UKRAINE UPDATES: Civilians unable to evacuate; UN requires secure passages; new ceasefire proposed; Moscow threatens to cut off pure fuel to Europe

Here’s the most recent from Ukraine, because the Russian invasion enters its thirteenth day…

• Russian shelling continues to stop the evacuation of civilians from besieged cities including Kyiv, Mariupol, Volnovakha, Sumy and Kharkiv. Fears are mounting for civilians trapped in Ukrainian cities because the Russian onslaught continues.
• Meanwhile, the UN humanitarian chief, Martin Griffiths, has called on Russia and Ukraine to make sure secure passages for civilians fleeing conflict zones.
• Ukraine rejected a Russian proposal to allow civilians to escape through humanitarian corridors, after it came to light that lots of the routes would only result in Russia or its ally Belarus.
• Notably, a Russian strike hit a civilian evacuation point outdoors Kyiv, reportedly killing eight individuals, including two kids, as they tried to flee their properties.
• Russia has proposed a model new ceasefire starting 10 a.m. Moscow time Tuesday in 5 Ukrainian cities. Ukraine has yet to formally agree to the proposal, which would presumably enable civilians to flee by way of humanitarian corridors. It’s not yet identified where the routes would result in and if civilians might escape to other Ukrainian cities or neighboring European nations.
• A third round of peace talks between Russia and Ukraine on Monday has ended but again and not utilizing a ceasefire and little agreement on phrases of peace. A Ukraine official talked of minor progress towards civilian evacuation through safe corridors.
• Moscow demanded that Ukraine change its structure to guarantee it won’t join the EU and Nato, so as to call off the invasion.
• An estimated 230 Western companies have joined a growing corporate boycott of Russia. Global franchises Coca-Cola and McDonald’s are being pressured to join the boycott as properly.
• Russian deputy PM warns Moscow could cut off natural gas supplies to Europe, in retaliation in opposition to European sanctions. Meanwhile, the US and its European allies are considering a ban on importing Russian oil.
• However, there are disagreements concerning the extent of such a ban, as many European nations are more reliant on Russian oil than the US, which produces a lot of its own oil, while additionally importing from different international locations.
• A Ukraine lawyer on the International Court of Justice says Russia “is resorting to ways paying homage to medieval siege warfare.”

• At Ultimate have fled Ukraine because the beginning of Russia’s invasion, based on UN estimates, with more than a million feeling north to Poland..

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