In Ukraine, the Russian army has begun attacks on the West of the country for the first time. An attack on a military base close to the border with Poland killed at least 35 people yesterday, and injured over a hundred. The Russian military said that it had killed 180 foreign mercenaries. In the North, East and South of Ukraine the Russian army has continued to attack towns and cities with air strikes and rocket attacks. One city, Volnovakha, has been completely destroyed according to Governor of Donetsk Pavlo Kyryienko. Videos sent from Volnovakha show Russian soldiers and vehicles passing through completely destroyed buildings. Humanitarian corridors have helped to evacuate thousands of people throughout Ukraine, however President Volodymr Zelensky has said that Russia has again attacked the humanitarian corridor to Mariupol, in the South. Mariupol is under siege, which means that it is totally cut off from the rest of Ukraine, and there are reports of people dying of hunger and thirst. Pope Francis spoke about armed aggression in Ukraine, during Sunday mass. He described the people of the city of Mariupol as martyrs. Pope Francis said “In the name of God, stop this massacre”. Mariupol’s city council says that over 2,000 people have died since Russia invaded Ukraine.
A journalist from the United States, Brent Renaud, was killed by Russian soldiers near Kyiv, according to other journalists in the area. In this video obtained by the Guardian Newspaper, another American journalist, Juan Arredondo, who is in a hospital, says that Russian soldiers started shooting at him and Brent Renaud...
“Tell me what is your name”
“Where are your from?”
“What happened to you?”
“We crossed the first bridge, in Irpin, and we were going to film other refugees leaving. And we got into a car - somebody offered to take us to the other bridge, and we crossed a checkpoint and they started shooting at us. So the driver turned around, and they kept shooting. Its two of us - my friend is Brent Renaud - and he’s been shot and left behind.”
The Russian army has been accused of kidnapping two city mayors - mayor of Melitopol, Ivan Fedorov and mayor of Dniprorudne Yevhen Matveyev. In Melitopol, thousands of people protested the abduction of the mayor, ignoring the Russian army, who told them not to protest. There were also protests in Kherson yesterday, the biggest Ukrainian city taken by Russia since the start of the invasion. Thousands of people shouted “fascists” at Russian soldiers...
In Russia, almost a thousand people were arrested this weekend in anti-war protests, according to human rights group OVD info. Protesting against the war is illegal in Russia, and it is expected that 14,000 people have been arrested since the start of the invasion. A former Russian Police Captain living in Ukraine Dmitriy Polishchuk made a video where he destroyed his Russian passport and military certificate, before promising to serve in the defence of Ukraine. Tens of thousands of Russians have left Russia since the invasion began. Georgia has received 25,000 Russians. One man from Moscow, Yevgeniy Lyamin, told the BBC in Georgia, that he decided to leave after being arrested in an anti-war protests...
“I don’t want to fight n this war against Ukrainians, and for not my homeland, but for Putin...”
Russian President Vladamir Putin spoke to German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, and French President Emmanuel Macron this weekend, however, he showed no signs that he would stop the war, according to President Macron’s office. However, negotiators for Russia and Ukraine both said that some progress was made in talks between them. United States security advisor Jake Sullivan said yesterday that Russia would pay a ‘severe price’ if it uses chemical weapons in Ukraine. The use of chemical weapons is banned by a 1993 convention signed by almost every country in the world, including Russia.
The United Kingdom has said that anybody in the UK who gives a spare room to Ukrainian refugees would receive £350 pounds a month. At the time of recording this podcast over 2.6 million people have left Ukraine since Russia invaded, 19 days ago.
Rest of the world
Chile has a new president. Left-wing politician Gabriel Boric is the youngest ever president of Chile, aged 36, and he has promised to improve equality, healthcare and education.
In Iraqi Kurdistan, a missile attack has been claimed by Iran. The Iranian Revolutionary guard said yesterday that it had destroyed a building in the Kurdish capital Erbil, because it was being used by Israel. The Prime Minister of Iraqi Kurdistan Masrour Barzani condemned the attack, and called the Iranians “cowards”. Last week Israel attacked Iranian militias in Syria.
In Kenya president Uhuru Kenyatta has said that he will support his former rival Raila Odinga in this years presidential election. Kenyatta is not a candidate as he has already been president twice. Kenyatta is supporting Odinga instead of his own deputy president William Ruto, who has also announced his candidacy.
And in China the Winter Paralympics have finished. China won the most medals, followed by Ukraine.
That’s your world news in 7 minutes. Go to send7.org for transcripts and more. I’m Stephen Devincenzi. Tomorrow you will be with Juliet Martin. Have a great day.