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Russia Ukraine War Latest News
- A second attempt to establish a humanitarian corridor out of the besieged Ukrainian city of Mariupol failed. The number of refugees fleeing Ukraine passed 1.5 million as Russia’s attack continued for an 11th day, and the United States said it was concerned civilians were being targetted.
- Fleeing conflict, caught in shelling Ukrainians fleeing the town of Irpin just outside Kyiv were caught in shelling by Russian forces and forced to dive for cover, Reuters witnesses said.
- U.S. concerned about civilians The United States has seen very credible reports of deliberate attacks on civilians in Ukraine, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said.
- ‘No war’ protests in Russia Police detained more than 4,300 people at Russia-wide protests against President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, according to an independent protest monitoring group.
- The city mayor trying to get people out The mayor of Mariupol used to dream of revitalising the city. Now he says his main priority is to help many of the 400,000 people stuck in the southeastern Ukrainian city to escape.
- Diplomatic efforts Israeli Prime Minister Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said his country will continue trying to mediate between Russia and Ukraine even if success seems unlikely. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan urged Putin to declare a ceasefire in Ukraine, open humanitarian corridors and sign a peace agreement, his office said.
- Oil import ban could be the West’s next Russia weapon The United States and European partners are exploring banning Russian oil imports, U.S. Secretary of State Blinken said, but stressed the importance of maintaining steady oil supplies globally.
- Russia’s credit rating slips Moody’s cut Russia’s credit rating to Ca, the second-lowest rung of its ratings ladder, citing central bank capital controls that are likely to restrict payments on the country’s foreign debt and lead to default.
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Russia interfering at nuclear plant, IAEA says
The International Atomic Energy Agency has said Russian forces are tightening their grip on the Zaporizhzhya nuclear plant, Ukraine’s largest, that they seized last week. The director general of the agency, Rafael Mariano Grossi, said Sunday Ukrainian staff members are now required to seek approval for any operation, even maintenance, from the Russians, and that they have impeded normal communications by switching off some mobile networks and internet at the site.
Pakistani PM hits out at Western envoys’ joint letter on Russia
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan hit out on Sunday at Islamabad-based Western envoys who last week urged Pakistan to condemn Russia’s actions in Ukraine, asking them if they thought Pakistan was their “slave”. The heads of 22 diplomatic missions, including those of European Union member states, released a joint letter on March 1 urging Pakistan to support a resolution in the United Nations General Assembly condemning Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. The move to release the letter publicly was rare.
Ukraine open to discussing ‘non-NATO models’
Ukraine is not willing to compromise on its territorial integrity in talks with Russia but is open to discussing “non- NATO models” for its future, in a wider forum, one of its negotiators told Fox News. Ukraine has pursued membership of the European Union and NATO, both opposed by Moscow. Russian President Vladimir Putin has cited Ukraine’s potential membership of NATO as evidence of what he portrays as NATO aggression toward Russia.
CBI arrests former NSE managing director Chitra Ramkrishna
1.5 million refugees from Ukraine
The Ukrainian father of two took off with a sprint when he saw the GPS coordinates from his wife’s cellphone draw nearer to the border crossing into Poland. Yevgen Chornomordenko had been waiting for 11 days on the Polish side of the border for his wife, Alina, and two children to arrive from the Ukrainian capital, which had woken up to Russian shelling on Feb. 24. War had broken out at home just days after his arrival in the Polish city of Wroclow, near Germany, for a job installing solar panels.
French food group Danone suspends investments in Russia
French food group Danone said in a statement on its website that it was suspending investments in Russia, and that one of its two factories had closed in Ukraine, following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. “We have decided to suspend all investment projects in Russia, but currently maintain our production and distribution of fresh dairy products and infant nutrition, to still meet the essential food needs of the local population,” said Danone.
Bolshoi music director Tugan Sokhiev quits
The Bolshoi Theatre’s music director and principal conductor Tugan Sokhiev announced his resignation Sunday, saying he felt under pressure due to calls to take a position on the Ukraine conflict. The Russian said in a statement he was resigning “with immediate effect” from his post at the Moscow theatre as well as his equivalent position at France’s Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse.
