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LIVE: Macron, Scholz Speak to Putin About Ceasefire in Ukraine

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting with permanent members of the Russia's Security Council via teleconference call at the Kremlin in Moscow

    Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting with permanent members of the Russia's Security Council via teleconference call at the Kremlin in Moscow | Photo: Kremlin Pool

Published 11 March 2022
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Macron, Scholz Speak to Putin About  Ceasefire in Ukraine - Sending planes, tanks with US crews to Ukraine would mean World War III: Biden - YouTube begins to block access to Russian government-funded media 

Neo-Nazis loot Mariupol residents, kill those who resist them - Russian ministry

Neo-Nazi groups in Mariupol started to loot homes of local residents, killing those who resist them, Colonel-General Mikhail Mizintsev, the head of the Russian National Center for Defense Management, said on Saturday.

"Today, armed neo-Nazi gangs went on yet another marauding spree in residential areas, robbing local residents of their remaining food, clothes and valuables," he said.

"Those who resisted in any form were gunned down on the spot," Mizintsev added.

PayPal asked Russian users to withdraw money from their accounts by March 18

The payment company PayPal has asked Russian users to withdraw money from their accounts by March 18. This was reported on the corporation's website.

PayPal noted that while retaining the function of withdrawing funds but feared possible further disruptions in service.

The company on March 5 suspended work in Russia. Previously, Alfa-Bank has already recommended that its customers check their e-wallets in order to have time to withdraw funds before PayPal stops working in Russia.

Reuters: New US military aid package for Kiev includes anti-tank and anti-aircraft systems

Javelin missile system

The new package of US military assistance to Ukraine will include anti-tank and anti-aircraft systems, as well as small arms. This was reported on Saturday by Reuters , citing a representative of the Washington administration.

We are talking about a package worth up to $200 million, which was announced earlier on Saturday.

Several protests in solidarity with Ukraine in European cities

Protesters gather on Dam Square during a protest against the war in Ukraine, in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 12 March 2022. EFE/EPA/RAMON AN FLYMEN
Participants of a walking meditation stand in front of the Russian embassy in Berlin, Germany, 12 March 2022. Participants of a walking meditation demonstrated between the Ukrainian and the Russian embassy for peace. EFE/EPA/CLEMENS BILAN

Polyansky said that Western sanctions will only lead to increased self-sufficiency in Russia

Western sanctions will only lead to greater self-sufficiency in Russia, and the departure of European and American companies will only mean the loss of their share in the Russian market. This was announced on Saturday by Dmitry Polyansky, First Deputy Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the UN.

"Russia will overcome this anxiety and develop more self-sufficiency skills, and US and EU companies will simply lose our market. Keep shooting yourself in the foot," he wrote on Twitter, commenting on US President Joe Biden's words that Western sanctions are allegedly destroying the Russian economy.

Russia proposes 10 humanitarian corridors from Kiev, Chernihiv, Sumy, Kharkov, Mariupol

Russia on Saturday provided 10 humanitarian corridors for evacuation from Ukraine to Russia, none of which have been confirmed by the Kiev authorities, Mikhail Mizintsev, head of Russia's National Defense Management Center (NDMC), said.

"As of 10 a.m. today, the Russian Federation has provided humanitarian corridors for the eighth time in the Kiev, Chernihiv, Sumy, Kharkiv and Mariupol directions, one humanitarian corridor each to the Russian Federation, and one more through Kiev-controlled territory toward the western borders of Ukraine," Mizintsev said at a briefing Saturday.

He said that to the 10 routes proposed by the Russian side, Ukraine added another one in the Zhytomyr direction.

"At the same time, not a single humanitarian corridor to the Russian Federation has again been confirmed by official Kiev," Mizintsev said.

According to him, the Russian military on Saturday provided humanitarian corridors through which 8,730 civilians left in the Poltava direction.

"Without the participation of the Ukrainian side, 9,787 people, including 1,738 children, were evacuated in the past 24 hours from the danger zones of various areas of Ukraine and the Luhansk and Donetsk people's republics," the Russian NTSUO chief specified.

"In total, since the beginning of the special military operation already more than 231 thousand people, including 51,996 children. The state border of the Russian Federation was crossed by 24,168 personal vehicles, 915 of them during the day," said Mizintsev.

Mizintsev added that during the day almost 20 thousand more residents of Ukraine expressed a desire to evacuate to Russia, and in total their number exceeded 2.6 million people.

"Only for the past 24 hours recorded 19,963 such appeals, and a total of them already 2,638,989 with specific names and addresses from almost two thousand settlements in Ukraine," said Mizintsev.

He noted that the Kiev authorities continue to claim that there are no civilians and foreigners wishing to leave Ukraine for the Russian Federation.

"But the daily increase in the number of appeals received through various communication channels from citizens of Ukraine, as well as foreigners with requests to evacuate, says otherwise," said the head of the RF NCUO.

Macron, Scholz tell Putin about the need for ceasefire in Ukraine

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, French President Emmanuel Macron and Russian President Vladimir Putin held a telephone conversation on Saturday, the German government said.

