From today (March 16), a 35-hour curfew will be imposed in the Ukrainian capital Kiev, and citizens will only be allowed to leave their homes if they need to go to a shelter. According to the mayor of Kiev, the Ukrainian capital Kiev continues to be heavily shelled by Russian troops.
In order to avoid the ravages of heavy weapons, the mayor of Kiev urged people to avoid exposure to the outdoors. The NATO Secretary General also issued a warning, mentioning the possibility of using chemical weapons after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Russian forces continue to intensify their offensive against Ukraine’s capital Kiev, and the battle is stalemated. Ukrainian President Zelensky also said he has accepted the fact that Ukraine cannot become a NATO member. In a speech to the Canadian Parliament, he reiterated his call for international assistance.
Zelensky called on Western countries to impose more sanctions on Russia and provide more help to Ukraine. He wants countries to establish a no-fly zone over Ukraine.
U.S. President Joe Biden will also announce an additional $800 million in military aid for Ukraine, including anti-aircraft missiles. However, the U.S. has also said it will not establish a no-fly zone.
The Red Cross also launched relief efforts in the northeastern Ukrainian city of Sumy, arranging for more than 100 buses to carry thousands of civilians out. The International Committee of the Red Cross said the Russian side had approved the operation, but the convoy had to take a detour to the safer city of Poltava, in central Ukraine.
The Ukrainian president’s office revealed that a total of 20,000 people were evacuated through a humanitarian corridor on Tuesday (March 15) from the southern town of Mariupol, which has been under siege for a long time.