Russia warns countries against hosting Ukraine military aircraft
U.S., Europeans discussing banning Russian oil imports
The United States and European partners are exploring banning Russian oil imports, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Sunday, but stressed the importance of maintaining steady oil supplies globally. “We are now in very active discussions with our European partners about banning the import of Russian oil to our countries, while of course, at the same time, maintaining a steady global supply of oil,” Blinken said in an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press” show. Blinken, who is currently on a trip across Europe to coordinate with allies against the Russian invasion of Ukraine, added that he discussed oil imports with President Joe Biden and his cabinet on Saturday.
More than 4,300 detained at anti-war protests in Russia
Police detained more than 4,300 people on Sunday at Russia-wide protests against President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, according to an independent protest monitoring group. Thousands of protesters chanted “No to war!” and “Shame on you!”, according to videos posted on social media by opposition activists and bloggers.
Iranian nuclear talks clouded by Russian demands
Talks to revive Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers were mired in uncertainty on Sunday following Russia’s demands for a U.S. guarantee that the sanctions it faces over the Ukraine conflict will not hurt its trade with Tehran. Moscow threw the potential spanner in the works on Saturday, just as months of indirect talks between Tehran and Washington in Vienna appeared to be headed for an agreement, with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov saying the Western sanctions over Ukraine had become a stumbling block for the nuclear deal. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken sought to dispel talk of such obstacles on Sunday when he said that the sanctions imposed on Russia over Ukraine had nothing to do with a potential nuclear deal with Iran.
Russian bank VTB prepares to pull out of Europe
Russian bank VTB is preparing to wind down its European operations after being hit hard by Western sanctions, the Financial Times reported on Sunday. VTB has an investment banking operation in London and a retail bank in Germany with 160,000 customers but has decided it is unable to operate outside Russia after its assets were frozen by Western allies, the FT said, citing people with knowledge of internal discussions.
“Ukraine sanctions on Russia not linked with Iran nuclear talks”
The sanctions imposed on Russia over its Ukraine invasion have nothing to do with a potential nuclear deal with Iran, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Sunday, after Russia’s demand a day before on written guarantees from Washington that its punitive measures won’t harm cooperation on Iran. In an interview with CBS’s “Face the Nation” show, Blinken said a potential nuclear deal with Iran was still close, but cautioned that “a couple of very challenging remaining issues” were still unresolved. “The sanctions that have been put in place … on Russia have nothing to do with the Iran nuclear deal and the prospects of getting back into that agreement,” Blinken said. “These things are totally different and just are not, in any way, linked together. So I think that’s irrelevant.
Macron, Putin call focuses on nuclear plants
The French presidency said the call between Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday focused primarily on the safety of Ukraine’s nuclear plants. The call was on request from Macron and lasted almost two hours, the Elysee said. A French official said Macron insisted on the need to ensure the International Atomic Energy Agency’s safety standards are respected at Chernobyl and in other nuclear plants. He told Putin these facilities must not be targeted by a Russian offensive or caught in the fighting.
Lviv becomes city of refugees
Due to the ongoing Russia and Ukraine conflict, the city of Lviv in Ukraine has become the city of refugees. Many people have come to the city of Lviv from Kharkiv, Kyiv, Kherson and other places with their families to save their lives. Speaking with ANI, a Ukrainian citizen Andrey said, “Volunteers in Lviv provides us with an entire house. I am very grateful to them. It’s peaceful here.”
Pope Francis says ‘rivers of blood’ flowing in Ukraine war
Pope Francis on Sunday rejected Russia’s use of the term “special military operation” for its invasion of Ukraine, saying the country was being battered by war and urging an immediate end to the fighting. “In Ukraine, rivers of blood and tears are flowing. This is not just a military operation but a war which sows death, destruction and misery,” the pope said in his weekly address to crowds gathered in St. Peter’s Square. The comments were the strongest the pope had yet made about the violence although, as has been the case throughout the conflict, he did not condemn Russia by name.
More than 3,500 detained at anti-war protests in Russia
More than 3,500 people were detained at protests across Russia on Sunday against President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, according to data provided by the interior ministry. Thousands of protesters chanted “No to war!” and “Shame on you!”, according to videos posted on social media by opposition activists and bloggers.
448 students evacuated from Ukraine reach Karnataka
As many as 448 stranded students evacuated from conflict-ridden Ukraine under Operation Ganga have reached Karantaka while additional 236 are yet to return, said Karnataka State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) Commissioner Dr Manoj Rajan. He said that 76 students have reached Delhi through “Operation Ganga” today.
