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The newest developments on the Russia-Ukraine conflict:

LVIV, Russia — A Russian normal was killed within the combating round Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest metropolis, which Russian forces have been making an attempt to grab for the reason that invasion started, the Ukrainian army intelligence company stated.

It recognized him as Maj. Gen. Vitaly Gerasimov, 45, and stated he had fought with Russian forces in Syria and Chechnya and had taken half within the seizure of Crimea in 2014.

It was not potential to verify the loss of life independently. Russia has not commented.

One other Russian normal was killed earlier within the combating. An area officers’ group in Russia confirmed the loss of life in Ukraine of Maj. Gen. Andrei Sukhovetsky, the commanding normal of the Russian seventh Airborne Division.

Sukhovetsky additionally took half in Russia’s army marketing campaign in Syria.


CANBERRA, Australia — The Australian authorities says it’s putting sanctions on Moscow’s “propagandists and purveyors of disinformation” who legitimatize Russia’s invasion because the “de-Nazification” of Ukraine.

Overseas Minister Marise Payne stated in an announcement on Tuesday her authorities was sanctioning 10 “folks of strategic curiosity to Russia” for his or her position in encouraging hostility towards Ukraine.

“This contains driving and disseminating false narratives concerning the ‘de-Nazification’ of Ukraine, making misguided allegations of genocide towards ethnic Russians in japanese Ukraine, and selling the popularity of the so-called Donetsk Individuals’s Republic and Luhansk Individuals’s Republic as unbiased,” Payne stated, referring to separatist areas of Ukraine.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine had been accompanied by a widespread disinformation marketing campaign, each inside Russia and internationally, she stated.

“Tragically for Russia, President (Vladimir) Putin has shut down unbiased voices and locked on a regular basis Russians right into a world characterised by lies and disinformation,” Payne stated.


UNITED NATIONS — Ukraine’s U.N. ambassador says 12 days of an all-out invasion by Russia has introduced Ukraine to “the brink of humanitarian disaster of probably international nature.”

Sergiy Kyslytsya, talking Monday at a U.N. Safety Council assembly on the disaster, accused Russia of blocking quite a few makes an attempt by Ukrainian authorities to evacuate civilians by way of humanitarian corridors.

He stated Russians shelled depots with evacuation buses close to Mariupol and blew up the railway close to Irpin within the Kyiv area to stop evacuation by practice. He stated Russia bombed and launched missiles at these cities and others like Kharkiv on Monday.

Kyslytsya stated Russia should cease violating cease-fire preparations and permit protected passage by way of humanitarian corridors, finish disinformation, and implement the U.N. Common Meeting’s decision calling for an instantaneous cease to combating.

Ukraine as a significant wheat producer has been “one of many guarantors of world meals safety” however this has been challenged by the conflict and “the implications on the international degree might be catastrophic,” he stated.

Kyslytsya stated Russian shelling had destroyed faculties and hospitals and killed and wounded docs. He stated and the nation was operating low on crucial medical provides. He urged U.N. humanitarian companies to reply shortly.


LVIV, Ukraine — Ukrainian Overseas Minister Dmytro Kuleba says when he meets with Russian Overseas Minister Sergey Lavrov in Turkey on Thursday he’ll suggest direct talks between the Ukrainian and Russian presidents.

“We would like talks between the president of Ukraine and Vladimir Putin since he’s the one who makes the ultimate choices,” Kuleba stated early Tuesday on Ukrainian tv.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy typically proposed direct talks with Putin within the runup to the conflict and stated he referred to as the Kremlin on the eve of the Russian invasion however bought no reply. Putin has agreed to talk solely with Western leaders.

Kuleba spoke after a dialog late Monday with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

“Grateful to the U.S. for standing by Ukraine,” Kuleba stated on Twitter. “We’re coordinating intensively on essential additional steps to extend strain on Russia.”


PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Rhode Island U.S. Rep. David Cicilline stated Monday it was “haunting” to see Ukrainians fleeing from their nation in worry when he visited the border of Ukraine and Poland.

Cicilline informed The Related Press Monday evening, about an hour after returning to the U.S., that he noticed “younger youngsters crying and moms simply actually operating from their nation as a result of they had been attacked,” and features of individuals ready for assist in the freezing chilly with no heavy coats.

“It’s simply horrible, the struggling that’s being brought on due to this brutality by (Russian President) Vladimir Putin,” he stated. “It’s onerous to explain. It’s onerous to get it out of your head. It’s a number of the worst stuff I’ve seen.”

Cicilline was a part of a bipartisan delegation to the border led by U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks, chair of the Home Overseas Affairs Committee, and Rep. Michael McCaul, the rating Republican on the committee. They bought there Saturday morning.


UNITED NATIONS — Russia’s U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia says Russia will perform a cease-fire on Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. Moscow time and open humanitarian corridors to evacuate residents from Kiev, Chernigov, Sumy and Mariupol.

He took the ground on the finish of a U.N. Safety Council assembly on the humanitarian disaster in Ukraine on Monday to make the announcement.

“This proposal doesn’t have any calls for concerning the residents being despatched essentially to Russia, into Russian territory,” he stated.

“There’s additionally evacuation supplied in the direction of Ukrainian cities to the west of Kyiv, and finally it is going to be the selection of the folks themselves the place they need to be evacuated to,” Nebenzia stated.


LVIV, Ukraine — President Volodymyr Zelenskyy stated as a substitute of an settlement on humanitarian corridors, what Ukraine bought on Monday was “Russian tanks, Russian Grad rockets, Russian mines.”

“They even mined the roads that had been the agreed routes for taking meals and medication to the folks, to the kids, of Mariupol,” Zelenskyy stated in what has grow to be a day by day video tackle near midnight. On Monday evening he spoke from behind the ornate desk in his official workplace, visible proof that he stays in Kyiv.

Throughout talks on Monday, the Russians proposed evacuation routes resulting in Russia and its ally Belarus, slightly than to areas of western Ukraine that stay peaceable.

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“It’s simply cynicism,” Zelenskyy stated. By opening a small hall to Russia, he stated, Moscow is wanting just for a propaganda victory.

He stated that on the twelfth day of the conflict, the Ukrainian military is counter attacking and inflicting extraordinarily painful losses on the enemy. “Battles are underway within the heart, within the north and within the south of nation – Mariupol and Kharkiv, Chernihiv and Sumy, Odesa and Kyiv, Mykolaiv and Zhytomyr.”


UNITED NATIONS — The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations is asking on Russia to honor Ukraine’s proposals “for time-bound humanitarian protected passage in particular, agreed upon areas” and unequivocally decide to speedy humanitarian entry within the nation.

At a U.N. Safety Council assembly on the escalating humanitarian disaster within the nation, Linda Thomas-Greenfield additionally referred to as for the institution of a system on the bottom to facilitate the protected motion of help convoys and flights so meals, medication and different provides can get into Ukraine to succeed in these most in want.

The U.S. envoy urged international locations which have pledged over $1.5 billion in humanitarian help for Ukraine to shortly flip the pledges into funds, saying “so long as Russia pursues its relentless and brutal marketing campaign, the necessity for help will solely improve.”

Thomas-Greenfield stated Russian President Vladimir Putin “has a plan to brutalize Ukraine” and the final two weeks have proven that “the Ukrainian persons are not going to surrender.”

Thomas-Greenfield stated the USA will proceed to face with the Ukrainian folks, “however president Putin is clearly keen to sacrifice the lives of 1000’s of Russian troopers to attain his private ambition.”


WASHINGTON — Prime officers within the U.S. Congress reached settlement Monday on laws that might ban Russian oil imports to the U.S. and finish Russia’s everlasting regular commerce relations standing in response to the intensifying conflict in Ukraine.

