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Russia-Ukraine war: US hits Putin press secretary, more oligarchs with sanctions

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks during a press conference in Kyiv on March 3, 2022. Photo by Sergei SUPINSKY / AFP (AFP)Premium
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks during a press conference in Kyiv on March 3, 2022. Photo by Sergei SUPINSKY / AFP (AFP)

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky calls for direct talks with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, saying it is ‘the only way to stop this war’. ‘We are not attacking Russia and we do not plan to attack it. What do you want from us? Leave our land’

Russian troops are in the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson and forced their way into the council building, the mayor said after a day of conflicting claims over whether Moscow had made the first major gain of a city in its eight-day-long invasion.

 

The invasion was denounced by the United Nations in a historic vote, as global brands exited Russia and the rouble hit record lows.

04 Mar 2022, 12:40:40 AM IST

US hits Putin press secretary, more oligarchs with sanctions

The Biden administration on Thursday announced new sanctions against Russian oligarchs and others in President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle as Russian forces continue to pummel Ukraine.

Those targeted by the new sanctions include Putin's press secretary, Dmitry Peskov, and Alisher Burhanovich Usmanov, one of Russia’s wealthiest individuals and a close ally of Putin. The U.S. State Department also announced it was imposing visa bans on 19 Russian oligarchs and dozens of their family members and close associates.-AP

03 Mar 2022, 10:39:00 PM IST

'The worst is yet to come, Russia wants to take all of Ukraine'

French President Emmanuel Macron believes that "the worst is yet to come" in Ukraine after a telephonic conversation with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Thursday, said an aide to the French leader.

Putin held a 90-minute talk with Macron who appeared intent on seizing "the whole" of the country, reported the Moscow Times quoting the aide.

An aide to the French leader said, "There was nothing in what President Putin told us that should reassure us. He showed great determination to continue the operation," reported the Moscow Times. – ANI

03 Mar 2022, 10:05:48 PM IST

‘I don’t bite. What are you afraid of?’: Zelensky to Putin

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has called for Russian President Vladimir Putin to meet him, salting the proposal with sarcasm.

“Sit down with me to negotiate, just not at 30 meters," he said Thursday, apparently referring to recent photos of Putin sitting at one end of an extremely long table when he met with French President Emmanuel Macron.

“I don’t bite. What are you afraid of?" Zelenskyy said at a Thursday news conference.

Zelenskyy said it was sensible to have talks: “Any words are more important than shots." – AP

03 Mar 2022, 10:05:48 PM IST

EU considers suspending equal treatment for Russia at WTO

The European Union said it was looking into suspending 'most-favoured nation' (MFN) treatment for Russia at the World Trade Organization over Moscow's invasion of Ukraine, meaning the bloc would be able to hike tariffs or set quotas on Russian imports.

"We are discussing options available to us in the WTO context. This includes the possibility of removing MFN treatment to Russia on the basis of the WTO national security exception," a European Commission spokesperson said on Thursday. – Reuters 

03 Mar 2022, 10:05:48 PM IST

Zelensky says if Ukraine falls, Baltic states 'next'

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky has called on the West on Thursday to increase military aid to Ukraine, saying Russia would advance on the rest of Europe otherwise. "If you do not have the power to close the skies, then give me planes!" Zelensky told a press conference. "If we are no more then, God forbid, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia will be next," he said, adding: "Believe me."

He called for direct talks with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, saying it was "the only way to stop this war." "We are not attacking Russia and we do not plan to attack it. What do you want from us? Leave our land," he said. – AFP

03 Mar 2022, 08:43:00 PM IST

9 dead after Russian forces strike Ukrainian city Chernihiv

Nine people died and four were injured after Russian forces hit residential areas, including schools, in the northern Ukrainian city of Chernihiv, the local governor said on Thursday.

03 Mar 2022, 08:38:02 PM IST

UN watchdog urges Russia to 'cease actions' at nuclear sites

The United Nations' nuclear watchdog urged Russia on Thursday to "cease all actions" at Ukraine's nuclear facilities, including the site of the Chernobyl disaster, following its invasion of the country.

03 Mar 2022, 08:36:30 PM IST

Protect Ukraine civilians 'for God's sake', pleads UN aid chief

The United Nations' aid chief pleaded Thursday for the protection of civilians in Ukraine and for unhindered humanitarian access amid the spiralling violence, in an interview with AFP.

03 Mar 2022, 08:03:23 PM IST

'All of humanity' at risk from nuclear threat over Ukraine: UN

The UN human rights chief on Thursday slammed Russia's invasion of Ukraine, warning millions there were seeing their rights trampled, while the rising nuclear threat put all humanity at risk.

