Russia-Ukraine War Today: Last Hour of the War One Year After Putin's Invasion
MULTIMEDIA | A year of war: this is how the invasion has affected Ukraine, Russia, Spain and the world
These are the latest news about the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. See here the key moments of the conflict.
In this live stream you can follow, minute by minute, the latest current news on the war between the two countries:
3 hours ago
Putin arrives in Crimea on the ninth anniversary of its annexation
The President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, arrived on the same day. This Saturday he went to the Crimean peninsula, which today celebrates the ninth anniversary of its annexation by Moscow, according to images broadcast by state television. Putin visited the Korsun Art School and children's center in Chersonese, outside the port of Sevastopol, the main base of the Russian Black Sea Fleet. The president, according to the video published on the Telegram channel of the state network Rossía-1, was accompanied by the governor of Sevastopol, Mikhail Razvozháev, and other authorities.
< p>Previously, the Kremlin spokesman, Dmitri Peskov, had announced that on the day of the anniversary of the “reunification with Crimea”, as Moscow calls the After the annexation of the peninsula, Putin would participate by videoconference in the inauguration of a cultural center. “Finally, the president came in person. By car. He himself came behind the wheel. On this historic day the president is always with Sebastopol and the people of Sebastopol. Our country has a lí ;der incredible”, added the governor.
Sánchez supports the CFI's arrest warrant against Putin: “No crime will go unpunished”
The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, has shown his support for the arrest warrant issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC) against the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, under the presumption of a war crime for the deportation of the Russian Federation. n Forced Ukrainian children from war-captured areas of Ukraine to Russian territory. “No crime should go unpunished, no crime will go unpunished,” he stated this Saturday during his speech at the Committee on Crimes. Federal that the party has celebrated this Saturday in Madrid.
Sánchez lamented that the war in Ukraine “is doubly criminal.” “First, because of its objectives, which are to crush the freedom and sovereignty of a country like Ukraine, but also because of its methods, as the TPI itself has just proclaimed,” he said. said, to reiterate Spain's solidarity with the Ukrainian people.
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Russia reiterates that it is open to “serious proposals” from the West and Ukraine
Russia reiterated This Saturday that is coming. Open to “serious proposals” from the West and kyiv for a politico-diplomatic settlement of the conflict in Ukraine. “More than once we have declared that we are open to serious proposals from the West and Ukraine for the politico-diplomatic settlement of the crisis, however the language of ultimatums is intolerable for us”, he affirmed the spokesperson for Russian diplomacy, María Zajárova, in a comment published on the Foreign Affairs website. He stressed that in order to achieve a stable peace it is necessary to achieve “the cessation of shipments of arms and mercenaries to Ukraine, the end of military actions and that Ukraine return to the status of a neutral country, outside of blocs”. In addition, the diplomat insisted that I do so. In the “international recognition of the new territorial realities”, alluding to the annexation of Crimea in 2014 and four other Ukrainian regions during the Russian military campaign in Ukraine.
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Ukraine suffers new drone attacks
The Government of Ukraine informed This Saturday that it has suffered a new wave of drone attacks and that some devices hit areas that have been almost on the margins of the conflict, such as the Lviv region, in the west of the country. Russia routinely attacks Ukraine with missiles, artillery and drones, often causing power outages affecting civilians who are left without heating or running water. “Around 9:00 p.m. on Friday, the Russian invader attacked the Ukraine with Iranian-made kamikaze drones of the Shahed 136 type,” the reporter reported. the Air Force on Telegram. Eleven aircraft out of a total of 16 were destroyed, it added. According to the Air Force, the attack was launched from the Azov Sea and from the Briansk region of Russia, on the border.
“Around 1:00 a.m. this Saturday, our region was attacked by Shahed 136-type kamikaze drones. According to preliminary information, there were six of them,” declared Mr. the regional governor of Lviv, Maksym Kozytski. In the southeastern area, in the Dnipropetrovsk region, three drones were shot down, said the director of the regional council, Mykola Lukashuk. “Two others hit a critical infrastructure facility in Novomoskovsk,” the company added. Lukashuk. The official said that the attack provoked There was a fire and damage that was “significant.” The drones also hit the capital Kiev, according to the city administration, causing no damage.
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Xi Jinping will look for position yourself as a peacemaker on your visit to Russia
After having achieved a rapprochement between Iran and Saudi Arabia, the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, will seek a new agreement. She will repeat his feat in the Ukrainian conflict during his visit to Russia next week. Xi, who is seeking to bolster his country's position on the world stage after recently being inaugurated for a third term, was even praised by the United States for his role as mediator in the surprise reestablishment of relations between the two greats. Middle Eastern rivals on March 10. China's intention is “to play a constructive role in promoting peace talks,” China said. Wang Wenbin, spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, on Friday. In addition, 'The Wall Street Journal' stated that He said earlier in the week that Xi was scheduled to speak soon with his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodimir Zelensky, a move the White House also called “problematic.” from “very good”.
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Biden considers the arrest warrant against Putin for terrorism “justified”
The president of the United States, Joe Biden, has affirmed this Saturday that the decision of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to issue an arrest warrant against the president of Russia, Vladimir Putin, is pending. “justified”. Biden, who on his last visit to Poland framed He described the War in Ukraine as a struggle between democracy and autocracy, has been clear and concise in his assessment.
6 hours ago
Yehor Cherniev: “Ukraine is de facto becoming part of NATO”
Although Ukraine is not a member of NATO, it has been trying for years to join this military alliance established in 1949, and the growing presence of this organization in Eastern Europe has been one of the reasons that the president of  ;Russia, Vladímir Putin, has cited to justify his large-scale invasion of the Slavic country. But the effect he got It has been, in part and for the moment, the opposite. Since then, although membership is unlikely in the short term, Ukraine has strengthened ties with the Atlantic Alliance. A first-line witness to this has been the envoy of the Ukrainian president, Volodimir Zelensky, Yehor Cherniev, vice-president of the Committee on National Security Officer of the Ukrainian Parliament and head of the Ukrainian delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. From kyiv, Cherniev attended the He told EL PERIÓDICO in a long conversation in which he elaborated on what he was saying. about Ukraine's place on the geostrategic board today.
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AI believes that the arrest warrant is a sign that criminals are tried “regardless of their power”
The Secretary General of Amnesty International, Agnès Callamard, has welcomed the arrest warrant issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC) against Russian President Vladimir Putin, which she has described as an “important sign — for Ukraine and to the rest of the world–that those allegedly responsible for crimes under international law in Ukraine will face arrest and trial, no matter how powerful they are.”
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Ukraine activates air alert in Kiev region
< p>The Kiev Regional Military Administration has activated the air alert this Friday night due to the threat of Russian attacks with unmanned aerial vehicles. “We urge residents to remain in safe places until The 'air alert' signal ends. Take care of yourself and your family,” the institution said on its official Telegram channel. Later, regional authorities pointed out that the defense The airline was working as planned, and has appealed to the population not to broadcast images of the situation.
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Zelenski calls the ICC arrest warrant against Putin a “historic decision”
The President of Ukraine, Volodimir Zelenski, has elevated to the category of “historic decision” the arrest warrant presented this Friday by the International Criminal Court (ICC) against the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, and the Presidential Commissioner for Children's Rights of the Russian Federation, Maria Alekseievna Lvova-Belova. And he has thanked the ICC and its chief prosecutor, Karim Khan, as well. as well as all those who are collaborating and helping Ukraine “in the fight for Justice”.
1 day ago
Sweden admits Finland's solo entry into NATO was not desirable
The Swedish Foreign Minister, Tobias Billstrom, acknowledged this Friday that Turkey's decision to ratify Finland's accession protocol to NATO without waiting for Stockholm was not the desired option, but has He stated that they were “prepared” for it. “It is a fact that we did not want but for which we were prepared,” he stated at a press conference, adding that “there is no danger” in the “short
1 day ago
Russia disregards the ICC arrest warrant against Putin, considering it “legally void”
The Russian government has announced that it completely disregards the arrest warrant issued this Friday by the International Criminal Court (ICC) against the country's president, Vladimir Putin, understanding that it is a “legally void” instruction. ” given that the country does not recognize the court. The Kremlin spokesman, Dimitri Peskov, has considered that the mere formulation of these orders is “scandalous and unacceptable” since it has been carried out knowingly So Russia is It was outside the scope of the court's action by presenting its withdrawal from the Rome Statute, the legal foundation of the CFI, in November 2016.
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Borrell celebrates the CFI's arrest warrant against Putin and warns that “it is only the beginning”
The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Policy, Josep Borrell, has celebrated the arrest warrant issued this Friday by the International Criminal Court (ICC) against the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, and has ensured that this “It is only the beginning of the accountability process for Russia and its leaders.” Borrell made these statements during a press conference with the President of North Macedonia, Stevo Pendarovski, during his visit The official visit to the country's capital, Skopje, just over an hour after the CFI's decision, alleging the presumption of war crimes by forced deportation, became known. of Ukrainian children from Ukrainian war-captured areas to Russian territory.
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ICC calls for Putin's arrest for war crimes in Ukraine< /p>
The International Criminal Court (ICC) issued a He issued an arrest warrant against Russian President Vladimir Putin for the deportation of children in Russian-occupied areas of Ukraine, which he denounced. a “meaningless” decision. The ICC also asked for The capture for the same reason, considered as a war crime, of Maria Alekseyevna Lvova-Belova, Presidential Commissioner for the Rights of the Child in Russia, specified the police. The Hague-based court said in a statement issued Friday.
1 day ago
Putin and Xi will have lunch on Monday and talks will continue on Tuesday
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping will celebrate Monday, March 20, an informal lunch and negotiations will continue on Tuesday, after which they will offer a press conference, according to what was announced by the company. today the Kremlin.
“Talks between the president (Putin) and the Chinese leader will start in the second half of March 20. It will be a face-to-face, informal lunch,” Russian Presidency spokesman Dmitri Peskov said. at a press conference.
Peskov added that So on March 21 it will be He said “the day of the negotiations” and confirmed his decision. Both leaders will hold a press conference at the end of their talks.
1 day ago
The UN affirms that negotiations are continuing for an agreement on grain in the Black Sea
Negotiations for the Black Sea Grain Initiative “are still ongoing” one day before this agreement for the export of Russian and Ukrainian grain is due to expire, the company said. the United Nations Office at Geneva, despite the fact that Moscow he insisted This Friday in his offer to extend it for only 60 more days.
“We are not going to speculate about what is going to happen tomorrow,” he said. The spokesperson for the United Nations in Geneva, Alessandra Vellucci, was held at a press conference, while uncertainty remains about the continuity of the agreement signed in July last year in Istanbul with UN mediation.
The spokeswoman indicated that the United Nations is Guerrero was involved “at all levels” in the negotiations, as it was an initiative of the Secretary General António Guterres, although he stressed the importance of the negotiations. Its signatories are three member states (Ukraine, Russia, and Turkey), and the UN is acting as a mere witness.
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Kiev police ask for help to identify 200 victims
Police of Kiev province returned to search. Today he asked for citizen collaboration to identify the 200 bodies of victims of the Russian occupation of various areas around the Ukrainian capital who have not yet been able to give their names and surnames.
“Right now we have about 200 unidentified bodies and 283 people are still missing,” the province's police spokeswoman, Irina Pryanishnikova, said in a statement to Ukrainian and international media, asking for further investigation. Those who have lost a friend or family member are asked to contact the authorities.
1 day ago
Russia honors the pilots involved in the incident with a US drone in the Black Sea
Russia announced an award. On Friday, he awarded the pilots involved in the incident in the Black Sea with an American drone that, according to Washington, crashed in the Black Sea. after being hit by Russian fighters, what Moscow did. denies.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu “presented state decorations to the Su-27 pilots, who prevented the violation by an American MQ-9 drone of the temporary zone of use regime ;n of the air space”, indicated the his ministry in a statement.
Within the framework of its military offensive in Ukraine, Moscow & uacute; had unilaterally announced flight restrictions in the sky over the Black Sea, the scene of very regular interactions between drones and aircraft from NATO countries and the Russian armed forces.
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Slovakia will send 13 combat planes to Ukraine
The Slovak government announced this Friday that it will send 13 fighter jets to Ukraine. to Ukraine 13 Mig-29 fighter jets to help it “defend itself against Russia”. With this measure, Slovakia joins Poland, which communicated its approval. He announced last Thursday his decision to provide Ukraine with four fighters of the same model in the “next few days” to support Kiev in its fight against the Russian invasion.
“Slovakia has just approved the shipment of 13 Mig-29 to Ukraine. Promises must be kept,” announced the Slovak Prime Minister, the conservative Eduard Heger, through his Twitter account. In the message, the head of the Government recalled that when the Ukrainian president, Volodimir Zelenski, asked him to speak. more military aid, he assured her that he would do everything possible. “Military aid is key so that Ukraine can defend itself and all of Europe against Russia,” Heger said on the social network.
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Xi Jinping will visit China. Russia from 20 to 22 of this month
Chinese President Xi Jinping will arrive soon. He is leaving for Russia next Monday on a three-day official visit, the Russian government announced. Today the Kremlin. “The talks will address current issues of the further development of partnership relations and strategic interaction between Russia and China,” the statement said.
For his part, the Chinese foreign spokesman Wang Wenbin commented on this. today in a press conference that Xi's trip will be He said “a peace visit”, and that Beijing “will maintain its objective and fair position on the Ukraine crisis” and “play a constructive role in promoting peace talks”.
“The visit will be about friendship and aims to deepen mutual trust between the two countries. The two leaders will exchange views on their pragmatic cooperation and common concerns, and continue to push forward Connectivity will be based on the New Silk Roads and Eurasian Economic Union projects,” Wang said.
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Russia accuses the US of deception by stating that the suspension of New START is “legally invalid”
The Russian government has accused this Friday of “deception” US statements calling Russia's suspension of its participation in the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) “legally invalid.”
like this This has been expressed by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who has asserted that Washington needs to “give up empty fantasies” about inflicting a “strategic defeat” on Russia if it is willing to do so. It is interested in resuming the treaty, according to the TASS news agency.
“We regard this accusation as an element of the current US political propaganda campaign, the purpose of which is to force Russia to restore the START regime and preserve the possibility that Washington can 'control' Our strategic arsenal will be unimpeded,” added the head of Russian diplomacy.
1 day ago
Russia and Azerbaijan seek “practical measures” to ensure security in South Caucasus
The President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, and his Azeri counterpart, Ilham Aliyev, held a telephone conversation on Thursday focused on finding “practical measures” to apply in the South Caucasus with the order to ensure security in the region.
“Practical measures aimed at ensuring security and stability in the South Caucasus were discussed in line with well-known trilateral agreements between the leaders of Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia”, have highlighted from Moscow.
