UKRAINE UPDATES: Zelensky invokes Churchill; Biden bans Russian oil; civilians flee cities; McDonald’s, Starbucks shut stores in Russia

As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine hits the two-week mark, here’s the most recent headlines…

• A new ceasefire in the northeastern metropolis of Sumy is predicted to allow more civilians to flee to safety.
• On Tuesday, about 7,000 individuals have been evacuated from the city, which Russian has bombarded for days. Already 22 people have been killed in air strikes on the city on Monday night, together with three children.
• Russian state media stated humanitarian corridors will also be set up for Kyiv, Chernihiv, Kharkiv and Mariupol, regardless of previous efforts having failed.
• Moscow says Russia’s international minister Sergei Lavrov will meet with Ukrainian’s Dmytro Kuleba in Turkey on Thursday.
• Meanwhile, fighting continues to โซล่าเซลล์ and northwest of the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv,as Russian forces proceed their offensive.
• In an unprecedented tackle to UK MPs within the House of Commons, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky referenced Winston Churchill…

• His speech adopted the UK’s announcement that it might section out Russian oil imports by year’s finish. He urged the UK Parliament to strengthen sanctions towards Moscow, vowing Ukraine will “fight to the tip.”

• Likewise, US President Joe Biden has introduced a ban on Russian energy imports to the US. Biden confirmed an entire US ban on Russian oil, fuel and coal imports in a transfer designed to deal a “powerful blow” to Putin. The EU has additionally made strikes towards lowering the continent’s reliance on Russian gas.
• The US is also sending two Patriot missile batteries to Poland as a “defensive deployment” to counter any potential risk to US and NATO allies during Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine, a spokesman for US European Command said Tuesday night time.
• CIA chief William Burns claims Russian President Vladimir Putin originally deliberate to seize Ukraine’s capital Kyiv inside two days. Speaking at a congressional hearing on Tuesday, he warned US lawmakers…

“I think Putin is angry and frustrated proper now. He’s likely to double down and attempt to grind down the Ukrainian navy with no regard for civilian casualties.”

Moreover, Burns claimed Putin has been “stewing in a combustible combination of grievance and ambition for a number of years.”

• A Russian airstrike in the Ukrainian city of Sumy has killed a minimal of 21 civilians, together with 2 kids, Ukrainian officers say. A planned evacuation route to help civilians flee the city, closed on Tuesday night after experiencing Russian attacks in recent days.
• Civilians have been successfully fleeing the Ukrainian cities of Sumy and Irpin, near Kyiv, by way of evacuation routes. On Tuesday, about 5,000 people and 1,000 cars evacuated the city of Sumy in northeastern Ukraine, according to Kirill Timoshenko, deputy head of the Ukrainian presidential workplace. The UN estimates a minimal of least 2 million refugees have fled Ukraine because the beginning of the invasion.
• McDonald’s and Starbucks are shutting their eating places and cafes in Russia, and Coca-Cola is likewise suspending its operations within the nation, following stress to join a corporate boycott in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. PepsiCo is also reportedly pulling some of its products from the country. McDonald’s had 847 areas in Russia at the close of 2021, an investor document reveals. According to CEO Chris Kempczinski, its restaurant closures are “temporary”…

“McDonald’s has determined to quickly close all our restaurants in Russia and pause all operations out there.”

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