August 10, 2022

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The newest on the Russia’s invasion of Ukraine:

UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. Safety Council has voted for the 193-member Basic Meeting to carry an emergency session on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on Monday.

The vote on Sunday to authorize an emergency assembly was 11 in favor, Russia opposed, and China, India and the United Arab Emirates abstaining. That was the very same vote on a decision Friday demanding that Moscow instantly cease its assault on Ukraine and withdraw all troops. However in that case, Russia used its veto and the decision was defeated.

Ukrainian U.N. Ambassador Sergiy Kyslytsya requested for the Basic Meeting assembly to be held underneath the so-called “Uniting for Peace” decision, initiated by america and adopted in November 1950 to avoid vetoes by the Soviet Union in the course of the Korean Warfare.

That decision offers the Basic Meeting the facility to name emergency conferences when the Safety Council is unable to behave due to the dearth of unanimity amongst its 5 veto-wielding everlasting members — america, Russia, China, Britain and France.

MOSCOW — The U.S. Embassy in Moscow urged Americans in Russia to consider leaving the nation instantly on Sunday, as some airways halt flights there and a few nations shut their skies to Russian plane.

“U.S. residents ought to think about departing Russia instantly by way of business choices nonetheless obtainable,” the Embassy mentioned in an announcement on its web site.

U.S. officers in current weeks have urged Individuals to not journey to Russia, and warned that the U.S. authorities couldn’t assist in any evacuation of Individuals from there.

An earlier alert really helpful Individuals develop contingency plans about learn how to depart the nation if obligatory.

The European Union was amongst these saying Sunday they had been closing their airspace to Russian flights

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NEW YORK CITY — New York Gov. Kathy Hochul signed an govt order on Sunday forbidding her state from doing enterprise with Russia. The order contains canceling its investments in Russia.

Throughout a press convention in Albany, the governor mentioned her state would additionally welcome refugees from the besieged nation. Hochul mentioned New York is dwelling to the biggest Ukrainian inhabitants in america.

“If you happen to want a spot to remain, you wish to come over right here, we are going to aid you turn into built-in into our group,” she mentioned.

The financial sanctions comply with these issued by President Joe Biden to assist siphon sources from the Russian authorities, which launched its long-expected invasion of Ukraine final Thursday.

It stays to be seen how Hochul’s transfer will assist the hassle to severely squeeze the Russian economic system within the world effort to get Russian President Vladimir Putin to retreat.

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KYIV, Ukraine — As Russian troops draw nearer to the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv’s mayor is each crammed with pleasure over his residents’ spirit and anxious about how lengthy they’ll maintain out.

In an interview with The Related Press on Sunday, after a grueling evening of Russian assaults on the outskirts of town, Mayor Vitali Klitschko mentioned there have been no plans to evacuate civilians if Russian troops managed to take Kyiv.

“We are able to’t do this, as a result of all methods are blocked,” he mentioned. “Proper now we’re encircled.”

When Russian troops invaded Ukraine on Thursday, town of two.8 million folks initially reacted with concern but in addition a measure of self-possession. Nonetheless, nerves began fraying when grocery shops started closing and town’s famously deep subway system turned its stations into bomb shelters.

The mayor confirmed to the AP that 9 civilians in Kyiv had been killed to date, together with one youngster.

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NEW YORK — Some early indicators are rising of serious financial penalties to Russia following its invasion of Ukraine three days in the past. Whereas official quotes for the Russian ruble had been unchanged at roughly 84 rubles to the greenback, one on-line Russian financial institution, Tinkoff, was giving an unofficial change charge of 152 rubles over the weekend.

Movies from Russia confirmed lengthy traces of Russians making an attempt to withdraw money from ATMs, whereas the Russian Central Financial institution issued an announcement calling for calm, in an effort to keep away from financial institution runs. Experiences additionally confirmed that Visa and Mastercard had been now not being accepted for these with worldwide financial institution accounts.

“Banks and bank card firms coping with Russia are going into lock down mode given the quick tempo and rising chunk of the sanctions,” mentioned Amanda DeBusk, a associate with Dechert LLP.

Russia might must quickly shut financial institution branches or declare a nationwide financial institution vacation to guard its monetary system, analysts mentioned.

“If there’s a full-scale banking panic, that’s a driver of disaster in its personal proper,” mentioned Adam Tooze, a professor of historical past at Columbia College and Director of the European Institute. “A rush into {dollars} by the Russian normal inhabitants strikes issues into a completely new area of monetary warfare.”

