Russia-Ukraine war highlights: Biden announces $800 mn military aid, anti-aircraft system to Ukraine

Updated on Mar 17, 2022 12:04 AM IST

Russia-Ukraine war highlights: The negotiations between the two countries for a political settlement of the conflict will continue on Wednesday. 

Firefighters extinguish flames outside an apartment house after a Russian rocket attack in Kharkiv, Ukraine's second-largest city on March 14, 2022. 
Firefighters extinguish flames outside an apartment house after a Russian rocket attack in Kharkiv, Ukraine's second-largest city on March 14, 2022. (AP)

It has been three weeks since Russia launched a full-scale attack on Ukraine. On Tuesday, both countries held the fifth round of peace talks as Ukraine said it saw possible room for compromise. A top Ukrainian negotiator described Tuesday's talks as very difficult and sticky and said there were fundamental contradictions between the two countries.

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On the other hand, President Volodymyr Zelensky said the meetings will continue. "The meetings continue, and, I am informed, the positions during the negotiations already sound more realistic. But time is still needed for the decisions to be in the interests of Ukraine," Zelensky added.

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As Russian forces continue their bombardment across Ukrainian cities, NATO will begin planning for more troops on the eastern flank.

Two Fox News journalists- Veteran videographer Pierre Zakrzewski and 24-year-old Oleksandra “Sasha” Kuvshynova, were killed when their vehicle came under fire outside of Kyiv. Another journalist of the network, Benjamin Hall sustained injuries and remains hospitalised.

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  • Mar 16, 2022 11:35 PM IST

    Biden announces $800 mn military aid, anti-aircraft system to Ukraine

    US President Joe Biden announces additional defence support to war-hit Ukraine, bringing the total to $1 billion. He signed a new package on Wednesday that includes transfer of $800 million in military aid to the east European nation as well as “longer-range anti-aircraft system”. The package also includes small arms such as grenade launchers, drones and shotguns, according to agencies.

  • Mar 16, 2022 11:23 PM IST

    Russian forces hit Mariupol theatre sheltering civilians

    A theatre in Ukraine's Mariupol has been hit by Russian forces. Hundreds of civilians were sheltering at the venue in the port city, the city council said on Wednesday.

  • Mar 16, 2022 11:00 PM IST

    3 charged by Russia for 'false information'

    Russian law enforcement has announced the first known criminal cases against people posting what is deemed to be “false information” about the war in Ukraine.

    The Investigative Committee, a law enforcement agency, listed three suspects, including Veronika Belotserkovskaya, who is a Russian-language cookbook author and popular blogger living abroad.

  • Mar 16, 2022 09:28 PM IST

    UN's highest court orders Russian Federation to suspend military operations in Ukraine

    UN's highest court orders Russian Federation to suspend military operations in Ukraine, reports news agency AP. 

  • Mar 16, 2022 09:27 PM IST

    Ukraine, Russia draw up tentative peace plan to end war: Report

    Ukraine, Russia draw up tentative peace plan to end war. The deal includes a ceasefire and Russian troop withdrawal if Kyiv renounces NATO membership ambitions and accepts limits on its armed forces, according to local media reports. 

  • Mar 16, 2022 09:06 PM IST

    UN seeks $4.27 billion in appeal for war-ravaged Yemen

    The United Nations is appealing for $4.27 billion for Yemen, the Arab world's poorest country, with 161,000 people likely to experience famine there in 2022.

    The virtual pledging conference is co-hosted by Sweden and Switzerland to alleviate what the UN says is the word's worst humanitarian crisis.

  • Mar 16, 2022 08:18 PM IST

    US and Russia make first 'high-level' contact since war began in Ukraine

    US NSA Jake Sullivan speaks to Russia’s General Nikolay Patrushev in first ‘high-level’ contact between 2 countries since beginning of Ukraine war, reports AFP.

  • Mar 16, 2022 07:54 PM IST

    Turkey's foreign minister meets with Russia

    Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu called for an end to the “bloodshed and tears” from the conflict in Ukraine during a joint news conference with his Russian counterpart. Speaking after a meeting with Sergey Lavrov in Moscow on Wednesday, Cavusoglu also called for an immediate cease-fire for the besieged city of Mariupol to allow the evacuation of stranded civilians, including Turkish citizens.

  • Mar 16, 2022 07:03 PM IST

    Zelenskky plays graphic video to Congress showing toll of Russian war

    Zelenskky plays graphic video to Congress showing toll of Russian war in Ukraine, appeals for no-fly zone. 