In addition, Putin and Aliyev have exchanged views on the development of transport and logistics, as well as on the development of transport and logistics. as in relation to the prevailing economic ties in the region, as reported by the Kremlin in a statement.
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Ukraine warns of increased presence of Russian vessels in Black Sea after US drone crash
The Southern Operational Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine has warned this Thursday that Russia is attacking. Its presence in the Black Sea has increased in recent days, also coinciding with the recent crash of an American drone in those waters after a collision with a Russian SU-27 fighter.
From In fact, the Ukrainian military authorities have recognized that this “atypical” number of vessels may be related precisely to the United States' intentions to send a ship to the Black Sea to try to locate the remains of the drone.
1 day ago
Putin receives the leader of South Ossetia, which aspires to integrate into Russia
Russian President Vladimir Putin received He met in the Kremlin today with the leader of South Ossetia, Alan Glagoyev, whose breakaway Georgian republic aspires to join the Russian Federation. “From the point of view of security guarantees, a Russian military base is located on the territory of the republic and in this regard we have established very close cooperation between the corresponding structures,” Putin said at the beginning of the meeting. The meeting was offered by public television.
1 day ago
A commission UN-backed independent group points to Russia as responsible for war crimes in Ukraine
The Independent International Commission of Inquiry into Ukraine, under the UN Human Rights Council, has published a new report on Thursday in which it ensures that Russia has committed a “wide range” of violations of Humanitarian Law, as well as ; They have been listed as war crimes and crimes against humanity in various regions of Ukraine since the start of the Russian invasion. “War crimes include attacks on civilians and energy-related infrastructure, intentional homicide, illegal confinement, torture, rape and other acts of sexual violence, as well as illegal transfers and deportations of minors,” it said in a statement.
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Canarian president applauds the World Cup candidacy and hopes there will be a game in Ukraine
The President of the Canary Islands Government, Ángel Vítor Torres, applauded this Thursday the joint candidacy of Morocco, Spain and Portugal to host the 2030 World Cup and expressed his support. his wish that a match could be played in Ukraine. “It is important that we can go hand in hand in this candidacy. Hopefully it will be achieved and I think it will be so, that the candidacy is from Spain, Portugal and Morocco, with a party also in Ukraine”, The Canarian president has pointed out in a statement to the press from Casablanca, where he presided over the meeting. an economic forum between Canarian and Moroccan companies.
2 days ago
White House says talk between Xi and Zelensky would be 'a good thing'
The White House said on Thursday that a talk between Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Chinese leader Xi Jinping would be “a good thing,” but warned that it would not be a good thing. He urged Beijing not to take a “one-sided” view of the conflict. “We think it would be very good if the two of them talked,” National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told reporters when asked about the situation. He was told about a Wall Street Journal report that the Ukrainian leader will speak later. He met with Xi for the first time since Russia, a Chinese ally, invaded China. Ukraine over a year ago.
2 days ago
First country to send fighter jets to Ukraine
Poland's decision to become the first country to send MiG-29 fighter jets to Ukraine “does not change” the US decision not to send its own fighters to Kiev, the White House said Thursday. . “It doesn't change our analysis regarding the F-16s,” National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told reporters, referring to the US-made fighter jet. Poland's measure “does not affect, does not change” that, he said, recalling that President Joe Biden had publicly opposed the delivery of jet fighters to Ukraine.
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Ukraine spoke about it. with China of the “importance” of territorial integrity
The Ukrainian foreign minister said on Thursday that he had spoken He discussed with his Chinese counterpart, a country allied with Russia, on respect for the principle of territorial integrity. “We talked about the importance of the principle of territorial integrity,” wrote the president. Dmytro Kuleba posted on Twitter after having a phone conversation with Qin Gang. In the same interview, the Chinese foreign minister called He urged Ukraine and Russia to resume their peace talks “as soon as possible.”
2 days ago
Microsoft warns of Russian cyberattacks
Groups of cybercriminals linked to Russia could be preparing to launch a wave of cyber-attacks against Ukraine this spring. like this he warned him This Wednesday the technology giant Microsoft in a study that suggests that accelerating the information war could serve the Kremlin to paralyze the supply routes to Kiev.
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A year later, Zelensky remembers that Moscow was the last time. will pay for the Mariupol massacre
One year after the Russian bombardment of the theater in the city of Mariupol where, according to Kiev, more than 300 civilians, the Ukrainian president, Volodimír Zelensky, recalled the today the tragedy and ensured the So Russia will pay the price. therefore.
In a video message addressed to the population and reproduced by local agencies, the Ukrainian president recalled the situation. He explained the massacre suffered by civilians who were hiding from Russian bombardments in this theater, located in Mariupol, a coastal city on the Azov Sea.
“A year ago, Russia threw a bombardment attack on them.” He deliberately and brutally placed a powerful bomb on the Drama Theater in the center of Mariupol. Next to the building was the inscription 'Children', which was impossible to miss. Hundreds of people were hiding there. from the shelling,” Zelensky said.
2 days ago
Modernized and armed Chinese-made drone shot down in Ukraine, according to CNN
Ukrainian soldiers have found in their territory the remains of what is apparently a civilian-use drone manufactured by a Chinese company, modernized and armed, allegedly used by Russia, according to CNN reports this Thursday.
The drone was shot down in a Ukrainian forest whose location is not specified and its remains were shown to journalists from the US network by Ukrainian soldiers. According to CNN, it was a “Mugin-5” drone, an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) made by a Chinese company based in the east coast port city of Xiamen. from the Asian country.
The chain quotes some technology bloggers as saying that these devices are known as “Alibaba drones”, since they have been available for sale for around 15,000 dollars on websites in the Chinese market, including Alibaba distributors and Taobao.
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Russia claims an attack on a Russian plane in neutral space it would be a declaration of war
The Russian ambassador in Washington, Anatoli Antonov, announced this Wednesday that “a deliberate attack against a Russian plane in neutral airspace would be a declaration of war against the greatest nuclear potential.” /p>
Antonov has stated that “an armed conflict between Russia and the United States would be radically different from the war for proxy that the US authorities are waging at a distance in Ukraine” against the Kremlin.
The diplomat has responded like this: He responded to a question from reporters referring to statements by Republican senators who have suggested shooting down Russian planes that approach US aircraft in international airspace.
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Some 3,000 people, including 33 children, remain in devastated Bakhmut
Some 3,000 residents, including 33 children, still remain in the devastated city of Bakhmut in eastern Ukraine, the scene of the worst fighting between Russians and Ukrainians for six months.
The Civilians trying to survive in this city in the Donetsk region “absolutely” refuse to be evacuated, the police said. this Thursday Pavlo Kyrylenko, regional governor, in statements in the joint news broadcast by Ukrainian television,
In view of the situation and in the midst of the constant bombardments that take place in the area, Kyrylenko explained that the What is being done?
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Russia: Attacking a Russian plane in neutral space would be a declaration of war
The Russian ambassador in Washington, Anatoli Antonov, announced this Wednesday that “a deliberate attack against a Russian plane in neutral airspace would be a declaration of war against the greatest nuclear potential.” Antonov has responded like this. He responded to a question from reporters referring to statements by Republican senators who have suggested shooting down Russian planes that approach US aircraft in international airspace.
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Russia will try to get rid of it. He was able to recover wreckage from the US drone that crashed. in the Black Sea
Russia, accused of shooting down an American drone in the Black Sea, announced He said on Wednesday his intention to recover the wreckage from the aircraft that was flying near Ukraine, despite Washington's warning against any attempt to seize the fragments. The MQ-9 Reaper went down. It entered international waters after being hit, according to Washington, by a Russian fighter. According to Russia, the incident was due to This was due to “increased intelligence activities” by the United States, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said.
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US reminds Russia that its air force must act professionally
The United States Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, pointed out He said this Wednesday that he spoke with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Shoigu, about the American drone shot down over the Black Sea, and he recalled the incident. to the country that its air forces must act professionally. “It is incumbent on Russia to operate its military aviation in a safe and professional manner,” the Russian military said. before the press. The United States reported this Tuesday that an “unsafe” and “non-professional” maneuver by two Russian fighters forced him to fly. shot down an American MQ-9 drone over the Black Sea.
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Ukraine warns that it will continue having incidents in the Black Sea “as long as Russia controls Crimea”
Ukraine's Foreign Minister, Dimitro Kuleba, has warned that “as long as Russia controls Crimea”, incidents such as the US drone that crashed in the Black Sea after colliding with a Russian fighter will continue to occur. ” As long as Russia controls Crimea, such incidents will be inevitable and the Black Sea will not be a safe place. So the only way to prevent such incidents is to expel Russia from Crimea,” Kuleba said.
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IMF says it sees “very good progress” in program negotiations with Kiev strong>
The representative for Ukraine of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) affirmed Today, talks with the Ukrainian authorities for an agreement on a financing program are progressing well and are expected to be concluded “in the next few days.” The representative for Ukraine, Vahram Stepanyan, made a speech. He made these statements after an IMF mission met with a Ukrainian delegation in the Polish capital between March 8 and 15 to discuss this issue.
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At least two dead and five injured after new Russian shelling on Dnipro
The governor of Dnipro, Serhi Lisak, reported on Wednesday the death of two people, as well as the death of two people. as well as five other wounded, after a new air offensive by Russian forces on the region. Lisak has denounced that the Russian “racists” launched an air attack on the city of Marhanets, killing Two women, 57 and 62 years old. Previously, four other women and one man were injured,” he detailed on Telegram. In the last day, Russian forces have launched attacks on Kharkov, where a school has been damaged. Novka and Olenivka, in the Donetsk region, has also been the target of these latest Moscow offensives, leaving another seven injured and several residential buildings damaged in its wake.
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British and German fighters intercept a Russian plane near Estonia
Military planes from the United Kingdom and Germany have intercepted a Russian aircraft dedicated to in-flight refueling near Estonian airspace, in a maneuver that took place last month. The operation was carried out without further incident and took place on Monday, according to the British government. A Typhoon from the United Kingdom Air Force and another similar model from the German forces participated in the operation. They took off to escort the Russian plane, identified as an IL78 Midas and flying from Saint Petersburg to Kaliningrad, after this aircraft did not respond to calls from Estonian controllers.
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Asad seals his alliance with Putin with a visit to Russia
The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, has received this Wednesday in Moscow He turned to his Syrian counterpart, Bashar al-Assad, one of his closest allies and one of the few associates who sided with him without ask him “buts” or conditions. In fact, after the meeting, Asad has defended the Kremlin using the same rhetoric and using the same vocabulary that the Russian government uses to refer to the conflict with Ukraine, reiterating his support for the “special operation” against those he has described as “old and new Nazis”. “They are old and new because the West welcomed the old Nazis on its soil and now it is supporting them again,” he added. Read here the chronicle of Álex Bustos, correspondent for EL PERIÓDICO in Moscow.
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NATO sees boosting the defense industry as “crucial” to support Kiev
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg highlighted He said on Wednesday that ongoing work to increase the Alliance's defense industrial base is “crucial” to provide support to Ukraine “for as long as it takes” and to ensure the transatlantic organization's deterrence and defense capabilities. ;antica. The Norwegian politician expressed himself He said in that regard during the virtual meeting of the Contact Group for the Defense of Ukraine, known as the Ramstein format, called today by the Secretary of Defense of the United States, Lloyd Austin.
Robles confirms the shipment of 4 more Leopards to Ukraine and another batch of armored vehicles
The Defense Minister, Margarita Robles, confirmed this Thursday to the allied countries the delivery to Ukraine of a second batch of four Leopard 2A4s, once the shipment of the six committed tanks has been completed, as well as the delivery of a second batch of four Leopard 2A4s. such as the transfer of a new batch of TOA M-113 armored vehicles. He announced it during the meeting of the Contact Group for the defense of Ukraine, known as the Ramstein format, convened by the US Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, and which was also attended by the Ukrainian Defense Minister, Oleksii. Reznikov, the Ministry has reported in a statement.
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Russia will try to reconcile. He was able to recover wreckage from the US drone that crashed. in the Black Sea
Russia, accused of shooting down an American drone in the Black Sea, announced He said on Wednesday his intention to recover the wreckage from the aircraft that was flying near Ukraine, despite Washington's warning against any attempt to seize the fragments. “I don't know if we'll be able to recover it, but we have to try and we'll work on it,” said Mr. Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev in televised remarks.
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Al Assad transfers his support to Putin against “new and old Nazis” in the war in Ukraine
The president of Syria, Bashar al Assad, this Wednesday transferred to his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, the support of Damascus for Moscow. He asked about the war in Ukraine where, according to him, the Russian Armed Forces are facing “new and old Nazis” from Europe. “I want to take advantage, since this is my first visit (to Russia) since The start of the special operation in Ukraine, and repeat the Syrian position in support of this operation against the new and old Nazis”, Al Assad has asserted.
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The UN says it is “doing everything possible” to guarantee the continuity of the grain export agreement
The United Nations has recognized that the clauses of the agreement for the export of grain from Ukraine through the Black Sea contemplated an extension of 120 days, instead of the 60 that Russia has accepted, while that he has assured that he “does everything possible” to guarantee that the pact remains in force. “In the framework of the Black Sea Grain Initiative, the agreement provides for a 120-day renewal, but in the current circumstances the Secretary General (of the UN, António Guterres) and his The team are focused, in close contact with all parties, on doing everything possible to guarantee the continuity of the initiative”, said the spokesman for the General Secretariat of the organization, Stéphane Dujarric.
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The US asks its allies to continue helping Ukraine at this “crucial” moment< /p>
The United States Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, called for He asked his allies this Wednesday to remain committed and “united” in sending military aid to Ukraine at this “crucial” moment of the war, to guarantee that country “full capabilities” to fight. “I am confident that we will continue to take a step forward, that we will fulfill our commitments,” Austin said at the beginning of this meeting, in which he added the following: Helping Ukraine to continue fighting for its freedom and sovereignty must continue “as long as it takes.” As he stressed, this is a “crucial” moment in Ukraine's struggle for its freedom and that is why “all” members of the group must demonstrate their “continued determination and unity.”
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Putin calls on prosecutors to be “tough” on attempts to destabilize the country
Russian President Vladimir Putin called for He told prosecutors today to “react harshly” to attempts to destabilize the country, in a speech to the top staff of the Russian Prosecutor General's Office. “Prosecutors have to more actively counter extremism,” the Kremlin chief said in his speech, broadcast live on state television. added So the number of crimes of extremism increased significantly. last year. “I ask to react harshly to the attempts to destabilize the sociopolitical situation in the country,” said the president. the mandatary. Putin dedicated He quoted a passage from his speech about the need to defend “the rights of servicemen, participants and veterans of the special military operation (in Ukraine), as well as their family members.”
