Live updates of the Russian-Ukrainian crisis | Russia’s Foreign Minister Warns Ukraine Risks Provoking World War III

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned on Monday that Ukraine risked provoking a Third World War and said the threat of nuclear conflict “should not be underestimated”.

In an in-depth interview on Russian TV, Lavrov accused Ukraine of blocking talks between the two countries and accused the United States and Britain of pressuring kyiv to fail. not to an agreement.

Meanwhile, Ukraine’s foreign minister on Monday urged the UN chief to pressure Russia for an evacuation from the beleaguered port of Mariupol, calling it something the world body is capable of achieving.

Read | The Fall of Mariupol

Today, the United States is expected to host a gathering of more than 40 countries, at Ramstein Air Base in Germany, for Ukraine-related defense talks that will focus on arming kyiv.

The conflict began to escalate on February 21, 2022, after Russian President Vladimir Putin recognized breakaway regions in eastern Ukraine and deployed troops in a peacekeeping role.

Here are the latest updates:

UK

UK cuts all tariffs on Ukraine and bans more exports to Russia

Britain said it had lowered tariffs on all goods from Ukraine while banning certain technology exports to Moscow to help kyiv in its fight against the Russian invasion.

Responding to a direct request from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Britain’s Department for International Trade said on Monday it had reduced “all tariffs on goods imported from Ukraine”, including key exports such as barley. , honey and poultry.

“The UK will continue to do everything in its power to support Ukraine’s fight against Putin’s brutal and unprovoked invasion,” International Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan said in a statement.

At the same time, Britain announced it would prevent the export of “products and technologies that Russia could use to suppress the heroic people of Ukraine”, possibly including surveillance and interception equipment. AFP

Russia

The Russian foreign minister warns that Ukraine risks provoking a third world war and that the threat of a nuclear conflict “should not be underestimated”.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned on Monday that Ukraine risked provoking a Third World War and said the threat of nuclear conflict “should not be underestimated”.

In an in-depth Russian TV interview, Lavrov accused Ukraine of stalling talks between the two countries and accused the US and Britain of pressuring kyiv not to reach an agreement .

“Everyone is reciting incantations that under no circumstances can we allow World War III,” Lavrov said, and accused Ukraine’s leaders of provoking Russia by asking NATO to get involved in the conflict.

By supplying weapons, NATO forces are “pouring oil on the fire”, he said, according to a Russian transcript on the Russian Foreign Ministry’s website.

Lavrov apparently made the remarks after US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said the United States wanted “to see Russia weakened to the point that it can’t do things like invade Ukraine.” PA

The United Nations

The UN will vote on a measure pushing states to justify the use of the veto

The 193 members of the United Nations General Assembly are due to vote on Tuesday on a resolution that would require the five permanent members of the Security Council to justify their use of the right of veto in the future.

Discussions on veto reform are rare and controversial, but were reignited by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Directly targeting the United States, China, Russia, France and the United Kingdom – which are the only holders of the right of veto – the measure would “make them pay a higher political price” when they choose to use their veto to knock down a security. Council resolution, said an ambassador from a country that does not have the right of veto, and who asked to remain anonymous.

But it is not yet clear if the reform would push the five permanent members to use the veto less, or if it would create even more vetoes as the permanent members propose controversial texts which they know their rivals will not veto. only to force them to justify their position. publicly.- AFP

Ukraine

Russia hits rail and oil targets far from eastern front

Russia on Monday launched a series of attacks on rail and oil installations deep in Ukraine, far from the front lines of Moscow’s new eastern offensive, in a bid to thwart Ukrainian efforts to gather needed supplies in combat.

The United States, meanwhile, decided to send more weapons to Ukraine and said help from Western allies was making a difference in the 2-month war.

“Russia is failing. Ukraine is succeeding,” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said, a day after he and the US Secretary of Defense boldly traveled to Kyiv to meet President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said weapons supplied by Western countries “will be a legitimate target” for Russian forces. He also warned that the risk of a nuclear conflict “must not be underestimated”. Reuters

Ukraine

Four dead and nine injured in Russian shelling of Kharkiv

Four people died and nine were injured as a result of Russian shelling in the Kharkiv region on Monday, Oleh Synegubov, the region’s governor, told Ukrainian state television. Reuters

UNITED STATES

US to host Ukrainian talks in Germany as war enters critical phase

The United States will host an expected gathering of more than 40 countries on Tuesday for Ukraine-related defense talks that will focus on arming kyiv so it can defend itself against an ongoing and potentially decisive Russian attack. east, U.S. officials said.

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin is hosting the event at Ramstein Air Base in Germany after a trip to kyiv where he pledged further support for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s war effort.

U.S. Army Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said a primary goal of the talks was to synchronize and coordinate mounting security assistance to Kyiv, which includes heavy weapons, like howitzer artillery, as well as armed drones and ammunition.

“The next few weeks will be very, very critical,” General Milley told reporters traveling with him. “They need ongoing support to be successful on the battlefield. And that is really the purpose of this conference. Reuters

Ukraine

kyiv wants the UN to demand the evacuation of Mariupol

Ukraine’s foreign minister is urging the UN chief to pressure Russia on Tuesday for an evacuation from the embattled port of Mariupol, calling it something the world body is capable of achieving.

Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said The Associated Press in an interview on April 25, 2022, he feared that by traveling to Moscow before traveling to Kyiv, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres was likely to fall into a Kremlin “trap” during the war .

Women’s Tennis Association

WTA chief promises ‘strong reactions’ to Wimbledon decision to ban Russian and Belarus players

Women’s Tennis Association chief Steve Simon has warned Wimbledon organizers and the UK tennis body of “strong reactions” to their decision to ban players from Russia and Belarus from playing tournaments.

The All England Club (AELTC), which organizes the grass-court major, and the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) will not allow Russian and Belarusian players to participate in events in the UK due to the invasion of Ukraine by Moscow.

European Union

No limits to Russian-Chinese friendship, warns EU chief amid Ukraine crisis

The friendship between Russia and China has “no limits”, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Monday.

Addressing the inaugural session of the annual Raisina dialogue, attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Dr S. Jaishankar, she condemned Russian aggression in Ukraine but also supported the need to find a “diplomatic solution” to the crisis. Ms von der Leyen underlined the common bonds such as democracy and the rule of law that bind European states and India.

India

Navy senior brass to review security scenario in Russian-Ukrainian conflict

The first edition of the bi-annual Naval Commanders’ Conference kicked off on Monday, during which the top brass will dwell on the dynamics of the “geostrategic situation in the context of the neighborhood security scenario as well as the changes emerging due to of the ongoing Russian-Ukrainian conflict”.

Christi C. Elwood