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    Russia-Ukraine War Highlights: Ceasefire on agenda for 2nd round of peace talks, says Russia; UN vote flays Moscow; Putin compared to Hitler

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    Russia's defence ministry said on Wednesday that Russian armed forces have captured the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson, RIA news agency reported. Ukrainian emergency service said 2,000 civilians have been killed so far. The Ukrainian ambassador to the United Nations compared Vladimir Putin to Hitler, before the UN General Assembly passed a historic vote on a resolution deploring Russian aggression in Ukraine.China, a major buyer of Russian oil and gas and the only major government that has refrained from criticising Moscow’s attack on Ukraine, said it will not impose financial sanctions.The war between Russia and Ukraine has entered seventh day on Wednesday, with a huge convoy of Russian tanks and armoured vehicles on a road to the capital, Kyiv, and fighting intensifying there and in other big cities. As per the Ukrainian army, Russian airborne troops landed in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, while adding that there were immediate clashes. Meanwhile, Biden accused his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin of waging a "premeditated and unprovoked" war against Ukraine, as the President made his maiden State of the Union Address.Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday that if a third World War were to take place, it would involve nuclear weapons and be destructive, the RIA news agency reported. Lavrov has said that Russia, which launched what it calls a special military operation against Ukraine last week, would face a "real danger" if Kyiv acquired nuclear weapons.

    Russia-Ukraine War Highlights: Ceasefire on agenda for 2nd round of peace talks, says Russia; UN vote flays Moscow; Putin compared to Hitler
    • And that's a wrap on CNBC-TV18's coverage of the conflict in Ukraine for today. Thank you for joining us, and don't forget to return as we follow the events as they unfold in Europe's latest war. Good night, readers, and good luck. 

    • Russia admits 498 military personnel have been killed so far

      Russian Ministry of Defence spokesperson Igor Konashenkov said on Wednesday that 498 Russian military personnel have been killed since the invasion of Ukraine and 1,597 have been wounded, reports the Guardian. "Unfortunately, we have losses among our comrades who are participating in the operation," Konashenkov said in a briefing carried on state television. 

    • People fleeing from Ukraine face racist attacks in Poland

      Police in Poland have warned that fake reports of violent crimes being committed by people fleeing Ukraine are circulating on social media after Polish nationalists attacked and abused groups of African, south Asian and Middle Eastern people who had crossed the border last night, the Guardian reports. Attackers dressed in black sought out groups of non-white refugees, mainly students who had just arrived in Poland at Przemyśl train station from cities in Ukraine after the Russian invasion. According to the police, three Indians were beaten up by a group of five men, leaving one of them hospitalised.

      Around 7pm, these men started to shout and yell against groups of African and Middle Eastern refugees who were outside the train station, Two Polish journalists from the press agency OKO, who first reported the incident, told the Guardian. They yelled at them: ‘Go back to the train station! Go back to your country.’

    • More than 7,000 Russian troops killed since the start of invasion, says Ukraine

      Over 7,000 Russian troops have been killed since the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, according to Ukraine’s presidential adviser, reports the Guardian. Oleksiy Arestovich, a military adviser to president Volodymyr Zelenskiy, said in a television briefing that hundreds of Russian servicemen have been taken prisoner, including senior officers. He said a Russian army commander was taken to Belarus after being severely wounded.

    • Thousands of Russians defy police brutality to protest Ukraine invasion

      Thousands of people in cities across Russia have been defying police threats and staging protests against the invasion of Ukraine. Authorities have a low tolerance for demonstrations and marches, and attending them can have serious consequences, including fines, mass arrests and even imprisonment. Despite the crackdown, protesters Arina Adju have been attending anti-war rallies since the conflict began. As the death toll continues to rise, they say they feel like they have no choice but to publicly oppose the Kremlin and stand in solidarity with Ukraine. (Image: Reuters)

      Russia-Ukraine War Highlights: Ceasefire on agenda for 2nd round of peace talks, says Russia; UN vote flays Moscow; Putin compared to Hitler
    • 4,800 Indian students to be evacuated from Romania in 24 flights by Friday: Aviation minister Scindia

      Around 4,800 Indian students will be evacuated from Bucharest and Suceawa in Romania through 24 flights between Wednesday and Friday amid Russia-Ukraine war, Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia said. The minister, who is in Bucharest to facilitate the evacuation of Indian students, said he will be going to Siret, the border checkpoint with Ukraine, on Thursday and remain there for around 48 hours. "I will be there till the last student leaves from Siret," he stated. India has been evacuating its citizens through special flights from Ukraine's western neighbours such as Romania, Hungary and Poland as the Ukrainian airspace has been shut since February 24 due to the Russian military offensive.

