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The hottest developments on the Russia-Ukraine war:

SYDNEY — Australia’s prime minister has described Russia and China’s nearer partnership as opportunistic fairly than strategic.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Monday labeled the alliance an “Arc of Autocracy” and stated Russia and China would want a new world order to the one that has been put because Environment War II.

Morrison has criticized Beijing’s failure to condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and China’s enlargement of trade in Russian wheat whilst other nations are imposing sanctions.

Australia past 7 days promised Ukraine $50 million in missiles, ammunition and other armed forces hardware to combat Russian invaders.

Morrison said on Monday: “Our missiles are on the floor now.”


WASHINGTON — Property Speaker Nancy Pelosi claims the Property is exploring laws to more isolate Russia from the worldwide overall economy, including banning the import of its oil and power products into the U.S.

Amid soaring gasoline price ranges in the U.S., the Biden administration has however to get in touch with for an oil import ban on Russia.

In a letter to Democrats released Sunday evening, Pelosi states the laws below consideration would also repeal usual trade relations with Russia and Belarus and commence the approach of denying Russia accessibility to the Planet Trade Business.

Pelosi claims the Residence would also empower the Biden administration to raise tariffs on Russian imports.

Congress intends to approve the Biden administration’s ask for for $10 billion in humanitarian, armed service and economic aid for Ukraine, Pelosi explained, as section of omnibus authorities funding laws this week.


LVIV, Ukraine — Ukrainian Overseas Minister Dmytro Kuleba stated additional than 20,000 people from 52 countries have already volunteered to struggle in Ukraine, where by they will provide in a recently designed worldwide legion. He did not say how a lot of of the international volunteers have arrived in Ukraine.

“The whole earth these days is on Ukraine’s facet not only in text but in deeds,” Kuleba claimed on Ukrainian television Sunday night.

He did not identify the property nations around the world of the volunteers, stating that some of them forbid their citizens from preventing for other international locations.

Kuleba also urged Ukrainians dwelling in other countries to start off a campaign to thrust for Ukraine’s membership in the European Union.


NEW YORK — Two of the so-termed Major Four accounting firms are pulling out of Russia over its war in Ukraine.

KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers the two explained Sunday they would finish their relationships with their Russia-primarily based member companies. KPMG reported it was also pulling out of Belarus.

KPMG International explained in a statement it would be “incredibly difficult” to have its Russia and Belarus companies leave the community. KPMG has more than 4,500 staff members in the two nations around the world.

PricewaterhouseCoopers mentioned it has 3,700 workers at its PwC Russia company and is operating on an “orderly transition” for the business enterprise.

The two other Large Four businesses – Deloitte and Ernst & Youthful – didn’t immediately return requests for remark Sunday.


LVIV, Ukraine — Russian forces stepped up their shelling of Ukrainian towns in the middle, north and south of the place late Sunday, presidential adviser Oleksiy Arestovich reported.

“The most recent wave of missile strikes arrived as darkness fell,” he stated on Ukrainian television.

He stated the locations that arrived beneath weighty shelling involve the outskirts of Kyiv, Chernihiv in the north, Mykolaiv in the south, and Kharkiv, the country’s next-major metropolis.

Kharkiv officials said the shelling destroyed the television tower and heavy artillery was hitting household parts.

In Chernihiv officials claimed all regions of the metropolis were being coming below missile assault.

Arestovich described a “catastrophic” situation in the Kyiv suburbs of Bucha, Hostomel and Irpin, wherever attempts to evacuate people on Sunday unsuccessful. He said the government was doing all it could to resume evacuations.

Evacuations also unsuccessful in Mariupol in the south and Volnovakha in the east because of the shelling.


LVIV, Ukraine — As Russian forces enhanced their shelling of Ukraine, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy appealed to the West to bolster sanctions.

In a movie statement Sunday evening, Zelenskyy heaped criticism on Western leaders for not responding to the Russian Protection Ministry’s announcement that it would strike Ukraine’s military services-industrial complex, though telling employees of these protection plants not to go to function.

“I didn’t hear even a one planet leader respond to this,” Zelenskyy said. “The audacity of the aggressor is a very clear signal to the West that the sanctions imposed on Russia are not enough.”

