Ukraine Update 3 March, 2022 (Early Afternoon)

-The second round of talks between Russian and Ukrainian officials is underway in Belarus. One of the main goals for the Ukrainian delegation will be to open humanitarian corridors for civilians to depart from areas where heavy fighting is underway. Russia’s demands were announced by Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and differ little from Moscow’s main objectives for its Ukrainian operation. Ukraine must “demilitarize and denationalize”, recognize Crimea as part of Russia, and formally recognize the two Donetsk and Luhansk regions as independent states. I would not expect to see much progress on that front today, however, the latest reports out of the negotiation site tend to suggest an agreement on humanitarian corridors seems to have been reached.

-A Russian amphibious landing is still expected near the Ukrainian port city of Odesa along the Black Sea. Reports of a Russian amphibious task force approaching the coast have continued, but there has been no confirmation of a landing having taken place in the last couple of hours.

-French President Emmanuel Macron has warned that the ‘worst is yet to come’ in Ukraine. Following a 90 minute telephone call with Vladimir Putin, Macron believes Russia intends to occupy all of Ukraine and prosecute this war until all of its objectives are attained.

2 thoughts on “Ukraine Update 3 March, 2022 (Early Afternoon)

  1. Something to keep an eye on – the Russians allegedly attacked the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant (the largest in Europe) and set part of it on fire, though as of 8 pm CST, there has been no increase in radiation.

    Of note, that Macron-Putin call was initiated by the Russians.

    • Yeah, I wonder who gave the order to attack that plant. He’s headed to the salt mines.

      Makes me think Putin’s looking to buy some more time, for whatever reason.

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