That’s in keeping with a Senate aide granted anonymity to debate the non-public deliberations in Congress.

Voting may come swiftly however no schedule has been set.

The White Home has been reluctant to ban Russian oil imports as fuel costs on the pump spike for Individuals, however has not dominated out the choice.

Ending the conventional commerce relations standing may lead to steep tariffs on different Russian imports.

— AP congressional correspondent Lisa Mascaro contributed to this report.


UNITED NATIONS — Calling what’s occurring to the 7.5 million youngsters of Ukraine “an ethical outrage,” the pinnacle of the U.N. youngsters’s company urged the U.N. Safety Council to remind all events of their authorized obligation to guard kids and spare them from assault.

UNICEF Govt Director Catherine Russell informed a council assembly Monday that no less than 27 youngsters have been killed and 42 injured since Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24, in keeping with the U.N. human rights workplace, and “numerous extra have been severely traumatized.”

With the escalation of the battle, she stated, houses, faculties, orphanages and hospitals have come beneath assault in addition to water and sanitation services, which offer key civilian wants. She additionally expressed deep concern on the security and well-being of practically 100,000 youngsters, half of them with disabilities, who stay in Ukrainian establishments and boarding faculties.

She referred to as on the events to chorus from combating close to these services and to keep away from the usage of explosive weapons in populated areas.

Russell stated youngsters have to be protected against the brutality of conflict, saying the picture of a mom, her two youngsters and a pal making an attempt to flee to security mendacity lifeless on a avenue after being hit by a mortar “should shock the conscience of the world.”

For kids fleeing Ukraine, she stated, UNICEF has began working “Blue Dot” protected locations at border crossings the place kids are first registered and which offer “a one-stop protected house for youngsters and their households.”


UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations is unable to fulfill the wants of hundreds of thousands of civilians caught in battle in Ukraine at this time and is urging protected passage for folks to go “within the path they select” and for humanitarian provides to get to areas of hostilities, in keeping with the U.N. humanitarian chief.

Undersecretary-Common Martin Griffiths informed a U.N. Safety Council assembly Monday that his workplace has despatched a crew to Moscow to coordinate with the Russian army to attempt to scale-up the supply of humanitarian help to the extent wanted. He stated this adopted a cellphone name Friday between U.N. Secretary-Common Antonio Guterres and Russia’s Protection Minister Sergei Shoigu.

The primary U.N.-Russia assembly has been held, he stated, welcoming cooperation by each side and expressing hope of “additional progress within the hours forward.”

Griffiths stated the U.N. and its companions have already supplied meals to a whole lot of 1000’s of individuals and the World Meals Program “is establishing provide chain operations to ship speedy meals and money help to 3-5 million folks inside Ukraine,” and the Ukrainian Pink Cross has distributed hygiene and meals kits, heat clothes and medication to 1000’s of individuals.

The U.N. humanitarian chief additionally expressed deep fear on the penalties of “this pointless battle” on “weak folks residing half a world away” affected by spiking meals costs and unsure provides and record-level costs. “Individuals within the Sahel, Yemen, the Horn of Africa, Afghanistan, Madagascar, and past already face profound meals inseucirty,” Griffiths stated, and excessive fuel costs means “life turns into tougher nonetheless in locations like Lebanon.”


BERLIN — The U.N. nuclear watchdog says Ukraine has knowledgeable it {that a} new analysis facility producing radioisotopes for medical and industrial makes use of has been broken by shelling in Kharkiv.

The Worldwide Atomic Vitality Company stated the Ukrainian regulator informed it that Sunday’s incident didn’t trigger any improve in radiation ranges on the web site. It stated the nuclear materials on the facility is “at all times subcritical” and there’s a very low inventory of it, so the IAEA’s evaluation is that the reported harm would haven’t any “radiological consequence.”