Zelenskyy called for arranging a “tribunal” to convey to justice those people who get and have out such crimes.

“Think about the perception of impunity of the occupiers that they can announce these types of prepared atrocities,” he mentioned.

The Russian Protection Ministry announced Sunday that its forces intend to strike Ukraine’s military-industrial complex with what it reported were being precision weapons.

“We urge all personnel of Ukrainian protection market plants … to leave the territory of their enterprises,” ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said in a assertion carried by the point out news agency Tass.


Netflix mentioned Sunday that it’s suspending its service in Russia.

A assertion from the business cited “circumstances on the ground” for its conclusion to suspend its Russian services but didn’t offer any additional particulars.

The announcement comes immediately after TikTok said consumers on its system in Russia have been blocked from publishing and viewing films shared from elsewhere in the earth. American Categorical also announced before in the day it would suspend functions in Russia, as well as in Russian-allied Belarus.


NEW YORK — TikTok stated Sunday that consumers will not be able to publish new video clips in Russia in reaction to the government’s crackdown on social media.

“In light-weight of Russia’s new ‘fake news’ law, we have no option but to suspend livestreaming and new material to our video clip service while we assessment the safety implications of this legislation,” the enterprise stated in a statement on Twitter. “Our in-application messaging company will not be afflicted.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday intensified a crackdown on media stores and people who fall short to hew to the Kremlin line on Russia’s war in Ukraine, blocking Fb and Twitter and signing into legislation a invoice that criminalizes the intentional spreading of what Moscow deems to be “fake” studies.

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TikTok is component of the larger sized Chinese tech organization ByteDance.


NEW YORK — American Express declared Sunday it is suspending all operations in Russia and Belarus.

Globally issued American Convey playing cards will no for a longer period do the job at retailers or ATMs in Russia, the enterprise said in a assertion. AmEx playing cards issued regionally in Russia by the country’s banking institutions will also no for a longer period get the job done outdoors of Russia.

The enterprise beforehand halted its relationships with financial institutions in Russia impacted by the U.S. and international governing administration sanctions, the company mentioned.


JERUSALEM — Israel’s prime minister spoke Sunday night by cellphone with Russian President Vladimir Putin, a working day just after his snap journey to Moscow to focus on the much more than weeklong Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Naftali Bennett also spoke with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, whom he visited in Berlin on Saturday as nicely, and French President Emmanuel Macron, his office environment stated.

Bennett has also spoken on the cell phone various occasions with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy — most lately Sunday early morning — as aspect of his shuttle diplomacy to mediate in between Ukraine and Russia just after additional than a 7 days of battling.

Furthermore, Israeli overseas minister Yair Lapid will fly to Riga, Latvia, on Monday to meet with U.S. Secretary of Point out Antony Blinken, the Overseas Ministry explained.

Whilst Israel has condemned Russia’s invasion, it has also refrained from taking action that could anger Moscow, out of issue of jeopardizing military services coordination in neighboring Syria.


VIENNA, Austria — The Global Atomic Electrical power Company has explained Russian forces are tightening their grip on the Zaporizhzhya nuclear plant, Ukraine’s premier, that they seized past week.

The director common of the agency, Rafael Mariano Grossi, said Sunday Ukrainian staff members members are now necessary to find approval for any operation, even routine maintenance, from the Russians, and that they have impeded typical communications by switching off some cellular networks and online at the internet site.

Ukraine’s regulatory authority explained that cellular phone strains, as properly as e-mails and fax, are no extended doing the job. Grossi stated he is “extremely worried about these developments,” including that for the plant to function properly, “staff ought to be permitted to carry out their crucial obligations in steady situations, with no undue external interference or strain.”


NEW YORK — The Russian navy has warned Ukraine’s neighboring international locations from internet hosting its warplanes, saying Moscow may perhaps take into consideration them a aspect of the conflict if Ukrainian plane fly beat missions from their territory.

Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov billed Sunday that some Ukrainian battle planes experienced redeployed to Romania and other Ukraine neighbors he did not establish.

Konashenkov warned that if people warplanes assault the Russian forces from the territory of individuals nations, it “could be viewed as as those countries’ engagement in the military conflict.”


