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Russia-Ukraine war, live: Russia stops sharing nuclear information with US


Putin admits sanctions could hurt Russian economy

Russian President Vladimir Putin has acknowledged that Western sanctions imposed on Russia because of its invasion of Ukraine could negatively affect the country’s economy, Russian state-controlled news agency RIA Novosti reported on March 29.


Robles confirms that Spain will send leopards after Easter and denies that they contribute to an escalation of the war

Defense Minister Margarita Robles has confirmed on Wednesday that Spain will send six ‘Leopard’ battle tanks to Ukraine after Easter week and she has rejected it. Military aid contributes to escalation of conflictFor which he has blamed Russian President Vladimir Putin alone. In an appearance before the plenary session of Congress, Robles confirmed that the first six ‘Leopards’ have already completed their repairs at the Santa Bárbara factory in Alcalá de Guadeira (Seville) and are now undergoing certification tests in Córdoba . Once this phase is over, they will be sent to Ukraine during the second week of April.


“You’re my hero,” writes Russian girl separated from her father to create anti-war portrait

“Maria Moskalev, a 13-year-old Russian schoolgirl, has written a letter of support to her father, sentenced to two years in prison for an anti-war cartoon in Ukraine and is now on the run.

The case sparked outrage in Russia for several weeks and became a symbol of the Kremlin’s continued crackdown on those opposing its military campaign in Ukraine.

It took a new turn on Tuesday when the Efremov court, 300 kilometers south of Moscow, announced that the defendant, Alexei Moskalev, had disappeared. “The verdict was read in the absence of the defendant, as he disappeared and did not appear for the viewing,” Elena Mikhailovskaya, head of the court’s communications department, told Agence France-Presse.


Kuleba hopes that Austria will provide “all possible assistance” to Ukraine “within the framework of its neutrality”.

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister, Dmytro Kuleba, has expressed this Wednesday that he expects the Austrian authorities to provide “all possible assistance” to the Ukrainian military in the framework of an invasion of Russia “respecting the neutrality that is part of their political identity, «The concept of neutrality can be used as an excuse for doing nothing or doing very little. However, one could try to do as much as possible within that neutrality. I think Austria chooses this second option to support us not only politically and humanitarianly but also on other issues’; He said in an interview with the Austrian newspaper ‘Die Presse’.


Ukraine condemns IOC recommendations on Russian and Belarusian athletes

Ukraine’s Sports Ministry condemned it on Wednesday partial change of position The International Olympic Committee (IOC) allowed Russian and Belarusian athletes to compete in international competitions as neutrals.

“The Ministry of Youth and Sports of Ukraine condemns the partial change of the position of the International Olympic Committee regarding the non-admission of Russian and Belarusian athletes,” the Ukrainian ministry said in a statement.

“We have consistently defended and will continue to assert that, in the conditions of the unprecedented and unprovoked military aggression of the Russian Federation with the support of the Republic of Belarus against Ukraine, which is contrary to the principles of the Olympic Charter, representatives of the aggressor states Should not be present in the international sports arena.”

Putin acknowledged that the sanctions could have a negative impact on the Russian economy.

President Vladimir Putin acknowledged this Wednesday that international sanctions for the Ukraine attack could have a “negative” impact on the Russian economy in the “medium term”, boasting of the country’s ability to adapt to the new situation in recent months. After shedding

“The sanctions imposed on the Russian economy could actually have a negative impact on it in the medium term,” the president said in a televised meeting with the government.

It is the first time that Putin has publicly acknowledged the impact on the national economy of several international sanctions, which affect various sectors, including hydrocarbons.


Warsaw calls on the EU to reduce Ukrainian wheat imports

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki called on Brussels on Wednesday to halt imports of Ukrainian wheat, which he said were filling warehouses in Poland and “destabilizing” local markets.

Farmers have long been protesting across Poland because wheat arriving from Ukraine for shipment to other countries is often left in storage, filling silos and causing prices to drop significantly.

The Russian invasion has closed or reduced the traditional Ukrainian wheat export routes through the Black Sea.

“We demand that the European Commission use all the rules [posible] To limit or block the entry of Ukrainian wheat into Poland as the final destination country,” thundered the head of the Polish government at a press conference.


