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Biden to travel to Brussels for NATO summit next week; Zelenskyy says Ukraine may never join NATO: Live updates

Written by on March 15, 2022

Ukrainians should notice the nation is not going to be becoming a member of NATO and should “depend on ourselves and our companions who’re serving to us” to face up to the Russian onslaught, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy mentioned Tuesday.

Additionally Tuesday, the White Home mentioned President Joe Biden will journey to Brussels for a March 24 NATO summit on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Zelenskyy, talking to representatives of the U.Okay.-led Joint Expeditionary Power, mentioned Ukraine has heard for years about “the allegedly open doorways” of NATO however acknowledged his nation won’t be able to hitch. As a substitute, Ukraine wants separate safety ensures from its allies, he mentioned.

Zelenskyy had been a robust supporter of Ukraine’s efforts to hitch NATO. Russian President Vladimir Putin, nonetheless, has referred to as for a assure that Ukraine would by no means be a part of NATO amongst phrases for an finish to the struggle. 

Nonetheless, Zelenskyy has repeatedly referred to as for NATO to arrange a no-fly zone above Ukraine to ease an aerial assault from Russia that has decimated Ukraine cities because the invasion started Feb. 24. And he mentioned Tuesday that Europe may “assist your self by serving to us” with extra army help. The Ukrainian army is utilizing up weapons and ammunition meant to final per week in 20 hours, he mentioned.

Leaders of Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovenia have been touring to Kyiv on a European Union mission Tuesday to point out assist for Ukraine. Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki mentioned in a tweet saying the journey that “Europe should assure Ukraine’s independence and be certain that it is able to assist in Ukraine’s reconstruction.”

Talks between Ukrainian and Russian delegations have been anticipated to renew by way of teleconference Tuesday, Zelenskyy mentioned. Talks have been halted Monday for a “technical pause,” based on one in all Zelenskyy’s advisers. Three earlier rounds of talks held in Belarus supplied little progress, however either side expressed optimism forward of this week’s negotiations.

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►Zelenskyy addressed the Canadian Parliament, once more pleading for a no-fly zone over his nation. The speech got here as Moscow introduced it was banning Prime Minister Justin Trudeau from getting into Russia.

►The Workplace of the U.N. Excessive Commissioner for Human Rights says a minimum of 691 civilians have died and 1,143 have been injured because the struggle started. No less than 4 kids have died, the company mentioned.

►Greater than three million Ukrainians have fled the nation, the U.N. refugee company mentioned. “At this time we’ve got handed one other horrible milestone,” tweeted U.N. Excessive Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi. “The struggle has to cease. Now.”

►A humanitarian catastrophe is unfolding in Izium, an japanese metropolis of 46,000 individuals, Deputy Mayor Volodymyr Matsokin mentioned. The town lacks primary provides and in depth Russian shelling has severely broken infrastructure, he mentioned.

►The Mariupol Metropolis Council says 2,000 civilian automobiles have left the besieged metropolis via a so-called humanitarian hall. One other 2,000 automobiles have been ready to exit alongside the evacuation route.

Ukrainian servicemen and volunteers carry a man injured during a shelling attack into a hospital in Mariupol, Ukraine, on March 15, 2022.

Biden to attend NATO summit in Brussels to debate Russia’s invasion

President Joe Biden will journey to Brussels for a March 24 NATO summit on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. White Home press secretary Jen Psaki confirmed Biden’s attendance after NATO Common Secretary Jens Stoltenberg introduced the extraordinary summit of all NATO allies on the NATO headquarters.

“At this important time, North America & Europe should proceed to face collectively,” Stoltenberg mentioned in a press release on Twitter.

This shall be Biden’s first to Europe since Russian President Vladimir Putin launched an invasion of Ukraine three weeks in the past. Vice President Kamala Harris final week traveled to Romania and Poland, the place she reaffirmed america’ dedication to defend members of the North Atlantic Treaty Group.

Psaki mentioned Biden will focus on “ongoing deterrence and protection efforts in response to Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified assault on Ukraine and reaffirm our ironclad dedication to our NATO allies.” She mentioned Biden may also be a part of a scheduled European Council summit to debate issues about Ukraine, together with transatlantic efforts to impose financial prices on Russia and humanitarian assist to these affected by the violence in Ukraine.

