Ukraine war highlights: UK PM Boris Johnson, Xi discuss Ukraine over phone

Updated on Mar 26, 2022 05:58 AM IST

Russia-Ukraine war highlights: US President Joe Biden is in Poland today to discuss the crisis with his Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda.

A shell crater in seen at a residential area amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Sievierodonetsk, Luhansk region. (Reuters
A shell crater in seen at a residential area amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Sievierodonetsk, Luhansk region. (Reuters
ByHindustan Times, New Delhi

Russia-Ukraine war updates: US President Joe Biden is in Poland to discuss the Ukraine crisis with his Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda, a day after he arrived in Brussels, Belgium, where he participated in extraordinary summits of NATO and the G7 to discuss the war. 

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Meanwhile, a day ago, Ukrainian President Voldymyr Zelenskyy called for worldwide demonstrations against the invasion of his country by Russia, which completed one full month on February 24. Russian President Vladimir Putin, who authorised the offensive, has repeatedly called it a ‘special military operation’ launched to ‘de-nazify’ the east European nation.

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  • Mar 25, 2022 10:09 PM IST

    UK PM Boris Johnson, Xi discuss Ukraine over phone

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    The nationalist premier "rejected (Zelensky's) demands at the European Council because they are contrary to the interests of Hungary," said Hungarian government spokesperson Zoltan Kovacs.

  • Mar 25, 2022 08:05 PM IST

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  • Mar 25, 2022 02:42 PM IST

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  • Mar 25, 2022 09:08 AM IST

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  • Mar 25, 2022 06:57 AM IST

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  • Mar 25, 2022 06:10 AM IST

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  • Mar 25, 2022 05:33 AM IST

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky(AFP)
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