What Happened Today (March 5): NPR


A member of a Territorial Defense unit guards a barricade next to a sign saying “Glory to Ukraine” near the eastern front line in Kiev on Saturday. Russia continues its assault on major Ukrainian cities.

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What Happened Today (March 5): NPR

A member of a Territorial Defense unit guards a barricade next to a sign saying “Glory to Ukraine” near the eastern front line in Kiev on Saturday. Russia continues its assault on major Ukrainian cities.

Chris McGrath/Getty Images

As Saturday draws to a close in Kyiv and Moscow, here’s a look at the main developments of the day:

Ukraine asks for more military aid from the United States Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy made the call during a Saturday morning Zoom call with more than 280 members of Congress. Democrats and Republicans have signaled their support. Zelenskyy also called on the United States to institute a ban on Russian imports, including oil and gas.

A ceasefire failed in less than three hours. Russia agreed to a ceasefire early Saturday to allow civilians to leave Mariupol and Volnovakha, two towns under heavy shelling. But Ukrainian officials said shelling soon resumed.

Americans should leave Russia immediately, the State Department said. A new travel advisory was issued for US citizens in Russia on Saturday, marking an escalation from the day before when the State Department told US citizens to “consider” leaving Russia immediately.

The third round of talks will begin on Monday. Ukraine and Russia have agreed to meet again to discuss a possible ceasefire that would allow civilians to evacuate. More than a million people have already left, but it is becoming increasingly difficult as the Russian military has targeted civilian areas.

Athletes continue to be impacted. Russian gymnasts and officials have been banned from international competitions by the International Gymnastics Federation. It comes after athletes from Russia and Belarus were banned from the Paralympic Games in Beijing which started on Friday. Other global sports organizations are distancing themselves from Russia.

In depth

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is widely covered by Western media. But not all wars have the same coverage.

Past US policy toward Russia has done little to change the actions of Russian President Vladimir Putin. These decades of decisions by previous administrations are part of the calculus of how President Biden faces Putin today.

Airbnb reservations help bring money to Ukrainians. People all over the world are booking Airbnbs in Ukraine with no intention of going there.

Previous developments

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


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