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Michel urges arming Kiev because “defeating Ukraine is not an option” >
The President of the European Council, Charles Michel, affirmed this Wednesday that “the defeat of Ukraine is not an option” and insisted He stated that the country “needs ammunition to defend itself” against Russian aggression, which “has not stopped escalating the war.” “Ukraine needs ammunition to defend itself and that is why we have worked on the proposal of Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas to organize joint purchases to increase the pace of our deliveries to our Ukrainian friends,” Michel told the plenary session of the European Parliament, before which he reaffirmed his the “full” support of the EU to kyiv “for as long as it takes”. And it is that, he stressed, “the defeat of Ukraine is not an option.” To put aid to Ukraine in arms deliveries into practice, the Belgian politician highlighted The “concrete plan” drawn up by the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell.
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Russia proposes to host the first Games with China, India and Central Asia
Russia proposed today to host the first Games of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), which integrates countries such as China, India, Pakistan and the Central Asian republics. “We propose to study the candidacy of the Russian Federation as a possible host country of the SCO Games,” said Oleg Matitsin, Minister of Sports, on his Telegram channel. Matitsin made these statements in New Delhi during the meeting of the sports ministers of the member countries of the organization led by Russia and China, where he also raised the issue. approved a joint declaration against the politicization of sport and discrimination against athletes.
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Russia's oil revenue plummets due to sanctions, IEA says
Russia's oil revenues fell 42% year-on-year in February, under the effect of G7 and European Union (EU) sanctions, even though the country trades roughly the same volume of crude, Russia reported. on Wednesday the International Energy Agency (IEA). “We estimate that Russia earned $11.6 billion in February, compared to $14.3 billion in January and about $20 billion a year earlier,” the reporter said. in their monthly oil report. Nevertheless, a year after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, “the country continues to send around the same volume of oil to world markets,” added the company. The document. “This shows that the G7 sanctions regime allowed not to reduce the global supply of crude oil and oil products, but limited Russia's ability to generate export earnings,” he concluded.
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Erdogan hints that he could accept Finland's entry into NATO this Friday
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hinted at the Today that he could give his approval to Finland's entry into NATO during the meeting that will be held by the President. This Friday with his Finnish counterpart, Sauli Niinistö. “I hope so. We will fulfill our duty. We will fulfill our promise. On Friday we will meet with the President and we will fulfill our promise,” said the Islamist politician when asked if, after that meeting, Finland's accession what will it be debated in the Turkish Parament next week. Both Erdogan and his Foreign Minister, Mevlut Çavusoglu, have insisted in recent weeks on their positive position regarding Finland's request for accession to NATO, pending only the approval of two of the 29 members of the Alliance, Turkey and Hungary.
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The European Parliament asks to redouble sanctions against Minsk
The European Parliament has denounced this Wednesday the sentences against opponents in Belarus, such as the Nobel Peace Prize winner Ales Bialiatski and the political leader Svetlana Tijanovskaya, and has demanded that the Twenty-seven redouble the sanctions against the regime Alexander Lukashenko was blamed for his authoritarian drift and his collaboration with Russia in the military invasion of Ukraine. In a resolution approved by 557 votes in favor, 25 against and 40 abstentions, the parliamentarians pointed The sentence against Bialatski and other pro-democratic activists evidences Minsk's attempt to “suppress all civic commitment in defense of Human Rights and all independent journalistic work in the country”, while pointing out the lack He stands for a fair trial and calls for his immediate and unconditional release.
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A group 50 MEP s ask UEFA to ban Belarus from international tournaments
A group of 50 members of the European Parliament have demanded in a letter to the president of UEFA, Aleksander Ceferin, that he veto the presence of Belarus in international tournaments due to the continuous repression of civil society and groups opposed to the regime of Minsk, insisting that he is The reputation of the governing body of European football itself is at stake. The letter led by the Polish MEP Tomasz Frankowski asks Ceferin to fulfill his commitment to defend Human Rights and for UEFA to reconsider its position to exclude It will take Belarus out of the qualifying rounds for Euro 2024, which will host the European Championship. Germany, and which will start next week. Frankowski recalls the repeated cases of political persecution against dissidents, journalists and civil society, in addition to the recent sentences against the Nobel Peace Prize Ales Bialiatski and the opposition leader Svetlana Tijanovskaya. “How can these episodes be aligned with the values of UEFA?”, points out the letter that warns that the participation of the national team “can be used by Lukashenko and his team of propagandists to show that it is It was well received by the international community.”
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In a month, Russia only managed 1. advance in Ukraine by 0.39% of territory
Russia has only managed to expand its territorial control over Ukraine by 0.39% during the past month of February, in which the bloodiest battles between the two sides have taken place, which have suffered significant human losses. . The data have been published this Wednesday by the American media Insider, which has obtained them from the mapping carried out on Ukraine by the group of experts from the Institute for War (ISW, for its acronym in English). According to this group of experts, the Russian Army has only managed to advance its control of Ukrainian territory by the equivalent of 233.94 square kilometers during its offensive, from January 31 to February 28. It so happens that, during that period, the “most brutal combats costing (Russia) thousands of soldiers and vital equipment” have taken place, says the ISW.
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Russia faces sanctions with alternative imports and local brands
“Nothing has changed,” Arseni told EFE, dependent on a Russian cell phone sales network that continues to offer the latest iPhone models, despite the fact that Apple withdrew from the company. of the Russian market, which has reinvented itself and replaced Western products with license-free imports and new local brands. It's because of “parallel imports”, smiles the salesman, as if it were a mantra that, together with “import substitution”, tries to explain how the Russians have stood up to the massive flight of companies. foreign ;as by Western sanctions on Russia.
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Russia's trade surplus falls 52.3% in January, up to 10,732 million
Russia's trade surplus fell sharply. 52.3% in January compared to the same month in 2022, up to 10,732 million dollars, according to data from the Federal Customs Service released this Wednesday. Exports of goods from Russia decreased in January in interannual terms by 28.1%, up to 32,936 million dollars. Imports amounted to 22,204 million dollars, 4.7% less than in January 2022. The volume of exports of food products and agricultural raw materials from Russia in January amounted to 1.5%. to 3,251 million dollars, while imports totaled 3,164 million.
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The Pope asks that places of worship in Ukraine be respected
The Pope has asked this Wednesday during the General Audience that places of worship in Ukraine be respected and has cited the Orthodox Lavra monastery in Kiev, belonging to the Moscow Patriarchate. and from which the Ukrainian government wants to expel the monks. “I am thinking of the Orthodox nuns of the Kiev Lavra. And I ask the warring parties to respect religious places. The nuns, the people devoted to prayer, whatever their denomination, are the support of the people of God”, said the Pope. The Pontiff has referred without making direct mention to the obligation imposed by the Ukrainian government on the monks of the 'Lavra' (of the Caves) of Kiev to leave the monastery before March 29 for the termination of his contract, as reported by the Vatican agency Asianews.
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The Kremlin denies contacts with the US over the drone incident in the Black Sea
The Kremlin denied this. Today contacts with the United States about the incident on Tuesday between two Russian fighters and a US drone in the Black Sea and forwarded the message. The Ministry of Defence, which blamed the Washington about what happened. “No, there has been no contact” with the US, said the spokesman for the Russian Presidency, Dmitri Peskov, in his daily telephone press conference. He also stated that The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, has been informed of the incident, without giving further details. “We have nothing more to add to the Defense Ministry statement, which has been complete and describes the circumstances of what happened,” he said.
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British and German fighters intercept Russian plane near Estonia
Military planes from the United Kingdom and Germany have intercepted a Russian aircraft dedicated to in-flight refueling near Estonian airspace, in a maneuver that took place last month. The operation was carried out without further incident and took place on Monday, according to the British government. A Typhoon from the United Kingdom Air Force and another similar model from the German forces participated in the operation. They took off to escort the Russian plane, identified as an IL78 Midas and flying from Saint Petersburg to Kaliningrad, after this aircraft did not respond to calls from Estonian controllers. Later, they proceeded to escort a second aircraft, in this case of a commercial type, which was also flying near Estonian airspace, according to the British Ministry of Defence, which has defended these routine operations under the umbrella of NATO.” I am at this moment of tension” due to the development of the conflict in Ukraine.
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Poland offers to advise Ukraine in the process of joining the EU
Poland has offered Ukraine to create a bilateral initiative to share experiences of the accession process to the European Union (EU), to which Kiev aspires, as announced by Ukraine. This Wednesday the Minister of European Affairs, Szymon Szynkowski vel Sęk. Szynkowski vel Sęk, who visited kyiv recently declared He told a press conference in Warsaw that Poland wants to share the experience of the Polish ministries from its accession process twenty years ago and recalled the experience of the Polish ministries. that entering the EU “is a complicated process and the state needs to meet many criteria and prerequisites.” The initiative has a second level, which consists of helping in political lobbying in the EU. “The political level is important because the decision to open negotiations with Ukraine, which we hope will be made this year, is a political decision.”
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Head of the Wagner group announces the seizure of a new town north of Bakhmut
The Russian Wagner mercenary group took over. Today the town of Zaliznianske, north of Bakhmut, further tightens the siege around that Ukrainian stronghold in the Donbas, announced the minister. today the head of that paramilitary formation, Yevgueni Prigozhin. “Despite the lack of ammunition, despite the 'hunger for ammunition', in the context of fierce fighting, the assault units tighten the siege in Bakhmut. Today in the morning the town of Zaliznianske was taken by Wagner,” he reported. ; Prigozhin on his Telegram account. Prigozhin rated it. He confirmed the situation in Bakhmut as “very difficult” on Monday and assured that the situation would be very difficult. Ukrainian troops are fighting “for every meter.”
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Ukraine accuses Putin of wanting to “expand” the conflict, after the incident with the US drone
Ukraine accused This Wednesday Russia wanted to “expand” the conflict to other parts, after the incident in the Black Sea between Russian fighters and an American drone. “The incident with the US MQ-9 Reaper drone provoked by Russia in the Black Sea is a sign from (Vladimir) Putin that he is willing to expand the conflict zone and involve other parties,” said the president. Ukrainian Security Council Secretary Oleksii Danilov posted on Twitter.
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The offer of crude oil will exceed on demand at least in the first semester
The global supply of crude oil will surpass the Demand will be widely at least during the first half of the year, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA), which recognizes that in the second half of the year the surge in consumption will raise the price. It was challenging, especially because of the uncertainty about what to do. what will happen with Russian oil. In its monthly report on the oil market published this Wednesday, the IEA points out that world demand is going to accelerate as the year progresses, with growth that will last more than 20 years. It went from just 710,000 barrels a day in the first quarter to 2.6 million in the fourth. Taken together, that increase will be of 2 million barrels per day on average in 2023, lower than the 2.3 million of 2022, which will lead to an increase in A new record will be set in which the world will absorb all the time. 102 million barrels every day.
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Russia will reduce oil prices. oil and gas production by 2023, says energy minister
Russia will reduce Oil and gas production will drop in 2023 primarily due to Europe's refusal to buy Russian hydrocarbons and the impossibility of quickly redirecting these volumes to Asia, the company said. Russian Energy Minister Nikolai Shulguinov announced today. “We expect in 2023 that the level (of production) of oil would be somewhat lower, partly this is due to a voluntary reduction in the extraction of crude oil,” the company reported. in a report to the Russian Duma (Lower House of Parliament). In addition, he pointed out He stated that “the level of gas extraction will maintain its downward trend due both to the refusal of the European market to buy it, and to the redirection of energy flows to the East”.
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The law that increases the penalties for “discrediting” Russian fighters was approved< /p>
The Federal Council of Russia, the Senate, has approved this Wednesday the law that allows tougher prison sentences for “discrediting” the military and volunteers who fight together with the Russian Armed Forces in the framework of the invasion of Ukraine. Thus, with the vote in favor of 162 senators, the measure has received the final approval of the two chambers of the Russian Parliament and will pass the final approval. It was handed over to the president, Vladimir Putin, for ratification. Only one senator has opposed the measure: Liudmila Narusova. The Penal Code in force until now established criminal liability for actions carried out in public and that sought to discredit the use of the Armed Forces abroad. This measure now covers any action that seeks to “generally discredit” participants in Russian “any special military operations,” including volunteer units, organizations, and individuals who support the tasks performed by the forces.
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Ukraine: Three missiles shot down over Russia's Belgorod region< /strong>
Three missiles were shot down Tuesday night over the Belgorod region, on the border with Ukraine, the region's governor, Vyacheslav Gladkov, said on his Telegram channel. The missiles were shot down by Russian air defense and damaged homes in and around the city of Belgorod, the governor said, without reporting any casualties. Gladkov also announced the He said a drone had been shot down in the area and damaged a garage when it crashed.
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Kiev says the US has already replaced the drone shot down in the Black Sea
The US drone that Washington was forced to shoot down on Tuesday in the Black Sea after suffering an incident with a Russian fighter has already been replaced by another device, the US said. This Wednesday the spokesman for the Ukrainian Air Force, Colonel Yuriy Ignat. “American aviation in the Black Sea is permanent. The Black Sea is not an internal Russian sea,” Ignat said in statements to the joint news broadcast by Ukrainian television and reproduced by Ukrainska Pravda. The military spokesman added: He said the United States will “assess the incident” involving the MQ-9 Reaper reconnaissance drone, which is also combat-capable, and the Russian Su-27 fighter, but indicated that the United States would not “reconcile” the aircraft. He stated that “another drone is already operating at the site of the downed scout.”
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what what we know and what We do not know about the shooting down of the US drone by a Russian fighter in the Black Sea
In the midst of the war in Ukraine, the shooting down of an American drone by a Russian fighter over the Black Sea on Tuesday increases the tension between the two world powers in the midst of a war scenario. Next, a compilation on what to do. what we know and what We do not know of the most serious clash between Russia and the US since the beginning of the war. Read here I read the article by Montse Martínez.
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Russia claims it has seized part of the industrial zone on the Kupiansk front
The Russian Ministry of Defense assured Today that Russian troops have taken control of part of an industrial area on the Kupyansk front, in the Kharkiv region of Ukraine, in the east of the country. “In the direction of Kupiansk, units of the 6th Combined Arms Army took control of part of the industrial zone at the end of the day (Tuesday) by capturing three hangars,” Kupyansk said. the department headed by Sergei Shoigu. The General Staff of Ukraine pointed out today in his morning war report that in the axes of Kupiansk and Liman, the latter city in the eastern region of Donetsk, “the enemy maintains its military presence in the border areas with Ukraine, with in order to prevent our units from being transferred to other addresses”.