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MOSCOW — The Russian navy mentioned Sunday that a few of its troops had been killed and a few had been wounded in Ukraine — admitting for the primary time that it had suffered casualties for the reason that Russian invasion.

Russian Protection Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov mentioned Sunday “there are useless and wounded amongst our comrades,” with out providing any numbers, however including that Russia’s losses had been “many instances” fewer than these of Ukraine’s forces.

It was the primary time Russian navy officers talked about casualties on their aspect. Ukraine has claimed that its forces killed 3,500 Russian troops. Konashenkov additionally mentioned that for the reason that begin of the assault Thursday, the Russian navy have hit 1,067 Ukrainian navy services, together with 27 command posts and communication facilities, 38 air protection missile system and 56 radar stations.

Konashenkov’s claims and Ukraine’s allegations that its forces killed 1000’s of Russian troops can’t be independently verified.

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KYIV, Ukraine — Lots of of individuals protested Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in Belarus on Sunday. The protests got here even supposing the authoritarian Belarusian authorities has sided with Moscow.

The anti-war rallies spanned a minimum of 12 Belarusian cities, and human rights advocates reported that greater than 170 folks have been arrested. Within the capital of Minsk, demonstrators marched in numerous elements of town carrying Ukrainian flags. A big pile of flowers stored rising on the constructing of Ukraine’s Embassy.

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JERUSALEM — Round 2,500 Ukrainian Jews have requested to immigrate to Israel and take citizenship for the reason that onset of Russia’s invasion, a quasi-governmental group says.

The Jewish Company for Israel, which handles immigration issues, mentioned that it has obtained over 5,000 inquiries about immigration to Israel. Round half have requested to immigrate instantly, the company mentioned.

Ukraine is dwelling to a Jewish group of round 43,000. However roughly 200,000 Ukrainians are eligible for immigration underneath Israel’s Legislation of Return, which extends the appropriate to citizenship to anybody with one Jewish grandparent.

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TORONTO — Canada is becoming a member of many European nations in closing its airspace to all Russian plane because the West ramps up strain on Russia for invading Ukraine.

Transport Minister Omar Alghabra mentioned Sunday that Canada will maintain Russia accountable for its unprovoked assaults.

Most European nations have both introduced they’re closing their airspace or mentioned they intend to take action. To this point Spain, Greece, Serbia and Turkey are among the many few left that haven’t joined within the transfer towards Russia.

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BRUSSELS — The European Union’s prime migration official says greater than 300,000 Ukrainians fleeing battle have entered the 27-nation bloc in current days and is warning that Europe have to be prepared for thousands and thousands to reach.

EU House Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson is urging the bloc’s inside ministers assembly on Sunday to set off a particular safety mechanism arrange 20 years in the past to assist take care of influxes of refugees.

“We’ve to arrange for even greater numbers, and we’ve got to arrange for the assist that we have to give to the Ukrainians fleeing,” she informed reporters on the EU assembly in Brussels.

The safety system was arrange within the wake of the wars in former Yugoslavia and Kosovo, when 1000’s of individuals had been compelled to flee their houses. It has by no means been used. It gives residence permits for a set time, the opportunity of jobs, lodging, social welfare, medical remedy and schooling for youngsters.

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ATHENS — Authorities say Greece is sending ammunition, assault rifles and missile launchers to Ukraine in response to a request by Ukraine’s authorities.

The navy assist was determined at a gathering Sunday morning between Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and senior protection officers.

A C-130 airplane with the gear has arrived in Poland, and a second one will arrive later, a Protection Ministry official mentioned.

Two extra planes carrying humanitarian assist reminiscent of blankets and meals have additionally left Athens Worldwide Airport for Poland, the spokesman mentioned.

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GENEVA — The World Well being Group is warning that oxygen provides – vital for the battle towards COVID-19 and different diseases – are reaching a “very harmful level” in Ukraine as a result of transportation difficulties within the wake of Russia’s navy invasion, jeopardizing 1000’s of lives.

“Nearly all of hospitals might exhaust their oxygen reserves inside the subsequent 24 hours. Some have already run out. This places 1000’s of lives in danger,” mentioned WHO Director-Basic Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and WHO Europe regional director Dr. Hans Kluge in a joint assertion Sunday afternoon in Europe.

They mentioned electrical energy and energy shortages, and the hazard of ambulances getting caught within the crossfire, had been rising the dangers to sufferers.

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TOKYO — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida says Japan has determined to affix america and European nations in chopping key Russian banks from the SWIFT worldwide monetary messaging system to step up sanctions towards Russia for its invasion of Ukraine.