      "There are around 3,000 Indian students in Bucharest and 1,000 students in Siret right now," Scindia said at a virtual press conference. He said around 1,000 more students are expected to come through Siret check point. The government hopes to send them safely back to India within the next three days, he added. Six flights -- two of them of the Indian Air Force -- with around 1,300 students are departing from Bucharest on Wednesday, he said.

      On Thursday, six flights will depart from Bucharest with 1,300 students, he mentioned. It takes around six to seven hours to cover the distance from border check point Siret to Bucharest and therefore, it has been decided that certain flights will operate from Suceawa, which is much closer to Siret, he noted.

      "Therefore, to reduce students' hardship and travel time, we are taking planes directly to Suceawa to pick them up," the minister mentioned. On Thursday, two flights will depart from Suceawa with 450 students, he noted.

      On Friday, six flights will depart from Bucharest with 1,300 students and four flights will depart from Suceawa with 890 students, he mentioned. "Therefore, between Wednesday and Friday, a total of 3,500 students will be evacuated from Bucharest and 1,300 students from Suceawa," Scindia said.

      He said he met with 200-300 students at the airport Tuesday night. The students have gone through immense trials and tribulations, he noted. "The situation they have gone through, it is difficult to explain. They have come out of war-like conditions," he mentioned. He said two call centres are being set up in Bucharest and Siret so that there can be better coordination for evacuation, he said.

    • EA removes Russian national team, football clubs from 'FIFA 22' videogame

      Electronic Arts Inc is removing the Russian national team and all Russian football clubs from its popular videogame title FIFA 22, as more companies distance themselves from the country following its invasion of Ukraine. The company also said it would remove Russian teams from "NHL 22", its game title based on the National Hockey League. EA's move comes days after the FIFA suspended Russia's national teams and clubs from international football and the NHL said it would no longer consider the country when looking at locations for any future NHL competitions.

    • Toyota to suspend Russian car production, vehicle imports

      Toyota Motor Corp will halt production at its Russian factory from Friday while vehicle imports into the country have also stopped indefinitely due to supply chain disruptions, the automaker said. Toyota joins other Japanese automakers that have taken or flagged similar moves, also citing difficulty in procuring parts and other logistical hurdles. Toyota is Russia's top Japanese brand, producing about 80,000 vehicles at its St. Petersburg plant which employs 2,000 staff. Among other Japanese brands, Mazda Motor Corp, which sold 30,000 cars in Russia last year, said exports of parts to its joint venture plant in Vladivostok would end soon. Mitsubishi Motor Corp may suspend production and sales in Russia, it said, citing potential supply chain disruptions as a result of sanctions on Russia. Honda Motor Co said difficulty in shipping vehicles and making payments led it to suspend exports of cars and motorcycles to Russia, although sales totalled just 1,406 cars in the 2020 financial year.

    • Ceasefire is on the agenda in talks between Ukraine and Russia, AFP reports

      Russia expects Ukrainian officials to arrive in Belarus for the next round of peace talks on Thursday morning, Russian news agencies cited Moscow’s negotiator Vladimir Medinsky as saying. Medinsky said ceasefire is on the agenda for Thursday's talks. The Russian army is providing a security corridor for the Ukrainian delegation, Russian state news agency Tass cited Medinsky as saying.

    • The countries that voted against the UN resolution condemning Russia's invasion of Ukraine are Russia, Belarus, North Korea, Eritrea and Syria, reports the New York Times. Abstaining were 35 countries, including India, China, Iraq, Iran, and Pakistan.

    • Russia-Ukraine War: In historic vote, United Nations General Assembly flays Moscow over invasion
      Thirty-five members, including China, abstained and five countries, including Russia, Syria and Belarus, voted against the resolution. While General Assembly resolutions are non-binding, they carry…
      Russia-Ukraine War Highlights: Ceasefire on agenda for 2nd round of peace talks, says Russia; UN vote flays Moscow; Putin compared to Hitler
    • UN General Assembly votes overwhelmingly to deplore Russian invasion of Ukraine

      The United Nations General Assembly adopted on Wednesday a resolution rebuking the Russian invasion of Ukraine and calling Moscow to immediately withdraw all forces from Ukraine, a move that aimed to politically isolate Russia. The resolution, which won support from 141 of the 193-member body, came at the end of a rare emergency session of General Assembly called by the Security Council and as Russian forces pounded Ukraine's cities with air strikes and bombardments, forcing hundreds of thousands of people to flee. Thirty-five members abstained, while five voted against the resolution

    • Ukrainian volunteer nearly killed while recording video message

      Former Ukrainian ambassador to Austria Olexander Scherba shared a chilling video in which a Ukrainian military volunteer, who is recording a message, is nearly killed when a bomb explodes on the building near which he is standing.