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Assad lays flowers at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow
The president of Syria, Bashar al-Assad, deposited A wreath will be laid this Wednesday at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, located in the Alexander Gardens opposite the Kremlin walls, to pay tribute to the fallen Soviets in World War II. Al Asad, who came to to Moscow last night, he wore He brought a bouquet of red roses to the monument with a ribbon in the colors of the Syrian flag and kept the flower. A minute of silence was held in memory of those who died in the conflict, according to images broadcast by Russian television. The Syrian leader came to He went to the grave accompanied by a delegation made up of Syrian politicians and soldiers. This Wednesday Al Asad will be The reception was received in the Kremlin by his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, as confirmed by his Russian counterpart. The Russian Presidency was announced yesterday.
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Denmark creates a $1 billion aid fund ;lares for Ukraine
Denmark will create An aid fund for Ukraine of 7,000 million crowns (about 1,000 million dollars) will be created for this year 2023, the government announced. the government on Wednesday, after an agreement between almost all the parties in Parliament. “The government has agreed to set up a fund for Ukraine, with a total endowment of around 7 billion kroner in 2023,” the government said. the Ministry of Finance in a statement. The bill was supported by 159 of the 179 members of the Danish Parliament.
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UK talks of 'Soviet-era' measures to limit travel by Russian officials abroad
The British Intelligence services have pointed this Wednesday to the extension of “measures dating from the Soviet era” to limit foreign travel by Russian officials since the start of the invasion of Ukraine, unleashed at the end of February 2022 by order of Russian President Vladimir Putin. “Since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Russian civil servants and public workers have been subjected to harsh and increasing travel restrictions Some civil servants have probably had to surrender their passports to the Federal Security Service (FSB), they have indicated, according to a series of messages published by the British Ministry of Defense through its account on the network social Twitter. Thus, they have stated that “the employees closest to the center of power face the harshest restrictions” and have added that “officials s of the Kremlin are prohibited from all leisure travel abroad.” In this sense, they have stressed that “travel restrictions were tightened after the annexation of Crimea in 2014”.
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China, Russia and Iran conduct naval exercises in the Gulf of Oman
China, Russia and Iran will hold joint naval exercises in the Gulf of Oman from March 15 to 19, said the official. today the Chinese Ministry of Defense in a statement. “The navies of China, Iran and Russia will carry out naval exercises involving the Chinese destroyer Nanning. The exercises will seek to deepen practical cooperation between the navies of the participating countries to demonstrate their willingness and ability to jointly safeguard maritime security,” the statement said. He adds that the exercises will “inject positive energy into regional stability and peace.”
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< p>Russian ambassador to Washington says Moscow is going to take off. doesn't want confrontation
The Russian ambassador in Washington, Anatoli Antonov, affirmed He said that his country “is not interested in the confrontation”, after being summoned to the State Department for the incident registered yesterday in the Black Sea that forced the The United States to shoot down its own drone after a collision with a Russian plane, which Moscow ordered. denies. In recent times “contacts with colleagues from the State Department refer only to protests and negative signals towards the Russian Federation,” Antonov told the press, quoted by the official Russian agency TASS, when leaving the headquarters of US diplomacy. “This is what I told you and I also told you that the Russian side is not interested in confrontation. The Russian side is interested in pragmatic relations with the United States in the interests of the peoples of Russia. and the US,” he added. The ambassador indicated So the US side filed a complaint. a protest “over, as they said, 'the unprofessional actions of the Russian side.'”
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Russian ambassador calls on US to cease “hostile” flights after intercepting drone
The Russian ambassador to the United States, Anatoli Antonov, called the request. He called on Washington on Wednesday to cease “hostile” flights near Russia's borders, after a US drone was intercepted by Russian fighters in the Black Sea the day before. “We assume that the United States will refrain from further speculation in the media space and will stop flights near the Russian borders,” the statement said. Antonov in a statement on Telegram. “We consider any action that includes the use of US weapons as openly hostile,” the ambassador said. added He stated that “Russia does not seek confrontation and continues to bet on pragmatic cooperation in the interests of the peoples of our countries.”
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Ukraine maintains that the Bakhmut operation is key to the country's defense
The operation that the Ukrainian Army is carrying out in the city of Bakhmut, in the east of the country, besieged by Russian troops, is of “extreme importance and key” for the “stability of the defense of the entire front " the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Valery Zaluzhnyi. The city of Bakhmut, in the eastern region of Donetsk, has been resisting for months the offensive of the Russian assault troops made up of the private command of mercenaries from the Wagner Group, who are fighting house to house to try to control the area. Ukraine and Russia consider this city, practically destroyed by the bombings and where barely a few thousand inhabitants remain (it once had 70,000), an important strategic and symbolic point that must be controlled. Zaluzhnyi stressed, on his Facebook page, that the “defensive operation on the Bakhmut front is of the utmost importance from a strategic point of view to deter the enemy.”
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Ukraine estimates that more than 160,000 Russians died during the war
The Ukrainian Armed Forces have raised this Wednesday to 161,520 the number of Russian soldiers who have died since the beginning of the offensive in Ukraine. The General Staff of the Ukrainian Army has indicated in a message published on its Official account on the social network Facebook that since the outbreak of the war, Russia has lost 3,492 tanks, 6,799 armed combat vehicles, 2,528 artillery systems, 502 multiple launch rocket systems. They have destroyed 262 air defense systems, 304 combat planes, 289 helicopters, 2,132 unmanned aerial vehicles, 907 cross missiles, 18 armed ships, 5,377 trucks and 257 units of special equipment.
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US summons Russian ambassador after US drone crash
United States convened The Russian ambassador was told this Tuesday after a Russian fighter jet collided with an American drone over the Black Sea, the Russian military reported. the Department of State. “We are going to summon the Russian ambassador to the State Department” in protest against this incident, spokesman Ned Price told reporters. “We are in direct contact with the Russians, again at higher levels, to convey our strong objection to this unprofessional and unsafe interception, which led to the downing of the US drone,” it added. The Russian ambassador in Washington has been summoned to the State Department on Tuesday afternoon and the American ambassador in Moscow has been summoned. he transmitted He wrote a protest, in a message addressed to the Russian Foreign Ministry.
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Ukraine announces a new meeting for Wednesday in 'Ramstein format'
The Minister of Defense of Ukraine, Oleksei Reznikov, has announced that this Wednesday will be held the A military meeting of the Ukrainian Defense Contact Group (UDCG), known as the 'Ramstein format', was held to discuss military assistance to kyiv. He confirmed this on his official Facebook profile after meeting with the Dutch Defense Minister, Kajsa Ollongren, as part of a visit to the Ukrainian city of Odesa, located in the southwest of the country, on the shores of the Black Sea. On the eve, Reznikov spoke about his death. He was on the phone with the United States Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, who assured the on his Twitter profile that Washington “will continue to support Ukraine for as long as necessary.”
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DeSantis closes in on Trump's stance on Ukraine, beats him in poll
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who has drawn close to Donald Trump in saying protecting Ukraine is not a “key interest” for the US, leads the former president by two points in a national poll of face-to-face He won his party's presidential nomination. The news channel CNN gave DeSantis a 39% vote intention compared to 37% for Trump, who, however, leads the rest of the latest polls with an average advantage of 14.4 points over the next The best-placed Republican for the 2024 presidential elections, according to the RealClearPolitics medium. The CNN poll comes after DeSantis began a tour of various US cities in Iowa to present his new book, which has been interpreted as a preview of the expected announcement of his candidacy for the nomination. /p>
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The US rules out that the collision of a Russian fighter with its drone was an accident
The US ruled out Yesterday, Tuesday, the collision of a Russian fighter with an American drone over the waters of the Black Sea, which forced it to crash. to shoot down their own drone, it can be considered an accident by the Russian forces. “Taking into account the actions of the Russian pilots, it is clear that (the maneuver) was unsafe and unprofessional. I think the facts speak for themselves,” said the Russian pilot. The Pentagon spokesman, Brigadier General Pat Ryder, told a press conference. So the Russian fighter, an Su-27, hit the target. the propeller of his MQ-9. Several times before that collision, Russian planes had dumped fuel and flown in front of the drone “recklessly”.
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Ukraine denounces “kidnapping” of children taken to Russia
In the middle of Siberia, Protestant pastor Roman Vinogradov plays with a group of children. His wife, Ekaterina, reads a story to the little ones. Of the 16 minors they care for, five come from Russian-occupied Ukrainian territories. The couple, whom AFP visited Living in Novosibirsk, thousands of miles from Ukraine, he says his mission is simple: help these “children in need.” Since the beginning of the invasion of Ukraine, international organizations have accused the Russian authorities of orchestrating the “forced displacement” of thousands of Ukrainian minors. President Volodimir Zelensky said that they are “kidnappings”, “forced adoptions” and “re-education” and described them as “abductions”. of “war crimes and crimes against humanity.” Russia claims that it protects “refugee” children. “I haven't robbed anyone” and the children “don't think they were robbed,” insists Vinogradov, 41. AFP reports.
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Zelenski agrees with his military commanders to maintain the defense of Bakhmut
The President of Ukraine, Volodimir Zelensky, and his military chiefs agreed on Tuesday to continue defending the city of Bakhmut, which has been enduring the siege of Russian troops for months and, according to the country's top general, Yes, it is vital for the defense of the entire eastern front. Zelensky's office explained the situation. In a statement, the president, senior government officials and military commanders had discussed the situation in the small eastern city, where Russian and Ukrainian forces are suffering heavy casualties. “After considering the defensive operation in the direction of Bakhmut, all (…) expressed a common position to continue holding and defending the city of Bakhmut,” the statement explained. in the note.
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Su-27, the Soviet fighter used by both factions in Ukraine
The Su-27, which forced the Today the US to shoot down one of its drones that operated in the Black Sea, it is a Soviet-made fighter that has been used by both sides since the beginning of the Russian military campaign in Ukraine. Considered a fourth-generation fighter, the plane designed by the Sukhoi corporation can carry conventional weapons and tactical nuclear weapons. The Su-27 entered service in 1990, one year before the fall of the Soviet Union, and since then they have become one of the main links in Russian aviation.
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The Government of Ukraine dismisses the governors of Lugansk, Odessa and Khmelnitsky
The Government of Ukraine has decided on Tuesday to remove from office the governors of the Lugansk, Odesa and Khmelnitsky regions; Segei Gaidai, Maxim Marchenko and Sergeii Gamalii, respectively. This has been confirmed by the spokesman for the Cabinet of Ministers in the Ukrainian Parliament, Taras Melnichuk, in a brief publication on his official channel of the Telegram social network. Previously, the Ukrainian media had already targeted the possible dismissal at least of Gaidai, who apparently could be appointed Ukraine's ambassador to Kazakhstan.
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A Russian plane collides with a US drone during a maneuver in the Black Sea
A Russian Air Force SU-27 fighter collided on Tuesday with a United States unmanned aerial vehicle over international waters in the Black Sea, according to the US Armed Forces, which have denounced a “unsafe and unprofessional” maneuver by two Russian planes. The command of the US forces in Europe has confirmed in a statement this incident, which occurred early in the morning. One of the Russian fighters hit the ground. one of the drone's propellers, which took a while. to the North American authorities to shoot it down at sea. US forces fear a “miscalculation” and an “unintended escalation” of such tensions.
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Defense of Bakhmut 'key' to 'front stability' in east, Ukraine says
The defense of Bakhmut is “key” to maintain “the stability of the front” in the east, the minister said. The commander-in-chief of the Ukrainian armed forces was announced on Tuesday as fierce fighting continued for that city. “The defensive operation is of paramount strategic importance to deter the enemy,” said the official. Valeri Zalujni on Telegram, quoted by his press service. “It is the key to the stability of the defense of the entire front,” he insisted, echoing similar recent statements by President Volodimir Zelensky, who believes that the loss of Bakhmut could allow the Russians to attack and take over other large cities nearby.
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Trump and rival DeSantis think defending Ukraine it is not “vital” for the US
Former President Donald Trump and his likely Republican rival for the nomination as a candidate in the 2024 election Ron DeSantis said defending Ukraine is not “vital” for the United States, according to a questionnaire released Monday night. DeSantis, the 44-year-old governor of Florida, estimated that the United States “has many vital national interests,” but that “getting further entangled in a territorial dispute between Ukraine and Russia is not one of them.” This is the first time that DeSantis, whose 2024 presidential bid is taken for granted, has spoken out so clearly on the war in Ukraine.
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Russian troops press into the Bakhmut industrial zone
Russian troops on Tuesday continued their attempts to advance into the northwest of the Ukrainian city of Bakhmut, in the eastern Donetsk region, with moves in the industrial zone, where their immediate target is the Vostokmash factory. The leader of Donetsk imposed by Russia, Denis Pushilin, assured the This Tuesday Vostokmash, located on the territory of the AZOM metallurgical company and which produced non-ferrous metals, will fall. soon in the hands of the fighters of the Wagner Group. “There are premises that the factory will soon be under full control of the private military company Wagner,” Pushilin said, though he admitted that it was not. He said the situation “is still difficult.”
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Yana Statna, a volunteer helping civilians resisting in Bakhmut
Yana Statna braves danger as she delivers aid and evacuates civilians from the Donetsk region, where she witnesses the increasing destruction caused by the Russian offensive in Bakhmut and admires the resilience of Ukrainian soldiers and the remaining residents. “It is often said that Bakhmut is our fortress. But the city itself is turning into ruins. Our people are the real 'fortress' and the ones that will go down in our history books,” Yana told EFE. , who is preparing another trip to the area while combining her volunteer work with work and studies. This 27-year-old volunteer from Chernivtsi has been making about a thousand kilometers to Donetsk every month. Some vehicles are usually packed with the most needed goods for locals and soldiers, gathered by their team through donations.
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Tension in Ukraine around a famous kyiv Orthodox monastery
The main Orthodox monastery in Ukraine, the kyiv Caves Monastery, is located in Kiev. It was once again at the center of tensions in the midst of the Russian invasion, as the authorities demanded the withdrawal of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, which until recently depended on the Moscow Patriarchate. "We have no intention of moving," the head of the monastery, Metropolitan Archbishop Pavlo Lebid, in a video posted Monday.
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< strong>Russian Donetsk leader says Vostokmash factory in Bakhmut will collapse soon
The leader of Donetsk imposed by Russia, Denís Pushílin, assured the This Tuesday that the Vostokmash factory, located in an industrial area north of Bakhmut, will fall to the ground. soon in the hands of the Wagner mercenary group and that, for the moment, “the situation remains difficult.” The Vostokmash factory is located on the territory of the AZOM metallurgical company, where Wagner's fighters, according to their own statements, took “favorable positions” last weekend.
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Swedish government sees Sweden likely to join NATO after Finland
The Swedish Prime Minister acknowledged the He said on Tuesday that the likelihood of Finland joining NATO before Sweden had increased, especially due to Turkey's objections to Stockholm.
“The likelihood of this happening at different rates has increased ;”, declared Mr. the leader of the conservative government, Ulf Kristersson, at a press conference.
