Ukraine news – live: Key Putin ally captured as Biden says Russian president ‘is a dictator committing genocide’

Inside the Mariupol theater where hundreds of people were killed by Russian shelling

President Joe Biden on Tuesday accused Russia of committing “genocide” in Ukraine.

Mr Biden was speaking in Iowa and said American consumers should not have to feel the effects of the actions of a ‘dictator [who] declares war and commits genocide on the other side of the world”.

Meanwhile, the Ukrainian secret service announced that it had captured a pro-Russian politician and close friend of Vladimir Putin, following his escape from house arrest.

Elsewhere, the mayor of the Ukrainian city of Mariupol said on Tuesday the latest estimate was that around 21,000 civilian residents of the southern Ukrainian city had been killed since the start of the Russian invasion.

Elsewhere, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said on Tuesday that the Bucha massacre last week, which left “hundreds” of civilians killed, was a “British special operation”.

Speaking after talks with his Russian counterpart and longtime ally Vladimir Putin in the Russian Far East, Mr Lukashenko said: “Today we discussed in detail their British-led special psychological operation “.

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Zelensky thanks Biden for calling Ukraine atrocities ‘genocide’

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has thanked his American counterpart Joe Biden for calling the atrocities committed by Russian troops in Ukraine an act of genocide.

“Calling things by their proper name is essential to standing up to evil. We are grateful for the US assistance provided so far and urgently need more heavy weapons to prevent further Russian atrocities,” Zelensky tweeted.

Alisha Rahaman SarkarApril 13, 2022 04:48

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US envoy calls for push for renewables

US climate envoy John Kerry said the conflict in Ukraine signaled it was time to switch to clean energy because Vladimir Putin cannot control the “power of the wind or the sun”.

Russia supplies Europe with nearly 40% of its gas, complicating Western efforts to impose economic sanctions on Mr Putin’s government for its offensive in Ukraine.

“Now is the time to accelerate the transition to an independent and clean energy future. President Putin cannot control the power of the wind or the sun,” Mr. Kerry said in the keynote address to the Our Oceans conference.

Alisha Rahaman SarkarApril 13, 2022 4:24 a.m.

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British volunteer fighter ‘forced to surrender’ to Russian troops

A UK volunteer fighter who fought Russian forces in the besieged port city of Mariupol has been forced to surrender after running out of food and ammunition.

Aiden Aslin, 28, who goes by the name Johnny, said the unit he was with ‘had no choice’ but to lay down their arms after weeks of heavy fighting and relentless Russian attacks who cut off the city.

He will probably become a prisoner of war, reports Tom Batchelor.

Alisha Rahaman SarkarApril 13, 2022 04:07

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Ukraine begins reconstruction in seven regions

Ukraine has begun rebuilding seven regions from which Russian troops partially or completely withdrew, leaving behind a trail of death and destruction, deputy head of President Kyrylo Tymoshenko’s office said.

“In 38% of settlements, the work of local governments and their executive bodies has already begun,” he said on Tuesday.

According to him, more than 6,000 settlements are located in Zhytomyr, Zaporizhia, Kyiv, Mykolaiv, Sumy, Kharkiv and Chernihiv regions and nearly 1,500 of them were under occupation.

Nearly 168 towns and villages have been cleared, he said.

(Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

Alisha Rahaman SarkarApril 13, 2022 03:59

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US to announce an additional $750 million in military aid to Ukraine

The Joe Biden administration is set to announce an additional $750m (£576m) in military aid to Ukraine as it continues to battle Russian forces.

The equipment would be funded by the Presidential Drawdown Authority (PDA) in which the president can authorize the transfer of items and services from the United States without congressional approval, Reuters reported.

The cache of equipment would likely include heavy ground artillery systems, including howitzers.

According to the White House, the United States has provided more than $1.7bn (£1.3bn) in security aid to Ukraine since Russia declared war on February 24.

Alisha Rahaman SarkarApril 13, 2022 03:31

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Vladimir Putin defends the “noble” invasion of Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that peace talks with Ukraine were at an “impasse” and that his bloody war in Ukraine would continue.

“His goals are absolutely clear and noble,” he said. “Clearly we had no choice. It was the right decision. We are again back to a no-win situation for us.

Reporting by Shweta Sharma and Alastair Jamieson.

Alisha Rahaman SarkarApril 13, 2022 03:21

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Russian state media proves it is committing war crimes in Ukraine, says US expert on Putin

Statements and claims published by Russian state-controlled media show that atrocities committed in Ukraine amount to war crimes, says US expert on Vladimir Putin and his country.

In the weeks before and after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Susan Smith-Peter, a history professor at the City University of New York, monitored Russian state media and published translations of some articles that she says show Moscow’s intent to break the rules of war.

She says that while Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has called for the creation of a war crimes tribunal similar to the Nuremberg trials that followed World War II, much of the discussion in the West has focused on the challenge of prove “intent”.

Eleanor SlyApril 13, 2022 12:15 a.m.

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Biden says Putin and Russia are committing ‘genocide’ in Ukraine

President Joe Biden stepped up his rhetoric against Vladimir Putin and accused Russia of committing “genocide” in Ukraine for the first time on Tuesday.

Mr Biden was speaking in Iowa about the lingering effects of inflation, which the White House pinned as an effect of Mr Putin’s invasion, and said American consumers should not pay the stock price of a “dictator” declaring war on a sovereign. country and its people.

“Your family budget, your ability to refuel, none of that should depend on a dictator declaring war and committing genocide on the other side of the world,” the president said.

Eleanor SlyApril 12, 2022 11:34 p.m.

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Zelenskiy suggests swapping Putin ally for Ukrainian fighters

After learning that the Russian oligarch and ally of Mr Putin, Viktor Medvedchuk, had been captured by the Ukrainians, Ukrainian President Zelenskiy offered to release him to Russia in exchange for Ukrainian soldiers captured by Russian forces.

“I offer the Russian Federation to exchange this guy of yours” for Ukrainian men and women in Russian captivity, he said in an address posted on Telegram.

Eleanor SlyApril 12, 2022 11:15 p.m.

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How to send money to family or friends in Ukraine

Almost two months have passed since the Russian invasion of Ukraine and millions of people have been forced to flee their homes for security reasons.

In the UK, several major campaigns have been organized to raise funds for those affected and the Ukrainian refugee sponsorship program is ongoing.

But if you want to support a friend or family member instead of donating to a big fundraiser, you’ll want to make sure the money gets to them directly, safely, and most importantly, as quickly as possible.

How to send money to family or friends in Ukraine

Millions of pounds have been collected for those affected by war in Ukraine, but if you want to send money to someone you know, be prepared for a confusing and confusing process. Rebecca Goodman reporting

Eleanor SlyApril 12, 2022 10:59 p.m.

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