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Japan may even freeze property of Russian President Vladimir Putin and different prime Russian officers, whereas sending $100 million in emergency humanitarian assist to Ukraine, Kishida informed reporters.

“The Russian invasion of Ukraine is a unilateral try to alter the established order and the act shakes the inspiration of the worldwide order. It’s an outright violation to worldwide regulation and we strongly denounce the act,” Kishida mentioned.

In an announcement welcoming new sanctions from Japan, White Home Press Secretary Jen Psaki mentioned the US and its allies “will proceed working intently collectively to impose additional extreme prices and make Putin’s battle of selection a strategic failure.”

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MOSCOW — From Moscow to Siberia, Russians have taken to the streets once more on Sunday to protest Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Demonstrators marched in metropolis facilities, chanting “No to battle.”

Protests towards the invasion began on Thursday and have continued for 4 days in a row, regardless of police swiftly shifting to detain tons of of individuals every day.

In St. Petersburg, the place dozens gathered within the metropolis heart, police in riot gear grabbed protesters and dragged some to police vans, regardless that the demonstration was peaceable.

In accordance with the OVD-Information rights group that tracks political arrests, by Sunday afternoon police detained a minimum of 356 Russians in 32 cities over anti-war demonstrations.

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KYIV, UKRAINE — The workplace of Ukraine’s president has confirmed {that a} delegation will meet with Russian officers as Moscow’s troops draw nearer to Kyiv.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy workplace mentioned Sunday on the Telegram messaging app that the 2 sides would meet at an unspecified location on the Belarusian border and didn’t give a exact time for the assembly.

The assembly information got here shortly after President Vladimir Putin ordered Russian nuclear forces placed on excessive alert in response to what he referred to as “aggressive statements” by main NATO powers.

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BERLIN — Roughly 100,000 folks have turned out in Berlin to protest Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and present solidarity with the Ukrainian folks.

Police mentioned massive crowds have crammed the realm initially deliberate for the demonstration, across the Brandenburg Gate in central Berlin, and that they had been allocating further area to accommodate the protesters.

Sunday’s protest was peaceable, together with many households with youngsters. Individuals waved yellow and blue Ukrainian flags to point out their assist. Some carried placards with slogans reminiscent of “Fingers off Ukraine” and “Putin, go to remedy and depart Ukraine and the world in peace.”

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MOSCOW — President Vladimir Putin has ordered Russian nuclear deterrent forces placed on excessive alert amid tensions with the West over his invasion of Ukraine.

Putin asserted at a gathering together with his prime officers on Sunday that main NATO powers had made “aggressive statements” together with the West imposing hard-hitting monetary sanctions towards Russia, together with the president himself.

The alert means Putin has ordered Russia’s nuclear weapons ready for elevated readiness to launch. He informed the Russian protection minister and the chief of the navy’s Basic Employees to place the nuclear deterrent forces in a “particular regime of fight responsibility.”

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WARSAW, Poland — Whereas nations like Poland and Hungary have welcomed fleeing Ukrainians, some international residents looking for to depart Ukraine have reported difficulties on the Polish border.

An Indian volunteer in Poland mentioned Sunday some Indian residents looking for to flee Ukraine into Poland are caught on the border main into Medyka, Poland, and unable to cross.

The Indian Embassy in Kyiv mentioned Sunday that Indian residents are being evacuated from Ukraine to Romania and Hungary. However some have arrived on the border with Poland apparently unaware of this and are caught.

Ruchir Kataria, the volunteer, informed The Related Press that the Indians looking for to cross at Medyka had been informed in damaged English: “Go to Romania.” However that they had already made lengthy journeys on foot to the border, and haven’t any method to attain the border with Romania tons of of kilometers away.

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BERLIN — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz says Germany is committing 100 billion euros ($112.7 billion) to a particular fund for its armed forces, elevating its protection spending above 2% of its GDP.

Scholz informed a particular session of the Bundestag in Berlin on Sunday that it was clear “we have to make investments considerably extra within the safety of our nation, in an effort to shield our freedom and our democracy.”

Germany had come underneath criticism for not investing adequately in its protection price range and never doing sufficient to reply to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

On Saturday night, the German authorities introduced it will be sending weapons and different provides on to Ukraine to assist troops towards invading Russia forces.

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BUDAPEST, Hungary — Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has quickly misplaced his most senior official place in world sports activities.

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The Worldwide Judo Federation on Sunday cited “the continued battle battle in Ukraine” for suspending Putin’s honorary president standing.

