Russia resumes bombing of Kharkiv

The war in ukraine has entered its twelfth day this Monday. The Russian Army has continued with its offensive this morning bombing the city of Kharkivin the northeast of Ukraine, and surrounding the capital, Kyiv.

In Kharkov, the attacks have targeted a local college sports complex already civil buildingsaccording to a reporter from the AFP news agency.

The Ukrainian General Staff has reported that Russian forces are concentrating their efforts on this city, but also on Chernigov (north) and Sumy (northeast). Furthermore, they are “pooling their resources to launch an assault” on Kiev.

Likewise, the Russian Army has continued the siege of the strategic port of Mariupolin the Sea of ​​Azov, in the southeast of the country, where a second attempt to evacuate people failed on Sunday after Russian and Ukrainian forces blamed each other for having violated the ceasefire.

Third session of negotiations

This Monday is planned a third session of Russian-Ukrainian negotiations on the Belarusian border, after the first round on February 28 and the second on March 3. However, hopes for the success of this meeting are slim.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has made it a precondition for any dialogue that Kiev accept all of Moscow’s demands, including the demilitarization of Ukraine and a neutral status for the country.

Meanwhile, they continue diplomatic meetings between the major intentional powers with the aim of ending the war in Ukraine. In this spirit, the Israeli Foreign Minister, Yair Lapid, meets with the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, in Riga (Latvia).

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Blinken, in turn, will meet this Tuesday with the French president, Emmanuel Macron, after he spoke again with Putin this Sunday. The British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, also speaks this Monday with his Canadian counterparts, Justin Trudeau, and the Dutch, Mark Rutte.

Oil and gold prices soar

The escalation of the conflict this morning caused a fever in international marketswith oil and gold prices soaring and Asian stocks falling amid fears over the impact of the war in Ukraine on the world economy.

Specifically, gold has risen above $2,000 in Asian trade. this Monday morning. It is its highest level since September 2020.

Also the price of barrel of North Sea Brent crudeone of the two reference varieties on the market, has approached the $140close to its all-time high.

The index Hang Seng Composite is down 3.59%, up to 21,118.16 points, in line with world financial markets. The markets of mainland China have also decreased, but to a much lesser extent: the Shanghai stock market has yielded 0.26%, to 3,483.56 points, and that of Shenzhen 0.53%, to 2,252.7 points .

For its part, the Nikkei stock index has fallen by 3.03%, down to 25,197.50 points, shortly after 01:00 GMT. The Topix, however, is down 2.91% to 1,791.25 points.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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