  • Mar 16, 2022 06:45 PM IST

    ‘We need you right now': Zelesnkyy to US Congress

    Zelenskyy cites Pearl Harbor, 9/11 attacks in appeal to US Congress for help against Russia, 'we need you right now.'

  • Mar 16, 2022 06:29 PM IST

    No plans at this stage for French President Macron traveling to Ukraine

    There are no plans at this stage for French President Emmanuel Macron to travel to Ukraine, government spokesman Gabriel Attal said on Wednesday.

    A trip can be envisaged as soon as a visit appears useful to resolve the crisis, Attal told a news conference following a cabinet meeting.

  • Mar 16, 2022 04:36 PM IST

    Ukraine rejects proposals of Austria, Sweden neutraliy models: Presidency

    Ukraine rejects proposals of Austria, Sweden neutraliy models, reports AFP citing presidency. 

  • Mar 16, 2022 03:37 PM IST

    Explosions in central Kyiv

    Explosions rock central Kyiv as Russia intensifies its attack on the capital, which is under a 35-hour curfew due to what its mayor called a "difficult and dangerous moment". Two residential buildings were damaged and two people wounded, emergency services say.

  • Mar 16, 2022 02:25 PM IST

    Russia's Lavrov says some deals with Ukraine close to being agreed

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday that some formulations for agreements with Ukraine were close to being agreed, with neutral status for Kyiv under "serious" consideration.

    However, he told the RBC news outlet that there were other issues of importance too, including the usage of the Russian language in Ukraine and freedom of speech.

  • Mar 16, 2022 01:42 PM IST

    Multiple explosions reported in Kyiv

    Multiple explosions were reported in Ukraine's capital city Kyiv as the Russian offensive entered the third week. 

  • Mar 16, 2022 12:42 PM IST

    At least 500 residents killed in Kharkiv so far

    The emergency service in Ukraine's eastern region of Kharkiv region said on Wednesday that at least 500 residents of the city have been killed since Russia launched a full-scale attack on February 24. 

  • Mar 16, 2022 12:20 PM IST

    20k civilians left Mariupol in private cars, says Kyiv

    The Ukrainian government said on Wednesday that 20,000 civilians have managed so far to leave the besieged port city of Mariupol in private cars. Mariupol is currently one of the worst-affected areas from the Russian invasion.

  • Mar 16, 2022 11:45 AM IST

    99% of Ukrainian population could face poverty in protracted war, says UN

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has said that 99% of the Ukrainian population could face poverty and extreme economic vulnerability if the war goes on over the next year. 

  • Mar 16, 2022 11:12 AM IST

    G7 nations to hold meeting over Russian invasion, says Japanese minister

    Japanese finance minister Shunichi Suzuki said that the G7 nations will hold an online meeting on Wednesday evening to discuss Russia's actions in Ukraine. 

  • Mar 16, 2022 11:03 AM IST

    Russia escalates attacks on Kyiv ahead of new talks

    Ahead of the sixth round of peace talks with Ukraine, Russia has escalated attacks on Kyiv and launched new assaults on the port city of Mariupol. 

  • Mar 16, 2022 10:13 AM IST

    691 people killed, 1,143 wounded in Ukraine war so far: UN

    The United Nations human rights office said on Wednesday that 691 people have been killed and 1,143 have been injured since the beginning of the Ukraine war on February 24. However, the real figures could be much higher. 

  • Mar 16, 2022 09:51 AM IST

    China slams Taiwan's humanitarian aid for Ukraine

    The Chinese government on Wednesday hit out at Taiwan's humanitarian aid on Ukraine and its sanctions imposed on Russia by saying that Taipei is taking advantage of other's difficulties. 

    "The Democratic Progressive Party authorities are using the Ukraine issue to validate their existence and piggy back on a hot issue, taking advantage of other's difficulties," Zhu Fenglian, a spokesperson for China's Taiwan Affairs Office, said. 

  • Mar 16, 2022 09:42 AM IST

    US senate condemns Vladimir Putin as war criminal

    On Tuesday, the US senate unanimously passed a resolution condemning Russian President Vladimir Putin as a war criminal amid Moscow's full-scale attack on Ukraine. 

  • Mar 16, 2022 08:57 AM IST

    Joe Biden to visit Europe next week to meet NATO allies

    United States President Joe Biden will visit Europe next week in order to hold a discussion on the Ukraine war with NATO allies, the White House said. Biden will attend a meeting of NATO leaders military alliance's headquarters in Brussels on March 24. 

