Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine and Minister for Reintegration of Temporary Occupied Territories

The ceasefire has not been in effect since March 5. Russian troops shell the evacuation corridors through Zaporizhzhia to Mariupol and other temporary occupied regions. More than 1300 civilians, including children, have died due to starvation, dehydration, and bombings.

The prospects for future rescue include operations through the land and the sea. More than 70 civilians held in Mariupol are Turkish citizens. President Erdo─čan has suggested help to the Ukrainians and Turks, but Putin remains deaf to his demands.

Russia is offering "evacuation corridors" to people in Mariupol, offering them to go to Russia. The same "propositions" are made to the people of Kyiv.

Tomorrow Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and Russia will meet in Turkey. We hope that we will finally agree on the parameters of the evacuation corridors and that the Russian troops will hold the protocol. Otherwise, we expect repercussions to Russia, which is responsible for the deaths of many civilians through the contract breach.

West media prognoses Russians' use of terror on Ukrainian civilians. The present crimes are not yet subjected to sanctions. We expect Russia to allow the humanitarian corridors if the global community condemns and penalizes Russia's misconduct.

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine

Operational information on the diplomatic front as of March 9th, 7 p.m.

Ukraine and its partners are stepping up with unprecedented sanctions’ pressure on Russia to end its war against Ukraine. The European Union announced today a new package of sanctions against Russia and Belarus.

   Military aid:

 Canada will send another batch of highly specialized military equipment to Ukraine.

   Financial Aids:

 The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has announced an initial € 2 billion package of measures for Ukraine, in particular, for war-torn citizens and companies;

 Canada will allocate about $ 2.5 million to counter Russian disinformation.

    Sanctions against Russia:

 The EU Council approved new sectoral sanctions against Russia and Belarus for armed aggression against Ukraine. The new restrictions include restrictions on access to SWIFT for three Belarusian banks and the import of the euro into Belarus. In addition, the EU has expanded the list of sanctioned legal entities and organizations subject to restrictions on investment, securities and financial instruments. The list includes another 160 people linked to the Putin`s regime.

   International isolation

 Members of the Venice Commission Bureau, the Council of Europe's advisory body on constitutional law, initiated the termination of Russia's right to be represented on the commission. The Committee of Ministers of the European Council will make a decision on this issue on the 10th of March.

   Informational and economic isolation

 The French machine-building company Alstom, which manufactures railway warehouses and transport systems, has announced a halt of their operations in Russia;

 The American media company Discovery is suspending broadcasting of its cable TV channels in Russia due to its invasion to Ukraine. 15 channels were excluded from Russian air, including Discovery Channel, Discovery Science, Eurosport;

 Latvia has banned broadcasting of 18 Russian TV channels that are directly or indirectly owned by Gazprombank;

 The American service Amazon Prime Video has restricted access to movies and series for Russian subscribers.

   Humanitarian aids

 In Latvia, almost 6 million euros have already been raised through the ziedot.lv portal for the needs of the Ukrainian Armed Forces and civilian population;

 Ukrainian organizations of foreign Ukrainians in Germany have already donated more than 330 tons of medical supplies, food and basic necessities;

 The Government of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste has decided to allocate $1.5 million to help the people of Ukraine through the UN World Food Program.

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The Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine

The Ministry started collecting information on damage and destruction of cultural heritage sites committed by the Russian forces in Ukraine.

Russia's aggression is accompanied by the movement of heavy military equipment, missiles and air strikes, artillery shelling of Ukrainian cities and villages.

The Ministry urge`s witnesses of the destruction of cultural heritage from all regions of Ukraine to send photo or video evidence to the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy through the resource: https://culturecrimes.mkip.gov.ua

Available for public data will be published on the separate portal created specifically for the evidence collection purposes. Provided and verified materials are to be transferred to the International Criminal Court in the Hague for investigation.

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ENERGY

 

Ministry of Energy of Ukraine

Minister of Energy of Ukraine H.Galushchenko requested the support of the European Commission due to the outage at the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant.

Uniper writes off Nord Stream 2 and wants to sell "Unipro" in Russia: losses amount to 987 million euros.

The world's largest manufacturer of wind turbines, Vestas, has suspended projects in Russia.

At 11.22 am CET on March 9th, 2022, an emergency shutdown of the 750 kV-power line Chornobyl NPP occurred. As a result, all facilities of the SSE Chornobyl NPP are de-energized. Emergency diesel generators will provide power for safety-critical systems. In case of trouble-free operation, the containers of diesel fuel will be enough for 48 hours. De-energization of the SSE Chornobyl NPP makes it impossible to control the parameters of nuclear and radiation safety at the facilities enterprise.

Minister Galushchenko, held a telephone call with the European Commissioner for Energy Kadri Simson. He announced a potential threat to Europe as a result of de-energizing of the Chornobyl nuclear power plant, which is now fully controlled by Russian troops.

UGS facilities are secure and continue to operate normally, except for the Krasnopopivske underground gas storage facility in Luhansk region (stopped due to hostilities in the immediate vicinity of the facility).

"Donetskoblgaz" continues to eliminate damages to gas networks caused by constant shelling.

Gas supply company "Naftogaz Trading" for the past day delivered 75 million cubic meters of natural gas to their consumers. Due to the cold weather, heating systems have increased fuel consumption. However, the company is provided with the necessary resources to satisfy all applications.

Employees of "Kharkivmiskgaz" emergency services restored gas supply for 500 consumers.

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