Live updates on Russia-Ukraine war: Russians exit Chernobyl while Zelensky predicts 'difficult fighting' in the south and Donbass - Bark Sedov

Live updates on Russia-Ukraine war: Russians exit Chernobyl while Zelensky predicts ‘difficult fighting’ in the south and Donbass

“We will fight for every meter of our land, for every citizen”: President Zelenskyy

Russian troops handed control of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant back to the Ukrainians and began evacuating the radioactive site more than a month after the takeover, authorities said on Thursday.

Ukraine’s state-owned energy supplier, Energoatom, claimed Russian soldiers were leaving after receiving “significant doses of radiation” while digging trenches in the forest in the exclusion zone around the closed facility.

The withdrawal came as NATO’s Secretary General warned that the Kremlin was using talk of de-escalation as a cover to regroup its troops and use them for an intensified offensive in the east of the country.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Ukrainian forces pushed the Russians back from Kyiv and Chernihiv – two cities Moscow had announced would no longer be the focus of attacks as they seek to secure the separatist Donbass and Luhansk regions in the south-east .

“There will be fights. We still have to walk a very difficult path to get everything we want,” he said.

“The situation in the south and Donbass remains extremely difficult.”

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Russia blocks 45 evacuation buses – Ukrainian officials

Russian troops in Ukraine blocked about 45 buses of a convoy sent to evacuate civilians from Mariupol, Ukrainian government officials said.

Of the people who tried to leave the port city, only 631 were able to leave in private cars.

Around a dozen humanitarian aid buses were also stopped by Russian forces that had left Melitopol and were due to enter Mariupol.

Russian forces stopped buses and seized 14 tons of food and medicine, Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said late Thursday.

Nearly 45,000 residents of Mariupol were forcibly sent to Russia, Ms Vereshchuk said.

Arpan RaiApril 1, 2022 4:22 am

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Russian soldiers exit Chernobyl after suffering ‘significant doses of radiation’

Russian troops have returned control of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant to Ukrainians, abandoning the heavily contaminated site more than a month after seizing control.

Ukraine’s state nuclear company said Thursday that all Russian forces garrisoning the power plant have withdrawn from the area around the decommissioned facility.

“There are now no outsiders on site, according to the workers at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant,” Energoatom said in an online post. The state-owned company had previously said most of the troops had left, leaving only a small number behind.

Lamiat Sabin has the story.

Justin VallejoApril 1, 2022 4:15 am

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Russian state television called Gabbard “our friend Tulsi” when the interview with Tucker Carlson aired

Russian state television has continued to air Fox News clips consistent with Vladimir Putin’s portrayal of the invasion of Ukraine, most recently Tucker Carlson’s interview with former Democratic US Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, whom the Russian anchor introduced as “our friend.” .

“Let me dress the Americans, let’s show what Tulsi, our friend, is saying,” host Vladimir Soloviev, a pro-Putin journalist often called a propagandist, says in Russian before sharing part of the Fox Broadcasting interviews, so a translation through The Independent Employees.

In conversation, broadcast from Monday Tucker Carlson tonightThe former Hawaiian congresswoman echoed the Russian president, saying that the Biden administration is seeking regime change in Russia through “economic warfare.”

“They are doing this by waging this modern day siege of Russia, isolating, containing, destroying their economy, starving the Russian people, hoping that the Russian people or the military will rise up and revolt and overthrow their government and get rid of Putin” , Ms. Gabbard says in the clip.

Liam JamesApril 1, 2022 03:00

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US arms reach Ukraine, Pentagon says

The Pentagon says a first half-dozen shipments of weapons and other security aid have reached Ukraine as part of the $800 million aid package Joe Biden approved on March 16.

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said the shipments included Javelin anti-tank weapons, Stinger anti-aircraft missile systems, body armor, medical supplies and other materiel.

He said the 100 armed Switchblade drones that Biden approved as part of the package have not yet been delivered. Kirby said the $800 million in support is expected to be fully delivered in about two weeks.

It also includes Mi-17 helicopters, small arms, ammunition, vehicles, secure communications systems, and satellite imagery and analysis capabilities.

Separately, Kirby said US troops are not training Ukrainian troops in Poland, but are acting as liaisons with Ukrainian personnel crossing the border into Poland to recapture US security support.

He noted that the standard US military training mission in Ukraine, which had existed for years, was suspended just before Russia invaded.