PARIS — The French presidency explained the phone among Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday targeted mainly on the security of Ukraine’s nuclear vegetation.

The phone was on request from Macron and lasted virtually two several hours, the Elysee reported.

A French formal explained Macron insisted on the need to ensure the Global Atomic Energy Agency’s protection criteria are respected at Chernobyl and in other nuclear plants. He explained to Putin these services need to not be specific by a Russian offensive or caught in the combating.

Putin stated he does not intend to attack nuclear vegetation and agreed on the principle of a “dialogue” amongst IAEA, Ukraine and Russia on this challenge, in accordance to the formal, who spoke anonymously in line with the French presidency’s practices. Opportunity talks are to be arranged in the coming days, he explained.

Macron reiterated his get in touch with for Russia to stop its armed service functions and insisted on the will need to protect the civilians and make it possible for accessibility to humanitarian assist.

“The (humanitarian) condition is difficult” which include in Mariupol on Sunday, the formal stressed. “Our needs continue being the very same: we want Russia to reply to these demands… very promptly and obviously.”

— By Sylvie Corbet


PARIS — European Union chief Charles Michel said Sunday closing Ukraine’s airspace could spark a planet war.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has repeatedly referred to as on NATO countries to halt the Russian onslaught on his state by imposing a no-fly zone. Western leaders have refused for dread of triggering a broader war in Europe. Deploying fighter jets about Ukraine could “in present-day circumstances” be regarded as as “NATO’s entry into the war and consequently threat World War III,” Michel said in an job interview with the general public broadcaster France Inter.

Michel denied that financial sanctions against Russia constitute “a war of the EU or NATO towards Russia.” Russian President Vladimir Putin has connected the West’s economic punishment for his invasion of Ukraine to “declaring war” on Moscow.

Michel mentioned European and American allies imposed sanctions “to make force and harm the (Russian) regime”, not the individuals.


JERUSALEM — A team of 100 Ukrainian Jewish orphans who were being evacuated from the place following Russia invaded have landed in Israel.

The youngsters arrived Sunday a several hours ahead of two flights carrying all over 300 other Ukrainian Jewish immigrants landed.

The children were evacuated from the central Ukrainian metropolis of Zhytomyr and introduced to Israel by the KKL-JNF firm.

The Jewish Agency for Israel, a quasigovernmental corporation that manages immigration affairs, stated that it experienced acquired 5,500 urgent requests by Ukrainian Jews to go to Israel considering that Russia attacked on Feb. 24.


WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Condition Antony Blinken claims the United States and its allies are having a “very active discussion” about banning the import of Russian oil and purely natural gasoline in the newest escalation of their sanctions in retaliation for its invasion of Ukraine.

Questioned about oil and gasoline imports, Blinken instructed VFAB on Sunday that President Joe Biden convened a meeting of his Countrywide Protection Council on the subject the day just before. Biden and Western allies have until now held off on sanctions in opposition to Russia’s profitable vitality field to stay clear of blowback on their possess economies.

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“We are now speaking to our European companions and allies to seem in a coordinated way at the prospect of banning the import of Russian oil when earning guaranteed that there is however an suitable source of oil on environment market place,” claimed Blinken. “That’s a extremely active dialogue as we talk.”


BERLIN — The U.N. human rights place of work claims it has confirmed the deaths of 364 civilians in Ukraine considering the fact that the Russian invasion commenced on Feb. 24.

The Geneva-primarily based office mentioned that yet another 759 civilians experienced been wounded as of midnight Saturday.

The rights business office utilizes rigorous methodology and only reviews casualties it has verified.

It states it thinks the genuine figures are significantly better, “especially in federal government-controlled territory and specially in latest times.” That is mainly because the stream of data has been delayed amid the fighting and several experiences even now will need to be corroborated.

Ukrainian officers have presented considerably higher quantities.


NEW YORK — The Kremlin says President Vladimir Putin told his Turkish counterpart that Russia’s navy motion in Ukraine could be halted “only if Kyiv ceases hostilities and fulfills the well-acknowledged needs of Russia.”

Putin has detailed “demilitarization” and “denazification” of Ukraine, recognition of Russian-annexed Crimea as part of Russia and separatist locations in eastern Ukraine as impartial states as the Kremlin’s key demands.

