Russia-Ukraine War Latest News In Ukraine: Heavy combat inside Ukraine continued, with Russian forces resuming their push into the capital of Kyiv and the country’s second largest city of Kharkiv. Ukrainian troops have managed to slow, and in some cases halt, Russian advances. Ukrainian authorities said they had to abandon efforts to evacuate civilians from the southern city of Mariupol, for the second day in a row, saying Russia shelled the southeastern port city as evacuation convoys were gathering. Russia’s military insists it isn’t targeting civilians. But deaths are mounting from Russian strikes on residential areas in cities around the country and agreements to evacuate towns and cities have fallen through. In Kherson, the only regional capital that Russia has captured, thousands of people came out for the third day of protests against the occupation. The U.S. is exploring a deal in which Poland would send Soviet-era aircraft to Ukraine in return for American F-16 jet fighters. The disclosure of a possible deal followed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s impassioned plea to Capitol Hill for assistance. In Russia: Visa and Mastercard said they are suspending their Russian operations. The card networks earlier said they would no longer handle card operations pertaining to sanctioned Russian banks and are now extending that to all card issuers and merchant processors in Russia. The move will have a major impact on foreigners in the country. PARIS—French President Emmanuel Macron urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to ensure the protection and security of Ukraine’s nuclear sites in a phone call on Sunday, Mr. Macron’s office said, days after Russian shelling sparked a fire at Europe’s largest nuclear power plant. The fire, extinguished Friday morning, erupted at the Zaporizhzhia power plant’s training facility. None of the plant’s six reactors were affected and no radiation leaked. But the incident raised fears that Moscow’s increasingly indiscriminate war could cause a global environmental disaster. Mr. Macron told Mr. Putin on Sunday that there should be no attacks against nuclear sites and the safety standards of the International Atomic Energy Agency should be respected, a French official said. Mr. Putin said he had no plans to attack nuclear sites in Ukraine. He also agreed to start a dialogue with the IAEA and Ukraine to ensure the safety of the country’s nuclear sites, the official added. Mr. Macron also reiterated his call for an end to Russia’s military operations in Ukraine and asked Mr. Putin to uphold international humanitarian law, Mr. Macron’s office said in a statement. Mr. Macron is scheduled to speak with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky later Sunday, according to the French official. Ukrainian fighters wounded while battling the Russian invasion will be treated in hospitals in Germany and Poland, officials from both countries said Sunday. German hospitals, including military clinics in Berlin, will start treating Ukrainian fighters on Monday, according to two senior German government officials. The wounded will be transported from the battlefield by road and rail to neighboring Poland, which shares borders with both Ukraine and Germany. They will then be airlifted to specialist German clinics depending on the treatment required, the officials said. Poland will also treat wounded Ukrainian fighters, a Polish government spokesman said. A Polish medical train has already transported casualties from Ukraine to Polish territory to provide care, he added. Both Germany and Poland, along with other European nations and the U.S., are supplying humanitarian and military aid to Ukraine, including antiaircraft and antitank missiles. Israel’s Hadassah Medical Organization, a privately funded company, said in a statement that it will send a team of doctors specializing in wartime medicine to the Polish border with Ukraine on Monday to help local medical authorities organize emergency treatment. Tanks, missiles and other weapons in use on the battlefield in Ukraine were on display Sunday at a major arms exhibition in Saudi Arabia where the Russian invasion was a topic of discussion. Russian state military exporter Rosoboronexport exhibited models of attack helicopters and drones alongside machine guns and ammunition that it markets to the Middle East and Asia. Some Russian staff at the World Defense Show said they would be forced to reroute their trips home after flagship airline Aeroflot suspended international flights from March 8 amid heavy Western sanctions. In another section of the sprawling four-day event on the outskirts of Riyadh was the Ukrainian pavilion, manned by a single employee of the country’s state-owned military manufacturer UkrOboronProm. A 50-strong delegation had planned to attend