Starting from December 25, everyone arriving in Japan from Russia will have to undergo a three-day quarantine. The talks are scheduled for Jan. 10 and will focus, among other things, on tensions around Ukraine. For the past several months, Russia has been amassing troops near its border…
- The United Nations refugee agency says 1 million people have fled Ukraine since Russia’s invasion, an exodus without precedent in this century for its speed.
- Russians are also approaching Mariupol in southeastern Ukraine, and while they haven’t yet entered the city, “they are close enough now that they could attack Mariupol with long range fires,” the official said.
- The Russian forces charging toward Kyiv haven’t made progress in the last day as they face Ukrainian resistance and low food and gas supply, a senior U.S. defense official told reporters Tuesday.
- The U.S. could discuss with Russia some specific issues related to Moscow’s global security initiatives, particularly in the area of NATO expansion eastward, according to Stephen Pifer of the U.S….
- NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told Fox News’ Greg Palkot on Tuesday that further Russian troops have entered Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region last night.
- The tower that provides the main signal to TV and radio in Kyiv has been struck by a Russian missile, leaving at least five dead, Ukrainian officials said.
“Today, President Putin made a series of outrageous, false claims about Ukraine aimed at creating a pretext for war, and immediately thereafter, announced Russian troops are entering the Donbas.” Ukrainian forces later reclaimed control of large part of both regions during a nearly eight-year conflict that has killed over 14,000 people. “I’ve received a request from the foreign ministry. I will consider the issue of severing diplomatic relations between Ukraine and the Russian Federation. Immediately after our press conference, I will consider this issue,” Reuters quoted Zelenskyy news of the world as saying. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced his country’s “first barrage” of sanctions against Russia over their actions in eastern Ukraine. Germany earlier this morning said it is taking steps to halt the process of certifying the key Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia over Moscow’s latest actions in eastern Ukraine. U.S. stocks remained lower Tuesday morning but were off the worst levels of the session as investors weigh earnings from retailers against Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ordering of troops into separatist regions of eastern Ukraine.
- The Ukrainian military says its defenders of a small island who who were believed to have been killed after defying a Russian warship are “alive”.
- The Ukrainian delegation of negotiators has arrived by helicopter for talks with the Russian side in Belarus, Russian state news agency TASS said on Thursday, citing its reporter on the ground.
- UkrainePresident Volodymyr Zelenskyy is continuing to downplay concerns of a potential Russian invasion of his country.
- March The Turkish lira has lost more of its value after official figures Thursday showed that the annual inflation rate in Turkey rose to a 20-year high of 54% in February as the country felt the pain of rising energy prices.
- A Western intelligence report indicated Chinese officials requested senior Russian officials wait until after the Beijing Olympics had finished before beginning an invasion into Ukraine.
- The United States is launching a special unit to help enforce sanctions against Russian oligarchs, targeting their yachts, jets, real estate and other assets.
A Ukrainian delegation is on its way to talks with Russia by helicopter and negotiations will kick off in a couple of hours, Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak said in an online post on Thursday. Moscow has maintained a moratorium on capital punishment as part of its obligations since it joined the Council of Europe in 1996, and news 12 Medvedev’s statement shocked the nation’s rights defenders and activists. Referring to Western threats to freeze the assets of Russian companies and individuals, Medvedev warned that Moscow wouldn’t hesitate to do the same. The U.S. official noted that they’ve seen “certain risk-averse behavior by the Russian military” over the last week.
The Russian Foreign Ministry issues a statement Tuesday that included an announcement that Russian diplomats would be evacuated from Ukraine. Secretary of State Antony Blinken called off a planned Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, arguing such a meeting would “not make sense” amid Russia’s current actions in Ukraine. White House Press secretary Jen Psaki did news ukraine not rule out the possibility that the Nord Stream 2 pipeline come come back online after reaching an agreement with Germany to tank the project in response to Russia’s actions in Ukraine. “The problem is we that we don’t have a clear understanding of Putin’s timeline… how he planned his further actions, neither here in Washington nor back in Kyiv,” Kuleba said.
Dmitry Medvedev, the deputy head of Russia’s Security Council chaired by President Vladimir Putin, also warned that Moscow could restore the death penalty after it was removed from Europe’s top rights group. For the second time in days, President Vladimir V. Putin addressed Russians about his aims in Ukraine. G.O.P. leaders, while condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, were silent on comments made by the former president. news and observer “And of course we’re seeing that on the ground — the fairly slow and steady progress that they have made, and you guys are seeing it for yourselves on the ground where … units are surrendering, sometimes without a fight.” A Russian Armoured personnel carrier burns during a fight with the Ukrainian armed forces in Kharkiv, Feb. 27, 2022. The official said some Russian soldiers weren’t told they were going into combat.
The country remains suspended from the sport for doping but many Russians compete as “neutral athletes” without a flag or national emblems. “We had hoped that FIS would reach the same conclusion on behalf of all ski nations, but now the Norwegian Ski Federation can no longer wait. The executive board has therefore today decided to notify FIS that Russian and Belarusian athletes will not be allowed to participate in the upcoming events in Norway,” Norwegian Ski Federation president Erik Roste said. The International Ski Federation has also decided to allow Russians to continue to compete, but the Norwegian Ski Federation said Tuesday it would block Russians from competing in upcoming World Cup events in its country. The International Olympic Committee released recommendations Monday to ban Russian and Belarusian athletes from all sport competitions.
The Russian forces charging toward Kyiv haven’t made progress in the last day as they face Ukrainian resistance and low food and gas supply, a senior U.S. defense official told reporters Tuesday. March The European Union on Wednesday formally banned seven Russian banks from using the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication system in response to the country’s invasion Ukraine. Russia Today and Sputnik are under control of the Russian Federation, and officials have accused them of supporting the Kremlin’s invasion of Ukraine by spreading disinformation news today and of attempting to destabilize neighboring countries through propaganda. “In this time of war, words matter,” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said in a statement. “We are witnessing massive propaganda and disinformation over this outrageous attack on a free and independent country. We will not let Kremlin apologists pour their toxic lies justifying Putin’s war or sow the seeds of division in our union.” On Monday at 7 pm Japan time, the largest automaker in the world, Toyota, announced it was the victim of a cyberattack.