Biden warns Putin’s ‘back is against the wall’

Russian Nobel laureate to auction medal for Ukrainian refugees

Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov has said he wants to auction off his 2021 Nobel Peace Prize medal to raise money for Ukrainian refugees.

Muratov called on Tuesday in the independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta, which he edits, to “share with the refugees, the wounded and the children who need urgent care what is dear to you and has value for others”.

Muratov asks auction houses about the possibility of holding a sale.

Muratov said last year he was donating his share of the Nobel Prize to causes including independent media, a Moscow hospice and caring for children with spinal problems. He said he wouldn’t keep any himself.

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Biden warns Putin of using chemical weapons in Ukraine

President Joe Biden warned on Monday that Russian President Vladimir Putin could use chemical weapons in Ukraine now that his “back is against the wall”.

As Moscow faces crippling sanctions from the United States and its allies, and Russian forces face a fierce fight from Ukrainian troops, Biden warned that “the longer the back (of Putin ) is against the wall, the greater the severity of the tactics he can employ”. .”

“Every time he starts talking about something he thinks NATO or Ukraine or the United States is about to do, it means he’s getting ready to do it,” he said. he said Monday night. Noting Russian claims that Ukraine has biological and chemical weapons, Biden said, “It’s a clear sign (Putin) is considering using both.”

The president also warned of potential cyber attacks from Russia, warning that “the scale of Russia’s cyber capability is quite substantial, and it is coming.”

Ukraine needs a ‘Marshall Plan’, says German Finance Minister

Ukraine needs a Marshall Plan to deal with the consequences of the Russian invasion, German Finance Minister Christian Lindner said on Tuesday.

“Our support for the (Ukrainian) people’s struggle for freedom will continue,” Lindner said in a speech to the lower house of the Bundestag parliament as he called for a Marshall Plan, referring to the US program that provided aid to Western Europe after the Second World War. .

“Our solidarity with our European neighbor has a lasting basis and that is why we need an international Marshall Plan for Ukraine,” he said.

This Maxar satellite image taken on Saturday and released on Monday shows burning buildings in northeast Mariupol, Ukraine.

This Maxar satellite image taken on March 19, 2022 and released on March 21, 2022 shows burning buildings in northeast Mariupol, Ukraine.
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More than 3.5 million people have fled Ukraine, UNHCR says

Ukraine has now seen more than 3.5 million people flee to other countries, according to the UN refugee agency.

As of Tuesday morning, the figure stood at 3,556,924, with more than 2 million people seeking refuge in neighboring Poland and more than 500,000 crossing into Romania, according to the latest UNHCR report. Data.

Millions of people have also been displaced inside Ukraine, and many have fled besieged cities. The United Nations reported yesterday that more than 6.5 million people were internally displaced.

“Many of these displaced people are particularly vulnerable, pregnant and nursing women, the elderly, people with disabilities, the chronically ill and those directly affected by violence,” according to the UN. The International Organization for Migration.

Russian court finds imprisoned Kremlin critic Navalny guilty of fraud

A Russian court on Tuesday found imprisoned Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny guilty of large-scale fraud and contempt of court, a move likely to see the time President Vladimir Putin’s most prominent critic in jail extended by years. .

Navalny is already serving a two-and-a-half-year sentence in a prison camp east of Moscow for parole violations related to charges he says were fabricated to thwart his political ambitions.

In the latest criminal case against him, which he also dismissed as politically motivated, he could have up to 13 years added to that sentence.

Prosecutors had asked the court to send him to a maximum-security penal colony for 13 years for fraud and contempt of court.

Ukrainian woman who sang ‘Let it Go’ in kyiv air raid shelter performs national anthem in Poland

A young girl who won hearts after a video of her singing “Let It Go” from the film Frozen in a kyiv bomb shelter went viral has now sought refuge in Poland, where she performed the Ukrainian national anthem.

Amelia, 7, sang the national anthem in front of thousands of spectators at the “Together with Ukraine” concert organized as a sign of solidarity with Ukraine.

The concert featured Ukrainian and Polish artists, with the event helping to raise funds for Ukrainian refugees.

