Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Live updates: Zelenskyy: Thousands being evacuated from Kyiv
The Associated Press / AP 

The latest developments on the Russia-Ukraine war:

KYIV, UKRAINE — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says efforts are under way to evacuate some 18,000 people from the capital Kyiv and embattled towns near it.

He said Wednesday the efforts are part of broader evacuation attempts by multiple humanitarian corridors within Ukraine, and warned Russian forces against violating cease-fire promises.

He appealed again for foreign air support, saying “send us planes.” Western powers have sent military equipment and beefed up forces on Ukraine’s eastern flank, but have been wary of providing air support and getting drawn into a direct war with Russia.

He also issued an appeal, unusually in Russian, to urge Russian soldiers to leave.

“Our resistance for almost two weeks has shown you that we will not surrender, because this is our home. It is our families and children. We will fight until we can win back our land,” he said. “You can still save yourselves if you just go home.” Read more, see photos, and video here.

Biden claims ‘not true’ he is holding back US energy, warns Russian oil ban will cost Americans 
Brooke Singman | Fox News

President Biden on Tuesday said it is “not true” that his administration is holding back domestic energy production, while warning that the United States’ ban of Russian oil imports will “cost” American families, as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues.

Biden on Tuesday warned that gas prices will “go up further” from their current record levels, and he reiterated his support for government spending on renewable energy sources and criticizing the oil and gas industry for not taking full advantage of drilling opportunities in the U.S.

Americans are experiencing the highest gas prices since the 2008 financial crisis, with the national gas price average reaching more than $4 per gallon – the highest average to date, according to AAA.

“The decision today is not without cost here at home,” Biden warned. “Putin’s war is already hurting American families at the gas pump since Putin began his military buildup on…Read more and see videos here.

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