Russian-Ukrainian War: What Happened Today (March 8)


As Tuesday draws to a close in Kyiv and Moscow, here are the main developments of the day:

Russia and Ukraine are struggling to establish humanitarian corridors to evacuate Ukrainian civilians. Moscow has set a new deadline for Ukraine to agree to humanitarian corridors that would route people through Belarus and Russia. Kyiv had previously rejected such routes. Over the weekend, similar efforts to organize safe exits collapsed, with Ukrainian authorities saying Russian troops fired on civilians.

More than 2 million Ukrainians have fled their country in the 12 days since Russia launched the attack, according to a tracker from the UN refugee agency. This represents about 4% of the Ukrainian population and at least half of the refugees are children. The vast majority of refugees crossed into Poland, which borders Ukraine to the west.

Coca-Cola, Pepsi, McDonald’s and Starbucks joined the corporate exodus from Russia in some of the most symbolic outings. Hundreds of businesses have suspended operations in the country, where people are rapidly losing access to foreign brands in clothing, makeup, cars, furniture, and streaming and banking services. Russia is now the most sanctioned nation in the world.

The White House bans Russian oil imports, which represents less than 10% of US imports. The United Kingdom and the European Union have also announced their intention to phase out their imports of Russian fuel.

In depth

Stalled and frustrated, Russian President Vladimir Putin is likely to “double down” in the coming weeks, CIA Director William Burns has warned US lawmakers.

What’s going on with social media and tech companies in Russia? Here is an overview of their position.

Russian central bank director Elvira Nabiullina is famous for her brooches and symbolic outfits. Here’s what his all-black outfit says about how sanctions are crippling the country’s economy.

What the war in Syria reveals about Russia’s use of humanitarian corridors.

A Russian gymnast is facing disciplinary action for wearing a “Z” symbol on a podium. The non-Cyrillic letter has been adopted as a symbol by supporters of Russia’s attack on Ukraine.

Former President Donald Trump continues to shift his stance on Putin’s war as it puts Trump’s pressure campaign on Ukraine in a different light.

Previous developments

You can read more Tuesday news here, as well as more in-depth reports and daily recaps here. Also, listen and subscribe to NPR Ukrainian state podcast for updates throughout the day.

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