According to the readout of Sunday’s contact with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, “hope was expressed that in the course of the planned up coming round of negotiations, the associates of Ukraine would clearly show a far more constructive solution, entirely using into account the rising realities.”

A third spherical of talks is scheduled for Monday.


MEDYKA, Poland — The head of the United Nations’ refugee agency states the international Purple Cross and the U.N. are negotiating accessibility to the cities in Ukraine most impacted by preventing considering the fact that Russia invaded Feb. 24.

Filippo Grandi, the U.N. large commissioner for refugees, explained Sunday that “those discussions continue” with hope for success, but did not identify precise towns. He said throughout a pay a visit to to Poland’s border with Ukraine that “these corridors are predominantly to provide humanitarian products fundamental goods to men and women that are actually in determined need and also to extract possibly the most susceptible persons.”

Grandi pressured that wide worldwide guidance is wanted for Poland and other countries obtaining refugees from Ukraine. He claimed that “predictions are tricky, hundreds of hundreds are on the go within Ukraine, and it is extremely possible that we will see a massive inflow continuing in the upcoming couple times.”

Grandi claimed that “what is desired really is a ceasefire, is the end to hostilities due to the fact that is the only way to cease this tragedy.”


LVIV, Ukraine — A Ukrainian formal suggests a second try to evacuate civilians from a southern town below siege for a 7 days has unsuccessful owing to ongoing Russian shelling.

Ukrainian navy authorities stated previously Sunday that evacuations from the port town of Mariupol were being scheduled to get started at midday local time (10 a.m. GMT) for the duration of a 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. nearby ceasefire.

Interior Ministry adviser Anton Gerashchenko explained the planned evacuations alongside designated humanitarian corridors had been halted since of an ongoing assault.

He said on Telegram that “there can be no ‘green corridors’ due to the fact only the ill brain of the Russians decides when to start capturing and at whom.”

A comparable cease-fireplace planned for Mariupol and the close by metropolis of Volnovakha collapsed Saturday, trapping citizens beneath a lot more shelling and aerial bombardment by Russian forces.


ISTANBUL — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s office environment states he has named for an urgent cease-fireplace in Ukraine in a phone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

In a assertion pursuing Sunday’s one particular-hour phone, the Turkish presidency stated Erdogan had urged a halt to battling to “address humanitarian concerns” and “seek a political solution” to the conflict. The war is now in its 11th day.

Erdogan known as for the opening of humanitarian corridors and a peace arrangement involving Russia and Ukraine.

Turkey has extensive ties with both Russia and Ukraine and has sought to position itself as a mediator. It has invited each to a diplomatic discussion board in Antalya subsequent week.

Erdogan’s office environment reported he informed Putin that he was “ready to make every contribution” to resolving the disaster.


WARSAW, Poland — Poland’s border guard company says that around 922,000 refugees have crossed the border from Ukraine considering the fact that Feb. 24, when Russia introduced its invasion.

The agency claimed on Twitter that a report a person-working day amount of about 129,000 crossed into Poland on Saturday, and pretty much 40,000 between midnight and 7 a.m. on Sunday.

A country of some 38 million folks, Poland is obtaining the premier selection of refugees amongst Ukraine’s neighbors. Some who entered Poland have ongoing to other nations.


HELSINKI — The major U.S. military officer says Ukrainian soldiers and civilians alike have set up an “extraordinarily courageous” struggle considering that the Russian invasion.

Gen. Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Personnel, spoke Sunday for the duration of a go to to an air foundation in Amari, Estonia. He is visiting the 3 Baltic nations to pledge U.S. and NATO assistance to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, previous Soviet republics that border Russia.

Milley said that “the will of the Ukrainian people today, the significance of their national management and the battling skills of the Ukrainian army has arrive via loud and apparent.”

He said Ukrainians have set up “an extraordinarily courageous and courageous fight” and “they’ve been accomplishing really, quite very well. But it is a small bit early to draw any definitive classes.”

Milley stated the U.S. currently has no indications that Moscow is arranging to attack on the Baltic nations and “we want to make confident it stays that way.”


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