War in Ukraine: the center of Kharkiv bombed by the Russian army, Mariupol without electricity after an offensive
Steph Deschamps / March 1, 2022
The war continues in eastern Ukraine. On the one hand, the center of Kharkiv, the country's second largest city, was shelled in the morning of Tuesday, March 1, announced on Telegram the governor of the region, Oleg Sinegoubov. The Russian occupier continues to use heavy weapons against the civilian population, he wrote, posting images of a huge explosion in the city's central square, where the headquarters of the local administration is located. 400 kilometers away, the city of Mariupol, on the Sea of Azov, is without electricity after a Russian offensive. Mariupol and Volnovakha are ours! Both cities are under pressure from the enemy but they are holding, said Pavlo Kirilenko, governor of the Donetsk region, on his Facebook page.
YouTube in turn blocks the channels of Russian media RT and Sputnik across Europe. After Facebook and Instagram Monday night, it is the turn of YouTube to block the channels of Russian media Russia Today (RT) and Sputnik Tuesday, given the ongoing war in Ukraine, announced the firm in an email sent to AFP. And this with immediate effect.
A Russian military convoy of more than 60 kilometers is heading towards Kiev. Satellite images taken on Monday show a huge Russian military convoy advancing northwest of the Ukrainian capital, Russia's main military objective. The convoy stretches from the outskirts of Antonov airport (about 25 km from the center of Kiev) in the south to the outskirts of Prybirsk in the north, the U.S. satellite imagery company Maxar, which took the pictures, said Monday night. According to the Ukrainian general staff, Moscow is gathering its forces for an assault on Kiev and other major cities in the country.
Ukrainian president calls to ban Russia from all ports and airports in the world. Volodymyr Zelensky spoke in a video posted on Facebook on Monday evening, after the first talks that took place between Kiev and Moscow, and called on the international community to consider a total closure of the skies for Russian missiles, planes and helicopters. He added: This evil, armed with missiles, bombs and artillery, must be stopped immediately. And destroyed economically, to show that humanity is capable of defending itself, added the Ukrainian head of state.
Disney and Sony are suspending the release of their films in Russia. In light of the unprovoked invasion of Ukraine and the tragic humanitarian crisis, we are suspending the release of films in theaters in Russia, Disney said in a statement Monday. We will make future business decisions as the situation develops. For its part, Sony Pictures, a subsidiary of Japan's Sony Group, announced that it was also suspending the release of its films in Russian theaters, including Morbius, its new blockbuster in the superhero universe.