  • Mar 16, 2022 08:25 AM IST

    Evacuation of Indian students from Ukraine got delayed due to confusing political statements by Zelensky's govt: Jaishankar

    Amid mounting criticism from opposition parties over the delayed evacuation of Indian students from war-torn Ukraine, external affairs minister (EAM) S Jaishankar hit back by saying that the delay happened because of confusing political statements by the Ukrainian government.

  • Mar 16, 2022 08:02 AM IST

    4th Russian general killed in fighting, says Ukraine

    The Ukrainian government has said that a fourth Russian general, Major General Oleg Mityaev, has been killed in fighting in the Mariupol, news agency AP reported on Wednesday. 

  • Mar 16, 2022 07:23 AM IST

    Canada imposes sanctions on 15 more Russian officials

    The Canadian government has imposed sanctions on 15 more Russian government officials including government and military elites who are complicit in this illegal war, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted on Tuesday. 

  • Mar 16, 2022 06:54 AM IST

    Positions of both sides sound more realistic: Ukrainian Prez Zelensky on 5th round of peace talks

    As the fifth round of peace talks concluded between Russia and Ukraine on Tuesday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said early Wednesday that the position of both countries sounded more realistic but more time was required.

  • Mar 16, 2022 06:11 AM IST

    3 EU PMs visit Kyiv as Russia's invasion intensifies 

    Prime Ministers of Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovenia visited Ukraine's capital city Kyiv and met President Volodymyr Zelensky. 

    “It is here, in war-torn Kyiv, that history is being made. It is here, that freedom fights against the world of tyranny. It is here that the future of us all hangs in the balance,” Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki tweeted. 

  • Mar 16, 2022 05:55 AM IST

    US Prez Biden expected to announce security aid for Ukraine

    United States President Joe Biden is expected to announce a security aid worth $800 million, a White House official said on Wednesday. 

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‘Things likely to get worse’: IMF warns of higher recession risk

Published on Oct 06, 2022 08:14 PM IST

Kristalina Georgieva, managing director of the IMF, told an audience at Georgetown University on Thursday that “things are more likely to get worse before it gets better," saying the Russian invasion of Ukraine that began in February has dramatically changed the IMF's outlook on the economy.

IMF managing director Kristalina Georgieva.(AFP)
IMF managing director Kristalina Georgieva.(AFP)
AP |

On spying accused couple's ‘confessions’, France calls Iran ‘dictatorial regime'

Published on Oct 06, 2022 06:55 PM IST

France said, “The staging of their alleged confessions is outrageous, appalling, unacceptable and contrary to international law."

An Iranian flag flutters.(Reuters)
An Iranian flag flutters.(Reuters)
Reuters |

Spanish university expels male students after sex threats go viral

Published on Oct 06, 2022 06:53 PM IST

"We cannot tolerate such behaviour that generates hatred and attacks women," tweeted Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez. "It is especially painful to see that the protagonists are young people ... Enough of machismo!"

Then, the video shows, dozens of the instigator's fellow residents turn lights on and open shutters to also shout and chant in a highly intimidating scene. (Pic for representation)
Then, the video shows, dozens of the instigator's fellow residents turn lights on and open shutters to also shout and chant in a highly intimidating scene. (Pic for representation)
Reuters | | Posted by Yagya Sharma

Gambia urgently recalls India-made cough syrups blamed for 66 child deaths

Updated on Oct 06, 2022 08:57 PM IST

In India, the federal regulator and the state regulator of northern Haryana state are conducting an inquiry into the contaminated medicines.

The four medicines are cough and cold syrups produced in India, said the WHO statement.(Picture courtesy: Shutterstock)
The four medicines are cough and cold syrups produced in India, said the WHO statement.(Picture courtesy: Shutterstock)

Nord Stream pipeline leaks caused by detonation, Swedish probe says

Published on Oct 06, 2022 06:50 PM IST

Nord Stream Pipeline Leaks: Seizures made from the crime scene are being analyzed to show “whether someone can be served with suspicion and later prosecuted,” the Security Service said.

Nord Stream Gas Pipeline Leaks: A satellite image shows a gas leak on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.(Reuters)
Nord Stream Gas Pipeline Leaks: A satellite image shows a gas leak on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.(Reuters)
Bloomberg |

North Korea flies 12 warplanes near South Korea after missile launches

Published on Oct 06, 2022 06:48 PM IST

North Korea: Eight North Korean fighter jets and four bombers flew in formation and were believed to have conducted air-to-surface firing drills, South Korea’s military said.

