Russia invaded Ukraine: top news for March 3, 2022

The second round of negotiations between the Ukrainian and Russian sides took place in Belarus in Bialowieza Forest. Ukraine did not get the results it had hoped for during the talks, said Mykhailo Podoliak, a Ukrainian advisor to the head of the president of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Belarusian paratroopers have been ordered to cross the border into Ukraine The Armed Forces of Ukraine maintain boundaries in the Volyn region, reported General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Together with 45 states, Ukraine has launched the OSCE Moscow Mechanism on Russia’s invasion. The expert mission will submit findings to accountability mechanisms, including international courts & tribunals, Minister of Foreign Affairs Dmytro Kuleba said. The Romanian Air Force has lost contact with a MiG-21 Lancer fighter patrolling the airspace over the Black Sea near Dobruja. Later in search of a lost fighter, A Puma helicopter crashed, killing 5 helicopter crew members. The causes of the crash of both aircraft are under investigation. The head of Kherson Regional State Administration, Hennadiy Laguta said that the Russian army had begun to mine the city of Kherson. An employee of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine, Marina Fenina, was killed in the shelling of Kharkiv, the OSCE Secretariat in Vienna said. Russian troops fired a missile at a high-rise housing estate in central Chernihiv. There are no military facilities nearby. The Russian occupiers fired on a hospital in Vasylivka, Zaporizhia region. Three people were killed and four others were injured. In Kherson, the Russian troops seized the TV tower. Ukrainian defenders defeated the soldiers of Russia’s first tank army near Kharkiv. This is an elite unit of the RF army. Senior officers are in the captivity of Ukrainians, Oleksiy Arestovych, an adviser to the head of the President’s Office said. Ukraine has received several hundred Stinger anti-aircraft missile systems from the United States. Russia demands that Telegram deletes the bots that search the information on Russian soldiers killed or captured in Ukraine. Mercedes-Benz will suspend production and supply of cars in Russia. Škoda ceases operations in Russia. Earlier, Ford, BMW, Honda, Mazda, General Motors, Harley-Davidson, Suzuki and others also stopped their activities. The U.S. will sanction Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov. The U.S. also imposed visa restrictions on 19 oligarchs and 47 of their family members and close associates. In Vilnius, the street where the Russian Embassy is located will be named after Heroes of Ukraine, the mayor said. The U.S. assessed that Russia had moved 90 per cent of its combat power that had been prepositioned outside of Ukraine into the country – CNN Following Georgia and Ukraine, Moldova submitted a formal application to join the EU.

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