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Russia to surround troops in Luhansk, Quad leaders denounce invasion

Despite strong Ukrainian resistance, Russia has increased the intensity of its operations in Donbass, according to the British Ministry of Defense mentioned in its daily update. Its operations to encircle Severodonetsk have made minor progress in the past 24 hours, according to the Institute for the Study of War, a US-based military think tank.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned of difficult weeks ahead for the region in his daily address on Monday evening, accusing Russia of “trying to destroy everything that lives there”.

2) Biden says the world faces “a dark hour in our shared history”

The world is going through a “dark hour in our shared history,” President Joe Biden said Tuesday during a meeting with other leaders of the Indo-Pacific security group known as the Quad.

“It is more than a European problem. This is a global problem,” Biden said, urging leaders to take shared responsibility for countering Russian aggression.

“The world has to deal with it, and we are,” the president added.

The Quad, made up of the United States, Australia, India and Japan, is seen as an effort to counter China. But the Ukraine war also loomed large over the Tokyo summit, with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida saying the Russian invasion “shakes the foundations of the international order”, according to Reuters.

India is the only member of the Quad that has not clearly condemned Russia’s actions in Ukraine, as it tries to balance its relations with Washington and Moscow, one of its most important arms suppliers. .

3) Russia set to deepen ties with China amid Western isolation

As the United States met with allies in the region to counter Beijing and rally support against Moscow, Japan and South Korea said they scrambled planes on Tuesday as Russian and Chinese warplanes flew in tandem in the region. China’s Defense Ministry later said its air force was conducting “routine joint aerial patrols” with Russia over the Sea of ​​Japan, East China Sea and Pacific Ocean. western.

It was just the latest sign of the emerging camps in global affairs, with the Kremlin saying on Monday it would focus on deepening its ties with China after accusing the West of turning its back on it.

Russia to surround troops in Luhansk, Quad leaders denounce invasion

“Now that the West has adopted a ‘dictator position’, our economic ties with China will grow even faster,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told a question-and-answer session in Moscow. .

Russia and China share a long border, he said according to a transcript posted on the Russian Foreign Ministry’s website, as well as common interests in “maintaining the principles of justice and multipolarity in business”. international”.

From now on, Russia will rely “only on ourselves and on countries that have proven their reliability and are not ‘dancing to someone else’s tune'”, Lavrov said.

4) More high-tech weapons going to Ukraine, says Pentagon

About 20 countries have announced new security aid for Ukraine, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said Monday, including more high-tech weapons that Ukraine has pleaded for.

“We have gained a clearer and more shared idea of ​​Ukraine’s priority requirements and the situation on the battlefield,” Austin told reporters after a virtual meeting with more than 40 foreign ministers and defense chiefs. .

Many countries are donating critically needed artillery munitions, coastal defense systems, tanks and other armored vehicles, Austin said, while others have made new commitments to train troops. Ukrainians.

Austin said Denmark, in particular, announced it would send a harpoon launcher and missiles to help Ukraine defend its coasts while the Czech Republic recently donated attack helicopters, tanks and rocket systems. Meanwhile, Italy, Greece, Norway and Poland were among countries that announced new donations of much-needed artillery systems and ammunition, he said.

5) The face of a Russian diplomat “ashamed” of his country

Russia to surround troops in Luhansk, Quad leaders denounce invasion
Russian diplomat Boris Bondarev.Boris Bondarev via AP

“[He] is no longer with us, he is rather against us. That was the Kremlin’s reaction on Tuesday to the resignation of a Russian diplomat following Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine the day before.

Boris Bondarev, adviser to the Russian mission to the UN office in Geneva since 2019, resigned in an email on Monday, saying he had never been “so ashamed” of his country as on February 24, the day the invasion began. Bondarev called the war started by Putin “a crime against the Ukrainian people but also, perhaps, the most serious crime against the Russian people”.

His statement represented the sharpest public break with the Kremlin by a Russian diplomat or other government official since the start of the war.

On Tuesday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call that he was unaware of Bondarev’s statement, but said the diplomat’s position ran counter of “the consolidated opinion of our country”. The Kremlin insists that the majority of Russians support its military operation in Ukraine.


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