Zürcher Nachrichten - Ukraine pounded as Russia seizes key city ahead of talks

AED 3.937439
AFN 75.714095
ALL 100.515609
AMD 414.958024
ANG 1.927341
AOA 917.085917
ARS 965.155676
AUD 1.622742
AWG 1.92957
AZN 1.826627
BAM 1.955131
BBD 2.159261
BDT 125.677
BGN 1.955131
BHD 0.403362
BIF 3073.848296
BMD 1.071983
BND 1.447605
BOB 7.389472
BRL 5.735638
BSD 1.069434
BTN 89.341732
BWP 14.560018
BYN 3.499303
BYR 21010.871218
BZD 2.155662
CAD 1.474138
CDF 3049.792664
CHF 0.956101
CLF 0.035575
CLP 981.624141
CNY 7.777564
CNH 7.794428
COP 4438.081529
CRC 563.807096
CUC 1.071983
CUP 28.407555
CVE 110.227286
CZK 24.760995
DJF 190.41485
DKK 7.468297
DOP 63.498274
DZD 144.297629
EGP 51.06153
ERN 16.079748
ETB 61.164773
FJD 2.399853
FKP 0.84108
GBP 0.846782
GEL 3.077011
GGP 0.84108
GHS 16.096493
GIP 0.84108
GMD 72.627281
GNF 9206.849915
GTQ 8.307158
GYD 223.76344
HKD 8.372779
HNL 26.431956
HRK 7.523648
HTG 141.861463
HUF 398.853214
IDR 17673.251446
ILS 3.992284
IMP 0.84108
INR 89.564467
IQD 1400.920681
IRR 45130.494168
ISK 149.670711
JEP 0.84108
JMD 166.433056
JOD 0.759933
JPY 168.735562
KES 138.502612
KGS 94.184343
KHR 4404.493021
KMF 490.436393
KPW 964.785043
KRW 1482.842647
KWD 0.328799
KYD 0.891295
KZT 483.484578
LAK 23357.008497
LBP 95780.029264
LKR 325.248718
LRD 207.469015
LSL 19.636681
LTL 3.165288
LVL 0.648432
LYD 5.185226
MAD 10.747223
MDL 19.041485
MGA 4760.371259
MKD 61.593926
MMK 2796.784092
MNT 3698.342232
MOP 8.604356
MRU 42.124587
MUR 50.032881
MVR 16.519667
MWK 1854.265571
MXN 19.79396
MYR 5.059229
MZN 68.280013
NAD 19.636681
NGN 1603.154906
NIO 39.366531
NOK 11.451408
NPR 142.947091
NZD 1.741788
OMR 0.411989
PAB 1.069434
PEN 4.041917
PGK 4.167574
PHP 62.929385
PKR 297.887379
PLN 4.386162
PYG 8043.248036
QAR 3.900066
RON 4.987979
RSD 117.02746
RUB 95.217422
RWF 1403.219894
SAR 4.022273
SBD 9.070693
SCR 15.372638
SDG 628.182534
SEK 11.397165
SGD 1.451362
SHP 1.354398
SLE 24.491925
SLL 22478.954301
SOS 611.190884
SRD 33.844695
STD 22187.888441
SVC 9.357798
SYP 2693.39047
SZL 19.625285
THB 39.33146
TJS 11.437487
TMT 3.751941
TND 3.347255
TOP 2.526075
TRY 35.094055
TTD 7.267513
TWD 34.674159
TZS 2807.539412
UAH 43.515911
UGX 3972.640778
USD 1.071983
UYU 41.915659
UZS 13490.384321
VEF 3883315.550144
VES 38.990511
VND 27287.333003
VUV 127.267966
WST 3.002212
XAF 655.732644
XAG 0.036273
XAU 0.00046
XCD 2.897089
XDR 0.810523
XOF 655.732644
XPF 119.331742
YER 268.321251
ZAR 19.674334
ZMK 9649.139253
ZMW 27.992423
ZWL 345.178161
  • SCS




  • RELX




  • GSK








  • RIO








  • CMSC




  • NGG




  • BTI




  • AZN




  • BCE




  • BP




  • BCC




  • CMSD




  • JRI




  • VOD




Ukraine pounded as Russia seizes key city ahead of talks
Ukraine pounded as Russia seizes key city ahead of talks

Ukraine pounded as Russia seizes key city ahead of talks

Ukraine's leader vowed Thursday that Moscow would be made to pay to rebuild his shattered country, as the warring sides readied for ceasefire talks following the fall of the first major city to Russian forces.

Text size:

The invasion, now in its eighth day, has driven one million Ukrainians from their homes and plunged Russia into deepening isolation as a global pariah in the worlds of finance, diplomacy and sports.

The UN has opened a probe into alleged war crimes, as the Russian military bombards cities in Ukraine with shells and missiles, forcing civilians to cower in basements.

"We will restore every house, every street, every city and we say to Russia: learn the word 'reparations'," Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a video statement.

"You will reimburse us for everything you did against our state, against every Ukrainian, in full," he said.

