President Zelensky says he is ‘thankful’ to Russian journalist who protested live on TV
Despite “fundamental contradictions”, there is “certainly room for compromise” in talks between Kyiv and Moscow officials, a top Ukrainian negotiator and presidential aide to Volodymyr Zelensky has said.
His assessment came as Kyiv residents entered a 35-hour curfew after Russian airstrikes and shelling killed dozens of people, as Vladimir Putin’s troops continued on their mission to seize Ukraine’s capital city.
“Kyiv, which is currently the symbol and forward operating base of Europe’s freedom and security, will not be given up by us,” Kyiv’s mayor Vitali Klitschko said. It came after a number of people were killed when four multi-story buildings were bombarded.
Meanwhile, Ukraine’s president, Mr Zelensky said the country must accept it can’t ever join Nato.
“Ukraine is not a member of Nato,” he told representatives of the UK-led Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) via video link. “We understand that. We have heard for years that the doors were open, but we also heard that we could not join. It’s a truth and it must be recognised.”
Meanwhile, the UK’s Ministry of Defence says in its latest intelligence assessment that Russian forces are “struggling to conduct offensive operations” because of the “sustained Ukrainian resistance” they have faced since their unprovoked invasion.
Trudeau to attend Nato summit with Biden and other leaders
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will attend a Nato meeting in Brussels next week, CBC News reported on Tuesday, citing a senior government source.
Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the 24 March meeting will address Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and efforts to further strengthen the alliance.
Tom Batchelor16 March 2022 01:23
Russia ‘struggling to conduct offensive operations in face of sustained Ukrainian resistance’, says UK
Russian forces are “struggling to conduct offensive operations” because of the “sustained Ukrainian resistance” they have faced since their unprovoked invasion, says the United Kingdom.
Vladimir Putin’s military has suffered such serious losses that Russia is “increasingly seeking to generate additional troops to bolster and replace its personnel losses in Ukraine,” the Ministry of Defence said in its latest intelligence update.
Graeme Massie16 March 2022 00:39
Three EU leaders arrive by train in Kyiv as Russian attacks intensify
Following my earlier post (at 11.13pm), here’s Andy Gregory with more detail on the three EU prime ministers who visited Kyiv today:
Sam Hancock15 March 2022 23:58
Watch: MP asked if he’s housing Ukrainian refugee to ‘rebuild reputation’
Richard Madeley asks Matt Hancock if he is housing refugee to ‘rebuild reputation’
Sam Hancock15 March 2022 23:51
Trump claims a ‘lot of love’ behind Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine
Over in the US, former president Donald Trump has said Vladimir Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine was driven by a desire to recreate the Soviet Union in which there was “a lot of love”.
In a Sunday appearance on Fox News host Jeanine Pirro’s radio programme, Mr Trump said the Russian president “wants to make his country larger or he wants to put it back the way it was,” even though “it actually didn’t work very well”.
Speaking the day after his appearance on Ms Pirro’s radio show, Mr Trump stated that the Russian invasion of Ukraine – which he praised at its outset – had been a failure, but that Mr Putin’s “big ego” would drive him to become “more and more ruthless” as the conflict continues.
Sam Hancock15 March 2022 23:38
Johnson preparing for Middle East visit to stamp out Russian oil
Boris Johnson will visit Saudi Arabia and the UAE on Wednesday to ask the Gulf states to produce more oil and help the UK reduce dependence on Russian oil.
In a statement released by his office today, the PM called Saudi Arabia and the UAE “key international partners” in his bid to wean the West off Russian oil and gas, improve energy security and coordinate action against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The controversial visit has sparked an outcry of protest from UK lawmakers and rights groups, coming just days after Saudi Arabia said it executed 81 people in the largest known mass execution in the kingdom’s modern history.
Mr Johnson planned to meet with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed in the United Arab Emirates, then travel to Saudi Arabia for a meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. He is expected to talk about increasing Gulf energy supplies as well as discuss international co-ordination in dialling up diplomatic and economic pressure on Russian president Vladimir Putin.
“The UK is building an international coalition to deal with the new reality we face. The world must wean itself off Russian hydrocarbons and starve Putin’s addiction to oil and gas,” Mr Johnson said in the statement. “Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are key international partners in that effort.”
Sam Hancock15 March 2022 23:34
PMs of Czech Republic, Poland and Slovenia visit Kyiv
Thee European prime ministers travelled to Kyiv on Tuesday, in a show of support for Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky who briefed them on the war with Russia.
“Your visit to Kyiv at this difficult time for Ukraine is a strong sign of support. We really appreciate it,” the besieged country’s leader told the officials from the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovenia.
Footage released by Mr Zelensky’s office showed him speaking in Ukrainian and English to Poland’s Mateusz Morawiecki, the Czech Republic’s Petr Fiala and Slovenia’s Janez Jansa.
Russian air strikes and shelling hit Kyiv on Tuesday killing at least four people, authorities said, as invading forces tightened their grip and the mayor announced a 35-hour curfew.
Ukrainian PM Denys Shmygal hailed the meeting of leaders on Tuesday, hailing it as the “courage of true friends”.
Sam Hancock15 March 2022 23:13
Watch: Fox News pays tribute to Ukrainian journalist killed while freelancing for network
Fox News pays tribute to Ukrainian journalist killed while freelancing for network
Sam Hancock15 March 2022 23:02
Funeral held for Ukrainian soldiers killed by Russians at training base
In the city of Lviv, a funeral service was held today for four Ukrainian soldiers killed in a Russian attack on a training base in Yavoriv, western Ukraine.
The attack on Sunday killed at least 35 people.
Ukrainian soldiers shouldered caskets into the sanctuary of the Church of the Most Holy Apostles Peter and Paul and placed them on bases.
Burials were held for three of the soldiers, Oleg Yaschyshyn, Serhiy Melnyk and Rostyslav Romanchuk.
The fourth soldier, Kyrylo Vyshyvanyi, was buried in his hometown of Duliby in the Lviv region. Mr Vyshyvanyi’s family buried his younger brother, Vasyl, just a week earlier.
Sam Hancock15 March 2022 22:40
Zelensky gets standing ovation after speech to Canadian parliament
Over to Canada, where Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky was given a three-minute standing ovation today following a speech to the country’s parliament.
Ukraine’s leader appeared via video link on Tuesday to ask for more assistance in its fight with Russia, including a combustible no-fly zone that Nato has rejected as a potential trigger to world war.
Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau led the applause after describing the wartime president as a “champion for democracy”.
Sam Hancock15 March 2022 22:22