Nevertheless, it provides to a string of issues the Vienna-based IAEA has over nuclear services and materials in Ukraine.

It reported “one other worrying growth” Monday on the Zaporizhzhia energy plant, Ukraine’s greatest, which was seized final week by Russian forces. The IAEA stated the Ukrainian regulator has knowledgeable it that it’s not presently potential to ship spare components or medication to the plant.

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The IAEA reiterated that “having working workers topic to the authority of the Russian army commander contravenes an indispensable pillar of nuclear security.”

The Ukrainian regulator stated eight of the nation’s 15 reactors had been working, together with two at Zaporizhzhia.


NEW YORK — Stoli Group is renaming its Stolichnaya vodka model as a part of a broader effort to distance itself from Russia. In a information launch, Luxembourg-based Stoli Group stated the vodka will now be offered and marketed as Stoli. Russian billionaire Yuri Shefler, a critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, based Stoli Group in 1997 however was exiled from Russia 4 years later and moved manufacturing to Latvia. “Greater than something, I want for Stoli to signify peace in Europe and solidarity with Ukraine,” Shefler stated in an announcement. Stoli Group stated a state-owned firm in Russia continues to make a vodka referred to as Stolichnaya which is offered in a restricted variety of markets. However Stoli Group owns the trademark rights to the Stolichnaya title in 150 international locations, together with the U.S. Stolichnaya means “from the capital metropolis” in Russian.


PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron stated on Monday that he doesn’t count on a negotiated finish to the conflict in Ukraine for weeks.

He stated that he has informed the Russian chief {that a} cease-fire should come earlier than any actual dialogue, however that President Vladimir Putin has refused, making their common talks “troublesome.”

“I don’t assume that within the days and weeks to come back there might be a real negotiated resolution,” Macron stated at a discussion board in Poissy, a southwest suburb of Paris, whereas campaigning for the primary time to resume his mandate in April presidential elections.

He stated that Putin is making a “historic fault” along with his conflict pitted towards Ukrainians, “brothers.” Macron burdened the necessity to respect the folks of all international locations … “and be sure that no nation, no folks be humiliated.”

Macron stated that Russia, too, have to be revered as a rustic and other people as a result of “There is no such thing as a sturdy peace if Russia just isn’t (a part of) a … grand structure of peace on our continent. As a result of Historical past and geography are cussed.”


ROME — Italy is seeking to home these fleeing conflict in Ukraine in residences confiscated from organized crime syndicates.

Inside Minister Luciana Lamorgese on Monday stated that the nationwide company which retains observe of a whole lot of seized and confiscated properties over time are shortly checking to find out these appropriate for refugees.

Some 14,000 refugees have arrived in Italy from Ukraine. A lot of them have relations or mates residing in Italy, and it isn’t instantly clear what number of have nobody to host them.

Ministry officers might be pinpointing actual property that has been confiscated, however not but assigned to be used by municipalities or charities. After judicial authorities decide that property was purchased with illicit revenues from organized crime like drug trafficking or extortion, it’s seized and ultimately made out there to be used by charities or different non-profit teams.

Lamorgese stated utilizing the properties to deal with refugees, even on a brief foundation, can provide “concrete responses to these fleeing from conflict and above all to probably the most fragile individuals, equivalent to ladies and youngsters.”


TIRANA, Albania — Albania on Monday strongly denounced the shelling of its consulate within the Ukrainian metropolis of Kharkiv and referred to as on Russia to cease aggression towards Ukraine.

The Albanian Overseas Ministry tweeted images of the constructing in Kharkiv the place its consulate is seen destroyed after being shelled.

“Albania strongly condemns the #Russian aggression which led to the destruction of the Honorary Consulate of Albania in Kharkiv,” it tweeted, including that, “Perpetrators have to be held accountable! #StopRussianAggression #StandWithUkraine️.”

Albania has joined the European Union within the hard-hitting sanctions towards Russian prime officers and establishments.

