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Russia-Ukraine War: Russia to Halt Gas Contracts if Buyers Don’t Pay in Rubles, Says Putin

Russia-Ukraine War LIVE Updates: Russia's invasion of its neighbour, now in its fifth week, has driven around a quarter of Ukrainians from their homes and brought Russian-Western tensions to their worst point since the Cold War.

News18.com | March 31, 2022, 22:52 IST

Russia-Ukraine War:Russia plans to keep the contract currency for gas exports to Europe unchanged but has decided to seek final payment in roubles as one of the options to switch the currency of gas trade. President Vladimir Putin has said Russia, the world’s top natural gas producer, will soon require “unfriendly” countries to pay for fuel in roubles, raising alarm about a possible gas crunch in Read More

Mar 31, 2022 20:06 IST

Arindam Bagchi Welcomes Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Delhi

Mar 31, 2022 20:01 IST

Russian Foreign Minister to Meet PM Modi Tomorrow

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who reached India on Thursday, is likely to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi tomorrow. It would be the highest-level visit from Russia to India after Moscow launched its military offensive against Ukraine on February 24. This meeting comes ahead of the 2+2 dialogues set to be held between India and US on 11 April. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will meet their counterparts Secretary of State Antony Blinken and US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin.

Mar 31, 2022 19:01 IST

Russia to halt gas contracts if buyers don’t make the payments in Rubles: Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin said the payments for gas will be made through Russian banks by opening Ruble accounts by April 1. He said if the payments aren’t made, Russia will stop carrying out the existing contracts. Putin said Russia, the world’s top natural gas producer, will soon require “unfriendly” countries to pay for fuel in roubles, raising alarm about a possible gas crunch in Europe.

Mar 31, 2022 18:28 IST

Ukraine's Zelenskiy Says Others May be Emboldened if Russia Not Punished

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy told Australia’s parliament that Russia must be held accountable for past wrongs, warning that a failure to punish Moscow may encourage other countries to wage war against their neighbours. Zelenskiy called for new and tougher sanctions to retaliate against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and suggested that years of failure to rein in the global power had emboldened Moscow. “If we don’t stop Russia now, if we don’t hold Russia accountable, then some other countries of the world who are looking forward to a similar war against their neighbours will decide that such things are possible for them as well,” Zelenskiy said in the video address.

Mar 31, 2022 17:46 IST

Ukraine Expects Russian Assault in East After Invaders Pushed Back Near Kyiv

Ukrainian forces are preparing for new Russian attacks in the southeast region where Moscow’s guns are now trained after its assault on the capital Kyiv was repelled, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Thursday. Five weeks into an invasion that has blasted cities into wastelands and created more than 4 million refugees, U.S. and European officials said Russian president Vladimir Putin was misled by his generals about the dire performance of Russia’s military.The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said it was bringing a convoy of aid to reach besieged Black Sea port of Mariupol, where tens of thousands of people have been trapped for weeks under bombardment without food, water or heat.

Mar 31, 2022 14:46 IST

Russia Continues to Pound Chernihiv

Britain’s defense ministry says Russia continues to pound Chernihiv in northern Ukraine, despite Moscow’s claim to have scaled back its offensive around that city and Kyiv. The Ministry of Defense says significant Russian shelling and missile strikes have continued. It said on Thursday that Russian forces continue to hold positions to the east and west of Kyiv despite the withdrawal of a limited number of units. Heavy fighting will likely take place in the suburbs of the city in coming days. The UK intelligence update also said heavy fighting continues in the southern port of Mariupol, which has been besieged by Russia for weeks, but that Ukrainian forces remain in control of the center of the city.

Mar 31, 2022 14:45 IST

Moscow Would Not Refuse Russia-Ukraine Meeting, Talks Must Be Substantive - RIA

Moscow would not refuse a meeting between Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba but any talks between them would need to be substantive, RIA news agency cited the Russian foreign ministry as saying on Thursday.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said earlier on Thursday that Turkey was working to bring together the Ukrainian and Russian foreign ministers for further talks after hosting peace negotiations in Istanbul this week. Cavusoglu said the meeting could happen within two weeks.

Mar 31, 2022 14:45 IST

Ukraine Expects Russian Assault in East After Invaders Pushed Back Near Kyiv

Ukrainian forces are preparing for new Russian attacks in the southeast region where Moscow’s guns are now trained after its assault on the capital Kyiv was repelled, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Thursday.

Five weeks into an invasion that has blasted cities into wastelands and created more than 4 million refugees, U.S. and European officials said Russian president Vladimir Putin was misled by his generals about the dire performance of Russia’s military.

