Sunday, October 2, 2022

Live Updates | Moldova calls for international support

BERLIN – Moldova’s prime minister says the poor Eastern European nation needs major international support to deal with an influx of people fleeing neighboring Ukraine.

Natalia Gavrilita told a donor conference in Berlin on Tuesday that Moldova is hosting about 100,000 refugees from Ukraine, about a quarter of those who have entered since late February.

Gavrilita said Moldova, with a population of 2.5 million, has sought to provide decent conditions for refugees thanks to “unprecedented mobilization” by the public and private sectors.

But she added, “Dealing with this influx is one of the biggest challenges any Moldovan government has faced in the past three decades.”

She said that in addition to financial support, Moldova also needed help in building power interconnectors for Romania. He asked the European Union to open its market for agricultural imports from his country as it is far from Russia.


Major Developments in the Russo-Ukraine War:

— Ukraine says Russia is preparing offensive in the southeast

Zelensky will address the United Nations amid outrage over civilian deaths

Japan’s top envoy brought back 20 Ukrainians from Poland

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Other Developments:

Copenhagen, Denmark – Sweden’s foreign minister says the Scandinavian country is expelling three Russian diplomats.

Denmark and Italy said they were expelling 15 and 30 Russians, respectively, Foreign Minister Ann Lindion announced on Tuesday. On Monday, France and Germany announced they were expelling dozens of Russians with diplomatic status.

Last month, Sweden’s domestic intelligence agency SAPO said that “every third Russian diplomat in Sweden is an intelligence officer”.


Rome: Italy’s foreign ministry says Italy is expelling 30 Russian diplomats.

Tuesday’s announcement was followed by expulsions by several other European countries. Germany said on Monday it was expelling 40 Russians with diplomatic status and France expelled 35.

Germany’s interior minister said officials were to blame those who were being kicked out of Russian intelligence services. And Denmark said on Tuesday it was expelling 15 Russian intelligence officers working at Russia’s embassy in Copenhagen.


KYIV, Ukraine – Ukraine says a civilian ship is sinking in the port of the besieged city of Mariupol after Russian forces opened fire on it.

Ukraine’s interior ministry said in a statement on Tuesday that the ship was attacked by Russia during a “sea shelling” that caused an engine room fire. It added that the crew, including one injured crew member, have been rescued.

The ministry said the ship was flying the flag of the Dominican Republic and posted a picture of a cargo ship. It did not specify how many people were on board or the nationalities of the crew members.

Russian forces have been bombing Mariupol for weeks in an attempt to consolidate control of Ukraine’s southeast coast.


BRUSSELS – EU Executive Commission President Ursula von der Leyen will travel to Kyiv this week to meet with Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky.

His spokesman, Eric Mammer, said on Tuesday that his visit would be preceded by a special pledge meeting in Warsaw over the weekend. This is the second such high-level visit by EU officials. European Parliament President Roberta Metsola visited Ukraine last week.


GENEVA – An international Red Cross team on Tuesday dashed hopes of entering the besieged Ukrainian city of Mariupol after an overnight stop by police in the city, some 20 kilometers (12 miles) to the west.

The International Committee of the Red Cross, which has been trying to bring a small team to Mariupol since Friday as part of efforts to evacuate and aid civilians in distress, said the team organized by police in Manhash was released overnight. The nationality of the police involved has not been identified, but is under Russian control.

The ICRC said in a statement that the team’s focus is now on the evacuation operation, and that “yesterday’s incident demonstrates how volatile and complex the operation has been for our team to facilitate safe passage around Mariupol.”

ICRC spokesman Jason Strazius said the team was “not planning to try to enter Mariupol today. Our team’s humanitarian efforts today are focused on helping to evacuate people in the surrounding areas.”


Copenhagen, Denmark – Denmark’s foreign ministry says the country is expelling 15 Russian intelligence officers working at Russia’s embassy in Copenhagen.

The ministry said the Russian ambassador was informed of the decision on Tuesday. It said Denmark strongly condemned “Russia’s brutality against the citizens of Ukraine in Bucha” and stressed that “deliberate attacks on civilians are a war crime.”

The authorities have two weeks to leave Denmark. “They pose a risk to our national security that we cannot ignore,” Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod said.

The move comes after France and Germany announced the expulsion of dozens of Russians with diplomatic status.

France plans to expel 35. The French foreign ministry cited national security reasons for the expulsion, saying Russian diplomats were “acting contrary to our security interests”. It did not provide any details.


MADRID – A senior Spanish official says it is “very difficult” for the EU to take action against Russia’s natural gas sector because some of the bloc’s countries depend on it for their energy supplies and the EU’s strength is its unity. is in.

“It is very difficult to convince European public opinion and Ukrainian society that we are still importing Russian energy into Ukraine that finances this war,” Spain’s Ecological Transition Minister Teresa Ribera said on Tuesday.

The European Union gets about 40% of its natural gas from Russia.

She said that while energy imports create “obvious moral tension”, allegations of Russian war crimes in Buka in recent days have increased pressure on the EU to act.

She said Spain should invest in industrial-scale solar power facilities to improve the EU’s energy self-sufficiency.


