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Mar 10, 2022 12:48 pm

12:48 pm

Difficult for brands to remain in Russia, advertising chief says

Consumer giants including McDonald's, Coca-Cola and Starbucks have this week joined the list of firms halting business in Russia due to the country's invasion of Ukraine.

S4Capital's Sir Martin Sorrell, who was previously the longest-serving chief executive of a FTSE 100 company, says it will be hard for others to remain.

12:09 pm

The UK says Moscow has had to deploy conscript troops to Ukraine despite Russian President Putin's assurances, even this week, that it wouldn't happen.

The UK briefing says: "As casulaties mount, President Putin will be forced to draw from across the Russian Armed Forces and other sources to replace his losses."

11:53 am

Four killed in shelling in south-east Ukraine: SES

Four people were reportedly killed - of which two were children - after a residential building near the city of Kharkiv was shelled during the night by Russian forces, said Ukraine's State Emergency Services (SES).

10:52 am

End the bloodshed now': UN Secretary-General

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned the bombing of a children's hospital and maternity ward in Mariupol, calling it "horrific".

Ukraine accused Russia of carrying out the bombardment on the medical facility when a ceasefire was meant to be in place.

10:37 am

Taiwan warns against war

Taiwan's defence minister Chiu Kuo-cheng has said that both China and Taiwan would pay a heavy price if Beijing tried to stage an invasion similar to Russia's.

Speaking to reporters ahead of a Taiwanese parliament session to discuss the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Mr Chiu said that "if there's a war, to be frank, everyone will be miserable, even for the victors."

He added: "We are calmly watching developments and we are preparing accordingly."

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has renewed alarm in Taiwan that they could face a similar scenario.

Taiwan sees itself as an independent nation with its own government. But China has long regarded the island democracy as a breakaway province, and has vowed one day to reclaim it.

Last week, the phrase ‘Ukraine today, Taiwan tomorrow!” populated Taiwan’s social media. But Taiwan’s government has emphatically downplayed comparisons with Ukraine.

10:00 am

Chinese media supports Russian perspective

In an interview with Chinese state broadcaster CGTN published a few hours ago, Donetsk’s leader Denis Pushilin – who is aligned with Putin - claims he wants the fighting to end. He also says it is Ukraine’s armed operations that have led to civilian deaths, despite Russia launching the miltiary assault first.

09:21 am

US lawmakers overwhelmingly approve massive Ukraine aid package

Lawmakers in the US House of Representatives have approved a $13.6bn (£10.3bn) plan to rush emergency aid to Ukraine.

The package, which is expected to pass the Senate in the coming days, allocates about half the money for Ukraine's defence and half the money for refugee aid.

09:10 am

Sumy shelling - Three civilians killed, a 13-year-old boy and two women

09:01 am

James Jeffrey, who served as a US envoy to the coalition to defeat the so-called Islamic State under Trump, has called for UN and US troops to enter Ukraine to establish protected humanitarian zones.

08:30 am

Construction companies quit Russia

Heavy equipment behemoths Caterpillar and John Deere are suspending their work with Russian partners.

Caterpillar said operations at its Russian-based manufacturing facilities had "become increasingly challenging, including supply chain disruptions and sanctions".

07:58 am

Russian warplanes have carried out overnight strikes in the north-eastern city of Okhtyrka, Sumy region, a top local official says.

07:28 am

US estimates up to 6,000 Russia troops have died

The US official estimate for the number of Russians killed in the first two weeks of the war is about 5,000 to 6,000, officials tell CBS News, the BBC's partner in the US.

07:19 am

Ukraine's foreign ministry calls out brands still operating in Russia

Ukraine's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has called out more than 50 global brands it says are still operating in Russia.

On Wednesday, it posted on Facebook an infographic containing brand logos and the text: "Every ruble paid in taxes to Russia turns into deaths and tears of Ukrainian children."

06:55 am

Metals and mining giant Rio Tinto is ending business with Russia.

06:19 am

The US has rejected Poland’s offer of 20 MiG fighter jets for the war in Ukraine, fearing escalation.

06:07 am

US Vice-President Kamala Harris has arrived in Warsaw, giving her a chance to negotiate directly with Polish leaders on the issue of fighter jet transfers to Ukraine.

05:56 am

Soviet-era carmaker Lada suspends production

In a sign of Russia's growing isolation, domestic carmaker Lada is halting production on its factory floors.

The company says crippling Western sanctions mean it can no longer gather the parts and supplies it needs.

05:40 am

Ukrainian and Russian peace negotiators arrive in Turkey

Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs Dmytro Kuleba has arrived in Turkey for peace negotiations with Russia.

The talks will be held on Thursday in the city of Antalya at the invitation of Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.

05:19 am

Russia not abandoning plans to encircle Kyiv - Ukraine

Russia is "not abandoning its plans to encircle" Ukraine's capital Kyiv, Ukraine's military has said in its latest update on the key battleground developments.

In its bulletin at 24:00 local time (22:00 GMT) on Wednesday, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said its "defence forces are repelling and holding back" the Russian offensive "in all directions".

04:59 am

IMF approves $1.4bn for Ukraine

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has approved $1.4bn (£1.1bn) in emergency funding for Ukraine to meet "urgent balance of payment needs".

The Fund's executive board said Ukrainian authorities would work with the IMF "to design an appropriate economic programme aimed at rehabilitation and growth, when conditions permit".

04:38 am

Zelensky urged The Europe

In his nightly video address, Zelensky called on European citizens to do more to pressure their governments to intervene in Ukraine.

"Europeans! You won’t be able to say that you didn't see what happened to Ukrainians, what happened to Mariupol residents. You saw. You know," he says.

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