Artillery price

Russian artillery strikes hit a residential area of ​​kyiv, the Ukrainian capital

China today denied allegations by US officials that Russia had requested military assistance in Ukraine and accused Washington of spreading “malicious disinformation” that could escalate the conflict.

The United States has repeatedly spread malicious disinformation against China on the Ukraine issue,” the Chinese Embassy in London told Reuters in a statement.

“China has played a constructive role in promoting the peace talks,” he added.

“The top priority now is to defuse the situation, instead of adding fuel to the fire, and to work for a diplomatic settlement rather than escalate the situation further.”

Several U.S. officials said Russia asked China for military equipment after it invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24, sparking concern in the White House that Beijing could undermine Western efforts to help Ukrainian forces defend their country. country.

A series of Russian strikes hit a residential area of ​​Ukraine’s capital on Tuesday, sparking a massive fire and frantic rescue efforts at a 15-story building in kyiv.

At least one person has been killed and others remain trapped inside.

The Ukrainian military said in a statement that the strikes were artillery strikes.

They hit the Svyatoshynskyi district in western kyiv, adjacent to the suburb of Irpin which saw some of the worst battles of the war.

Flames erupted from the building as firefighters rescued people from the ladders. Smoke choked the air.

A firefighter at the scene confirmed that one person had died and several were rescued alive, but others were still inside as rescuers tried to reach them.

Russian forces also intensified their strikes overnight against the northwestern suburbs of Irpin, Hostomel and Bucha, Kyiv region chief Oleksiy Kuleba told Ukrainian television.

Russian forces renewed their efforts on Tuesday to seize the important southern port city of Mariupol and unleashed fresh artillery strikes on downtown Kharkiv in the east, the official said. General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces on Facebook.

The Japanese government is freezing the assets of 17 other Russian political tycoons and their associates to tighten sanctions and pressure Moscow to end its invasion of Ukraine.

The list of sanctions targets includes 11 members of Russia’s Duma parliamentary chamber, banker Yuri Kovalchuk and his associates, as well as billionaire Viktor Vekselberg, chairman of the Renova Group, according to a joint statement issued by the foreign ministries, of Finance and Trade.

This decision brings to 61 the number of Russians targeted by the freezing of Japanese assets.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno told reporters on Tuesday that further steps had been taken “in order to stop Russia’s invasion (of Ukraine) as soon as possible”.

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People and doctors help an injured resident of a house destroyed by shelling as Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues, in Kyiv, Ukraine

People and doctors help an injured resident of a house destroyed by shelling as Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues, in Kyiv, Ukraine

Matsuno said Japan would cooperate with other Group of Seven countries and other international communities to respond appropriately in the event of new sanctions.

Japan has already imposed sanctions on the Russian central bank, seven private banks, and Russian and Belarusian individuals and groups. Tokyo has also imposed a ban on the export to Russia of items, including high-tech equipment that can be used for military purposes.

And the UN chief warned on Monday that Russia’s war on Ukraine is wielding “a sword of Damocles” over the global economy, especially poor developing countries facing soaring food prices, fuel and fertilizer and now see their attic “bombarded”.

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told reporters that “Russia and Ukraine account for more than half of the world’s sunflower oil supply and around 30% of the world’s wheat” and that “grain prices have already exceeded those from the start of the Arab Spring and the food riots of 2007-2008.

He told reporters that 45 African and least developed countries import at least a third of their wheat from Ukraine and Russia, and 18 of them import at least 50%. These countries include Egypt, Congo, Burkina Faso, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, he said.

“All of this hits the poorest the hardest and sows the seeds of political instability and unrest in the world,” said António Guterres.

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