before the crisis erupted last month. Organizers wouldn’t allow Ukraine to refund its fee for the exhibition, which had been planned for more than a year, and the tanks and armored vehicles on display had arrived weeks ago, said Maxim Potimkov, regional director for UkrOboronProm. When the show ends Wednesday, the equipment on display will be shipped back home for use on the frontlines, he said. Russia is targeting Ukrainian military production plants, and Ukraine is directing all its efforts to the current war effort, forcing a pause of export plans, he said. Meanwhile, the U.S. is ex­plor­ing a deal in which Poland would send So­viet-era air­craft to Ukraine in re­turn for Amer­i­can F-16 jet fight­ers, U.S. of­fi­cials said Sat­ur­day, in the lat­est bid to help Ukraine re­spond to Rus­sia’s in­va­sion. “In these troubled times, when Russia is continuing to wage its brutal campaign against Ukraine and when Iran continues its efforts to destabilize the region through attacks and malign activities, it is clear to all of us and certainly to our Saudi hosts that strong security partnerships are actually critical for all our countries in this region, and really for the world,” said Martina Strong, U.S. chargé d’affaires in Riyadh. The defense show is meant to highlight efforts by Saudi Arabia, the third-biggest buyer of weapons globally, to build a domestic defense industry as it seeks to diversify its economy away from oil. The kingdom, which has coordinated with Russia in recent years on supplying the oil market, has rebuffed U.S. requests to pump more crude to help tame surging oil prices. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to declare a cease-fire in Ukraine during a Sunday phone call, according to the Turkish president’s office. Mr. Erdogan is one of Mr. Putin’s key partners in the wider region, despite Turkey’s position as a member of NATO that has opposed Russia in a series of proxy wars and sided with Ukraine during the current crisis. “President Erdogan underscored the importance of taking urgent steps to achieve a cease-fire, open humanitarian corridors and sign a peace agreement,” said a tweet from the Turkish president’s office Sunday. According to the Kremlin’s account of the call, Mr. Putin told Mr. Erdogan that Moscow remained willing to resolve the conflict through dialogue and would stop its offensive “only if Kyiv ceases hostilities and fulfills Russia’s well-known requirements.” Turkey has carefully calibrated its response to the Ukraine crisis by opposing the Russian assault while also avoiding steps that could trigger retaliation from Moscow. Ankara has condemned the Russian attack on Ukraine and barred some Russian warships from accessing the Black Sea, but it also refused to take part in economic sanctions. A Turkish company also sold armed drones to Ukraine that have helped slow the Russian invasion. Mr. Erdogan has formed an unusual partnership with Mr. Putin in recent years even as Turkey has fought against Russian proxies in wars in Syria and Libya. Mr. Erdogan’s decision in 2017 to buy a Russian air defense system caused a rift between Turkey and the U.S. Ankara is also dependent on Russia for imported natural gas as well as tourists and other economic links that Turkey needs as it attempts to stabilize its economy after a currency crisis that pushed millions of Turks toward poverty last year. The U.S. and European partners are discussing a ban on imports of Russian oil in response to President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Sunday. “We are now talking to our European partners and allies to look in a coordinated way at the prospect of banning the import of Russian oil, while making sure that there’s still an appropriate supply of oil on world markets. That’s a very active discussion as we speak,” Mr. Blinken said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” He said he discussed the issue with President Biden on Saturday. European nations and Biden administration officials have so far largely avoided widespread sanctions on Russia’s energy sector, fearing they would result in price increases. The main U.S. price last week topped $110 a barrel for the first time in more than a decade. When asked whether a total EU-wide ban on Russian energy is on the table, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen referred to the existing economic sanctions that have been placed on Russia, saying “the goal is to isolate Russia and to make it impossible for Putin to finance his wars.” She told CNN on Sunday that as far as the energy sector is concerned, “here it’s very clear that for us there is a strong strategy now to say we have to get rid of the dependency of fossil fuels from Russia” and diversify Europe’s energy supply toward renewables.

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