When requested, Psaki wouldn’t say whether or not Biden will go to Poland, the place the overwhelming majority of Ukrainian refugees have fled. “We’re nonetheless working via the ultimate particulars of the journey and what it might seem like,” mentioned Psaki, who didn’t rule out Biden presumably assembly with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

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Fox Information cameraman Pierre Zakrzewski killed

Fox Information cameraman Pierre Zakrzewski was killed whereas reporting with correspondent Benjamin Corridor in Ukraine outdoors the capital metropolis of Kyiv, Fox Information Media CEO Suzanne Scott introduced Tuesday. Zakrzewski and Corridor have been touring in a car in Horenka – practically 20 miles from Kyiv – once they have been struck by incoming hearth Monday, Scott mentioned in a press release. Corridor remained hospitalized.

“Pierre was a struggle zone photographer who coated practically each worldwide story for Fox Information from Iraq to Afghanistan to Syria throughout his lengthy tenure with us,” Scott mentioned. “His ardour and expertise as a journalist have been unmatched.”

American photojournalist Brent Renaud was killed Sunday when Russian forces fired on a automotive in Irpin, a city 30 miles outdoors Kyiv. A second American journalist, Juan Arredondo, was hospitalized with shrapnel wounds, police mentioned. 

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This screenshot taken on March 15, 2022, shows Russian Channel One editor Marina Ovsyannikova holding a poster reading "Stop the war. Don't believe the propaganda. Here they are lying to you," during on-air TV studio by news anchor Yekaterina Andreyev , Russia's most-watched evening news broadcast, in Moscow on March 14, 2022.

Russian TV worker who protested struggle is fined $270, may face harder penalty

The Russian state tv worker who interrupted a stay information program by protesting towards the struggle in Ukraine was fined the equal of $270 however may face harsher penalties below Russia’s new regulation aimed toward quelling opposition to the invasion.

Marina Ovsyannikova was ordered to pay 30,000 rubles by Moscow’s Ostankino District Court docket on fees of organizing unsanctioned actions for her name to display towards the struggle. CNN reported that Ovsyannikova was questioned for 14 hours earlier than her courtroom look.

Extra regarding than the fantastic was the likelihood Ovsyannikova could possibly be sentenced to as much as 15 years in jail if discovered responsible of violating the punitive laws adopted a day after the Feb. 24 invasion. Russia’s high state investigative company is wanting into whether or not Ovsyannikova broke the brand new regulation by publicly spreading false details about the Russian army.

Ovsyannikova, who mentioned in a video that her father is Ukrainian and her mom is Russian, walked right into a Channel One studio throughout Monday’s night information present with a poster saying “no struggle” and “Russians towards the struggle” and warning viewers towards believing propaganda unfold by the station Within the video, she mentioned “Russia is the aggressor nation and one individual, Vladimir Putin, solely bears accountability for that aggression,” and he or she urged Russians to hitch anti-war protests. 

Talking in a video deal with early Tuesday, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy praised Russians “who don’t cease attempting to convey the reality, actual information … And personally to the lady who entered the studio of Channel One with a poster towards the struggle.”

Russian forces nonetheless 10 miles away from Kyiv metropolis heart

The Russian offensive towards Ukraine’s main cities, together with Kyiv, remained stalled Tuesday, based on a senior Protection Division official.

Nevertheless, Russian forces proceed to bombard Kyiv with artillery and missile hearth, placing residential areas with growing frequency, based on the official, who shared battlefield assessments on situation of anonymity.

Russia’s important power has made minimal progress towards Kyiv. The forefront of the troops stay about 10 miles to the northwest and about 15 miles to the east of town’s heart. Ukrainians proceed to mount stiff resistance, together with close to town of Kharkiv.

The Russians and Ukrainians retain about 90% of their fight forces, the official mentioned. Within the 20th day of their invasion, the Russians are contemplating how you can resupply and reinforce their troops in Ukraine, based on the official.

In the meantime, army help from america and its allies has continued to succeed in Ukraine, together with shipments of weaponry, based on the official.

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Kyiv mayor: Males ought to struggle, not ‘sit someplace and sympathize’

Russia stepped up its bombardment of Kyiv on Tuesday, smashing flats and a subway station because the assault edged nearer to town heart. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy mentioned barrages hit 4 multi-story buildings within the metropolis and killed dozens of individuals. The shelling ignited an enormous hearth in a 15-story house constructing and spurred a frantic rescue effort.

Mayor Vitali Klitschko confused that Kyiv is ready to defend itself and was assured it is not going to fall. He urged the lads who left the capital to return and struggle.

“Everybody who loves Kyiv and desires it to outlive ought to assist as greatest they’ll,” mentioned Klitschko, a former heavyweight champion boxer. “Kyiv males, come again. We should shield our metropolis and our future. Don’t sit someplace and sympathize.”