BRUSSELS – France’s finance minister said there is “absolute determination” among all 27 EU member states to strengthen sanctions against Russia after evidence emerged of the intentional killing of Ukrainians.

Bruno Le Maire, whose country currently holds the presidency of the European Union, spoke on Tuesday ahead of a meeting of finance ministers where potential new measures were to be discussed.

Le Maire said French President Emmanuel Macron has made it clear that he is ready to impose sanctions on coal and oil. He said: “We will see what the situation of the other member states will be, but I think there is likely to be unity on the 27 member states on these new restrictions.”

EU sanctions imposed on Russia after its February 24 invasion of Ukraine have affected many sectors of the country’s economy, but the bloc has so far shied away from sanctions that would affect Russian energy supplies.


LVIV, Ukraine – Seven humanitarian corridors will remain open on Tuesday, including the besieged port city of Mariupol and Russian-controlled Burdyansk, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Irina Vereshchuk said on the messaging app Telegram.

According to Vereshchuk’s post, residents of Mariupol and Berdyansk will be able to go to Zaporizhzhya on their own transport. The corridor will also be open from the city of Tokmak in the Zaporizhzhia region and the cities of Severodonetsk, Lysychansk, Popasna and Hirske in the Luhansk region.

Vereshchuk said in the same post that Russian troops “did not allow anyone to enter Mariupol,” and that the Russians “blocked representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross” in the settlement of Manhush west of Mariupol.

Vereshchuk said that, after negotiations, representatives of the Red Cross were “released at night and sent to Zaporizhzhya.”

It was not immediately clear from Vereshchuk’s statement whether Russia had agreed to stop fighting along the declared corridors. Some Ukrainian attempts to evacuate civilians through humanitarian corridors had previously failed as fighting with them continued despite agreements with Russia.


LONDON: British defense officials say Ukrainian forces have retaken more territory in Ukraine’s north as Russian troops retreat.

Britain’s defense ministry says Ukrainian forces have “recaptured key territory” after forcing Russian units to retreat north of Kyiv and around the northern city of Chernihiv. The ministry says that “low-level fighting is likely to continue in some parts of the newly recaptured areas, but has decreased significantly this week as the remaining Russian forces withdraw.”

In an intelligence update posted online, the UK says that many Russian units “may require significant re-equipment and refurbishment before they are available for redeployment for operations in eastern Ukraine.”

Ukrainian and Western officials say Russia is focusing its attention on the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine.


BERLIN – Germany’s president is admitting mistakes in policy toward Russia in his previous job as foreign minister.

President Frank-Walter Steinmeier served twice as foreign minister to ex-chancellor Angela Merkel, most recently from 2013 to 2017, and before that as chief of staff to ex-chancellor Gerhard Schroeder. In that time, Germany held talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin and developed close energy ties.

Steinmeier told ZDF television on Tuesday that “we have failed on several points,” including efforts to encourage Russia to move toward democracy and respect human rights.

The president acknowledged that there were “different assessments” of Russia among European countries. He added: “It is true that we should have taken the warnings of our Eastern European partners more seriously, especially regarding the time since 2014” and the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.

He said it was a mistake to stick to a project that cost Germany “too much credit and credibility” in Eastern Europe. The week Russia invaded Ukraine, Chancellor Olaf Scholz suspended the pipeline.


LVIV, Ukraine — Ukraine’s General Staff reported Tuesday morning that Russia is regrouping its troops and preparing an attack in the Donbass.

“The goal is to establish complete control over the territory of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions,” said the update posted on the General Staff’s Facebook page.

In the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, Russian forces are focusing their efforts on taking control of the cities of Popasna and Rubizan, as well as establishing complete control over Mariupol, the General Staff said. Other towns and settlements in the two areas are being continuously shelled.

According to the General Staff, Russian troops also continued to blockade Kharkiv.


BANGKOK – Supply disruptions, financial stress and high prices are setbacks from the war in Ukraine that will slow economies in Asia in the coming months, a World Bank report said.

The report released on Tuesday forecast slow growth and rising poverty in the Asia-Pacific region this year. The growth rate for this sector is projected to be 5%, which is lower than the original forecast of 5.4%. It estimates that China, the region’s largest economy, will expand at a rate of 5%.

The report said “multiple setbacks” are adding to the troubles for people and businesses and that governments whose finances have been strained by the pandemic have little ability to help.


UNITED NATIONS – A top official in the global campaign against the use of landmines is urging Russia to stop the use of these weapons in Ukraine that often kill and cripple civilians.

Colombia’s ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, Alicia Arango Olmos, and this year’s President of the State Parties banned the production and use of landmines at the 1997 convention, expressing deep concern over media reports that Russia was involved in its war in Ukraine. using mines. ,

He pointed to Human Rights Watch, which said on March 29 that Ukraine’s explosive ordnance disposal technician had unearthed banned anti-personnel mines in the eastern Kharkiv region the day before.

The rights group said Russia is known to have the types of mines that were discovered, but Ukraine does not.

Arango Olmos told a news conference on Monday that Ukraine is one of the 164 state parties to the convention, but Russia is not.

Monday was the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action.

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