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    Russia-Ukraine war LIVE updates: Russia declared a partial ceasefire on Saturday to allow humanitarian corridors out of the Ukrainian cities of Mariupol and Volnovakha, Russia's defence ministry said. "From 1000 Moscow time (0700 GMT), the Russian side declares a ceasefire and the opening of humanitarian corridors to allow civilians to leave Mariupol and Volnovakha," Russian news agencies quoted the Russian defence ministry as saying. However, Mariupol officials said evacuation efforts in the city had to be halted as Russian forces are violating ceasefire by resuming shelling. The United Nations Human Rights Office has confirmed that 351 civilians have been killed since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24. The human rights watchdog said 707 civilians have been injured in the hostilities. 

    Russia-Ukraine war highlights: Bennett says Israel will try to mediate on Ukraine even if prospect slim
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    • Israel will try to mediate on Ukraine even if prospects poor: PM Naftali Bennett

      Israel will continue trying to mediate between Russia and Ukraine even if success seems unlikely, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said on Sunday after returning from surprise talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

      Ukraine has requested that Israel serve as intermediary, citing the government's good relations with both Kyiv and Moscow. Bennett's office said he had spoken three times over the weekend with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.

      "We will continue to assist wherever this is requested, even if the chances are not great…The moment there is even a small opening, and we have the access to all sides and the capability, I see it as a moral duty to make every attempt," Bennett said. #Reuters

    • More than 360 civilians confirmed killed in Ukraine so far: UN

      At least 364 civilians are confirmed to have been killed in Ukraine since Russian troops invaded on Feb. 24, and another 759 wounded, although the true numbers are probably "considerably higher", a U.N. monitoring mission said on Sunday. #Reuters

    • Ukraine responsible for March 3 power plant incident: Putin

      Russian President Vladimir Putin accused Ukrainian radicals for an incident on March 3 at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine, the Kremlin said.

      French President Emmanuel Macron asked Putin by telephone about a fire at Europe's biggest nuclear power plant. "Vladimir Putin informed [Macron] about the provocation by Ukrainian radicals in the area of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant," the Kremlin said. "The radiation levels are normal." Putin also accused Ukraine of preventing civilians from leaving Mariupol. #Reuters

    • Russia cracks down on media, protests as Ukraine war rages

      Russian authorities on Sunday continued to block independent news outlets and to arrest protesters in an effort to tighten control over what information the domestic audience sees about the invasion of Ukraine. Several prominent independent online outlets were blocked on Sunday, on top of dozens of others that were blocked last week. Others decided to halt operation in Russia because of new repressive laws or refused to cover the invasion at all because of the pressure. Hundreds of protesters have been detained all across Russia. #AP

    • Declare Ukraine ceasefire, make peace: Erdogan urges Putin

      Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan urged his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Sunday to declare a ceasefire in Ukraine, open humanitarian corridors and sign a peace agreement, his office said.

      In a statement after a one-hour phone call, the Turkish presidency said Erdogan told Putin that Turkey was ready to contribute to a peaceful resolution of the conflict."President Erdogan, who said an immediate ceasefire will not only ease humanitarian concerns in the region but also give the search for a political solution an opportunity, renewed his call of 'let's pave the way for peace together'," his office said. #Reuters

    • Poland says over 900,000 crossed from Ukraine

      Poland's border guard agency says that over 922,000 refugees have crossed the border from Ukraine since February 24, when Russia launched its invasion. The agency said on Twitter that a record one-day number of over 129,000 crossed into Poland on Saturday, and almost 40,000 between midnight and 7 am on Sunday. A nation of some 38 million people, Poland is receiving the largest number of refugees among Ukraine's neighbours. Some who entered Poland have continued to other countries. #AP

    • US is "working actively" on a deal with Poland to supply Ukraine with jets

      US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said today that Washington is working actively with Poland to ensure the supply of fighter jets to Ukraine, an agency report said.

    • US top diplomat Blinken reassures Moldova amid refugee influx from Ukraine

      US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Sunday reassured Moldova’s leaders that the United States would rally international opposition to Russian aggression "whenever and wherever" it occurs. Speaking alongside Moldovan President Maia Sandu on a tour through eastern Europe in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Blinken also said that the United States supported Moldova's aspirations to join the European Union but that the process would be decided by the EU. Moldova says more than 230,000 refugees have crossed its border with Ukraine since the war began on Feb. 24.

