Knocking Putin could get ya a life sentence in jail….
Ukraine grain exports looking for new ports…
Brazil leader dances with the Russians…..
A move against Russian nuclear fuel exports by Western Nations….
US Attorney Gneral offer to help the Ukraine on war crimes by the Russians…
As stated previously ….The US Military does NOT support this……
Putin tries to arms from Egypt….and China….
EU ain’t happy with Poland/Hungary closed to Ukraine grain imports….
Czech Ukraine support splintering? ….
Russia bring’s back a military General sacked to command the Ukraine effort….Again
Things are shaky internally in the Russian military leadership it’s reported….
A court in Moscow sentenced Vladimir Kara-Murza after he gave speeches opposing Russia’s war in Ukraine. Here is what we’re covering:
Vladimir Kara-Murza, a fierce Putin critic, is handed a 25-year prison sentence.
The opposition activist convicted of treason has long rankled the Kremlin.
Evan Gershkovich, the detained Wall Street Journal reporter, has received a consular visit.
Brazil’s president, back after talks with Xi Jinping in China, meets with Russia’s foreign minister.
A missile strike on Sloviansk is one of the deadliest for Ukrainian civilians this year.
Five of Ukraine’s allies team up to try to push Russia out of the nuclear fuel market.
Ukraine seeks to reopen transit routes for its grain as more countries look to impose import bans.
U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland met with Ukrainian Prosecutor General Andriy Kostin in Washington on Monday, and offered additional resources to investigations into potential war crimes in Ukraine and efforts to hold perpetrators accountable. Garland said he would pledge a prosecutor, to be based in The Hague, and a legal adviser, to be based at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, to work on war crimes investigations.
Here’s the latest on the Ukraine war and its ripple effects across the globe.
- Kara-Murza’s closed trial further highlighted Russia’s isolationist path, Robyn Dixon writes from Riga, Latvia: “Putin has disregarded Western criticisms of Russia’s human rights abuses and moved to brutally destroy any remnants of his country’s pro-democracy opposition.”
- “This sentence shows that they are so afraid of him and they hate him so much for his consistency, for his courage, for his amazing bravery,” Evgenia Kara-Murza, the wife of Vladimir, said at a Washington Post Live event Monday after his sentencing.
- Britain and the United States condemned the lengthy sentence given to Kara-Murza, who is a British Russian dual national, and called Monday for his immediate release. British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly said that “Russia’s lack of commitment to protecting fundamental human rights, including freedom of expression, is alarming.” The U.S. ambassador to Moscow, Lynne M. Tracy, called the sentence “another terrible sign of the repression that has taken hold in Russia,” adding: “Criminalizing criticism of government action is a sign of fear, not strength.”
- Egypt made plans to secretly export rockets to Russia, but shelved them in favor of a deal to sell weapons to the United States for transfer to Ukraine, according to leaked U.S. intelligence documents viewed by The Post. The documents do not indicate whether either deal later went through. Egypt appears to have paused the Russian rocket plan after visits from U.S. officials in late February and early March; an intelligence document dated just one day after one such visit shows Egypt approving a sale of artillery rounds to the United States for transfer to Ukraine.
- China’s defense minister, Gen. Li Shangfu, is in Moscow, where he met with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday. Li hailed the “substantial achievements” of close cooperation with Russia’s military and said China is ready to deepen the partnership to “make new contributions to stability and security,” in the latest sign of Beijing’s commitment to its relationship with Russia despite the war in Ukraine. Such displays of camaraderie have intensified concern that China is ready to provide lethal aid in support of the invasion.
- Li is on his first foreign trip since being appointed defense minister last month. “Mutual trust between the Chinese and Russian militaries is growing stronger by the day, and our cooperation has resulted in substantial achievements,” he told Putin, according to Chinese state media. The Washington Post has reported that a leaked U.S. intercept showed that Russian intelligence claimed Beijing had agreed to send Moscow weapons to help its invasion. China denied the allegations.
- Tracy, the U.S. ambassador, visited detained American journalist Evan Gershkovich at Lefortovo prison for the first time. The top U.S. diplomat in Russia had not previously been allowed access to the 31-year-old Wall Street Journal reporter, who was arrested more than two weeks ago. “He is in good health and remains strong,” Tracy said in a statement shared by the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. “We reiterate our call for his immediate release.”
- Kyiv officials accused Russia on Monday of sabotaging a deal allowing Ukrainian grain to be exported to international markets, saying that the agreement was under threat of “shutdown.” Echoing the complaint, Bridget Brink, the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, tweeted that “more than 50 ships” were waiting for approval to proceed to Ukrainian ports “to load grain that will feed those who need it,” David L. Stern reports.
- A European Commission spokesperson said that restrictions by Poland and Hungary on Ukrainian grain are unacceptable and that the trade policy of E.U. members was the purview of Brussels. “In such challenging times, it is crucial to coordinate and align all decisions within the E.U.,” the commission said in a statement, according to Reuters. Warsaw is set to hold emergency talks with Kyiv on Monday after temporarily banning the import and transit of Ukrainian grain, Poland’s agriculture minister said. The restrictions followed protests by farmers complaining of deflated prices.
- Slovakia has given Ukraine all 13 of the promised MiG-29 fighter jets it pledged in March, the Slovak Defense Ministry said, according to a Reuters report. In recent months, Ukrainian officials and analysts have claimed that military support for Ukraine in the war is taking too long — with Kyiv lacking the force strength and weapons required to fully expel Russian troops from its territory.
- Thousands gathered in Prague on Sunday to demand the resignation of the pro-Ukrainian Czech government because of cost-of-living issues. The demonstration was organized by the PRO populist political movement, whose leader has said that the Russian attack on Ukraine “is not our war.” The protests come three months after Czech voters elected as president a former NATO military official, who has pledged continued support for Ukraine.
- Senior Russian military official Mikhail Teplinsky has probably resumed a command in Ukraine after being dismissed in January, according to British intelligence. The British Defense Ministry said that Teplinsky is “widely respected” by people he commands and that his “turbulent career” suggests deep tensions within Russia’s military brass. The airborne corps he commands has recently taken a major role in the battle for Bakhmut.
- The risk of civilian casualties in land mine explosions in Ukraine is likely to increase during spring, when more people participate in agricultural activities, Britain’s Defense Ministry warned. More than 750 mine-related casualties have been reported since Russia’s invasion, and such cases are a daily occurrence, the ministry said Monday, noting that “it will likely take at least a decade to clear Ukraine of mines.”….
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