Emmanuel Macron reportedly cancelled the plan after hearing Vladimir Putin’s reaction
Broadcaster Trevor McDonald pays tribute to journalists in Ukraine
Ceasefire negotiations today ended with some promise of future progress. Kyiv proposed a new security guarantee that could lead to Ukraine accepting neutral status, in return for Russian troops’ withdrawal from the country.
The Ukrainian president said, in a new video speech, that Russia’s word cannot be trusted and that only a concrete conclusion to the ongoing peace talks can be relied on.
Meanwhile, France has called off an evacuation of civilians from the beseiged Ukrainian city of Mariupol after a phone call with Russia.
The office of Emmanuel Macron announced that the operation was not possible “at this stage” after hearing Vladimir Putin’s reaction, BFMTV news reported.
The one-hour-long call ended without a conclusion, the office said. Putin reportedly told Macron that he would think about the evacuation before giving any answer.
Last week, Macron said that France was ready to lead an “exceptional humanitarian operation” with Turkey and Greece to evacuate civilians.
US court rejects Russian oligarch’s attempt to bypass sanctions
An appeal by Russian aluminium tycoon Oleg Deripaska to lift sanctions imposed on him by the US in 2018 has been rejected by an appeals court in Washington, which ruled that US officials had enough evidence to back their enforcement of the sanctions.
The sanctions were imposed on Mr Deripaska and other powerful Russian business officials with ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin following the country’s 2014 annexation of Ukraine‘s Crimean region.
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Nathan Place30 March 2022 01:20
Russia vows to reduce ‘military activity’ around Kyiv at peace talks
Russia will scale back military operations around Kyiv and the northern Ukrainian city of Chernihiv in a bid to “increase mutual trust”, Moscow said at the conclusion of the first day of talks in Istanbul on Tuesday to end the month-long Russian war against Ukraine.
It is the first meaningful concession by the Kremlin since Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine on 24 February, although it was met by scepticism and caution.
“In order to increase mutual trust and create the necessary conditions for further negotiations and achieving the ultimate goal of agreeing and signing [an] agreement, a decision was made to radically, by a large margin, reduce military activity in the Kyiv and Chernihiv directions,” Moscow’s deputy defence minister Alexander Fomin said.
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Nathan Place30 March 2022 01:00
Weapons monitors can’t keep up with all the equipment Russia is losing
Every day, dozens of images of Russia’s burning tanks, abandoned supply trucks and downed helicopters in Ukraine appear on Twitter, TikTok, Instagram and Telegram.
That mass of information has allowed open-source intelligence experts and volunteers to gain an insight into this war that might have only been available to state intelligence agencies in the past. They have been able to painstakingly document thousands of images and videos of destroyed and abandoned equipment to tell one of the most important stories of this war so far: the destruction of Russian military equipment on a grand scale, and the stalling of a military superpower.
Military analysts Stijn Mitzer and Joost Oliemans have been tracking the losses. Their list, they say, “only includes destroyed vehicles and equipment of which photo or videographic evidence is available. Therefore, the amount of equipment destroyed is significantly higher than recorded here.”
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Nathan Place30 March 2022 00:40
Russia ‘failed to take Kyiv’, Pentagon says
Russian forces have failed in their mission to encircle and capture Kyiv, leading to Moscow’s announcement that military action around the Ukrainian capital would be scaled back, the US Department of Defense said on Tuesday.
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby made clear during his remarks at a daily press briefing that Russian forces, and concurred with a reporter’s assertion that the Russian military had suffered a “defeat” on the outskirts of Kyiv.
“I said as much in my opening statement. They failed to take Kyiv,” Mr Kirby told reporters.
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Nathan Place30 March 2022 00:20
White House looking into claims of harm against Roman Abramovich
The Biden administration is looking into allegations that Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich was poisoned earlier this month during Ukraine-Russia peace negotiations.
This is according to White House spokeswoman Kate Bedingfield. It comes after a US official said intelligence suggests that Abramovich and Ukrainian peace negotiators falling sick was due to an environmental factor and not poisoning.
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