Russia invades Ukraine live updates: 2,389 children abducted, US says Mariupol is reduced to ‘ashes’

Ukrainian protesters try to prevent Roman Abramovich’s yacht from docking in Turkey

The US Embassy in Ukraine claimed that Russian forces had “illegally abducted” thousands of children from the east of the country.

“Russian forces illegally took 2,389 Ukrainian children from Donetsk and Luhank oblasts to Russia,” the embassy tweeted. “It’s not help. It’s kidnapping.”

In the south of the country, Russia is pounding the town of Mariupol in the “ashes of a dead land”, its local council said on Tuesday, describing two other huge bombs that fell on the cordoned off town for weeks.

The fate of Mariupol, a pre-war city of 400,000, is the most pressing humanitarian emergency since Russia invaded Ukraine nearly a month ago. Hundreds of thousands of residents are believed to be trapped inside under near-constant shelling, with no access to food, water, electricity or heat.

“There is nothing left there,” Volodymyr Zelensky said in a video address to the Italian parliament.

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Russia ‘abducts’ 2,389 Ukrainian children from Donetsk and Luhansk, US says

The US Embassy in Ukraine claimed that Russian forces had indeed kidnapped thousands of children in the east of the country.

“Russian forces illegally took 2,389 Ukrainian children from Donetsk and Luhanks oblasts to Russia,” the embassy tweeted, calling it a “kidnapping.”

Tom BatchelorMarch 22, 2022 2:50 p.m.

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Gibraltar seizes a superyacht belonging to a billionaire oligarch

Gibraltar has seized a superyacht owned by billionaire oligarch Dmitry Pumpyansky.

The 72-metre vessel, Axioma, was seized by British Overseas Territory authorities on Monday.

Mr Pumpyansky is the owner and chairman of steel pipe maker OAO TMK, which has supplied Russian state energy company Gazprom since 1998, according to Forbes.

His net worth is estimated at £1.84 billion.

It was sanctioned by the UK last week in response to the Russian invasion.

Tom BatchelorMarch 22, 2022 2:41 p.m.

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Labor leader calls on government to ‘step up’ sanctions on Russia

Sir Keir Starmer has called on the government to ‘step up’ sanctions on Russia to ‘cripple’ its ability to function as a country.

The Labor leader said Western powers must continue their support for Ukraine, including providing more military equipment, while avoiding a direct conflict with Russia.

“Everyone understands why all measures must be taken to prevent this from escalating into a direct conflict between NATO and Russia,” he told BBC Radio 4. The world in unison.

“That’s why we need to provide more military support, that’s why sanctions need to be further tightened and faster, and that’s why we need a stronger and more compassionate humanitarian response.

“What we need to do is continue to provide that level of support, continue to support the Ukrainians, and strengthen the sanctions that need to go beyond just isolating Russia. They need to cripple its ability to function.

Tom BatchelorMarch 22, 2022 2:29 p.m.

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More than 13% of Ukraine is now exploited, group says

The Ukrainian Center for Strategic Communications and Information Security claimed that much of the land had now been mined.

Tom BatchelorMarch 22, 2022 2:18 p.m.

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Euronews banned from broadcasting in Russia

International news channel Euronews said it was no longer allowed to broadcast in Russia due to its coverage of the war in Ukraine.

“We strongly condemn this intolerable restriction imposed on millions of people in Russia who relied on us for unbiased information,” Euronews said, adding that Russian authorities had taken down the channel and blocked its websites in Russia.

Euronews said it may take legal action to continue broadcasting freely in the country. Euronews is broadcast in 160 countries.

Tom BatchelorMarch 22, 2022 2:03 p.m.

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Aid agency concerned about Ukrainian supply chains

Steve Gordon, humanitarian response adviser at the international aid agency Mercy Corps, said he was concerned about the vulnerability of supply chains in Ukraine.

“We know that most municipalities in the areas where the fighting is most intense don’t have more than 3-4 days of essentials like food,” Gordon, who is in Ukraine, said in a statement. press release issued by Mercy Corps.

“The reality is that currently the humanitarian system is completely broken. We do not see a coordinated and effective international aid effort covering the whole of Ukraine, as we often see in other conflict areas.

Tom BatchelorMarch 22, 2022 1:39 p.m.

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Mariupol becomes the “ashes of a dead land”, according to the city council

Russia is turning Mariupol into “ashes of a dead land” through constant bombardment, its city council has said.

After two large bombs reportedly hit Mariupol on Tuesday, local authorities issued a statement about the Kremlin’s willingness to raze the city.

“Once again, it is clear that the occupiers are not interested in the city of Mariupol. They want to level it to the ground and turn it into ashes of dead land,” the council said in a statement.

“There is nothing left there,” said Ukrainian Volodymyr Zelensky, speaking in the Italian parliament in Mariupol on Tuesday.

RorySullivanMarch 22, 2022 1:16 p.m.

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Destroyed mall in Kyiv lays bare Putin’s frustration over fledgling invasion

Earlier this week, at least eight people died when Russian shelling destroyed a shopping mall in kyiv.

The Independents Kim Sengupta reports from the Ukrainian capital:

RorySullivanMarch 22, 2022 1:07 p.m.

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Russia lost 250 infantry fighting vehicles in Ukraine, report says

Russia lost 250 armored vehicles during its invasion of Ukraine, according to open source intelligence.

The Oryx blog, which verifies visuals of alleged Russian casualties, gives its latest detailed update here:

RorySullivanMarch 22, 2022 12:51

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Alexei Navalny sentenced to an additional 9 years in prison

Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny has been jailed for 9 years after being found guilty of fraud and contempt of court in what his supporters say is a politically motivated case brought by the Russian courts.

Russia’s most prominent opposition figure was arrested last January after his plane landed in Moscow from Germany, where he was recovering from poisoning.

Although the Kremlin has denied responsibility for the nerve agent attack, the assassination attempt is widely believed to have been state-ordered.

Speaking of the most recent case against him, Amnesty International said: “We conclude that this prosecution is politically motivated and based on the arbitrary application of the law.

“The charges seek to criminalize his own peaceful and legitimate anti-corruption and political activism and those of his colleagues.

RorySullivanMarch 22, 2022 12:45 p.m.

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