US nuclear weapons in Europe are unacceptable to Russia, says Sergei Lavrov

Russia Ukraine Crisis Live News: Russian Foreign Minister calls on the United States and its allies to adhere to a moratorium on the deployment of short- and medium-range missiles in Europe

Russia Ukraine crisis LATEST updates: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the presence of US nuclear weapons in Europe is simply unacceptable to Moscow.

In the current situation, Lavrov said, it is important to prevent a new round of arms race, and said Russia calls on the United States and its allies to join a moratorium on the deployment of short-range missiles. and medium range in Europe. .

“It is unacceptable to us that, contrary to the fundamental principles of the non-proliferation treaty, American nuclear weapons are still present on the territory of certain European countries,” said the Russian Foreign Minister, addressing the Conference of disarmament in Geneva via a video call.

According to Sputnik News, the Swiss company Nord Stream AG, responsible for the construction of the Russian gas pipeline Nord Stream 2, has laid off all its employees in the city of Zug. The layoffs were introduced amid the project’s certification freeze in Germany and the imposition of US sanctions on the company.

“With deep sadness, we confirm that an Indian student lost his life in a bombardment in Kharkiv this morning. The ministry is in contact with his family. We send our deepest condolences to the family,” the ministry tweeted. External Affairs.

YouTube is blocking channels linked to Russian state media RT and Sputnik across Europe – including the UK – amid the invasion of Ukraine.

“Due to the ongoing war in Ukraine, we are blocking YouTube channels connected to RT and Sputnik across Europe, effective immediately,” YouTube said.

Russia will face the collapse of its economy following Western sanctions punishing Moscow for its invasion of Ukraine, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire has said. France Info radio on Tuesday according to The guardnm

“We are going to wage an all-out economic and financial war against Russia,” Le Maire said. “We are going to cause the collapse of the Russian economy.”

The Ukrainian mayor of Mariupol said Tuesday morning that the southern port city was under constant shelling that had killed civilians and damaged infrastructure.

“We had residential areas bombed for five days. They bombard us with artillery, they bombard us with GRADS, they hit us with air force,” Vadym Boichenko said during a live broadcast on Ukrainian television, according to The Guardian.

“We have damaged civilian infrastructure – schools, houses. There are many injured. There are women, children killed.

According to TRall major profit-making streaming services in Russia are required by law to include them on their platform.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has called for more international sanctions against Russia after what he called a “barbaric” attack on the city of Kharkiv.

Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov said on Tuesday that Chechens were killed during Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine. Kadyrov, a former rebel turned Kremlin ally, backed President Vladimir Putin’s attack on Ukraine, sending his notorious fighters into the country.

“Unfortunately, there are already losses among the natives of the Chechen Republic. Two died, six others were injured in varying degrees,” Kadyrov said on Telegram. Kadyrov, head of the Russian Republic of Chechnya that he de facto rules by its own rules, posted videos of Chechen fighters in Ukraine.

The Guardian citing the Operational Command of Ukraine, Russian forces fired a rocket at the regional administration building in Kharkiv.

The report claimed that the strike was an attempt to kill the governor of Kharkiv and his team leading the defense of the city. A second video showed extensive damage caused by the strike to a private apartment, just opposite the Kharkiv administration building.

“Russian forces have increased their use of artillery north of Kyiv and in the vicinity of Kharkiv and Chernihiv. The use of heavy artillery in densely populated urban areas greatly increases the risk of civilian casualties,” the tweet tweeted. UK Ministry of Defence.

The Indian Embassy in Ukraine has advised Indians to urgently leave Kyiv today.

In order to intensify the ongoing evacuation efforts under Operation Ganga, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called on the Indian Air Force to join the evacuation efforts, sources said. Leveraging the capabilities of our air force will ensure that more people can be evacuated in a shorter time, they said, adding that it will also help deliver humanitarian aid more efficiently. The Indian Air Force is likely to deploy several C-17 jets under Operation Ganga from today, sources said.

the AFP citing the mayor of the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson, said the Russian army was on the outskirts of the city.

