Blinken says US officials are “documenting potential war crimes” in Ukraine
An aircraft repair plant was hit this morning by Russian rockets fired at the western Ukrainian city of Lviv.
The building near Danylo Halytskyi International Airport – Ukraine’s second-busiest airport – was destroyed, the city’s mayor Andriy Sadovy said, but no one was hurt.
Lviv – near the border with Poland – had so far been largely spared by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which began on February 24.
Meanwhile, a number of countries have imposed sanctions on Moscow in response to the Russian attack on Ukraine. Japan said it would impose sanctions on 15 Russian individuals and nine entities, including defense officials and state arms exporter Rosoboronexport.
Australia imposed sanctions on the Russian Treasury and 11 other banks and government organizations.
The sanctions affect most of Russia’s banking assets and the entities that manage its sovereign debt.
Marise Payne, an Australian foreign minister, said: “With our recent addition of the Central Bank of Russia, Australia has now targeted all Russian government agencies responsible for issuing and servicing Russia’s sovereign debt.”
Russia Today (RT)’s license has been revoked by the UK media regulator
The British media regulator Ofcom has revoked the license of the Russian state television channel Russia Today (RT) with immediate effect.
This means the channel is no longer allowed to air in the UK.
Ofcom said on Twitter: “We do not find RT appropriate and appropriate to hold a UK license and cannot be satisfied that it can be a responsible broadcaster.”
Lamiat SabinMarch 18, 2022 8:30 am
Separatists are tightening the noose around Mariupol – the Kremlin
The Kremlin said separatists in eastern Ukraine would “tighten the noose around Mariupol” with the help of Russian forces.
Fighting is ongoing in the center of Mariupol, the Russian Defense Ministry added – according to the Russian news agency RIA Novosti.
The city on the Black Sea coast has been hit by some of the worst attacks since Vladimir Putin launched the invasion on February 24.
Lamiat SabinMarch 18, 2022 08:20
Joe Biden and Xi Jinping discuss the Russia-Ukraine conflict
Joe Biden will speak to his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping today about the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The call will take place at 9 a.m. Eastern Time (1 p.m. GMT), the White House said.
A statement said: “This is part of ongoing efforts to maintain open lines of communication between the United States and the (People’s Republic of China).
“The two leaders will discuss the management of competition between the two countries, as well as Russia’s war against Ukraine and other issues of mutual interest.”
Yesterday, Cheng Guoping – a Chinese foreign minister – met Andrey Denisov, Russia’s ambassador to China.
They exchanged views on bilateral counterterrorism and security cooperation, the Chinese Foreign Ministry statement said.
Lamiat SabinMarch 18, 2022 08:00
“Russian no-fly zone established over Donbass and Luhansk”
Russia has reportedly imposed a no-fly zone over the Donbass and Luhansk regions of eastern Ukraine.
So says Eduard Basurin, an official of the separatist group of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR).
He told a Russian news channel today: “From a military point of view, some serious air defense systems do not need to be handed over to us.
“It’s enough for Russia to control the skies and, as they say, erect an umbrella or a dome of a no-fly zone over our republics.”
When asked by the moderator if this “roof” no-fly zone was created, Basurin replied, “Yes, I think so.”
Lamiat SabinMarch 18, 2022 07:38
Explosions in northern Kyiv
Explosions could be heard and smoke billowing in the northern part of the capital Kyiv on Friday, according to Reuters.
Alisha Rahaman SarkarMarch 18, 2022 6:44 am
Russian missiles land near Lviv airport
Russian forces shelled an area around a civilian airport in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv on Friday, Mayor Andriy Sadovyi said.
He added that several rockets hit an aircraft repair factory and destroyed its building. The plant has been shut down and there have been no casualties from the strike, he said
Earlier local media reported that at least three explosions were heard around the city. Around 7:30 a.m. local time, a cloud of thick gray smoke could be seen in the city sky near the airport.
The city of Lviv has been largely untouched since the Russian invasion began on February 24.
Alisha Rahaman SarkarMarch 18, 2022 6:35 am
Schwarzenegger opens up about Nazi father as he begs Russia
Schwarzenegger talks Nazi father as he addresses Russia pleaArnold Schwarzenegger has spoken out in the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
On Thursday, the actor shared a nine-minute video urging Russian citizens and military personnel to hear “the truth” and attempting to dispel misinformation from the Russian government that the purpose of their invasion was to “denazify Ukraine.”
The 74-year-old actor said: “The strength and heart of the Russian people have always inspired me. So I hope I can tell you the truth about the war in Ukraine and what is happening there.”
Alisha Rahaman SarkarMarch 18, 2022 6:06 am
Despite Western pressure, India is buying Russian oil
Despite the looming possibility of sanctions, India bought three million barrels of crude oil from Russia earlier this week to meet its energy needs.
An Indian government official told the Associated Press on conditions of anonymity that India has not imposed sanctions on oil purchases and will seek to buy more from Russia, despite requests from Western powers not to do so.
White House press secretary Jennifer Psaki said earlier this week that Indian purchases of Russian oil would not violate US sanctions, but urged India to “think about where you want to be when history books are written.”
Alisha Rahaman SarkarMarch 18, 2022 5:43 am
South Korea closes embassy in Lviv
South Korea has temporarily closed its embassy in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv amid “escalating military threats,” the country’s foreign ministry said on Thursday.
It announced that officers stationed at the Lviv office would be relocating to a nearby country.
Alisha Rahaman SarkarMarch 18, 2022 5:14 am
Several explosions heard in Lviv
According to local media reports, at least three explosions were heard in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv on Friday morning.
Alisha Rahaman SarkarMarch 18, 2022 5:10 am
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/ukraine-russia-war-putin-missiles-lviv-latest-news-b2038716.html Russia-Ukraine live updates: Russian missiles hit Lviv at dawn as new sanctions are imposed on Moscow