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Russia Ukraine War News Highlights: PM Modi dials Zelensky, says endangerment of nuclear facilities could be catastrophic

Russia-Ukraine War Highlights: The move comes within days of a concert on Moscow's Red Square where Russian President Vladimir Putin proclaimed the provinces of Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia to be Russian territory forever. 

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New Delhi | Updated: October 5, 2022 7:53:15 am
Russia | Ukraine | Russia Ukraine WarRussia-Ukraine War Live: Soldiers load a High-Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS ) from a US Special Operations MC-130J aircraft during military exercises at Spilve Airport in Riga, Latvia, on Sept 26, 2022. (AP, File)

Russia Ukraine War Highlights: Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Tuesday and asserted that there can be no military solution to the Ukraine conflict, while also underlining that endangerment of nuclear facilities could have catastrophic consequences. During their telephonic conversation, Modi and Zelenskyy discussed the ongoing conflict in Ukraine and the prime minister reiterated his call for an early cessation of hostilities and the need to pursue the path of dialogue and diplomacy, according to a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) here.

Ukraine has made significant advances in two of the four Russian-occupied regions Moscow last week annexed after what it called referendums — votes that were denounced by Kyiv and Western governments as illegal and coercive. The move comes within days of a concert on Moscow’s Red Square where Russian President Vladimir Putin proclaimed the provinces of Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia to be Russian territory forever.

Ukrainian troops said they had taken the key bastion of Lyman in occupied eastern Ukraine, a claim confirmed by Russia which said its troops had withdrawn from Lyman to avoid being surrounded by Ukraine’s army, reported news agency Reuters.

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22:25 (IST)04 Oct 2022
Biden told Zelensky US will never recognise 'Russian annexation of Ukraine's territory: White House

The White House said US president Joe Biden assured Zelensky that the US will never recognise 'Russian annexation of Ukraine's territory', Reuters reported. President Biden further added, "The US will provide Ukraine $625 in new security aid, including Himars system."

21:17 (IST)04 Oct 2022
Ukraine and Russia: What you need to know right now

Russian President Vladimir Putin may finalise his plan to annex four Ukrainian regions later on Tuesday even as his forces are being pushed back by Ukraine on two separate battlefield fronts, shrinking the amount of seized territory he controls. (Reuters)

20:57 (IST)04 Oct 2022
People who live in Donbas & Crimea should decide whether they’re part of Russia or Ukraine: Elon Musk
20:42 (IST)04 Oct 2022
With reverses in Ukraine, Putin’s options are shrinking

The war in Ukraine has entered a more dangerous phase after last week’s formal annexation of four districts of eastern Ukraine — Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson — by Russia. Vladimir Putin’s decision presents new challenges for Russia, Ukraine, Europe, the US and the non-Western world, including India.

For Putin, the real test begins now. C. Raja Mohan writes

20:28 (IST)04 Oct 2022
UK warns Russia over use of nuclear weapons

Britain's foreign minister James Cleverly on Tuesday said Russian President Vladimir Putin's sequence of strategic errors must stop and the use of nuclear weapons would lead to consequences. (Reuters)

20:14 (IST)04 Oct 2022
Former Russia Foreign Minister says, we protect our borders, our people from genocide

The Russian Embassy in India quoted former Russian foreign minister and diplomat Sergey Lavrov saying, "We are not responding to imaginary threats in distant countries, but are defending our borders, our Motherland, all our people from real genocide perpetrated by the descendants and followers of Nazi henchmen, who are now at the service of their overseas masters."

19:58 (IST)04 Oct 2022
Modi, Zelenskyy discuss Ukraine conflict; PM says there can be 'no military solution'

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Tuesday and asserted that there can be no military solution to the Ukraine conflict, while also underlining that endangerment of nuclear facilities could have catastrophic consequences.

During their telephonic conversation, Modi and Zelenskyy discussed the ongoing conflict in Ukraine and the prime minister reiterated his call for an early cessation of hostilities and the need to pursue the path of dialogue and diplomacy, according to a statement issued by the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) here.

Modi expressed his firm conviction that there can be no military solution to the conflict and conveyed India's readiness to contribute to any peace efforts, the statement said. He also reiterated the importance of respecting the UN Charter, International Law, and the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all states. (PTI)

19:07 (IST)04 Oct 2022
European Union to integrate aid for Ukraine into 2023 budget

European Union finance ministers agreed on Tuesday to integrate the EU's support payments to Ukraine into its 2023 budget to make disbursements more structured and predictable, European Commission Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis said.