Mar 31, 2022 14:44 IST

Ukrainian President Urges Dutch Parliament to Stop All Trade with Russia

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Thursday asked the Dutch parliament for weapons, reconstruction aid and to halt all business with Russia in response to the invasion of his country. “Stronger sanctions are needed so that Russia doesn’t have a chance to pursue this war further in Europe,” he told lawmakers via video link. “Stop all trade with Russia.”

Mar 31, 2022 13:51 IST

Red Cross Warehouse Damaged in Mariupol

A Red Cross warehouse in the besieged Ukrainian port city of Mariupol has been struck amid intense Russian shelling of the area. Satellite pictures from Planet Labs PBC analyzed by The Associated Press on Thursday show clear damage to the warehouse’s roof along the Kalmius River near its mouth on the Sea of Azov. A red cross had been painted on the top of the warehouse.

At least one hole from suspected shelling could be seen in an image taken March 21. Some four holes in the roof were clearly visible in images taken Wednesday. The red cross had been on the warehouse’s roof from at least late August 2021, according to satellite images. The International Committee of the Red Cross distributed all the supplies from inside the warehouse earlier in March and no staff have been at the site since March 15, the aid group said in a statement.

Mar 31, 2022 11:30 IST

Fearful Advisors Mislead Putin on Ukraine War as Invasion 'Goes Awry', Say US & UK

President Vladimir Putin is being misled by fearful advisors as his Ukraine invasion goes awry, with mutinous Russian troops sabotaging equipment and even accidentally shooting down their own aircraft, US and British intelligence agencies say.

The close allies, whose spies have played up Russia’s failures and highlighted Kremlin divisions, said Putin’s advisors were “too afraid” to tell him the full truth about battlefield reverses and the real impact of sanctions. Read the full story here.

Mar 31, 2022 10:48 IST

Russian President Putin's War in Ukraine a 'strategic Blunder': White House

President Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine has been a “strategic blunder” that has weakened Russia and left it “increasingly isolated” on the world stage, according to the White House. At a press conference on Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Kate Bedingfield said the US has information that Putin felt misled by the Russian military, which has resulted in persistent tension between the president and his military leadership.

We believe that Putin is being misinformed by his advisors about how badly the Russian military is performing and how the Russian economy is being crippled by sanctions because his senior advisors are too afraid to tell him the truth, she said. So, it is increasingly clear that Putin’s war has been a strategic blunder that has left Russia weaker over the long term, and increasingly isolated on the world stage,” she said.

Mar 31, 2022 09:47 IST

UK Spy Chief Says Russian Soldiers Disobey Orders in Ukraine

Demoralized Russian soldiers in the Ukraine were refusing to carry out orders and sabotaging their own equipment and had accidentally shot down their own aircraft, a U.K. intelligence chief said on Thursday.

Jeremy Fleming, who heads the GCHQ electronic spy agency, made the remarks at a speech in the Australian capital Canberra.

Russian President Vladimir Putin had apparently massively misjudged the invasion, he said.

Mar 31, 2022 08:41 IST

US Looking at Options for More Sanctions on Russia Over Ukraine -White House

The United States is looking at options to expand sanctions to impose on Russia over its invasion of Ukraine and will have more to say about it in the coming days, White House spokesperson Kate Bedingfield said on Wednesday.

Speaking at the daily White House briefing, Bedingfield said President Joe Biden is continuing to look at options to expand sanctions and will have more information in coming days. Biden has imposed a wide variety of economic penalties aimed at punishing Russia.

Mar 31, 2022 08:41 IST

Ukraine Crisis High on Agenda in UK Foreign Secretary's India Visit

UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss will convey to her Indian counterpart S Jaishankar on Thursday that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine underlines the importance of democracies to work together to deter “aggressors” and reduce vulnerability to “coercion”. A statement released by the British High Commission said this as Truss begins a visit to India.

“Foreign Secretary Liz Truss is in India today as part of a wider diplomatic push following Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine last month,” the statement said. “In a meeting with India’s External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, the foreign secretary will say Russia’s invasion of Ukraine underlines the importance of democracies working closer together to deter aggressors, reduce vulnerability to coercion and strengthen global security,” it said.

Mar 31, 2022 08:40 IST

Chechen Chief Kadyrov Says Russia Will Make No Concessions in Ukraine

Ramzan Kadyrov, the powerful head of Russia’s republic of Chechnya, said on Wednesday that Moscow would make no concessions in its war in Ukraine and that Kremlin negotiator Vladimir Medinsky had been wrong to suggest otherwise.

