Mar 07, 2022

By Jane Brown

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On day 12 of Vladimir Putin’s war against Ukraine, Russian forces have intensified their shelling of cities in the country’s centre, north and south.

The aggression comes even as Kremlin representatives announced a ceasefire would begin for civilians this morning, along with the opening of humanitarian corridors in several areas including the capitol Kyiv and Mariupol in the south.

Ukraine’s president Volodomyr Zelenskyy is also warning that Russia plans to attack the Black Sea city of Odesa in the south.

The United Nations has confirmed nearly 400 civilian deaths in nearly two weeks of fighting but Ukraine has put the civilian toll far higher.

Russian Leader Vladimir Putin is trying to shift blame for the invasion, saying that Moscow’s attacks could be stopped “only if Kyiv ceases hostilities.”

In Lithuania, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken declared that Putin is violating principles of international relations established after World War Two, “principles like it’s not okay for one country to invade another, to change its borders by force. It’s not okay for one country to try to dictate to another its choices, its future, its policies and with whom it can associate.”

A third round of talks between Russian and Ukrainian leaders was planned for today at 14:00 GMT.

The number of Ukrainians forced from their country has increased to 1.5 million, as Zelenskyy urged his people to continue to resist.

Canada’s prime minister is in Europe for a busy week of meetings related to the war against Ukraine.

Justin Trudeau started the day in meetings with the prime ministers of Britain and the Netherlands at an air force station outside London.

The focus of the meeting is to discuss Russia’s war against Ukraine and to strategize on the response of NATO countries.

Here in Toronto, a “Stand with Ukraine” rally was held Sunday afternoon out front of the Russian Consulate on St. Clair Avenue east of Yonge Street.

It was organized by the Toronto branch of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress to continue to support Ukraine and strongly condemn Putin’s unprovoked war against the sovereign nation.

Some who took part later demonstrated in front of the U.S. Consulate on University Avenue.

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