LIVE: Russian Target Civilians in Irpin, Ukraine Promises to ‘Punish Everyone Who Committed Atrocities’
Oil hits a 13-year high so of course, the U.S. is open to banning Russian oil imports while not opening the Keystone XL pipeline or opening new fields.
Russia is still attacking Ukraine. The Russians blame Ukraine for breaking the ceasefire in Mariupol, which means residents cannot evacuate. They have no water, electricity, and see bodies all over the street.
Ukrainian officials still warn that Russia can take Kyiv.
Russia Claims It Will Honor Ceasefire
Russia’s UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia says Russia will carry out a ceasefire on Tuesday morning at 10am Moscow time (7am UK time) and open humanitarian corridors to evacuate citizens from Kiev, Chernigov, Sumy and Mariupol.
Mr Nebenzia took the floor at the end of a UN Security Council meeting on the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine on Monday.
“This proposal doesn’t have any demands about the citizens being sent necessarily to Russia, into Russian territory,” he said.
“There’s also evacuation offered towards Ukrainian cities to the west of Kyiv, and ultimately it will be the choice of the people themselves where they want to be evacuated to.”
Russia Stalled Outside of Kyiv
The Kyiv Independent’s Illia Ponomarenko told Fox News that Russia is stalled outside of Kyiv.
Mihailo Podolyak, a member of the Ukrainian delegation, said “as of today, there are no results that would substantially improve the situation.”
“We will have more effective ways to aid people who are suffering because of Russian Federation aggression,” he said. “In terms of [the] key political track, which includes cease-fire, reconciliation and end of fighting, intense consultation will continue.”
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte With the Mic Drop
Self-reliance is a good thing:
The Dutch prime minister said the “painful reality is that we are very much still dependent” on Russian oil and gas.
Mr Rutte noted there would be “enormous ramifications” if Russian oil and gas imports were blocked, and said the process would have to be gradual. This is a step-by-step approach.”
China Loves Russia
You think supply is bad now? Wait until China gets involved:
The Chinese Foreign Minister called Moscow the “most important strategic partner” to Beijing as war rages between Russia and Ukraine for the 12th day.
“No matter how perilous the international landscape, we will maintain our strategic focus and promote the development of a comprehensive China-Russia partnership in the new era,” Wang Yi told reporters Monday at a news conference of the annual meeting of China’s ceremonial parliament.
“The friendship between the two peoples is iron clad,” he said, and noted that Chinese ties to Russia constitute “one of the most crucial bilateral relationships in the world.”
China has broken with the U.S., Europe and others that have imposed sanctions on Russia after its invasion of Ukraine.
Chinese officials last week said they are not considering sanctioning Russia for the invasion, instead continuing with “normal trade cooperation.”
Third Round of Talks
Yup. This again.
*UKRAINE'S PODOLYAK: TALKS WITH RUSSIA ARE STARTING pic.twitter.com/wb04cbSSof
— *Walter Bloomberg (@DeItaone) March 7, 2022
An advisor to interior minister of Ukraine said Russian occupiers will try to seize Kyiv very soon, local media reported.
Vadym Denysenko said Russia has concentrated a “sufficient number of troops and equipment” near the capital, and the “key battle in the war” will take place in the next few days, the Kyiv Independent reported.
High Oil so Blinken is Open to Banning Russian Oil
West Texas Intermediate Crude, the U.S. benchmark, rose 9.5% to $126.64 a barrel as of 7:00 PM on Sunday evening. Brent Crude, the international benchmark, shot up 12% to $130.98 a barrel.
WTI hit an all-time high of $147.27 and Brent hit $147.50 in July 2008.
If you’re not going to drill here in America or open the Keystone XL pipeline then you should not ban any oil imports:
The Biden administration has issued a rash of sanctions against Russia following its invasion of Ukraine, but has left the country’s oil industry largely unscathed so far.
That could change this week as Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Sunday that the administration is coordinating with key allies to potentially ban imports of Russian oil.
“We are now in very active discussions with our European partners about banning the import of Russian oil to our countries, while of course, at the same time, maintaining a steady global supply of oil,” Blinken told NBC Sunday.
Russians Kill Civilians in Irpin
Irpin is on the outskirts of Kyiv. The New York Times‘ Lynsey Addario witnessed Russian troops targeting and killing civilians trying to leave.
WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES: Today I witnessed Russian troops deliberately targeting civilians fleeing for their lives from the village of Irpin. At least three members of a family of four were killed in front of me. @nytimes https://t.co/lR0a5FRpXX
— lynsey addario (@lynseyaddario) March 6, 2022
My good friend bought an apartment in Irpin in early fall, he had a housewarming party in late September. He was so happy to finally have his own place, in a cozy suburb.
Now, his building, together with those nearby, is completely destroyed by Russian missiles. Heartbreaking. pic.twitter.com/gQp3Yre2It
— Oleksiy Sorokin (@mrsorokaa) March 6, 2022
*STRONG GRAPHIC VIOLENCE IN THE VIDEO*
The Irpin Bridge shelling incident pic.twitter.com/UbJ6oUnZm1
— Illia Ponomarenko 🇺🇦 (@IAPonomarenko) March 6, 2022
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