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    American officials said Monday they believe China is becomingly increasingly concerned and embarrassed about Russia's war in Ukraine and Vladimir Putin's rhetoric on nuclear weapons. They spoke just ahead of Joe Biden's first meeting as president with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping. Beijing's relationship with Moscow since the invasion of Ukraine will be one of the areas where Biden will want to get a handle on Xi's thinking. The officials delivered an assessment of discussions at a summit of southeast Asian leaders in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, attended by the Chinese premier, Beijing's second most powerful figure. 'Premier Li Keqiang spoke rather extensively about China's policy towards Ukraine, put clear insistence on sovereignty, on the responsibility of nuclear threats, the need to ensure that nuclear weapons are not used in the way that some have suggested,' said an official on a briefing call with reporters. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (left), the second most powerful figure in Beijing, attended the ASEAN summit in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. A U.S. official said he spoke extensively on Ukraine and the importance of sovereignty and restraint...
    By JON GAMBRELL KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian forces scored more gains in their counteroffensive across at least two fronts Monday, advancing in the very areas Russia is trying to absorb and challenging its effort to engage fresh troops and its threats to defend incorporated areas by all means, including with nuclear weapons. In their latest breakthrough, Ukrainian forces penetrated Moscow’s defenses in the strategic southern Kherson region, one of the four areas in Ukraine that Russia is trying to grab and desperately defend. Kyiv’s troops also consolidated gains in the east and other major battlefields, re-establishing Ukrainian control just as Russian President Vladimir Putin is trying to overcome problems with manpower, weapons, troop morale and logistics, along with intensifying domestic and international criticism. He faces confusion and disarray domestically about his partial troop mobilization and establishment of new Russian borders. Ukraine’s advances have become so apparent that even Russia’s Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov, who usually focuses on his own military’s successes and the enemy’s losses, was forced to acknowledge it. “With numerically superior tank units in the direction...
    By JON GAMBRELL KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian forces scored more gains in their counteroffensive across a broad front Monday, advancing in the very areas Russia is trying to annex and challenging its effort to engage fresh troops and its threats to defend incorporated areas by all means, including with nuclear weapons. In their latest breakthrough, Ukrainian forces penetrated Moscow’s defenses in the strategic southern Kherson region, one of the four areas in Ukraine that Russia is absorbing and trying desperately to defend. They also consolidated gains in other major battlefields. Ukraine’s advances have become so apparent that even Russia’s Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov, who usually focuses on his own military’s successes and the enemy’s losses, was forced to acknowledge it. “With numerically superior tank units in the direction of Zolota Balka and Oleksandrivka, the enemy managed to forge deep into our defenses,” Konashenkov said Monday, referring to two Kherson region towns. He coupled that with claims that Russian forces inflicted heavy losses on Ukraine’s military. Ukrainian forces have struggled to retake the Kherson region, in contrast to its...
    President Joe Biden speaks during the First State Democratic Dinner in Dover, Delaware.Saul Loeb | AFP | Getty Images WASHINGTON – The Biden administration is expected Friday to announce new economic sanctions on Russia in response to its disputed annexation of four regions of Ukraine, a White House official told NBC News. Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier Friday announced, "There are four new regions of Russia," referring to the Ukraine areas of Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson. Putin cited referendum votes by residents of those Russian-occupied areas, which he said approved becoming parts of Russia. Those votes are widely viewed by Western officials as rigged and illegitimate. "The results are known, well known," he said. Earlier this week, the White House said the U.S. would never acknowledge the results of the "sham referendum" and would continue providing Ukraine with military and humanitarian support. On Wednesday, the Biden administration announced $1.1 billion in additional security assistance for Ukraine. The upcoming aid package, the 22nd such installment, brings U.S. commitment to more than $16.2 billion since Russia's invasion in late February.TVWATCH LIVEWATCH IN THE APPUP NEXT...
    A robot dog equipped with a rocket launcher on its back made its debut at a Russian arms fair, according to videos posted online by Russian media outlets. The video showed a robotic dog, dressed in black and dubbed the M-81 system, carrying the launcher on its back as it tiptoed across the convention floor before it crouched and waited for an order to fire the rocket. The footage was taken at the Russian army expo outside of Moscow, which runs from Monday to Sunday. The robot dog can be used for reconnaissance, to carry and deliver medicine, and for passage through smaller and more dangerous areas, including rubble, the dog's developers told Russian state news outlet RIA Novosti, according to Vice. It is not clear whether the dog is semiautonomous or manual. ZELENSKY ACCUSES RUSSIA OF ‘NUCLEAR BLACKMAIL’ BY LAUNCHING ARTILLERY ATTACKS FROM CAPTURED POWER PLANT “When used in combat, the robotic dog can also be engaged in target designation, patrolling and security,” the developers said. Video of the M-81 robot-dog armed with an...
    KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The head of Amnesty International’s Ukraine chapter has resigned, saying the human rights organization shot down her opposition to publishing a report that claimed Ukrainian forces had exposed civilians to Russian attacks by basing themselves in populated areas. In a statement posted Friday night on Facebook, Oksana Pokalchuk accused her former employer of disregarding Ukraine’s wartime realities and the concerns of local staff members who had pushed for the report to be reworked. The report, released Thursday, drew angry denouncements from top Ukrainian officials and criticism from Western diplomats, who accused the authors of making vague claims that appeared to equate the Ukrainian military’s defensive actions to the tactics of the invading Russians. “It is painful to admit, but I and the leadership of Amnesty International have split over values,” Pokalchuk wrote. “I believe that any work done for the good of society should take into account the local context, and think through consequences.” Russia has repeatedly justified attacks on civilian areas by alleging that Ukrainian fighters had set up firing positions at the...
    KRAMATORSK, Ukraine (AP) — Russia stepped up its onslaught against Ukraine on Saturday, with civilian casualties reported in several areas of the country. At least three civilians were killed and three more were injured in a Russian rocket strike on the northern Ukrainian city of Chuhuiv in the early hours, a regional police chief said. Serhiy Bolvinov, the deputy head of Kharkiv’s regional police force, said that the rockets were likely fired from Russian territory. Chuhuiv lies some 120 kilometers from the border. “Four Russian rockets, presumably fired from around (the Russian city of) Belgorod at night, at about 3:30, hit a residential building, a school and administrative buildings,” Bolvinov wrote on Facebook, adding that a two-story apartment block was partly destroyed. “The bodies of three people were found under the rubble. Three more were injured. The victims are civilians,” Bolvinov added. In the neighboring Sumy region, one civilian was killed and at least seven more were injured after Russians opened mortar and artillery fire on three towns and villages not far from the Russian border, regional governor Dmytro Zhyvytsky...
    Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov claimed that his country is amassing a million-strong fighting force to retake the southern regions of Ukraine. The planned counteroffensive, equipped with Western weapons, was ordered by President Volodymyr Zelensky to retake Ukraine's coastal regions due to their vitality to the country's economy, Reznikov said in an exclusive interview with the Times of London. IRAN SEEKS TO HELP RUSSIA WITH WAR IN UKRAINE, WHITE HOUSE SAYS "We understand that, politically, it’s very necessary for our country. The president has given the order to the supreme military chief to draw up plans. After that the general staff are doing their homework and say to achieve this goal we need XYZ," he said. "This is my job. I’m writing letters to counterparts in partner countries." Zelensky claimed that Ukraine had 700,000 soldiers in total in a televised address in late May, according to Euronews. Other analysts last month believed the true number was closer to 500,000, speaking to the Guardian. The BBC speculated the announcement was "more of a rallying cry than...
    KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian forces are managing to “raise true hell” in Ukraine’s eastern industrial heartland despite reports of them taking an operational pause, a regional governor said Saturday as the Ukrainian government urged people in Russian-occupied areas in the south to evacuate “by all possible means.” Deadly Russian shelling was reported in Ukraine’s east and south. The governor of Luhansk, Serhyi Haidai, said Russia launched over 20 artillery, mortar and rocket strikes in the province overnight and its forces were pressing toward the border with neighboring Donetsk. “We are trying to contain the Russians’ armed formations along the entire front line,” Haidai wrote on Telegram. Last week, Russia captured the last major stronghold of Ukrainian resistance in Luhansk, the city of Lysychansk. Analysts predicted Moscow’s troops likely would take time to rearm and regroup. But “so far, there has been no operational pause announced by the enemy. He is still attacking and shelling our lands with the same intensity as before,” Haidai said. Ukraine’s deputy prime minister, Iryna Vereshchuk, appealed to residents of Russian-held territories...
    ISTANBUL—Russia’s distraction over the war in Ukraine has forced its military presence to decrease in areas that may soon face a Turkish offensive, Syrian opposition officials told The Daily Beast this week. The officials, including in the opposition Syrian National Army (SNA), said Moscow has withdrawn from several areas in northwestern Syria near the Turkish border, including Tal Rifaat, where Ankara has said it would carry out a military operation to combat the U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), which Turkey considers a terrorist group. The SNA, a coalition of rebel groups backed by Turkey, would take part in the possible operation, according to Yusuf Hammoud, an officer and former spokesperson for the SNA. Hammoud, who is based in northeastern Afrin, Syria, said Russia has decreased its presence in areas around Aleppo and Tal Rifaat. “It will make it easier for Turkey to win this war,” Hammoud told The Daily Beast. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that his country will carry out a military operation in the northwestern cities of Tal Rifaat and Manbij near the Turkish...