Russia sanctions President Biden, high nationwide safety officers

The Kremlin has sanctioned President Joe Biden and 13 of his high nationwide safety and international coverage aides, the Russian Ministry of Overseas Affairs introduced Tuesday. Among the many different officers sanctioned are Secretary of Protection Lloyd Austin; Secretary of State Antony Blinken; CIA Director Invoice Burns; White Home press secretary Jen Psaki; nationwide safety adviser Jake Sullivan and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

When a rustic sanctions officers or an organization, their belongings within the nation are seized and so they’re topic to arrest if they set foot on the nation. The U.S. and the European Union have sanctioned numerous high Kremlin army officers, billionaires and members of the Russian legislature over Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

It’s unlikely the sanctions towards the U.S. could have a fabric impact, provided that not one of the officers have reported belongings in Russia. Western governments have ramped up efforts to grab the wealth of Russian oligarchs and monetary establishments of their nations.

– Matthew Brown

Zelenskyy: Russian troops who give up shall be handled ‘decently’

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy told Russian troops in a web-based video early Tuesday that they’ll give up and shall be handled “decently” and pleaded with European nations to supply his army with extra weapons.

“On behalf of the Ukrainian individuals, I give you a chance,” Zelenskyy mentioned in a video translated into English by his workplace, forward of his scheduled speech to Canada’s parliament Tuesday. “Likelihood to outlive. When you give up to our forces, we’ll deal with you the way in which individuals are purported to be handled. As individuals, decently.”

NATO leaders deal with bolstering forces close to Russian border

Protection Secretary Lloyd Austin was touring to Brussels on Tuesday for a gathering of NATO’s protection ministers that may deal with bolstering the alliance’s japanese entrance following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Austin then is scheduled to go to senior civilian and army leaders in Slovakia and Bulgaria, based on Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby.

The NATO assembly comes after Russia’s cruise-missile assault Sunday on the Yavoriv army coaching base in western Ukraine. The assault killed a minimum of 35 individuals and occurred not removed from the border with Poland, a NATO ally. President Joe Biden and different senior officers have pledged to reply to any Russian assault that spills into NATO territory.

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Injury in Ukraine estimated at $500 billion and rising

Preliminary losses from Russia’s assault in Ukraine are already estimated at $500 billion – and the injury grows worse day-after-day, Minister of Finance Serhiy Marchenko mentioned Tuesday. Provide chains have been damaged, some companies destroyed and others left unable to perform as a result of their staff have fled, Marchenko mentioned. The true value of the struggle will not be decided till it is over, he mentioned. The Worldwide Financial Fund, which has authorized $1.four billion in emergency financing for Ukraine, mentioned this week that the nation’s financial output may shrink by as much as 35% if the struggle drags on.

Marchenko mentioned a few of the tons of of billions in Russian belongings frozen within the U.S. and Europe could possibly be tapped to assist his nation rebuild.

China defends place on Ukraine

China’s stance on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is “neutral and constructive” whereas the U.S. has been “immoral and irresponsible” by spreading misinformation, Chinese language Overseas Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian mentioned Tuesday.

Lijian accused the U.S. of spreading misinformation over stories Beijing had agreed to a Russian request for army provides. Lijian additionally mentioned the U.S. performed a significant function within the growth of the disaster, a reference to NATO enlargement.

Lijian spoke at a press briefing on day after Yang Jiechi, one in all China’s high diplomats, met with U.S. nationwide safety adviser Jake Sullivan. Yang referred to as on the worldwide neighborhood to assist peace talks and mentioned “China at all times stands for respecting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all nations.”

State Division spokesman Ned Value declined to confirm whether U.S. officials believe Beijing has conveyed its assist for Moscow’s assault on Ukraine however mentioned the U.S. is watching very intently whether or not China or some other nation is offering any type of assist, together with materials, financial or monetary help.

Poland on edge as Russian airstrikes hit close to border

KRAKOW, Poland — After a lethal Russian missile assault in Ukraine simply 15 miles from the Polish border Sunday, some Poles are more and more anxious – saving cash, checking to see whether or not their passports are updated and planning to flee if struggle spills over to their nation.

“I mentioned to my husband, ‘If just one bomb touches Polish floor, I’ll pack myself, pack my grandma, pack my mother, and we’re going overseas,’” native artist Aga Gaj mentioned.

Poles are nervous following a Russian airstrike that killed 35 and injured a minimum of 100 at a army base the place People had skilled Ukrainian forces earlier than the struggle. The US and NATO have recurrently despatched instructors to the bottom, often known as the Worldwide Peacekeeping and Safety Heart. Simply weeks earlier than the struggle started, Florida Nationwide Guard members skilled there. Read more here.

– Katelyn Ferral, USA TODAY Community

Contributing: The Related Press