The Russian army on Thursday gave assurances that the humanitarian corridors at the Azovstal Steelworks site were operational to evacuate civilians from this last Ukrainian pocket of resistance in the strategic port of Mariupol.
At 71and On the day of the war, Russian forces continued their offensive in the east while hitting numerous targets in the west, from Lviv to the previously untouched mountainous region of Transcarpathia near the Hungarian border.
Here are the latest developments, minute by minute
9:31 a.m. | More than 6 billion euros were raised at a donor conference
The Polish Prime Minister announced on Thursday that more than six billion euros had been collected for Ukraine at an international donor conference in Warsaw.
09:15 am | President Selensky invites Olaf Scholz and President Steinmeier to Kyiv
Volodymyr Zelensky has invited Chancellor Olaf Scholz and President Frank-Walter Steinmeier to Kyiv three weeks after he turned the latter down when he wanted to go there, we learned on Thursday about the German Council Presidency.
9:07 a.m. | The Russians are not keeping their promise of a ceasefire” in Azovstal
“The Russians are not respecting their ceasefire promise” at the Azovstal compound in Mariupol (southeast), the last nest of Ukrainian resistance in this bombing-ravaged port city, a commander of the Azov battalion defending the steelworks said on Thursday.
8:45 a.m. | France is providing $300 million in additional aid
France will increase its total aid to Ukraine to $2 billion, or an additional $300 million, from the previous $1.7 billion, Emmanuel Macron announced Thursday in a video feed during the international donors’ conference.
READ | Moscow intends to stick to its “goals” even if Western aid to Kyiv is delaying its offensive
Russia on Thursday acknowledged that Western support would slow its offensive in Ukraine, but said it “would not prevent them from achieving their objectives,” amid conflicting reports of civilian evacuations headed to the last Ukrainian nest of resistance in Mariupol.
8:05 am | Works from the Morozov Collection of Russian Museums back in Russia
Works from the Morozov Collection, owned by Russian museums, are back in Russia after an extraordinary exhibition in Paris, Moscow authorities said on Thursday, those creations will remain unaffected by Ukraine-linked sanctions.
6:42 | The EU is examining the possibility of confiscating the assets of the sanctioned Russians
EU Council President Charles Michel on Thursday called for the seizure of Russian assets frozen in the EU under sanctions to make them “available” for Ukraine’s reconstruction.
6:37 | Western support for Ukraine prevents Russia from ‘quickly’ completing its offensive
Western military and intelligence aid to Ukraine is preventing Russia from “quickly” concluding its offensive against its neighbor, the Kremlin said on Thursday, but pledged that all its goals will be met.
6:34 | Russia announces the expulsion of seven Danish diplomats
Russia on Thursday announced the expulsion of seven Danish diplomats in retaliation for a similar move by Copenhagen following Moscow’s military offensive in Ukraine.
READ | Russia simulated the launch of nuclear-capable missiles
Russia reportedly simulated nuclear missile fire on Wednesday while announcing it would allow the last besieged civilians from Mariupol to evacuate the area where it plans to hold a military parade in a few days.
READ | Ceasefire in sight at Mariupol Steel Plant to evacuate civilians
A three-day unilateral Russian ceasefire is due to come into effect Thursday morning around the Mariupol Steelworks, the last stronghold of the Ukrainian resistance in this strategic port city, but fighting continues in the rest of Ukraine.
6:16 am | Zelenskyy launches a global fundraiser to help Ukraine
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Thursday announced the launch of an online crowdfunding platform aimed at helping Kyiv win the war against Russia and rebuild the country’s infrastructure.
6:06 | Ukraine: Humanitarian corridors “work” at the Mariupol Azovstal site
Humanitarian corridors are “working” at the site of the Azovstal Metallurgical Plant, the last pocket of resistance against the Russian offensive in Ukraine’s strategic port of Mariupol, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday.
5:24 | Russia “attempts to destroy Ukrainian units in Azovstal”.
The Ukrainian army has announced that fighting will continue at the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol (south-east), where Russia is “trying to crush the last defenders of the site”, although it has unilaterally announced a ceasefire for Thursday morning.
READ | The year promises to be difficult for the markets
“For a rare year-to-date, Wall Street posted solid gains yesterday as its major indices (Dow Jones, SB&P 500, Nasdaq) all ended the day up 3 percent.” The Chronicle by Michel Girard.
WAR NOTEBOOK | Belarus: a new front?
The announcement that the Belarusian armed forces have started large-scale exercises to test their combat readiness could be interpreted as a sign that they are preparing to intervene in Ukraine.