“It is clear that in the last few weeks the Turkish side indicated that it was ready for Finland, but not for Sweden” , he pointed out.
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Lithuania extends state of emergency on its border with Russia and Belarus< /p>
The Lithuanian Parliament approved this Tuesday to extend the state of emergency in its border areas with Russia and Belarus amid increased tension over the invasion of Ukraine.
The deputies have given the go-ahead to a resolution to extend the state of emergency in border areas until at least May 2, according to information from the Delfi news portal.
< p>Thus, 80 deputies have voted in favour, while 16 have voted against and another 27 have abstained. The previous measure established a state of emergency until March 16, inclusive, and affected border posts along the Lithuanian border.
Russian Defense Minister calls for doubling production of high-precision missiles
The Russian Defense Minister, Sergei Shoigu, has asked the Tactical Missile Corporation on Tuesday to double the production of high-precision missiles in the midst of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Saying that the corporation in question “complies with state contracts”, it has requested to double the agreed production due to the existing need among the Russian Armed Forces. Shoigu has also met with several senior officials from the industrial group in the Moscow province, where he has highlighted that the corporation has specialists of the highest level and “productive capacity”. “The task is difficult but possible,” he asserted, according to information from the TASS news agency. The company, for its part, has shown the Defense Minister new missiles that are currently being produced in series. The corporation currently brings together 39 companies in the Defense sector that produce various types of missiles and bombs.
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UN: Consultations continue on Ukraine's grain export deal
The UN pointed out Today, consultations on the agreement for the export of grain from Ukraine through the Black Sea continue, despite the fact that the Russian government has already announced the agreement. He has agreed to prolong it for sixty days from March 18, the day set for its expiration. Turkey, which is acting as a mediator in this agreement along with the UN, has also confirmed that negotiations are continuing. Ukraine has protested the duration of the extension announced by Russia since it is half of the 120 days that were initially agreed and that were admitted in a first extension, last November. The spokesman for the UN Office of Humanitarian Affairs, Jan Laerke, confirmed this. He said talks are continuing and the organization “is committed to the integrity of the agreement as a whole.”
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A Russian soldier who had been in hiding for six months is detained in Ukraine
A Russian soldier who, apparently, had been hiding for six months in a Ukrainian town that arrived in the Ukranian town. to be controlled by the Moscow army, has been detained by the country's military. The soldier was detained yesterday in the town of Kupyansk, in the Kharkov region, in northeastern Ukraine, from where Russian troops left last September, reported the police. This Tuesday the Ukrainian police in a statement. The 42-year-old Russian soldier was detained by members of the Ukrainian Armed Forces while patrolling the Kupyansk district, according to the Kharkov regional police department. The soldier told police he had been hiding in abandoned buildings since last September, when the Ukrainians forced the Russian Army to withdraw from the area.
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The Lithuanian Parliament recognizes the mercenaries of the Wagner Group as a terrorist organization
The Lithuanian Parliament – the Seimas – has declared this Tuesday the Russian private security company Wagner Group as a terrorist organization, since the mercenaries who fight on its behalf “represent a threat to the security of the State and society”. The declaration, approved by 117 deputies of the 141 that make up the chamber, similarly condemns the use of this type of company, under the auspices of the authorities of the Kremlin, to “commit war crimes in Ukraine.” , such as killing and torturing the population, bombing residential buildings and other civilian objects, which is equivalent to terrorism,” the text states.
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The law intensifies the penalties for “discrediting” Russian fighters
The Duma of Russia, the Lower House of Parliament, has approved this Tuesday in a last reading and definitively the toughening of prison sentences for “discrediting” the military and volunteers who fight alongside the Forces Russian armies in the framework of the invasion of Ukraine. The deputies have given the go-ahead to the latest amendments to the regulations, which now include “volunteers who contribute to carrying out the Russian special military operation in Ukraine” and allow the reform of article 280 of the Russian Criminal Code. The amendments include measures on indirect responsibility for spreading “false news” about the Army, so a violation of this regulation can lead to penalties of up to five years in prison and, in the event that result in “mass protests, damage to infrastructure or accidental deaths”, up to seven years in prison, according to information from the Russian Parliament itself.
One dead, three injured in shelling in eastern Ukraine
At least one person died and three were injured this Tuesday in a Russian bombardment in the center of Kramatorsk, in eastern Ukraine, said the police. President Volodymyr Zelensky. Six residential buildings were damaged, Zelenski said on Facebook, adding that he was not. So the rescue operations continue. The city mayor's office reported the out of a total of 25 buildings with damage. “The state of evil continues to wage war on the civilian population”, but it will be He was punished for these “murders,” he said. the president, referring to Russia. Kramatorsk, a city of about 150,000 inhabitants before the Russian invasion began just over a year ago, is located near Bakhmut, the epicenter of the fighting for months.
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Ukrainian lawmakers register a bill on gay unions
Eighteen members of the Ukrainian Parliament, including eleven lawmakers from President Volodymyr Zelensky's party, have registered a bill to recognize same-sex civil unions in the country, the Ukrainian party announced. this Tuesday the parliamentarian who promotes the law. “My bill on same-sex and opposite-sex civil unions has been registered in the Verkhovna Rada under number 9102,” said MP Inna Sovsun, the initiator of this bill, which, if approved, would introduce the It would create civil unions and recognize the now non-existent rights of same-sex couples. Sovsun belongs to the La Voz party, registered in the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) of which the Spanish formation Ciudadanos is also a part. Sovsun's party is here. He is in opposition and has 20 seats out of a total of 450 in the Verkhovna Rada.
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< p>Lavrov: AUKUS lays the foundation for a protracted confrontation
The creation of the AUKUS bloc, made up of Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States, lays the foundations for a prolonged confrontation in Asia, warned the US government. The Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, spoke today at the opening of the first congress of the International Russophile Movement. “With the creation of blocs like AUKUS and the advance of NATO structures towards Asia, the Anglo-Saxon world declares that it is seriously preparing for a confrontation that will last many years,” he stated. The head of Russian diplomacy questioned whether “the great Asian civilizations simply put themselves under orders, as the European Union unfortunately did” and ruled out that it would not be possible. that they “obediently follow the ideas of Washington and other Anglo-Saxon colleagues.”
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Six dead by Russian attacks, mostly in Donetsk, the epicenter of the war
At least six people have died in the Russian bombardments of the last hours against Ukraine, four of them in the Donetsk region, in the east of the country, the area most affected by the war, sources reported. officers. This Tuesday, Russian troops launched a missile attack against the city of Kramatorsk, just 50 kilometers from Bakhmut, where the Russian offensive led by the assault forces of the Wagner mercenary group is currently concentrating. In this attack, he died. One civilian was injured and at least three others were injured, the police said. said the regional governor, Pavlo Kyrylenko, who also said that the missile offensive caused the Damage to six high-rise buildings in the city, local agencies reported. Previously, Kyrylenko notified the He said the Russians had killed three other civilians at different points in the Donetsk region, in attacks that injured more than 14 people.
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Kristersson sees Finland as more likely to join NATO than Sweden
Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson pointed out The possibility of Finland joining NATO before Sweden has increased due to opposition from Turkey, after the three countries resumed negotiations last week, he said. “It cannot be ruled out that Finland and Sweden will be ratified at different stages. The Turkish side has made it clear in recent weeks that they have finished with Finland, but not with Sweden,” the head of government said at a press conference in Stockholm. Swedish, which alluded to A “joint assessment” was required to estimate that that option is now “more likely”. Both Nordic countries applied to join NATO last year after the Russian military intervention in Ukraine, and membership was approved at the June summit in Madrid after Turkey agreed. His veto was lifted at the last minute in exchange for certain conditions, embodied in an agreement.
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Russia denounces attacks against its satellite system
Russia's satellite system is under attack from “adjacent territories” with Russia, prompting Russian authorities to take measures to protect their satellites, the Russian government said. Today the director of the company Kosmicheskaya Sviaz (Space Communication), Alexei Volin. The Russian businessman declared Kosmicheskaya Sviaz told a forum dedicated to the development of the Russian economy that Kosmicheskaya Sviaz is currently creating a system “that makes it possible to determine the presence of harmful interference targeting satellites,” according to the agency. Russian Interfax. “Unfortunately, in recent times this has acquired a special validity, since constant attacks against the Russian satellite group are carried out from the neighboring territories,” he said. According to Volin, the development of this program, which should be Completed before the end of the year, it relies on local solutions.
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Russia says the West foments 'years of confrontation' in Asia
Russia accused He told the West on Tuesday to foment “years of confrontation” in the Asia-Pacific region after the United States, Britain and Australia announced a deal on nuclear-powered submarines. “The Anglo-Saxon world builds bloc structures like AUKUS, advancing NATO's infrastructure in Asia, and seriously betting on long years of confrontation,” said the Anglo-Saxon world. in a speech in Moscow Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. The three Western allies formed the AUKUS security alliance, whose name comes from its acronym in English, 18 months ago. Australia announced the It will buy up to five US nuclear-powered submarines on Monday, and then build another. A new model with American and British technology, under an ambitious plan to strengthen the Western position in the Asia-Pacific region in the face of the growing Chinese presence.
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Weber (PPE) asks Sánchez to clarify the government's position on Ukraine< /strong>
The president of the European People's Party (EPP), Manfred Weber, called for This Tuesday, the president of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sánchez, was asked to clarify the position of the coalition executive regarding Ukraine after United We Can vote last week against the shipment of cars of combat 'Leopard' and more weapons to Kiev. “I would ask Sánchez to clarify the position of the Spanish government on Ukraine,” Weber said during a press conference in Strasbourg (France) after referring to the vote on March 9 in Congress , where he was condemned unanimously the Russian invasion of Ukraine but Unidas Podemos voted against it. He was against sending more weapons to the country. “I'm not talking about party politics, I'm talking about the responsibility of a government that is about to assume the presidency of the Council,” said Mr. Weber.
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Putin will hold a meeting. the ninth anniversary of the annexation of Crimea with two acts
The President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, will celebrate the He will mark the ninth anniversary of the annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea in separate events by videoconference on Friday and Saturday, an anniversary that occurs in the midst of the Russian war in Ukraine, which is in the offing. determined to reclaim this territory. The Kremlin spokesman, Dmitri Peskov, indicated that Today, on the eve of the anniversary of the annexation on March 18, 2014, described by Russia as “reunification”, the president will maintain his position. He held a “substantive” meeting via videoconference, without disclosing what the meeting was about. will consist. On Saturday, the date of the anniversary of the annexation, rejected by the West and for which Russia has been sanctioned since 2014, Putin will also participate in the event. He was in “some kind of act” by videoconference. Putin intends to inaugurate “an important cultural and historical facility” in Crimea, he explained.
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< p>Russia hands over to the UN its correspondence with Germany, Denmark and Sweden on the Nord Stream
The Russian authorities have delivered this Tuesday to the United Nations Security Council the correspondence exchanged with Germany, Denmark and Sweden in relation to the investigations into the sabotage of the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines. The deputy representative of Russia before the UN, Dimitri Polianski, has indicated that Moscow thus has he distributed A copy of said correspondence, which serves to demonstrate, as he has explained, that these three countries did not report the progress of their respective investigations in this regard, contrary to what they have defended. “We are distributing official documents to the UN Security Council and the General Assembly in the framework of the measures put in place to push forward a resolution on the establishment of a commission of inquiry sponsored by the UN about sabotage”, he explained in a message broadcast through Telegram.
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Ukraine denounces “sham trials” of its soldiers in the occupied territories
The Ukrainian authorities and civil society have denounced the sentence this month to long prison terms of three Ukrainian soldiers who had been captured in “sham trials” held in the illegitimate courts of the self-proclaimed republic of Lugansk, in occupied Ukraine. The three Ukrainian soldiers, including well-known human rights activist and army journalist Maksim Butkevich, were sentenced to prison terms ranging from 8.5 to 18.5 years. n for “crimes against civilians” allegedly committed during the war. “Neither Ukraine nor the civilized international community recognize these processes,” explained Mr. Olha Reshetylova, coordinator of the Media Initiative for Human Rights (MIHR), at a press conference held in kyiv on Monday. Efe reports.
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Russia considers the grain export agreement extended by 60 days
Russia today extended the grain agreement for 60 days, which allows the export of grain from Ukrainian Black Sea ports and expired next Saturday. “Indeed, the agreement has been prolonged. Its extension has been agreed for 60 days,” said Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexandr Grushko, according to the official TASS agency. At the same time, the senior diplomat stressed the importance of that Moscow will insist The promises that were made to Russia when the agreement was signed are fulfilled. the deal. “This is about the lifting of all sanctions, direct and indirect, on the supply of Russian agricultural products to international global markets,” he stressed. This Monday the Ukrainian Minister of Infrastructure, Oleksander Kubrakov, said He said that the Russian proposal to extend the agreement for the export of grain for only 60 days is unsuccessful. It was at odds with what was signed last July.
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Putin hails the determination Help Russophiles to Fight the Anti-Russian Campaign
The President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, greeted the this Tuesday to the participants of the first congress of the International Movement of Russophiles, which is held in Moscow, and highlighted His determination to fight against anti-Russian demonstrations in today's world. “We highly value your strong determination to combat the Russophobic campaign, your desire to develop dialogue and mutually beneficial humanitarian cooperation,” said the president. the Russian leader in a telegram released by the Kremlin. Putin showed himself to be He is convinced that the congress “will be carried out in a constructive manner and will lead to promising joint projects and initiatives aimed at strengthening friendship, trust and mutual understanding.”
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US, UK and Australia on 'dangerous' course with submarine pact, China says
China warned It said on Tuesday that Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom are going down a “wrong and dangerous path” with the announcement of a deal on nuclear-powered submarines. “The latest joint statement by the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia shows that the three countries are more and more going down a wrong and dangerous path, thinking about their own interests and disregarding This is the concern of the international community,” declared the president. the Chinese diplomatic spokesman, Wang Wenbin. The three Western allies formed the AUKUS security alliance, whose name comes from its acronym in English, 18 months ago. Australia announced the It will buy up to five US nuclear-powered submarines on Monday, and then build another. A new model with American and British technology will be launched, under an ambitious plan to strengthen the Western position in the Asia-Pacific region in the face of the growing Chinese presence.
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UK says Russia “increasingly applies planned economy principles” in its military industry strong>
The Intelligence services of the United Kingdom have indicated this Tuesday that Russia would be “rationing” the supply of artillery ammunition due to the shortage of this material in front areas in Ukraine and have indicated that Moscow has not been able to supply it. It “increasingly applies the principles of planned economy” to its military-industrial complex. “Over the last few weeks, artillery ammunition shortages have probably worsened to the point that extremely punitive rationing is being applied on many parts of the front,” they noted, before adding that “this has This has almost certainly been a crucial reason why no Russian formation has managed to generate significant offensive actions at the operational level.” Thus, they have highlighted that “Russia, with almost complete certainty, has already had to resort to the delivery of old ammunition that was previously considered unsuitable for use”, while recalling that on March 3 a presidential decree that “presents measures for the Ministry of Commerce and Industry to circumvent the authority of managers of defense industries that do not meet production targets.”