North Korea: A man looks at the view near a window (R) displaying the distance to the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, at the landmark Namsan Tower in Seoul.(AFP)
North Korea: A man looks at the view near a window (R) displaying the distance to the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, at the landmark Namsan Tower in Seoul.(AFP)
AP |

Russia rejects 700,000 fled country after Putin's military call-up

Published on Oct 06, 2022 06:42 PM IST

Russia-Ukraine War: Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said he did not have exact figures for how many people had left the country since President Vladimir Putin's announcement.

Russia-Ukraine War: Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a ceremony.(AP)
Russia-Ukraine War: Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a ceremony.(AP)
Reuters |

In photos: Gun and knife rampage in Thailand that killed 38

Published on Oct 06, 2022 06:41 PM IST

Thailand Daycare Centre Shooting: The gunman shot his wife and child dead at their home before killing himself, Thailand police said.

Thailand Daycare Centre Shooting: A distraught woman is comforted outside the site of an attack at a daycare center, (AP)
Thailand Daycare Centre Shooting: A distraught woman is comforted outside the site of an attack at a daycare center, (AP)

China’s Xinjiang region hit with Covid-19 travel restrictions

Updated on Oct 06, 2022 06:57 PM IST

Local officials in at least four cities in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), including capital Urumqi, told residents not to leave as authorities doubled down on the country’s “zero-Covid” policy

People wearing face masks walk near Chinese flags hung along a pedestrian shopping street in Beijing. (AP)
People wearing face masks walk near Chinese flags hung along a pedestrian shopping street in Beijing. (AP)

Canada visit visa explained: Documents required, process and cost

Published on Oct 06, 2022 06:26 PM IST

Canada Visit Visa: Officially called Temporary Resident Visa (TRV), Canada visit visa is of two types: single entry visa and multiple entry visa.

Canada Visit Visa: A Canada flag flies in front of the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario.(Reuters/ File)
Canada Visit Visa: A Canada flag flies in front of the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario.(Reuters/ File)

Ukraine's Zelensky says Vladimir Putin wouldn't survive nuclear attack

Published on Oct 06, 2022 06:01 PM IST

Russia-Ukraine War: Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned that he won’t hesitate to use nuclear weapons.

Russia-Ukraine War: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and his military vowed to keep fighting to liberate the annexed regions.(AFP)
Russia-Ukraine War: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and his military vowed to keep fighting to liberate the annexed regions.(AFP)
AP |

‘Owner’ Russia not invited to Nord Stream pipeline leaks probe, Kremlin says

Published on Oct 06, 2022 06:00 PM IST

Nord Stream Pipeline Leaks: Europe is investigating what caused three pipelines in the Nord Stream network to burst in an act of suspected sabotage near Swedish and Danish waters.

Nord Stream Pipeline Leak: The gas leak at the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.(AFP)
Nord Stream Pipeline Leak: The gas leak at the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.(AFP)
Reuters |

Depression risk ‘worryingly high’ among Europeans despite Covid easing: Survey

Published on Oct 06, 2022 05:54 PM IST

Covid In Europe: The online surveys, from March 2020 to May 2022, revealed that more people across the 27 EU nations are struggling to make ends meet and at greater risk of energy poverty, in particular due to high inflation.

Covid In Europe: Those reporting "bad" or "very bad" mental health doubled from 6.4% in March 2020, surveys showed.
Covid In Europe: Those reporting "bad" or "very bad" mental health doubled from 6.4% in March 2020, surveys showed.
Reuters |

Kazakhstan holds ‘a serious talk’ with Russian ambassador on Ukraine envoy

Published on Oct 06, 2022 05:25 PM IST

Kazakh leader Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has publicly disagreed with Russian President Vladimir Putin over Ukraine.

Russia-Ukraine War: Kazakh president-elect Kassym-Jomart Tokayev.(AFP)
Russia-Ukraine War: Kazakh president-elect Kassym-Jomart Tokayev.(AFP)
AFP |

A look at Russia's losses in Ukraine amid annexation boast

Published on Oct 06, 2022 05:21 PM IST

Russia-Ukraine War: The setbacks have badly dented the image of a powerful Russian military and added to the tensions surrounding an ill-planned mobilization.

Russia-Ukraine War: A view of the ruins of the bridge that was destroyed during the fighting between Russian troops and Ukrainian army in Bakhmut, Donetsk region.(Reuters)
Russia-Ukraine War: A view of the ruins of the bridge that was destroyed during the fighting between Russian troops and Ukrainian army in Bakhmut, Donetsk region.(Reuters)
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