    By The Associated Press When Vladimir Putin sent troops into Ukraine in late February, the Russian president vowed his forces would not occupy the country. But as the invasion reached its 100th day Friday, Moscow seemed increasingly unlikely to relinquish the territory it has taken in the war. The ruble is now an official currency in the southern Kherson region, alongside the Ukrainian hryvnia. Residents there and in Russia-controlled parts of the Zaporizhzhia region are being offered expedited Russian passports. The Kremlin-installed administrations in both regions have talked about plans to become part of Russia. The Moscow-backed leaders of separatist areas in eastern Ukraine’s Donbas region, which is mostly Russian-speaking, have expressed similar intentions. Putin recognized the separatists’ self-proclaimed republics as independent two days before launching the invasion, and fierce fighting has been underway in the east for weeks as Russia seeks to “liberate” all of the Donbas. The Kremlin has largely kept mum about its plans for the cities, towns and villages it has bombarded, encircled and finally captured. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has said it will be up...
    Only one bridge to Severodonetsk remains intact. The list of NATO equipment headed into Ukraine continues to grow. On Sunday, it was reported that Poland is dispatching 18 AHS Krab self-propelled howitzers, which followed reports on Saturday that—though not an official part of any announced assistance package—the U.S. was sending an unknown number of self-propelled 155mm M109 howitzers.  The last two weeks have seen a flurry of new announcements including armored transports, multi-launch rocket systems, anti-aircraft systems, and anti-ship missiles. In addition to defensive system, offensive weapons, supplies, and ammunition, there are a growing number of Ukrainian troops being trained to operate and maintain the new systems. Poland has reportedly already trained 100 Ukrainian soldiers to operate those AHS Krab, which are capable of firing a standard round 30km and an extended range round 40km, making them one of the longest ranged artilleries. And there’s something else that makes this gift from Poland special: These guns are brand new. They’re not just sending Ukraine the latest design created for their own army, they’re sending over half of all the AHS Krab guns that have...
    Lviv, Ukraine (CNN)When masked Russian soldiers ransacked Nina's home in northeastern Ukraine at 6 a.m. one day in late April, they were not searching for weapons. Instead, they were looking for her Ukrainian textbooks.The troops held her husband and daughter at gunpoint, but the 48-year-old told CNN she knew it was her they'd come for. As a school principal, she believes they saw her as the enemy."They were searching everywhere, even the drains and outdoor toilet," she explained. "They found schoolbooks and tutorials for Ukrainian language."Nina is not alone. Ukrainian officials say educators in newly Russian-occupied areas of the country have reported increasing cases of intimidation, threats and pressure to adapt school programs to align with pro-Russian rhetoric.As the war rips through Ukraine, education has become a victim of the conflict -- and a potential battlefield in the fight for control of the country. Read MoreBefore Russian troops invaded on February 24, around 4.23 million students were enrolled in schools across the country, according to data compiled by Ukraine's Institute of Educational Analytics, a state agency. Now, millions of school-age...
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged the world to unite and end the war in Ukraine on Thursday, calling it senseless, ruthless and “limitless in its potential for global harm.” The top U.N. human rights official said even a one-day cease-fire would prevent dozens of civilian deaths and injuries and allow several thousand others to flee Russian attacks. The U.N. Security Council meeting on the protection of civilians and civilian infrastructure in Ukraine heard a briefing from Guterres on his recent meetings with the Russian and Ukrainian presidents that led to the first two evacuations this week from the besieged southeastern city of Mariupol and its last Ukrainian stronghold, the Azovstal steel plant. Humanitarian chief Martin Griffiths said a third convoy left for Mariupol Thursday, expects to arrive Friday morning, and hopes to evacuate civilians from the plant. Guterres said he did not “mince words” with Russian President Vladimir Putin that his country’s Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine is a violation of the country’s territorial integrity and the U.N. Charter and “it must end for the sake of...
    KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The head of the U.N. World Food Program said people are being “starved to death” in the besieged Ukrainian city of Mariupol, and he predicted the country’s humanitarian crisis is likely to worsen as Russia intensifies its assault in the coming weeks. WFP executive director David Beasley also warned in an interview Thursday with The Associated Press in Kyiv that Russia’s invasion of grain-exporting Ukraine risks destabilizing nations far from its shores and could trigger waves of migrants seeking better lives elsewhere. The war that began Feb. 24 was “devastating the people in Ukraine,” he said, lamenting the lack of access faced by the WFP and other aid organizations in trying to reach those in need amid the conflict. “I don’t see any of that easing up. I just don’t see it happening right now,” he said. The fluid nature of the conflict, which has seen fighting shift away from areas around the capital and toward eastern Ukraine, has made it especially difficult to reach hungry Ukrainians. The WFP is trying to put food...
