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Russia-Ukraine war LIVE updates: Ukraine accuses Russia of firing at protesters in occupied city

Russia-Ukraine war LIVE updates: Peace talks between the two warring countries are likely to resume today. Russian President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly called the offensive a ‘special military operation.’
CCTV footage appears to show Russian troops firing stun grenades into a crowd of protesters in Kherson, 
CCTV footage appears to show Russian troops firing stun grenades into a crowd of protesters in Kherson, (REUTERS)
Updated on Mar 21, 2022 09:41 PM IST
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Russia-Ukraine war LIVE updates: Peace talks between Ukraine and Russia are likely to resume on Monday, Mykhailo Podolyak, the advisor to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said. Meanwhile, Ukraine has turned down Russia's demand of ‘complete surrender’ of Mariupol, the city besieged in south-eastern Ukraine besieged by its troops. Moscow had warned all armed Ukrainian units in Mariupol to leave by 9 am to 11 am local time on Monday, failing which, it had said, any remaining fighter in the city would face a military tribunal.

Russia began its invasion ofUkraine on February 24. President Vladimir Putin has described the offensive as a ‘special military operation.’

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  • Mar 21, 2022 09:32 PM IST

    Ukraine accuses Russia of firing at protesters in occupied city

    Ukraine said on Monday that Russian troops had fired on protesters in Kherson demonstrating against Moscow's seizure of the southern city soon after it launched its invasion last month. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba posted a video on Twitter, showing a man with an armband of the Ukrainian flag wounded by gunfire.

    Continuous shooting could be heard in the video, which showed people carrying flags running and rushing to help the man, with blood on the floor.

    The person taking the video said the man is a pensioner.

    "In Kherson, Russian war criminals opened fire at unarmed people who peacefully protested against invaders," Kuleba said on Twitter.

  • Mar 21, 2022 06:22 PM IST

    Don't let Russia crisis fuel climate destruction, says UN chief

    Countries scrambling to replace Russian oil, gas and coal supplies with any available alternative may fuel the world’s “mutually assured destruction” through climate change, the head of the United Nations warned on Monday.

    UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the ‘all-of-the-above’ strategy now being pursued by major economies to end fossil fuel imports from Russia because of its invasion of Ukraine could kill hopes of keeping global warming below dangerous levels.

    “Countries could become so consumed by the immediate fossil fuel supply gap that they neglect or knee-cap policies to cut fossil fuel use,” he said by video at an event organized by the Economist weekly. “This is madness. Addiction to fossil fuels is mutually assured destruction.”

  • Mar 21, 2022 05:11 PM IST

    Germany determined to deliver more arms to Ukraine

    The German government is determined to deliver more arms to Ukraine, a government spokesperson said on Monday. One way that could be done is by placing orders through defence companies, the spokesperson told a regular news conference.

    The spokesperson added that further deliveries would be based on what Germany has already delivered to Ukraine.

  • Mar 21, 2022 05:07 PM IST

    Zelenskyy calls on Europe to halt all trade with Russia

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called on European leaders on Monday to cease all trade with Russia in an effort to pressure Moscow to halt its nearly month-long military assault on his country.

    "Please do not sponsor the weapons of war of this country, of Russia. No euros for the occupiers. Close all of your ports to them. Don't export them your goods. Deny energy resources. Push for Russia to leave Ukraine," Zelenskyy said in a video address.

  • Mar 21, 2022 03:04 PM IST

    Russia warns European oil embargo would 'hit everyone'

    A demonstrator holds up a sign depicting the superimposed face of Russian President Vladimir Putin atop the signature toothbrush moustache of Adolf Hitler in Israel's Tel Aviv.  (AFP)
    A demonstrator holds up a sign depicting the superimposed face of Russian President Vladimir Putin atop the signature toothbrush moustache of Adolf Hitler in Israel's Tel Aviv.  (AFP)

    An embargo on Russian oil imports, pushed for by some European countries over Moscow's military action in Ukraine, would have a direct impact on everyone, the Kremlin said Monday.

