Live Updates on the Russia-Ukraine Situation | Biden Says Putin Has Failed to Divide NATO

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The latest developments in relations between Ukraine and Russia following Russia’s military incursion against Ukraine.

A Karnataka-born Indian student was killed amid shelling in the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv. On March 1, the Indian embassy in Ukraine issued an advise advising all Indian nationals to flee Kyiv immediately, “ideally by available trains or by any other possible means,” as the Russian invasion entered its sixth day.

The first round of discussions between Russia and Ukraine ended without agreement on February 28. Both parties agreed to continue negotiations, as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky pressed for Ukraine’s accession to the European Union.

Separately, the United Nations General Assembly and Security Council gathered to discuss the escalating Russian assault. “Nothing can justify the use of nuclear weapons,” Secretary-General Antonio Guterres stated during the UNGA’s emergency special session.

T.S. Tirumurti, India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Security Council, informed the Security Council that his country was sending humanitarian help to Ukraine. Russia’s worldwide isolation deepened further as the US removed 12 Russian diplomats assigned to the United Nations mission.

Ukraine reports that more than 350 civilians, including 14 children, have been murdered in the invasion, while more than 500,000 people have fled the nation.

On February 21, 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin recognised breakaway territories in eastern Ukraine and deployed troops in a peacekeeping mission.

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The following are the most recent updates:

WASHINGTON

Biden asserts that Putin has been unable to fracture NATO.

According to President Joe Biden, tyrants who do not “pay a price for their behaviour” wreak havoc.

Mr. Biden claims that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine was intentional and unprovoked, according to excerpts leaked Tuesday ahead of his first State of the Union address.

He will also emphasise the value of European allies at his Tuesday evening address to Congress at the United States Capitol. Mr. Biden asserts that the alliance formed following World War II to ensure “peace and stability” in Europe remains vital today.

He stated that Mr. Putin believed he was capable of dividing the NATO alliance, but he was mistaken. — Associated Press

UKRAINE

Ukraine desires that Russia be disconnected from the internet.

Mykhailo Fedorov, Ukraine’s Deputy Minister for Digital Transformation, wrote to the president of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) on March 1 citing Russia’s invasion’s “atrocious crimes,” including alleged violations of the Geneva Conventions in attacking civilian targets.

Mr. Federov stated that the crimes “were facilitated primarily by the Russian propaganda machine” and referenced cyberattacks “from the Russian side” that harmed Ukrainians’ ability to connect with their government.

Mr. Federov requested that ICANN revoke, permanently or temporarily, the domains.ru and.su and shut down the root servers that match domain names and numbers in Moscow and St. Petersburg.

“Russian civilians must understand the cost of war,” government spokesman Oleksandr Ryzhenko said Tuesday.

ICANN declined to respond immediately, but the RIPE NCC, the regional internet name authority for Europe and the former Soviet Union, denied the request.

The executive board of RIPE stated in an email to members that it thinks “the means of communication should not be compromised by domestic political disputes, foreign conflicts, or war.”

While blocking Russia from the internet might annoy Russian hackers, it would not deter them because they could continue to utilise various top-level internet domains. However, it would severely alienate the Russian populace from global conversation. — Associated Press

WASHINGTON

Russia has not yet exercised full strength, the US warns.

The US issued a strong cautionary statement on March 2 in response to persistent reports that Russian military progress — including the huge convoy outside Kyiv — has stalled due to food and fuel shortages and logistical difficulties.

According to one senior defence official, the US has witnessed Russian military columns literally run out of gas and, in some cases, food, and that morale has suffered as a result.

However, the official stressed the importance of remaining pragmatic. The Russians retain a sizable amount of fighting strength that has not been fully utilised, and “they will regroup, adjust, and change their tactics.”

The individual requested anonymity in order to share military assessments. The US estimates that Russia has launched more than 400 missiles of all types and sizes into Ukraine. As of Tuesday, Ukraine’s air and missile defence systems remained operational. Additionally, weapons from the United States and other countries continue to enter Ukraine. According to the official, aid is reaching the Ukrainian military, and troops are “actively utilising these devices.”

Russians have advanced in the south, taking two routes out of Crimea — one to the northeast and one to the northwest, according to the official. Although it is unclear whether the Russians have seized control of Kherson, fierce fighting continues. Additionally, the official stated that Russian soldiers have not yet moved inside Mariupol, but are close enough to launch a long-range attack. — Associated Press

THE HAGANESE

The United Nations’ highest court will hear Ukraine’s case against Russia.

The top court of the United Nations has set hearings next week on Ukraine’s appeal for the court to urge Moscow to halt its invasion.

On Saturday, Kyiv filed a complaint with the International Court of Justice accusing Russia of plotting genocide in Ukraine and requesting immediate “provisional remedies” ordering Moscow to halt hostilities.

Ukraine’s attorneys will offer arguments in favour of the country’s plea on March 7. On March 8, Russia’s lawyers will be given time to respond.

Prior to the hearings, the court’s president, US District Judge Joan E. Donoghue, sent an urgent message to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Tuesday, emphasising the importance of Russia “acting in such a manner that any order the Court may issue on the request for provisional measures has the intended effect.”

The International Court of Justice resolves international issues. While rulings frequently take years, orders for provisional measures are frequently delivered promptly. — Associated Press

UNITED STATES

The United States will deport a Russian ‘operative’ working for the United Nations.

The US says it is removing a Russian “intelligence operator” working for the United Nations, in addition to the 12 personnel of Russia’s UN Mission who were expelled on Monday for espionage.

United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric stated on Tuesday that the United Nations was informed on Monday that the United States was taking action to expel a United Nations Secretariat employee.

“We regret our circumstance, but we are engaging with the host country,” he said.

Mr. Dujarric declined to comment further on the matter out of respect for the staff member’s privacy and the sensitivity of the subject, but did state that “what makes this decision a bit more difficult to explain is that the staff member’s assignment was due to finish on March 14.”

The US Mission to the United Nations said in a statement on Monday that the 12 Russian diplomats “abused their residency privileges in the United States by participating in espionage activities detrimental to our national security.”

“On Feb. 28, the United States also launched the procedure to seek the departure of one Russian intelligence officer working at the United Nations who has violated their privileges of residence in the United States,” a US Mission spokesperson said on Tuesday. The spokesperson was not authorised to talk publicly and spoke on an anonymous basis. — Associated Press

UKRAINE

Russia murders five people in an attack on a Kyiv television tower

Russian military struck civilian targets including the Kyiv TV tower and Ukraine’s biggest Holocaust memorial on Tuesday, Ukrainian officials claimed.

According to Ukraine’s State Service for Emergencies, the strikes on the TV tower killed five people and injured five more.

 

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The Ukrainian Parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, shared a photo of smoke clouds surrounding the TV tower, which is located just a few miles from central Kyiv and within walking distance of multiple apartment buildings. Mayor Vitali Klitschko of Kyiv stated that the impact damaged an electrical substation powering the tower as well as a control room on the tower.

Andriy Yermak, the head of Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s administration, announced on Facebook that a “massive missile strike on the region containing the (Babi) Yar monument complex” is beginning. — Associated Press

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