Ukraine war latest: Putin used hypersonic missile ‘to distract from stalled invasion’, UK says

Shelling in kyiv neighborhood destroys shopping mall, kills at least six

Moscow’s claim that it fired hypersonic missiles into western Ukraine is “probably intended to harm” Russian forces’ lack of progress on the ground, the British defense attache said.

AVM Mick Smeath said: “The Ministry of Defense Defense Intelligence notes that Russia has claimed to have fired a number of ‘hypersonic’ missiles against targets in western Ukraine.

“If that’s true, it was probably the Kinzhals; an air-launched ballistic missile system based on the Iskander ballistic missile which itself has already been used extensively by Russian forces in their attack on Ukraine.

“Russian claims to have used developmental Kinzhal are most likely intended to distract from a lack of progress in Russia’s ground campaign.

“Kinzhal’s deployment is highly unlikely to materially affect the outcome of the Russian campaign in Ukraine.”

It comes as the Kremlin reportedly warned the US ambassador that Moscow is about to sever ties between the nations.

The warning issued to US Ambassador John Sullivan on Monday morning as Russia continues its assault on Ukraine despite tough US sanctions, Reuters reports.

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Biden says India’s response to Russian invasion is ‘fragile’

India’s response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has been “fragile”, US President Joe Biden said on Monday, calling the Asian ally an exception in the united response against Vladimir Putin.

“The Quad are, with the possible exception of India, somewhat fragile on some of these points, but Japan have been extremely strong – as have Australia – in terms of dealing with Putin’s aggression” , Mr Biden said, adding that there had been a “united front across NATO and the Pacific”.

He was addressing a meeting of American business leaders in Washington, days before a visit to Europe.

Russia’s ally, India not only abstained from voting on resolutions raised at the United Nations Security Council meeting, but also bought millions of barrels of Russian crude oil – a move that helps financially the lame economy of Moscow in the face of global sanctions. .

Arpan RaiMarch 22, 2022 03:28

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Prince William vows ‘solidarity’ with Ukraine during Caribbean tour

Prince William and his wife Kate paid tribute to the people of Ukraine facing a Russian invasion, when they visited a British military training camp as part of a Caribbean tour.

“Today we think of those who are struggling in Ukraine and we stand in solidarity with them,” Prince William said during an official dinner with the Prime Minister of Belize on the grounds of the Cahal Pech Archaeological Reserve.

The former RAF pilot said Belize joined many other countries in condemning the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Arpan RaiMarch 22, 2022 03:19

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Meet Lord, the dog that helps the Ukrainian National Police

Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry took to Twitter to share a photo of a dog named Lord who served in the National Police Special Unit.

“He’s Lord’s special forces officer. For a year and a half he has been in the service of the national police special unit in the Khmelnytskyi region with his friend Roman,” the ministry said in a tweet. .

Arpan RaiMarch 22, 2022 03:18

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More than 900 civilians killed in Ukraine, according to the UN

A total of 925 civilian deaths have been recorded so far in Ukraine since the start of the Russian invasion last month, the UN Human Rights Office said on Monday.

Civilian victims include 11 girls, 25 boys and 39 other children whose gender is not known, OHCHR said in a statement.

At least 1,496 civilians have been injured due to the ongoing siege, the UN body said.

He added that the actual toll and injuries would likely be “significantly higher”, particularly in recent days “as receipt of information from some locations where intense hostilities took place has been delayed and many reports are still waiting for confirmation”.

“Most of the recorded civilian casualties were caused by the use of explosive weapons with a wide impact area, including bombardments from heavy artillery and multiple launch rocket systems, and missile and air strikes “, did he declare.

Arpan RaiMarch 22, 2022 02:53

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Russian efforts have been rebuffed, says Zelensky

Ukrainian forces have managed to keep Russian troops at bay for nearly a month now amid the invasion, President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a video message.

Mr Zelensky said that while Russian troops in parts of Ukraine tried to advance “slowly”, their efforts were repelled and their forces “restrained”.

Of Russian fighter jet pilots who attacked Ukraine from the air with missiles and bombings, Mr Zelensky said: “They definitely have emptiness instead of a heart. Instead of a soul. Instead of everything that makes people human.

He added that his troops shot down another Russian plane in the Kharkiv region.

