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March 22, 2022 / 11:04 PM IST

Russia Ukraine News Highlights | Ukraine urges China to play more visible role to halt war

Russia Ukraine News Highlights | Kyiv wants China to play a more "noticeable role" in halting the war being waged by Russia on its territory and also to become a future guarantor of its security, a senior aide to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Tuesday.

Russia Ukraine News Highlights | Russian accusations that Kyiv has biological and chemical weapons are false and illustrate that Russian President Vladimir Putin is considering using them himself in his war against Ukraine, U.S. President Joe Biden said on Monday, without citing evidence.

Putin's "back is against the wall and now he's talking about new false flags he's setting up including, asserting that we in America have biological as well as chemical weapons in Europe,

simply not true," Biden said at a Business Roundtable event.

"They are also suggesting that Ukraine has biological and chemical weapons in Ukraine. That's a clear sign he's considering using both of those."
  • March 22, 2022 / 11:02 PM IST

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  • March 22, 2022 / 10:54 PM IST

    Russia-Ukraine Crisis LIVE | Ukraine urges China to play more visible role to halt war

    Ukraine wants China to play a more "noticeable role" in halting the war being waged by Russia on its territory and also to become a future guarantor of its security, a senior aide to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Tuesday.

    Andriy Yermak, who heads Zelenskiy's office, also said he expected a dialogue "very soon" between Ukraine's leader and Chinese President Xi Jinping, without elaborating.

    China, the world's no. 2 economy, has long been forging closer energy, trade and security ties with Russia but is also Ukraine's biggest trading partner. It has resisted pressure from Western countries to condemn Russia's invasion.

    "So far we've seen China's neutral position. And, as I said before, we believe that China ... should play a more noticeable role in bringing this war to (an) end and in building up a new global security system," Yermak told a virtual news conference. (Reuters)

  • March 22, 2022 / 10:20 PM IST

    Russia-Ukraine Crisis LIVE | No indication of imminent Russian chemical weapons attack in Ukraine: US defence official

    The United States has not yet seen any concrete indications of an imminent Russian chemical or biological weapons attack in Ukraine but is closely monitoring streams of intelligence for them, a senior US defense official said on Tuesday.

    President Joe Biden said on Monday, without providing evidence, that Russia's false accusations that Kyiv has biological and chemical weapons illustrated that Russian President Vladimir Putin is considering using them himself in the war against Ukraine.

    The U.S. official, speaking to reporters on condition of anonymity, shared Biden's assessment but added: "There's no indication that there's something imminent in that regard right now." (Reuters)

  • March 22, 2022 / 09:43 PM IST

    Russia-Ukraine Crisis LIVE | PM Modi, Boris Johnson discuss Ukraine situation

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his UK counterpart Boris Johnson discussed Ukraine situation over a phone call on March 22. Modi reiterated India’s consistent appeal for "cessation of hostilities" and a "return to dialogue and diplomacy", the PMO said in a statement. Modi also emphasised India's belief in "respect for international law" and "territorial integrity of all states", it added.

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  • March 22, 2022 / 09:24 PM IST

    Russia Ukraine News LIVE Updates | No indications of imminent Russian chemical weapons attack in Ukraine: US defense official

    The United States has not yet seen any concrete indications of an imminent Russian chemical or biological weapons attack in Ukraine but is closely monitoring intelligence, a senior U.S. defense official said on Tuesday. President Joe Biden said on Monday that Russia's false accusations that Kyiv has biological and chemical weapons illustrate that Russian President Vladimir Putin is considering using them himself in the war against Ukraine. The U.S. official, speaking to reporters on condition of anonymity, shared Biden's assessment but added: "There's no indication that there's something imminent in that regard right now."

  • March 22, 2022 / 09:10 PM IST

    Russia Ukraine News LIVE Updates | Nearly 200,000 Ukraine refugees have left Poland by train

    Of the two million refugees who fled Ukraine for Poland after Russia's invasion, nearly 200,000 have since taken the train abroad, Poland's railway operator said Tuesday. "Nearly 400 regular trains have transported more than 140,000 people, while 45,000 people made use of the 113 extra trains," Miroslaw Siemieniec, spokesman for the PLK operator, told AFP. Most have gone on to Berlin, but some have also travelled to Prague and Vienna. The refugees have been able to ride without a ticket since all of Poland's trains -- both regional and international -- are currently free for those who fled the war. Others have left Poland for other countries by car or plane, though no overall figures are available since it involves travel within the visa-free Schengen zone. According to Poland's border guard service, more than 2.1 million people have crossed into Poland from Ukraine since the war erupted late last month. 

