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The US requested China and India for assist in dissuading Russia from finishing up a nuclear strike in 2022, a US official informed CNN – because the Pope provoked anger for saying Ukraine ought to have the braveness to “raise the white flag”.

“One of the things we did was not only message them directly but strongly urge, press, encourage other countries, to whom they might be more attentive, to do the same thing,” the official stated, per the report.

They added the diplomatic strain “may have had some effect” on Russia’s pondering.

“The concern from key countries for Russia and the Global South, was also a helpful, persuasive factor and showed them what the cost of all this could be,” one other US official informed CNN.

It got here as Ukrainian and allied officers criticised Pope Francis for saying Kyiv ought to have the “courage” to barter an finish to the struggle with Russia, a press release many interpreted as a name on Ukraine to give up.

In an interview recorded final month with Swiss broadcaster RSI and partially launched on Saturday, Francis used the phrase “the courage of the white flag” as he argued that Ukraine, going through a potential defeat, needs to be open to peace talks brokered by worldwide powers.


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Matt Mathers11 March 2024 04:00


Zelensky responds to Pope’s name for Ukraine to boost ‘white flag’

Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky criticised Pope Francis’s name to barter with Russia.

The Pope over the weekend stated Kyiv ought to have the “courage of the white flag”. Some of the Ukrainian officers in contrast the assertion to some Catholic church buildings collaborating with Nazi Germany throughout World War II.

Mr Zelensky in his night deal with responded by saying that Ukrainians of all faiths stood as much as defend their nation when Russia invaded in February 2022.

“Russian murderers and torturers are not moving further into Europe only because they are being held back by Ukrainians with weapons in their hands and under the blue and yellow flag,” he stated.

“Christians, Muslims, Jews — everyone… They support us with prayer, conversation, and deeds.

“This is what the church is — with people. And not two and a half thousand kilometres away, somewhere to mediate virtually between someone who wants to live and someone who wants to destroy you,” Mr Zelensky stated.

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‘20 Days in Mariupol’ wins greatest documentary on the Academy Awards

Filmmaker Mstyslav Chernov's 20 Days in Mariupola harrowing first-person account of the early days of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in 2022, has received the most effective documentary Oscar.

A joint manufacturing of The Associated Press and PBS’ “Frontline”, statuettes have been awarded to Chernov, producer and editor Michelle Mizner and producer Raney Aronson-Rat.

“This is the first Oscar in Ukrainian history, and I’m honored,” an emotional Chernov stated. “Probably I will be the first director on this stage to say I wish I’d never made this film, I wish to be able to exchange this to Russia never attacking Ukraine.”

He referred to as on Russia to stop aggression in Ukraine. “I wish for them to release all the hostages, all the soldiers who are protecting their land, all the civilians who are in their jails,” he stated.

“We can make sure that the history record is set straight and the truth will prevail, and that the people of Mariupol, and those who have given their lives, will never be forgotten. Because cinema forms memories and memories form history.”

Alisha Rahman Sarkar11 March 2024 03:21


Nepali mercenaries lured to battle for Russia in Ukraine

Pushed by poverty, now determined to return, Narendra Shrestha speaks with the households of males who enlisted to fund a greater life – solely to rapidly uncover how simply they could lose the one they’ve.

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Matt Mathers11 March 2024 03:00


Moldova faces a number of threats from Russia because it turns towards EU membership, international minister says

The previous two years have been the toughest and most tumultuous for European Union candidate Moldova in additional than three a long time because it faces threats from Russia in a number of spheres of public life, the nation’s international minister says.

Since Russia invaded Ukraine in 2022, its neighbor Moldova has confronted a litany of crises which have at occasions raised fears the nation can be in Russia’s crosshairs. These included errant missiles touchdown on its territory; a extreme power disaster after Moscow dramatically diminished fuel provides; rampant inflation; and protests by pro-Russia events towards the pro-Western authorities. Moldova has additionally taken within the highest variety of Ukrainian refugees per capita of any nation.