    • Bennett says Israel will try to mediate on Ukraine even if prospect slim

      Israel will continue trying to mediate between Russia and Ukraine even if success seems unlikely, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said on Sunday after returning from surprise talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Ukraine has requested that Israel serve as intermediary, citing the Bennett government's good relations with both Kyiv and Moscow. Bennett's office said he spoke three times over the weekend with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. In televised remarks to his cabinet, Bennett gave no details on his three-hour Kremlin meeting with Putin on Saturday, saying only that it had "the blessing and encouragement of all parties" - an allusion to the United States, among other powers. Bennett and Putin had discussed the mediation idea by phone last week.

    • Pope Francis says Ukraine conflict is "not a military operation but a war"

      Pope Francis on Sunday rejected Russia's assertion that it is carrying out a "a special military operation" in Ukraine, saying the country was being battered by a war. "In Ukraine rivers of blood and tears are flowing. This is not only a military operation but a war which is leading to death, destruction and misery," the pope said in his weekly address to crowds gathered in St. Peter's Square.

    • Russia, Ukraine blame each other as Mariupol evacuation fails again

      Pro-Russian separatists and Ukraine's National Guard accused each other of failing to establish a humanitarian corridor out of the Ukrainian city of Mariupol on Sunday, the second time the sides attempted to arrange it. Ukraine 24 television showed a fighter of the Azov Regiment of the National Guard who said Russian and pro-Russian forces that have encircled the port city of about 400,000 continued shelling the areas that were meant to be safe. The Interfax news agency cited an official of the Donetsk separatist administration who accused the Ukrainian forces of failing to observe the limited ceasefire.

    • Zelenskyy pushes call for Ukraine no-fly zone

      Ukrainian President Voldymyr Zelenskyy is pushing his call for foreign countries to impose a no-fly zone over Ukraine. Establishing a no-fly zone would risk escalating the conflict by involving foreign militaries directly. Although the United States and many Western countries have backed Ukraine with weapons shipments, they have sent no troops. Zelenskyy said in a video address on Sunday that the world is strong enough to close our skies." NATO countries have ruled out policing a no-fly zone, which would bar all unauthorised aircraft from flying over Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin said Saturday that Moscow would consider any third-party declaration of a no-fly zone over Ukraine as participation in the armed conflict.

    • Aviation ministry says 8 flights to bring back over 1,500 Indians from Ukraine tomorrow

      Eight flights with over 1,500 Indians will operate from war-torn Ukraine's neighbouring countries to India on Monday, the Civil Aviation Ministry stated on Sunday. The Ukrainian airspace has been shut since February 24 due to the Russian military offensive. Indian citizens fleeing Ukraine are being airlifted from its neighbours such as Romania, Hungary, Slovakia and Poland. "Under 'Operation Ganga' to rescue Indian citizens, 2,135 Indians have been brought back today (Sunday) by 11 special civilian flights from Ukraine's neighbouring countries," the ministry noted in a statement. "Tomorrow, eight special flights are expected to operate from Budapest (five), Suceava (two) and Bucharest (one), bringing more than 1,500 Indians back home, it mentioned.

    • More than 559 people detained at anti-war protests in Russia

      More than 559 people were detained at protests on Sunday in 21 cities across Russia against President Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine, according to an independent Russian-based protest monitor. The OVD-Info protest monitoring group said people were detained at protests including in the Russian Pacific port city of Vladivostok and the Siberian city of Irkutsk. Opposition activists posted videos showing protests in other cities. Reuters was not able to independently verify the information. Reuters was unable to reach spokespeople for the police in Vladivostok or Irkutsk. Russia's interior ministry could not be reached for comment.