  • March 22, 2022 / 08:55 PM IST

    Russia Ukraine News LIVE Updates | One dead in drone attack on Kyiv science institute

    At least one person was killed when drones attacked a scientific institute in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv on Tuesday, AFP journalists and officials said. Military rescuers removed a body covered with a black plastic sheet from the scene, AFP journalists saw. Smoke rose from the white seven-storey building at the Institute for Superhard Materials in northwestern Kyiv, part of the National Academy of Science of Ukraine. Soldiers at the scene pointed out a winged vehicle about a metre (three feet) long, smashed into two large pieces, that they said was a Russian drone. A defence ministry intelligence official said at the scene that three people had died, but there was no other confirmation of the toll. "During today’s air raid the armed forces of the Russian Federation used Orlan drones, one of which dropped a bomb, as a result of which the premises caught fire," the official, who asked not to be identified by name, told AFP. "Later two more drones appeared and also tried drop bombs, they were downed. It used to be an industrial workshop here, a civilian institution. No military." 

  • March 22, 2022 / 08:46 PM IST

    Russia Ukraine News LIVE Updates | S Jaishankar, US Under Secretary of State discuss bilateral ties, Indo-Pacific, Ukraine situation

    External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Tuesday said he held a "good discussion" with US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland on issues like ways to expand bilateral ties, Indo-Pacific and the Ukraine situation. The discussion came a day after delegation-level talks between Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla and Nuland, who is on a three-nation tour of India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. "Pleased to meet @UnderSecStateP. Good discussion on expanding our bilateral cooperation, on South Asia, Indo-Pacific and the Ukraine situation," Jaishankar tweeted after the meeting. A statement issued after the Shringla-Nuland talks held under the framework of India-US Foreign Office Consultations (FOC) had said both sides looked forward to the India-US 2+2 ministerial meeting. The 2+2 defence and foreign ministerial talks were originally slated to be held in November. 

  • March 22, 2022 / 08:23 PM IST

    Russia Ukraine News LIVE Updates | Euronews channel says it’s blocked in Russia

    International news channel Euronews says it has been blocked from broadcasting in Russia due to its Ukraine war coverage. “We firmly condemn this intolerable restriction imposed on millions ... in Russia who relied on us to get impartial news,” Euronews said, adding that Russian authorities pulled the channel off air and blocked its websites in Russia. Euronews said it might launch legal action to continue to freely broadcast in the country. Euronews is broadcast in 160 countries. Russian President Vladimir Putin has intensified a crackdown on media and individuals who fail to toe his line on Russia’s war in Ukraine, blocking Facebook and Twitter and signing into law a bill that criminalizes the intentional spreading of “fake” reports. Euronews said it strongly rejected Russian claims it spread “fake news” and that it allegedly called on Russians to protest the war. It said it faced an “unacceptable threat of criminal liability” due to the new Russian law. 

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  • March 22, 2022 / 08:08 PM IST

    Russia Ukraine News LIVE Updates | Ukraine says 300,000 people are running out of food in occupied Kherson

    Ukraine's foreign ministry said on Tuesday about 300,000 people in the occupied city of Kherson were running out of food and medical supplies, and accused Russia of preventing civilians evacuating to Ukraine-controlled territory.  "Kherson's 300k citizens face a humanitarian catastrophe owing to the Russian army's blockade. Food and medical supplies have almost run out, yet Russia refuses to open humanitarian corridors to evacuate civilians," ministry spokesperson Oleg Nikolenko said on Twitter. Russia did not immediately comment on Nikolenko's remarks. Moscow denies targeting civilians.

  • March 22, 2022 / 07:54 PM IST

    Russia Ukraine News LIVE Updates | Israelis held by Russian troops in Ukraine freed

    Three Israelis detained by Russian troops in Ukraine have been freed, the head of the Ukrainian journalists union said Tuesday. Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk had said on Monday that Mykhailo Kumok, his wife and daughter -- all Israeli nationals -- had been kidnapped by Russian soldiers in the southeastern city Melitopol, currently held by Russian forces. "The family of Mykhailo Kumok were finally released by the occupants," Sergey Tomilenko said on his Facebook account. Tomilenko had indicated they were freed several hours later on Monday after having been interrogated and their telephones confiscated. Kumok was described as being the publisher of the local newspaper Melitopolskie Vedomosti. Three of the newspaper's journalists were also briefly held on Monday and then released, Tomilenko said. "The Ukrainian National Journalists Union condemns the intimidation and pressure being put on journalists and the residents of Melitopol, Berdyansk and Kherson," he wrote. On March 11, Melitopol Mayor Ivan Fedorov was abducted by Russian forces and released several days later. 

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