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April 20, 2022 / 10:59 PM IST

Russia Ukraine News Highlights | G20 finances chiefs convene amid threats of Ukraine boycott

Russia Ukraine News Highlights | The announcement comes a week after US President Joe Biden unveiled an $800 million military aid package for Kyiv, including heavier equipment such as howitzers, as fighting escalates in eastern Ukraine.

Russia Ukraine News Highlights | Ukraine has received fighter planes and aircraft parts to bolster its air force in the face of Russia's invasion, the Pentagon said Tuesday, declining to specify the number of aircraft or their origin.

The announcement comes a week after US President Joe Biden unveiled an $800 million military aid package for Kyiv, including

heavier equipment such as howitzers, as fighting escalates in eastern Ukraine.

The moves indicate a change in attitude in the West, which had initially refused to provide Ukraine with heavy armaments to avoid action Russia could consider direct involvement in the conflict. Ukrainian forces "right now have available to them more fixed-wing fighter aircraft than they did two weeks ago," Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told reporters on Tuesday.
  • April 20, 2022 / 10:58 PM IST

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  • April 20, 2022 / 10:57 PM IST

    Russia Ukraine News LIVE Updates | G20 finances chiefs convene amid threats of Ukraine boycott

    Finance officials from the world's richest countries are convening on Wednesday to address global challenges like rising debt and a possible food crisis -- if they can overcome boiling tensions over Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

    Moscow's attack on its neighbor looms over the meeting of G20 finance ministers and central bank governors, the first since Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the invasion in late February.

    Western nations have retaliated for the bloody incursion with sanctions meant to harm Russia's economy and turn it into a pariah state.

    US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen intended to boycott some sessions if Russian officials were present, according to a senior US official, a stance France and other countries are expected to follow.

    "We demand that Russia cease right now its military action, and we ask Russia to refrain from attending G20 meetings. War is not compatible with international cooperation," French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said in the meeting.

    The boycott threat underscores the tumult facing the Group of 20, and experts see little chance at this meeting for the bloc to find consensus on global challenges such as climate change and debt relief for poor nations. (AFP)

  • April 20, 2022 / 09:50 PM IST

    Russia Ukraine News LIVE Updates | Putin orders WTO review to counter 'illegal' Ukraine sanctions

    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ordered a review of Moscow's position within the World Trade Organization to counter "illegal" sanctions imposed over its military operation in Ukraine.

    Putin told a televised government meeting that Western governments broke WTO rules by imposing politically-motivated import restrictions on Russian products such as steel and other metals.

    "I instruct the government to conduct a comprehensive review of the legitimacy of the actions taken by our Western trading partners, and to prepare an updated strategy for our actions within the World Trade Organization," Putin said.

    He said the review must be completed by June 1 but provided no details about what it might entail.

    Putin's comments came during a meeting focused on how to revive Russia's key metals industry.

    Russia is one of the world's largest exporters of raw products such as rolled steel.

    "The unfriendly steps towards Russia's metals producers were taken to suit immediate political interests," Putin said.

    Putin further instructed his ministers to find ways to stimulate domestic demand for Russian steel in order to keep factories running and preserve jobs.

    "There is no reason to believe that our partners' behaviour will substantially change," he warned. (AFP)

  • April 20, 2022 / 09:48 PM IST

    Russia Ukraine News LIVE Updates | Ukraine's membership in EU a 'priority': Zelensky

    European Union membership is a "priority" for Ukraine, President Volodymyr Zelensky said Wednesday during a joint press conference with visiting EU chief Charles Michel.

    "Regarding our future membership in the EU, it is a priority for our state, for the strength of our people, those who are ready to defend our land against Russian invaders even without arms," Zelensky said. (AFP)

  • April 20, 2022 / 08:36 PM IST

    Russia Ukraine News LIVE Updates | Wimbledon ban Russian and Belarusian players from 2022 tournament

    Wimbledon has banned Russian and Belarusian players from the 2022 tournament in response to the invasion of Ukraine.

    The All England Lawn Tennis Club, which runs Wimbledon, said they were acting to "limit Russia's global influence through the strongest means possible".

    Russian men's world number two Daniil Medvedev and Belarusian female world number four Aryna Sabalenka are the leading players affected by the ban.

    "In the circumstances of such unjustified and unprecedented military aggression, it would be unacceptable for the Russian regime to derive any benefits from the involvement of Russian or Belarusian players," an AELTC statement said on Wednesday. 

