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Russia-Ukraine War LIVE Updates | Dozens buried in mass grave in Mariupol

Mariupol authorities in the besieged southern Ukrainian port city of Mariupol are burying their dead in a mass grave.

Published: 09th March 2022 09:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 09th March 2022 09:37 PM   |  A+A-

Social workers brought 30 bodies wrapped in carpets or bags Wednesday, and 40 were brought Tuesday.

Social workers brought 30 bodies wrapped in carpets or bags Wednesday, and 40 were brought Tuesday. (Photo | AP)

By Online Desk

The UN atomic watchdog said Wednesday it saw "no critical impact on safety" from the loss of power at Ukraine's Chernobyl nuclear power plant, site of the 1986 disaster.

"Ukraine has informed IAEA of power loss," the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said in a tweet, adding that "in this case IAEA sees no critical impact on safety".

Earlier, Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky said he is no longer pressing for NATO membership for Ukraine, a delicate issue that was one of Russia's stated reasons for invading its pro-Western neighbour.

In another apparent nod aimed at placating Moscow, Zelensky said he is open to "compromise" on the status of two breakaway pro-Russian territories that President Vladimir Putin recognised as independent just before unleashing the invasion on February 24.

09:02 Mar 9

No longer pressing for NATO membership for Ukraine: President Zelensky

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky said he is no longer pressing for NATO membership for Ukraine, a delicate issue that was one of Russia's stated reasons for invading its pro-Western neighbor.

12:32 Mar 10

Last evacuation flight under Op Ganga likely to be on Thursday

India is set to wind up on Thursday its evacuation mission 'Operation Ganga' that was launched 12 days ago to bring back Indian nationals following the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

12:10 Mar 10

PM Modi's talks with Putin, Zelenskyy; intense diplomatic outreach made evacuation of students from Sumy possible: Sources

PM Narendra Modi's phone talks with Russian and Ukrainian presidents, a series of separate intense diplomatic outreach in Delhi, Kyiv and Moscow and round-the-clock groundwork by three teams of Indian officials in Ukraine made the evacuation of students from the city of Sumy possible, people familiar with the operation said on Wednesday.

11:26 Mar 9

Envoy urges UK to lift visa rules for Ukrainians fleeing war

Ukraine's ambassador to Britain urged the government on Wednesday to suspend visa requirements for Ukrainians fleeing the war, after the UK acknowledged that fewer than 1,000 visas have been handed out so far.

10:38 Mar 9

WHO cites attacks on health workers in Ukraine

The World Health Organisation says it has documented 18 attacks on health facilities, workers and ambulances since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began.

09:55 Mar 9

Russian strike hit a children's hospital in Mariupol: Ukraine

Ukrainian officials say a Russian strike hit a children's hospital and maternity facility in the port city of Mariupol.

09:35 Mar 9

Dozens buried in mass grave in Mariupol

Mariupol authorities in the besieged southern Ukrainian port city of Mariupol are burying their dead in a mass grave. With the city under steady bombardment, officials had been waiting for a chance to allow individual burials to resume.

09:24 Mar 9

Besieged Ukraine city of Mariupol buries dead in mass grave

Under steady Russian bombardment, workers in Ukraine's besieged southern port city of Mariupol are hastily and unceremoniously burying scores of dead Ukrainian civilians and soldiers in a mass grave.

09:10 Mar 9

Canada to send drone cameras to Ukraine

PM Justin Trudeau says he has told Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy that Canada will soon send Ukraine highly specialized equipment. Trudeau said during a visit to Berlin that Zelenskyy also accepted an invitation to address the Canadian Parliament during Wednesday's conversation.

08:56 Mar 9

Russia-Ukraine war: Desperate Ukrainians seek escape routes

Russia-Ukraine war: Desperate Ukrainians seek escape routes Ukraine banned wheat exports as civilians sought escape routes and concerns intensified over safety at the embattled country's nuclear plants, including the decommissioned Chernobyl site.

08:37 Mar 9

Tele-counselling launched for students returning from Ukraine

Tamil Nadu Medical and Family Welfare Minister Ma Subramanian on Wednesday launched tele-counselling on 104 helpline to help the students returning from the war-affected Ukraine to cope up with the stress and move forward.

08:15 Mar 9

After evacuation from Sumy, Indian students being taken to Poland by train

The Indian students, who were pulled out of the besieged Ukrainian city of Sumy, are being taken to Poland on a train from where they will be brought back to India on a flight.

07:48 Mar 9

600 students evacuated from Ukraine's Sumy leave for Poland; may board flight home on Thursday

The last big group of 600 Indian students evacuated from the northeastern Ukrainian city of Sumy has boarded a special train from Lviv for Poland.

06:54 Mar 9

10 dead in Russian attack

At least 10 people are killed as Russian military "opened fire" on homes and other buildings in the eastern Ukrainian town of Severodonetsk, a local official says.

