The minute-by-minute news on the war on Monday 14 March. Hundreds of Italians are still in Ukraine, and 34 of them are stranded. American journalist killed in Kiev. Russia has asked China for drones and money
• Russian missiles destroyed a military base in Yavoriv on Sunday, halfway between Lviv and the Polish border, about 25 kilometers away. Death 35 people. Moscow claimed to have killed several foreign mercenaries.
• The US reporter, Brent Renaud, was killed in Irpin, in the suburbs of Kiev, by a shot in the neck at the checkpoint where he was filming some refugees on the run.
• Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visited soldiers wounded in battle in hospital: The greatest gift will be victory
• Defense Minister Lorenzo Guerini, guest at Che tempo che fa, reiterated how attacks on Europe will not be allowed
• Pier Francesco Zazothe Italian ambassador to Ukraine, recalled that there are still 400 Italians in the country, many want to stay, some are trapped.
Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio added that 34 fellow citizens are still blocked.
• According to the Financial Times, Russia has asked China for military assistance to support the invasion of Ukraine, right from the beginning of the invasion.
Russian justice is ready to arrest the executives of Western companies who will criticize Russia and to seize the assets of the companies that have decided to leave the country. The reports on Wall Street Journal.
• Since the invasion began, over 14,000 people have been detained in 122 Russian cities for participating in anti-war protests.
6.00 – THE POINT
The meeting in Rome of Biden’s national security adviser with Yang Jiechi is expected today, Monday 14 March, to seek a strong international response and to outline a global security strategy. The Italian ambassador to Ukraine Pier Francesco Zazo he recalled how only we and France are among the G7 countries that still have representation in the invaded country. Meanwhile, at least 35 have died in the raid against a military base on the Polish border. The Russian Defense Minister announced: 180 foreign mercenaries were killed in the attacks on Staritchi and the Yavoriv base. An American video reporter, 51-year-old Brent Renaud, was killed by Russian forces and two of his colleagues were injured in Irpin, in the suburbs of Kiev.
5.46 am – Zelensky video: commitment to continue dealing with Putin
President Volodymyr Zelensky pledges to continue talks with Russia and, in a new video, says Ukraine’s delegation for negotiations has the clear task of doing everything possible to secure a meeting with Vladimir Putin. Zelensky has been asking for a meeting with his Russian counterpart for some time, but so far his request has not been heard by the Kremlin.
5.03 am – CNN, Russia has asked for money and drones and from China
In addition to military assistance, Russia has also asked China for economic assistance. CNN reports this, citing two sources from the US administration, according to which Moscow would have asked Beijing for drones, among other things.
4.54 – Russia plans attack on Odessa by sea
Ukraine is preparing for a naval invasion of Odessa. According to reports from the New York Post citing the secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Kiev, Oleksiy Danilov, the Russian forces have planned the attack in recent days but have been forced to postpone it due to the bad climatic conditions they have forced their fleet to return to Sevastopol, Crimea.
4.28 am – Kiev judiciary investigates the mayor of Melitopol for treason
The Attorney General of Ukraine has opened an investigation for treason on Galina Danilchenko, the new mayor of Melitopol, who took office after the Russian occupation of the city. She announced the CNN. The Attorney General’s office announced that it had opened an investigation, accusing Danilchenko of having fulfilled the task entrusted to her by her representatives of the Russian Federation when she declared herself interim mayor of Melitopol. In announcing the creation of a body not defined by Ukrainian law, this Committee of People’s Deputies, the suspect asked Ukrainian citizens for their support and the citizens of Melitopol to stop resisting the occupation forces, the statement reads of the prosecutor’s office. Last Friday the elected mayor of Melitopol, Ivan Fedorov, was arrested on Friday by gunmen. Shortly after his detention, the prosecutor’s office for the Russian-backed breakaway Luhansk region accused Fedorov of terrorist offenses. Yesterday Danilchenko said in a television video that Russian TV channels would start broadcasting in the region.
4.12 am – Deputy Prime Minister Crimea, corridor open to Donbass
Crimea and Donbass are now connected by a land corridor through the territory of Ukraine. The highway from the Crimea to Mariupol has been taken under control. This was stated by the Deputy Prime Minister of Crimea, Georgy Muradov, at Ria Novosti. This road can become an important highway to Crimea, connecting the peninsula with Mariupol – the metallurgical center of the Sea of Azov – and the industrial region of Donbas. This is the key to the future development of the entire region, Muradov pointed out.
3.46 am – Hunt for the oligarchs, Australia hits 33 and there is also Roman Abramovic
The government of Australia has imposed new sanctions on Russian oligarchs, including Roman Abramovich. 33 billionaires have ended up in Canberra’s sights, including Gazprom CEO Alexey Miller and Bank Rossiya president Dmitri Lebedev.
3.27 am – The Chechen leader Kadyrov: I’m near Kiev
Ramzan Kadyrov, the strongman leader of Chechnya, declared that he is in Ukraine together with the Russian forces who are conducting an offensive in the country. Kadyrov, who accused by international NGOs of serious human rights violations in the republic of Caucasus, posted on Telegram a video of himself in military uniform studying projects around a table with soldiers in a room. He said in a message that the video was shot in Hostomel, an airport near Kiev that was captured by Russian forces in the first days of their offensive. This information cannot be independently verified. The other day we were about 20 km away from you Nazis of Kiev and now we are even closer, wrote Kadyrov. He has called on the Ukrainian forces to surrender or you will be finished. Kadyrov, who rules the Russian Republic of Chechnya with an iron fist, a former rebel who became an ally of the Kremlin with a paramilitary force under his command. At the beginning of the Russian offensive on social networks, images circulated showing a square in the Chechen capital Grozny full of soldiers claiming to be headed for Ukraine. Kadyrov’s forces are accused of numerous abuses in Chechnya.
3.06 am – Blinken-Kuleba phone call: We need to do more
Phone call between Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba. This was announced by the US State Department. Blinken – the note reports – reiterated Ukraine’s firm defense against the brutal aggression of the Kremlin. On Twitter Kuleba commented: We agree with Blinken that more needs to be done to stop Russian aggression and force Russia to answer for its crimes.
2.38 am – Local media: sirens sound in nineteen regions
Alarm sirens sound in at least 19 of the 24 regions of Ukraine. The Kyiv Independent reports it. Possible to hypothesize a new large-scale attack.