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Scaring citizens with war has become commonplace in other parts of Eastern Europe. In Bulgaria, the pro-Russian ultranationalist Vazrazhdane (Renaissance) party organized anti-government demonstrations and warned against He told voters about the risk of becoming “cannon fodder.” Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban compared to Ukraine with Afghanistan and his government is in the dark. openly in favor of Russia. Paradoxically, the politics of fear of war has little success in the constituencies of Poland and the Baltic republics, where the danger of Russian military aggression seems most real. The common negative historical experience with Russia immunized many of them. their populations against pro-Kremlin propaganda, considers Professor Jiri Priban. “There is a real existential fear in the Baltics, but that reinforces their support for Ukraine,” concluded Mr. Professor at Cardiff University. AFP reports.
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Fear of war in Ukraine spurs populists in Europe oriental
The Russian invasion of the Ukraine has given populists in Eastern Europe a powerful weapon: the fear of war. With no resolution to the conflict on the immediate horizon, some politicians are seizing on the anxiety it provokes to suggest that supporting Ukraine could drive their countries to war. From Prague to Sofia, political discourse is in full swing. It is dominated by false claims that governments hope to reinstate conscription, announce general mobilization, or “send their sons to the meat grinder.” “Fear is a primal emotion and the politics of fear is the oldest tactic” known, declared Mr. Jiri Priban, Professor of Law at Cardiff University. “He is part of all the political campaigns,” he stressed.
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Ukraine raises the number of Russian soldiers “liquidated” in combat to more than 160,000
The Ukrainian Armed Forces have raised this Tuesday to more than 160,000 the number of Russian soldiers “liquidated” in combat since the start of the invasion more than a year ago, in the midst of a intensification of clashes around the city of Bakhmut, located in the Donetsk region (east). The General Staff of the Ukrainian Army has stated in a message posted on its official account on the social network Facebook that since the outbreak of the war, unleashed on February 24, 2022, 160,540 Russian soldiers have been “liquidated”, including 740 during the last day. He has also said that to date 3,484 cars have been destroyed combat aircraft, 2,519 artillery systems, 260 air defense systems, 304 aircraft, 289 helicopters, 2,120 drones, 907 cruise missiles, 18 boats, 5,367 vehicles and fuel tanks, and 256 pieces of ” special equipment”.< /p>
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Ukrainian soldiers in Germany finish their training with the Leopard 2
The Ukrainian military in Germany have completed their training with the Leopard 2 main battle tanks after having trained with live ammunition, so they will be able to take their learning to the front with Russia. After several weeks of intensive training in Germany, Ukrainian soldiers are now ready to use Western-supplied Leopard 2 tanks in combat, broadcaster Tages Schau has reported. At the end of their course, the crews have practiced attacks and retreats with live ammunition at the Bergen military training area in Lower Saxony. The training has been based on combat exercises in the field –called school shooting–, simulator exercises, and team training, as explained by Brigadier General Bjorn Schulz, commander of the shooting school. tank troops in Munster, Lower Saxony.
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America distances itself from Russia and consolidates as the main arms exporter worldwide
The United States consolidates itself as the world's leading arms exporter, distancing itself from Russia, which has been weighed down by sanctions over the invasion of Ukraine, while arms imports to Europe are increasing sharply, according to a report. Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) report. “Although arms transfers have decreased globally, those destined for Europe have increased considerably due to tensions between Russia and most other European states,” said the senior researcher of the Transfer Program of SIPRI Weapons, Siemon Wezeman. In this sense, he has assured that the European States seek to import weapons “faster”. For its part, the United States has increased its distance from Russia and has established itself as the world's leading arms exporter, behind Russia, which has been affected by global sanctions.
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Macron and Orbán try to put aside differences by reaffirming their support for Ukraine
The President of France, Emmanuel Macron, and the Prime Minister of Hungary, Viktor Orbán, put aside their different visions in international politics, especially in the relationship with Russia and the future of the EU, and they chose in Paris to give an image of unity by reaffirming support for Ukraine. “During this meeting, both have had the opportunity to reaffirm the need for unity of European countries in their support for Ukraine in the face of Russian aggression, especially by strictly applying sanctions against Russia,” he said. El Élysée in a statement, at the end of the dinner between the two leaders. Orbán has been the most critical EU leader with the wave of sanctions against Moscow. and, recently, he proposed that the United States and Russia open negotiations to end the Ukrainian conflict, an attitude that he believed. Unrest in kyiv, being excluded from that initiative.
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Australia will buy nuclear submarines to the US in an ambitious new deal
Australia announced the What will you buy on Monday? It will send up to five nuclear-powered submarines to the United States and build a new nuclear-powered submarine. It will build a new model with American and British technology, as part of an ambitious plan to strengthen the West in the Asia-Pacific region. President Joe Biden received Australian and UK Prime Ministers Anthony Albanese and Rishi Sunak at a naval base in San Diego, California to announce the project. Against the backdrop of a US Virginia-Class nuclear submarine and surrounded by the other two leaders, Biden said the United States has “safeguarded stability in the Asia-Pacific for decades” and that this alliance will strengthen the United States. to “expectations of peace for the coming decades.” Known by its English acronym AUKUS, this association of Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States will allow students to study. It will force Canberra to replace its submarine fleet with a nuclear-powered one, which will add to the cost of its submarine fleet. It will add a substantial force to the Western alliance seeking to counter China's military expansion. Although Australia rules out nuclear weapons for now.
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More difficult every day
“The situation around Bakhmut continues to be difficult,” he admitted. the commander of the Army, Colonel General Oleksandr Syrskyi. Wagner's assault units “are advancing from various directions, trying to break through our defenses and move towards the center” of the city, Syrskyi said on Telegram. At the same time, he added that the defenders of Bakhmut “inflict significant losses on the enemy” and that all attempts by the Russians to capture the city “are repelled by artillery, tanks, and other weapons.” Also on the other side, the chief of the Wagner mercenaries, Yevgeny Prigozhin, described the war. yesterday Monday as “very difficult” the situation in Bakhmut and assured that Ukraine fights “for every meter”. “In Bakhmut the situation is very difficult, the adversary fights for every meter and the closer we get to the center of the city, the more bloody the fighting is,” Prigozhin was quoted as saying by his press service.
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Bajmut, the longest battle, no victor in sight
The battle for the Ukrainian stronghold of Bakhmut, the longest and bloodiest so far in the war, is claiming more lives every day, without knowing who will sing the song. victory, Russians or Ukrainians. “In less than a week -since March 6- only in the Bakhmut sector (our men) managed to liquidate more than 1,100 enemy soldiers, irreparable losses for Russia,” said the Russian leader. in his daily speech the Ukrainian president, Volodımir Zelensky. In addition, Ukrainian soldiers defending that stronghold in the Donetsk region have inflicted “at least 1,500 casualties” on the enemy. The Russian Ministry of Defense, for its part, assured In his daily report, in the framework of the offensive operations in the last day, some 400 Ukrainian combatants were eliminated on different fronts.
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DeSantis says protecting Ukraine is not a key US interest
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who is expected to run in the 2024 presidential election, has asserted that protecting Ukraine is not a key interest of the country. “Although the US has many vital national interests, (such as) securing our borders, addressing our military's readiness crisis, achieving energy security and independence, and reining in the power (…) of the Chinese Communist Party getting further entangled in a territorial dispute between Ukraine and Russia is not one of them,” he said.
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Ukrainian refugees arrive in the US through Mexico
The US government is extending the one-year humanitarian permit that was granted to Ukrainian refugees who entered the country through the border with Mexico. They are people who arrived in Mexico on a commercial flight, crossed the border on foot, and were granted a license. only one year of legal permanence with a two-year temporary permit. The United States believes that “there continue to be urgent humanitarian reasons, as well as significant public benefit, to extend the parole of certain Ukrainians and family members on a case-by-case basis.”
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Fighting continues in Bakhmut
Russian and Ukrainian troops fought “fierce fighting” on Monday for control of central Bakhmut, a city in eastern Ukraine that is the focus of the longest and bloodiest battle since the start of the Moscow offensive. “Wagner's assault units are attacking from various directions” to “advance towards the central neighborhoods,” said the Ukrainian army, which is on the move. managing to put up a strong resistance. Bakhmut, which had 70,000 inhabitants before the start of the offensive in February 2022, has been the epicenter of fighting in the east for months. The town has become a symbol for both Ukraine and Russia — which have suffered heavy losses in this battle — although according to observers its strategic importance is limited.
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Meloni points out that “Wagner mercenaries” are gaining a foothold in Africa< /strong>
The Italian Prime Minister, Giorgia Meloni, alerted the today of the presence in Africa of mercenaries from the Russian Wagner Group by pointing out that this organization is “taking hold” on the continent, during the presentation of a book on the foreign policy of the Vatican. “It would be easier to hide one's head, for the gangsters to decide who can come and for Wagner's mercenaries and fundamentalists to continue to gain a foothold in Africa,” added Mr. after assuring that he has a “clear” conscience due to the actions of the authorities before the Calabria shipwreck last February, where at least 79 people died. The Italian accusations were answered by the head of the Wagner group, Yevgeny Prigozhin, who affirmed He said that the migration crisis “does not worry him” and he had “no idea” about the matter, according to the Italian media.
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Italy points to the Wagner Group for the arrival of migrants through the Mediterranean. neo
The Italian Government has pointed out this Monday to the Russian mercenary company Wagner Group for the arrival of migrants to the Italian coasts through the Mediterranean. “Many migrants arrive from areas controlled by the Wagner Group. I would not like an attempt to push migrants towards Italy,” Defense Minister Guido Crosetto said from Jerusalem, stressing that “the EU, NATO and the West have already realized that computerized attacks are part of the global confrontation that has opened with the Ukrainian conflict and today it would be good for them to understand that the southern European front is also every day.
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Russia agrees to Ukraine exporting grain, but only 60 days
Vladimir Putin's government says it agrees to renew the international agreement to allow Ukrainian ships to export grain to the rest of the world, mitigating famines and allowing Ukraine's battered economy to survive, but it only extends the commitment for two months.< /p>
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HRW concerned about consequences of war for Ukrainian orphaned children
The NGO Human Rights Watch (HRW) stated that He expressed concern about the consequences of the war for orphaned Ukrainian children, of whom “thousands” were “forcibly transferred” to Russia or Russian-occupied territories.
” Russia must put an end to [those] deportations,” said Mr. the NGO it's a statement. “The return of children illegally captured by Russian forces should be an international priority,” it added.
HRW also urged He asked the Ukrainian government to “urgently” reform its care system for these minors, in a country where before the Russian invasion there were more than 105,000 children in orphanages, that is, , “the highest number in Europe, after Russia.”
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< strong>Kadyrov promises Putin that the Chechens will fight “until the final victory”
The leader of the Chechen republic, Ramzan Kadyrov, vowed He told Russian President Vladimir Putin today that Chechen units will fight in Ukraine “until final victory.” “We carried out all your orders and we are determined to act until final victory,” Kadyrov said during the meeting with Putin in the Kremlin. He underlined Chechens in general support what is known as a “special military operation” and consider it “necessary” to achieve its goals. “Thank you for everything you do for the Chechen Republic and Russia. We will not let you down,” he said. To which Putin replied: “I don't doubt it.”
Europe accelerates its rearmament in parallel with supplies to Ukraine
“With the Russian invasion of the Ukraine, Europeans began to import more weapons and more quickly.” This is how researcher Pieter Wezeman, from the Stockholm International Institute for Peace Research (SIPRI), summarized the evolution of the sector in the conclusions of his latest report. For its part, Russia, the second largest exporter in the world after the United States, has restricted its shipments due to its own needs. SIPRI is the most consolidated and reliable international barometer on the state of the arms industry. His conclusions may not come as a surprise. But yes. This is a reflection of some paradigm changes that began to take place before February 24, 2022, the date of the start of the invasion: the countries that feel these “tensions” as a threat to their territory or region began to buy more weapons. Read more at this link.
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Kremlin considers petition “ridiculous” ;n to change the name of Russia to Muscovy
The Kremlin considered Ukraine's proposal to change Russia's name to Muscovy, the medieval forerunner of the modern Russian state, is now “ridiculous.” “If I'm not mistaken, there have already been many jokes about it. I don't think more needs to be done. But I insist here you can only react with a smile,” Dmitri Peskov, a Kremlin spokesman, told his conference. daily telephone press. Peskov crossed out. The proposal to the Ukrainian president, Volodimir Zelenski, who commissioned the project, was “ridiculously curious.” The Government will study an electronic request to change the name of the neighboring country. “The Russian Federation, whatever it's called, will remain a great power, a great country, and it will remain Russia,” he said. The author of the citizen initiative, which collected information from the public.
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The new Czech president urges in Bratislava to support Ukraine
The new president of the Czech Republic, ex-serviceman Petr Pavel, urged the today in Bratislava, during his first visit abroad after taking office last week, to continue his support for Ukraine's fight to repel the Russian invasion. “What threatens us is not the differences between political parties within the country (in the Czech Republic and Slovakia), but the aggressive policy of Russia,” said Mr. The president held a press conference after meeting with his Slovak counterpart, Zuzana Caputova. These televised statements by the former president of the committee NATO military officers are addressing a population, the Slovak population, little convinced of maintaining the government's support for kyiv. Two social-democratic formations in Slovakia are leading the electoral preference polls ahead of the elections on September 30 and both want to review the current policy of support for Ukraine, even stopping the shipment of arms.
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Iran and Belarus strengthen relations in the context of the war in Ukraine
The presidents of Iran, Ebrahim Raisi, and of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, affirmed on Monday their intention to strengthen relations between their countries, during a meeting in Tehran in the context of the war in Ukraine. Lukashenko arrived. He went to Iran on Sunday night for a two-day visit and held talks with Raisi on Monday before signing a roadmap to develop cooperation in the political, economic or cultural fields. “Thirty years after the start of bilateral relations (…), the two countries are willing to strengthen cooperation” while sharing “a common strategic vision,” announced Raisi at the end of the meeting. For his part, Lukashenko said he observed “with great respect the perseverance with which the [Iranian] people resist external pressures, attempts to impose the will of others on them.”
