Russia asked China for help ahead of US meeting, Zelenskyy wants talks with Putin: LIVE UPDATES

Drone footage shows destruction in Mariupol following Russian attacks

Drone video has emerged showing purported attacks by the Russian military and devastation in the eastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol.

Officials there say around 2,500 of its residents have been killed during the Russian invasion, according to Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson.

Kyiv apartment building airstrike leaves 1 dead, 3 injured

One person has died Monday and three have been injured after a Russian airstrike hit an apartment building in Ukraine’s capital of Kyiv, the Associated Press reports, citing local authorities.

Images taken after the airstrike showed the building in flames as first responders evacuated those inside.

Israel to Russian oligarchs: You will not be able to ‘bypass sanctions’ here

Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid warned Russian oligarchs Monday that his country “will not be a route to bypass sanctions imposed on Russia by the United States and other western countries.”

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is coordinating the issue together with partners including the Bank of Israel, the Finance Ministry, the Economy Ministry, the Airports Authority, the Energy Ministry, and others,” he said.

Lapid’s comments come after Israeli media reported private jets belonging to oligarchs landing in Israel in recent days, according to the Associated Press.

Several dozen Jewish tycoons from Russia are believed to have taken on Israeli citizenship or residency over the past few years. Many have good working relations with the Kremlin, and at least four – Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich, Mikhail Fridman, Petr Aven and Viktor Vekselberg – have been sanctioned internationally because of their purported connections to Putin.

Israel grants automatic citizenship to anyone of Jewish descent. Since the disintegration of the Soviet Union 30 years ago, an estimated 1 million Jews from Russia and other former Soviet republics have moved to Israel.

Fox News’ Yonat Friling and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

Fourth round of Ukraine-Russia talks ongoing

Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak says a fourth round of negotiations is currently ongoing with Russia “on peace, ceasefire, immediate withdrawal of troops [and] security guarantees. “

“Although Russia realizes the nonsense of its aggressive actions, it still has a delusion that 19 days of violence against [Ukraine’s] peaceful cities is the right strategy, “he said in a tweet.

“The parties actively express their specified positions. Communication is being held yet it’s hard,” he continued, posting an image of the talks. “The reason for the discord is too different political systems.”

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy visited wounded soldiers at a military hospital

California tech executive and her two children killed in Ukraine

An executive at SE Ranking, a worldwide tech company with headquarters in California and London, has died in Ukraine along with her two children, officials said.

Tatiana Perebyinis, 43, her 18-year-old son Mykyta, and her 9-year-old daughter Alisa were killed by a Russian mortar attack in Ukraine as they were trying to board a bus to flee the country, KTVU reported.

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How miscalculations and misperceptions could lead to US-Russia conflict

Despite President Biden’s promise not to involve US troops in the war between Russia and Ukraine, a miscalculation from either side during the tense struggle could risk dragging NATO into the conflict.

The fear of a deadly escalation in the conflict has been at the center of the Biden administration’s response in recent days, with the Pentagon last week denying a request from Ukraine to transfer Polish MiG-29 fighter jets to the country’s armed forces through the US’s Ramstein Air Base in Germany.

“The intelligence community has assessed that the transfer of MiG-29s may be mistaken as escalatory and could result in significant Russian reaction that might increase the prospects of a military escalation with NATO,” Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby told reporters Wednesday. “Therefore, we also assess the MiG-29s to Ukraine to be high-risk.”

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China denies Russia requested military aid: report

A spokesperson for China’s embassy in Washington DC has seemingly denied reports that Russia has contacted his government to request military aid.

“I’ve never heard of that,” spokesperson Liu Pengyu said, according to Reuters.

“The current situation in Ukraine is indeed disconcerting,” Pengyu added. “The high priority now is to prevent the tense situation from escalating or even getting out of control.”

Putin is undeterred from decapitating the Ukrainian government: former intelligence officer

Ukrainian military inflicted ‘devastating blows’ on Russian forces, General Staff says

In a Facebook post, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said Ukrianian forces have successfully pushed back on Russian aggressors.

“The Armed Forces of Ukraine inflicted devastating blows on the rear infrastructure (field bases and warehouses) in order to disrupt the system of logistical support of the enemy in the territories of Ukraine temporarily occupied by the occupiers,” it said.

The General Staff added: “The moral and psychological state of the enemy remains low, which leads to the refusal of servicemen of the [Russian] Armed Forces to carry out the orders of the command. “

And, “Keep calm! Let’s win together! Glory to Ukraine!”

Firefighters have responded to an apartment fire in Kyiv after Russian shelling sparks flame

Ukraine: We destroyed the ‘invincibility’ myth of Russia’s Armed Forces

Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine:

“We destroyed the myth about ‘invincibility’ of the Russian Armed Forces.”

“They have been expecting to conquer us in 48 hours. The stocks of food, fuel and ammunition were targeted for a maximum of 3 days. Nevertheless we have stopped them and disrupted their usurpation plans.”

Putin brings brutal war to Ukrainian capital’s doorstep

Red Cross says ceasefire needed in Mariupol as crisis worsens

“We call on all parties involved in the fighting to place humanitarian imperatives first. People in Mariupol have endured a weeks-long life-and-death nightmare. This needs to stop now. Their safety and their access to food, water and shelter must be guaranteed, “said Peter Maurer, International Committee of the Red Cross’ president.

“The sound of warfare is constant. Buildings are struck, and shrapnel flies everywhere. This is the situation every person in the city faces,” added ICRC’s operational leader in Mariupol, Sasha Volkov.

Thirty-five dead in airbase attack

Ukrainian authorities reported Sunday that the death toll following a Russian airstrike on a Ukrainian airbase rose to 35 dead and 134 wounded. Located in the Lviv Oblast, the airbase is only 13 miles from Poland’s border.

American journalist killed by Russian forces near Kyiv was working for Time magazine

Brent Renaud, an American journalist who was killed by Russian forces near Kyiv on Sunday, was working on a TIME Studios project about the global refugee crisis, the magazine confirmed. “

We are devastated by the loss of Brent Renaud. As an award-winning filmmaker and journalist, Brent tackled the toughest stories around the world often alongside his brother Craig Renaud, “executives from the magazine said in a statement on Sunday.” It is essential that journalists are able to safely cover this ongoing invasion and humanitarian crisis in Ukraine. “

Zelenskyy pushing for meeting with Putin as Ukrainian and Russian officials negotiate

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said his side was pushing for a meeting between him and Russian President Vladimir Putin during ongoing negotiations. “

Representatives of our countries’ delegations speak in video format every day. Our delegation has a clear task – to do everything to ensure a meeting of the presidents. The meeting that I am sure people are waiting for, “Zelenskyy said in a video posted to his Facebook page Sunday evening.

On Saturday, Zelenskyy said he would meet with Putin in Jerusalem. Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett visited Moscow to meet with Putin earlier this week and has been trying to mediate and end the war.

Russia requested military assistance from China before Ukraine invasion

Russia has asked China for military and economic assistance in its war against Ukraine, Fox News has confirmed.

The request for military equipment came after Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24.

The news comes as White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan prepares to meet with Chinese foreign policy adviser Yang Jiechi in Rome on Monday.

Chinese leaders have so far refused to criticize Putin for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and criticized economic sanctions from the West.

China abstained in multiple United Nations votes to censor Russia.

Despite predictions by some officials that Russian forces could take Kyiv could fall within 72 hours of an invasion, the Ukrainians have been able to defend their capital city and and stall the Russian offensive.

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