March 10, 2022 Russia-Ukraine news

By Aditi Sangal, Adrienne Vogt, Meg Wagner, George Ramsay, Jack Guy, Helen Regan, Adam Renton, Melissa Macaya, Jason Kurtz, Aditi Sangal and Amir Vera, CNN

Updated 12:11 a.m. ET, March 11, 2022
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11:50 a.m. ET, March 10, 2022

Thousands more Ukrainians pour into Romania, according to Romanian border police

From CNN’s Miguel Marquez and Bonney Kapp in Bucharest

Refugees fleeing the conflict from neighbouring Ukraine cross the border in Siret, Romania, on March 10.
Refugees fleeing the conflict from neighbouring Ukraine cross the border in Siret, Romania, on March 10. (Andreea Alexandru/AP)

A total of 343,515 Ukrainian citizens have entered Romania since the onset of the Russian invasion through Wednesday, of which 258,844 have since proceeded onward to other countries, according to Romanian officials. More than 84,000 Ukrainians currently remain in Romania.

Many of the Ukrainian refugees who remain are in the capital of Bucharest, which has shelters open for others arriving. The city is planning to open its largest indoor public space, Romexpo, to accommodate the influx, the government announced. It can hold up to 2,000 refugees. 

Romania is also trying to expand more permanent housing options for Ukrainians, according to Dr. Raed Arafat, Romania’s minister of internal affairs. The government is also organizing large aid shipments to go to Ukraine. 

At the main Bucharest train station, throngs of refugees have been arriving daily. Ukrainians are now getting specific colored cards to direct them either to airports or other borders or elsewhere, to make the process quicker and more streamlined.   

Romanian Border Police have released the latest daily tally on those entering Romania, saying that 69,662 people entered through multiple border points on March 9, of which 23,546 were Ukrainian citizens, which was a decrease of the previous day's numbers.

12:58 p.m. ET, March 10, 2022

Ukrainian government says about 2,000 people have left eastern city of Izium

From CNN's Tim Lister in Kyiv

Ukraine said that 44 evacuation buses carrying about 2,000 people have left the eastern city of Izium on Thursday.

The evacuees will go to the central city of Dnipro, according to presidential adviser Kirill Timoshenko.

Timoshenko said that humanitarian aid was delivered for those still in Izium, which has suffered extensive damage. 

The city's hospital was damaged by shelling on Tuesday and much of the city is without power and water.

10:04 a.m. ET, March 10, 2022

Putin and Lukashenko to hold talks in Moscow on Friday

From CNN's Sarah Dean

Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko in Moscow on Friday, the Belarusian state news agency Belta reports.

Lukashenko and Putin will discuss topical issues of bilateral relations, the development of cooperation of the Union State of Russia and Belarus, economic cooperation under sanctions pressure, as well as the situation in the region and Ukraine, according to Belta.

Belarus is an ally of Russia and is being used as a launch point for Russian troops into Ukraine.

10:02 a.m. ET, March 10, 2022

UK "very concerned" about Russia's potential use of chemical weapons, foreign secretary says

From CNN's Amy Cassidy

The United Kingdom is “very concerned” about the potential of Russia using chemical weapons in Ukraine, British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss told CNN on Thursday.  

Truss said it would be a “grave mistake on the part of Russia, adding to the grave mistakes that have already been made by Putin.”

Her comments come after the White House warned Wednesday that Russia could use chemical weapons in Ukraine or manufacture a "false flag" operation that uses them. 

“We’ve seen Russia use these weapons before in fields of conflict,” Truss continued, echoing White House press secretary Jen Psaki Wednesday, who noted Russia’s “track record” and slammed false claims from Russia that the US is developing chemical weapons in Ukraine.

British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss speaks to CNN on March 10.
British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss speaks to CNN on March 10. (CNN)

Meanwhile, the UK “absolutely believe[s] there are war crimes being committed” by Russia in Ukraine, Truss said shortly after US Vice President Kamala Harris stopped short of calling the actions “war crimes” during a press conference in Poland Thursday. 

Asked if it would be helpful if the US went further with their language, Truss replied, “we are working with our allies, including the United States, on this issue.”

11:23 a.m. ET, March 10, 2022

US vice president pledges support to Ukrainian refugees in meeting

From CNN's Betsy Klein

US Vice President Kamala Harris (C) holds a roundtable discussion with people displaced from Ukraine at the American School of Warsaw in Warsaw, Poland on March 10.
US Vice President Kamala Harris (C) holds a roundtable discussion with people displaced from Ukraine at the American School of Warsaw in Warsaw, Poland on March 10. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

US Vice President Kamala Harris visited with a group of Ukrainian refugees during her trip to Warsaw, Poland, for a discussion about their experiences, saying Thursday that their conversation would help inform how the US can best support those leaving Ukraine.

“The conversation we will have this afternoon will help inform me, the President of the United States and the American people about what you have experienced so that we can best support you and your families,” Harris said.

She continued, “You’ve been through so much. And the people at this table represent over a million people who must be seen, their story must be known, so that we as a community of people around the world can support you.” 