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Russia sees signs of “politicization” in the Oscar for the documentary about the opposition Alexei Navalni
The Russian authorities have indicated this Monday that they consider that there are signs of “politicization” in the Oscar award given to the documentary 'Navalni', about the influential Russian opponent of the same name. The Kremlin spokesman, Dimitri Peskov, has indicated that, although he has not seen it and “cannot judge the qualities of the documentary”, he considers that surely “there are elements of politicization in the film, awarded by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of the United States and directed by the Canadian Daniel Roher, according to information from the TASS news agency. “It would make no sense to judge the qualities of the documentary, since I have not seen it, but I would dare to suppose that there is an element of politicization here. Neither in Hollywood do they shy away from being politicized at times in their work”, Peskov pointed out after learning that the documentary, which deals with Navalni's poisoning, was made tonight with the statuette.
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The mayor of Melitópol denounces that Grupo Wagner is trying to recruit soldiers from the local population
The mayor of the city of Melitópol, Ivan Fedorov, has denounced this Monday that the Wagner Group – an organization of mercenaries that defends the interests of Russia – is attacking. trying to recruit soldiers among the population of the town, occupied by Russian troops. As Fedorov has detailed, the Wagner Group is in the business. He sent letters to some of the citizens of Melitopol offering them up to 200,000 rubles –just under 2,500 euros– to join the mercenary organization and fight in Bakhmut. Melitópol charged a fee. It gained prominence during the first bars of the war, as it was one of the first cities that fell to the war. in the hands of Russia. Ukraine, for its part, denounced the also the kidnapping of Fedorov, who in mid-March last year was released by Russian troops.
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Ukrainian military finalize their preparation with the Leopard in Zaragoza
“It's going well but it could be better.” This is the prevailing feeling among the 55 Ukrainian soldiers who have been training at the General Military Academy of Zaragoza since February 15 for the management and maintenance of Leopard battle tanks. The formation, led by Captain Contreras, will end in March. This next Wednesday, March 15, they will leave for Poland and, from there, they will enter Ukrainian territory. Continue reading at this link.
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Pro-Putin cybercriminals attack four hospitals in Catalonia
The Agència de Ciberseguretat de Catalunya neutralized the attack. in January the attempts of aggression by groups related to Russia against the centers of Vall d'Hebron, Sant Pau and Clínic de Barcelona and the Trueta de Girona. Read the article by Carles Planas Bou.
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Russia condemns the expulsion of Ukrainian Orthodox Church from its main headquarters
The decision of the Ukrainian authorities to expel the monks of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, subordinate to the Moscow Patriarchate, from its main seat, the Kiev Monastery of the Caves (Kiev-Pechersk Lavra), is inadmissible and outrageous, declared Today the Kremlin. “This is an unprecedented attitude towards the representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church. We consider this inadmissible and, of course, we consider that the international community should react appropriately to this outrageous decision,” the spokesman for the Russian Orthodox Church said. Kremlin, Dmitry Peskov. The press secretary of the Russian Presidency stressed He stated that the Kremlin “is concerned” about the situation around the clergy, that it should respond. leave their headquarters before March 29. On March 10, the kyiv-Pechersk National Reserve reported the The Ukrainian Orthodox Church rescinded the contract for the free use of the monastery, temples and other properties of the religious, for which they had to leave before the end of March.
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The door of Paris-2024, ajar for Russians and Belarusians?
Will there be Will Russian and Belarusian athletes be in Paris at the 2024 Olympic Games? Although Ukraine, supported by a part of Europe, demands the exclusion of both countries, the Committee The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is working towards reintegration under a neutral flag, although without a clear timetable. When will it be known? What if Russians and Belarusians can be at the 2024 Olympics? The IOC, which had “recommended” at the end of February 2022 the exclusion of Russians and Belarusians from international competitions due to the invasion of Ukraine, changed the rules. He set the course at the beginning of December by expressing his intention to “explore the avenues” to make them return to world sport. A month later, the instance seemed to bet on a return under a neutral flag as long as “they have not actively supported the war in Ukraine”, which unleashed a dispute. There was a wave of reactions and requests for “clarifications” from some thirty countries, including the United States, Canada, Great Britain, France, Sweden and Poland. From here Before the opening ceremony, on July 26, 2024, the situation may remain uncertain for a long time, Jean-Loup Chappelet, an Olympism specialist at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland), recently estimated in statements to AFP. AFP informs.
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Russia stresses that it can only achieve its objectives in Ukraine through vi ;a military
The Russian authorities have remarked that, for the moment, they can only achieve their goals in Ukraine through military means, thus justifying their failure to do so. once again the “special military operation” on Ukrainian territory, a euphemism with which Moscow used to call it. refers to the invasion. “For us, the absolute priority remains and will always remain the achievement of the established goals. Now they can only be achieved by military means,” Kremlin spokesman Dimitri Peskov said on Monday, according to the agency. Russian TASS news. In fact, Peskov has warned that in Moscow there will be They do not consider that the “prerequisites” for the transition towards a “peaceful course” exist in Ukraine, ruling out for the moment the creation of a contact group to move towards peace.
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Moldova dismantles a hostile group “orchestrated by Moscow”
The Moldovan police announced This Sunday, a few hours after a demonstration against the pro-European government, the arrest of members of a network “orchestrated by Moscow” to destabilize this neighboring country of Ukraine. At the end of some raids on Saturday night, 25 men were questioned and seven of them placed in detention, declared the police. Police chief Viorel Cernautean told the press. An agent managed to infiltrate the group, led by a Russian-Moldovan citizen. “People from Russia have come with a very precise training role,” the official said. The Moldovan authorities said they had acted after being informed of “the organization, by the Russian special services, of destabilization actions on our territory by means of demonstrations.”
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The Kremlin does not rule out Putin's trip to the G20 summit but there is no decision
< p>The Kremlin did not rule out Today, the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, will travel to India next September to participate in the G20 summit, but stressed So no decision has been made yet. “That cannot be ruled out,” presidential spokesman Dmitri Peskov said in his daily telephone press conference, in which he nonetheless clarified that he was not. that “no decision has not been made yet.” “Russia continues its full participation in the G20 format and we intend to continue to do so,” Russia stressed. Peskov. The G20 summit will be held next week. 9-10 September in New Delhi.
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The war in Ukraine triggers the purchase of European weapons, according to Sipri
The war in Ukraine has triggered the purchase of weapons by European countries despite the downward trend in the global arms trade, said the US government. This Monday the Stockholm International Institute for Peace Research (SIPRI). The annual report of this renowned institute on the evolution of the arms trade in the last five years highlights that the only region that has registered an increase is Europe and points to the confrontation with Russia, exemplified in his intervention in the Russian Federation. n military in Ukraine as a central cause. “Even though arms transfers have fallen globally, those from Europe have risen sharply due to tensions between Russia and most European countries,” explains SIPRI.
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Kremlin welcomes restoration of relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia
The Kremlin said today that it welcomes any steps that could reduce tensions in the Middle East after the agreement reached between Iran and Saudi Arabia. to restore diplomatic relations and reopen embassies. “We welcome any step that can and does lead to the reduction of tensions in this extremely unstable region, especially when it comes to key regional players such as Saudi Arabia and Iran,” the statement said. spokesman for the Russian Presidency, Dmitri Peskov, in his daily telephone press conference. The agreement, signed last Friday between Iran and Saudi Arabia, the two Shiite powers. and sunni of the Middle East, includes the reopening of its embassies. The treaty was signed in China, which has acted as mediator between these two traditional enemies that for years have been fighting for regional hegemony and supporting rival sides in conflicts in the area.
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Russian activist arrested on treason charges
The Russian authorities have reported this Monday that an activist has been arrested after being accused of treason for allegedly financing the Ukrainian Army in full invasion of the territory. The activist in question is part of the The YaMyFurgal movement, created to support the ex-governor of Khabarovsk –sentenced to 22 years in prison for organizing the murder of two businessmen–. “The Federal Security Service has stopped the illegal activities of an activist of the YaMyFurgal movement, a resident of Khabarovsk, implicated in high treason for financing the activities of the Ukrainian forces against the Russian Army,” Intelligence has indicated. Russian, according to information from the TASS news agency.
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Moldovan opponent denies ties to Russia and announces more protests against Sandu
The leader of the Moldovan Shor opposition party, Ilon Shor, denied the claim. today that the anti-government protests that have been shaking the country for months are linked to Russia, and announced the So the town will continue taking to the streets to demand compensation for the rise in gas and electricity prices. “Behind our demands there is no one but the people of Moldova, me and the party team that I lead. That is why I call on (Moldovan President Maia) Sandu not to try to cover up her foolish policy and anti-popular measures (…) with Russia, saboteurs or something else”, wrote the author. on her Telegram channel. Shor, known for his pro-Russian position, pointed out that he was not. He said that this Sunday the Europeanist Moldovan president Sandu and the prime minister, Dorin Recean, “spit again in the face of their own people.” “Maia Sandu's failures are reflected in geopolitics, she tells us of certain forces that are supposedly trying to destabilize Moldova,” he said.
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Ukraine warns that Bakhmut's defense “remains difficult”
The commander of the Ukrainian Land Forces, Colonel General Oleksandr Sirski, acknowledged on Monday that the defense of Bakhmut “remains difficult”, as fears grow among Kiev's allies that this city could fall soon. It will be in Russian hands. Sirski has acknowledged that “the situation around Bakhmut remains difficult” due to the new offensives led by the mercenary squads of the Wagner Group. “They are coming from multiple directions, trying to break through our defenses and advance towards areas of the city center,” he reported. However, Sirski stressed that Ukraine continues to inflict “significant losses” on the enemy. , according to the brief statement he has provided through his Facebook profile.
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UK believes Wagner no longer has access to prisons following his public disputes with the Kremlin
The UK Ministry of Defense believes that Yevgeni Prigozhin, head of the Wagner Group mercenary organisation,'s ongoing disputes with the Russian authorities have caused him to lose access to prisons, the main center of agency recruitment. For this reason, the British Defense Intelligence service maintains that “it is very likely” that Prigozhin will focus recruitment efforts among free Russian citizens, even reaching Moscow secondary schools, where it has been information about the organization was distributed. Since the beginning of March 2023, the Wagner Group has set up team information stands in sports centers in at least 40 locations in Russia. The UK says that if Prigozhin's organization has trouble swelling its ranks it will most likely scale back operations in Ukraine.
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Ukrainian authorities also warned that if the city falls, Russian forces will have a better route into the eastern Donetsk region, which the Kremlin annexed earlier. last year. In recent weeks, the Russians have been gaining ground around Bakhmut to try to surround it. The capture of the city would give Moscow its power. a military victory, months after conceding setbacks on the ground. NATO alerted Last week it was stated that Bakhmut could fall in the next few days, and the Ukrainian president, Volodimir Zelensky, promised to do so. that the defense of the town would continue “as long as possible.” According to a report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), published on Monday, the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the massive supply of equipment to Kiev has nearly doubled arms imports into Europe by 2022. .
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Violent fighting for control of the center of the Ukrainian city of Bakhmut
The Ukrainian army reported this Monday that “bitter combats” are being waged for control of the center of the city of Bakhmut, in eastern Ukraine, which was confirmed by the Russian paramilitary group Wagner. “Wagner's assault units attack from various directions” to “advance towards central neighborhoods,” the Ukrainian army said at a briefing. “Our defenders are inflicting significant losses on the enemy in fierce fighting,” he added. The city of Bakhmut, which had 70,000 inhabitants before the start of the Russian invasion in February 2022, has been the epicenter of fighting on the eastern front for months.
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Russian activist arrested on treason charges for allegedly financing the Ukrainian Army
The Russian authorities have reported this Monday that an activist has been arrested after being accused of treason for allegedly financing the Ukrainian Army in full invasion of the territory. The activist in question is part of the The YaMyFurgal movement, created to support the former governor of Khabarovsk –sentenced to 22 years in prison for organizing the murder of two businessmen–. “The Federal Security Service has stopped the illegal activities of a movement activist YaMyFurgal, a resident of Khabarovsk, implicated in high treason for financing the activities of Ukrainian forces against the Russian Army,” Russian intelligence reported, according to information from the TASS news agency.
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Russia sends train full of prisoners to Donetsk to make up for casualties, according to Kiev
The Ukrainian Army secured the This Monday that Russia has sent a train full of common prisoners to the territories it controls in the province of Donetsk, in eastern Ukraine, to compensate for the numerous casualties suffered in its attempts to complete the conquest of the region. “Due to the many personnel casualties in the war, the enemy uses alternative sources to replenish its human resources,” the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces said in a statement posted on its Facebook account. The statement says that the Ukrainian Army observed the attack. He told “last week” how “a train with second-class carriages” “carrying prisoners” was heading towards the Donetsk province. “One of the wagons carried condemned women,” he says about the presence of prisoners on the train. According to the Ukrainian war reports, Russia is in danger. losing hundreds of soldiers every day in their offensive in the Donetsk province, which has its hotspot in the city of Bakhmut.
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German imports of Russian oil in January fall to 0.1% of the total
German imports of Russian oil fell in January to a remaining 3,500 tonnes, representing 0.1% of total crude imports, down from 2.8 million tonnes a year or a quota ago. of 36.5%. As reported by today the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) these 3,500 tons are residual amounts of crude already imported from Russia to the European Union (EU) before the turn of the year. Thus, with the entry into force of the second phase of the EU embargo on Russian crude, German oil imports from Russia practically came to a standstill, falling by 99.9%. Germany imported in January 6.2 million tons worth 3,800 million euros, 20.5% less in volume and 9.6% less in value than a year ago.
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Senior Russian official denies Ukraine links to Nord Stream sabotage
The head of the Russian Security Council, Nikolai Patrushev, rejected the request. this Monday the possibility that Ukraine is in danger. behind the blowing up of the Nord Stream gas pipelines with Ukraine. “Ukraine has neither gained nor lost anything from the destruction of the gas pipelines,” he said in an interview with the Argumenti i Fakti newspaper. Patrushev commented on this. so the statements that appeared in 'The New York Times' and in the German magazine 'Spiegel' pointing to a pro-Ukrainian group as the possible perpetrator of the act of sabotage. According to Patrushev, the “Zelensky regime”, which is confident that Germany, the most affected by the destruction of the gas pipelines, will increase its “military and other” aid to the country. , “doesn't gain anything” by blowing up the Nord Stream. Last week, the Ukrainian president, Volodimir Zelenskiy, denied this. He denied any connection by his government to the explosions that damaged the Nord Stream gas pipelines last September, connecting Russia with Germany.
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Spain reduced its arms exports by 4.4% in the last five years
Spain reduced its exports of military weapons by 4.4% in the last five years compared to the previous five years, according to a report released this Monday by the Stockholm International Institute for Peace Research. (SIPRI). Despite the drop in sales, Spain's share in world arms exports increased significantly. It dropped one tenth, from 2.5 to 2.6%, due to the decrease registered in that period at a global level. Australia, with 35%, was the main importer of Spanish arms, followed by Saudi Arabia and others. (19%) and Belgium (12%). The report highlights that worldwide the arms trade fell by 5.1% between 2013-2017 and 2018-2022 and that Europe was the only region where there was a rise, due to tensions between several countries. ;ses and Russia, increased by military intervention in Ukraine.
