Russia making little tangible progress across Ukraine – US

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Russia’s navy forces are pounding Ukraine’s capital area and different main cities on the twenty first day of their offensive, whereas the 2 nations have additionally signalled some optimism for negotiations to finish the battle.

Firefighters try to extinguish a fire at Saltivka construction market, hit by six rounds of Russian artillery in Kharkiv, Ukraine on March 16, 2022.
Firefighters attempt to extinguish a hearth at Saltivka building market, hit by six rounds of Russian artillery in Kharkiv, Ukraine on March 16, 2022.

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

US: Russian troops stalled exterior Keiv

Russians proceed to make little tangible progress throughout most of Ukraine, a senior US defence official has mentioned, including the Russian forces are nonetheless stalled exterior Kiev whereas persevering with to bombard the capital metropolis with missiles.

One key improvement, mentioned the official, has been elevated Russian naval exercise within the northern Black Sea, the place ships have been shelling suburbs of Odesa. The official, who spoke on situation of anonymity, mentioned it is not clear what the Russians intend to do, however the shelling might be the beginning of preparations to launch a floor assault on Odesa. Russia has warships and touchdown ships that carry troops and tanks within the Black Sea.

The official mentioned the Russians have launched greater than 980 missiles in Ukraine, and they’re nonetheless flying round 200 sorties per day, though the overall goes up and down. Ukrainians are nonetheless flying between 5 and 10 sorties a day.

Biden authorises ‘unprecedented’ new weapons help to Ukraine

US President Joe Biden has referred to as Russian President Vladimir Putin a conflict prison. It’s the sharpest condemnation but of Putin and Russian actions by a US official because the Ukraine assault started. “I believe he’s a conflict prison,” Biden advised reporters.

Earlier, he introduced $1 billion in new safety assist and the deployment of longer-range weapons to Ukraine, assuring the ally of America’s “unprecedented” assist. The package deal consists of 800 Stinger anti-aircraft techniques and an unspecified variety of drones.

The money consists of $200 million allotted over the weekend and $800 million in new funds from an help package deal authorized final week by Congress. This takes the cumulative help despatched to Kiev since Biden took workplace greater than a yr in the past to $2 billion.

We’re going to present Ukraine the arms to struggle and defend themselves by way of all of the tough days forward

US President Joe Biden

Erdogan, Zelenskyy converse over the telephone

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has held a telephone name with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to debate the Ukraine-Russia battle.

President Erdogan mentioned Türkiye is making an intense effort within the subject of diplomacy to determine peace, and that the continuation of the battle doesn’t profit anybody. He mentioned he’ll proceed together with his efforts to deliver Zelenskyy and Russian President Vladimir Putin collectively.

President Erdogan additionally underlined the significance of the efficient operation of humanitarian corridors for help deliveries to affected civilians in Ukraine and neighbouring nations.

Ukraine: Russian strikes kill civilians fleeing Mariupol

Ukraine has mentioned Russian rocket assaults on a convoy fleeing the besieged metropolis of Mariupol claimed the lives of civilians, together with youngsters.

“At present at round 3.30 pm (1330 GMT), a column of civilians being evacuated from Mariupol to Zaporizhzhia was fired on by inhuman Russian occupiers,” the Ukrainian navy mentioned, including that “the variety of victims is being clarified”.

Individually, authorities mentioned Russian forces bombed a theatre the place civilians have been sheltering. “Russia purposefully destroyed the Drama Theatre, the place a whole lot of persons are hiding,” native authorities mentioned on Telegram. Moscow denied the cost.

‘Three killed’ after shelling and hearth in Kharkiv

Three folks have been killed and 5 wounded after shelling induced a hearth at a market within the jap Ukrainian metropolis of Kharkiv, Ukraine’s State Emergencies Service has mentioned. The fireplace was later extinguished.

Individually, the emergencies service mentioned rescuers had discovered the our bodies of 5 folks, together with three youngsters, throughout searches of residential buildings broken by shelling within the northern metropolis of Chernihiv. 

And within the capital metropolis of Kiev, mayor Vitali Klitschko mentioned shelling by Russian forces induced a hearth and broken personal properties and a fuel line in Kiev’s Podil district. The fireplace has been contained.

Germany requires Ukraine refugee ‘solidarity bridge’

German International Minister Annalena Baerbock has referred to as for extra assist from non-European nations to take care of the refugee disaster rising because of the Ukraine scenario.

“That is my enchantment to our mates in the US, Canada and world wide…It is now our job to work collectively to construct a solidarity bridge” throughout the Atlantic, Baerbock advised a session within the Bundestag decrease home of parliament.

“The place we might help unconditionally, we should assist unconditionally. We can not do this in some areas as a result of we’ve financial dependencies however we will do it within the humanitarian space,” she mentioned.