The Russian president is a eager judoka and attended the game on the 2012 London Olympics.

The judo federation is uncommon amongst Olympic sports activities our bodies for utilizing the phrase “battle” to explain Russia’s invasion of Ukraine ordered by Putin since Thursday. Others have used phrases reminiscent of “escalation of battle.”

A Kremlin-supporting oligarch and longtime good friend of Putin, Arkady Rotenberg, stays on the IJF govt committee as improvement supervisor.

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TEL AVIV, Israel — Israel’s prime minister says the nation is sending 100 tons of humanitarian assist to help civilians caught up within the combating in Ukraine.

Naftali Bennett informed a gathering of his Cupboard Sunday that the help contains medical gear and drugs, tents, sleeping luggage and blankets.

Bennett didn’t touch upon a report by Israeli public broadcaster Kan which mentioned that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy requested the Israeli chief to mediate talks on ending the disaster with Russia. Bennett’s workplace confirmed there had been a name however declined to touch upon the report. The Ukrainian embassy couldn’t instantly be reached for remark.

Bennett has treaded rigorously in his public feedback on Russia’s invasion. He has voiced assist for Ukrainian civilians however has stopped wanting condemning Russia. Israeli depends on Russia for safety coordination in Syria, the place Russia has a navy presence and the place Israel steadily strikes hostile targets.

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KYIV, Ukraine — Ukraine’s president says his nation is prepared for peace talks with Russia however not in Belarus, which was a staging floor for Moscow’s 3-day-old invasion.

Talking in a video message Sunday, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy named Warsaw, Bratislava, Istanbul, Budapest or Baku as different venues. He mentioned different places are additionally doable however made clear that Ukraine doesn’t settle for Russia’s choice of Belarus.

The Kremlin mentioned Sunday {that a} Russian delegation had arrived within the Belarusian metropolis of Homel for talks with Ukrainian officers. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov mentioned the delegation contains navy officers and diplomats.

“The Russian delegation is prepared for talks, and we at the moment are ready for the Ukrainians,” Peskov mentioned.

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MOSCOW — The Kremlin says a Russian delegation has arrived within the Belarusian metropolis of Homel for talks with Ukrainian officers.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov mentioned the delegation contains navy officers and diplomats. “The Russian delegation is prepared for talks, and we at the moment are ready for the Ukrainians,” Peskov mentioned.

There was no rapid remark from Ukrainian officers, who beforehand expressed their very own readiness for peace talks with Russia however haven’t talked about any particular particulars on their location and timing.

Russia invaded Ukraine on Thursday, and its troops are closing in on the capital, Kyiv, and making vital positive factors alongside the nation’s coast.

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KYIV, Ukraine — Ukrainian authorities say Russian troops have entered Ukraine’s second-largest metropolis of Kharkiv and combating is underway within the streets.

Oleh Sinehubov, the top of the Kharkiv regional administration, mentioned Sunday that Ukrainian forces had been combating Russian troops within the metropolis and requested civilians to not depart their houses.

Russian troops approached Kharkiv, which is situated about 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) south of the border with Russia, shortly after Moscow launched its invasion of Ukraine on Thursday. However till Sunday, they remained on its outskirts with out making an attempt to enter town whereas different forces rolled previous, urgent their offensive deeper into Ukraine.

Movies on Ukrainian media and social networks confirmed Russian automobiles shifting throughout Kharkiv and a lightweight car burning on the road.

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KYIV, Ukraine — The Ukrainian president’s workplace mentioned Russian forces blew up a gasoline pipeline in Kharkiv, the nation’s second-largest metropolis.

The State Service of Particular Communication and Data Safety warned that the explosion, which it mentioned seemed like a mushroom cloud, might trigger an “environmental disaster” and suggested residents to cowl their home windows with damp material or gauze and to drink loads of fluids.

Ukraine’s prime prosecutor, Iryna Venediktova, mentioned the Russian forces have been unable to take Kharkiv, the place a fierce battle is underway.

The town of 1.5 million is situated 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the Russian border.

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GENEVA — The United Nations says it has confirmed a minimum of 240 civilian casualties, together with a minimum of 64 folks killed, within the combating in Ukraine that erupted since Russia’s invasion on Thursday — although it believed the “actual figures are significantly larger” as a result of many experiences of casualties stay to be confirmed.

The U.N. Workplace for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs relayed the rely late Saturday from the U.N. human rights workplace, which has strict methodologies and verification procedures in regards to the toll from battle.

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