April 1, 2023

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Russia-Ukraine War, Live: Biden Rejects Ukraine Demand, Warns Xi After His Peace Plan

Here’s what you need to know about the Russian invasion of Ukraine today

“Ukraine doesn’t need F16s right now,” US President Joe Biden said in an exclusive interview. ABC News. He also said he had a “personal conversation” with the Ukrainian president. Volodymyr ZelenskyKyiv has long been asking the US for F16 jets.

“This is a private conversation,” Biden said simply.

Biden also recounted warning Chinese President Xi Jinping of the risks China would face if it decided to help Russia in its war against Ukraine.

“I had a long conversation with him this summer,” the US president told reporters accompanying him to the White House. “I told him it was not a threat, but a simple fact: 600 foreign companies left Russia after seeing what happened,” Biden said.

The president explained that he had made it clear what the consequences would be of providing arms to Moscow. “I said: ‘If you engage in the same kind of brutality, if you support the brutality that is happening, you will face the same consequences.‘” he added.

Asked if a hypothetical arms delivery would “cross a line,” Biden said the U.S. would “respond.” “We will give severe punishment to anyone” he clarified.

Joe BidenMichal Dyjuk – AP

PKN Orlen’s chief executive Daniel Obajtek said the Russian oil supply to Poland has been disrupted through the Druzhba pipeline. “We are effectively securing supplies. Russia has cut off supplies to Poland and we are ready for that. Only 10% of crude comes from Russia and we will replace it with oil from other sources,” Obajtek wrote on Twitter.

PKN Orlen said its refineries can be fully supplied by sea and the disruption in pipeline supply will not affect the supply of petrol and diesel to customers. Starting in February, Orlen receives oil under a contract with Russia’s Tatneft after its contract with Russia’s Rosneft expired.

Financial leaders from the world’s biggest economies have been unable to resolve their differences over the war in Ukraine and moved ahead with steps to restructure the troubled countries’ debt, people familiar with the discussions said.

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The India-hosted Group of 20 (G-20) meeting of finance ministers and central bankers will conclude at the end of the day without a joint statement. There is no consensus Three representatives told Reuters on how to describe the conflict in Ukraine.

The United States and its allies, the Group of Seven (G-7) industrial powers, were adamant that the statement should directly condemn Russia for invading its neighbor a year ago, but Russian and Chinese representatives opposed that language. .

Two representatives said Russia and China were upset that the G-20 was using the platform to discuss political issues.

FILE – Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet in Beijing, China on February 4, 2022. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)

Los Defense forces Ukrainians have reported destruction in the war so far 3375 tanks, 6609 Armored Fighting Vehicles2,373 artillery systems, 475 anti-aircraft missiles, 247 air defense systems and aircraft – 299 helicopters – 288 operational-tactical UAVs – 2,035 cruise missiles – 873 vessels – 18 vehicle equipment and tanker trucks – 5,235 units, special equipment – 230. In addition, it is estimated Losses of the Russian army in Ukraine were about 147,470 killed.

According to local media Kyiv Independent“Russian troops conducted 27 airstrikes and fired 75 rocket launcher rounds at communities and civilian infrastructure,” the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces announced on February 25.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization The Kremlin warned that a “progressive.War of misinformation” for the sole purpose of intimidating the West.

NATO Deputy Secretary General, Mircea GeonaRussia, he saidNo capacity” nor does it intend to turn the war in Ukraine into a nuclear conflict, and it uses rhetoric to scare the West.

Jonah considers Russia, as far as he can observe Atlantic AllianceNATO has neither the ability nor the intention to escalate the war in Ukraine into a war with NATO because “A large asymmetry of power”, he mentioned in an interview given to the radio station Romania news.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg

This would be somewhat unfair because of the asymmetry of power between the Russian FederationWeakened by this conflict, with military capabilities much less efficient than they thought, compared to NATO, which is much stronger, more modern and more powerful, pointless”, noted the former Romanian Minister of Foreign Affairs.

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According to Giona, Russia is waging a “disinformation war” to drug Western public opinion “with the sound of nuclear rhetoric.”