    • PM Modi speaks to Putin, reviews situation in Kharkiv

      Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin on the Phone on Wednesday, a press release said. "The leaders reviewed the situation in Ukraine, especially in the city of Kharkiv where many Indian students are stuck. They discussed the safe evacuation of the Indian nationals from the conflict areas," the statement issued by the Prime Minister's Office said. 

    • Ukraine’s ambassador to the UN compares Putin with Hitler

      Ukraine’s ambassador to the UN Sergiy Kyslytsya has compared the Russian leader Vladimir Putin with Hitler. Speaking at the UN, he said the Russian invasion of Ukraine is intended “to deprive Ukraine of the very right to exist”. They have come to resolve the Ukrainian issue. Kyslytsya added: "More than 80 years ago, another dictator tried to finally resolve the issue of another people. He failed went the world responded in a resolute and united manner." (Image: Reuters)

      Russia-Ukraine War Highlights: Ceasefire on agenda for 2nd round of peace talks, says Russia; UN vote flays Moscow; Putin compared to Hitler
    • The US Ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, speaks at the 11th emergency special session of the 193-member UN General Assembly on Russia's invasion of Ukraine at the UN Headquarters in Manhattan, New York City, on Wednesday. (Image: Reuters)

      Russia-Ukraine War Highlights: Ceasefire on agenda for 2nd round of peace talks, says Russia; UN vote flays Moscow; Putin compared to Hitler
    • Russia wants list of weapons that can never be deployed in Ukraine

      In an apparent rejoinder to the United States' UN ambassador's remarks in the UN General Assembly on Wednesday that Russia was using banned weapons in Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Moscow remained committed to the demilitarisation of Ukraine and that there should be a list of specified weapons that could never be deployed on Ukrainian territory.

    • US ambassador to UN says Russia has used banned weapons

      US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield called on other United Nations member states to hold Russia accountable for invading Ukraine in remarks at a UN General Assembly emergency special session on Ukraine, which she noted was the first such session in 40 years.  

      Thomas-Greenfield said Russian forces are destroying infrastructure vital to the Ukrainian people, and Russian President Vladimir Putin seems poised to ramp up the invasion. "We have seen videos of Russian forces moving exceptionally lethal weaponry into Ukraine, which has no place on the battlefield. That includes cluster munitions and vacuum bombs – which are banned under the Geneva Convention. We have seen the 40-mile-long lethal convoy charging toward Kyiv. President Putin continues to escalate – putting Russia’s nuclear forces on high alert, threatening to invade Finland and Sweden. At every step of the way, Russia has betrayed the United Nations. Russia’s actions go against everything this body stands for," she said.

      Russia-Ukraine War Highlights: Ceasefire on agenda for 2nd round of peace talks, says Russia; UN vote flays Moscow; Putin compared to Hitler
    • Stop blaming students, focus on evacuation: Stalin to Centre

      The Centre should stop 'blaming' students and focus on evacuating them from Ukraine and Prime Minister Narendra Modi should 'reign in' Union ministers from making 'unwarranted' statements, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin said on Wednesday. In a tweet, the Chief Minister said he was saddened by the news from Ukraine that Indian students have been left in the lurch in the foreign soil at this critical hour. "While students face war attacks and hostile borders, the Union Government should stop blaming on students & focus on evacuating them to safety. It is the responsibility of the Indian Government to safeguard the life of every Indian passport holder. PMO India should reign in their Ministers from issuing unwarranted statements and put in their efforts for evacuating every Indian safely." .

    • UK welcomes EU move to cut Russian banks from SWIFT

      Rishi Sunak, the UK's Chancellor of the Exchequer, on Wednesday said he welcomed the European Union move to cut off seven Russian banks from the SWIFT network. Earlier, in what it called "the largest sanctions package in our Union's history', the EU said it agreed to exclude key Russian banks from the SWIFT – the world's dominant financial messaging system, and said the move "will send yet another very clear signal to Putin and Kremlin".

    • US forms task force to target Russian oligarchs

      The US Justice Department said on Wednesday it is launching a special unit to help enforce sanctions against Russian government officials and oligarchs, targeting their yachts, jets, real estate and other assets, CNN reported.

      The new task force, dubbed KleptoCapture, is part of the effort by the United States, European Union and other allies to punish Russia and Belarus for the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine, using export restrictions and other financial sanctions.

      Attorney General Merrick Garland said the new task force will include prosecutors and federal agents and experts in money laundering, tax enforcement and national security investigations from the FBI, the IRS, the US Marshals Service and the US Postal Inspection Service.

      “We will leave no stone unturned in our efforts to investigate, arrest, and prosecute those whose criminal acts enable the Russian government to continue this unjust war. Let me be clear: if you violate our laws, we will hold you accountable," Garland said in a statement.