The move is likely to further tighten links between the 27-nation bloc and EU candidate Ukraine, which has been struggling to keep its government administration running while fending off Russia's almost eight-month-old invasion.

Speaking to journalists after a meeting of the ministers, Dombrovskis admitted this year's EU payments to Ukraine were hardly regular -- a point of concern for Kyiv, which needs to regularly pay the salaries public workers and pensions.

The EU agreed to support Ukraine with 9 billion euros already in May, but made the first disbursement of 1 billion euros only in July. (Reuters)

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18:41 (IST)04 Oct 2022
Dear Indian friends, you are on the wrong side of history — A letter from a Russian-speaking Ukrainian

I am an anthropologist and have spent the last two decades listening to my many friends in India in an attempt to understand their country. Today, I am asking my Indian friends to lend me their ears and listen to what I have to say about mine – about Ukraine. I know that Ukraine is a long way away, that it is difficult to make sense of the mad war raging there now and that it seems that this war is ultimately of little consequence for India, and for you. Nonetheless, I am convinced that these reactions are less to do with malice and more with miscomprehension, some of which I will try to dispel.

One, Russia is not the USSR.

Two, Ukraine is not an American puppet state and this is not an American proxy war.

Three, Russia was not cornered by NATO. NATO is a defence alliance, which has never threatened Russia. 

Four, Ukraine is not a Nazi state; it is a thriving, polyvocal democracy.

Written by Anastasia Piliavsky

18:12 (IST)04 Oct 2022
Russian losses evident in key liberated Ukrainian city

The bodies of Russian soldiers were lying in the streets of a key eastern Ukrainian city on Tuesday, evidence of a hasty retreat that marked a new military defeat for Moscow as it struggles to hang on to areas it illegally annexed last week.

Russia’s upper house of parliament rubber-stamped the annexation of four Ukrainian regions on Tuesday, following “referendums” that Ukraine and its Western allies dismissed as illegal and fraudulent. (AP)

17:17 (IST)04 Oct 2022
Environmental damage in Ukraine caused by Russia war is estimated at around $35.3 billion, says Ukraine govt

16:51 (IST)04 Oct 2022
Russia: annual grain harvest to grow 5 mln tonnes thanks to 'new territories'

Russia's grain harvest is set to grow by about 5 million tonnes a year thanks to its incorporation of four Ukrainian territories, Agriculture Minister Dmitry Patrushev said on Tuesday. "Considering the arable land that exists there, I think at least 5 million tonnes of grain will be added to the Russian savings box. I also think that we'll get other crops," he was quoted as saying by the state news agency TASS.

The Kremlin said that President Vladimir Putin was likely to sign laws on Tuesday to annex the Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions, representing about 18% of Ukraine's internationally recognised territory.

All are partly or mostly occupied by Russian forces after an invasion that has sharply reduced Ukraine's grain crop and disrupted shipping in the Black Sea, as well as triggering a barrage of Western economic sanctions against Russia. (Reuters)

16:21 (IST)04 Oct 2022
Russia’s small nuclear arms: A risky option for Vladimir Putin and Ukraine alike

For all his threats to fire tactical nuclear arms at Ukrainian targets, President Vladimir Putin of Russia is now discovering what the United States itself concluded years ago, U.S. officials suspect: Small nuclear weapons are hard to use, harder to control and a far better weapon of terror and intimidation than a weapon of war.

Analysts inside and outside the government who have tried to game out Putin’s threats have come to doubt how useful such arms — delivered in an artillery shell or thrown in the back of a truck — would be in advancing his objectives.

The primary utility, many U.S. officials say, would be as part of a last-ditch effort by Putin to halt the Ukrainian counteroffensive, by threatening to make parts of Ukraine uninhabitable. The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe some of the most sensitive discussions inside the administration. Read More

15:45 (IST)04 Oct 2022
Kremlin says conflict in Ukraine won't end if Kyiv rules out talks

The Kremlin said on Tuesday that its "special military operation" in Ukraine will not end if Kyiv rules out talks, adding that it "takes two sides to negotiate".

"We will either wait for the current president to change his position or wait for the next president to change his position in the interests of the Ukrainian people," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. (Reuters)

15:10 (IST)04 Oct 2022
Kyiv city council prepares for nuclear strike, provides evacuation centres & potassium iodine pills

The city council of Kyiv says it is providing evacuation centres with potassium iodine pills in preparation for a possible nuclear strike on the capital, Ukraine's largest city.