France boosts financial assist to ease Ukraine fallout

The French authorities has offered a brand new spherical of measures to assist households, corporations, farmers and fishermen address the financial fallout from Russia’s assault on Ukraine.

“We’ve got to organize for a protracted disaster,” Prime Minister Jean Castex advised a information convention as he offered the brand new “resilience plan”. Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire mentioned the extra measures would deliver the overall invoice to 25-26 billion euros ($27.5-$28.6 billion).

Castex mentioned the federal government would cowl greater than half of the price of corporations’ enhance of their fuel and energy payments to assist take in losses they’d have in any other case suffered.

Russia blocks BBC web site in retaliatory media sanctions

Russia’s media watchdog Roskomnadzor has blocked entry to the BBC’s predominant information web site, with Moscow’s international ministry warning of extra retaliatory measures towards the media.

“I believe that is solely the start of retaliatory measures to the knowledge conflict unleashed by the West towards Russia,” international ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova mentioned on Telegram. 

Roskomnadzor listed the BBC Information web site as blocked in Russia.

NATO eyes extra forces on jap flank

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg has mentioned the alliance is seeking to considerably bolster forces on its jap flank after Russia’s assault on Ukraine, however wouldn’t ship troops to the war-torn nation.

“We assist peace efforts, we name on Russia, on President (Vladimir) Putin to withdraw its forces, however we’ve no plans of deploying NATO troops on the bottom in Ukraine,” Stoltenberg advised journalists after a gathering of NATO defence ministers.

NATO member Poland urged on Tuesday the alliance deploy an armed “peace mission” in Ukraine to supply humanitarian help within the face of Moscow’s devastating onslaught. The US-led alliance says its direct involvement might spark a confrontation with Russia that will spill over into nuclear conflict.

High UN court docket involved about Russia’s use of pressure

The UN’s high court docket has ordered Russia to droop its navy operation in Ukraine, saying it was “profoundly involved” by Moscow’s use of pressure.

“The Russian Federation shall instantly droop navy operations that it commenced on 24 February on the territory of Ukraine,” pending the ultimate resolution within the case, decide Joan Donoghue advised the Worldwide Courtroom of Justice in The Hague.

Though the court docket’s rulings are binding, it has no actual means to implement them, however specialists say a ruling in Ukraine’s favour would assist elevate its plight on the world stage.

Kiev lodged an pressing case on the ICJ on February 27, saying that Russia had illegally justified its marketing campaign by falsely alleging genocide in Ukraine’s Donetsk and Lugansk areas.

US warns Russia over attainable use of chemical weapons

US nationwide safety adviser Jake Sullivan has spoken with Nikolay Patrushev, the secretary of Russia’s Safety Council, within the first high-level contact publicly disclosed between the 2 nations since Moscow launched its assaults on Ukraine.

Sullivan warned Patrushev concerning the penalties “of any attainable Russian resolution to make use of chemical or organic weapons in Ukraine.” 

Sullivan advised Patrushev that if Russia was severe about diplomacy, then it ought to cease attacking Ukrainian cities and cities, the White Home mentioned in a press release.

Russia kills 10 folks in north Ukraine bread line: Kiev

Ukrainian prosecutors say 10 folks have been killed by Russian forces whereas ready in a line to gather bread within the northern metropolis of Chernigiv.

“At 10:00 am (0800 GMT), servicemen of the Russian Armed Forces fired at folks standing in line for bread close to a grocery retailer. In line with preliminary information, 10 civilians have been killed,” the Legal professional Normal’s workplace mentioned in a press release on Wednesday.

US, allies launch joint job pressure to deal with Russian oligarchs

The US and its allies have launched a multilateral job pressure to deal with Russian oligarchs, rising cooperation on freezing belongings.

Representatives from Australia, Canada, the European Fee, Germany, Italy, France, Japan and the UK met just about with US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and Legal professional Normal Merrick Garland, the US Treasury Division mentioned in a press release.

The nations agreed to gather and share data on Russian oligarchs with the aim of actions together with sanctions, freezing and seizing belongings and prosecution.

Russia faces default fears as debt fee due

Russia is because of pay curiosity on its international debt as sanctions over the Ukraine battle have raised issues that Moscow might face its first default in a long time.

Moscow mentioned it has requested an American financial institution to course of the funds totalling $117 million (107 milion euros) for 2 dollar-denominated bonds however was nonetheless ready to listen to if that they had gone by way of.

Sanctions over Russia’s operation in Ukraine have focused $300 billion of its international forex reserves held overseas. With out entry to those funds, concern has mounted that Russia might discover itself compelled to default.

Russian patriarch, Pope urge ‘simply peace’ in Ukraine

Russian Patriarch Kirill and Pope Francis have held talks concerning the battle in Ukraine and urged negotiations to proceed to succeed in a “simply peace”.

