Chernobyl nuclear plant’s power supply restored
The power supply at Ukraine’s Chernobyl nuclear power plant has been restored, reported Ukrainian media, a day after officials confirmed that the power line at the plant was damaged by the Russian troops.
The plant was relying on electricity from diesel generators after the attack damaged its external power supply on Monday.
Arpan Rai15 March 2022 05:20
Ukraine says it has destroyed 45 Russian air targets
Ukrainian general Valerii Zaluzhnyi said that his troops have destroyed 45 air targets of Russia by the means of air defense of the land forces of the armed forces.
These include 19 aircraft, 20 helicopters, 5 UAVs, 1 cruise missile, the commander-in-chief of the armed forces said.
Arpan Rai15 March 2022 05:02
Massive explosions heard in Kyiv
Multiple reports say massive explosions have been heard inside Kyiv on early Tuesday morning. The time in Kyiv right now is 6.29am.
Arpan Rai15 March 2022 04:31
Ukraine war is hurting poor countries, warns UN chief
The United Nations chief Antonio Guterres cautioned against the implications of Russia’s war against Ukraine amd said that it is going to hit the poorest hardest.
Russian war on Ukraine is holding “a sword of Damocles” over the global economy, the UN secretary-general said, adding that especially poor developing countries that face skyrocketing food, fuel and fertilizer prices and are now seeing their breadbasket “being bombed.”
Russia and Ukraine account for more than half of the world’s supply of sunflower oil, Mr Guterres said, adding that about 30 percent of the world’s wheat” and that “grain prices have already exceeded those at the start of the Arab Spring and the food riots of 2007-2008.”
At least 45 African and least developed countries like Egypt, Congo, Burkina Faso, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen import one-third of their wheat from Ukraine and Russia, and 18 of them import at least 50%.
Mr Guterres warned: “All of this is hitting the poorest the hardest and planting the seeds for political instability and unrest around the globe.”
Arpan Rai15 March 2022 03:57
War on Ukraine could end by May: Top Ukrainian official
The war in Ukraine could be over by early May when Russia runs out of resources, Oleksiy Arestovich, adviser to the Ukrainian president’s chief of staff said on Monday.
He added that Moscow and Kyiv could also settle on a peace deal very soon.
The exact timing of Russia’s exit from Ukraine would depend on how much resources the Kremlin was willing to commit to the campaign.
“I think that no later than in May, early May, we should have a peace agreement, maybe much earlier, we will see, I am talking about the latest possible dates,” Mr Arestovich said.
He added: “We are at a fork in the road now: there will either be a peace deal struck very quickly, within a week or two, with troop withdrawal and everything, or there will be an attempt to scrape together some, say, Syrians for a round two and, when we grind them too, an agreement by mid-April or late April.”
The adviser added that a “completely crazy” scenario could also involve Russia sending fresh conscripts after a month of training.
However, even after peace deal is struck, Russia could engage in small tactical clashes for a year, Mr Arestovich said, adding that Ukraine will push for complete exit of Russian soldiers from its soil.
Russia invaded Ukraine on 24 February, after weeks of denying its plan so and called its move a “special military operation”.
Arpan Rai15 March 2022 03:10
Ukrainian envoy at UNSC: ‘Putin’s regime nears its end’
Ukraine’s ambassador at the UN Sergei Kyslytsya said not only Kyiv will survive the invasion from Moscow, but also that Russian president Vladimir Putin’s regime nears its end.
“What is happening now is not only about Ukraine’s survival. Unlike Putin and his henchmen, Ukraine will survive the Russian invasion,” Ukraine’s permanent member to the UN said on Monday, adding that the current situation is about the survival of the UN as well.
“It is about the Putinization of Russia and its gradual return to the tenets of international law in the post-Putin era,” Mr Kyslytsya said.
He added: “The Putin’s regime nears its end. At the same time, it has inflicted such heavy damage on the Russian society that it would take decades to bring Russia back to at least the level of democracy it achieved in the 90s over the past century.”
Arpan Rai15 March 2022 03:00
Biden could be travelling to Europe, according to White House officials — report
The possibility of US president Joe Biden travelling to Europe in the next few weeks is being discussed by the White House officials. Mr Biden could be discussing the Russian invasion with US’s allies, according to sources aware of the matter.
In one plan, the officials are discussing the US president’s meeting with other leaders from the Nato alliance in Brussels on 23 March and then leaving for Poland. The details of Mr Biden’s official visit to Europe are still being finalised.
No final decision has been made about the trip, said one of the sources.
This was confirmed by the White House spokesperson Jen Psaki who said that the US is closely engaged with its Nato partners and European allies but no final decision has been made.
Arpan Rai15 March 2022 02:54
Biden says will welcome Ukrainian refugees with open arms
Joe Biden has said the US will ensure Ukraine has weapons to fight Russian invasion and refugees from the besieged country will be welcome in his country with open arms.
“We will make sure Ukraine has weapons to defend against the invading Russian force. We will send money and food and aid to save Ukrainian lives,” Mr Biden said in a tweet.
“We will welcome Ukrainian refugees with open arms,” he tweeted.
Arpan Rai15 March 2022 02:28
Ukraine says Russia ‘erasing any difference with Nazi predecessors’
Ukrainian ambassador Sergei Kyslytsya said that Russia, with its attack on his country which have razed the cities to the ground and killed hundreds, is refusing to show it is different than its “Nazi predecessors”.
“Russian troops continue to commit war crimes and crimes against humanity in Ukraine, erasing any difference with their Nazi predecessors 80 years ago. Cities, raising to the ground, mass graves, terror against civilians,” Mr Kyslytsya said on Monday.
The permanent representative of Ukraine was speaking at the briefing of Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) chairperson-in-office to the United Nations Security Council.
He urged the OSCE chair and the OSCE autonomous institutions “to start considering the modalities of work with post-Putin Russia as there will be no automatic return to normalcy neither here in New York, nor in the OSCE.”
Arpan Rai15 March 2022 02:27
Russia ‘asking China for meal kits’ among other items
Russia has reportedly asked China to provide meal kits for its troops among a request for other deadly weaponry, CNN has reported.
Tom Batchelor15 March 2022 01:47