The 13th day of the war of aggression against Ukraine. Kyiv, Ukraine time has entered Tuesday, March 8, the thirteenth day of the Russian invasion war. A U.S. Defense Department official said Monday that the U.S. estimates that Russia has committed nearly 100 percent of its deployed combat power to Ukraine. As the Russian military continues to be frustrated and slow on the battlefield in Ukraine, Russia is increasingly relying on long-range firepower, which is causing more civilian casualties.
The 13th day of the war of aggression against Ukraine
Russian forces continued their all-out attack on Ukraine, but progress was slowed by stubborn resistance from Ukrainian forces.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba said Monday that President Zelensky wants to meet directly with Russian President Vladimir Putin to deal with the crisis.
“Our president is not afraid of anything, including meeting Putin directly. If Putin is not afraid, let him meet and let them sit down and talk,” Kuleba said.
Earlier, Turkey said that the Ukrainian and Russian foreign ministers planned to meet in Turkey on Thursday.
Russia said that Russian troops carrying out “special military operations” in Ukraine will implement ceasefires in several cities on Tuesday (March 8, 2022) and open humanitarian passages to allow civilians trapped in cities to evacuate.
Earlier, Ukraine and Russia had also announced a ceasefire to allow the safe evacuation of civilians, but both sides accused the other of violating the ceasefire agreement, which hindered the evacuation of civilians.
More than 1.7 million Ukrainians have fled their homes and into surrounding central European countries since Russia launched its war of aggression on February 24, the UN refugee agency said on Monday.
The Associated Press reports from Lviv: Ukraine’s Defense Intelligence Service says a Russian general was killed in fighting near Kharkiv. Since the invasion began, Russian forces have been trying to capture Ukraine’s second-largest city.
The Ukrainian side said that the 45-year-old Major General Vitaly Gerasimov was killed, adding that he had participated in Russian troops fighting in Syria and Chechnya and in the 2014 capture of Crimea.
The news of the general’s death could not be independently verified. Russia has yet to comment.
Another Russian general was killed in the previous battle.
A local Russian army officer group has confirmed that Major General Andrei Sukhovitsky, the commander of Russia’s 7th Airborne Assault Division, was killed in Ukraine. Sukhovitzki also participated in Russian combat operations in Syria.
The Associated Press from Canberra: The Australian government has announced sanctions on Moscow’s “propagandists and disinformation purveyors” who have called Russia’s invasion of Ukraine “denazification” in an attempt to rationalize the aggression.
Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne said in a statement on Tuesday that the Australian government had imposed sanctions on 10 people in Russia’s “strategic interests” who encouraged hostilities against Ukraine.
“This includes driving and spreading false narratives about the ‘denazification’ of Ukraine, making false claims about the genocide of Russian-speakers in eastern Ukraine, and promoting recognition of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic and the people of Luhansk,” she said. Independence of the Republic.”
She said the Russian invasion was accompanied by a widespread disinformation campaign inside and outside Russia.
“Sadly for Russia, President Putin has silenced independent voices and locked ordinary Russians into a world characterized by lies and disinformation,” Payne said.
VOA’s Congressional correspondent Gibson reports:
U.S. lawmakers on Monday stepped up calls for a ban on imports of Russian oil in retaliation for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. That would cut off a major source of income for Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“How can we possibly import Russian oil and gas and send the profits from those deals to Vladimir Putin to pay for his war machine?” Democratic Senator Dick Durbin said Monday in the Senate chamber.
Durbin and 11 other senators on Thursday introduced a bipartisan bill that would temporarily import Russian oil and suspend U.S.-Russian trade relations.
Energy prices in the United States are already rising because of the invasion. The concern for lawmakers is that such bans could add to the inflationary burden on Americans.
Senator Durbin said Americans’ car gas and home heating bills would increase if the bill passed, but “that’s the price we pay today in defense of freedom and democracy. Ukrainians are paying with their lives, we It might just end up paying a little more for the gas.”
In a letter to her colleagues Sunday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told lawmakers that the House is working on a House version of the bill to ban Russian oil imports.
The bipartisan House bill, co-sponsored by Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna and Republican Rep. Nancy Mays, would permanently ban Russian oil from entering the United States.
Secretary of State Anthony Blinken is reportedly in talks with EU allies to coordinate a ban on imports of Russian oil and gas. Europe is more dependent on Russian oil imports than the United States. The White House said Monday that there were “active discussions” about the ban, but it could be politically difficult for Biden at home.
While there is widespread bipartisan support for a ban on Russian oil imports on Capitol Hill, some Republican senators have called for the opportunity to end U.S. reliance on foreign oil, open up drilling in the U.S., resume the halted U.S.-Canada cornerstone XL pipeline, and Mitigation keeps rising to the cost.
According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), the average price of gasoline in the United States has exceeded four dollars a gallon.
U.S. Defense Secretary Austin’s Twitter account retweeted a Pentagon Twitter image showing AH-64 Apache and UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters of the U.S. Army’s 1st Air Cavalry Brigade being transferred from Greece to Poland in support of NATO allies and partners .
Austin reiterated that the U.S. commitment to NATO and Article V of the pact where an attack on one member state is an attack on the alliance as a whole remains steely. “As President Biden has said, we will — if we have to — defend every inch of NATO,” he said.
Austin also retweeted an image from NATO’s Joint Air Command on Twitter, showing RAF F-35s landing at Emari Air Force Base in Estonia in support of missions on the eastern flank of the NATO alliance. The British fighters will work with the Royal Netherlands Air Force’s fifth-generation fighter jets to defend the NATO alliance’s airspace in the region.
Britain said on Monday it would send visa officers to the French port city of Calais to speed up the process of handling Ukrainians fleeing a Russian invasion. The move comes after a lawmaker slammed the government’s handling of Ukrainian refugees as a “disgrace”.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson also announced $230 million in new funding for the Ukrainian government, bringing the total UK aid to Ukraine to more than $520 million.
Johnson said on Twitter that he spoke with the French president, the German chancellor and the U.S. president on Monday afternoon, “We agree to continue to pressure Russia to isolate Putin diplomatically and economically – to ensure that his savage adventure will A complete and utter failure.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday that he would not send conscripts and reservists to fight in Ukraine, Agence France-Presse reported. Leading the fight, he said, were “professional soldiers” who were doing “fixed tasks.” Putin said in a televised speech that no additional reservists would be called up.