UN chief calls for ceasefire

  • United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres calls for a ceasefire agreement “as soon as possible” during talks with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow. He has also met Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday.
  • Kyiv urges Guterres to push for Mariupol evacuations, with tens of thousands still stranded in the besieged port city.
  • Russia warns the conflict in Ukraine could escalate into World War III, says Western weapons sent to its neighbour “will be a legitimate target”.
  • Moldova’s Russia-backed breakaway region of Transnistria raises “terrorist threat level” after reported attacks which come days after Moscow said it was seeking access to the area.

    France backs Moldova amid attacks

    France says it fully backed the territorial integrity of Moldova after a series of blasts in a Russian-backed separatist region raised fears of a spill-over from the war in Ukraine.

    Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told his Moldovan counterpart Nicu Popescu France was “worried” about the reports of explosions in the breakaway Transnistria region over the last two days, the foreign ministry said.

    “He reaffirmed France’s full support for the stability, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Moldova in the face of the destabilisation risks to which it may be exposed,” it added.

    Gazprom informs Poland PGNiG it will halt gas supplies: Statement

    Russia’s Gazprom has informed Poland’s PGNiG it will halt gas supplies along the Yamal pipeline at 0800 CET on Wednesday, PGNiG said in a statement published on Tuesday.

    PGNiG added it will take steps to reinstate the flow of gas according to the Yamal contract and the halt of supplies was a breach of that contract.

    It said it has the right to pursue damages over the breach of contract.

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