Biden delivers address on Ukraine

  • The International Court of Justice orders Russia to stop hostilities in Ukraine, granting a provisional measure requested by Kyiv.
  • Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says he sees “some hope” for reaching a compromise in the negotiations over the war in Ukraine.
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy appeals to the United States Congress for more help in fending off the Russian invasion.
  • Zelenskyy says Russian demands in the peace talks are becoming “more realistic”.
  • The prime ministers of Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovenia return to their countries after visiting Kyiv.

    Russia denies shooting Ukrainians in Chernihiv bread line

    Russia’s defence ministry has denied reports that its forces had shot and killed 10 people waiting in line for bread in Chernihiv, saying there are no Russian troops in the area.

  • Defence ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said the report and footage of alleged victims that appeared in various Ukrainian outlets was a “hoax launched by the Ukrainian Security Service”.

    “No Russian soldiers are or have been in Chernihiv. All units are outside of the Chernihiv city limits, blocking roads, and are not conducting any offensive action,” he said, adding that the US Embassy had republished an “unverified fake”.

    The US Embassy in Kyiv did not provide evidence for the attack in a statement posted on its official Twitter site and its Facebook page.

    Russia blocks BBC website, vows more retaliatory media sanctions

    Russia’s media watchdog Roskomnadzor has blocked access to the BBC’s main news website, with Moscow’s foreign ministry warning of more retaliatory measures against the media.

    “I think this is only the beginning of retaliatory measures to the information war unleashed by the West against Russia,” foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Telegram.

    Three killed after shelling and fire in Kharkiv: Emergency service

    Three people have been killed and five wounded after shelling sparked fire at a market in the eastern city of Kharkiv, Ukraine’s State Emergencies Service has said.

    President Joe Biden approves additional $800 million for Ukraine

    President Joe Biden has said the US is providing Ukraine with additional military assistance including anti-aircraft, anti-armour weapons and drones to assist in its defence against Russia.

    “What’s at stake here are the principles that the United Nations and the United States stand for: it’s about freedom, it’s about the right of people to determine their own future, it’s about making sure Ukraine will never be a victory for Putin,” Biden said.

    On Saturday his administration had authorised $200 million in military assistance to Ukraine.

    “Now I’m once again using my presidential authority to activate an additional security assistance to continue to help Ukraine fend off Russia’s assault,” Biden said, before announcing the allocation of $800 million in military aid.

    Ukraine accuses Russia of firing rockets at evacuation convoy, theatre in Mariupol

    Ukrainian officials have accused Russian forces of bombing a theatre sheltering civilians and firing artillery at a convoy fleeing the besieged city of Mariupol.

    The city council said the number of casualties in the aftermath of the strike on the theatre was not yet known.

    The governor of the Zaporizhzhia region, Oleksandr Starukh, said an online post that “heavy artillery of the enemy forces fired on a convoy of civilians moving along the highway towards Zaporizhzhia,” wounding at least five people including a child.

    Al Jazeera could not independently verify the claims.

    UN top court orders Russia to cease hostilities in Ukraine

    The International Court of Justice has ordered Russia to stop hostilities in Ukraine, granting a provisional measure requested by Kyiv.

    “The Russian Federation shall immediately suspend the special military operations it commenced on 24 February 2022,” the court’s president, US judge Joan E. Donoghue, said.

    Al Jazeera’s Imran Khan, reporting from Kyiv, said countries who refuse to abide by court orders can be referred to the UN Security Council, where Russia holds veto power. However, the ruling “helps build the case for any prosecution down the road,” Khan said.

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