"During the 75-minute talks, the Federal Chancellor and the French president insisted on an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine and the start [of efforts] to find a diplomatic solution to the conflict. It was decided to keep silent regarding the remaining details," the statement says.

Before speaking to the Russian president, Scholz had held talks with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky.

"Scholz learnt about his evaluation of the current situation. The parties agreed to keep in touch," the statement says.

The UN intends to create corridors for the withdrawal of ships remaining in the Black and Azov Seas

The UN International Maritime Organization (IMO) will work to create a safe maritime corridor through which merchant ships and their crews currently in the Black and Azov Seas will be able to leave these areas.

The final statement of the IMO virtual meeting emphasizes that the maritime corridor "will allow the safe evacuation of seafarers and ships from high-risk areas and affected areas of the Black and Azov Seas to a safe place."

IMO Secretary-General Kitak Lim "committed to immediate action to implement a safe maritime corridor with the cooperation and assistance of relevant parties, including coastal states," the statement said.

Heavy shelling reported in Kiev according to Fox News Correspondent

UN calls for avoiding incidents at Ukrainian nuclear power plants

UN Under-Secretary-General for Disarmament Izumi Nakamitsu called for preventing incidents at nuclear plants following Ukrainian attacks on two of that country's five power plants.

"An incident at a nuclear facility in Ukraine could have serious consequences for human health and the environment. All necessary steps must be taken to prevent it," Nakamitsu told the UN Security Council.

On March 9, an armed group of Ukrainian nationalists attacked the electrical installations feeding the broken down Chernobyl nuclear power plant, causing a blackout. Plant operators activated the emergency diesel generators.

Lukashenko, Putin conceptually agree on steps for mutual support amid sanctions

Belarusian and Russian Presidents, Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin, have conceptually agreed on mutual support amid the sanctions, Belarusian presidential press secretary Natalia Eismont told BelTA agency after their Friday’s talks in Moscow.

"As for the most important matted, the heads of state conceptually agreed joint steps on mutual support amid the sanction pressure, including on prices on energy source," she said.

Presidents Vladimir Putin of Russia and Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus have agreed on the supplies of modern models of military equipment to Minsk, press secretary of the Belarusian leader said.

"During the talks, [the sides] focused on the development of the military-industrial complex and the defense of the Union State. In particular, we agreed on the supply of the most modern models of military equipment from Russia to Belarus in the near future," the BelTA news agency quoted Eismant as saying.

The U.S. adds dozens of Russian individuals and entities to the sanctions list

The United States is imposing sanctions against dozens of individuals and entities linked to the Kremlin for their support of Russia's special military operation in Ukraine and North Korea's weapons programs, the Treasury Department said Friday.

"Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued a new round of sanctions against Russian and Kremlin elites, oligarchs, and Russian political and national security leaders who have supported Russian President Vladimir Putin's brutal and illegal invasion of Russia into Ukraine," the Treasury Department said.

Sending planes, tanks with US crews to Ukraine would mean World War III - Biden

US President Joe Biden (L) walks on the South Lawn of the White House before boarding Marine One in Washington, DC, USA, 11 March 2022. - White House Pool

Sending offensive vehicles, planes and tanks with American soldiers to Ukraine would become the beginning of World War III, US President Joe Biden told US Congress Democrats Friday.

Speaking in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Biden touched upon the shipment of weapons to Ukraine, which his party members urge him to do.

"We are showing our strength and we will never falter. But look, the idea that we’re gonna send an offensive equipment, and have tanks, and planes and trains going in with American pilots and American crews - just understand, don’t kid yourself, no matter what you all say, that’s called World War III. Okay? Let’s get it straight here," the head of state said.

YouTube begins to block access to Russian government-funded media

YouTube, a video hosting platform owned by the US’ Google, said on Friday it has begun to block accounts of Russian government-sponsored mass media.

"We are also now blocking access to YouTube channels associated with Russian state-funded media globally, expanding from across Europe. This change is effective immediately, and we expect our systems to take time to ramp up," it said on the YouTubeInsider Twitter account.

Apart from that, YouTube also suspended all ways of monetization on its platform in Russia and began to remove content about Russia’s special operation in Ukraine if it doesn’t comply with its internal policy.

Following the launch of the special operation in Ukraine, TikTok blocked access to RT and Sputnik accounts in Europe. YouTube, Google, and Meta (owners of Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp) switched off monetization for bloggers and restricted access to content in Russia.

In response, Russia’s telecom and mass media watchdog began to restrict access to Facebook.

Revenues of Russian companies from LNG exports up 4.7 times in January - Customs Service

In January 2021, Sakhalin Energy and Yamal LNG saw an increase in revenues from the export of liquefied natural gas (LNG) by 4.7 times annually to $1.26 bln, according to the Russian Federal Customs Service.

In the reporting period, the volume of LNG exports from Russia soared by 77.9% and totaled 6.5 mln cubic meters in the liquefied state. Customs data of LNG exports have a time lag of about three months, TASS sources in the industry said.

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