FACT-Ukraine and Russia, what you need to know now

March 7 (Reuters) – Here are the headlines from Ukraine on Monday:

Russia proposes humanitarian corridor to its territory

Russia on Monday announced a new “humanitarian corridor” to transport Ukrainians trapped under bombardment to Russia itself and its ally Belarus, a move Kiev immediately denounced as immoral.

Russia demands Ukraine stop military action

Russia demands that Ukraine stop military action, change its constitution to enshrine neutrality, recognize Crimea as Russian territory and the breakaway republics of Donetsk and Lugansk as independent territories, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Monday.

Help to face difficulties, says UN

Hundreds of thousands of people inside Ukraine have been cut off from life-saving aid due to military siege on cities, a UN report said Monday, urgently calling for safe travel.

Attacks on health infrastructure continue

The World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed seven attacks on health infrastructure in Ukraine since the start of the Russian invasion on February 24, compared with four attacks reported the previous day, the UN agency said in a response Monday. Reuters.

UK refuses facilities for refugees

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday rejected calls to London to ease visa requirements for Ukrainian refugees fleeing the conflict, saying Britain was a benevolent country but had to keep control over those arriving.

Foreign ministers of Russia and Ukraine to meet

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba agreed to meet Thursday at a forum in southern Turkey, the first potential talks between top diplomats since Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine.

Western leaders to discuss Ukraine

US President Joe Biden is scheduled to hold a video conference with the leaders of France, Britain and Germany on Monday to discuss developments in Ukraine as Washington presses allies over a possible Russian oil ban.

Russia threatens to send weapons to Ukraine

Sending foreign weapons to Ukraine would lead to “global collapse”, the Russian Foreign Ministry was quoted as saying by the Interfax news agency on Monday.

EU concerns about control of nuclear power plants

The European Union has asked the United Nations nuclear watchdog to protect Ukraine’s nuclear power plants, two of which are now under Russian control, and to mobilize international aid in an emergency, according to a document seen by Reuters.

Gas prices continue to rise in Europe

Wholesale gas prices in Europe and the UK hit record highs on Monday on growing concerns that Russia’s energy exports could face sanctions following the invasion of Ukraine.

Germany has no plans to hand over Russian gas

Germany does not currently plan to stop importing oil, gas and coal from Russia, although this option remains open, German Finance Minister Christian Lindner said on Monday.

EU to discuss Ukraine’s accession

European Union leaders will discuss Ukraine’s application for membership of the 27-nation bloc in the coming days, European Council President Charles Michel said in a social media post on Monday. (Compiled by Javier López de Lérida)

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