03 Mar 2022, 07:51:53 PM IST

Biden seeks $10B for aid to Ukraine

The Biden administration is seeking another $10 billion to help protect Ukraine against the Russian invasion.

03 Mar 2022, 07:46:02 PM IST

Ukraine's 'IT army' targets Belarus railway network, Russian GPS

Ukraine's "IT army" of volunteer hackers announced a new set of targets on Thursday - including the Belarusian railway network and Russia's homegrown satellite-based navigation system, GLONASS.

03 Mar 2022, 07:40:37 PM IST

Ukrainian delegation arrived for talks with Russia in Belarus

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.

03 Mar 2022, 07:37:59 PM IST

Ukraine urges citizens to use guerilla tactics

As Russian forces advance on strategic points in southern Ukraine, Ukrainian authorities on Thursday called on compatriots to launch a guerrilla war against Russian forces.

03 Mar 2022, 07:36:50 PM IST

Ukrainian parliament backs bill to seize Russia-owned assets in Ukraine

Ukraine's parliament on Thursday approved a bill to allow the seizure of assets or property in Ukraine owned by Russia or Russian citizens due to the invasion of Ukraine.

03 Mar 2022, 06:43:17 PM IST

Putin tells Macron Russia will achieve its goals in Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday told his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron that the goals of Russia's operation in Ukraine - its demilitarisation and neutral status - will be achieved in any case, the Kremlin said.

03 Mar 2022, 05:58:19 PM IST

Russia to prioritise making military satellites

Russia's space agency Roscosmos said Thursday it will be changing its programme to prioritise making satellites for military purposes as Moscow becomes increasingly isolated following its invasion of Ukraine.

03 Mar 2022, 05:11:25 PM IST

Russia halts deliveries of rocket engines to the US

Russia has decided to stop supplying rocket engines to the United States in retaliation for its sanctions against Russia over Ukraine, Dmitry Rogozin, head of the state space agency Roscosmos, said on Thursday.

03 Mar 2022, 05:01:59 PM IST

F1 terminates contract with Russia after Ukraine invasion

Formula One has terminated its contract with the Russian Grand Prix following the country’s invasion of Ukraine, saying Thursday that Russia “will not have a race" in the future.

03 Mar 2022, 04:48:55 PM IST

Ikea suspends Russia, Belarus operations, affecting 15,000 staff

Swedish furniture giant Ikea said Thursday it would suspend its activities in Russia and Belarus, affecting nearly 15,000 employees, 17 stores and three production sites, in response to the war in Ukraine.

03 Mar 2022, 04:14:42 PM IST

Russia ready to talk; won't stop targeting Ukraine military

Russia’s foreign minister says that Moscow is ready for talks to end the fighting in Ukraine but will continue to press its effort to destroy Ukraine’s military infrastructure.

03 Mar 2022, 04:13:03 PM IST

Russia aims to destroy Ukraine's military

Russia’s foreign minister says Moscow is ready for peace talks but will press its effort to destroy Ukraine’s military infrastructure, which the Kremlin claims is threatening Russia.

03 Mar 2022, 03:22:03 PM IST

Russian foreign minister accuses West of considering 'nuclear war'

Russian foreign minister accuses West of considering 'nuclear war'

03 Mar 2022, 03:17:25 PM IST

Russia: No doubt that solution to Ukraine crisis will be found

Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov told Russian state television on Thursday he had no doubt that a solution to the Ukrainian crisis will be found, but Russia's dialogue with the West needs to be based on mutual respect.

03 Mar 2022, 03:16:05 PM IST

Lavrov says he believes some leaders are preparing for war against Russia

Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov told Russian state television on Thursday that he believed some foreign leaders were preparing for war against Russia.

03 Mar 2022, 03:09:36 PM IST

Germany wants inquiry into Russian human rights violations in Ukraine

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock called on Thursday for an urgent inquiry to investigate what she called human rights violations committed by Russia during its invasion of Ukraine.

03 Mar 2022, 02:51:26 PM IST

Zelenskiy says defence lines holding against Russian attacks

Ukraine's defence lines were holding against the Russian attack, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said in his latest video on Thursday, adding there had been no respite in Moscow's shelling of Ukraine since midnight.

"We have nothing to lose but our own freedom," Zelenskiy said, adding Ukraine was receiving daily arms supplies from its international allies.

03 Mar 2022, 02:09:09 PM IST

Russia warns West against further escalation

Moscow warned the West against further escalating tensions with it, Interfax news agency quoted Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov as saying on Thursday.