06:54 Mar 9

12-hour ceasefire

Moscow and Kyiv agree a 12-hour ceasefire to allow civilians to flee six badly battered areas including the capital Kyiv and the besieged southern port of Mariupol, which has been without water and power for nine days. 

06:53 Mar 9

'No critical impact on safety' from Chernobyl power loss: IAEA

The UN atomic watchdog said Wednesday it saw "no critical impact on safety" from the loss of power at Ukraine's Chernobyl nuclear power plant, site of the 1986 disaster.

"Ukraine has informed IAEA of power loss," the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said in a tweet, adding that "in this case IAEA sees no critical impact on safety".

05:56 Mar 9

Chornobyl NPP lost all electric supply

05:29 Mar 9

Indian students who left from Sumy yesterday, reached Lviv Railway Station today

05:06 Mar 9

Power cut at Ukraine's Chernobyl nuclear plant: operator

Power has been entirely cut to the Chernobyl power plant, site of the world's worst nuclear disaster in 1986, and its security systems, Ukraine's energy operator Ukrenergo said Wednesday. 

The nuclear power plant "was fully disconnected from the power grid," it said in a statement on its Facebook page, adding that military operations meant "there is no possibility to restore the lines".

05:06 Mar 9

Ukraine leader urges West to resolve Polish jet offer

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called on Wednesday for Western powers to urgently decide on a Polish offer that would see his country supplied with fighter jets. 

"When will there be a decision? Look, we're at war!" Zelensky said in a video on his Telegram channel. "We ask you again to decide as soon as possible. Send us planes."

05:05 Mar 9

Polish jet offer to Ukraine creates 'potentially dangerous scenario': Kremlin

The Kremlin on Wednesday said that a Polish offer to deliver Mig-29 fighter jets to Ukraine via a US airbase could lead to a "dangerous scenario", as Russian troops continued their advance into Ukraine. 

"This is a highly undesirable and a potentially dangerous scenario," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. 

05:05 Mar 9

Kremlin says US waging 'economic war' on Russia

The Kremlin said Wednesday that the US had launched an economic war against Moscow, describing an onslaught of sanctions against the country over its military incursion into its pro-Western neighbour Ukraine.

"The United States has declared economic war on Russia and it is de facto waging this war," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters, with the Russian government scrambling to impose measures to limit the economic fallout of the sanctions.

04:33 Mar 9

Indian students from Sumy on board special train

04:32 Mar 9

Russia says 'some progress' in talks with Ukraine

Russia says 'some progress' being made in talks with Ukraine, says not trying to 'overthrow' Ukraine government.

04:31 Mar 9

Canada to send Ukraine another shipment of highly-specialised military equipment

04:30 Mar 9

Last batch of students has left the epicenter of war: Goyal

We're proud to say that the last batch of students has left the epicenter of war (eastern Ukraine) and is moving towards western Ukraine, they'll soon enter the neighbouring countries and will be evacuated from there, said Union Minister Piyush Goyal on Operation Ganga. 

04:24 Mar 9

Shelling and evacuation efforts ongoing

Efforts are ongoing to coordinate safe routes of escape for Ukrainian civilians out of besieged cities as the Russian invasion rounds out its second week.

In the time since Russian forces swept into the country, some 2 million people have fled Ukraine, nearly half of them children with most people fleeing to neighboring Poland.

Russian troops have captured swaths of territory in the south, but have faced fierce Ukrainian resistance in other regions.

Ukrainian officials say pregnant women, women with children and others will be able to leave the city of Sumy on Wednesday through a humanitarian corridor Russia and Ukraine agreed to.

Some 5,000 civilians, including many foreign students, were able to flee the city on Tuesday in buses marked with a red cross logo.

04:22 Mar 9

IAEA loses contact with monitoring systems installed at Chernobyl nuclear power plant

The Chernobyl nuclear power plant, which was taken over by Russian forces last month, has stopped transmitting data to the IAEA, the UN atomic watchdog has said, expressing deep concern for the staff working under Russian troops at the nuclear site in northern Ukraine.

The Chernobyl site is not currently operational and handling of nuclear material has been halted. 

The facility holds decommissioned reactors as well as radioactive waste facilities, the International Atomic Energy Agency ( IAEA) said, citing information from Ukraine's nuclear regulator.

03:43 Mar 9

700 Indians evacuated from Sumy may board flight home on Thursday

The last big group of about 700 Indian students evacuated from the northeastern Ukrainian city of Sumy has boarded a special train from Poltava and are likely to board a flight to India from Poland on Thursday.

The train will take the students to Lviv in western Ukraine, from where they will be taken to Poland in buses, Anshad Ali, a student coordinator, informed.

03:35 Mar 9

Air raid sirens in Ukraine capital; Russians pressure cities

Air raid sirens blared over Ukraine's capital on Wednesday as officials said they were bolstering defenses in key cities threatened by Russian forces.

