This Wednesday marked the 14th day of the war in Ukraine. The US has expressed concern over Poland’s decision to deliver its Mig-29 jets to the US base in Germany.
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said in a statement to the media that sending planes departing from a US and NATO base in Germany to a country at war is a matter of concern to the alliance.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will meet with his Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba in Turkey on Thursday.
The British Ministry of Defense said today that Ukraine’s air defense had proved successful against modern Russian fighter jets. In the latest intelligence update on the Russian occupation, the ministry said Ukraine had prevented Russia from achieving its intended air control. “The war in the north-west of Kiev remains ongoing with Russian forces failing to make any significant progress,” the statement said.
Russia announces it will provide humanitarian corridors today for Ukrainians fleeing Kiev, Chernihiv, Sumy, Kharkiv and Mariupol. It is also reported that from 7 o’clock in the morning the forces will “observe a regime of silence”.
An evacuation corridor from the city of Sumy in northeastern Ukraine will remain operational on Wednesday, regional governor Dmytro Zhyvytskyy said in a social media post. People will be able to travel in their own vehicles, he added. Also, 22 buses used during Tuesday’s evacuation will return to the city from the central city of Poltava to assist evacuations from around 14:00 local time, he said.
Western countries are targeting Russia’s oil exports as the invasion of Ukraine by President Vladimir Putin – which has forced at least 2 million refugees to leave the country – enters its 14th day.
Evacuation of Sumy: A temporary evacuation from the northeastern Ukrainian city of Sumy came after a Russian airstrike killed 21 people, according to Ukrainian authorities. About 5,000 people fled the city on Tuesday, according to a Ukrainian official.
Prohibition of Russian oil exports: President Joe Biden announced a ban on imports of Russian oil, natural gas and coal into the US, a move he warned could lead to rising gas prices.
The UK has said it will gradually phase out “imports of Russian oil and oil products by the end of 2022” and the EU has said it plans to cut Russian gas imports by two-thirds this year and gradually lift its dependence by 2030. .
Aircraft of Poland: The US is sending Patriot missiles to Poland as a “defensive deployment” to counter any possible threat to US and NATO allies, said a spokesman for US European Command. Earlier Tuesday, the Pentagon rejected Poland’s proposal to transfer its MiG-29 fighter jets to the United States for delivery to Ukraine, calling it unacceptable.
Zelensky: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addressed the UK House of Commons, urging lawmakers to tighten sanctions against Moscow. Echoing the famous speech of former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill during the war, Zelensky said: “We will fight to the end at sea, in the air. “We will continue to fight for our land, regardless of the cost.”
Ukraine cautious about ceasefire: The Ukrainian Armed Forces said it was “difficult to trust the occupiers” after Russia announced a new ceasefire starting at 10 a.m. Moscow time (09:00 Ukrainian / 02:00 ET) on Wednesday. Russia said it was ready to provide evacuation corridors from Kiev, Chernihiv, Sumy, Kharkiv and Mariupol, along with other cities negotiating with the Ukrainian side.
Civilians are held “hostage”: The ceasefire proposal comes after Ukraine’s foreign minister said Russian troops were holding 300,000 civilians hostage in the besieged southern city of Mariupol. Ukrainian authorities said a convoy of humanitarian aid to the city was engulfed in fire.
US brands withdraw from Russia: McDonald’s and Starbucks became the last Western businesses to close in Russia, after Coca-Cola and PepsiCo, which is also pulling some products from the country.