Our reading is that the Kremlin is basically trying to intimidate Western public opinion.Many of them have a pacifist heritage, and many of us are concerned, and naturally, when you hear that rhetoric from the top of the Kremlin, obviously, there is a sense of concern”, stressed Giona.

Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses a meeting at the Kremlin on December 6, 2022 in Moscow. (Mikhail Metzel, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool photo via AP)

In this sense, in an attempt to allay Western concerns, the NATO Under-Secretary General “Military speaking” NATO sees no signs or symptoms of nuclear escalation.

However, he warned that Russia would continue to try to intimidate the Atlantic alliance to undermine its unity and willingness to support the Ukrainians. “It’s two different things, a lot of communication, less actual action.”, he mentioned.

As reported at different times in 2022, different Videos circulating on social networks show Russian police officers arresting civilians approaching the demonstration Against the war in Ukraine, inspired by one of the most recognized writers of Ukrainian literature. Lesya Ukrainka.

As reported by local media Kyiv IndependentThere were Russian attacks At least four people were injured in Sumy Oblast In the last hours. “Russian troops hit a taxi near the line Sumy OblastThe military administration of Sumy Oblast reported wounding four civilians”, the media reported.

In the last few hours Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced additional military aid to Ukraine. It was announced by Trudeau, and the chain announced that the North American country would donate four additional Leopard 2 main battle tanks. CTV News.

EXACT DAY OF THE WEEK – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives ahead of an emergency meeting of leaders at the G20 summit in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022, following a missile explosion in Poland. (Leon Neal/Pool Photo via AP)Leon Neill – Poole Getty Images

Thus, the additional tanks will bring the total number of tanks supplied by Canada to eight. Canada will also provide an armored recovery vehicle and more than 5,000 rounds of ammunition.

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“Ukraine’s victory in the war against Russia”Inevitable“If the Western countries, which have already started providing heavy tanks, continue their assistance,” the president said Friday. Volodymyr ZelenskyOn the first anniversary of the invasion of his country.

If our partners keep their word and respect deadlines, inevitable success awaits us (…). I want it to be this year“, the President said at a press conference in Kyiv.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky holds a press conference in Kiev on February 24, 2023, the first anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. (Photo by Xenia SAVILOV / AFP)Zhenya Savilov – AFP

Poland It announced that it had already sent four Panther 2 heavy tanks to Ukraine and promised to send 60 Polish PT-91 tanks “very soon”. when Sweden It indicated it would deliver “approximately” ten Leopards and, in addition to the fourteen already planned to bolster the Ukrainian resistance, Germany announced the shipment of four more.

Minister of Defense of Ukraine Oleksii ReznikovAt a time when heavy fighting was going on in the east, he promised a general counteroffensive.

The European union (EU) today approved the tenth round of sanctions against Russia since its invasion of Ukraine that began exactly one year ago, the bloc’s Swedish leadership announced.

provide activitiesRestrictions against individuals or entities supporting war, spreading propaganda, or supplying Russia with drones used in war“, to be precise.

An EU diplomat told AFP Includes 120 individuals and organizations, as well as three Russian banks. Details will be published in the EU’s Official Journal after the final approval of the sanctions on Saturday.

08/11/2018 EU flag in front of European Commission headquarters European International Association European Union European European Commission

The EU announcement follows similar announcements from the US and the UK. The G7, which brings together the world’s most advanced economies, also threatened countries that help Russia avoid sanctions with “severe costs”. The European Union has already approved nine sanctions against Moscow for its aggression in Ukraine.

Several EU diplomats briefed AFP that the deal was delayed on Friday after complaints from Poland that it felt the sanctions were insufficient. Brussels’ plans are “very soft, very weak,” Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said in Kyiv on Friday.

At least 54 people were arrested this Friday in 14 Russian cities, including Moscow and St. Petersburg, for protesting the war in Ukraine in the framework of its anniversary, as reported by the OVD-Info organization.

In particular, 18 people were arrested by Russian police in St. Petersburg for carrying out individual anti-war actions, such as laying flowers, writing on snow or picketing a monument to Ukrainian painter Taras Shevchenko.


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