    A woman in Zalissya explaining what she thinks of Russians who blasted a hole through her house, April 12, 2022. On Wednesday, Russian officials reported that over 1,000 Ukrainian marines belonging to the 36th Brigade had surrendered in the besieged city of Mariupol. Reuters reports that these Ukrainian forces had been in the Azovstal industrial district, one of three much-reduced pockets of resistance remaining inside the battered remains of what was once a city of almost half a million people. If this area is captured, there may be no large organized force remaining to oppose Russian control of the city. This report may be false. The number of Ukrainian forces surrendering is almost certainly exaggerated. However, there have been other surrenders in the area in the last week, along with messages indicating that surviving forces were low on food, supplies, and ammunition. Cut off from resupply, battered by weeks of constant shelling, and hectored by Russian forces now entering the rubble with armor, there’s legitimately not much more that Ukrainian forces in Mariupol can do, barring a miracle. Almost since the beginning...
    Satellite images released on Tuesday show a new convoy of Russian vehicles traveling along Ukrainian highways, as well as the staging areas where Russian forces are preparing for the next phase of their invasion. The images, captured by Maxar Technologies, show Russian forces moving into eastern Ukraine from Russia's Belgorod region. The convoy contains more than 200 vehicles, including tanks, armored personnel carriers, towed artillery, and support equipment, according to Maxar. SATELLITE COMPANIES HELP US GAIN INSIGHT INTO WAR IN UKRAINE This satellite image provided by Maxar Technologies shows convoy of armored vehicles and trucks on T2104 highway near near Vilkhuvatka, Ukraine, on April 9, 2022. AP "We believe that these are the early stages of a reinforcement effort by the Russians in the Donbas,” said Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said on Monday. “It does seem to be a mix of personnel-carrying vehicles, as well as armored vehicles. There may be some artillery, maybe some enabling capabilities. Not exactly clear, but this does seem to be an early effort by them to reinforce their efforts in the Donbas.” This...
    A secret services 'whistleblower' in Moscow has warned of sinister plans for major new false flag attacks causing the 'deaths of hundreds of civilians' in border areas of Russia which will be 'blamed on Ukrainians'. The attacks will be used by Vladimir Putin's war machine to justify a general mobilisation of Russian troops and a new lurch to militarisation, it is claimed. The source nicknamed Wind of Change told opposition activist Vladimir Osechkin that the attacks will be against 'Z' and 'V' war symbols which are to be painted in the coming days on prominent residential buildings in border areas of Russia. The symbols linked to the war in Ukraine have been likened to modern-day swastikas and are being promoted by the Russian propaganda machine. Explosions in blocks of flats could cause 'hundreds of civilian victims', according to the whistleblower, purportedly an FSB insider. The source told opposition activist Vladimir Osechkin (pictured) that the false flag attacks will be used by Vladimir Putin's war machine to justify a general mobilisation of Russian troops The source said the attacks will be...
    By ADAM SCHRECK and ANDREA ROSA CHERNIHIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian troops left behind crushed buildings, streets littered with destroyed cars and residents in dire need of food and other aid in a northern Ukrainian city, giving fuel to Kyiv’s calls Thursday for more Western support to help halt Moscow’s offensive before it refocuses on the country’s east. Dozens of people lined up for food, diapers and medicine at a shattered school now serving as an aid-distribution point in Chernihiv, which Russian forces besieged for weeks as part of their attempt to sweep south towards the capital. In chalk on the blackboard in one classroom read: “Wednesday the 23rd of February — class work.” Russia invaded the next day. Ukraine’s foreign minister begged again Thursday for “weapons, weapons and weapons” from NATO — and the western alliance agreed, spurred into action by atrocities revealed in the wake of the recent Russian withdrawal from areas around Ukraine’s capital. Ukrainian officials said hundreds of bodies of civilians were found, many lying in the street, in towns around Kyiv. Associated Press journalists saw...
    By ADAM SCHRECK KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine told residents of its industrial heartland to leave while they still can and urged Western nations to send “weapons, weapons, weapons” Thursday after Russian forces withdrew from the shattered outskirts of Kyiv to regroup for an offensive in the country’s east. Russia’s six-week-old invasion failed to take Ukraine’s capital quickly and achieve what Western countries say was President Vladimir Putin’s initial aim of ousting the Ukrainian government. Russia’s focus is now on the Donbas, a mostly Russian-speaking region in eastern Ukraine. In Brussels, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba urged NATO to provide more weapons for his war-torn country to help prevent further atrocities like those reported on Kyiv’s northern outskirts. Ukrainian authorities are working to identify hundreds of bodies they say were found in Bucha and other towns after Russian troops withdrew and to document what they say were war crimes. “My agenda is very simple… it’s weapons, weapons and weapons,” Kuleba said as he arrived at NATO headquarters for talks with the military organization’s foreign ministers. “The more weapons we get...