The original video of Amelia singing “Let It Go” quickly spread across social media, catching the attention of Idina Menzel, the voice behind Frozen’s Elsa.

Seven-year-old Ukrainian refugee Amelia sings the Ukrainian national anthem at the start of a fundraising concert in Lodz, Poland on Sunday.
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Russia ends WWII peace talks with Japan over Ukraine sanctions

Russia responded to Japanese sanctions by ending World War II peace treaty talks with the country, which reacted angrily on Tuesday.

The two countries have never officially ended hostilities due to a territorial dispute over a chain of islands that separates them. The islands, which Russia calls the Kuriles and Japan the Northern Territories, were occupied by the Soviet Union in 1945.

Moscow is halting talks with Tokyo as well as efforts for joint economic activity on the islands, Russian news agency Tass reported on Monday, citing the Russian Foreign Ministry.

“It is impossible to discuss signing a fundamental treaty in bilateral relations with a country that takes an openly hostile stance and tries to harm the interests of our country,” the foreign ministry said.

Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Japan has banned strategic exports, frozen bank assets and imposed sanctions on individuals and businesses. Last week, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Japan would revoke Russia’s most favored nation trading status. On Tuesday he criticized Russia’s decision to end the talks, which have made little progress in seven decades despite more than 20 meetings between Putin and former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

“The current situation is entirely the result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and for them to shift that onto Japan-Russia relations is extremely unfair and absolutely unacceptable,” Kishida said.

Ukraine prepares for ‘compromise’ on NATO to end war, says Zelenskyy

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Monday evening that he was ready to discuss a commitment by Ukraine not to seek NATO membership in exchange for a ceasefire, the withdrawal of troops Russians and a guarantee of Ukraine’s security.

“It’s a compromise for everyone: for the West, which doesn’t know what to do with us vis-à-vis NATO, for Ukraine, which wants security guarantees, and for Russia , which does not want further NATO enlargement,” Zelenskyy said. late Monday in an interview with Ukrainian TV channels.

He also reiterated his call for direct talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Unless he meets Putin, it’s impossible to understand whether Russia even wants to stop the war, Zelenskyy said.

Zelenskyy said Kyiv would be ready to discuss the status of Crimea and the eastern Donbass region held by Russian-backed separatists after a ceasefire and steps to provide security guarantees.

Solaris, a superyacht linked to sanctioned Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich, is pictured in Bodrum, southwestern Turkey, on Tuesday.

Image: Solaris, a superyacht linked to Russian oligarch Abramovich, docks in Bodrum in Turkey
Solaris, a superyacht linked to sanctioned Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich, is pictured in Bodrum, southwestern Turkey, on Tuesday.Yoruk Isik / Reuters

Ukraine says more than 2,000 children were ‘illegally deported’ to Russia

Ukraine has accused Russian forces of illegally deporting 2,389 children from occupied regions of Ukraine to Russia.

In one declaration On Monday, Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry said Russian forces had illegally moved children from the long-disputed regions of Donetsk and Lugansk in eastern Ukraine.

“The forced displacement of civilians into the territory of the aggressor state, including children, shows signs of abduction. Such actions constitute a flagrant violation of international law, in particular international humanitarian law,” the ministry said.

He also called on the international community to condemn the illegal deportation of children, put more pressure on Russia and “stop the barbaric war against the Ukrainian people”.

Ukrainian forces repel Russian attempts to occupy Mariupol despite ‘heavy fighting’, UK says

Ukrainian forces continued to repel Russian efforts to occupy the besieged city of Mariupol, despite “heavy fighting”, the British Ministry of Defense said in a statement. information update Tuesday.

On Monday, kyiv rejected Russian demands to return the key port city, where up to 300,000 people have been trapped without access to water, heat or medicine during a week-long bombardment.

The UK Ministry of Defense said Russian forces elsewhere in Ukraine had “enduring another day of limited progress, with most forces largely stuck in place”.

Several Ukrainian cities continue to come under heavy Russian aerial and artillery bombardment, he noted, with the United Nations reporting that more than 10 million Ukrainians have fled the Russian invasion.

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