After Visa and MasterCard: American Express stops operating in Russia

21:42

Eight civilians were killed in a shelling in Irpin, a city near Kiev. The mayor, Alexander Markushin, said the Russians opened fire during the evacuation of civilians across the bridge. “A dead family,” he wrote in a telegram. “Two small children and two adults died in front of my eyes.” A video from the scene showed civilians passing through a checkpoint before an explosion occurred, apparently from the launch of a shell or mortar.

“Irpin in the war, Irpin did not surrender,” Markoshin said. “Part of Irpin was indeed occupied by Russian invaders, but part of Irpin fought and did not surrender,” he added. According to him, another evacuation will take place tomorrow morning.

At the same time, after Visa and MasterCard, American Express announced tonight that its card will no longer work in Russia, and cards issued in Russia will no longer operate outside the country.

American Express also announced that it would cease operations in Belarus. “This is in addition to the previous steps we have taken, which include halting our relations with banks in Russia affected by the sanctions of the United States and other governments around the world,” the company said in a statement.

Tiktok announced tonight that because of the Kremlin’s new law to spread “fake news” about the Russian military, it has nine of its features in Russia: “In light of Russia’s new ‘fake news’ law, we have no choice but to suspend live broadcasts and upload new content to service. Our video while we examine the implications of this law, “the company tweeted. “Our in-app messaging service will not be affected.”

20:09

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett spoke earlier tonight with Russian President Vladimir Putin after their meeting last night in Moscow. Bennett even spoke with German Chancellor Olaf Schultz, and a few minutes ago there was a conversation with French President Emanuel Macron.

At the same time, Foreign Minister Yair Lapid left tomorrow for a political briefing with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken. The meeting will take place tomorrow afternoon in Riga Latvia.

20:05

The Zaporizhia nuclear power plant is now under Russian control, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said tonight.

According to the agency, Ukraine has announced that the permanent staff continues to operate the power plant – but Russia now controls it. Rafael Grossi, chairman of the IAEA, said he was “very concerned about the latest developments”.

16:25

The rating agency Moody’s has announced that it is cutting Russia’s credit rating and has also provided a negative outlook for the future, Reuters reported. The rating agency cited the economic sanctions on the state as the main reason for lowering the credit rating.

Moody’s noted that the downgrade “is driven by serious concerns about Russia’s willingness and ability to pay its debts and obligations.”

15:54

The International Committee of the Red Cross reports that the evacuation of civilians from the besieged Mariupol has been halted due to bombings that prevent the free passage of humanitarian convoys.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian Interior Ministry adviser Anton Grachenko also said that Russia had once again violated the terms of the ceasefire agreement in Mariupol. In an Instagram post, Grachenko wrote that Saturday’s situation is recurring, even then Russia attacked Mariupol and Volnovna despite the ceasefire agreement.

“A second attempt to create a green corridor for the citizens of Mariupol has again led to shelling from the Russian side,” he wrote in the post, “everyone should understand that because the occupation army kills civilians, there is no security for green crossings.” Grachenko did not specify whether the Ukrainian Interior Ministry is planning another evacuation of the civilian population.

15:10

Failed again Negotiations between Russia and Ukraine to evacuate wounded in attacks in the city of Mariupol. This is the second time, in the last day, that the wounded have lost hope of receiving a humanitarian corridor that will allow them a safe passage to receive medical treatment.

In addition, according to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zalansky, the civilian airport in the city of Vinnytsia, located about 250 kilometers southwest of Kiev, was completely destroyed.. To date, most of the fighting on land in Ukraine has taken place northeast of Kiev, as well as in the more southern regions of Ukraine.

Since the beginning of the Russian attack on Ukrainian cities, 11 days ago, more than 1.5 million refugees have managed to escape away from the bombed-out cities and borders of Ukraine.

12:32

World Health Organization confirms: Russians have attacked buildings and health infrastructure in Ukraine. The organization notes that at least 6 attacks have been verified in which at least 6 people have been killed and 11 injured.

The director of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanum Jabraisos, tweeted that Russia’s attacks had caused “multiple deaths and injuries.”

Meanwhile, Filippo Grandi, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, said today that over 1.5 million refugees have already left Ukraine since Russia began invading the country.

Grandy described the situation as “the fastest-growing refugee crisis since World War II.”

More than 600 people have been arrested in 21 cities in Russia, reports the global monitoring group OVD-Info. The group further notes that there are over 200 detainees in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk. Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began, at least 8,000 people have been arrested or detained across Russia.

11:55

Attempts to remove wounds from the Ukrainian city of Mariupol have resumed, according to world news agencies. This, after yesterday (Saturday), the parties did not reach an agreement on the issue, and the evacuation operation was canceled.

11:47

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett recently spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zlansky. This is the third conversation between the two in the last day.

7:00

The fighting in Ukraine is entering its 11th day. US President Joe Biden and Ukrainian President spoke again on the phone. Biden told Zlansky that the US is examining how it can strengthen its aid to Ukraine. This is after Russian President Vladimir Putin said yesterday (Saturday) that the sanctions imposed on his country by Western countries are a war act. Putin even said that Ukraine’s moves call into question its continued existence as an independent state.

Credit card companies Visa and MasterCard have announced that they will cease operations in Russia.

Meanwhile, demonstrations in favor of Ukraine are intensifying around the world: in Vancouver, New York, Paris, London, Rome, Zurich and other major cities around the world, tens of thousands of people demonstrated against the Russian invasion of Ukraine and called on their governments to do more to support Ukraine.

According to estimates, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has created a wave of refugees that currently stands at one and a half million people.

By Editor

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