    • Russian forces observe temporary cease-fire to allow evacuation of civilians  

      Ukraine: Russian forces will observe a temporary cease-fire Sunday in two Ukrainian cities, an official in one of the country's two pro-Russia separatist regions said after an agreement to allow civilians to evacuate collapsed a day earlier amid continued shelling. Eduard Basurin, the head of the military in separatist-held Donetsk territory, said safe passage corridors for residents of the besieged port city of Mariupol and the city of Volnovakha would reopen Sunday. He did not say for how long nor whether a cease-fire would accompany the evacuation. Ukrainian officials confirmed that evacuations from Mariupol would take place starting from 12 p.m. local time. Pavlo Kyrylenko, head of the Donetsk regional military administration, said a ceasefire would be in effect between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m.

    • More than 1 million people have now fled Ukraine to seek safety, and millions more are likely to join them: United Nations

    • Indian medical students abroad join forces to help peers stranded in war-torn Ukraine
      Need a cab for four people in Kyiv. Do we know someone in Poland who can drop food packets at the border? A group is starting from Kharkiv, any updates on trains? Thousands of such messages keep pouring in WhatsApp, Telegram and social media groups created by Indian medical students abroad who have volunteered to help their peers stranded in Ukraine amid the Russian invasion. The volunteering students are studying in China, Uzbekistan and Philippines. While many of them are helping from their university campuses, the others are those who had returned to India in the wake of the COVID19 pandemic and are attending online classes.
    • Admit Ukraine-returned students to Indian medical colleges at govt expense: Digvijaya

      Congress MP Digvijaya Singh has demanded that the Centre admit students who returned from warhit Ukraine to various government and private medical colleges in India.  The families of these students have already spent a lot of money on their admission in Ukrainebased medical colleges, Singh said in a letter written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday, and also demanded that the government pay the fees of such students. "The Centre should make a special plan to provide admission to the medical students returning from wartorn Ukraine in MBBS courses in various private and government colleges of the country by relaxing the rules in the interest of the country and public, the Rajya Sabha member said in the letter. The infrastructure of various medical colleges and institutions in Ukraine has already been destroyed in the Russian attack, he said. Singh expressed hope that the Centre will take a decision in this regard and dispel the uncertainty about the future of these students.

    • Encircled Ukrainian city plans evacuation again, day after failed ceasefire

      Ukraine:Authorities in the besieged Ukrainian city of Mariupol planned to start evacuating some residents from noon (1000 GMT) under a temporary ceasefire deal, after a similar deal a day earlier collapsed with Russia and Ukraine blaming each other for the failure. The city council said the evacuation would begin at noon and would extend until 9 p.m. (1900 GMT), a plan announced as Russia's assault on Ukraine entered its 11th day and refugees continued to flood across the border into Ukraine's neighbours. Kyiv renewed its call for the West to toughen sanctions beyond an existing effort to isolate Russia economically, and to deliver more weapons to repel the invasion. Moscow calls its actions a "special military operation".

    • Encircled Ukrainian city plans evacuation again, day after failed ceasefire

      Ukraine:Authorities in the besieged Ukrainian city of Mariupol planned to start evacuating some residents from noon (1000 GMT) under a temporary ceasefire deal, after a similar deal a day earlier collapsed with Russia and Ukraine blaming each other for the failure. The city council said the evacuation would begin at noon and would extend until 9 p.m. (1900 GMT), a plan announced as Russia's assault on Ukraine entered its 11th day and refugees continued to flood across the border into Ukraine's neighbours. Kyiv renewed its call for the West to toughen sanctions beyond an existing effort to isolate Russia economically, and to deliver more weapons to repel the invasion. Moscow calls its actions a "special military operation".

    • Ukraine: Indian Embassy begins last leg of Operation Ganga flights today 

      "Embassy of India begins its last leg of Operation Ganga flights today. All those students staying in their own accommodation (other than arranged by Embassy) are requested to reach  Hungaria City Centre , Rakoczi Ut 90, Budapest between 10 am-12 pm," says the Indian Embassy

    • Ukraine health centres have been attacked, WHO chief says

      The World Health Organization has confirmed "several" attacks on health care centres in Ukraine and is investigating others, the agency's chief said on Sunday. The attacks caused multiple deaths and injuries, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus added in a Twitter message. "Attacks on healthcare facilities or workers breach medical neutrality and are violations of international humanitarian law," he said.

