Last war in Ukraine: Besieged town of Irpin liberated as Russia claims it doesn’t want ‘regime change in Kyiv’

Zelenskyi announced that Ukraine is “ready to consider neutrality” to comply with Russia’s requests

Roman Abramovich and Ukrainian peace negotiators fell victim to symptoms of suspected poisoning after a meeting in Kyiv in early March Wall Street Journal reports.

The sanctioned Russian oligarch and at least two senior members of the Ukrainian delegation developed symptoms, including red eyes and peeling skin on their faces and hands, sources familiar with the matter said.

Elsewhere, the mayor of Irpin, a besieged town on the outskirts of Kyiv, said Monday that Ukrainian forces had regained full control after weeks of heavy fighting.

Irpin was one of the main battlefields after the Russian invasion on February 24 and was prized by Kremlin troops for its location near the capital.

“We have good news today, Irpin has been freed,” Mayor Oleksandr Markushyn said in a video post on Telegram. “We understand that there will be more attacks on our city and we will bravely defend it.”

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Zelenskyy calls on Western nations to tighten sanctions against Russia

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has urged western nations to quickly tighten sanctions against Russia, including an embargo on oil supplies to Europe.

In his late-night video address to Ukrainians, Mr Zelensky said the West miscalculated in delaying sanctions last year and the invasion followed.

“A full-scale war has begun. Now there are many indications and warnings that supposedly tougher sanctions, such as an embargo on Russian oil supplies to Europe, will be imposed if Russia uses chemical weapons,” said Zelenskyy.

“There are simply no words… We humans who are alive must wait. Doesn’t everything the Russian military has done justify an oil embargo? Don’t phosphorus bombs justify that? A shelled chemical production plant or a shelled nuclear power plant doesn’t justify it?”

Ukraine’s president said the sanctions needed to be “effective and serious” given Russia’s actions so far.

“If the sanctions packages are weak or not strong enough if they can be circumvented, it creates a dangerous illusion among the Russian leadership that they are allowed to continue doing what they are doing now,” he added.

“The Ukrainians pay for it with their lives. thousands of lives.”

Joe MiddletonMarch 28, 2022 11:56 p.m

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Russia would only use nuclear weapons if the country’s existence was “threatened,” says the Kremlin spokesman

This was announced by Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov PBS in an interview on Monday that Russia would only resort to nuclear weapons if its country was threatened.

“But, of course, any result of the operation (in Ukraine) is not a reason for using a nuclear weapon,” said Peskov.

“We have a security concept that states very clearly that we can only use nuclear weapons in our country if there is an existential threat to the state and will actually use them to eliminate the existential threat to our country.”

Joe MiddletonMarch 28, 2022 11:39 p.m

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Ivanka Trump is sending a message to the people of Ukraine

Ivanka Trump is sending a message to the people of Ukraine

Joe MiddletonMarch 28, 2022 23:24

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ICYMI: Retired US General Jack Keane believes Ukraine can win the war – but predicts it will drag on

Retired four-star US Army general Jack Keane said on a New York radio show that he believes Ukrainians have a good chance of beating Russia back, while claiming that the White House wants the eastern European country makes a deal with Vladimir Putin about peace.

Speaking on Sunday’s WABC morning program by John Catsimatidis, Mr Keane said that “there really is an opportunity here that none of us could have imagined for the Ukrainians to actually win the war against Moscow,” before rushing to An admonition passed over the Biden administration and Nato for the desire to advance a peace agreement between the two nations.

“That should be the stance of NATO and the United States. But it’s not, and that’s a shame. And I think the government wants to end it rather than win it,” Mr Keane said during his two-minute segment on the morning politics show.

Johanna Chisholm reports.

Joe MiddletonMarch 28, 2022 23:11

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Zelenskyj shouldn’t trust Putin – or quit while he’s ahead

Ukraine’s president must be wary of any Russian offer of a ceasefire and talks based on acceptance of Russian dominance, he writes Sean O’Grady.

Joe MiddletonMarch 28, 2022 10:51 p.m

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The Ukrainian telecom company was hit by a “powerful” cyberattack

According to Ukrainian government officials and company officials, the internet service of Ukraine’s state-owned telecommunications company Ukrtelecom was disrupted on Monday after a “powerful” cyberattack.

The incident is the latest hacking of Ukrainian internet services since Russian forces invaded in late February.

“Today the enemy launched a powerful cyber attack on Ukrtelecom’s IT infrastructure,” said Yurii Shchyhol, head of the State Service for Special Communications and Information Protection of Ukraine.

“The attack was repulsed. And now Ukrtelecom is able to start restoring its services to customers.”

“Currently, the attack is repelled, the provision of services is gradually being resumed,” said Ukrtelecom spokesman Mikhail Shuranov.

NetBlocks, which monitors disruptions to internet services, posted on Twitter Monday that it was seeing a “collapse in connectivity” with “an ongoing and worsening disruption nationally.”

Joe MiddletonMarch 28, 2022 10:38 p.m

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Everything we know about the “poisoning” of Abramovich at the peace talks in Ukraine

Roman Abramovich and Ukrainian peace negotiators were found to have symptoms of poisoning after meeting in Kyiv in early March.

The Russian oligarch and at least two senior members of the Ukrainian delegation suffered eye and skin infections and pain in their eyes, sources familiar with the matter said Wall Street Journal.

Abramovich lost his sight for several hours before being treated at a clinic in Turkey. The Independent understands.

Emily Godard runs through everything we know so far.

Joe MiddletonMarch 28, 2022 10:20 p.m

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1,099 people were evacuated through humanitarian corridors on Sunday, a Ukrainian official says

A total of 1,099 people were evacuated through humanitarian corridors from Ukrainian cities on Sunday, a senior official said.

Kyrylo Tymoshenko, deputy head of the president’s office, said in an online post that 586 people left the besieged city of Mariupol by car and 513 were evacuated by bus in the Luhansk region.

Joe MiddletonMarch 28, 2022 10:08 p.m

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Russia sends Wagner Group mercenaries to Ukraine, Britain says

The British Ministry of Defense (MOD) said on Monday evening that Russia had deployed Wagner Group mercenaries to Ukraine.

The Wagner Group is a Russian paramilitary organization previously based in the Middle East, Africa and Latin America. Most recently, they were accused of planning an assassination attempt on President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

A tweet read: “Russian private military company, the Wagner Group, deployed them to eastern Ukraine.

“They are expected to use more than 1,000 mercenaries, including senior leaders of the organization, to conduct combat operations.

“Due to heavy casualties and a largely stalled invasion, Russia was most likely forced to reprioritize Wagner personnel to Ukraine at the expense of operations in Africa and Syria.”

Joe MiddletonMarch 28, 2022 21:51

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The Ukrainian activist who met Biden in 2014 says “Russian war crimes could have been stopped” if he had listened to their cries for help

“We have no time for emotion, thought or pain because we are at war,” says lawyer Oleksandra Matviichuk Andrew Buncombe.

Joe MiddletonMarch 28, 2022 21:37

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