    KYIV, Ukraine -- Ukraine told residents of its industrial heartland to leave while they still can and urged Western nations to send "weapons, weapons, weapons" Thursday after Russian forces withdrew from the shattered outskirts of Kyiv to regroup for an offensive in the country's east.Russia's six-week-old invasion failed to take Ukraine's capital quickly and achieve what Western countries say was President Vladimir Putin's initial aim to oust the Ukrainian government. Russia's focus is now on the Donbas, a mostly Russian-speaking region in eastern Ukraine.In Brussels, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba urged NATO to provide more weapons for his war-torn country to help prevent further atrocities like those reported in Kyiv's northern suburbs. Ukrainian authorities are working to identify hundreds of bodies they say were found in Bucha and other towns after Russian troops withdrew and to document what they say were war crimes."My agenda is very simple... it's weapons, weapons and weapons," Kuleba said as he arrived at NATO headquarters for talks with the military organization's foreign ministers about Ukraine's fight to defend itself."The more weapons we get and the...
    By The Associated Press KYIV, Ukraine — Ukrainian authorities say nearly 5,000 people were evacuated from combat areas Wednesday. Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said 1,171 people were evacuated from the besieged Sea of Azov port of Mariupol, and 2,515 more left the cities of Berdyansk and Melitopol and other areas in the south. She said an additional 1,206 people were evacuated from the eastern region of Luhansk. Vereshchuk and other officials have been urging residents of eastern regions to evacuate in the face of an impending Russian offensive, saying that people in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions should leave for safer regions. Donetsk region Gov. Pavlo Kyrylenko said at least five civilians were killed and eight others wounded by Russian shelling Wednesday. Over 10 million people, about a quarter of Ukraine’s population, have been displaced by the war, and more than 4 million of them have fled the country. ___ KEY DEVELOPMENTS IN THE RUSSIA-UKRAINE WAR: — Mariupol’s dead put at 5,000 as Ukraine braces in the east — US targets Putin’s daughters, Russian banks in new sanctions —...
    Ukrainian troops moved cautiously to retake territory north of the country’s capital on Saturday, using cables to pull the bodies of civilians off streets of one town out of fear that Russian forces may have left them booby-trapped. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that departing Russian troops were creating a “catastrophic” situation for civilians by leaving mines around homes, abandoned equipment and “even the bodies of those killed.” His claims could not be independently verified. Associated Press journalists in Bucha, a suburb northwest of Kyiv, watched as Ukrainian soldiers backed by a column of tanks and other armored vehicles used cables to drag bodies off of a street from a distance. Locals said the dead — the AP counted at least six — were civilians killed without provocation by departing Russian soldiers. “Those people were just walking and they shot them without any reason. Bang,” said a Bucha resident who declined to give his name citing safety reasons. “In the next neighborhood, Stekolka, it was even worse. They would shoot without asking any question.” Ukraine and its Western allies reported...
    KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The Ukrainian president said his country’s defense against the Russian invasion is at a “turning point” and again pressed the United States for more help in the hours after the Kremlin’s forces reneged on a pledge to scale back some of their operations. Russian forces bombarded areas around Kyiv and the northern city of Chernihiv and intensified attacks in other parts of the country Wednesday, adding to already deep doubts about any progress toward ending the punishing war. Talks between Ukraine and Russia were set to resume Friday by video, according to the head of the Ukrainian delegation, David Arakhamia. Meanwhile, a delegation of lawmakers from Ukraine’s parliament visited Washington to push the U.S. for increased assistance, saying their nation needs more military equipment, more financial help and tougher sanctions against Russia. “We need to kick Russian soldiers off our land, and for that we need all, all possible weapons,” Ukrainian parliament member Anastasia Radina said at a news conference at the Ukrainian Embassy. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy made the case directly to U.S. President Joe...
    By The Associated Press The United Nations chief said Wednesday that one-quarter of humanity — two billion people — are living in conflict areas today and the world is facing the highest number of violent conflicts since 1945 when World War II ended. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres cited conflicts from Yemen, Syria, Myanmar and Sudan to Haiti, Africa’s Sahel, “and now the war in Ukraine — a catastrophe shaking the foundations of the international order, spilling across borders and causing skyrocketing food, fuel and fertilizer prices that spell disaster for developing countries.” Guterres told the U.N. Peacebuilding Commission on Wednesday that last year 84 million people were forced to leave their homes because of conflict, violence and human rights violations. And that doesn’t include the Ukraine war which has already seen 4 million people flee the country and displaced another 6.5 million within the country, according to U.N. agencies. Guterres said the U.N. estimates that this year “at least 274 million will need humanitarian assistance.” This represents a 17% increase from 2021 and will cost $41 billion for the 183 million...