Arpan RaiMarch 22, 2022 02:34

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Russian airstrike on kyiv leads to the destruction of the Podilskyi shopping center

Our reporter in kyiv, Kim Sengupta, witnesses the destruction of a pounded mall in Russia’s fiercest attack on the capital to date:

Tom BarnesMarch 22, 2022 01:32

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Biden says Putin is assessing chemical weapons use in Ukraine

Russia’s false accusations that kyiv has biological and chemical weapons illustrates that Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to use them himself in his war against Ukraine, the United States. President Joe Biden said Monday, without citing evidence.

Putin’s “back is against the wall and now he’s talking about new false flags he’s putting up, including saying we in America have biological and chemical weapons in Europe, just plain wrong,” Mr. Biden during a business roundtable.

“They also suggest that Ukraine has biological and chemical weapons in Ukraine. It’s a clear sign that he plans to use both.

The Russian Embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The remarks echoed earlier comments by officials in Washington and allied countries, who accused Russia of spreading an unproven claim that Ukraine had a biological weapons program as a possible prelude to the potential launch of its own. biological or chemical attacks.

The Russian Defense Ministry accused kyiv, without providing evidence, of planning a chemical attack against its own people in order to accuse Moscow of using chemical weapons during the invasion of Ukraine which began February 24.

Earlier this month, US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan spoke with Nikolay Patrushev, Secretary of the Russian Security Council, warning him of the consequences of “any Russian decision to use chemical weapons or organic products in Ukraine”. The White House did not specify what those consequences would be.

ReutersMarch 22, 2022 01:04

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Putin used hypersonic missile ‘to distract from stalled invasion’, UK says

Moscow’s claim that it fired hypersonic missiles into western Ukraine is “probably intended to harm” Russian forces’ lack of progress on the ground, the British defense attache said.

AVM Mick Smeath said: “The Ministry of Defense Defense Intelligence notes that Russia has claimed to have fired a number of ‘hypersonic’ missiles against targets in western Ukraine.

“If that’s true, it was probably the Kinzhals; an air-launched ballistic missile system based on the Iskander ballistic missile which itself has already been used extensively by Russian forces in their attack on Ukraine.

“Russian claims to have used developmental Kinzhal are most likely intended to distract from a lack of progress in Russia’s ground campaign.

“Kinzhal’s deployment is highly unlikely to materially affect the outcome of the Russian campaign in Ukraine.”

Emily AtkinsonMarch 22, 2022 00:07

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Biden says Putin used hypersonic missile in Ukraine because his ‘back is against the wall’

Russian President Vladimir Putin is resorting to extreme tactics because he has his “back against the wall”, according to Joe Biden, including using hypersonic missiles in Ukraine.

“Putin’s back is against the wall,” Biden said in remarks on Monday. “He did not anticipate the extent or strength of our unit. And the more his back is against the wall, the more the severity, the tactic he can employ.

More to follow from Josh Marcus:

Emily AtkinsonMarch 21, 2022 11:55 p.m.

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Alexei Navalny’s allies claim Vladimir Putin owns £500m superyacht docked in Italy

A video shared online by allies of Alexi Navalny has claimed a $700m (£500m) superyacht moored off the west coast of Italy belongs to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The six-deck Scheherezade has a spa, beauty salon, gym and two helipads. It also houses a swimming pool equipped with a retractable cover that turns into a dance floor, according to reports. But it lacks a listed owner – who landed the vessel under the control of Italian authorities in Marina di Carrara, amid a recent roundup of luxury yachts owned by oligarchs.

March 8, The New York Times spoke to the captain of the ship – a British man named Guy Bennett-Pearce. He denied that Putin ever owned or set foot on the Scheherezade. ” I never saw it. I’ve never met him,” he told the newspaper.

Days later Mr Bennett-Pearce said he had had ‘no choice’ but to reveal the owner’s identity to Italian police, adding: ‘I have no doubts in my mind that this will clear the ship of all negative rumors and speculation.

However, in a sensational video shared today on Navalny’s YouTube channel, presenters Georgy Alburov and Maria Pevchikh claimed to have revealed that half of the ship’s crew – apart from Mr Bennett-Pearce – were in the Federal Service of Protection (FSO), described as “the agency that protects Putin and organizes his life.

Since the European Union has targeted the Russian leader with several personal sanctions, the superyacht – if found to belong to him – could be seized by the authorities.

Emily AtkinsonMarch 21, 2022 11:46 p.m.

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