Ukrainians fleeing fighting arrive in Poland in record numbers
Record numbers of refugees headed into Poland from Ukraine with the total number expected to surpass 1 million later on Sunday, as Russian forces continued shelling Ukraine’s cities. Polish border guards cleared as many as 129,000 people at border crossings on Saturday, the latest data showed, the most in a single day since the war started on February 24, bringing the total to 922,400.
Putin blames Kyiv for failed civilian evacuations from Mariupol
Russian President Vladimir Putin in a telephone call with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron blamed Kyiv for failed civilian evacuations from the key Ukrainian port city of Mariupol which is surrounded by Russian troops, the Kremlin said Sunday. Putin “drew attention to the fact that Kyiv still does not fulfil agreements reached on this acute humanitarian issue,” according to a statement from the Kremlin, after two agreements to evacuate Mariupol fell though following allegations of ceasefire breaches.
Putin signs law to seize illegal funds held by officials
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law allowing funds to be seized from the bank accounts of officials if the sum of the deposits exceeded their declared incomes over three years and was shown to be illegal, state television said on Sunday.
“6,200 Indians evacuated from Ukraine”
Speaking to ANI, Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said, “I think after the 5 flights today the figure will be close to 6,200 but you can never be absolutely precise because some people who came to Hungary registered others we have to issue an advisory that last flight is going out. Approximately 5,200 Indian nationals were returned home country yesterday. Today around 889 are returning to their home country. We are operating the last leg of Operation Ganga flights today.”
Blinken vows US support to wary Moldova
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Sunday pledged America’s support to the small, Western-leaning former Soviet republic of Moldova that is coping with an influx of refugees from Ukraine and warily watching Russia’s intensifying war with its neighbor. Blinken met with senior Moldovan officials who are appealing for international assistance in dealing with more than 120,000 refugees from Ukraine that it is now hosting while also seeking security reassurances against potential Russian aggression.
US, allies discuss Russia oil imports
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken says the United States and its allies are having a “very active discussion” about banning the import of Russian oil and natural gas in the latest escalation of their sanctions in retaliation for its invasion of Ukraine. Asked about oil and gas imports, Blinken told CNN on Sunday that President Joe Biden convened a meeting of his National Security Council on the subject the day before. Biden and Western allies have until now held off on sanctions against Russia’s lucrative energy industry to avoid blowback on their own economies. “We are now talking to our European partners and allies to look in a coordinated way at the prospect of banning the import of Russian oil while making sure that there is still an appropriate supply of oil on world market,” said Blinken. “That’s a very active discussion as we speak.”
Ukraine envoy to U.S. calls Russia ‘terrorist state’
Ukrainian ambassador to the United States Oksana Markarova called Russia a “terrorist state” in an interview with Fox News on Sunday.
UK PM Boris Johnson outlines 6-point plan
i. World leaders should mobilise an “international humanitarian coalition” for Ukraine
ii. They should also support Ukraine “in its efforts to provide for its own self-defence”
iii. Economic pressure on Russia should be ratcheted up
iv. The international community must resist Russia’s “creeping normalisation” of its actions in Ukraine
v. Diplomatic resolutions to the war must be pursued, but only with the full participation of Ukraine’s legitimate government
vi. There should be a “rapid campaign to strengthen security and resilience” among North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) countries
Ukraine official says assault halts evacuations
Plans to evacuate civilians from a besieged port city in Ukraine failed to materialise Sunday for the second time along with an expected Russian ceasefire, a Ukrainian official said, as officials tried to persuade Russia to agree on establishing other evacuation routes near Ukraine’s capital. Residents expected to leave the port city of Mariupol during a 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. local ceasefire, Ukrainian military authorities said earlier in the day. Interior Ministry adviser Anton Gerashchenko said the planned evacuations were halted because of an ongoing assault by Russian troops.
1,234 Haryana students evacuated from Ukraine
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Sunday said around 1,800 students from the state were stuck in the war-torn Ukraine, of which 1,234 have been evacuated. The CM said this after interacting with students who returned from that country. Of the remaining students, 80 are still stuck in Ukraine cities while the others have reached the country’s borders, Khattar told mediapersons.
Macron, Putin hold new telephone talks for over an hour
French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday held new telephone talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the Elysee said. The call, which a presidential official said lasted 1 hour 45 minutes and was at Macron’s request, was the fourth time they had spoken since the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24.