    Russian units are suffering such heavy losses in Ukraine that they have been forced to flee home and to neighbouring Belarus. The Kremlin has yet to capture any major city in its month-long invasion of its neighbour, and yesterday promised to 'radically' reduce military operations around Kyiv and Chernihiv. But experts said the pledge mostly covered areas where Putin has been losing ground or had been stalled for weeks, and the vow did not even last long with Chernihiv shelled 'all night long', its governor said. Britain's defence ministry said today: 'Such activity is placing further pressure on Russia's already strained logistics and demonstrates the difficulties Russia is having re-organising its units in forward areas within Ukraine.'  But Russia is likely to continue to compensate for its reduced ground manoeuvre capability through mass artillery and missile strikes, the ministry added.     Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky also scoffed at the idea Russia would be scaling back its barbaric assaults after peace talks were hailed by some yesterday as 'major progress', despite the lack of any concrete steps towards a ceasefire.   Russian units...
    There were "no areas" without air raid sirens in Ukraine overnight, and multiple reports of airstrikes, a day after Russian officials pledged to cut back military operations around the cities of Kyiv and Chernihiv. Explosions were reported overnight in the Ukrainian cities Kyiv, Kharkiv, and Chernihiv; in the western Ukrainian region of Khmelnytsky; and in neighborhoods in the Donbas region. A senior Ukrainian official said on Wednesday there were "no areas without sirens." "There was an air alarm throughout the country during the night," said Vadym Denysenko, an adviser to Ukraine's interior minister, said on Wednesday. "In fact, there were no areas without sirens. In the morning they were repeated." ❗️Almost all territory of Ukraine is on air alertThere is information about explosions in #Kyiv, #Kharkiv and #Khmelnytskyi.There are reports of a mass launch of rockets towards #Ukraine from the #Khoyniki district of the #Gomel region of #Belarus. pic.twitter.com/akuUQg6tuz— NEXTA (@nexta_tv) March 29, 2022 Denysenko noted that in several Ukrainian cities there were not only sirens but reports of shellings. He reported that in at least one instance,...
    RUSSIA has said it is to “radically reduce” its forces near to the Ukrainian capital Kyiv as its invasion continues to falter. The announcement was made by the Deputy Defence Minister Alexander Fomin and comes as a fresh round of peace negotiation get under way. 1Russian forces were destroyed in Bucha as they tried to take KyivCredit: AP Fomin said Russian forces in the Chernigiv region as well. Vladimir Putin expected a quick victory when he ordered the invasion of Ukraine but his forces have met stiff resistance. The death Russian death toll has reached as high as 15,000 with several generals and other top commanders among those killed. Most read in US NewsBLOODBATH Cartel gunmen 'in army uniforms' massacre 20 spectators at secret cockfightBLAZE CHAOS Thick black smoke billows from mall as fire rescue rushes to shopping centerAIRPORT PANIC Passengers trampled at Cancun airport as 'explosions' spark 'shooter' panicHIGHWAY CARNAGE Tragic crash leaves at least '3 dead & 20 hurt’ after horror 60-car pileup
    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he is open to peace talks but insisted he will not cede sovereignty to Moscow as delegations from both countries head to Turkey for a new round of discussions to begin on Tuesday. Zelensky also told Russian media outlets that Ukraine was willing to discuss adopting a neutral geopolitical status but added that any deal made would need to be validated by a referendum only after Russian troops had left Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the invasion on Feb. 24. In the nearly five weeks since the war broke out, thousands of people, many of them civilians, have lost their lives. Cities have been leveled, and millions have been displaced, with a ballooning humanitarian crisis that rivals World War II. Both sides have met multiple times to discuss a way to end the war but so far have been unsuccessful. Putin has claimed the West is trying to "cancel" Russia and has justified the invasion by falsely claiming Ukraine is rife with Nazis and that it is his responsibility to purge the country of...
    A Ukrainian check point in Kyiv. 21 Mar 22. Markos has already written at length on lies, damned lies, and battlefield maps. There’s a great tendency in this war to reflect Russian control not as something restricted to a few villages tagged in passing along the highway, but as if it extends to all the towns, fields, and woods lying in between. On some maps, it’s as if each Russian truck passing down the highway represents a enormous paintbrush, coloring all the area behind it red. But there’s a bigger problem built into these maps than just how the represent areas of control. They also contain an enormous prejudice about conditions on the ground, and even the course of the war.  This thread from cartographer Levi Westerveld looks at the evolution of the maps used by the New York Times over the last four weeks. Starting with this map, two days into the war, it’s easy to see how the map suggests Russia is spreading out rapidly and forcefully, overtaking large areas of Ukraine and securing them. It’s not just that it...
    By YURAS KARMANAU LVIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian forces stepped up shelling of cities in Ukraine’s center, north and south, a Ukrainian official said, as a second attempt to evacuate besieged civilians collapsed. With the Ukrainian leader urging his people to take to the streets and fight, Russian President Vladimir Putin shifted blame for the war to Ukraine, saying Moscow’s invasion could be halted “only if Kyiv ceases hostilities.” The outskirts of Kyiv, Chernihiv in the north, Mykolaiv in the south, and Kharkiv, the country’s second-largest city, faced intense shelling late Sunday, presidential adviser Oleksiy Arestovich said. Heavy artillery hit residential areas in Kharkiv and shelling damaged a television tower, according to local officials. The attacks dashed hopes that more people could escape the fighting in Ukraine, where Russia’s plan to quickly overrun the country has been stymied by fierce resistance. Russia has made significant advances in southern Ukraine and along the coast, but many of its efforts have become stalled, including an immense military convoy that has been almost motionless for days north of Kyiv. Food, water, medicine and...