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Kiev says that the Wagner Group tries to break Bakhmut's defense without success
The Ukrainian Army secured the On Monday, the Wagner Group of mercenaries, close to Russian President Vladimir Putin, continues to try to break through the defenses of the strategic city of Bakhmut, in the east of the country, without success and with significant losses. . like this he affirmed it the commander of the Ukrainian Land Forces, Oleksandr Syrskyi, who added that He said that the situation around Bakhmut in the Donetsk region is “challenging”. “The (Russian) occupiers are still trying to break through the defenses and advance towards the center of the city, but they are suffering heavy losses,” he added. Syrskyi, quoted by local agencies. He reiterated He stated that, as has been the case for several weeks, “the situation around Bakhmut remains difficult. Wagner's assault units are advancing from various directions (…) and trying to reach the central areas of the city”.
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Ukraine's Vilkha guided missile is already in warfare and goes further than HIMARS
Remains of a Ukrainian-made Vilkha-M guided missile have been found on the battlefield near the occupied city of Donetsk. The photos show the first visual confirmation that Ukraine is on the move. using this type of rockets for MLRS (Multiple Launch Rocket System, its acronym in English) manufactured in the country. Ukraine already has other similar missiles, of Western manufacture, which it has used extensively against Russian infantry and positions: at least 26 US M142 HIMARS (High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems) launchers, and versions of them from United Kingdom, Germany, France or Turkey. But the Ukrainian version is more powerful. Read more at this link.
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kyiv advocates expanding grain deal to feed 400 million people
The agreement for the export of cereals from Ukraine “should have an indefinite duration”, since Ukraine feeds 400 million people around the world with these grains, the minister said. Daria Zarivna, adviser to the head of the office of the Ukrainian president, Volodimir Zelensky, in statements on local television news. “The agreement must be extended, it must be indefinite, because Ukraine is the guarantor of food security for 400 million people in the world,” assured the president. The adviser to President Zelenski, according to the Ukrinform agency. “While the grain agreement has been in force, about 23 million tons of food were exported from Ukraine. On our side, in a transparent, sharp and clear way, we have agreements with the UN, Turkey. The only one doing everything possible to prevent this deal from working and not being extended in this case is Russia,” Zarivna said.
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Russia's trade surplus widened by $1. 68.5% in 2022, despite the sanctions
Russia obtained a trade surplus of 332.4 billion dollars in 2022, which represents an increase of 68.5% over the previous year, thanks to an increase in exports and despite Western sanctions against the The country's economy for his military campaign in Ukraine. According to the Russian Federal Customs Service (FTS), which resumed trading today. Despite the partial publication of statistical data on foreign trade after having canceled them in April 2022 as a result of the sanctions, the country managed to achieve this. Despite everything, exports increased by 19.5% last year, up to 591,500 million dollars. Imports, on the other hand, fell by 11.7%, to 259.1 billion dollars. The FTS does not publish the destination of products from Russia, which has tried to strengthen its presence in the Asian and Middle Eastern markets in the wake of Western sanctions.
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Pope Francis believes Ukraine is World War III
Pope Francis considers the war in Ukraine to be a new world war, the third that has broken out in just over a century, and that armed conflicts serve economic interests, starting with those of the arms industry. In an interview with the Italian section of Swiss Public Television Radio (RTS) on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of his pontificate, Francis pointed out that he So now no one can deny that the world is changing. He was faced with a world order war since “all the great powers are involved and the battlefield is Ukraine.” “Think that in little more than a hundred years there have been three world wars: 1914-1918, 1939-1945 and now this, which is a world war that has started little by little”.
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Heavy fighting for control of the center of Bakhmut
The Ukrainian Army reported this Monday that “bitter combats” are being waged against Russia for control of the center of the city of Bakhmut, in eastern Ukraine, which was confirmed by the Russian paramilitary group Wagner. The Russians “attack from various directions” to “advance towards central neighborhoods,” the Ukrainian military said in a briefing. The head of the Wagner group, Yevgeny Prigozhin, said for his part: “The closer we are to the center of the city, the harder the fighting is.”
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At least two dead and several wounded in a new attack by the Russian Army against Mikolaiv
The authorities of Mikolaiv, in southern Ukraine, have reported on Monday that at least two people have died and several have been injured due to a new bombardment perpetrated by Russian forces against the area. The attack, which has The event that took place early in the day, has left at least three injured, including a seven-year-old boy, as reported by the governor of the province of the same name, Vitali Kim. Thus, it has confirmed that a man and a woman aged 45 and 43, respectively, have died due to the seriousness of their injuries after the bombardment of the Kutsurub area. “The minor has been transferred to a medical center in an ambulance,” Kim said in a message broadcast through his Telegram channel.
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Xi plans to visit Russia next week
Chinese President Xi Jinping plans to to travel to Moscow He was due to meet his counterpart, Vladimir Putin, next week, sources close to him said. China's foreign ministry did not reply. It immediately responded to a request for comment, and the Kremlin refused. to confirm. AFP reports.
A suspect of collaborating with Ukrainian intelligence arrested in Russia
Russian special services have arrested in the Novgorod region, in western Russia, a person suspected of collaborating with Ukrainian intelligence who was trying to convince the Russian mobilized to commit acts of “high treason”. “. “The illegal activity of a Russian citizen (…) who was trying to convince the mobilized Russians to commit acts of high treason by giving the enemy data on the location of the terrorists has been thwarted. barracks,” said the police. The Federal Security Service (FSB) in Novgorod, according to the official TASS agency. The defendant also sought to persuade military mobilization call-ups in Russia to “steal and hand over” military equipment to the enemy and “voluntarily surrender.” The detainee also has a Ukrainian passport, says the official note.
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Russia shoots down four missiles over the Belgorod border region
The Russian anti-aircraft defense has shot down four missiles over the Belgorod region, bordering Ukraine, in an alleged Ukrainian attack that resulted in a massive attack. One person was injured, the police reported. today the governor, Vyacheslav Gladkov. “Our air defense system worked over Belgorod and the region of the same name. Four missiles were shot down,” wrote the official. in your Telegram account. Gladkov pointed out. that in spite of this it turned out to be A woman was injured, who was taken to a hospital with a concussion. There is also damage from missile fragments to two private homes. The Russian region borders the Kharkiv province of Ukraine and has been the target of frequent attacks since the start of the Russian military campaign in Ukraine.
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Russia and the UN meet this Monday to negotiate the extension of the agreement for export grain from Ukraine
Representatives of the Government of Russia and the United Nations will meet this Monday in the Swiss city of Geneva to consider the possible extension of the agreement to export cereals from Ukrainian ports on the Black Sea, which has allowed the transport of more than ;s 23 million tons of grain. The spokesperson for the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zajarova, has confirmed this meeting, in which representatives of different UN offices linked to this pact will participate. The Kremlin spokesman, Dimitri Peskov, has clarified that for now no contact between the President, Vladimir Putin, and the Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres, is planned, according to official Russian news agencies. Guterres himself claimed the Last Wednesday, from Kiev, the extension of said agreement, which he considers key to guaranteeing food supply and containing prices globally, especially in some of the most impoverished areas of the planet, was expressed.
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Wagner's boss says the situation in Bakhmut is “very difficult”
The head of the Russian Wagner mercenary group, Yevgeny Prigozhin, described the He described as “very difficult” the situation in Bakhmut, in eastern Ukraine, and assured that Ukraine fights “for every meter”. “In Bakhmut the situation is very difficult, the adversary fights for every meter and the closer we get to the city center, the tougher the battles,” Prigozhin was quoted as saying by his press service. . According to him, the Ukrainian Armed Forces are sending “more and more reserves” to the town, which the Russians have been seeking to capture since last summer. At the same time, Prigozhin assured the He said that Wagner's units “are advancing” in the city, which both sides consider important for the future of the great battle for Donbas. “We're making progress and we're going to keep making progress,” Wagner's boss said.
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Ukraine: the situation around Bakhmut is difficult
The situation around Bakhmut remains difficult, but Ukrainian forces are repelling all Russian attempts to capture the city, Ukrainian ground forces commander Colonel General Oleksandr Syrskyi said on Monday. “The situation around Bakhmut remains difficult,” Syrskyi said on the Telegram messaging platform of the Ukrainian Military Media Center. “All enemy attempts to capture the city are repelled by artillery, tanks, and other firearms.” Syrskyi added He said that the Russian Wagner mercenary group “is attacking from various directions trying to break through the defenses of our troops and advance towards the central districts of the city.”
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European arms imports have doubled by 2022, led by Ukraine
Arms imports into Europe nearly doubled in 2022, due to the massive supply to Ukraine, which has become the third world destination for weapons, according to a report by the Stockholm International Institute for Peace Studies (SIPRI). ) published on Monday. With an increase of 93% in one year, imports have also increased due to the rise in military spending in several European countries, such as Poland and Norway, a trend that will accelerate, according to in this study. “The invasion has really caused a significant rise in arms demand in Europe, which has not yet shown its full potential and will probably lead to further increases in imports,” Pieter Wezeman, co-author of the report, told AFP. It has been going on annually for more than three decades. Apart from the Ukraine, the increase in European imports reached a 35% in 2022, according to SIPRI data.
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Wagner's boss aspires to create an “army with an ideology” that will “fight for justice”
The head of the Wagner Group mercenary organization, Yevgeni Prigozhin, explained that his ideal is to create an “army with an ideology” that fights “for justice.” I became the best private army in the world, a fair army capable of defending the State, an army with an ideology, and that ideology is the fight for justice”, Prigozhin explained in statements published on a channel Telegram related to the organization. Prigozhin has also referred to Wagner's role in the Russian offensive on the strategic Ukrainian town of Bakhmut and has advanced some of his plans for the future. “After the capture of Artiomovsk (Bakhmut) we are going to start the restart. In particular, we are going to start recruiting new people from the regions,” he said.
HRW concerned about consequences of war for Ukrainian orphaned children (report)
The NGO Human Rights Watch (HRW) stated that He expressed his concern about the consequences of the war for Ukrainian children who were orphans or settled in other families and asked for their support. The Ukrainian government “urgently” reforms its care system for these minors. “The war meant that many children placed in centers had to stay in basements during the bombing, without electricity or water, for weeks,” said the police. HRW in the preamble to a report published this Monday. According to HRW, “dozens of Ukrainian orphanages have been affected or destroyed” since the start of the Russian invasion more than a year ago, and “many children have been evacuated en masse” to other regions. from Ukraine and abroad, first of all, to neighboring Poland. Under these conditions, HRW calls on the Ukrainian government to apply, as an “urgency”, the “promised reforms to its institutional system of care for children” orphaned and placed with other families.
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London increases military spending by 5.6 billion euros to “meet challenges” from Russia and China
The British Government has announced that it will increase the He will increase military spending by £5 billion (€5.6 billion) over the next two years to “meet the challenges of an increasingly volatile and complex world,” in reference to “threats from Russia and China”. The UK's intention is to set defense spending at 2.5 per cent of GDP over the long term. The government's plan is to bolster current munitions stocks, modernize the country's nuclear company, and finance the next phase of the AUKUS program, a strategic alliance with Washington and Canberra for the Indo-Pacific region. “We have seen very clearly in the last year how global crises affect us at home, with Russia's terrible invasion of Ukraine, which has driven up energy prices and prices.” food,” said British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.
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The Russian advance around Bakhmut threatens Chasiv Yar. In recent days, trenches have been dug for several kilometers near the town. On Saturday, the excavators were still working, although the majority of the inhabitants decided to stop. I left the city because of its proximity to the front line. It was the case of a mother and her daughter, who got into a minibus in the direction of Dnipro, further south. The husband will go away. also at the end of the month. The man who accompanied them At the stop he saw how the bombardments destroyed the roof of a house next to his. He arrived & oacute; to Chasiv Yar six months ago, fleeing Bakhmut, where he ran a cafeteria. “I promised my wife that I would not go anymore,” he explains. Now he will leave the also Chasiv Yar. In the city and its surroundings, the Ukrainian artillery does not stop rumbling. AFP tells it.
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Valentyna, 82, is looking forward to it. She is so tired of the constant Russian shelling of the city of Chasiv Yar, in eastern Ukraine, that she doesn't even care about dying anymore. “I was here at home and I was about to fall asleep on the sofa. And suddenly, the shelling started.” , tells the old woman to AFP. “I couldn't get out anymore. So I lay down again and I thought: 'Whatever happens, if they kill me here, so be it.' And it lasted for at least three hours. My God, no I can take it,” she continues, her voice denoting weariness. The bombardments reached the Valentyna neighborhood on Friday night, although her house was left behind. intact. A rocket destroyed the instead part of a building and in a nearby street fell a piece of paper. artillery. Next to her little girl, the brick house fell on the brick house. another projectile, destroying the wheel of a military vehicle. Another 4×4 car ended up. in a ditch and several soldiers were injured. Valentyna's house is no longer fit to live in because it was bombed earlier. “It's cold inside. There's no gas, no electricity, no water. There's nothing anymore,” she says. But the woman, a widow for 20 years, puts up with it. She has nowhere to go and hers and hers only daughter lives in eastern Russia.
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Zelensky highlights the death of 1,100 Russian soldiers in Bakhmut this week alone
The President of Ukraine, Volodimir Zelenski, stressed this Sunday that in the battle of Bakhmut (east) Ukrainian forces have eliminated more than 1,100 Russian soldiers this week alone and have caused serious injuries to another 1,500 soldiers. invaders. “In less than a week -since March 6- only in the Bakhmut sector (our warriors) managed to eliminate more than 1,100 enemy soldiers, which are irreversible losses for Russia, losses there in the past.” near Bakhmut,” he said in an evening address. In addition, the Ukrainians have caused “at least 1,500 more sanitary losses to the enemy: these are injuries incompatible with the continuation of the fighting,” according to the Ukrainian leader. In the battle of Bakhmut, according to Zelensky, the defending Ukrainian forces have destroyed in the last seven days more than ten Russian ammunition depots and dozens of units of enemy equipment were destroyed.
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Georgian Prime Minister criticizes Zelensky for inciting anti-government protests
Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili has criticized Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky for supporting and inciting the protests He explained that they have taken place in recent days on the streets of Tbilisi, for which a law on foreign agents has been reversed. “When a person at war finds time to comment on a demonstration Although destructive of several thousand people, it is clear evidence that they are interested in something happening here and causing a change,” he said, in statements to the Imedi TV network, collected by the Agenda portal. The Georgian head of government has denounced that there are Ukrainian politicians who affirm that a change is needed in the country: “Scenarios with a coup d'état are rumored. This is direct interference,” he remarked.