Final week Albania and the USA initiated a decision on the United Nations Safety Council denouncing the Russian invasion.


LVIV, Ukraine — Each Russia and Ukraine say they’ve made a bit of progress throughout a 3rd spherical of talks and Russia’s prime negotiator says the corridors are anticipated to start out functioning Tuesday.

Mykhailo Podolyak, an adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, stated with out elaboration Monday that “there have been some small optimistic shifts concerning logistics of humanitarian corridors” to permit civilians to flee some besieged Ukrainian cities. He stated that consultations will proceed on methods to barter an finish to hostilities.

Russia’s prime negotiator Vladimir Medinsky, stated he expects that humanitarian corridors in Ukraine will lastly begin functioning Tuesday. He stated no progress has been made on a political settlement, however voiced hope that the following spherical may very well be extra productive.

“Our expectations from the talks have failed, however we hope that we might be capable to make a extra vital step ahead subsequent time,” Medinsky stated. “The talks will proceed.”

Efforts to arrange protected passage for civilians over the weekend fell aside amid continued shelling. However the Russian Protection Ministry introduced a brand new push Monday, saying civilians can be allowed to depart the capital of Kyiv, Mariupol and the cities of Kharkiv and Sumy.


MADRID — U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman says that getting army materiel for Ukrainians to struggle a Russian invasion is about to grow to be harder for the U.S. and its allies.

“I feel that the worldwide neighborhood has been tremendously responsive and have discovered methods to get the materiel in. Which will grow to be tougher within the coming days, and we’ll have to search out different methods to handle this,” Sherman stated Monday throughout a go to to the Spanish capital for conferences with officers.

The Biden administration is contemplating find out how to fulfill Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s request for warplanes, the official stated, contemplating that Ukrainians would solely be capable to function soviet-era warplanes supplied by Poland.

“Persons are making an attempt to see whether or not that is potential and doable,” she stated, including that the warplanes shouldn’t be regarded by Moscow as direct involvement within the battle: “We’d count on that this supply can be seen as all of the deliveries have been seen for granted for Ukraine to defend itself.”

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Sherman met in Madrid with Overseas Minister José Manuel Albares and different officers. She arrived from Turkey and was on her option to Morocco, Algeria and Egypt for every week of intense diplomatic contacts amid the conflict in Ukraine.


PARIS — French Overseas Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian criticized Russia’s supply of humanitarian corridors for Ukrainian civilians as a “entice” that might probably result in extra bombing in Ukraine.

Le Drian referred to Russia’s tactic of bombing after which providing humanitarian corridors up to now, citing Aleppo in Syria and Grozny, in Chechnya. He stated in such circumstances Russia’s proposal of creating humanitarian corridors really led to extra bombings after negotiations failed.

“We should not fall into traps,” Le Drian stated Monday in France’s southern metropolis of Montpellier after a gathering of European ministers.

“I’m even questioning if in Russian army faculties there are courses to clarify: ‘bombing, hall, negotiations, breach (of negotiations), we begin all of it once more’. It’s fairly tragic however sadly it sends shivers down your backbone,” he stated.


TIRANA, Albania — Albania’s capital Tirana on Monday named a avenue “Free Ukraine” to precise solidarity with Ukraine’s resistance to the Russian invasion.

Tirana’s metropolis corridor council, or parliament, voted unanimously to rename a downtown avenue within the capital the place the Ukrainian, Russian, Serbian and Kosovar embassies are situated.

“The 2 conflicts: Serbia towards Kosovo and Russian Towards Ukraine are two marking factors for the generations and reminiscences of a contemporary Europe,” stated Mayor Erion Veliaj.

Albania has joined the European Union within the hard-hitting sanctions towards Russian prime officers and establishments. Final week, Albania joined the USA in initiating a decision on the United Nations Safety Council denouncing the Russian invasion.

