Russia-Ukraine War Highlights: US President Biden approves $800 million in military assistance for Ukraine

Ukraine war highlights: Moscow's nearly seven-week long incursion, the biggest attack on a European state since 1945, has seen more than 4.6 million people flee abroad, killed or injured thousands and led to Russia's near total isolation on the world stage.
Service members of pro-Russian troops drive a tank during Ukraine-Russia conflict on a road outside the southern port city of Mariupol,
Service members of pro-Russian troops drive a tank during Ukraine-Russia conflict on a road outside the southern port city of Mariupol,(REUTERS)
Updated on Apr 14, 2022 02:19 AM IST
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Russia-Ukraine War | Day 49 - LIVE Updates: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy appealed to the world to respond to Russia’s use of a poisonous substance in Mariupol. “Given the repeated threats by Russian propagandists to use chemical weapons against the Mariupol defenders and given the repeated use by the Russian army, for example, of phosphorus munitions in Ukraine, the world must react now,” Zelenskyy said in his nightly video address to the nation Tuesday.

The mayor of the Ukrainian town of Bucha, where corpses of civilians with bound hands and gunshot wounds to the head were found after Russian forces pulled out, says 403 bodies have been found so far and that he fears the toll will rise.

US President Joe Biden for the first time accused Russia of committing ‘genocide’ in its invasion of Ukraine, further escalating his condemnation of President Vladmir Putin as the war entered 49th day.

Moscow's nearly seven-week long incursion, the biggest attack on a European state since 1945, has seen more than 4.6 million people flee abroad, killed or injured thousands and led to Russia's near total isolation on the world stage.

Russia says it launched what it calls a "special military operation" on Feb. 24 to demilitarise and "denazify" Ukraine. Kyiv and its Western allies reject that as a false pretext.

Russia says it now aims to capture more territory on behalf of separatists in two eastern provinces, known as the Donbas. It includes Mariupol port, which has been reduced to a wasteland under Russian siege.

Ukraine says tens of thousands of civilians have been trapped inside that city with no way to bring in food or water, and accuses Russia of blocking aid convoys.

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  • Apr 14, 2022 12:01 AM IST

    US President Biden approves $800 million in military assistance for Ukraine

    President Joe Biden has approved $800 million in new military assistance to Ukraine, including helicopters and artillery, to bolster its defenses against an intensified Russian offensive in the country’s east, reports AP.

  • Apr 13, 2022 11:54 PM IST

    Russia slaps sanctions against 398 members of US Congress

    Russia has imposed sanctions against 398 members of the US Congress.

  • Apr 13, 2022 10:59 PM IST

    Ukraine's Zelensky and Biden discuss defensive aid and sanctions

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and US President Joe Biden discussed additional defensive and financial aid for Kyiv as well as sanctions and alleged Russian war crimes, the Ukrainian president said on Wednesday.

  • Apr 13, 2022 08:34 PM IST

    Villagers in Ukraine left with mine-riddled forest after Russian retreat

    Residents in Lubianka, a village northwest of Kyiv, are trying to rebuild their lives all while Ukrainian soldiers remove mines from a nearby forest where Russian troops had set up camp.

  • Apr 13, 2022 07:50 PM IST

    India's Infosys to exit Russia business

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  • Apr 13, 2022 07:43 PM IST

    Russia tells Ukraine to 'watch out' after it captures pro-Kremlin politician

    Russia on Wednesday told Ukraine to "watch out" after its former Soviet neighbour captured pro-Kremlin politician Viktor Medvedchuk, turning down Kyiv's offer of a swap with a warning that those holding him might soon be detained themselves.

  • Apr 13, 2022 06:54 PM IST

    Putin Says Russia will find new markets as West rejects oil exports

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  • Apr 13, 2022 06:15 PM IST

    Zelensky says Europe must act before Russia attacks other countries

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Wednesday urged Europe to take more action against Russia, warning that "we can either stop Russia or lose the whole of Eastern Europe".

  • Apr 13, 2022 05:47 PM IST

    Macron says would not use term 'genocide' to describe Russia's actions in Ukraine

    French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday said that Russians and Ukrainians were "fraternal peoples" and refused to call Russia's actions in Ukraine "genocide," stressing the need to be "discreet with terms."

  • Apr 13, 2022 05:14 PM IST

    Ukraine is a 'crime scene', says ICC chief prosecutor after visiting Bucha town

    After visiting Bucha town, International Criminal Court (ICC) chief prosecutor Karim Khan said ‘Ukraine is a crime scene’. Read more 

  • Apr 13, 2022 05:06 PM IST

    UK, EU coordinate over more Russian sanctions

    Britain and the European Union on Wednesday announced coordinated sanctions against pro-Russian separatists, as well as more oligarchs and their relatives.

  • Apr 13, 2022 04:26 PM IST

    Finland to decide whether to apply to NATO 'within weeks': PM

    Finland may make the call on whether to join NATO in just weeks following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

  • Apr 13, 2022 04:22 PM IST

    Russian troops shoot dead 7 people in Ukrainian village: AFP quoting prosecutor

    Russian troops have shot dead 7 people in Ukrainian village, news ageancy AFP reported quoting prosecutor.

