Russia-Ukraine War News Highlights: Zelenskyy has met Boris Johnson in Kyiv, says Ukrainian official
Russia-Ukraine War News, Ukraine Russia News Today, 9 Apr: Meanwhile, Ukraine’s Ministry of Defence on Saturday accused Russian forces of leaving behind ‘tormented bodies’ in the town of Makariv in the Kyiv region.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (Twitter/@UkrEmbLondon)
Russia Ukraine War Crisis Highlights: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has met British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in Kyiv on Saturday, a senior official on Zelenskyy’s staff said, Reuters reported. “Right now, a visit of Boris Johnson in Kyiv started from one-on-one meeting with President Zelenskyy,” Andriy Sybiha, deputy head of Ukraine’s president office, said on Facebook.
Ukraine’s Ministry of Defence on Saturday accused Russian forces of leaving behind ‘tormented bodies’ in the town of Makariv in the Kyiv region. It said that as Ukrainian rescuers are advancing in areas liberated by Russian forces, new “war crimes are [being] uncovered”. “The town of Makariv in the Kyiv region is half-ruined. 132 tormented bodies of tortured, murdered citizens have already been found,” it said.
Meanwhile, a missile hit a train station in eastern Ukraine where thousands had gathered Friday, killing at least 52 and wounding dozens more in an attack on a crowd of mostly women and children trying to flee a new, looming Russian offensive, Ukrainian authorities said. Pavlo Kyrylenko, the regional governor of Donetsk, in the Donbas, said five children were among those killed. Photos from the station in Kramatorsk showed the dead covered with tarps, and the remnants of a rocket with the words “For the children” painted on it in Russian.
Russia-Ukraine War News News Updates: Ukraine demands tough global response to train station missile strike; Russia relaxes rules on foreign exchange buying as rouble rallies.
Burned column of military vehicles are seen on a highway, as Russia's attack on Ukraine continues, in Kyiv region, Ukraine, April 5, 2022. (REUTERS/Gleb Garanich)
The Biden administration on Thursday announced it is levying sanctions against Russia's largest military shipbuilding and diamond mining companies. The move blocks their access to the US financial system as the United States looks to exact more economic pain on President Vladimir Putin for the invasion of Ukraine.
A DAY after India, in its statement at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) meeting, “unequivocally condemned” the civilian killings in the Ukrainian city of Bucha, the government told Lok Sabha on Wednesday that it supports the call for an “independent investigation” into the deaths. Countering criticism on the Centre’s stand, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said India is “strongly against” the conflict, and “if it has chosen a side, it is a side of peace, and for an immediate end to violence”.
Replying to the discussion on the situation in Ukraine, Jaishankar said: “We are strongly against the conflict, we believe that no solution can be arrived at by shedding blood and at the cost of innocent lives. In this day and age, dialogue and diplomacy are the right answers to any disputes”.
Stating that India was “deeply disturbed” by the Bucha killings, he said: “We strongly condemn the killings that have taken place there. This is an extremely serious matter and we support the call for an independent investigation.”
One of the world’s most derided visions of international affairs is Samuel Huntington’s infamous “Clash of Civilisations”. Huntington saw the state of the post-Cold War conflict as chiefly being between civilisational complexes that had shared history, geographic contiguity and a common culture. He argued that the primary axis of future conflict would be cultural fault lines between civilisations rather than between political ideologies.
Huntington mapped civilisations largely in line with geographically clustered ethno-religious groupings. For example, he predicted (in 1993) that the Islamic world would be the Western culture’s chief antagonist, the likelihood of a Sino-Islamic alliance, and positioned India (“Hindu” culture) and Russia (“Orthodox” culture) as “swing civilisations”. It is particularly interesting to dust off Huntington’s pages and revisit his predictions regarding Russia and India. Most importantly, he also identified Ukraine as a unique “cleft” between civilisations due to the linguistic and religious divide between western and eastern Ukraine.
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