“The perimeters emphasised the essential significance of continuous negotiations and expressed hope for reaching a simply peace as quickly as attainable,” the Patriarch’s workplace mentioned in a press release.

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Ukraine president to handle Israeli parliament

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will tackle Israel’s parliament by way of video hyperlink on Sunday, because the Jewish state tries to stroll a fragile line between Kiev and Moscow.

“It is going to be an honour for me and the Knesset to host President Zelenskyy’s tackle…at this tough time dealing with the Ukrainian folks,” mentioned Mickey Levy, the speaker of the Israeli parliament.

Zelenskyy will tackle a rare session of the Knesset at 6:00 pm (1600 GMT) on Sunday.

ICC prosecutor in Ukraine has video name with Zelenskyy

Worldwide Legal Courtroom chief prosecutor Karim Khan has visited Ukraine the place he has held a video name with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

The pair met just about, the Hague-based court docket tweeted. “We agreed all efforts are wanted to make sure worldwide humanitarian regulation is revered and to guard the civilian inhabitants,” Khan mentioned.

The prosecutor opened an investigation into the scenario in Ukraine on March 3, after getting the inexperienced gentle from greater than 40 ICC states events.

Exiled economist: Putin units Russia again a long time

Russian President Vladimir Putin has set the Russian financial system again by a long time and curtailed his personal political lifespan with the invasion of Ukraine, a outstanding exiled economist has mentioned.

Sergei Guriev, a former Kremlin and Russian authorities adviser, referred to as the assault on Ukraine a “nice miscalculation” by Putin.

“The final eight years weren’t nice for Russia — it was eight years of stagnation. What we’ve now could be a return to twenty, 30 years again when it comes to earnings ranges and the construction of the financial system,” Guriev advised AFP in an interview. “Putin has managed to destroy the Russian financial system inside a matter of weeks.”

Star Russian dancer quits Bolshoi over Ukraine

Prima ballerina Olga Smirnova has give up the Bolshoi in Moscow to hitch the Dutch Nationwide Ballet, it has been introduced, making her the primary Russian to give up the fabled firm over the scenario in Ukraine.

“Smirnova was outspoken in her current denouncement of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which is making it untenable for her to work in her native nation,” the Dutch firm mentioned in a press release.

UK ‘supplying starstreak anti-aircraft missiles’ to Ukraine

Britain is supplying starstreak anti-aircraft missiles to Ukraine, defence minister Ben Wallace has advised the BBC.

“We’re supplying them – they are going to go into theatre,” the BBC quoted Wallace as saying. Final week Wallace mentioned a choice in precept had been taken to provide the weapons system.

Austria needs so as to add extra oligarchs to EU sanctions checklist

Austria needs so as to add extra oligarchs to the checklist of individuals underneath European Union sanctions, Chancellor Karl Nehammer’s workplace has mentioned, outlining its place on a fifth spherical of EU sanctions.

“Greater than 800 persons are already focused by the EU sanctions. We at the moment are expressing our assist for increasing this checklist and together with extra folks from the Russian president’s entourage,” Nehammer was quoted as saying in a press release by his workplace, which specified it meant “extra oligarchs” specifically.

Putin: Western try at world dominance will fail

President Vladimir Putin has mentioned Russia would obtain its objectives in Ukraine and wouldn’t undergo what he referred to as a Western try to realize world dominance and dismember Russia.

“Behind the hypocritical discuss and right this moment’s actions of the so-called collective West are hostile geopolitical objectives. They only do not desire a robust and sovereign Russia,” Putin mentioned, including the West would solely strengthen Russia with its hostile actions. 

He mentioned Russia was prepared to debate Ukraine’s impartial standing in talks aimed toward ending hostilities, however it might nonetheless meet the goals of its navy operation, which was “going to plan”.

Russian President: West’s sanctions ‘blitzkrieg’ has failed

Russian President Vladimir Putin has mentioned the West’s “financial blitzkrieg” towards Moscow has failed, whereas telling his authorities to extend social funds amid what he referred to as a “not straightforward” interval.

In his most express acknowledgment of the ache inflicted by Western sanctions, he mentioned inflation and unemployment would rise, however promised assist to households with youngsters.

“The West dropped its masks of civility and commenced to behave belligerently. It begs a comparability to the anti-Semitic pogroms” of Nazis, Putin mentioned at a authorities assembly.

Putin: Russia’s central financial institution doesn’t have to print cash

Russia’s central financial institution doesn’t have to print cash and the nation has sufficient monetary sources to struggle present challenges, President Vladimir Putin has mentioned.