    WILMINGTON, Delaware (CNN)American officials on Sunday identified three areas on which the United States could soon take action in an attempt to address Russia's intensifying war in Ukraine: a ban on Russian oil imports, a declaration of war crimes against Russia and help facilitating delivery of Polish fighter jets to Ukraine.The urgent discussions underway among top aides to President Joe Biden and between European allies of the US came as efforts to evacuate civilians from Ukrainian cities were stymied by Russian shelling and as Ukraine's President pleaded with the West to do more.Top US national security officials said they were hurriedly seeking ways to further punish Putin while providing support to the outgunned Ukrainian military. White House and other Western officials have made plain over the past days they expect the coming stretch of the war to be its bloodiest as Putin grows frustrated at Russia's slower-than-expected advances and seeks ways to grind ahead. Blinken says US has seen reports of Russian abuses in Ukraine that would constitute a war crime"Vladimir Putin has, unfortunately, the capacity, with the sheer manpower...
    By YURAS KARMANAU KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The Russian military is observing a cease-fire in two areas of Ukraine to allow civilians to evacuate, Russian state media reported Saturday, the first breakthrough in allowing civilians to escape the war. The Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement that it had agreed on evacuation routes with Ukrainian forces to allow civilians to leave the strategic port of Mariupol in the southeast and the eastern town of Volnovakha “from 10 a.m. Moscow time” (8 a.m. GMT.) The vaguely worded statement did not make clear how long the routes would remain open. A top official in Mariupol said the cease-fire there is to last until 4 p.m. (2 p.m. GMT) and an evacuation along a humanitarian corridor would begin at 11 a.m. (9 a.m. GMT.) Pavlo Kirilenko, head of the Donetsk military-civil administration that includes Mariupol, said the humanitarian corridor would extend from the city to Zaporizhzhia. The head of Ukraine’s security council, Oleksiy Danilov, had called on Russia to create humanitarian corridors to allow children, women and the older adults to get...
    KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian state news agencies report the Russian military will observe a ceasefire in two areas of Ukraine starting Saturday to allow civilians to evacuate. The Russian Defense Ministry says in a statement carried by the RIA Novosti and Tass agencies it has agreed on evacuation routes with Ukrainian forces to allow civilians to leave the strategic port of Mariupol in the southeast and the eastern town of Volnovakha. There is no immediate confirmation from Ukrainian forces, and it is not immediately clear how long the evacuation routes would remain open. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian invasion of Ukraine is the largest conflict that Europe has seen since World War II, with Russia conducting a multi-pronged offensive across the country. The Russian military has pummeled wide areas in Ukraine with airstrikes and has conducted major rocket and artillery bombardments, resulting in large numbers of casualties. Here is a look at some of the weapons being used in the conflict. WARPLANES AND MISSILES The Russian military has used warplanes and Kalibr (Caliber) cruise missiles to hit facilities throughout the country. The Kalibr is a precision weapon, but Ukrainian military facilities and government buildings apparently targeted by those missiles in Kyiv and Kharkiv are located close to residential areas, resulting in civilian casualties. The same applies to missiles carried by Russian warplanes, which targeted military infrastructure in strikes that also involved collateral damage. To hit key targets, the Russian military also has used Iskander missiles that have a range of up to 500 kilometers (around 300 miles) and carry a much more powerful warhead that can destroy big buildings and some fortified...
    (CNN)Three schools shelled, one of them with a gaping hole on the side of the building. Multiple rockets raining on panicking shoppers outside a supermarket. People walking through a park forced to rush to safety as shells explode around them.These were some of the attacks that residents of Kharkiv, Ukraine's second-largest city, endured in recent days as Russian forces targeted residential areas, hitting civilian infrastructure such as schools, shops, hospitals, apartment blocks and churches.CNN has geolocated and verified 13 incidents involving civilians over the past three days, as attacks intensified on Kharkiv, a city of about 1.5 million people. following Ukraine's resistance.Most of the attacks took place in the northeastern part of Kharkiv in the residential area of Saltivka. But other districts in the northwest, southeast and southwest of the city were also affected. The city's Freedom Square, the center of public life in Kharkiv, was hit with was believed to be a cruise missile, an adviser to Ukraine's interior minister said.In 24 hours, 34 civilians were killed and 285 injured -- including 10 children -- in the Kharkiv region,...