    • Ukraine hopes for positive signals on bid to join EU

      Ukraine hopes for positive signals on its bid to join the European Union, the president and foreign minister of the former Soviet republic said on the seventh day of war waged on them by Russia. Ukrainians said on Wednesday they were battling on in the port of Kherson, the first sizeable city Russia claimed to have seized, as air strikes and bombardment caused devastation in cities that Moscow's forces have failed to capture. "We discussed the current situation on the battlefield and diplomatic efforts. Waiting for the positive signals about Ukraine's membership in the EU," President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said after a call with European Council President Charles Michel.

      Zelenskiy's foreign minister said Ukraine was working to quickly finalise accession procedures but that everything depended on political will of the 27-nation bloc. "Now everything is possible," said Dmytro Kuleba. "The EU has shown itself to be able to make fundamental decision when it had political will. Now is the time to make such a decision on our membership."

    • Some Russian oligarchs speak out, cautiously, against war
      London’s Evening Standard newspaper published a front-page statement by its Russia-born owner, Evgeny Lebedev. President Putin, please stop this war, ran the headline, beside a photo of a young…
      Russia-Ukraine War Highlights: Ceasefire on agenda for 2nd round of peace talks, says Russia; UN vote flays Moscow; Putin compared to Hitler
    • EU sets up hub in Poland to dispatch arms to Ukraine

      The European Union has opened a hub in Poland to dispatch weapons to Ukraine, the spokesman for the French representation to the bloc told The New York Times on Wednesday. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen had announced earlier that the bloc would “for the first time ever” finance the purchase and delivery of weapons and other military equipment to Ukraine. This decision came as several EU members over the weekend began sending military assistance  to Ukraine bilaterally. The Polish authorities declined to comment on the existence of the logistics hub.

    • Ukraine seeks green corridor for aid, evacuation

      The Ukrainian government has appealed to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the Red Cross to establish a “green corridor” to bring medicine and supplies and evacuate civilians affected by the fighting, according to Maryna Lazebna, the Minister of Social Policy. “On the ground, the Russian military refuses to negotiate the creation of such corridors, and shelling continues,” the ministry said in a statement, reported New York Times.

    • Human rights body urges UK government to provide refuge to fleeing Ukrainians

      Human Rights Watch, a private human rights watchdog, on Wednesday called on the government of the United Kingdom to provide sanctuary to civilians fleeing from the conflict in Ukraine.

    • WHO says first medical aid tranche for Ukraine to arrive in Poland tomorrow

      (A first shipment of medical aid for Ukraine will arrive in Poland on Thursday, the World Health Organization (WHO) said. Six tonnes of trauma care and emergency surgery supplies will be delivered to meet the needs of 1,000 patients, and other health supplies to meet the needs of 150,000 people, WHO Director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a media briefing in Geneva on Wednesday. He also stressed need for a humanitarian corridor to ensure the supplies reached the people most in need.

    • Ukraine calls on UN to reconsider Russia's permanent membership on Security Council

      The Ukrainian government is calling on the United Nations to reconsider Russia’s status as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said Wednesday, questioning the legitimacy of Russia’s position on the council, reports CNN.

      Speaking in televised address, Kuleba called for a “thorough and unbiased” legal review of Russia’s permanent membership.

      “We are confident that when the analysis is complete, it will be evident that Russia’s presence at the UN Security Council is illegitimate,” Kuleba said. 
      “Everything depends on readiness and determination of the legal team of the UN secretariat to investigate this,” he added. 

      Russia is one of five permanent members of the UN Security Council, along with the United States, the United Kingdom, France and China. This position grants those countries veto power, which means that the council cannot adopt a resolution if any member votes against it regardless of its level of international support.

    Russia-Ukraine War Highlights:
    Russia's defence ministry said on Wednesday that Russian armed forces have captured the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson, RIA news agency reported. Ukrainian emergency service said 2,000 civilians have been killed so far. The Ukrainian ambassador to the United Nations compared Vladimir Putin to Hitler, before the UN General Assembly passed a historic vote on a resolution deploring Russian aggression in Ukraine.
    China, a major buyer of Russian oil and gas and the only major government that has refrained from criticising Moscow’s attack on Ukraine, said it will not impose financial sanctions.
    The war between Russia and Ukraine has entered seventh day on Wednesday, with a huge convoy of Russian tanks and armoured vehicles on a road to the capital, Kyiv, and fighting intensifying there and in other big cities. As per the Ukrainian army, Russian airborne troops landed in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, while adding that there were immediate clashes. Meanwhile, Biden accused his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin of waging a "premeditated and unprovoked" war against Ukraine, as the President made his maiden State of the Union Address.
    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday that if a third World War were to take place, it would involve nuclear weapons and be destructive, the RIA news agency reported. Lavrov has said that Russia, which launched what it calls a special military operation against Ukraine last week, would face a "real danger" if Kyiv acquired nuclear weapons.

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