“Our financial system and enterprise have all mandatory sources to satisfy all of the objectives set, challenges ought to solely mobilise us,” he mentioned, including that Russian financial system would adapt to the brand new actuality triggered by western sanctions on Moscow.

Putin additionally ordered the rise of financing on infrastructure, saying the federal government would wish structural modifications to the financial system.

Zelenskyy renews no-fly zone name in US Congress tackle

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has made one more impassioned enchantment to the US and its allies to create a no-fly zone to guard his nation from Russian air assaults.

“Is that this so much to ask for, to create a no-fly zone over Ukraine, to save lots of folks? Is that this an excessive amount of to ask?” he requested the US Congress. Stay-streamed into the Capitol complicated, Zelenskyy additionally mentioned the US should sanction Russian lawmakers and block imports.

“We’d like you proper now,” Zelenskyy mentioned, including, “I name on you to do extra.” In urging a steeper financial hit to the Russians, he mentioned: “Peace is extra essential than earnings.”

Ukraine President invokes 9/11, Pearl Harbor

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has in contrast the horror of Russia’s assault on his nation to Pearl Harbor and the 9/11 assaults in an tackle to the US Congress.

“Keep in mind Pearl Harbor, horrible morning of December 7, 1941, when your sky was black from the planes attacking you,” he mentioned, recalling the air raid that introduced the US into World Battle II.

“Keep in mind September the eleventh, a horrible day in 2001 when evil tried to show your cities, unbiased territories, in battlefields,” he mentioned. “Our nation skilled the identical every single day.”

Zelenskyy urges Biden to be ‘chief of peace’

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has advised US President Joe Biden that being the chief of the free world additionally means being “the chief of peace”.

In a sombre tackle to the US Congress interesting for extra navy assist to struggle off Russian forces, Zelenskyy mentioned this battle is not only about his nation however about “the values of Europe and the world”. Lawmakers gave him a standing ovation.

“I’m addressing President Biden. You’re the chief of the nation, of your nice nation. I want you to be the chief of the world. Being the chief of the world means to be the chief of peace,” Zelenskyy mentioned, switching to English for the ultimate passage of his speech.

Council of Europe expels Russia from human rights physique

The Council of Europe has expelled Russia from the continent’s foremost human rights physique in an unprecedented transfer over the Ukraine battle. 

The 47-nation organisation’s committee of ministers mentioned in assertion that “the Russian Federation ceases to be a member of the Council of Europe as from right this moment, after 26 years of membership”.

Ukrainian International Minister Dmytro Kuleba instantly welcomed the choice, posting on Twitter that there was “no place for Russia in European our bodies because it wages a barbaric conflict of aggression towards Ukraine and commits a number of conflict crimes”.

Russia: Any Putin-Zelenskyy assembly ought to be to seal deal

Russia has mentioned there aren’t any obstacles to a gathering between President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskyy, however that such a gathering would solely happen to seal a particular settlement.

“There aren’t any obstacles to the organisation of such a gathering with the understanding that it might not be only for its personal sake; it must seal concrete agreements that are at present being labored out by the 2 delegations,” International Minister Sergey Lavrov advised reporters.

Ukraine seeks more durable restrictions at Russian ports over oil

A high financial adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has referred to as on the White Home to dam American corporations from all commerce in Russian oil and urged Western oil and fuel corporations to cease dealing with the commodity, the New York Occasions has reported.

In an interview with the US information outlet, Oleg Ustenko mentioned the businesses ought to rent unbiased accountants to confirm no Russian oil is loaded onto their ships, the Occasions mentioned.

“We’d like a full embargo, a full boycott. All Russian ports should be closed,” he advised the Occasions from Kiev.

Austria’s high diplomat praises Türkiye’s mediation efforts

Final week’s Türkiye-organised assembly between the Russian and Ukrainian international ministers was a key effort to finish the three-week-old battle, Austria’s high diplomat has advised Anadolu Company.

In an unique interview, Austrian International Minister Alexander Schallenberg mentioned although it yielded no concrete outcomes, the assembly between Russia’s Sergey Lavrov and Ukraine’s Dmytro Kuleba – hosted by Turkish International Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu – was an essential step in diplomatic efforts.

“We urgently want a cease-fire and sustainable humanitarian corridors to alleviate the horrible struggling of the Ukrainian folks. I very a lot respect Türkiye’s diplomatic efforts to that impact,” Schellenberg mentioned on the sidelines of the just-concluded Antalya Diplomacy Discussion board in southern Türkiye.

Czech chief: Ukraine above all wants extra weapons

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Ukraine wants extra weapons to defend itself towards Russian forces, Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala has mentioned after getting back from a go to to Kiev.

He mentioned the delegation — which included the prime ministers of Poland and Slovenia — additionally mentioned sanctions, weapons and humanitarian help, in addition to attainable future diplomatic steps with Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelenskyy.