    By JIM HEINTZ, YURAS KARMANAU, VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV and DASHA LITVINOVA KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine’s leader decried Russia’s escalation of attacks on crowded cities as a blatant terror campaign, while U.S. President Joe Biden warned that if the Russian leader didn’t “pay a price” for the invasion, the aggression wouldn’t stop with one country. “Nobody will forgive. Nobody will forget,” Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy vowed after Tuesday’s bloodshed on the central square in Kharkiv, the country’s second-largest city, and the deadly bombing of a TV tower in the capital. He called the attack on the square “frank, undisguised terror” and a war crime. The assault on Kharkiv continued Wednesday, even as Russia said it would be ready to resume talks with the Ukrainian side in the evening. A Russian strike on the regional police and intelligence headquarters, according to the Ukrainian state emergency service. It said three people were wounded. The strike blew off the roof of the police building and set the top floor on fire, and pieces of the five-story building were strewn across adjacent streets, according to...
    KYIV, Ukraine -- Ukraine's leader decried Russia's escalation of attacks on crowded cities as a blatant terror campaign, while U.S. President Joe Biden warned that if the Russian leader didn't "pay a price" for the invasion, the aggression wouldn't stop with one country."Nobody will forgive. Nobody will forget," Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy vowed after Tuesday's bloodshed on the central square in Kharkiv, the country's second-largest city, and the deadly bombing of a TV tower in the capital. He called the attack on the square "frank, undisguised terror" and a war crime. Russian forces have just fired at the #Kyiv TV Tower.#StandWithUkraine #StopRussia #StopPutinNOW pic.twitter.com/Prf3WMB4gt— Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine (@ua_parliament) March 1, 2022The assault on Kharkiv continued Wednesday, with a Russian strike on the regional police and intelligence headquarters, according to the Ukrainian state emergency service. It said three people were wounded.The strike blew off the roof of the police building and set the top floor on fire, and pieces of the five-story building were strewn across adjacent streets, according to videos and photos released by the emergency service.MAP: How Ukrainian...
    Fox News foreign correspondent Trey Yingst tore into the Russian military on Tuesday over their explicit targetting of civilians, saying it is part of their “playbook.” Brian Kilmeade asked Yingst during The Five to react to the fact that Ukrainian civilians are suffering immensely from the Russian invasion and that a 40-mile-long military convoy is on its way to reinforce the Russians. “The Russians claim they are not targeting civilians in the Ukraine. They are lying,” Yingst said. “They target civilians all over the world.” “In Syria, you can see that thousands of civilians have been killed by Russian strikes. It’s part of the playbook to instill fear in the population as they move forward with these attacks,” Yingst said, he continued: It’s unfortunate to see this level of human casualties, and such a human toll taken in this conflict so far, but the reality is they are targeting civilian areas. We’ve not really seen it in Kharkiv, but here in the capital of Kyiv over the weekend, Russian missiles landed in an apartment building, killing at least two people....
    By YURAS KARMANAU, JIM HEINTZ, VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV and DASHA LITVINOVA KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian forces escalated their attacks on crowded urban areas Tuesday, bombarding the central square in Ukraine’s second-biggest city and Kyiv’s main TV tower in what the country’s president called a blatant campaign of terror. “Nobody will forgive. Nobody will forget,” President Volodymyr Zelenskyy vowed after the bloodshed on the square in Kharkiv. Ukrainian authorities said five people were killed in the attack on the TV tower, which is a couple of miles from central Kyiv and a short walk from numerous apartment buildings. A TV control room and power substation were hit, and at least some Ukrainian channels briefly stopped broadcasting, officials said. Zelenskyy’s office also reported a powerful missile attack on the site of the Babyn Yar Holocaust memorial, near the tower. A spokesman for the memorial said a Jewish cemetery at the site was damaged but the extent would not be clear until daylight. At the same time, a 40-mile (64-kilometer) convoy of hundreds of Russian tanks and other vehicles advanced slowly on Kyiv...
    By YURAS KARMANAU, JIM HEINTZ, VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV and DASHA LITVINOVA KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian forces stepped up their attacks on crowded urban areas Tuesday, bombarding the central square in Ukraine’s second-biggest city and Kyiv’s main TV tower in what Ukraine’s president called a blatant campaign of terror. “Nobody will forgive. Nobody will forget,” President Volodymyr Zelenskyy vowed after the bloodshed on the square in Kharkiv. Ukrainian authorities said five people were killed in the attack on the TV tower, which is a couple of miles from central Kyiv and a short walk from numerous apartment buildings. Officials said a TV control room and a power substation were hit, and at least some Ukrainian channels briefly stopped broadcasting. Zelenskyy’s office also reported a powerful missile attack on the site of the Babyn Yar Holocaust memorial, near the tower. At the same time, a 40-mile (64-kilometer) convoy of hundreds of Russian tanks and other vehicles advanced slowly on Kyiv in what the West feared was a bid by Russian President Vladimir Putin to topple Ukraine’s government and install a Kremlin-friendly regime....
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