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A French frigate ‘destroys’ a German sub in Norway’s waters in NATO’s largest drills since Cold War

Large NATO drills within the frigid fjords of northern Norway could also be simply struggle video games meant to hone the combating abilities of the newly expanded 32-nation navy alliance. But for troops participating, they’re very actual.

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Russia replaces navy chief, Fontanka experiences

Russia has appointed Admiral Alexander Moiseev as appearing commander-in-chief of the Russian navy, the Fontanka information outlet reported on Sunday, citing unidentified sources.

Reuters couldn’t instantly confirm the Fontanka report which stated that Moiseev, 61, presently commander of the Northern Fleet, will quickly be appointed as naval commander-in-chief on a everlasting foundation.

Fontanka, a non-public information service primarily based in St Petersburg, didn’t point out any purpose for the appointment. It stated the navy’s press service redirected its request for a remark to the defence ministry which didn’t reply to a request for remark.

Admiral Nikolai Yevmenov, navy commander-in-chief since May 2019, continues to be listed in that position on the defence ministry’s web site.

Ukraine has in latest months stepped up assaults within the Black Sea and on Crimea, which Russia annexed in 2014.

Kyiv has reported a collection of strikes, together with the sinking of a big touchdown ship by naval drones in mid-February and a patrol ship this week. Russia has not acknowledged any such losses.

Matt Mathers11 March 2024 00:01


St Petersburg airport resumes operations after drone shot down in close by area

Pulkovo airport in Saint Petersburg has resumed operations as Russian Defence Ministry stated a Ukrainian drone was shot down within the neighbouring Leningrad area on Sunday.

Alexander Drozdenko, the Leningrad area’s governor, adjoining to Saint Petersburg, stated on Telegram that airspace was sealed off because of the drone, which didn’t inflict any injury or casualties.

The airport and Rosaviatsia, the nation’s aviation watchdog, didn’t say why the restrictions had been imposed.

Matt Mathers10 March 2024 23:00


Ukraine minister, responding to Pope Francis, says Kyiv won’t ever elevate white flag

Ukraine’s international minister, responding to Pope Francis’s name to point out “the courage of the white flag” and negotiate an finish to the struggle with Russia, stated on Sunday that Kyiv would by no means capitulate and informed the Vatican to pay particular heed to its position in World War Two.

Francis made the feedback in an interview made accessible partially on the weekend. He responded to a presenter’s suggestion by saying that when issues weren’t going properly for a celebration to a battle “you have to have the courage to negotiate”.

Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, writing on social media platform X, stated that the robust particular person in any dispute “stands on the side of good rather than attempting to put them on the same footing and call it ‘negotiations’”.

“Our flag is a yellow and blue one,” Kuleba wrote in English, referring to the Ukrainian nationwide flag. “This is the flag by which we live, die, and prevail. We shall never raise any other flags.”

Kuleba additionally pointed to allegations that Pope Pius XII didn’t take motion towards Nazi tyranny in World War Two.

“At the same time, when it comes to the white flag, we know this Vatican’s strategy from the first half of the twentieth century,” he wrote.

“I urge (the Vatican) to avoid repeating the mistakes of the past and to support Ukraine and its people in their just struggle for their lives.”

Matt Mathers10 March 2024 22:00


Ukraine’s Zelensky dismisses pope’s attraction for talks with Russia as ‘virtual mediation’

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky on Sunday dismissed Pope Francis’s name for talks with Russia as “virtual mediation” from a distance.

Zelensky, in his nightly video deal with, didn’t refer on to Francis or his remarks, however stated the pope’s concepts had nothing to do with efforts by spiritual figures in Ukraine to assist the nation.

“They support us with prayer, with their discussion and with deeds. “This is certainly what a church with the individuals is,” Zelensky said.

“Not 2,500 km away, someplace, digital mediation between somebody who needs to dwell and somebody who needs to destroy you.”

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Matt Mathers10 March 2024 21:00