“Ukrainians are preventing immensely bravely, and struggle well and strategically, however they solely stand an opportunity towards (Russia’s) big benefit if Western nations provide sufficient navy tools,” Fiala advised reporters.

Issues over staff’ security at Chernobyl website

100 technicians are working underneath armed guard to keep up the defunct Chernobyl nuclear plant in northern Ukraine, allegedly held hostage for 3 weeks by Russian forces who’ve seized the compound.

Drained and poorly fed, they have been working the evening shift when Russia captured the location of the 1986 core meltdown that sparked the worst nuclear reactor disaster in historical past.

Kin and colleagues contacted by AFP say the crew members have been unable to return to their properties. “Bodily and morally, they’re exhausted,” mentioned the spouse of 1 technician, who like others on the website can talk with the surface world solely by way of phone.

Putin e book tops UK bestsellers amid Ukraine battle

A e book about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s interior circle written by a British journalist has topped the UK bestseller checklist amid the Ukraine battle, its writer has mentioned.

Catherine Belton’s “Putin’s Individuals”, first printed in 2020, “is the primary bestselling NF (non-fiction) paperback within the UK”, William Collins Books publishing director Arabella Pike mentioned in a tweet. It was at quantity seven on The Sunday Occasions bestsellers checklist final week.

The critically acclaimed e book by a former Monetary Occasions Moscow correspondent confronted an onslaught of lawsuits from Russian oligarchs together with Chelsea proprietor Roman Abramovich, three of whom have now been focused by UK sanctions.

Italy seizes property belonging to Russian oligarch Aven

Italy has seized a constructing complicated on the Mediterranean island of Sardinia partly owned by Russian businessman Petr Olegovich Aven, Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s workplace has mentioned.

Aven owned one third of the confiscated property and his holding was price round 4 million euros ($4.40 million). It was not clear who owned the remainder of the complicated.

An oil investor who constructed a European enterprise empire with an estimated internet price of $4.7 billion, Aven was positioned on an EU sanctions checklist following Russia’s assaults on Ukraine.

Ukraine rejects Russian neutrality proposals

Ukraine has mentioned it needs its safety to be assured by worldwide forces and rejected proposals pushed by Russia for it to undertake a impartial standing similar to Austria or Sweden.

“…the mannequin can solely be ‘Ukrainian’ and solely on legally verified safety ensures,” its high negotiator, Mikhailo Podolyak, mentioned. He referred to as for a legally binding settlement, signed by worldwide companions, who would “not stand apart within the occasion of an assault on Ukraine, as they do right this moment”.

The Kremlin mentioned earlier a impartial Ukraine alongside the strains of Sweden or Austria was being mentioned at talks with Kiev. Sweden formally is militarily non-aligned in peacetime and impartial in instances of conflict. It isn’t a member of NATO, nevertheless it has been a companion to the alliance for practically 30 years.

Russian lawmaker: Moscow, Beijing engaged on workaround

Russia and China are working to determine cooperation between their respective monetary messaging techniques, a senior Russian lawmaker has mentioned, as Moscow responds to Western sanctions on its monetary system.

“To do away with dangers related to sustaining commerce turnover, establishing cooperation between the Russian and Chinese language monetary messaging techniques is required,” mentioned Anatoly Aksakov, head of the monetary committee in Russia’s decrease home of parliament.

“I do know that such work is going down,” he mentioned. “Our central financial institution is cooperating with the Individuals’s Financial institution of China (PBOC) and I consider that the present scenario will stimulate the related processes.”

Jap Europe helps Ukrainian refugees

Hundreds extra refugees from Ukraine have crossed into Jap Europe, the place authorities are offering meals, social providers and faculty locations to assist folks rebuild their lives away from the battle.

There are some indicators the exodus is slowing though tens of hundreds of persons are arriving day by day in what has turn out to be Europe’s quickest rising refugee disaster since World Battle Two.

Greater than 3 million folks have left Ukraine to date, information from the UN refugee company confirmed. The frontline states — Poland, Slovakia, Romania, Hungary and Moldova — have been offering assist to drive, feed or home refugees.

Issues over staff’ security at Chernobyl website 

100 technicians are working underneath armed guard to keep up the defunct Chernobyl nuclear plant in northern Ukraine, held hostage for 3 weeks by Russian forces who’ve seized the compound. 

Drained and poorly fed, they have been working the evening shift when Russia captured the location of the 1986 core meltdown that sparked the worst nuclear reactor disaster in historical past. 

Kin and colleagues contacted by AFP say the crew members have been unable to return to their properties in close by Slavutych, town constructed to accommodate Chernobyl staff after the catastrophe. 

“Bodily and morally, they’re exhausted,” mentioned the spouse of 1 technician, who like others on the website can talk with the surface world solely by way of phone.