    As EU foreign ministers met to discuss more sanctions on Moscow, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists that an oil embargo "is a decision that will hit everyone".

  • Mar 21, 2022 02:50 PM IST

    Russian warships shell residential buildings in Odessa

    Russian warships have shelled residential buildings in Ukraine's Odessa, reported The Kyiv Independent.  According to Serhiy Bratchuk, spokesman for the Odessa Oblast Military Administration, several buildings were damaged. No casualties have been reported yet.

     

  • Mar 21, 2022 02:27 PM IST

    EU foreign ministers consider new sanctions on Russia, some push for oil embargo

    EU foreign and defence ministers will meet on Monday to discuss imposing further sanctions on Moscow, especially whether to introduce an oil embargo, according to Reuters. Trying to force a Russian military withdrawal from Ukraine, the European Union and its Western allies has already imposed a panoply of sanctions including freezing the Russian central bank's assets.

    The humanitarian crisis in the port city of Mariupol, where residents are besieged with little food, water and power, is increasing pressure on European leaders to toughen sanctions on Moscow.

  • Mar 21, 2022 01:23 PM IST

    900 civilian deaths in Ukraine till now: UN

    As many as 902 civilians have been killed and 1,459 wounded in Ukraine as of midnight on March 19, said UN Human rights Office

  • Mar 21, 2022 12:20 PM IST

    More than 7,000 Ukrainians evacuated on Sunday, says deputy PM

    More than 7,000 people were evacuated from cities through humanitarian corridors on March 20, more than half from Mariupol alone. The government plans to send nearly 50 buses there on Monday for more evacuations: Irina Vereshchuk, deputy PM

  • Mar 21, 2022 11:34 AM IST

    Toll in Kyiv shopping centre bombing rises to 6

    The toll in an overnight bombing on a mall in Kyiv has risen to 6, reports AFP quoting one of its journalists who is on the ground.

  • Mar 21, 2022 10:50 AM IST

    Thus far, over 15,000 detained in Russia for anti-war protests: Report

    According to protest-monitoring group OVD-Info, 936 people were arrested across 37 Russian cities on March 21. The total number of detainees in Russia since February 24 exceeds 15,000 people: The Kyiv Independent

  • Mar 21, 2022 09:55 AM IST

    Natives offer floral tributes to Indian student killed in Ukraine

    Karnataka: Natives of Haveri offer their tributes to Naveen Shekarappa as part of the last rites.

  • Mar 21, 2022 08:28 AM IST

    Ammonia leak reported at chemical plant in Sumy

    Ammonia leak at a chemicals plant in the city of Sumy. Leak reported at 04:30 local time (02:30 GMT) at the Sumykhimprom plant: Dmytro Zhyvytskyy, regional governor

  • Mar 21, 2022 07:49 AM IST

    Joe Biden to visit Poland, announces White House

    US President Joe Biden to visit Poland on March 25 to discuss Russia's ongoing invasion of Moscow, announces White House.

  • Mar 21, 2022 07:20 AM IST

    Chinese envoy to US defends Beijing's non-condemnation of invasion

    Condemnation would not help, and would not lead to ceasing of violence. We request an immediate ceasefire from Russia through negotiation and diplomacy: Qin Gang

  • Mar 21, 2022 06:30 AM IST

    Over 3 million Ukrainians have fled abroad: United Nations

    As of March 19, the number of Ukrainians who have fled abroad due to the ongoing war stands at more than 3.38 million: UNHCR

  • Mar 21, 2022 05:57 AM IST

    No question of surrendering Mariupol, says Ukraine

    There can be no talk of any surrender, laying down of arms. We have already informed the Russian side about this: Irina Vereshchuk, deputy PM, Ukraine

  • Mar 21, 2022 05:25 AM IST

    Russia demands surrender of Mariupol

    All armed Ukrainian units should leave the city by 9am to 11am local time on Monday, failing which the remaining fighters would face a military tribunal: Colonel-General Mikhail Mizintsev

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