    "It is therefore our intention, with deep regret, to decline entries from Russian and Belarusian players to Wimbledon."

    Russia's Andrey Rublev is currently eighth in the ATP rankings, while his compatriot Karen Khachanov is in 26th place.

    Russian world number 15 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Victoria Azarenka of Belarus are two of the other top female players who will miss the grass-court Grand Slam.

    The Lawn Tennis Association has also banned Russian or Belarusian players from competing in British grass-court tournaments. (AFP)

  • April 20, 2022 / 08:24 PM IST

    Russia Ukraine News LIVE Updates | Putin says Sarmat missile will make Russia foes 'think twice': AFP

  • April 20, 2022 / 07:57 PM IST

    Russia Ukraine News LIVE Updates | Russia to update its strategy in World Trade Organization amid sanctions, says Vladimir Putin

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that "illegal" restrictions on Russian companies by Western states ran counter to World Trade Organization rules and told his government to update Russia's strategy in the WTO. "These measures (sanctions) run counter to WTO principles, to which European colleagues have constantly reiterated their adherence", Putin said. Russia's economy has been battered by Western sanctions designed to force Moscow to withdraw troops it sent into Ukraine on Feb. 24.

  • April 20, 2022 / 07:43 PM IST

    Russia Ukraine News LIVE Updates | India's Tata Steel to stop doing business with Russia 

    Tata Steel will stop doing business with Russia, the Indian steel major said on Wednesday, making it the latest global company to cut ties with the country for invading Ukraine. "Tata Steel does not have any operations or employees in Russia. We have taken a conscious decision to stop doing business with Russia," Tata Steel said in a statement. All of the company's steel manufacturing sites in India, the UK and the Netherlands have sourced alternative supplies of raw materials to end its dependence on Russia, Tata Steel said

  • April 20, 2022 / 07:17 PM IST

    Russia Ukraine News LIVE Updates | Global cooperation 'must continue' in G20: IMF chief

    IMF chief Kristalina Georgieva stressed on Wednesday that global cooperation in the G20 "must and will continue," as Western nations threaten to boycott meetings attended by Russian officials. There is a long list of issues that "no country can solve on its own," Georgieva told reporters ahead of a meeting of the bloc's finance chiefs and central bankers, and, "I can vouch for the fact that it is more difficult when there are tensions, but it is not impossible."

  • April 20, 2022 / 06:30 PM IST

    Russia Ukraine News LIVE Updates | Moscow has deported 500,000 people to Russia, Ukraine lawmaker says

    Moscow has deported 500,000 people from Ukraine to Russia, a leading member of the parliament in Kyiv told European lawmakers on Wednesday, calling on the Red Cross to establish contact with those missing. "Half a million of Ukrainian citizens were deported from Ukraine to the Russian Federation without agreement from their side," said Mykyta Poturayev, the head of the Ukrainian parliament's humanitarian committee. Reuters could not independently verify the figure given by Poturayev, who did not give details or supporting evidence. "Unfortunately there is no opportunity for now even (to make) contact with these people," Poturayev told members of the European Parliament by video link. Reuters has submitted a request for comment to the Russian Foreign Ministry. The 1949 Geneva Conventions, which define international legal standards for humanitarian treatment in conflict, prohibit mass forcible transfers of civilians during a conflict to the territory of the occupying power, classifying it as a war crime. Moscow has denied intentionally targeting civilians since invading Ukraine on Feb. 24 in what it calls a special military operation and says it is offering humanitarian aid to those wanting to leave.

  • April 20, 2022 / 06:20 PM IST

    Russia Ukraine News LIVE Updates | We await Kyiv response on peace talks: Russia

    The Kremlin's spokesman says Russia has presented Ukraine with a draft document outlining its demands as part of peace talks and is now awaiting a response from Kyiv. Dmitry Peskov told a conference call with reporters Wednesday that Russia has passed on a draft document containing absolutely clear, elaborate wording to Ukraine and now the ball is in their court, we're waiting for a response. Peskov didn't give further details. He blamed Ukraine for the slow progress in negotiations, and claimed that Kyiv constantly deviates from previously confirmed agreements. The dynamic of work on the Ukrainian side leaves much to be desired, the Ukrainians do not show a great inclination to intensify the negotiation process," he said. Ukraine presented Russia with its own draft last month in Istanbul, where the two sides held talks aimed at ending the conflict. It has been unclear how regularly the two sides have spoken to each other since then. 

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