    • Indian Embassy sets up control room in Budapest, Hungary to coordinate the evacuation of Indians stranded in Ukraine

    • Indian embassy posts Google form on Twitter, asks Indians in Ukraine to fill up their details

      "All Indian nationals who still remain in Ukraine are requested to fill up the details contained in the attached Google Form on an URGENT BASIS," Indian embassy in Kyiv tweeted on Sunday. 

    • UK intelligence says Russia targeting populated areas in Ukraine

      British military intelligence said on Sunday that Russian forces were targeting populated areas in Ukraine but that the strength of resistance was slowing the Russian advance, Reuters Reported. "The scale and strength of Ukrainian resistance continue to surprise Russia," British military intelligence said in an update. Russia "has responded by targeting populated areas in multiple locations, including Kharkiv, Chernihiv and Mariupol." "Russia has previously used similar tactics in Chechnya in 1999 and Syria in 2016, employing both air and ground-based munitions," British military intelligence said. Russia has repeatedly denied that it is targeting civilian areas.

    • Ukraine says over 11,000 Russian troops killed in war

      More than 11,000 Russian troops have been killed since Moscow launched an invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24, the Ukrainian armed forces' general staff said on Sunday. A day earlier, it put Russian casualties at over 10,000. It did not report Ukrainian casualties.

    • Russia-Ukraine war: Indian students say situation in Crimea normal, colleges allowed to attend online classes 

      "A group of Indian students studying in Crimea returns  to Delhi apprehending tensions amid Russia-Ukraine crisis. Situation in Crimea is normal, we left to be on the safer side as it lies b/w Russia & Ukraine. Colleges have allowed us to attend online classes, the students say," ANI tweeted on Sunday.

    • Govt may defer LIC IPO to next fiscal amid Ukraine crisis: Experts
       
      The government is expected to defer the mega initial public offering (IPO) of LIC to the next financial year as the ongoing RussiaUkraine war has dampened fund managers' interest in the public issue, market experts said on Sunday.  The government was looking to sell 5 per cent stake in Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) this month, which could have fetched over Rs 60,000 crore to the exchequer.
    • Russia, without evidence, says Ukraine making nuclear 'dirty bomb'; West imposes harsher sanctions on Moscow, provides heavy military, other aid to Kyiv

      Russian media cited an unnamed source on Sunday as saying that Ukraine was close to building a plutonium-based "dirty bomb" nuclear weapon, although the source cited no evidence. The West, dismissing that rationale as a pretext, has responded with harsh sanctions on Moscow and heavy military and other aid to Kyiv. Ukraine's government has said it had no plans to rejoin the nuclear club, having given up its nuclear arms in 1994 following the break-up of the Soviet Union. Shortly before the invasion, Putin said in a grievance-filled speech that Ukraine was using Soviet know-how to create its own nuclear weapons, and that this was tantamount to preparation for an attack on Russia. However, he cited no evidence for his claim.

    Russia-Ukraine war LIVE Updates: 
    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Saturday he had spoken to U.S. President Joe Biden and discussed security, financial support for Ukraine and the continuation of sanctions against Russia. "As part of the constant dialogue, I had another conversation with the President," Zelenskiy wrote on Twitter.Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Saturday he had spoken to SpaceX Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk and announced the country would receive more of its Starlink satellite internet terminals next week. "Talked to Elon Musk. I'm grateful to him for supporting Ukraine with words and deeds," Zelenskiy tweeted. Musk said on Thursday that Starlink was the only non-Russian communications system still working in some parts of Ukraine in the wake of Russia's invasion. Russia declared a partial ceasefire on Saturday to allow humanitarian corridors out of the Ukrainian cities of Mariupol and Volnovakha, Russia's defence ministry said. "From 1000 Moscow time (0700 GMT), the Russian side declares a ceasefire and the opening of humanitarian corridors to allow civilians to leave Mariupol and Volnovakha," Russian news agencies quoted the Russian defence ministry as saying. However, Mariupol officials said evacuation efforts in the city had to be halted as Russian forces are violating ceasefire by resuming shelling. The United Nations Human Rights Office has confirmed that 351 civilians have been killed since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24. The human rights watchdog said 707 civilians have been injured in the hostilities.

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