Thousands of people are thought to have been killed, both civilians and soldiers, in almost two weeks of fighting since President Vladimir Putin's forces invaded. (Read more)

02:15 Mar 9

Russia, Ukraine agree day-long evacuation corridors: Ukraine official

Russia and Ukraine on Wednesday agreed a day-long ceasefire around a series of evacuation corridors to allow civilians to escape the fighting, Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said. 

Vereshchuk said Moscow vowed to respect the truce from 9 am to 9 pm around six areas that have been heavily hit by fighting, including regions around Kyiv, in Zaporizhzhia in the south, and some parts of Ukraine's northeast.

Civilians in areas around the capital, including Irpin and Bucha to the northwest, will be evacuated into Kyiv to escape fierce bombardment by Russian forces. 

01:06 Mar 9

Russia says its forces will stop firing from 10 am Moscow time to provide humanitarian corridors out of Kyiv and four other Ukrainian cities.

This will let Ukrainians looking to escape shelling in Kyiv, Chernihiv, Sumy, Kharkiv and Mariupol to evacuate.

However, Guardian reported that officials in Kyiv accused the Russians of shelling a refugee corridor intended for residents trying to escape Mariupol.

12:38 Mar 9

Russian forces are failing to make any breakthroughs in the NorthWest of Kyiv: UK Defence Intelligence

UK's defence ministry in a report said that the Russian forces, despite fighting continuously in the NorthWest of the capital, Kyiv, have been failing to make any significant breakthroughs.

The report also said that the Ukrainian air defences "appear to have enjoyed considerable success against Russia's modern combat aircraft, probably preventing them achieving any degree of control of the air."

It also said that the Ukrainian cities of Kharkiv, Chernihiv, Sumy and Mariupol continue to be encircled and shelled by the Russian forces.

11:52 Mar 9

The New York Times has decided to move its reporters in Russia out of the country. This will be the first time in a hundred years when the organisation won't have its reporters on the ground in Russia.

The American news outlet in a statement said that Russia has effectively criminalised independent news reporting about the war by pushing a new law that makes it a crime to describe the Russian invasion of Ukraine as a "war." It seeks to punish violators with up to 15 years in prison.

11:22 Mar 9

Regional governor Dmytro Zhyvytskyy said a humanitarian corridor out of the besieged Ukrainian city of Sumy will continue to function on Wednesday, according to a Reuters report.

About 5,000 people reportedly left Sumy on Tuesday, March 8, after Russia and Ukraine agreed on the corridor.

Sumy is a northeastern Ukrainian city close to the Russian border.

An elderly lady is carried in a shopping cart after being evacuated from Irpin, on the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, March 8, 2022. (Photo | AP)
11:10 Mar 9

Kyiv in control despite Russian attacks overnight: Ukrainian armed forces

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, in a recent update, said that it continues to hold Kyiv despite overnight attacks by the Russian armed forces.

The update also said that the fighting is continuing in North and NorthWest directions with 'combat operations in Polisky and Volyn operational districts that are on the Ukraine border. The fighting is also going on in the settlements of Nizhyn, Ivanytsia, Trostyanets and in the city of Chernihiv.

10:59 Mar 9

One civilian killed in overnight shelling in Okhtyr

Sumy mayor Dmytro Zhyvytskyi in a Facebook post said that one person was killed and fourteen were injured following shelling in Okhtyr overnight.

An image of the damaged caused by Russian shelling in Okhtyr posted by the mayor of Sumy city on Facebook.

10:15 Mar 9

IAEA says it lost contact with Chernobyl nuclear data systems

The International Atomic Energy Agency has on March 8 said that it has lost contact with the systems at Chernobyl that monitor nuclear material at the radioactive waste facilities at Chernobyl.

The sites taken over by the Russian forces on February 24 have stopped transmitting data, the nuclear energy monitoring agency said.

Read more

10:07 Mar 9

Ukraine aid grows to near $14 billion in $1.5 trillion US government spending bill

A U.S. aid package for Ukraine and its Eastern European allies grew to around $14 billion on Tuesday as lawmakers put finishing touches on a $1.5 trillion government-wide spending bill that leaders hope Congress will enact by week's end, AP reported.

The bipartisan rallying behind the Ukraine aid package was just one manifestation of Congress' eagerness to help that country, but not all of it has been harmonious.

Read more

09:28 Mar 9

US companies including McDonald's, Coca Cola halt operations in Russia

McDonald's, Coca-Cola and Starbucks on Tuesday bowed to public pressure and suspended their operations in Russia, joining the international corporate chorus of outrage over Moscow's invasion of Ukraine, AFP reported.

Several of these companies, symbols of American cultural influence in the world, have been the subject of boycott calls on social media as investors have also begun to ask questions about their presence.

Read more

09:25 Mar 9

Foreign volunteers can get Ukrainian citizenship

Foreign volunteers will be able to obtain Ukrainian citizenship if they want to, First Deputy Interior Minister Yevhen Yenin said on March 9, The Kyiv Independent reported.


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