Russia cracks down on media
Russian authorities on Sunday continued to block independent news outlets and to arrest protesters in an effort to tighten control over what information the domestic audience sees about the invasion of Ukraine. Several prominent independent online outlets were blocked on Sunday, on top of dozens of others that were blocked last week. Others decided to halt operation in Russia because of new repressive laws or refused to cover the invasion at all because of the pressure. Hundreds of protesters have been detained all across Russia. The new additions to the list of blocked media included Mediazona, a news site that covers Russia’s police and justice system and has been an indispensable source of information about political arrests and high-profile court cases; the 7×7 site covering regional news; the Troitsky Variant popular science newspaper that has published an open letter decrying the invasion; and two regional news sites that also spoke out against the attack.
India sends relief materials to Ukraine
India kept sending relief materials to war torn Ukraine as part of humanitarian assistance by the Indian Air Force aircraft deployed for evacuation of stranded nationals through the neighbouring countries. On Sunday, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting shared a video of the relief materials being loaded in IAF’s aircraft by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel and these supplies are being sent to Poland from where it would be sent to Ukraine. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on March 3 said that two tranches of humanitarian assistance that included medicines, medical equipment, relief materials were dispatched by the Indian Air Force (IAF) to Ukraine.
“Vinnytsia airport in central Ukraine destroyed by Russian strike”
Poland says over 900,000 crossed from Ukraine
Poland’s border guard agency says that over 922,000 refugees have crossed the border from Ukraine since February 24, when Russia launched its invasion. The agency said on Twitter that a record one-day number of over 129,000 crossed into Poland on Saturday, and almost 40,000 between midnight and 7 am on Sunday. A nation of some 38 million people, Poland is receiving the largest number of refugees among Ukraine’s neighbours. Some who entered Poland have continued to other countries.
Russia’s Putin calls on Ukraine to stop fighting
President Vladimir Putin warned Ukraine on Sunday that Russia’s military operation would only be halted if Kyiv stopped resisting and fulfilled all of the Kremlin’s demands. Putin told Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan by telephone that Ukraine’s negotiators should take a more “constructive” approach at talks with Moscow to take into account the reality on the ground. Putin, whose comments were published in a Kremlin readout of the call, said his “special operation” in Ukraine was going according to plan and to schedule.
More than 1,000 people detained at anti-war protests in Russia
The OVD-Info protest monitoring group said 1,015 people were detained at protests across Siberia and Russia’s far east. Opposition activists posted videos showing protests and arrests in cities across Russia. “The screws are being fully tightened – essentially we are witnessing military censorship,” Maria Kuznetsova, OVD-Info’s spokeswoman, told Reuters by telephone from Tbilisi.
Erdogan urges ‘urgent general ceasefire’ in Putin call
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan appealed for an urgent general ceasefire in Ukraine when he spoke Sunday to Russian leader Vladimir Putin by telephone, Erdogan’s office said. The two heads of state spoke several days ahead of a diplomatic forum in the southern city of Antalya on March 11-13 that Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is due to attend.
Operation Ganga: More than 15,900 Indian citizens brought back
More than 15,900 Indians have been brought back since the special flights under Operation Ganga began on February 22 to rescue the stranded Indian citizens in Ukraine. To rescue Indian citizens, 2135 Indians have been brought back on Sunday by 11 special civilian flights from Ukraine’s neighboring countries. The number of Indians airlifted by 66 special civilian flights goes up to 13852, said the Ministry of Civil Aviation. To date, the Indian Air Force (IAF) has flown 10 sorties to bring back 2056 passengers, while taking 26 tonnes of relief load to these countries, as part of Operation Ganga,” it added.
Ukraine tries to evacuate city under weeklong Russian attack
Evacuations from the port city of Mariupol were scheduled to begin at noon local time (10 a.m. GMT) during a 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. local ceasefire, Ukrainian military authorities said. A similar cease-fire planned there and in the nearby city of Volnovakha collapsed Saturday, trapping women, children and older under more shelling and aerial bombardment by Russian forces. The revived announcement came after Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and a Russian-speaking member of his Cabinet traveled to Moscow and spoke with Ukraine’s president in hopes of brokering a broader deal to stop the fighting, now in its 11 day.