Putin e book tops UK bestsellers amid Ukraine battle 

A e book about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s interior circle written by a British journalist has topped the UK bestseller checklist amid the Ukraine battle, its writer has mentioned.

Catherine Belton’s “Putin’s Individuals”, first printed in 2020, “is the primary bestselling NF (non-fiction) paperback within the UK”, William Collins Books publishing director Arabella Pike mentioned in a tweet. It was at quantity seven on The Sunday Occasions bestsellers checklist final week.

The critically acclaimed e book by a former Monetary Occasions Moscow correspondent confronted an onslaught of regulation fits from Russian oligarchs together with Chelsea proprietor Roman Abramovich, three of whom have now been focused by UK sanctions.

Italy seizes property belonging to Russian oligarch Aven

Italy has seized a constructing complicated on the Mediterranean island of Sardinia partly owned by Russian businessman Petr Olegovich Aven, Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s workplace has mentioned.

Aven owned one third of the confiscated property and his holding was price round 4 million euros ($4.40 million). It was not clear who owned the remainder of the complicated.

An oil investor who constructed a European enterprise empire with an estimated internet price of $4.7 billion, Aven was positioned on an EU sanctions checklist following Russia’s assaults on Ukraine.

Hit by EU sanctions, head of Russia’s Yandex resigns

The top of Russia’s tech large Yandex, Tigran Khudaverdyan, has resigned after being positioned on an inventory of European sanctions.

“Tigran Khudaverdyan has stepped down with instant impact from his positions as Government Director and Deputy Chief Government Officer of Yandex,” the corporate mentioned in assertion.

Yandex — dubbed the “Russian Google” — is registered within the Netherlands and has European, UK and US subsidiaries. However the bulk of its enterprise is in Russia and Russian-speaking nations.

Finance minister: Ukraine’s monetary system is secure

Ukrainian Finance Minister Sergii Marchenko has mentioned Ukraine’s monetary system is secure and the federal government is fulfilling its social fee obligations.

“The banking system is secure, we do not need sharp trade price fluctuations,” he mentioned, declining to estimate the monetary toll of the battle.

Russian builders to launch photo-sharing app

Russian tech entrepreneurs are set to launch a picture-sharing utility on the home market to assist fill the void left by Instagram, which the authorities blocked this week.

The brand new service, often called Rossgram, will launch on March 28 and have extra features similar to crowdfunding and paid entry for some content material, its web site mentioned on Wednesday.

Russian state communications regulator Roskomnadzor blocked entry to Instagram from Monday after its US proprietor Meta mentioned final week it might permit social media customers in Ukraine to put up messages similar to “Dying to the Russian invaders”.

Russia regulator blocks web sites of not less than a dozen media

Russia’s media regulator Roskomnadzor has blocked entry to not less than a dozen media web sites, in a crackdown on-line that sharply escalated after President Vladimir Putin despatched in troops to Ukraine.

AFP was unable to entry not less than a dozen Russian and foreign-based media contained in the nation. These included award-winning investigation web site Bellingcat, a Russian-language Israeli information website and regional web sites, like

Türkiye to proceed mediator position in Ukraine battle: FM

Turkish International Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has mentioned Türkiye continues its position as an trustworthy mediator, facilitator regardless of all difficulties.

“As nation that has good ties with each Russia and Ukraine, Türkiye continued its position as trustworthy mediator, facilitator regardless of all difficulties”, he mentioned after assembly his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov in Moscow. 

Cavusoglu additionally mentioned that Türkiye would proceed to implement Montreux Conference. 

Lavrov mentioned Russia and Türkiye had completely different positions on Ukraine, nonetheless, “Moscow appreciates Ankara’s balanced place”. 

Russian FM declares hope in peace talks with Ukraine

The Russia-Ukraine peace talks are usually not straightforward, however there may be hope for locating a compromise, Russian International Minister Sergey Lavrov has mentioned.

Talking in an interview with the Russian RBC TV Channel, Lavrov mentioned his evaluation relies on the knowledge supplied by the Russian delegation on the peace talks with Ukraine. 

“They state that the negotiations are usually not straightforward for apparent causes, however nonetheless there may be some hope for locating a compromise,” Lavrov famous. Ukraine has additionally made cautious optimistic statements on peace talks.

Ukraine talks tough, however Russia needs peace: negotiator

Talks with Ukraine are tough and gradual, however Russia sincerely needs peace as quickly as attainable, Russian negotiator Vladimir Medinsky has been quoted by Interfax as saying.

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“The negotiations are onerous, going slowly. In fact, we wish all of it to occur a lot sooner, it is a honest need of the Russian aspect. We wish to come to peace as quickly as attainable,” Medinsky mentioned.