Zelensky claims thousands of Russian soldiers have been killed since Russian President Vladimir Putin shocked the world by invading Ukraine, purportedly to demilitarise and "de-Nazify" Western-leaning threat on his borders.

Announcing its own toll for the first time this week, Moscow said it had lost 498 troops, and Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Putin would praise their sacrifice at a meeting with his security chiefs later Thursday.

"It's a huge tragedy," Peskov told reporters in Moscow.

"But we also admire the heroism of our soldiers. Their exploits will enter into the history books, their exploits in the struggle against the Nazis."

The Kremlin has been condemned for likening the government of Zelensky, who is Jewish, to Germany's in World War II.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov kept up a verbal barrage, however, accusing Western politicians of fixating on "nuclear war" after Putin placed his strategic forces on high alert.

While a long military column appears stalled north of Ukraine's capital Kyiv, Russian troops seized Kherson, a Black Sea city of 290,000 people, after a three-day siege that left it short of food and medicine.

Russian troops have been advancing elsewhere on the southern front and are besieging the port city of Mariupol east of Kherson, which is without water or electricity in the depths of winter.

The Russians "just wanted to destroy us all", Mariupol's mayor Vadym Boychenko said, accusing their forces of attacking residential buildings.

Ukraine's military authorities said residential and other areas in the eastern city of Kharkiv had been "pounded all night" by indiscriminate shelling, which UN prosecutors are investigating as a possible war crime.

Oleg Rubak's wife Katia, 29, was crushed in the rubble of their family home in Zhytomyr, 150 kilometres (93 miles) west of Kyiv, by a Russian missile strike.

"One minute I saw her going into the bedroom, a minute later there was nothing," Rubak, 32, told AFP, standing stunned and angry amid the ruins in the bitter winter chill.

"I hope she's in heaven and all is perfect for her."

He sobbed, apologised, and continued: "I want the whole world to hear my story."

- Junk status -

The UN says the war has displaced more than one million people, after Putin launched his offensive in a bid to demilitarise Ukraine and depose Zelensky's Western-leading government.

"Protect civilians, for God's sake, in Ukraine; let us do our job", the UN's emergency relief coordinator Martin Griffiths told AFP in Geneva.

The Russian president now finds himself an international pariah, his country the subject of swingeing sanctions that sent the ruble into further freefall on currency markets Thursday.

France seized a superyacht owned by a company linked to Igor Sechin, chief executive of Russian energy giant Rosneft and close Putin confidant.

Russia's central bank -- whose foreign reserves have been frozen in the West -- imposed a 30-percent tax on all sales of hard currency, following a run on lenders by ordinary Russians.

The unfolding financial costs were underlined as ratings agencies Fitch and Moody's slashed Russia's sovereign debt to "junk" status.

Swedish furniture giant Ikea became the latest to halt operations in Russia, as well as Belarus, saying nearly 15,000 employees would be affected by the suspension in response to the war.

Moscow's sporting isolation worsened as the International Paralympic Committee, staging an abrupt U-turn, banned Russian and Belarusian athletes from the Beijing Winter Games.

The UN General Assembly voted 141-5 to demand that Russia "immediately" withdraw from Ukraine. Only four countries supported Russia -- Belarus, Eritrea, North Korea and Syria. China abstained.

The German government is planning to deliver another 2,700 anti-air missiles to Ukraine, a source said.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned the human costs were already "staggering" as he prepared to travel to eastern Europe to coordinate support for Ukraine and ceasefire efforts.

Kyiv is sending a delegation to the ceasefire talks due to start around 1200 GMT at an undisclosed location on the Belarus-Poland border, but has warned it will not accept "ultimatums".

A first round of talks on Monday yielded no breakthrough.

- Leaving everything behind -

Many Ukrainians have now fled into neighbouring countries, according to the UN refugee agency's rapidly rising tally.

"We left everything there as they came and ruined our lives," refugee Svitlana Mostepanenko told AFP in Prague.

Nathalia Lypka, a professor of German from the eastern Ukrainian city of Zaporizhzhia, arrived in Berlin with her 21-year-old daughter.

"My husband and son stayed... My husband already served in the army, and he had to return to duty," she said, before boarding a train for Stuttgart where friends were waiting.

Putin's invasion has appeared hamstrung by poor logistics, tactical blunders and fierce resistance from Ukraine's outgunned military -- as well as ever-swelling ranks of volunteer fighters.

Scores of images have emerged of burned-out Russian tanks, the charred remains of transporters and of unarmed Ukrainians confronting bewildered occupation forces.

US officials say the massive column of Russian military vehicles amassed north of Kyiv has "stalled" due to fuel and food shortages.

Russian authorities have imposed a media blackout on what the Kremlin euphemistically calls a "special military operation".

The Ekho Moskvy radio station -- a symbol of new-found media freedom in post-Soviet Russia -- said it would shut down after being taken off air over its invasion coverage.

But Russians have still turned out for large anti-war protests across the country, in a direct challenge to Putin's 20-year rule.

"I couldn't stay at home. This war has to be stopped," student Anton Kislov, 21, told AFP.