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UN: At least 596 civilians have died in Ukraine

Russia Ukraine WarUN: At least 596 civilians have died in Ukraine

Kyiv (Times Of Ocean)- Fighting has intensified around Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv, while Russian forces continue to bombard cities across the country, killing civilians unable to flee.

On Sunday morning, Russian missiles hit a military training center near Lviv, in western Ukraine, near the Polish border, killing and injuring several people.

In the meantime, Russian forces have gained some ground in their attempt to take full control of the besieged port city of Mariupol in the south of the country.

Civilians trapped in the city suffer from severe shortages of food, water, and electricity.

The Associated Press reported Sunday that more than 1,500 people have been killed in attacks on Mariupol so far. Civilians have been prevented from fleeing Ukraine by Russia, according to the Ukrainian authorities.

The Associated Press reported that Ukraine has restored power to the Chornobyl energy plant.

The power station in Chornobyl, which suffered a meltdown in 1986, is currently under Russian control.

Energy Minister Herman Halushchenko said that “heroes” from the national power grid company were responsible for repairing the connection, according to the AP. The radiation leak prevention systems are functioning normally.

The hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians still in Mariupol are facing the “worst-case scenario” unless leaders are able to reach a “concrete humanitarian agreement urgently,” the International Committee of the Red Cross warned.

In the heavily besieged port city, shortages of food, water, and medicine have been documented by the Red Cross. It added that people are risking their lives to find basic necessities and sheltering in unheated basements.

“We call on all parties involved in the fighting to place humanitarian imperatives first. People in Mariupol have endured a weekslong life-and-death nightmare. This needs to stop now. Their safety and their access to food, water and shelter must be guaranteed,” Peter Maurer, ICRC president, said in a statement.

The Russian and Ukrainian governments have agreed to a partial cease-fire to allow civilians to leave the city, but multiple reports indicate that attacks continued after the cease-fire time.

As a result, Ukrainian leaders have accused Moscow of refusing to let civilians leave the city.

Zelenskyy urges Big Tech to stop providing support services in Russia

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has called on software giants Oracle, Microsoft and SAP to stop providing support services for their products in Russia.

“Now can be no ‘half’ decisions or ‘halftones’! There is only black and white, good or evil! You are either for peace or support the bloody Russian aggressor to kill Ukrainian children and women,” Zelenskky wrote on Twitter.

“Stop supporting your products in Russia, stop the war!” he added.

Technology giants and corporations doing business in Russia have been urged by Ukrainian officials to pull their products and support from the country. #Ukraine

IMF’s Georgieva: Russian default no longer implausible

A Russian sovereign default is possible, according to IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva. #Russia

“In terms of servicing debt obligations, I can say that no longer we think of Russian default as [an] improbable event,” Georgieva said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday. “Russia has the money to service its debt, but cannot access it.”

The Kremlin, whose Ukraine invasion has entered its third week, is facing those economic consequences amid massive sanctions by the U.S. and other allies.

Last week, rating agency Fitch downgraded Russia’s sovereign rating by six notches further into junk territory to a C grade, saying a default is “imminent.”

Moody’s and S&P have also slashed Russia’s sovereign credit rating to ‘junk’ status, citing sanctions from the West that could undermine its ability to service its debt.

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