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Breaking news about Russia and the war in Ukraine

Russian gas is still flowing into Europe, says Russia’s Gazprom

Russian state-owned energy giant Gazprom said on Friday it would continue to supply natural gas to Europe, Reuters reported.

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Russian state-owned energy company Gazprom said on Friday its natural gas continues to flow to Europe via Ukraine, Reuters reported.

It comes as European countries have a deadline to start paying for gas in rubles on Friday or existing contracts with Russia are halted. Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on Thursday requiring foreign buyers to pay for Russian gas in rubles from April 1, Reuters reported.

However, European countries seem relatively unfazed by Putin’s rhetoric and appear to have found a workaround.

In a statement from the federal government about a conversation with Putin on Wednesday, it said that the Russian President had announced that gas deliveries from Scholz would have to be billed in rubles from April 1st. [Putin] emphasized in the conversation that nothing would change for the European contractual partners,” the reading said.

– Chloe Taylor and Sam Meredith

Talks between Russia and Ukraine continue

Ukrainian and Russian flags are seen on a table before talks between officials of the two countries in Belarus March 3, 2022.

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According to a member of the Ukrainian delegation, talks between Russian and Ukrainian officials are set to resume today.

David Arakhamia, a Ukrainian official who took part in the negotiations, said on Ukrainian television earlier this week that Russia and Ukraine would resume talks on April 1.

A round of face-to-face talks between the two sides took place earlier this week in Istanbul, Turkey. It’s not clear if the talks, which are set to begin on Friday, will be in-person or virtual.

– Chloe Taylor

Ukraine regains control of some villages near Chernihiv, Britain says

Maxar multispectral satellite image shows burning houses in a residential area of ​​Chernihiv on March 16, 2022.

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Ukrainian forces have recaptured two villages along one of the main supply routes between Kyiv and the northern city of Chernihiv. according to the British Ministry of Defence.

The villages are Sloboda and Lukashivka, which are south of Chernihiv, the ministry said in its daily update.

“Ukraine has also continued to conduct successful but limited counterattacks east and north-east of Kyiv,” the Defense Ministry said.

“Both Chernihiv and Kyiv have faced sustained air and missile attacks, despite Russian claims that it is reducing activity in those areas,” she added.

Military developments are difficult to confirm as the situation on the ground in Ukraine is constantly changing.

– Abigail Ng

Anonymous targets Western companies still doing business in Russia

Online “hacktivist” collective Anonymous is now targeting Western companies still doing business in Russia.

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Anonymous, the “hacktivist” collective, has a new target in its “cyberwar” against Russia. This time it’s still western companies doing business there.

A post from 21 from a Twitter account called @YourAnonTV stated: “We call on all companies that continue to operate in Russia by paying taxes to the budget of the criminal Kremlin regime: get out of Russia!”

The tweet gave companies 48 hours to comply. The threat also included a photo with logos from around 40 companies, including well-known names such as Burger King, Subway and General Mills. A second stack The target companies were released on March 24, including airline Emirates, French gardening retailer Leroy Merlin and essential oil company Young Living.

However, some companies mentioned refuted Anonymous’ claims.

For example, the tire company Bridgestone and immersion said before they were targeted by Anonymous, they had already publicly announced that they would be withdrawing business from Russia. Three targeted oilfield service companies — Halliburton, Baker Hughes and Schlumberger — had also previously issued announcements. Others soon announced they would sever ties with Russia, including Canadian oilfield services company Calfrac Well Services and sanitary products maker Geberit Group

Still, a quick exit can be complicated for franchises. That’s the position that companies like Burger King, Subway and Reebok’s owner Authentic Brands Groupsaid they are in.

— Goh Chiew Tong, Monica Buchanan Pitrelli

Reuters reports that Japan’s decision to continue using Russian gas was made weeks ago

Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida decided weeks ago that he would not abandon a Russian gas project, Reuters reported, citing three sources.

According to the report, Kishida told senior officials in early March that he would not risk Japan’s energy security and would stay with the Sakhalin-2 liquefied natural gas project.

On Thursday, the prime minister told parliament that “it is not our policy to withdraw from this Russian LNG project”.

Japan has targeted Russian banks and oligarchs with sanctions, but doesn’t have much leeway to cut gas from Russia. The Asian country became more dependent on Russian energy after shutting down nuclear reactors after the 2011 Fukushima disaster.

– Abigail Ng

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