Liam JamesApril 1, 2022 02:00

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The White House has blown up Trump’s plea for Putin’s favor amid Ukraine war

The White House has blasted Donald Trump’s request for Russian President Vladimir Putin to release potentially damaging information about President Joe Biden’s son amid the war in Ukraine (Oliver O’Connell writes).

During Wednesday’s White House press briefing, communications director Kate Bedingfield was asked by reporters about the former president’s comments on a recent edition of the show Just the news.

Mr Trump asked unfounded questions about Hunter Biden’s past business dealings in Russia, saying: “I think Putin would know the answer to that. I think he should release it.”

Trump’s request was met with disbelief as the entire western world united in condemning Putin’s five-week war on Ukraine, the worst conflict in Europe since World War II.

Justin VallejoApril 1, 2022 01:00

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Russia sends thousands of troops from Georgia

Russian troops have returned control of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant to Ukrainians, abandoning the heavily contaminated site more than a month after seizing control.

Ukraine’s state nuclear company said Thursday that all Russian forces garrisoning the power plant have withdrawn from the area around the decommissioned facility.

“There are now no outsiders on site, according to the workers at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant,” Energoatom said in an online post. The state-owned company had previously said most of the troops had left, leaving only a small number behind.

Lamiat Sabin has the story.

Justin VallejoApril 1, 2022 00:48

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US arms reach Ukraine

The Pentagon says a first half-dozen shipments of weapons and other security aid have reached Ukraine as part of the $800 million aid package President Joe Biden approved on March 16.

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said Thursday the shipments included Javelin anti-tank weapons, Stinger anti-aircraft missile systems, body armor, medical supplies and other materiel. He said the 100 armed Switchblade drones that Biden approved as part of the package have not yet been delivered.

Kirby said the $800 million in support is expected to be fully delivered in about two weeks. It also includes Mi-17 helicopters, small arms, ammunition, vehicles, secure communications systems, and satellite imagery and analysis capabilities.

Separately, Kirby said US troops are not training Ukrainian troops in Poland, but are acting as liaisons with Ukrainian personnel crossing the border into Poland to recapture US security support. He noted that the standard US military training mission in Ukraine, which had existed for years, was suspended just before Russia invaded. -AP

Justin VallejoApril 1, 2022 12:30 am

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All Russian troops have left Chernobyl, Ukrainian operator says

All Russian troops occupying the Chernobyl nuclear power plant have withdrawn from the site, Ukraine’s state nuclear company said on Thursday.

Initially, there was no comment from the Russian authorities.

The United Nations nuclear regulator, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said it was preparing to dispatch a mission to the Chernobyl radioactive waste facilities in northern Ukraine.

Although Russian soldiers took control of Chernobyl soon after the invasion on February 24, Ukrainian workers at the power plant continued to oversee the safe storage of spent nuclear fuel and monitor the concrete-encased remains of the reactor that exploded in 1986, causing the world’s worst nuclear accident.

“There are now no outsiders on site, according to the workers at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant,” Energoatom said in an online post. State-run Energoatom had previously said most troops had left, leaving only a small number behind.

Russian forces have also withdrawn from the nearby town of Slavutych, where Chernobyl workers live, the company said.

Liam JamesMarch 31, 2022 23:57

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Russia sends troops from Georgia to Ukraine

Russia is moving parts of its armed forces out of Georgia to step up its invasion of Ukraine, the defense ministry said on Thursday.

NATO had previously warned that Russia was not withdrawing but regrouping as the Kremlin was simply redeploying its troops elsewhere in the country rather than making a promised partial withdrawal.

Liam JamesMarch 31, 2022 23:52

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Zelenskyj: Donbass and southern Ukraine in extremely difficult situations

Volodymyr Zelenskyy said the situation in southern Ukraine and Donbass region remains extremely difficult and reiterated that Russia is building up troops near the besieged city of Mariupol.

“There will be fights. We still have to walk a very difficult path to get everything we want,” he said in a late night video address.

Russia has taken large tracts of land from Ukraine in the south, east and north of the country. Ukraine hinted after Tuesday’s negotiations that it was ready to consider ceding lost territories, although the focus was on Crimea, which was under Russian control for eight years prior to the current war.

This map shows the extent of the Russian invasion of Ukraine

(PA)

Liam JamesMarch 31, 2022 23:07

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