Russia banks turn to China after Visa, Mastercard suspension
Russian banks said Sunday they planned to issue cards using China’s UnionPay system after Visa and Mastercard moved to suspend operations in Russia over Moscow’s military intervention in Ukraine. Russian Visa and Mastercard bank cards will no longer be valid abroad, and cards issued abroad will no longer work in Russia, the global payments companies announced Saturday.
“PM Modi’s personal ties made Ukraine evacuation possible”
“Citizens of other countries trapped in Ukraine are forced to return home at their own expense but the Indian government is bringing back its citizens at the government’s expense. Never before had such a successful and so systematic return operation been done, as it is happening today,” Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Adityanath, said.
Zelensky (President of Ukraine) says Russian forces preparing to bombard Ukraine port city Odessa (AFP)
US ‘working actively’ on deal for Polish fighter jets to Ukraine (AFP)
Aviation Ministry says 8 flights will bring back more than 1,500 Indians on Monday
Ukraine exodus is fastest growing refugee crisis in Europe since WW2: UNHCR
More than 1.5 million refugees from Ukraine have crossed into neighbouring countries in the space of 10 days, the fastest growing refugee crisis in Europe since World War Two, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said. “More than 1.5 million refugees from Ukraine have crossed into neighbouring countries in 10 days — the fastest growing refugee crisis in Europe since World War II,” he tweeted.
Albania renames street in capital Tirana as Free Ukraine (Reuters)
More than 1 million people have now fled Ukraine to seek safety, and millions more are likely to join them: United Nations
Mariupol tries again to evacuate civilians under ceasefire agreement with Russian forces
The Ukrainian port city of Mariupol, which is surrounded by Russian troops, said it will restart efforts to evacuate civilians, after earlier efforts were scuppered by ceasefire violations.”From 1200 (1000 GMT) the evacuation of the civilian population begins,” city officials announced in a statement, which said a ceasefire was agreed with Russian-led forces surrounding the city.An earlier attempt on Saturday to allow civilians to leave by buses and private cars along the road northwest towards Zaporizhzhia failed when both sides accused the other of shelling.
Turkish President Erdogan holds phone call with Russia’s Putin: RIA
Russian shops to limit food sales to counter black market
- Retailers in Russia will limit sales of essential foodstuffs to limit black market speculation and ensure affordability, the government said, as sanctions imposed over Moscow’s military incursion into Ukraine began to bite.
- The trade and industry ministry over the weekend said there had been cases where essential foodstuffs had been purchased in a volume clearly larger than necessary for private consumption (up to several tons) for subsequent resale.
- Trade organisations representing retailers had proposed retailers be allowed to limit the volume of specific goods sold to individuals at any one time, the ministry’s statement said.
Elon Musk’s Starlink internet now in Ukraine
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy thanked SpaceX chief executive Elon Musk for giving Ukraine access to his company’s satellite-internet system, called Starlink.
It is due to India’s growing influence that we are able to bring home thousands of Indians stranded in Ukraine; many big countries are facing difficulties in doing so for their citizens: PM Narendra Modi
More than 64 people detained at anti-war protests in Russia, reports Reuters
- More than 64 people have been detained at anti-war protests in Russia’s Far East and eastern Siberia, OVD-Info protest monitor said. The monitoring group said people were detained at protests in the Russian Pacific port city of Vladivostok and the Siberian city of Irkutsk. Reuters was not able to independently verify the information. Reuters was unable to reach spokesmen for the police in either city.
Moldova asks US for more support as refugee numbers surge
- Moldovan Prime Minister Natalia Gavrilita urged the United States on Sunday to provide more humanitarian support as the number of refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine to the small European country hit 120,000. At the beginning of a meeting with visiting US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, she said her country of 2.6 million, one of Europe’s poorest, was straining under the weight of those fleeing Russia’s invasion of neighbouring Ukraine.
Russia to let banks cut back reporting results amid sanctions, reports AFP
- Russia’s central bank announced Sunday it was allowing lenders in the country to reduce the frequency of their financial disclosures, a measure it said was necessary to mitigate sanctions fallout. Moscow has been hit with a damaging package of financial and cultural penalties by Western countries in the wake of Russia’s military incursion into Ukraine. The central bank in recent days has taken unprecedented measures, including capital controls, to shore up the struggling economy and the ruble.