In a video statement on his Telegram that appeared to deviate starkly from Russia’s official position, Kadyrov said that Russian President Vladimir Putin would not just stop what he had started in Ukraine.

Mar 31, 2022 08:39 IST

'Russia may have committed war crimes in Ukraine': UN human rights chief

United Nations human rights chief on Thursday said that ‘Russia may have committed war crimes in Ukraine.’ Michelle Bachelet urged Moscow end its war, saying “indiscriminate attacks are prohibited under international humanitarian law and may amount to war crimes.”

Mar 31, 2022 07:24 IST

Pentagon Sees Russia Starting to Reposition Under 20% of Forces Around Kyiv

Russia has started to reposition under 20% of the forces arrayed around Ukraine’s capital Kyiv, the Pentagon said on Wednesday, but cautioned Russia was expected to refit and resupply them for redeployment, and not bring the forces home.

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said some of the Russian forces may have already moved into Belarus, as opposed to their home garrisons.

Kirby also told a news briefing Russian contractor Wagner Group had deployed about 1,000 contractors into Ukraine’s Donbas region, which Moscow has declared a priority.

Mar 31, 2022 07:23 IST

Russia Bombards Kyiv Outskirts, Regroups for Offensive in East Ukraine

Russian forces bombarded the outskirts of Kyiv and a besieged city in northern Ukraine on Wednesday after promising to reduce attacks there in what the West dismissed as a ploy by Moscow to stem its heavy losses and regroup for other offensives.

Nearly five weeks into an invasion in which Russia has failed to capture any major city, the top U.N. human rights official said Moscow had bombed 50 hospitals as well as homes and schools across Ukraine in what may amount to war crimes.

Ukrainian officials called Russia out for having said on Tuesday it would curtail operations near the capital Kyiv and the northern city of Chernihiv “to increase mutual trust” for peace talks.

“It’s not true,” Kyiv mayor Vitali Klitschko said in a video address to European Union regional officials. “The whole night we listened to sirens, to rocket attacks and we listened to huge explosions east of Kyiv and north of Kyiv. There are immense battles there, people died, still die.”

Mar 31, 2022 07:23 IST

Ukraine War: Putin Misled by Russian Military, Says White House

The United States has information that Russian President Vladimir Putin felt mislead by his military, the White House said Wednesday adding that the Ukraine war has been a strategic blunder. What I can say is, of course, we have information that Putin felt misled by the Russian military, which has resulted in persistent tension between Putin and his military leadership, White House Press Secretary Kate Bedingfield told reporters at her daily news conference.

We believe that Putin is being misinformed by his advisers about how badly the Russian military is performing and how the Russian economy is being crippled by sanctions, because his senior advisors are too afraid to tell him the truth, she said. So, it is increasingly clear that Putin’s war has been a strategic blunder that has left Russia weaker over the long term, and increasingly isolated on the world stage,” she said.

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Ukrainian forces are preparing for new Russian attacks in the east of the country as Moscow builds up its troops there after suffering setbacks near the capital Kyiv, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Thursday.

Russia’s invasion of its neighbour, now in its fifth week, has driven around a quarter of Ukrainians from their homes and brought Russian-Western tensions to their worst point since the Cold War.

Tough resistance by Ukrainian forces has prevented Russia from capturing any major city, including Kyiv, where a Russian armed column was held back for weeks. At peace talks this week in Istanbul, Russia said it would curtail operations near Kyiv and the northern city of Chernihiv to build trust.

But Ukraine and its Western allies, including the United States, dismissed Russia’s pledge as a ploy to stem its losses and prepare for other attacks. Russia says its forces are regrouping to focus on “liberating” the breakaway eastern Donbas region.

In an early morning video address, Zelenskiy referred to Russian troop movements away from Kyiv and Chernihiv and said that was not a withdrawal but rather “the consequence of our defenders’ work.”

Zelenskiy added that Ukraine is seeing “a build-up of Russian forces for new strikes on the Donbas and we are preparing for that.”

Moscow has cultivated close ties with pro-Russian separatists controlling swathes of the Donbas region, which encompasses two self-proclaimed “people’s republics” that Russia says it is helping to free from Ukrainian control.

The leader of the Donetsk People’s Republic, Denis Pushilin, said on Wednesday that offensive operations were intensifying.

“We are well aware that the longer it takes us to liberate our territory, those settlements that are now under control of Ukraine, the more victims and destruction there will be,” he said.

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