Harris met with seven people who have fled Russian aggression from Ukraine, including a Ukrainian advocate for persons with disabilities, a Moroccan university student, a professional film producer from Odessa, a Senegalese community leader and teacher, a LGBTQIA+ rights activist from Kyiv, and a Ukrainian energy expert and her young adult daughter, according to a White House official.

She thanked the group for "your willingness, your courage and your time.”

“We are here to support you, and you are not alone … We around the world are watching,” she said.

The United Nations estimates that at least two million people have fled Ukraine since the beginning of the Russian invasion on Feb. 24.

The White House is calling the group "displaced persons” instead of “refugees” because some may still desire to return to Ukraine.

9:57 a.m. ET, March 10, 2022

House-passed ban on Russian energy imports faces stiff odds of passing Senate

From CNN's Lauren Fox 

Committee chairman Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) during a Senate Finance Committee on Capitol Hill on February 8, in Washington, DC.
Committee chairman Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) during a Senate Finance Committee on Capitol Hill on February 8, in Washington, DC. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Democratic and Republican aides are skeptical the Senate can quickly move this week on the House-passed bill that banned oil, gas and coal imports from Russia.

They say the bill will likely need to undergo some changes before it can pass the Senate and the bill is on the backburner to the must-pass government funding bill. 

While most lawmakers agree that Congress should take further action to ban energy imports from Russia as it wages war against Ukraine, the nuances of how to structure such a proposal and differences among members about how much to stymie Russian involvement in the World Trade Organization is likely to bog down any fast-track. Members of the Finance Committee, including Chair Ron Wyden, have made clear they want to see the House version strengthened back to the original version that was agreed to with Republicans. 

Amending the House bill back to its previous form is likely take time and could come with additional pushback from the White House that would need to be overcome. 

It’s always possible Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer could ask for unanimous consent to fast track this, but sources say there would likely be objections from both Republicans and Democrats on the current version of the bill. 

9:39 a.m. ET, March 10, 2022

Russia suspended from the Bank for International Settlements

From CNN’s Matt Egan

 The Bank for International Settlements — which effectively serves as the central bank of central banks — has suspended Russia’s central bank following the invasion of Ukraine.

“The Bank for International Settlements is following international sanctions against the Central Bank of Russia, as applicable, and will not be an avenue for sanctions to be circumvented,” a BIS spokesperson told CNN on Thursday in a statement. “The access of the Central Bank of Russia to all BIS services, meetings and other BIS activities, has been suspended.”

The suspension comes after Western powers, led by the United States and European Union, imposed punishing sanctions on Russia and its central bank. 

Founded in 1930, the BIS is owned by 63 central banks, including the US Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank. The BIS says on its website its mission is to support central bank monetary policy and financial stability through international cooperation and to “act as a bank for central banks.”

9:31 a.m. ET, March 10, 2022

Goldman Sachs is getting out of Russia, spokesperson says

From CNN’s Matt Egan

Goldman Sachs is exiting Russia, becoming the first major Wall Street bank to announce plans to do so after the invasion of Ukraine.

“Goldman Sachs is winding down its business in Russia in compliance with regulatory and licensing requirements,” a Goldman Sachs spokesperson told CNN on Thursday. 

The decision by Wall Street’s most influential firm to get out of Russia deals another financial blow to Moscow. News of Goldman’s exit from Russia was previously reported by Bloomberg News.

“We are focused on supporting our clients across the globe in managing or closing out pre-existing obligations in the market and ensuring the wellbeing of our people,” the Goldman Sachs spokesperson said. 

It’s not immediately clear how many people Goldman Sachs employs in Russia nor how much money the firm makes there. 

Citigroup confirmed on Wednesday that it is continuing its previously announced efforts to exit its consumer business in Russia. Citi said it is operating that consumer business “on a more limited basis given current circumstances and obligations.”

Citi said it is supporting corporate clients in Russia, including many American and European multinational corporations, as they suspend or unwind their business there.

9:29 a.m. ET, March 10, 2022

Russia bans technology and equipment from being taken out of the country until 2023

From CNN's Chris Liakos

Following economic sanctions by the West, the Russian government has set a list of goods and equipment previously imported into Russia from abroad that are prohibited from being transferred out of the country until the end of the year, the press service of the Cabinet of Ministers announced on Thursday.

According to the official statement published on the government’s website, the list includes over 200 items, including “technological, telecommunications, medical equipment, vehicles, agricultural machinery, electrical equipment” as well as “railway cars and locomotives, containers, turbines, metal and stone processing machines, monitors, projectors, consoles and panels.” 

"The export of these goods is temporarily limited to all foreign countries, with the exception of the states of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), Abkhazia, and South Ossetia,” the statement said.

This decision comes after a decree signed by President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday.

It follows a mass exodus from Russia by Western companies.

In addition, the Russian government temporarily restricted the export of certain types of timber from Russia in states that have committed unfriendly actions, according to the issued list.

The restrictions will remain in effect until the end of 2022. "This measure is necessary to ensure stability in the Russian market," the message read.