Russia-Ukraine Conflict Live Updates | US, European allies discussing banning Russian oil imports, says Antony Blinken

Ukraine’s port city of Mariupol, which is encircled by Russian soldiers, has announced that it would continue efforts to evacuate citizens on Sunday, after prior efforts were thwarted by ceasefire violations, according to the AFP news agency. “The evacuation of the civilian population will begin at 1200 (1000 GMT),” city officials said in a statement, adding that a truce has been reached with Russian-led forces around the city. Civilians were prevented from leaving by buses and private automobiles along the route northwest towards Zaporizhzhia on Saturday after both sides claimed the other had shelled their vehicles.
The Indian Embassy in Hungary also announced that all students who are staying in their own accommodations (rather than those provided by the Embassy) are required to report to the Hungaria City Centre, Rakoczi Ut 90, Budapest, between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. today, as part of the final leg of Operation Ganga flights.

Russia-Ukraine Conflict Live Updates | US, European allies discussing banning Russian oil imports, says Antony Blinken

According to the Ukrainian armed forces’ general staff, more than 11,000 Russian soldiers have been killed since Moscow started an invasion of the country in 2014. On Sunday, Vladimir Putin endangered the existence of Ukrainian statehood as his army’s invasion of the neighbouring country met with fierce opposition, and as his economy was further suffocated by international sanctions.

Russian President Vladimir Putin stated in a statement on Saturday that “the existing (Ukrainian) authorities must understand that by continuing to do what they are doing, they are calling into doubt the future of Ukrainian statehood.”

Volodymyr Zelenskiy, the president of Ukraine, had earlier stated that he had spoken with US Vice President Joe Biden and that they had discussed security, financial assistance for Ukraine, and the maintenance of sanctions on Russia.

According to estimates, the number of Ukrainian refugees will surpass 1.5 million on Sunday as Russia continues its offensive 11 days after invading the country and Kyiv presses for greater Western action, including more sanctions and armaments.

Another round of negotiations is tentatively scheduled for Monday, as Ukrainians who were able to flee have poured into neighbouring Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and other countries.

Despite Western warnings, Russian President Vladimir Putin initiated what he described as a “special military operation” before daybreak on February 24, claiming that the “neo-Nazis” in charge of Ukraine were a threat to Russia’s security and so had to be stopped. Russia’s offensive is believed to be the largest against a European state since World War II, and it has the potential to destabilise the continent’s post-Cold War order.

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