Ukrainian forces demobilize Russian tanks near the Donetsk frontline
RussiaThe Ministry of Defense claims its forces have repelled what it described as a massive drone attack on Crimea of Ukrainian forces.
“Six Ukrainian unmanned attack vehicles were shot down by air defense systems. Four more were disabled by electronic warfare,” the Defense Ministry added.
Russian news agencies say there were no casualties as a result of the alleged attack.
It comes as Russian government officials will be forbidden to use most foreign words when performing their duties, according to an amended law signed by the President Vladimir Putin.
Since the launch of the invasion of Ukraine a year ago, Putin has said he wants to protect Russia from what he calls a “degenerate West” that he claims is trying to destroy the country.
The amendments to the 2005 law are designed to protect and support the status of Russians, according to a text posted on the government’s website.
At the same time, the president of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky says the intensity of fighting between Ukrainian and Russian forces around the eastern city of Bakhmut increases.
Russia says it repelled ‘massive Ukrainian drone attack in Crimea’
Russia’s Defense Ministry claims its forces have repelled what it described as a massive drone attack in Crimea by Ukrainian forces and that there were no casualties, Russian news agencies reported.
Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014. Kiev demands that Moscow return it.
Emily AtkinsonMarch 1, 2023 11:50
Russia ‘will not rejoin nuclear deal unless US changes Ukraine stance’
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Wednesday that Moscow will not reconsider its suspension of the New START nuclear deal with the United States until it changes its policy toward Ukraine, Interfax reported.
President Vladimir Putin announced last week that Moscow was suspending its participation in the deal, accusing the United States of trying to inflict a “strategic defeat” on Russia in Ukraine. He signed the suspension into law on Tuesday.
Interfax quoted Ryabkov as saying: “Until the US changes its behavior, until we see signs of common sense in what it is doing in relation to Ukraine … we see no chance that the decision to cancel New START will be reviewed or reopened. -investigated” .
Emily AtkinsonMarch 1, 2023 3:10 p.m
Germany’s Scholz promises to increase ammunition production
Germany will increase ammunition production while ensuring it has enough spare parts and repair capacity in its defense industry after a year of military aid to Ukraine, Chancellor Olaf Scholz said on Wednesday.
“This will remain an ongoing task because we have said we will support Ukraine as long as it is necessary,” Scholz said in Berlin after a meeting with Latvian Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins.
Emily AtkinsonMarch 1, 2023 2:29 p.m
The leaders of China and Belarus call for a ceasefire
The presidents of China and Belarus have jointly called for a ceasefire and negotiations to bring about a political solution to the war.
It amounted to an endorsement of a 12-point Chinese peace proposal issued on Friday that calls for the territorial integrity of all countries to be respected.
Jane DaltonMarch 1, 2023 1:40 p.m
Uncrowned queen of Russia: Putin ‘rakes in millions by buying Russia’s biggest apartment for gymnast lovers’
Vladimir Putin bought his gymnast lover the biggest apartment in Russia and a wooden mansion deep in the countryside, according to an investigation.
A report from Project, a Russian opposition website banned by Kremlinalleged that Putin, 70, siphoned off millions illegally average into real estate for his 39-year-old girlfriend Alina Kabaeva.
Kabaeva, who has been called “the uncrowned queen of Russia”, is believed to have been in one relationship with the Russian President since the early 2000s, even when he was still married.
Martha McHardy has the details:
Emily AtkinsonMarch 1, 2023 1:20 p.m
Watch: Several Russian armored vehicles destroyed in battle near Maryinka
Several Russian armored vehicles were destroyed in combat near Maryinka
Emily AtkinsonMarch 1, 2023 12:50 p.m
Argentina wants Ukraine’s war to end, says foreign minister
Argentina’s Foreign Minister Santiago Cafiero said on Tuesday that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine must be stopped and has not only destabilized peace but also affected prices in his country.
“Latin America is a zone of peace, the most densely populated zone of peace,” Cafiero told The Associated Press in an interview. “And we have no military development and no military infrastructure to engage in a war that we demand should end and should not continue.”
He said that Argentina had condemned Russia’s invasion from the beginning “because Argentina believes that the principle of territorial integrity was violated by Russia. Argentina has always had the same message in international forums.”
“What we need is peace and escalation will only destroy – especially when it comes to creating lasting peace,” he said.
Emily AtkinsonMarch 1, 2023 12:20 p.m
Independent TV releases the first feature-length documentary The Body in the Woods
Independent TV has released The body in the foresta new feature-length documentary from International Correspondent Bell Trewwhich delves into Ukraine’s unprecedented search for its missing and dead amid Europe’s bloodiest war in generations.
It comes as the world marks a year ago Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine. The 40-minute documentary, from the new TV and documentary team at The independentopens with the discovery of a body of a young man found bound, shot and burned next to an abandoned Russian camp in the woods outside Kiev.
After today’s release, viewers can now watch it online at Independent TV Hub (independent.tv)on The Independent’s new smart TV app and on the Independent mobile app.
More information on how to watch our new documentary can be found here:
Emily AtkinsonMarch 1, 2023 12:05 p.m
ICYMI | Drone crashes near Moscow a ‘failed attack on civilian infrastructure’
A drone that crashed in the Moscow region was likely a failed attempt to target civilian infrastructure, according to the regional governor.
The drone crashed near a natural gas distribution station – owned by Russian energy giant Gazprom – near the city of Kolomna, about 110 km (70 miles) southeast of Moscow, on Tuesday.
Ukraine has not claimed responsibility for the attacks inside Russia.
In a post to Telegram on Tuesday, Governor Andrei Vorobyov said the target of the drone in Kolomna “was probably a civilian infrastructure facility, which was not damaged.”
– There are no casualties or damage on the ground. The FSB (Russian Security Service) and other competent authorities are investigating,” he added.
Emily AtkinsonMarch 1, 2023 11:20 am
Lavrov talks security and trade issues with Indian counterpart
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov held talks with his Indian counterpart Subrahmanyam Jaishankar in New Delhi on Wednesday, a day before attending the G20 foreign ministers’ meeting, Indian and Russian officials said.
The two ministers assessed the current security situation related to the Russia-Ukraine conflict and ironed out issues on the use of local currencies to regulate trade, a senior Russian official said.
Lavrov is scheduled to meet his Chinese, Bangladeshi and South African counterparts later on Wednesday, the official added.
“We will urge our constructive colleagues in the G20 to convert to national currencies, to adapt clearing and settlement mechanisms and to create independent insurance plans and transport routes,” the Russian embassy in New Delhi said in a statement ahead of the meetings.
“We will detail Russia’s actions to reduce these threats and diversify foreign economic ties and logistics corridors.”
India has refused to blame Moscow for the Ukraine conflict, while seeking a diplomatic solution and sharply increasing its purchases of Russian oil.
Emily AtkinsonMarch 1, 2023 10:50 am