Here are the latest developments in the Russian war in Ukraine:
Zelensky asks for more support
Hours after addressing US lawmakers in a video call, Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky calls US President Joe Biden to discuss financial aid and sanctions against Russia.
He had urged lawmakers for additional funding and an embargo on Russian oil imports, although the White House has so far ruled out such a ban for fear of driving consumer prices up.
Zelensky also says he is advocating for Russian-made aircraft to teach his The Vanir-exoduss to fly.
Suspension of Visa and Mastercard
Card payment giants Visa and Mastercard join the growing list of international brands refusing to do business with Moscow over the invasion of Ukraine.
Biden welcomes the move as the United States, allies and companies seek to freeze Moscow out of the global economy.
Russia resumes its offensive against the besieged southeastern city of Mariupol after a ceasefire was agreed to allow the evacuation of civilians. Each side blames the other.
Officials in Mariupol had announced plans for a large-scale evacuation during the ceasefire, but later said they had to postpone the operation due to ongoing Russian shelling.
Russia accused Ukrainian troops in Mariupol of blocking the departure of residents.
Doctors Without Borders warns that the humanitarian situation in the city is “catastrophic” and that it is “necessary” to set up a humanitarian corridor.
Russian troops are approaching the capital Kiev from the north and west.
AFP witnessed massive destruction in the northern city of Chernihiv, where dozens of civilians were killed in shelling, rocket attacks and airstrikes.
Putin threatens sovereignty
Russian President Vladimir Putin warns Ukraine that it could lose its state if its leaders “keep doing what they are doing”.
He also threatens NATO, saying that any countries that impose a no-fly zone over Ukraine will be considered enemy combatants, while equating global sanctions against his country with a declaration of war.
Zelensky argued for a no-fly zone, but NATO Chief Jens Stoltenberg rejects the call, saying it could lead to wider war in Europe.
More than 1.37 million flights
More than 1.37 million people have fled Ukraine to neighboring countries since Russia invaded last week, the UN says.
Israeli PM visits Putin
In his first face-to-face meeting with a foreign leader since the invasion, Putin holds three-hour talks with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.
Bennett, who has not joined the chorus of world leaders who strongly condemned Russia’s attack, later speaks with Zelensky.
A host of international broadcasters, including the BBC, CNN, Italy’s RAI, and Germany’s ARD and ZDF, say they will stop reporting from Russia after it passes a law prohibiting the publication of what it calls “fake news” about its invasion. punishable by imprisonment of up to 15 years.
Award-winning independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta also says it will stop reporting on the war in Ukraine in light of the new law.
No ticket out
Russian flagship airline Aeroflot says it will suspend all international flights from March 8, except to neighboring Belarus.
The move exacerbates Russia’s international isolation, which is already shunned by foreign airlines and travel companies.
More calls planned
One of Ukraine’s negotiators says a third round of talks with Russia on ending the fighting will take place on Monday.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has said in a telephone conversation with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz that Moscow is ready for a dialogue on Ukraine if all its demands are met.
Russia is more isolated than ever after a landmark vote in the UN Human Rights Council to investigate violations committed during the war against Ukraine, with only Eritrea siding with Moscow.
‘Devastating’ economic consequences
The already “serious” global economic fallout from the war in Ukraine would be “all the more devastating” should the conflict escalate, the IMF warns.
“Price shocks will impact globally, especially on poor households for whom food and fuel account for a larger share of spending,” the international lender said.
It adds that the emergency financial assistance requested by Ukraine is $1.4 billion.