03 Mar 2022, 02:08:21 PM IST

France urges citizens to leave Russia if presence 'not essential'

France "strongly" urged its citizens on Thursday to leave Russia if their presence there was "not essential" following Moscow's invasion of Ukraine and the closure of airspace between Russia and the European Union.

03 Mar 2022, 01:37:00 PM IST

198 people from Himachal Pradesh evacuated from Ukraine so far: CM

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Thursday informed the assembly that 198 people from the state have been evacuated from war-torn Ukraine so far.

Besides, 249 students from Himachal Pradesh have reached Ukraine's neighbouring countries, he said.

Speaking during the budget session, the chief minister said 53 students from the state are still stuck in Ukraine's Kharkiv.

The state government had already contacted most of the stranded students whereas efforts are on to get in touch with the remaining ones, he added.

03 Mar 2022, 12:43:58 PM IST

Russia hits communications facility in Kyiv, takes town near Kharkiv -Ifax

Russian forces have struck a radio and television centre in Kyiv and captured the town of Balakliya near the city of Kharkiv in eastern Ukraine, the Interfax news agency quoted Russia's defence ministry as saying on Thursday.

Russian missiles struck a TV tower in Kyiv this week in what Moscow said was a targeted attack against Ukraine's information warfare.

03 Mar 2022, 12:43:58 PM IST

UK intelligence says Russian advance on Kyiv has made little progress

Russia's advance on the Ukrainian capital has made little progress over the past three days and the cities of Kharkiv, Chernihiv and Mariupol remain in Ukrainian hands, according to British military intelligence.

"The main body of the large Russian column advancing on Kyiv remains over 30km from the centre of the city having been delayed by staunch Ukrainian resistance, mechanical breakdown and congestion," Britain's defence ministry said in an intelligence update.

03 Mar 2022, 11:21:31 AM IST

India says Quad meeting with Biden, others on Thursday

Quad leaders U.S. President Joe Biden, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida will hold a virtual meeting on Thursday, New Delhi said.

03 Mar 2022, 10:07:12 AM IST

US state department accuses Kremlin of 'full assault on media freedom and truth' in Russia

The US Department of State has accused the Kremlin of engaging in a "full assault on media freedom and the truth" in Russia after the restriction of access to the Echo of Moscow radio broadcaster and the Dozhd TV-channel (listed as foreign agents in Russia).

03 Mar 2022, 08:43:17 AM IST

Amazon CEO pledges logistics, cybersecurity support for Ukraine

Amazon.com Inc is using its logistics capability to get supplies to those in need and cybersecurity expertise to help governments and companies as part of its support for Ukraine, Chief Executive Andy Jassy said on Twitter on Wednesday.

"Amazon stands with the people of Ukraine, and will continue to help," Jassy said, following Russia's invasion that Moscow has called a "special operation." Amazon, which earlier this week pledged to donate up to $10 million for humanitarian efforts, is the latest company to mobilize in offering aid.

03 Mar 2022, 08:42:22 AM IST

Netflix pauses all its future projects, acquisitions from Russia

Streaming giant Netflix will no longer come up with Russian content.

Due to Russia's military operations in Ukraine, Netflix has decided to pause all future projects and acquisitions from President Vladimir Putin-led country, Variety reported.

The streamer had four Russian originals in the pipeline, including a crime thriller series directed by Dasha Zhuk which was shooting and has been put on hold. The 1990's set series was Netflix's second original series filming in Russia, following 'Anna K which wrapped last year.'

03 Mar 2022, 08:01:13 AM IST

Foreign investors stuck

Foreign investors are effectively stuck with their holdings of Russian stocks and rouble-denominated bonds after the central bank put a temporary halt on payments and major overseas' settlement systems stopped accepting Russian assets.

03 Mar 2022, 08:01:13 AM IST

EU, US impose new sanctions on Belarus

The European Union and United States imposed new sanctions on Belarus for its supporting role in the invasion.

03 Mar 2022, 08:01:13 AM IST

Roman Abramovich said he would sell London's Chelsea Football Club

Russian businessman Roman Abramovich said he would sell London's Chelsea Football Club and donate money from the sale to help victims of the war.

03 Mar 2022, 08:01:13 AM IST

8 lakhs 70 thousand people

More than 870,000 people have fled Ukraine since the fighting began, most crossing into Poland and Romania.

03 Mar 2022, 08:01:13 AM IST

Volodymyr Zelenskiy

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said the Kremlin would not be able to take his country with bombs and air strikes.

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