Potassium iodine pills can help block the absorption of harmful radiation by the thyroid gland if taken just before or immediately after exposure to nuclear radiation.

The pills will be distributed to residents in areas contaminated by nuclear radiation if there is a need to evacuate, the city council said in a statement. Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that he would “use all the means at our disposal” to win the war while his ground forces retreat from a Ukrainian counterattack. (Reuters)

15:03 (IST)04 Oct 2022
Zelenskiy decree rules out Ukraine talks with Putin as 'impossible'

President Volodymyr Zelenskiy signed a decree on Tuesday formally declaring the prospect of any Ukrainian talks with Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin "impossible", but leaving the door open to talks with Russia.

The decree formalised comments made by Zelenskiy on Friday after the Russian president proclaimed four occupied regions of Ukraine to be a part of Russia, in what Kyiv and the West said was an illegitimate farce.

"He (Putin) does not know what dignity and honesty are. Therefore, we are ready for a dialogue with Russia, but with another president of Russia," Zelenskiy said on Friday. (Reuters)

14:55 (IST)04 Oct 2022
After ambassador of Iran denied supplying drones to Russia, Ukraine defence force finds Iranian drone Qods Mohajer-6 in Odesa
14:11 (IST)04 Oct 2022
Upper house of Russian parliament ratifies treaties to absorb 4 Ukrainian regions

The upper house of the Russian parliament has ratified the treaties with four Ukrainian regions to absorb them into Russia.

The Federation Council voted quickly Tuesday to endorse the treaties making the Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions part of Russia. The vote came a day after the lower house endorsed the pacts following the Kremlin-orchestrated “referendums” in the four regions that Ukraine and the West have rejected as a sham.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is now expected to quickly sign the ratification treaties to complete the process of absorbing the regions even as intense fighting is raging in those areas. The move by Russia is seen as an escalation of its war effort since it could interpret attacks by Ukrainian forces in those areas as aggressions on its own territory. (AP)

13:23 (IST)04 Oct 2022
US Treasury sees three phased price caps on Russian oil, products

New sanctions by G7 countries on Russia will target its oil and products in three phases, Ben Harris, assistant secretary for economic policy at the US Treasury, told the Argus European Crude Conference in Geneva on Tuesday.

Harris said sanctions due to take effect on December 5 will target Russian crude oil, while later ones will focus on diesel and finally on lower value products such as naphtha.  (Reuters)

13:07 (IST)04 Oct 2022
US to send Ukraine more advanced rocket systems, say officials

The US will soon deliver to Ukraine four more of the advanced rocket systems credited with helping the country's military gain momentum in its war with Russia.

The High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems, known as HIMARS, will be part of a new USD 624 million package of aid expected to be announced on Tuesday, according to US officials.

The decision marks the first time the US has sent more HIMARS to Ukraine since late July, and it will bring the total number delivered so far to 20. (AP)

India abstains from UNSC resolution condemning Russia’s ‘annexation’ of parts of Ukraine

Underlining that “escalation of rhetoric or tensions is in no one’s interest” and it is “important that pathways are found for a return to the negotiating table”, India Saturday abstained on a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution, which would have condemned Moscow’s “illegal referenda” and declared its annexation of four Ukrainian territories as invalid. The UNSC resolution was vetoed by Russia.

The UNSC could not adopt the resolution as Russia — a permanent member of the UN Security Council — vetoed it. It was supported by 10 of the 15 members of the Council, while China, Gabon, India, and Brazil abstained.

Addressing the Council after the vote, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Ruchira Kamboj, said: “India is deeply disturbed by the recent turn of developments in Ukraine. We have always advocated that no solution can ever be arrived at the cost of human lives.”

Vladimir Putin illegally annexes Ukraine land; Kyiv seeks NATO entry

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed treaties Friday to illegally annex more occupied Ukrainian territory in a sharp escalation of his seven-month invasion. Ukraine's president countered with a surprise application to join the NATO military alliance.

Putin's land-grab and President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's signing of what he said is an “accelerated” NATO membership application sent the two leaders speeding faster on a collision course that is cranking up fears of a full-blown conflict between Russia and the West.

Putin vowed to protect newly annexed regions of Ukraine by “all available means," a renewed nuclear-backed threat he made at a Kremlin signing ceremony where he also railed furiously against the West, accusing the United States and its allies of seeking Russia's destruction.

Zelenskyy then held a signing ceremony of his own in Kyiv, releasing video of him putting pen to papers he said were a formal NATO membership request.

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