Ukraine rules out ceasefire and ceding territory; Polish president addresses Ukrainian lawmakers – CNBC
Other things happening around the war:
Ukrainian President Zelenskyy and Polish President Duda agree to work on joint border controls and a railway company.
Ukraine and Poland agreed to work on border controls and a railway company to ease the transport of Ukrainian goods to the European Union.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said joint customs control will speed up border procedures and remove corruption risks.
The World Economic Forum in Davos opens with a video address by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
The UK Prime Minister discussed Russia’s blockade of Ukraine’s shipping port with its president. Johnson resolved to provide vital humanitarian aid.
The U.S. is considering sending special forces troops to guard its recently reopened embassy in Kyiv, the Wall Street Journal reported. The embassy is located within range of Russian missiles.
More than 6.2 million Ukrainians have left the country since the war began, with 3 million moving to Poland. About 1 million have registered for temporary protection in EU countries.
The Polish president told the Ukrainian parliament that only Ukraine could decide its future, and that any peace deal would simply give Moscow time to rebuild.
Andrzej Duda said that Ukraine should not give in to Putin’s demands, and that the international community must demand that Russia completely withdraw from Ukrainian territory.
The Ukrainian Parliament extended martial law for another three months until Aug. 23, according to its official Telegram channel.
Azovstal’s garrison clung on in the Mariupol steel plant for nearly three months, refusing to be driven out.
Ukrainian first lady Olena Zelenska said her family was ripped apart by the war, and that her husband didn’t see her for 2 1/2 months.
Zelenska made a public appearance for the first time this month. She warned that her husband was Russia’s target.
Western sanctions on Russia have broken logistics routes across the country, forcing the government to find new routes together.
The Russian occupation has caused a humanitarian catastrophe in Mariupol, Ukraine, and water sources could become contaminated.
Mariupol, a strategic city in southern Ukraine, has been completely blockaded by Russian forces since the start of March. Ukrainian officials say the city has been “wiped off the map”.
Russia attacked Ukraine’s industrial heartland Sunday, seeking to expand the territory Moscow-backed separatists have held since 2014. Ukraine’s President said the outcome of the conflict would determine whether his country’s fate lies with the West or under Moscow’s domination.
The Ukrainian president has warned that a food crisis will follow the energy crisis as Russia blocks all ports and maritime opportunities for the export of agricultural produce to the rest of the world.
Polish president Andrzej Duda is the first foreign head of state to address Ukraine’s parliament since Russia invaded the country on February 24.
The U.K.’s Ministry of Defense believes that Russia’s only operational company of BMP-T Terminator tank support vehicles has been deployed to Severo donetsk in Ukraine’s eastern Donbas. The ministry added that the vehicles are unlikely to have a significant impact on the campaign.
Ukraine ruled out a ceasefire with Russia and stopped providing gas to Finland as Russia intensified an offensive in the eastern Donbas region. The situation in Donbas is “extremely difficult,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said.
Mykhailo Podolyak, Ukraine’s lead negotiator, said making concessions would backfire on Ukraine because Russia would hit back harder after any break in fighting.
President Joe Biden signed legislation authorizing $40 billion in aid to Ukraine in its fight against Russia during a state visit to South Korea.
Russia barred nearly 1,000 Americans from entering the country, including President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, Mark Zuckerberg, Hillary Clinton and George Soros.
Several former presidents were omitted from the list.
- Ukraine rules out ceasefire and ceding territory; Polish president addresses Ukrainian lawmakers CNBC
- Ukraine rejects concessions as Russia attacks Donbas Reuters
- Ukraine rules out any ceasefire deal that involves ceding territory to Russia The Guardian
- Ukraine rules out giving Russia land in ceasefire deal – BBC News BBC News
- Ukraine rejects concessions as Russians attack in east and south Reuters
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