of invasion

Joe Biden will become the first US president to physically attend a meeting of the European Council. — Copyright Patrick Semansky/AP Photo06:57

Russia to expel more American diplomats

The US has said Russia is expelling more US diplomats, having received a list on Wednesday of those who have been declared «persona non grata».

It didn’t say how many diplomats were affected by the order, which generally results in the expulsion of those targeted within 72 hours.

Russia warned that it was close to severing diplomatic relations with the United States, which would be an unprecedented move.

The State Department called Wednesday’s move “Russia’s latest unhelpful and unproductive step” in relations between the countries. It urged Russia “to end its unjustified expulsions of US diplomats and staff.”

06:47

Zelenskyy urges protests one month after start of war

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy urged people in the west to take a stand against the Russian invasion in a speech in English posted to his Telegram channel as he marked one month since the beginning of Russia’s invasion.

«I ask you to stand against the war,» Zelenskyy said, urging people to take to the streets.

«The world must stop the war. I thank everyone who acts in support of Ukraine, in support of freedom, but the war continues… one month already, that long,» he said.

Speaking ahead of several important Western summits, Zelenskyy said Ukraine was waiting for meaningful steps. He once again called for a no-fly zone and for aircraft to support the war. 

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