Mariupol about to fall, boycott the G20 … update on the Ukrainian war

Situation on the ground, international reactions, sanctions: the point about the invasion of Ukraine by Russia.

Mariupol is about to fall

Several hundred civilians, without food and water, are entrenched in the Azovstal steel and metallurgical plant with the 36th Battalion of the Ukrainian Army and the Azov Battalion, the last two combat units in Mariupol, according to Ukrainian authorities. . “We are ready to leave Mariupol with the help of a third party,” armed with weapons, “to save the people who have entrusted us,” Sviatoslav Palamar, deputy commander of the Azov battalion, told Telegram on Thursday.

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“The situation is difficult, even critical.” It was impossible for AFP to independently confirm the number of civilians trapped in the factory. Earlier, Kyiv had proposed a “special negotiating session” on the fate of this strategic city, which would allow Moscow to establish the connection between Crimea, which was annexed in 2014, and the pro-Russian separatist republics of the Donbass.

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Mariupol: the evacuation corridor did not work (kiiv)

The humanitarian corridor, which was originally negotiated to allow the evacuation of civilians from Mariupol on Wednesday, “did not work,” Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said in the evening. He blamed the Russians for violating the ceasefire and blocking the buses, while Moscow accused “the Kyiv authorities of cynically sinking this humanitarian operation”.

Increased Russian presence in the east and south

According to a senior US Department of Defense official, Russia has also increased its military presence in eastern and southern Ukraine. The Ukrainian Defense Ministry reported “attempted assaults” on Wednesday in the towns of Sulyguivka and Dibrivne in the Kharkiv region (east), as well as in Rubizhne and Severodonetsk in the Lugansk region (east).

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“The situation is getting worse by the hour,” Lugansk Governor Sergei Gaidai wrote in the Telegram, renewing calls for civilians to evacuate. The bombings also intensified in the south, particularly in the villages of Mala Tokmatchka and Orikhiv, 70 km southeast of Zaporizhia, an AFP reporter said.

Boycott the G20

G20 finance ministers and central bankers, including US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, who met on Wednesday outside the IMF and World Bank meetings, left the plenary or turned off their screens to protest against the presence of Russia.

The Indonesian presidency had been urged to exclude Moscow from the G20 in response to its invasion of Ukraine, but had refused in the name of impartiality.

Charles Michel in Kyiv

The last European leader to go to Kyiv, European Council President Charles Michel assured that the EU will do “everything possible” for Ukraine to “win the war” during a joint press conference with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Ukraine’s accession to the EU is “a priority,” said Volodymyr Zelensky.

IMF calls for financial support for Ukraine

IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva on Wednesday called on countries to provide financial support to Ukraine so that the government can continue to function. Ukrainian officials have told the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that they need $ 5 billion a month to keep their economy running, he told a news conference.

Tennis: Russians and Belarusians excluded from Wimbledon

The Russians and Belarusians, led by Daniil Medvedev, were excluded on Wednesday from the 2022 edition of the Wimbledon London Tennis Tournament. World No. 1 Novak Djokovic reacted on Wednesday, lamenting a “crazy” decision.

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