Published On 5 Mar 202
- A second attempt to evacuate an estimated 200,000 people out of Mariupol has come to a halt amid ongoing hostilities.
- Missile strikes have destroyed the international airport in Vinnytsia.
- More than 3,500 people have been detained at anti-war protests in Russia.
- The Red Cross says the situation in Mariupol is extremely “dire”.
- Mastercard, Visa and American Express announce they are suspending operations in Russia.
- Ukraine’s foreign minister tells the US counterpart his country needs fighter jets and air defence systems and says NATO’s refusal to implement a no-fly zone over Ukraine is a “sign of weakness”.
- The IMF warns that the “serious” global economic effects of the war in Ukraine would be “more devastating” if the conflict escalates.
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- Delegations from Ukraine and Russia are holding a third round of talks.
- Moscow has announced a temporary ceasefire and a plan to evacuate Ukrainians from several cities, mainly to Russia and Belarus.
- Kyiv has rejected the proposal as “immoral” and said Ukrainian citizens should be allowed to evacuate to other parts of Ukraine.
- Previous ceasefire attempts in the southeastern port city of Mariupol collapsed over the weekend.
- Russia’s top diplomat will reportedly meet with his Ukrainian counterpart on Thursday in Turkey.
- The UN has warned that Russia’s invasion has triggered the fasting-growing refugee crisis in Europe since World War II.
TikTok suspends posting of new videos from Russia
Social media giant TikTok has announced it is suspending the posting of all video content from Russia in order to keep its employees safe and comply with the country’s new regulations.
“In light of Russia’s new ‘fake news’ law, we have no choice but to suspend livestreaming and new content to our video service while we review the safety implications of this law,” the company said on Twitter, adding that its in-app messaging service will not be affected.