The Guardian quoting BBC China Correspondent Stephen McDonell reported that the Chinese Embassy in Ukraine announced that it had started evacuating citizens from the country.

The Guardian reported that Ukraine’s UN Ambassador Sergiy Kyslytsya welcomed the end of Russia’s month-long tenure as UN Security Council President on Monday evening, saying: “I look forward to look forward to midnight when this abomination – the occupation of the seat of the president of the security council by Russia – will be finished.

U.S. Senator Mark Warner, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Russian President Putin had been “taken aback by the size of the Ukrainian resistance”, had “isolated himself” and “wasn’t much in the know”. Kremlin”, reports Spectator Index.

Following the situation in Ukraine, President Ram Nath Kovind has postponed his visit to three countries scheduled for March 2-13. He was to travel to Jamaica, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Serbia. Sources told News18 that the government’s priority is to evacuate and bring back stranded Indians from Ukraine.

According to The Kyiv Independent citing the Ukrainian Air Force, Ukraine will receive 70 combat aircraft from the EU. Bulgaria will supply 16 MiG-29s and 14 Su-25s while Poland will supply 28 MiG-29 units and Slovakia – 12 MiG-29s.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Australia will send missiles as part of a $50 million lethal and non-lethal aid package to help Ukraine fend off Russian forces.

Morrison told a news conference on Tuesday that the anti-armour missiles have proven extremely effective for Ukrainian forces.

“We are responding to President (Volodymyr) Zelensky’s call that he said we need ammunition, not a round, and that is exactly what we are doing…we will provide US$50 million to support the Ukraine, lethal and non-lethal support. … we’re talking about missiles, we’re talking about ammunition,” Morrison said.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has signed a decree temporarily lifting the entry visa requirement for any foreigner wishing to join the Ukrainian International Defense Legion and fight alongside Kiev against invading Russian troops

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison clarified his country’s plans on Tuesday after revealing a day earlier that his government would supply Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy with lethal military equipment.

Russia bombarded the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv as it continued its invasion on Tuesday, defying mounting global pressure which has seen a war crimes investigation opened against Moscow, sanctions wrecked its economy and FIFA banned it of the World Cup.

Russian forces shelled Ukraine’s second-largest city on Monday, rocking a residential area, and closed in on the capital, Kiev, in a 40-mile convoy of hundreds of tanks and other vehicles, as talks aimed at stopping the fighting only resulted in an agreement. to continue talking.

The country’s beleaguered president said the increased bombardment was aimed at forcing him to make concessions.

“I believe that Russia is trying to put pressure (on Ukraine) with this simple method,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in a video address Monday evening. He did not give details of the hours-long talks, but said Kiev was not ready to make concessions “when one side hits each other with artillery rockets”.

Amid mounting international condemnation, Russia has found itself increasingly isolated five days into its invasion, while facing surprisingly fierce resistance on the ground in Ukraine and economic havoc in its country.

For the second day in a row, the Kremlin raised the specter of nuclear war, announcing that its nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missiles, submarines and long-range bombers had all been placed on high alert, in accordance at the behest of President Vladimir Putin this weekend.

Intensifying his rhetoric, Putin denounced the United States and its allies as an “empire of lies”.

Meanwhile, a beleaguered Ukraine has decided to solidify its ties with the West by applying to join the European Union – a largely symbolic move for now, but one that is unlikely to sit well with Putin, who has long accused states States trying to pull Ukraine. out of Moscow’s orbit.

A senior Putin adviser and head of the Russian delegation, Vladimir Medinsky, said the first talks between the two sides since the invasion lasted nearly five hours and that the envoys “found some points on which common positions could be planned”. He said they agreed to continue discussions in the coming days.

As talks along the Belarusian border wound down, several explosions could be heard in Kyiv and Russian troops advanced on the city of nearly 3 million people. The large convoy of armored vehicles, tanks, artillery and support vehicles was 25 kilometers from the center of the city and stretched about 40 miles, according to satellite imagery from Maxar Technologies.

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