“We’d like a peaceable, free, unbiased Ukraine, impartial – not a member of navy blocs, not a member of NATO,” he added.

Belarus grid supplying electrical energy to Chernobyl: authorities

Belarus is supplying electrical energy to Ukraine’s Chernobyl nuclear energy station, the location of the world’s worst nuclear catastrophe in 1986, native Belarusian authorities have mentioned.

“{The electrical} provide to the Chernobyl nuclear energy station is totally restored,” the Belarusian power ministry mentioned in a press release printed on the Telegram web page of the Gomel area.

“On the present time the electrical energy provide is being supplied from the Belarusian energy grid,” it added.

Leaders return safely to EU after go to to Kiev amid assaults

The prime ministers of Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovenia have returned safely again to Poland after a go to to Kiev meant to point out assist for Ukraine because it faces heavy bombardment.

The leaders met with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to ship the message that Ukraine is not alone and that they assist the nation’s aspirations to at some point be a part of the European Union.

They went forward with the hours-long practice journey regardless of worries inside the EU concerning the safety dangers of touring inside a battle zone.

Kremlin: Impartial Ukraine like Austria is feasible compromise

The Kremlin has mentioned {that a} impartial Ukraine with its personal military alongside the strains of Austria or Sweden was being checked out as a attainable compromise in talks with Kiev.

“This can be a variant that’s at present being mentioned and which might actually be seen a compromise,” Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov was quoted as saying by RIA information company.

Peskov was commenting on remarks from Vladimir Medinsky, Russia’s chief negotiator, who earlier advised state TV: “Ukraine is providing an Austrian or Swedish model of a impartial demilitarised state, however on the identical time a state with its personal military and navy.”

Swiss slap extra sanctions on Russians consistent with EU

Impartial Switzerland has adopted extra European Union sanctions towards Russian people and entities printed in response to Moscow’s assault in Ukraine, the federal government has mentioned.

“Switzerland’s checklist of sanctions now absolutely mirrors that of the EU,” it mentioned, including the people sanctioned included additional oligarchs and outstanding enterprise folks whose belongings in Switzerland should be frozen as of noon. 

Ukrainian official sees no massive change at front-line hotspots

Ukraine’s armed forces are conducting small-scale counter assaults on a number of fronts and Russian troops haven’t been capable of acquire floor due to an absence of sources, Ukrainian presidential adviser Oleksiy Arestovych has mentioned.

“The scenario … in the principle hotspots has not modified, and has no probability of fixing as Russia has used up its sources,” he advised a video briefing.

Arestovych mentioned Russia continued to fireplace missiles at Ukrainian targets, with roughly two-thirds of rockets hitting civilian buildings and infrastructure.

Official says 103 youngsters have been killed in Ukraine

The Ukrainian prosecutor common has mentioned 103 youngsters have been killed to date within the battle in Ukraine.

Russian forces have struck greater than 400 instructional institutions and 59 of them have been destroyed, Prosecutor Normal Iryna Venediktova mentioned on Fb.

The data couldn’t instantly be verified. 

Ukraine launches counteroffensives in a number of areas: official

Ukraine’s armed forces are launching counteroffensives towards Russian forces “in a number of operational areas,” Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak has wrote on Twitter. 

“This radically modifications the events’ inclinations,” he added, with out giving particulars. 

Practice station focused in Ukraine refugee hub close to Mariupol

Russian forces have focused the southern Ukraine metropolis of Zaporizhzhia, the place hundreds of refugees are taking shelter after escaping the besieged port metropolis of Mariupol, regional officers have mentioned.

“Civilian objects have been bombed for the primary time in Zaporizhzhia,” the regional governor Alexander Starukh wrote on the Telegram social media platform. 

“The rockets landed within the space of the Zaporozhye-2 railway station,” he added, specifying that there have been no casualties. 

Suspected strike on Russian-held airport

Satellite tv for pc pictures from Planet Labs PBC analysed by The Related Press present a suspected Ukrainian strike on the Russian-held Kherson Worldwide Airport and Air Base set a number of helicopters and automobiles ablaze.

The pictures on the dual-use airfield present thick black smoke rising overhead from the blazes. Not less than three helicopters gave the impression to be on hearth, in addition to a number of automobiles. At a pad additional away, different helicopters appeared broken from an earlier strike.

The Ukrainian president’s workplace mentioned that preventing had continued at Kherson airport on Tuesday, with “highly effective blasts” rocking the world throughout the course of the day. Kherson is about 450 kilometres southeast of Ukraine’s capital, Kiev. 

Not less than 500 Kharkiv metropolis residents killed to date: Ukraine

The emergency service in Ukraine’s jap area of Kharkiv area has mentioned that not less than 500 residents of town of Kharkiv have been killed since Russia’s offensive started on February 24.

