According to a Ukrainian administration official, a 2nd attempt to vacate innocent civilians from a besieged port city of Mariupol collapsed on March 6 as Russian assaults halted plans to develop a humanitarian corridor, and Pope Francis Jorge Mario Bergoglio called for an end to ‘the rivers of tears and blood’ created by the Russia-Ukraine war.
Russian incursion of the neighboring country entered its twelfth day following what Ukrainian officials described as amplified bombardment and shelling surrounded cities and another unsuccessful attempt to vacate residents from the city in southern Ukraine. Ukrainian and Russian armed forces had reached an agreement to an eleven-hour cease-fire on 6th March, but according to Ukrainian government officials, Moscow’s assaults swiftly shut the safe-way corridor. Unfortunately, medicine, water, and food almost all other supplies were in badly short supply in Mariupol.
VIDEO: Buses on standby in Ukraine’s besieged Mariupol as civilian evacuations halted.
Buses line up as civilian safe passage from Ukraine’s besieged eastern port city of Mariupol is put on hold for a second consecutive day due to violations of the ceasefire pic.twitter.com/DDBwrFSycT
— AFP News Agency (@AFP) March 7, 2022
The 3rd round of negotiations between leaders from both countries was planned for March 7. Over 1500000 people in Ukraine had been compelled from the country. Volodymyr Zelensky, the President of Ukraine, urged Ukrainians to keep fighting for their country. Dmytro Kuleba, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister, said that over twenty thousand people from fifty-two nations had come forward to join Ukrainians in recently created global legion.
Furthermore, Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia, likened Europe’s sanctions on his country to ‘declaring war in Ukraine.’ And Anton Gerashchenko, Ukraine’s Interior Minister advisor, said on Telegram that there could be no safe corridor because only the Russians’ sick brain decides when and whom to start shooting.
Ukraine’s Zelensky Pushes Call for No-Fly Zone
According to Ukrainian officials, the news ruined anticipations that more Ukrainian civilians could leave the country amid war, where Moscow’s plan to overrun speedily has been blocked by forceful resistance.
The Russian military has significantly advanced in Ukraine’s southern coastal areas, but most of its attempts have become stalled, including a long Russian military convoy that has been almost motionless for a few days north of the capital of Ukraine. Filippo Grandi, Head of U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, called the evacuation the ‘vigorously rising refugee crisis in West since the Second World War.’
The Ukrainian President pushed his call for foreign nations to implement a ‘no-fly zone’ over Ukrainian skies. However, creating a no-fly zone would risk intensifying the conflict by including foreign Armies directly. Even though America and several European nations have supported the post-Soviet country with arms deliveries, they haven’t sent forces.
U.S. Gasoline Prices Soar to Highest Amid Russia Conflict
According to American Automobile Association (AAA), American gasoline prices flew 11 percent over the recent week to the highest since July 2008 as international sanctions crippled the ability of Moscow to export crude oil after its large-scale incursion of Ukraine. Automobile club said Sunday that average US regular-grade fuel prices struck 4.000 dollars per gallon, higher from 3.604 dollars seven days before and up 45 percent from 2.760 dollars twelve months ago.
UK Vows $100M to Assist Keep Ukraine’s Core State Functions
British Prime Minister’s Office said that the United Kingdom would give 75.6M pounds ($100M) to the East European country of Ukraine through the World Bank, looking to keep central state operations running and reduce financial burdens caused by Russian aggression.
According to UK officials, the fresh round of assistance, which along with 290.5M dollars vowed already, could be utilized in paying public-sector employees in the former Soviet state or fund social security payments and pension.