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L‘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.
6.09 am – Russian prosecutors have issued warnings to Western companies in Russia, threatening to arrest the leaders of companies that criticize the government or to seize the assets of companies that withdraw from the country. The Wall Street Journal reports it. Threatened companies include Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, Procter & Gamble, IBM and KFC. Calls, letters and visits included threats to sue companies and seize assets including brands. The Russian embassy in Washington declined to comment. Russian President Vladimir Putin last week expressed support for a law to nationalize the assets of foreign companies leaving the country due to the invasion of Ukraine. Warnings from prosecutors were aimed at companies in all sectors, including technology, food, clothing and banks.
Ukraine, in Lviv awakening from nightmare: the roar of the planes in the middle of the night, the escape and the smoke of the attacks
6.00 am 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 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 wounded 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 that 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 – 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.
4.28 am – 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. This was announced by 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 the Ukrainian citizens for their support and the citizens of Melitopol to stop resisting the occupation forces”, reads in the statement 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 the “Russian TV channels” would start broadcasting in the region.
4.12 am – «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 emphasized.
3.46 – «Hunting »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 – 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 is accused by international NGOs of serious human rights violations in the republic of Caucasus, posted a video on Telegram 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 called on the Ukrainian forces to surrender “or you will be finished”. Kadyrov, who rules the Russian Republic of Chechnya with an iron fist, is a former rebel who has become 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 – Phone call between the Secretary of State Antony Blinken and the Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba. This was announced by the US State Department. “Blinken – the note reports – reiterated the firm defense of Ukraine 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 – 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.