Poland is studying forming a coalition to boycott the 2024 Olympics due to Russia’s involvement

Poland is considering forming a broad coalition of countries to block the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris because of the International Olympic Committee’s decision not to exclude Russian and Belarusian athletes from the international sporting event.


Ukraine pushes back Wagner’s troops from Bakhmut’s supply line

The Ministry of Defense reported from the United Kingdom on 29 March that Ukrainian forces had pushed Russian fighters back from the Wagner Group off Donetsk province route 0506, which has become a vital supply line for Ukrainian defenders.


Putin admits that the sanctions “could negatively affect” the Russian economy.

The President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, has acknowledged that sanctions resulting from the military offensive launched against Ukraine “could negatively affect” the growth of the Russian economy, although he defended it in general terms. have a “positive” trend, Putin, who met with members of his government on Wednesday, generally took stock of the economic situation to emphasize the positive aspects, even as he defended Western companies from the Russian market. Quitting has opened up new “niches” that they are now trying to take advantage of. local firm.


Moscow has stopped sharing information about its nuclear forces with the United States, including notices about missile tests, a senior Russian diplomat said Wednesday, according to the Associated Press.

Russia stops sharing nuclear information with US


Number of operational nuclear weapons operated by Russia increased in 2022

The number of operational nuclear weapons will increase in 2022 in a world dominated by Russia and China, according to a report published on Wednesday.

By the beginning of 2023, nine official and unofficial nuclear powers had 9,576 ready-to-use warheads, 136 more than the previous year, according to the Nuclear Weapons Ban Monitor report, published by Norwegian NGO Norsk Folkejelp. Is.

Its destructive power is reported to be equivalent to “more than 135,000 Hiroshima bombs”.

The increase seen in 2022 is due to Russia, which has the largest nuclear arsenal in the world with 5,889 operational warheads, along with China, India, North Korea and Pakistan.


Kremlin says “hybrid war” between Russia and the West will last “a long time”

The Kremlin assured on Wednesday that the “hybrid war” between Russia and Western powers would go on for a “long time”.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the press, “If we talk about war in a broad sense, about confrontation with Western countries, about this hybrid war (…) it will last a long time.” “

Russia had started military operations against its neighboring country Ukraine a year ago.


Sweden summons Russia’s ambassador over his threatening comments about the country’s NATO membership

Swedish authorities have summoned the Russian ambassador to the country, Viktor Tatarintsev, on Wednesday to protest a series of comments in which he assured that Swedish territory was a “legitimate target” of retaliatory measures adopted by Moscow in the matter of joining NATO. Will become.

The Swedish Foreign Minister, Tobias Billström, has indicated that this is a “clear attempt to exert influence” and has stressed that “Sweden’s security policy is determined by the country itself and no one else.”


Ukraine reports about 20,000 Ukrainian children being illegally deported by Russia

Ukraine’s reunification ministry says 19,541 Ukrainian children have been illegally deported by Russia, while another 4,390 are in the occupied territories.


Zelensky invites Xi Jinping to Ukraine: “We are ready to welcome him”

The Ukrainian president assured that they are already “ready to receive it.” In an interview with the AP published Tuesday, Zelensky formally invited Chinese leader Xi Jinping to visit Ukraine.


Poland anticipates that the next package of EU sanctions against Belarus will be “more severe”

Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki announced on Tuesday that the next package of EU sanctions for the Russian invasion of Ukraine would be “much more serious” against Belarus After Moscow announced the deployment of strategic nuclear weapons on the territory of its neighboring country. «This package will certainly include more actions towards Belarus (…). It will be much more severe for the (Alexander) Lukashenko regime,” the Polish prime minister said during a joint press conference with his Romanian counterpart Nicolae Ciuca in Bucharest.


Ukraine confirms a new US economic aid package worth $2.5 billion

The Prime Minister of Ukraine, Denis Schmigal, has confirmed this Tuesday that the United States Administration will send a new economic aid package worth at $2.5 billion, more than 2,300 million euros. As highlighted by the portal of the Ukrainian government, these funds will reach Kiev through the project of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and will go to pay doctors, pensioners, displaced persons and help low-income families. « It should be noted that since the beginning of the year, Ukraine has received almost $ 5,000 million – more than 4,600 million euros – in aid from the European Union, and more than $ 2,000 million – more than 1,800 million euros – in aid happened. United States”, has insisted the Ukrainian government.

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