The data was not instantly verified. Russia denies focusing on civilians.

Russia to retaliate towards Montenegro over expulsion of diplomat: RIA

Russia will reply to Montenegro’s resolution to declare a Russian diplomat persona non grata, Yuri Pilipson, director of the Fourth European division of the Russian International Ministry, has been quoted by the RIA information company as saying.

Montenegro cited violations of diplomatic norms for its March 4 motion in ordering the Russian diplomat to go away the nation.

UK’s Truss sceptical on peace talks over Ukraine

Britain’s international secretary Liz Truss has mentioned she is skeptical about peace talks between Russia and Ukraine, including Russian President Vladimir Putin needed to be stopped in any respect prices. 

“I’m skeptical concerning the peace talks while Putin continues to be waging conflict in Ukraine. He has to implement a ceasefire and withdraw his troops for these peace talks to be taken to be taken critically,” Truss advised BBC TV.

Putin needs to be stopped “in any respect prices”, she mentioned. 

20,000 residents left Mariupol in personal automobiles to date

About 20,000 civilians have managed to date to go away the besieged port metropolis of Mariupol in personal automobiles, Inside Ministry adviser Vadym Denysenko has mentioned.

Mariupol residents have been trapped within the metropolis by Russian shelling with out heating, electrical energy and operating water for a lot of the previous two weeks, Ukrainian officers say. 

Not less than 200,000 are in pressing want of evacuation, in line with official Ukrainian estimates earlier this week.

Gazprom assembly Europe’s fuel provide requests by way of Ukraine

Russian state power large Gazprom has mentioned it continues delivery fuel to Europe by way of Ukraine, with day by day volumes set at 95 million cubic metres, consistent with clients’ requests however down 13 p.c from 109.6 million cubic metres the day earlier than. 

Russian preventing intensifies in Kiev suburbs

A plume of smoke has been seen rising up over western Kiev after shrapnel from an artillery shell slammed right into a 12-storey residence constructing in central Kiev, obliterating the highest flooring and igniting a hearth, in line with a press release and pictures launched by the Kiev emergencies company. 

The neighbouring constructing was additionally broken. The company reported two victims, with out elaborating.

Russian forces have intensified preventing in Kiev suburbs, notably across the city of Bucha within the northwest and the freeway main west towards Zhytomyr, the pinnacle of the Kiev area Oleksiy Kuleba mentioned. 

Ukraine says Russian warships hearth missiles

Russian warships round midnight have fired missiles and artillery on the Ukrainian beach close to Tuzla, to the south of Odessa, Inside Ministry adviser Anton Gerashchenko has mentioned.

“They fired an enormous quantity of ammunition from an important distance,” he mentioned on Fb.

Gerashchenko mentioned Russia needed to check Ukraine’s coastal defence system. He mentioned there was no try and land troops. He didn’t say whether or not any of the shelling hit something.

Ukraine says one other Russian common killed in preventing

Ukraine has mentioned a fourth Russian common has been killed within the preventing.

Main Normal Oleg Mityaev died on Tuesday throughout the storming of Mariupol, mentioned Ukrainian Inside Ministry adviser Anton Gerashchenko, who printed a photograph on Telegram of what he mentioned was the lifeless officer.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy reported the loss of life of one other Russian common in his nighttime tackle however did not title him.

Mityaev, 46, commanded the one hundred and fiftieth motorised rifle division and had fought in Syria, Gerashchenko mentioned. There was no affirmation of the loss of life from Russia.

Ukraine official: Russia takes 500 hostage in Mariupol hospital

Russian troops have seized a hospital in Mariupol and took about 500 folks hostage throughout one other assault on the southern port metropolis, regional chief Pavlo Kyrylenko mentioned.

Russians troops drove 400 folks from neighboring homes into Regional Intensive Care Hospital, Kyrylenko mentioned on the messaging app Telegram. About 100 medical doctors and sufferers are also believed to be inside, he mentioned.

The troops are utilizing these contained in the hospital as human shields and are usually not permitting anybody to go away, he mentioned. “It is unattainable to go away the hospital, they’re taking pictures onerous,” Kyrylenko mentioned.

Ukraine: Russia misplaced as much as 40 p.c of its armed items  

Ukraine has mentioned that Russia’s armed forces have misplaced as much as 40 p.c of their items since launching a navy offensive towards the nation on February 24.

The Normal Employees of the Armed Forces of Ukraine mentioned in a press release that as of March 15, “the enemy” had misplaced as much as 40 p.c of the items concerned within the so-called “operation” on the territory of Ukraine by way of their full destruction or lack of fight functionality.

Over the previous day, seven fight helicopters of the Russian military have been destroyed throughout clashes within the Chornobaivka space of Ukraine, mentioned the assertion.

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