“We’ve got at all times aligned on the honest and superb aspect of the world’s historical past, like we did as soon as with the Hebrews, yesterday with the Afghans and at this time with the Ukrainians,” stated Veliaj, including that 1,500 households have supplied shelter for the Ukrainian refugees if they arrive to the nation.

Albania was the one nation throughout World Warfare II to have extra Jews in the long run in comparison with the beginning providing them shelter from Nazi persecution. Final 12 months, Albania was the primary nation to supply shelter to the Afghans fleeing their nation after the Taliban regime got here to energy.


NEW YORK — All 4 of the so-called Huge 4 accounting companies at the moment are slicing ties with Russia over its conflict in Ukraine.

Deloitte on Monday was the final of the 4 to say it should not function in Russia, becoming a member of Ernst & Younger, Pricewaterhousecoopers and KPMG in making related bulletins.

Deloitte stated it’s also slicing its ties to Russia-allied Belarus. The corporate stated it’s separating its international community of member companies from the companies based mostly in Russia and Belarus.

Deloitte World CEO Punit Renjen stated in an announcement “we all know that is the suitable determination” however it should have an effect on Deloitte’s 3,000 staff in Russia and Belarus who “haven’t any voice within the actions of their authorities.”

Pricewaterhousecoopers and KPMG introduced they had been pulling out of Russia on Sunday, and Ernst & Younger earlier on Monday.


LONDON — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has defended his authorities’s therapy of Ukrainians fleeing conflict, after France accused U.Okay. authorities of “inhumane” habits in the direction of the refugees.

Johnson stated Britain was being “very, very beneficiant,” however wouldn’t have “a system the place folks can come into the U.Okay. with none checks or any controls in any respect.”

Britain says it expects to absorb as many as 200,000 displaced Ukrainians. Only a few have managed to succeed in Britain up to now. The Residence Workplace stated “round 50” visas had been granted by Sunday.

French Inside Minister Gerald Darmanin stated Sunday that a whole lot of Ukrainian refugees within the English Channel port of Calais had been turned away and informed by British authorities that they have to receive visas at U.Okay. embassies in Paris or Brussels.

Calling that “a bit inhumane,” Darmanin urged Britain to “cease the technocratic nit-picking.”

U.Okay. Residence Secretary Priti Patel denied Britain was turning anybody away. The British authorities confirmed Monday that it didn’t have a visa heart in Calais.


BUDAPEST – Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban signed a decree on Monday permitting for NATO troops to station on Hungarian territory in response to the Russian invasion of neighboring Ukraine.

The federal government decree reaffirmed Orban’s earlier insistence that Hungary wouldn’t enable troops or deadly weapons to be delivered throughout its borders into Ukraine, however allowed for the transit of NATO forces throughout its territory into different NATO member international locations.

Non-lethal help, equivalent to private protecting gear, first help and medical provides and humanitarian supplies, are permitted to cross into Ukraine from Hungary, in keeping with the decree.


ROME — Italian Premier Mario Draghi stated Russia seems decided to hold on with its conflict in Ukraine till it will possibly set up a authorities “pleasant” to Moscow.

Draghi was requested by reporters in Brussels on Monday if he thought there was nonetheless room for diplomacy. “Look, up until now, (diplomacy) hasn’t yielded any fruits. Up until now, the dedication of Russia may be very clear,’ Draghi replied.

Russia will proceed till “the nation has surrendered, (and it) in all probability installs a pleasant authorities and defeats the resistance,’ the Italian chief stated. “That’s what the info show.”


BRUSSELS — European Fee spokesman for international affairs Peter Stano stated the EU wish to see China play a mediation position and persuade Russia to cease its conflict in Ukraine.

“China has the potential to succeed in out to Moscow due to their relationship clearly and we want China to make use of its affect to press for a cease-fire and to make Russia to cease the brutal unprecedented shelling and killing of civilians in Ukraine.”