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LIVE : Zelensky urges senior Russian officials to quit


Mar 16, 2022 04:49 pm

04:49 pm

Russia faces ruling at the International Court of Justice

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) is expected to give a decision today on a lawsuit brought by Ukraine against Russia.

Ukraine formulated a creative legal argument to get this case in front of international judges by using the Geneva Convention to accuse Moscow of using false claims of genocide as a pretext to try to justify an unlawful invasion.

04:25 pm

Biden to announce $800 million in security assistance for Ukraine

US President Joe Biden is expected to announce the allocation of an additional $800 million (£612m) worth of security assistance to Ukraine later.

The move comes ahead of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky's address to the US Congress today.

The package of measures is expected to include anti-tank missiles and a move to top up Ukraine's supply of Western anti-armour missiles that Kyiv's troops have used to great effect, including Javelin and Stinger launchers.

04:16 pm

Ukrainian football star, Andriy Shevchenko plans to host refugees at home

04:06 pm

At least 500 Kharkiv residents killed so far - Ukraine officials

03:57 pm

Polish, Czech and Slovenian delegation returns to Poland

The Polish, Czech and Slovenian prime ministers are back in Poland after their visit to Kyiv, a Polish government spokesman says.

“The Polish, Slovenia and Czech delegations safely returned,” Piotr Muller writes on Twitter.

03:49 pm

5,500 UK visas granted to refugees

03:41 pm

Russian spy chief warns country's fate to be decided in coming days

The head of Russia's foreign intelligence agency has said the country's fate will be decided in the coming days.

Sergei Naryshkin, who heads up the SVR, told a panel event in Moscow that Russia "is now experiencing a truly historic moment".

The fate of Russia is being decided, its future place in the world," Naryshkin said.

The spy chief's speech focused on the importance of sovereignty and he told delegates "sovereignty is a guarantee of the well-being and dignity of our citizens, this is the future of our children".

03:20 pm

Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has told a meeting of delegates in Brussels the security bloc remains united in its support of Ukraine.

03:08 pm

More than 1.89 million people have fled Ukraine to Poland

02:45 pm

Peace talks between Russia and Ukraine are "not easy" but there is "hope for compromise", Russia's foreign minister Sergei Lavrov says.

"I am guided by the assessments given by our negotiators," he says.

02:33 pm

Fourth Russian general killed in action, Ukraine claims

02:02 pm

Ukraine official hails fight back against Russia

An adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says Ukraine's counter-offensive against Russia's invasion "radically changes the parties' dispositions".

01:52 pm

Zelensky urges senior Russian officials to quit

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskly has called directly on senior Russian officials and media figures to resign from their positions and take a stand against the invasion of his country.

Speaking during a nightly address from the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, Zelensky addressed directly "all the officials of the Russian Federation".

"If you remain in office, if you do not oppose the war, the international community will deprive you of everything," Zelensky said. "Everything you have earned over the years. This is already being done."

01:45 pm

Putin resorting to more extreme weapons - Truss

Asked about the situation in Kyiv, UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss says it is "very, very, very difficult".

She tells BBC Breakfast the UK is doing what it can to get supplies into the city and support Ukrainians in their defence of the capital.

01:39 pm

Putin a threat to global security - Truss

It is "absolutely right" that the UK looks at alternative sources of oil and gas to Russia, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss says, as she defends the prime minister's trip to the Gulf.

She tells BBC Breakfast Vladimir Putin has "shattered European security" and used "terrible weapons and terrible force" in Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

01:24 pm

Russia targets civilian areas in Zaporizhia, officials say

Russia has targeted civilian infrastructure in the south-eastern city of Zaporizhia for the first time since its invasion began, the head of the Ukrainian regional military administration has said.

In a message posted to Telegram, Oleksandr Starukh wrote that a train station and a public park in the city had been hit by Russian missiles.

"The morning was not good... The rockets landed in the area of ​​the Zaporozhye-2 railway station. According to preliminary data, no one was killed. The second rocket landed in the area of ​​the botanical garden".

08:24 am

Putin is a war criminal- US Senate

08:00 am

In an interview with CNN on Tuesday, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken predicted a free Ukraine would exist longer than Russia's president.

07:10 am

You are not alone' - Leaders tell Ukraine

On Tuesday, the prime ministers of Poland, Slovenia and the Czech Republic travelled to Kyiv where they met Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Slovenian PM Janez Jansa told Ukraine's people: "You're not alone. Your fight is our fight and together we will prevail."

06:43 am

Sirens sound in western city of Lviv

06:11 am

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says peace talks with Russia are beginning to "sound more realistic, but time is still needed" to reach a breakthrough.

05:46 am

Biden reportedly to send more military aid to Ukraine

President Joe Biden will announce an additional $1bn (£777m) in US military assistance to Ukraine as soon as Wednesday, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing unnamed US officials.

The money will go towards anti-armour and anti-aircraft weapons, such as Stingers and Javelins, the newspaper reports. The funding will come from the nearly $14bn that Congress voted to give to Ukraine last week.

05:05 am

New York City's famed Metropolitan Opera has held an emergency fundraiser for the people of Ukraine.

04:07 am

UK moves to cut links with Russian science projects

03:54 am

Russian prosecutors have called for jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny to serve 13 years in prison for the new fraud charges he is facing.

03:47 am

Polish deputy PM: Deploy peace mission to Ukraine

03:14 am

European leaders' visit to Kyiv is risky but worth it - Polish minister

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