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G7 nations vow to further cut reliance on Russian energy
- Leaders of the Group of Seven nations have promised to continue reducing their reliance on Russian energy, “while ensuring that we do so in an orderly fashion and in ways that provide time for the world to secure alternative and sustainable supplies,” according to a joint statement on Friday (local time).
- The leaders — representing the US, UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan — said they “remain resolved to isolate Russia further from our economies and the international financial system.”
- To stand with the people of Ukraine, Group of Seven partners are committed to taking more action that will financially isolate Russia, put pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin and his enablers, the statement read. They each agreed to deny Russia “most-favored nation” status relating to key products, which will revoke benefits of Russia’s membership in the World Trade Organization.
US sanctions Russian board members at Novikombank and ABR Management
- The United States on Friday sanctioned several board members at Novikombank and ABR Management, including Vice Governor of St. Petersburg Vladimir Nikolaevich Knyaginin, over the Ukraine crisis, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said.
Zelenskyy alleges Russia kidnapped mayor
- Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy accused Russia on Friday of kidnapping the mayor of the city of Melitopol, equating it to the actions of “ISIS terrorists.”
- “They have transitioned into a new stage of terror, in which they try to physically liquidate representatives of Ukraine’s lawful local authorities,” Zelenskyy said in a video address Friday evening.
- Kirill Timoshenko, the deputy head of Ukraine’s presidential office, posted a video on the social media site Telegram which he said showed a group of armed men carrying the mayor, Ivan Fedorov, across a square. Russian forces captured the southern port city of Melitopol, with a population of 150,000, on Feb. 26.
US sanctions Russians over support for North Korean missile program
- The United States has announced sanctions against two Russian individuals and three entities over their support for North Korea’s weapons program.
- “The DPRK continues to launch ballistic missiles in blatant violation of international law, posing a grave threat to global security,” Brian Nelson, under-secretary of the treasury for terrorism and financial intelligence, was quoted as saying, referring to North Korea by its The official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Yonhap News Agency reported. “Today’s actions respond to this threat by targeting a network of Russia-based individuals and entities complicit in helping the DPRK procure components for its unlawful ballistic missile systems,” he added, according to the treasury department.
More US troops deploy overseas in wake of Ukraine invasion
- US soldiers continued to deploy Friday to Europe, joining thousands already sent overseas to support NATO allies amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. About 130 soldiers from the 87th Division Sustainment Support Battalion, 3rd Division Sustainment Brigade, lined up with rucksacks inside a terminal at Hunter Airfield in Savannah before marching outside and boarding their chartered flight. It departed amid gray skies and rain.
Deutsche Bank to wind down Russia business, reports Reuters
To stand with the people of Ukraine, Canada, and our G7 partners are committed to taking more action that will financially isolate Russia, put pressure on Putin and his enablers
– Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
Watch | A shoe factory lies in smouldering ruins after Russian missiles hit civilian infrastructure in Ukraine’s central Dnipro
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US accuses Russia of using UN council for ‘disinformation’
- The United States accused Russia of using a UN Security Council meeting Friday for “lying and spreading disinformation” as part of a potential false-flag operation by Moscow for the use of chemical or biological agents in Ukraine.
No security reason for students to leave Russia, says Indian embassy
Following calls by anxious Indian students and parents, the Indian embassy in Moscow said on Friday there’s no security reason for any student to leave Russia. The embassy, however, added that there was certain disruption in banking services and connectivity and that those who were concerned about it “may consider leaving”.
Blinken, Ukraine foreign minister discuss concerns over Russian actions
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke on Friday with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba and discussed Kuleba’s trilateral meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, the State Department said.
Pentagon revives team to speed arms to Ukraine and allies, say sources
YouTube blocks Russian state-funded media channels globally
UK defense ministry says Russia strikes Lutsk, Ivano-Frankivsk
Britain said on Friday Russian air and missile forces had conducted strikes in the past 24 hours against western Ukrainian cities of Lutsk and Ivano-Frankivsk. Russian tactical aircraft supporting the advance of Russian ground forces were primarily relying on unguided ‘dumb’ munitions, British Ministry of Defense intelligence update posted on Twitter said.
US accuses Russia of violating ‘nuclear safety principles’
The United States has accused Russia of violating nuclear safety principles, saying it was concerned by “continued Russian firing on nuclear facilities” in Ukraine but added that there were no signs detected yet of any radiological release.