  • Apr 13, 2022 03:53 PM IST

    Russian embassy in Bosnia warns of destabilization

    The Russian embassy in Bosnia on Wednesday criticized the suspension of a Bosnian Serb property law and warned of potential destabilization in the tense Balkan country unless the decision by the top international official is revoked.

  • Apr 13, 2022 03:19 PM IST

    Seven killed by Russian shelling in Kharkiv region: governor

    Atleast seven were killed by Russian shelling in Ukraine's Kharkiv region, news agency AFP reported

  • Apr 13, 2022 02:41 PM IST

    Over 1,000 Ukrainian marines surrender in Mariupol

    Over 1,000 Ukrainian marines with "hundreds of injured" surrendered in Mariupol, Head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov said in his Telegram channel Wednesday, news agency TASS reported.

  • Apr 13, 2022 01:28 PM IST

    Polish and Baltic Presidents set to visit Kyiv

    The presidents of Poland and the three Baltic states are heading to Kyiv in a show of support that follows the visits of other leaders to the Ukrainian capital, including from Boris Johnson and European Union chiefs, news agency Bloomberg reported.

  • Apr 13, 2022 12:30 PM IST

    'Too dangerous' for humanitarian corridors on Wednesday: Ukraine

    Ukraine said on Wednesday it was halting all humanitarian corridors allowing for the evacuation of civilians from war-scarred regions of the country, accusing Russian forces of violating agreements to allow people to flee.

    "Unfortunately, we are not opening them today. The situation along the routes is too dangerous and we are forced to refrain from opening humanitarian corridors today," Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said in a statement on social media.

  • Apr 13, 2022 11:28 AM IST

    Russia's Kadyrov says 1,000 Ukrainian marines surrendered in Mariupol

    Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov said more than 1,000 Ukrainian marines had surrendered in the besieged port city of Mariupol and urged remaining forces holed up in the Azovstal steel mill to surrender, news agency Reuters reported.

    There was no comment from Ukrainian officials on the statement made on Kadyrov's Telegram channel.

  • Apr 13, 2022 10:06 AM IST

    Oil holds advance above $100 as Putin vows to continue war

    Oil steadied in Asia after rallying back above $100 a barrel as Russian President Vladimir Putin vowed to continue the war in Ukraine, which has rattled markets and tightened global crude supply, Bloomberg reported. 

    “Worsening tensions in Ukraine as well as increasing self-isolation from Russian energy should drive sentiment higher in the short-term,” said Daniel Hynes, a Sydney-based senior commodities strategist at Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd told Bloomberg.

  • Apr 13, 2022 09:10 AM IST

    US may announce another $750 million military aid for Ukraine: report

    The United States is likely to announce a new military aid package worth USD 750 million for Ukraine amid the ongoing war in the country, said a media report citing US officials.

  • Apr 13, 2022 08:13 AM IST

    Ukraine captures pro-Kremlin fugitive leader close to Putin

    Ukrainian officials say fugitive Ukrainian oligarch Viktor Medvedchuk, who is both a pro-Russian opposition leader and a close associate of Russian leader Vladimir Putin, has been detained in a special operation carried out by the country’s SBU secret service. Read more

  • Apr 13, 2022 07:47 AM IST

    Credible information' on chemical weapons, says US

    The United States has "credible information" that Russia "may use... chemical agents" in its offensive to take Mariupol, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said as per AFP.

    He tells reporters he is not able to confirm accusations that Moscow has already used chemical weapons there.

    The world's chemical weapons watchdog, the OPCW, says it is "concerned" over reports of the use of chemical weapons in Mariupol.

  • Apr 13, 2022 06:31 AM IST

    Putin vows to press invasion until Russia's goals are met

    Vladimir Putin vowed Tuesday that Russia's bloody offensive in Ukraine would continue until its goals are fulfilled and insisted the campaign was going as planned, despite a major withdrawal in the face of stiff Ukrainian opposition and significant losses.

    Russian troops, thwarted in their push toward Ukraine's capital, are now focusing on the eastern Donbas region, where Ukraine said Tuesday it was investigating a claim that a poisonous substance had been dropped on its troops. It was not clear what the substance might be, but Western officials warned that any use of chemical weapons by Russia would be a serious escalation of the already devastating war.

  • Apr 13, 2022 05:56 AM IST

    World Bank to send $1.5 billion support package to Ukraine

    The World Bank is preparing a $1.5 billion support package for war-torn Ukraine and plans to aid developing countries struggling to keep up with surging food and energy prices, World Bank President David Malpass said on Tuesday. Read more

  • Apr 13, 2022 05:51 AM IST

    Zelenskyy praises Biden for saying Russian actions look like genocide

    Ukraine's President Zelenskyy praised US President Joe Biden for saying Russian actions look like genocide. “Calling things by their names is essential to stand up to evil,” he was quoted as saying by Reuters.

  • Apr 13, 2022 05:33 AM IST

    Russia war a 'genocide,' trying to 'wipe out' Ukraine: Biden

    US President Joe Biden on Tuesday said Russia's war in Ukraine "amounted to genocide," accusing President Vladimir Putin of trying to “wipe out the idea of even being a Ukrainian."

    "Yes, I called it genocide," he told reporters in Iowa shortly before boarding Air Force One to return to Washington. "It's become clearer and clearer that Putin is just trying to wipe out the idea of even being a Ukrainian."

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Pakistan's former all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez.(Getty Images)
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