Russia-Ukraine war highlights: Blinken says Russian attacks on civilians in Ukraine is a ‘war crime’

Updated on Mar 18, 2022 12:11 AM IST

Russia-Ukraine war highlights: Cities across Ukraine still face bombardment from Russian forces despite both countries holding six rounds to peace talks.

Rescuers remove debris from a building damaged by shelling in central Kharkiv on March 16, 2022,
Rescuers remove debris from a building damaged by shelling in central Kharkiv on March 16, 2022,(AFP)

Russia continues to attack its full-scale attack on Ukraine as a UN security council meeting over the war will take place on Thursday at the request of six western countries including the United States (US) and the United Kingdom (UK). “Russia is committing war crimes and targeting civilians. Russia’s illegal war on Ukraine is a threat to us all,” the UK's UN mission tweeted on Wednesday.

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Cities across Ukraine still face Russian bombardment despite both countries holding six rounds of peace talks to find a political settlement to the conflict.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addressed the US Congress, where he urged Americans to help his country fend off the Russian attack. Zelensky also invited US president Joe Biden to Ukraine.

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The White House, meanwhile said, that it did not see Moscow take any actions to de-escalate its attack that would suggest progress in talks with Kyiv.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that he is ready to discuss neutral status for its neighbour but would still achieve the goals of its operation, which he said was "going to plan.

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    "As for the new crop - winter crops are indeed in good condition throughout the country. And, despite the difficulties in which field work has to be carried out, Ukraine will have bread," Dzoba said late Wednesday. 

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    In Ukraine's Sumy Oblast, governor alleges Russian forces stealing food, evicting civilians from home

    Dmytro Zhyvytsky, the governor of Sumy Oblast, alleged on Wednesday that Russian forces and stealing food and evicting civilians from their homes. 

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    The Ukrainian government said that a threatre in Mariupol, which was bombed by Russian forces on Wednesday, was sheltering over 1,000 people. 

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  • Mar 17, 2022 07:39 AM IST

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    "We welcome the Court's order and call on the Russian Federation to comply with the order, immediately cease its military operations in Ukraine, and to establish unhindered humanitarian access in Ukraine," State Department spokesperson Ned Price said in a statement.

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