New sanctions against Russia; Joe Biden promises a NATO “answer” in the case of the use of chemical weapons

Update on the situation at noon

Intense diplomacy in Brussels

As the Russian invasion enters its second month, three summits – NATO, G7 and EU – await a single day on Thursday in Brussels, Western heads of state and government. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Thursday asked NATO countries to provide “unlimited military aid” to his country so he can meet the Russian army that Kiev is currently facing “under unequal conditions”. “To save people and our cities, Ukraine needs unlimited military assistance. Just like Russia, without restrictions, uses its entire arsenal against us.”said Mr Zelensky in a video message posted on his Telegram account to the attention of the Heads of State and Government of the Atlantic Alliance.

NATO is strengthening its defense on its eastern flank

The President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, committed one “big mistake” with the invasion of Ukraine, which he “underrated” resistance, said Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General, on Thursday before the opening of the Alliance’s extraordinary summit. NATO will, he said, deploy four new battle groups in Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria and Slovakia to strengthen its defenses against Russia on its eastern flank.

Deadly bombing near Luhansk

At least four people were killed, including two children, and six others were injured in Russian strikes in the town of Rubizhne near Luhansk in eastern Ukraine, the region’s governor Serhi Gaidai said on Thursday. The balance can possibly “to prove to be far superior”, he said, accusing the Russians of using phosphorus bombs. Other officials in this region have accused the Russians of using such bombs in recent days, accusations that cannot be immediately verified.

Kiev says it destroyed a Russian ship

The Ukrainian navy said on Thursday that it destroyed a Russian troop ship anchored in the port of Berdyansk, a town near Mariupol on the Azov Sea. The information could not be immediately verified, the Russian army only very rarely provided information about its losses. The port of Berdiansk is located 80 kilometers west of the strategic port of Mariupol, a city besieged by the Russians since the end of February and knocking relentlessly.

The director of the Kherson Theater was released

We told you about his kidnapping in this live, the director of the Kherson Theater, Oleksandr Kniga, was released, learned The world, in contact with him, Thursday. He had been kidnapped the day before in this Ukrainian city occupied by the Russians, where kidnappings are on the rise, while demonstrations against the occupation take place every day. Sir. Kniga’s release was confirmed to us by one of his colleagues, actor Oleksandr Moudry. Mr. Kniga has been tested, but he is fine.

London imposes new sanctions

The British government on Thursday announced a new series of sanctions targeting 59 Russian and six Belarusian personalities and companies. Companies like the Russian diamond giant Alrosa or the private military service group Wagner are targeted, or even the founder of Tinkoff Bank Oleg Tinkov, the influential head of the first Russian bank Sberbank, Guerman Gref, as well as Polina Kovaleva, daughter of alleged mistress of Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov . Prime Minister Boris Johnson has also called for Russia to be prevented from using its large gold reserves.

4.3 million displaced children

More than half of the children in Ukraine have had to leave their homes to escape insecurity and fighting triggered by the Russian army invasion on February 24, UNICEF said on Thursday. “A month of war in Ukraine has led to the displacement of 4.3 million children, more than half of the country’s estimated child population of 7.5 million.”detailed the UN Children’s Fund in a press release.

Resumption of the stock exchange in Moscow

The stock market partially resumed on Thursday on the Moscow Stock Exchange after a month-long break, a highly controlled reopening following the imposition of unprecedented sanctions from the West for Russian intervention in Ukraine. Only about 30 shares were available during this partial acquisition. “What we are witnessing is a masquerade: a Potemkin market opening”responded in a press release to the White House Deputy Adviser on National Security, Daleep Singh.

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