U.S. to send fresh military, humanitarian aid to Ukraine; Xi tells Putin he wants to see a settlement – CNBC
Chinese President Xi Jinping told Russian President Vladimir Putin that China has always promoted world peace and the stability of the global economic order. He encouraged Putin to settle his dispute with Ukraine in order to restore that order.
Xi and Putin also discussed security issues and areas of mutual concern, including Xinjiang, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
Alexei Navalny, the most determined political foe of Russian President Vladimir Putin, confirmed that he was transferred to another prison and in quarantine. He said he was confined in a “strict regime” and didn’t say why or what his conditions were.
The Biden administration has yet to see China work with Russia amid punishing rounds of coordinated global sanctions in response to the Kremlin’s war in Ukraine.
Joe Biden announced another $1 billion in weapons for Ukraine, including anti-ship systems, artillery rockets, and rounds for howitzers. He also announced an additional $225 million in humanitarian assistance for Ukraine.
The Pentagon says it will provide Kyiv with 18, 155 mm howitzers, 36,000 rounds of ammunition, 18 tactical vehicles, 4 tactical vehicles to recover equipment and spare parts, and $650 million in training and maintenance support.
The United Nations says 4,452 civilian deaths and 5,531 injuries have been recorded in Ukraine since Russia invaded.
Russia’s Gazprom announced a reduction in natural gas flows through a key European pipeline for the second day in a row, blaming Canadian sanctions for the additional reduction.
Defense ministers and officials from NATO and partner countries will meet in Brussels on Wednesday to discuss giving Ukraine more weapons.
Ukraine’s president said that 1,000 howitzers, 500 tanks, 2,000 armored vehicles, multiple-launch rocket systems and other equipment were needed to end the war.
At a meeting with Ukraine’s representatives, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said he expected the military alliance to agree to a new package of military assistance for Kyiv later this month.
Russia’s armed forces claim to have destroyed ammunition depots, an air control radar station, a Buk-M1 anti-aircraft missile system, and killed 300 Ukrainian soldiers as a result of air strikes.
Russian defense ministry told Ukrainian forces in Azot chemical plant to surrender by 8 a.m. Moscow time.
The Azot Chemical Plant is believed to be sheltering 500 civilians as the battle over Severodonetsk intensifies. The ministry said a humanitarian corridor would be opened on Wednesday.
Today, Severodonetsk’s Mayor Oleksandr Stryuk said Russian forces were trying to storm the city from several directions. He said the humanitarian situation was “critical” and 10,000 inhabitants remained in the city.
Emmanuel Macron has said Ukraine will have to hold talks with Russia to end the war, ahead of a possible visit to Ukraine.
Serhiy Haidai, the head of Luhansk’s regional administration region, said fighting continues in Severodonetsk, Toshkivka and near Vrubivka and there are “many wounded”. He added that Russian forces were close to Lysychansk and were targeting the Azot chemicals plant.
After more than a month of heavy fighting, Russian forces now control the majority of Severodonetsk, the U.K.’s Ministry of Defence said.
Ukraine’s armed forces and civilians are sheltering in underground bunkers in the Azot Chemical Plant, which will prevent Russia from re-tasking its units.
Russia says it will open a humanitarian corridor to allow Ukrainian fighters to leave the Azot plant, and has told them to lay down their weapons or die.
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy pleaded for more long-range weapons in his nightly address to the nation, saying that his country’s air defenses had managed to “cut the wings” of some Russian missiles targeting the country.
Ukrainian forces are battling Russian forces in eastern Ukraine, with Zelenskyy pleading for more long-range weapons, tanks, drones and armored vehicles.
Russian troops have taken control of Severodonetsk, the last city partially held by Ukraine in Luhansk region, in 2022.
Russian troops have destroyed all three bridges leading out of Severodonetsk, the last city in Luhansk that’s partially held by Ukraine, and have pushed Ukrainian forces to the industrial outskirts of the city.
Out of a pre-war population of 100,000, only 12,000 people remain in Severodonetsk, and more than 500 civilians are sheltering in the Azot chemical plant.
Russian economy expert Richard Connolly said that the Kremlin’s ability to finance its defense industrial base and its ongoing war in Ukraine remains pretty robust, and that Moscow can source Western tech components used in its defense industry despite sanctions.
As global sanctions against Moscow and a segment of Russian society oppose the Kremlin’s war in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin may not be at risk of losing his power anytime soon, according to Andrea Kendall-Taylor.
European leaders visiting Israel expressed hope that new gas supplies from the eastern Mediterranean could help reduce dependence on Russia.
Mario Draghi and Naftali Bennett discussed using gas resources of the eastern Mediterranean and developing renewable energy. They also discussed shipping natural gas to Europe through Egypt.
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- U.S. to send fresh military, humanitarian aid to Ukraine; Xi tells Putin he wants to see a settlement CNBC
- Biden announces $1.2B in additional Ukraine aid Fox News
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- Latest Russia-Ukraine War News: Live Updates The New York Times
- Biden to send another $1 billion in military aid to Ukraine CNBC
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