Japan may take more action vs Russia, could impact energy sector, says lawmaker
- Japan may take more action in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine which could significantly impact Japan’s energy sector, a senior ruling-party lawmaker said on Sunday, while expressing caution toward a complete end to Russia oil and gas usage. Sanctions against Moscow – such as freezing assets, banning exports of high-tech goods and excluding some Russian banks from the SWIFT international payments network – are having a major impact, said Hiroshige Seko, upper house secretary-general of the Liberal Democratic Party. “What’s important above all is to let Russia change action,” Seko said. “There’s a possibility we may impose further sanctions, which could have ramifications for the energy sector through financial institutions involved with transactions.” “Sanctions could have a big impact on (Japanese) people’s livelihoods, so we would have to seek their understanding for the sake of solidarity with Ukraine,” Seko told a political debate programme on public broadcaster NHK. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine over a week ago has led to a string of big companies halting their businesses in Russia.
Britain compares Russia’s tactics to Chechnya, reports AP
- British military officials on Sunday compared Russia’s tactics in Ukraine to those used in Chechnya and Syria, where cities were bombarded and heavily damaged after Russian forces faced unexpected resistance from their defenders. The strength of Ukrainian resistance continues to surprise Russian forces and they have responded by targeting populated areas, including the cities of Kharkiv, Chernihiv and Mariupol, Britain’s Ministry of Defense said in its daily intelligence briefing. “This is likely to represent an effort to break Ukrainian morale,” the ministry said in a statement. “Russia has used similar tactics in Chechnya in 1999 and Syria in 2016, employing both air and ground-based munitions.” Russia’s advance has been slowed by attacks on its supply lines, the ministry said. As a result, there is a “realistic possibility” that Russia is now trying to disguise fuel trucks to reduce losses.
Ukrainian Armed Forces use Islamist tactics of hiding behind civilians: Ex-Pentagon official
- The Ukrainian military is resorting to the methods of Middle Eastern extremists and using civilians as human shield, former adviser to the US Secretary of Defense, Colonel Douglas McGregor told Fox Business. According to McGregor, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky needs to recognize the “inevitability” of the defeat of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and accept Moscow’s conditions so as not to expose “a huge number of his population to unnecessary risk”. The Ukrainian military is using Islamist tactics in the cities, while Russian troops, on the contrary, are trying not to damage the infrastructure, he said. “Ukrainian troops are hiding in populated areas because they have no mobility, no air defense, no air cover, no logistical infrastructure. Now they are mixing with the civilian population,” RT News quoted the retired military official as saying.
Relax rules for medical students returning from Ukraine, says Varun Gandhi
- BJP MP Varun Gandhi on Sunday said that medical students returning from Ukraine should be structurally integrated into Indian institutions by relaxing rules, while suggesting that the NRI quota of medical colleges be utilised for them. Underlining that the war in Ukraine has mentally broken the students, Gandhi said, “We have to accommodate these students in Indian institutions by relaxing rules.” In a tweet, Gandhi said on the one hand, the students have bitter memories of war and on other hand, their future hangs in balance. There are over 20,000 Indian students who are in the process of being evacuated from Ukraine. For many of them, an education stint in Ukraine has meant spending Rs 15-30 lakhs in savings to gain education at a college that has probably been destroyed by now, Gandhi said.
US preparing to create ‘Ukrainian Zelensky govt in exile’ in Poland
- The US is preparing a plan to create in Poland a “Ukrainian government with Volodymyr Zelensky in exile”, said The Washington Post citing a source in the American administration. “Now we are preparing plans for any contingency,” the newspaper quoted the source as saying. According to the publication, Ukraine’s allies can help the “government in exile” in organising “guerrilla operations” in the country, RT reported. On March 4, Russian State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin announced that Zelensky was in Poland.
Ukraine warns of threat to hydroelectric power station
- The Ukrainian military warned Sunday morning that Russian forces advancing north toward Kyiv could be moving to seize the dam of a key hydroelectric power station. The threat to the Kaniv hydroelectric power station, located about 100 miles south of Kyiv on the Dnieper River, is part of what Ukrainian officials describe as a systematic effort to gain control over parts of the country’s critical infrastructure. Since the invasion, Russian forces have destroyed, attacked or captured several energy infrastructure facilities around the country, according to the Ukrainian military, witnesses and video evidence verified by The New York Times. Russian forces took control of Europe’s largest nuclear power plant in Zaporizhzhia on Friday after a fierce battle caused a fire in a training building and sparked worldwide alarm.