Russia-Ukraine war: IPN updates

Ukrainians grateful to Moldova for care for their children

The children who fled from the war in Ukraine can visit museums, the Zoo and other places free of charge and are amused other ways so as to help them forget the negative experiences. The Odessa regional newspaper Dumskaya says the Young Naturalist’s Center in Chisinau has already staged 85 activities for Ukrainian refugee children from Odessa, Nikolayev and Kherson. The events there are held from 9am until 1pm.

The program for the children does not include only physical and creative activities. They had trips to the Zoo, Moldova’s Parliament, the Puppet Theater and also symphonic concerts and running races in the local park. Trips were also scheduled to the folkloric theater, the swimming pool and hippodrome, the horse-riding school.

China preoccupied with own interests in confrontation of other parties

China’s state-run Sinopec Group has suspended talks for a major petrochemical investment and a gas marketing venture in Russia, heeding a government call for caution as sanctions mount over the invasion of Ukraine, with Beijing being wary of sanctions.

According to Reuters, the plan has been to team up with Sibur, Russia’s largest petrochemical producer, for a project similar to the $10 billion Amur Gas Chemical Complex in East Siberia, 40% owned by Sinopec and 60% by Sibur, set to come online in 2024.

Dead and hurt in war called “special operation”

In total, 1,351 Russian soldiers have been killed during the military operation in Ukraine, and 3,825 have suffered injuries, the chief of the Russian General Staff’s Main Operational Directorate, Col. Gen. Sergey Rudskoy, said on Friday.

“Unfortunately, during the special military operation, there are losses among our comrades-in-arms. To date, 1,351 servicemen have died, 3,825 have been injured,” Rudskoy told a briefing.

According to the Russian side, Ukraine lost 30,000 troops, including over 14,000 killed and some 16,000 injured.

Washington does not believe in “peace doves” from the Kremlin

The United States and its NATO allies are doing contingency planning for any possible Russian attack on NATO territory, White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said on Friday.

President Biden promised after a NATO summit in Brussels Thursday that the alliance “will respond” if Russia uses weapons of mass destruction, which officials fear has become increasingly likely as Ukraine's resistance continues to stall Russian advances.

Erdogan didn’t understand

After the President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan earlier claimed that Ukraine and Russia were nearing consensus on four of Russia’s demands, including regarding Ukraine’s NATO membership and status of the Russian language, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said peace negotiations with Russia were difficult, and denied reports that progress had been made in resolving four out of six key issues.

“There is no consensus with Russia on the four points,” Kuleba said in a post on Facebook. “The negotiation process is very difficult. The Ukrainian delegation has taken a strong position and does not relinquish its demands. We insist, first of all, on a ceasefire, security guarantees and territorial integrity of Ukraine.”

Russia with thousands of criminal cases in Europe

Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova said the country is in the process of documenting thousands of incidents believed to contravene its criminal code on the rules of war.  As of 24 March, there have been 2,472 cases documented by her office.

The prosecutor said ten European countries launched separate investigations into war crimes committed by the Russian army in Ukraine – Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Estonia, Germany, Sweden, Latvia, Norway, and France. “The global legal coalition of justice is growing,” Venediktova posted on social media.

On March 16, the International Court of Justice in The Hague ruled that Russia “shall immediately suspend the military operations that it commenced on 24 February.”  The judges were unanimous in their order that both parties refrain from any action that might “aggravate or extend the dispute…or make it more difficult to resolve.” On March 17, Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov said Russia will not take the top UN court’s decision into account.

“This is not Ukraine’s war”

Spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Oleh Nikolaou reacted to the words of Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó that the country would not allow the supply of weapons to Ukraine through its territory and would not refuse Russian oil and gas, calling on Hungary to reconsider its position for the sake of common peace in Europe.

“Now we are talking not only about the interests and security of the Ukrainian people, but also about the fundamental principles on which Europe is based, including the Hungarian society,” Oleh Nikolenko posted on Facebook. “Supporting Ukraine with one hand and financing the Russian machine of aggression with the other by buying oil and gas is, in fact, giving Russia more scope to attack and kill”.

Earlier, Szijjártó said that Hungary does not want to risk the lives and safety of the Hungarian people and will not allow the supply of weapons to Ukraine through its territory, and will not refuse Russian oil and gas.

UN needs to be reformed

“Russian Armed Forces are committing war crimes in Ukraine and will face the International Tribunal. The UN must be reformed, since the aggressor cannot block the issues regarding the war against Ukraine,” said Pavel Fischer, head of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Senate of the Czech Republic.

“The Russian Federation violates all rules and regulations of the international law, in particular the Charter of the UN, with the military aggression against Ukraine. It is absolutely necessary to reform the UN as it was created in order to avoid a war in Europe. Currently, the aggressor should not be able to block the discussion of such an emergency military conflict, where many civilians die for no reason. The city of Mariupol has become a symbol of the apocalypse,” Fischer noted

Ukraine will not repeat experience of Budapest Memorandum

The head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Andriy Yermak said Ukraine deserves to be one of the founders of the new security system, because it is our country that heroically opposes one of the world’s largest armies.

“Permanent members of the United Nations should be our guarantors of security. We would add Turkey, Germany, Canada, Israel. We also received information about our desire to join this process from Italy. We are interested in our neighbors joining. These must be concrete working guarantees because we have a negative experience of the Budapest Memorandum, which we will not repeat again,” explained the head of the President’s Office.

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