Russia-Ukraine war live updates: Putin hails invasion as ‘noble’, as Russia accused of chemical attack in Mariupol



Inside the Mariupol theater where hundreds were killed by Russian shelling

President Vladimir Putin warned the west on Tuesday that attempts to isolate Moscow would fail as he claimed that the conflict in Ukraine is a “noble” one.

Mr Putin said on Tuesday that he had no doubts Russia would achieve all of its objectives in Ukraine – a conflict he cast as both inevitable and essential to defend Russia in the long term.

“Its goals are absolutely clear and noble,” Mr Putin said. “It’s clear that we didn’t have a choice. It was the right decision.”

It comes as the west is attempting to probe claims that Russia has used chemical weapons in the besieged Ukrainian city of Mariupol.

Ukrainian officials said some people have shown symptoms of chemical poisoning, including respiratory failure. This comes after Russian troops reportedly deployed an unknown substance in the Black Sea port city.

Countries including Britain have warned the Kremlin that all options would be on the table if President Putin crossed this red line.

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NEW: Putin warns the West: Russia cannot be isolated

President Vladimir Putin warned the West on Tuesday that attempts to isolate Moscow would fail.

Russia says it will never again depend on the west after the United States and its allies imposed crippling sanctions on it to punish Putin for his 24 February order for what he called a “special military operation” in Ukraine.

“The sanctions were total, the isolation was complete but the Soviet Union was still first in space,” Putin said, according to Russian state television.

“We don’t intend to be isolated,” Putin said. “It is impossible to severely isolate anyone in the modern world – especially such a vast country as Russia.”

Putin says the “special military operation” in Ukraine is necessary because the United States was using Ukraine to threaten Russia – including via the NATO military alliance – and that Moscow had to defend Russian-speaking people in Ukraine from persecution.

He said on Tuesday that the had no doubts Russia would achieve all of its objectives in Ukraine – a conflict he cast as both inevitable and essential to defend Russia in the long term.

“Its goals are absolutely clear and noble,” Putin said. “It’s clear that we didn’t have a choice. It was the right decision.”

Thomas Kingsley12 April 2022 11:15

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Reports of sexual violence rise in Ukraine as UN hears rape used as ‘weapon of war’ by Russian forces

Reports of sexual violence in Ukraine are on the rise, according to a senior UN official, while a human rights group has accused Russian soldiers of using rape as a weapon of war.

The head of UN Women, Sima Bahous, told the UN security council on Monday night that “we are increasingly hearing of rape and sexual violence”.

“The brutality displayed against Ukrainian civilians has raised all red flags,” Ms Bahous said.

All allegations must be independently investigated to ensure justice and accountability, she told the council. Kateryna Cherepakha, president of rights group La Strada-Ukraine, said her emergency hotlines had received calls accusing Russian troops of nine cases of rape, involving a dozen women and girls.

ourreporter, holly bancrofthas the full story below:

Thomas Kingsley12 April 2022 11:00

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President Zelensky urges EU sanctions on Russian oil, banks

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky again called on the European Union to slap sanctions on all Russian banks and Russian oil and to set a deadline for ending imports of Russian gas.

He was speaking in a video address to the Lithuanian parliament on Tuesday.

It comes days after the European Union issued sanctions on the import of Russian coal, wood, chemicals and other products. The ban also prevents many Russian vessels and trucks from accessing the EU, and will ban all transactions with four Russian banks including VTB.

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Pictured: The scale of destruction in the northern city of Kharkiv

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Thomas Kingsley12 April 2022 10:30

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Russia had ‘no other choice’ but to attack Ukraine, says Putin – Interfax

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that Moscow’s military operation in Ukraine would undoubtedly achieve what he said were its “noble” objectives.

Speaking at an awards ceremony at the Vostochny Cosmodrome in the Russian Far East, Putin was quoted as saying by Russian news agencies that said Moscow had no other choice but to launch a military operation to protect Russia and that a clash with Ukraine’s anti-Russian forces had been unavoidable.

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Thomas Kingsley12 April 2022 10:15

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Putin flies into Russian far east for Ukraine talks with Belarusian leader

President Vladimir Putin flew into Russia’s far east Amur region on Tuesday for talks with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko expected to focus on Ukraine and Russian-Belarusian integration.

The two leaders were due to head to the Vostochny Cosmodrome to mark Russia’s annual Cosmonautics Day, commemorating the first manned space flight made in 1961 by the Russian Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin.

They were also expected to inspect the spaceport and meet staff, and to give a joint news conference at around 1100 GMT.

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Thomas Kingsley12 April 2022 10:00

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Ukraine’s Eurovision entry want to be ‘another mouthpiece’ for their country

Ukraine’s Eurovision entry have spoken of the responsibility they feel in representing their war-torn country at this year’s Song Contest.

Kalush Orchestra, who were given special permission to perform in Tel Aviv and Amsterdam, are now preparing to travel to Turin, Italy, where this year’s Eurovision event is taking place.

“Representing Ukraine at this difficult time of war, I want to do my best to be yet another mouthpiece for Ukraine,” frontman Oleh Psiuk told BBC Radio 1’s Newsbeatamid his country’s ongoing conflict with Russia.

He said he had observed a “striking contrast” while visiting Israel and the Netherlands: “People here are not worried at all [about the war] and it’s quite unusual. Many people may see everything that has been happening as a kind of a war movie, but it is very tough when it is happening to you and your family.

“When you wake up in the morning, not being sure if your family and friends are still alive.”

Read the full story from our music editor, Roisin O’Connor:

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Russia says it destroyed ammo depots in two Ukrainian regions

The Russian defense ministry said on Tuesday that its missiles had destroyed ammunition depots in Ukraine’s Khmelnytskyi and Kyiv regions, Reuters you have reported.

The ministry said Russian forces had struck an ammunition depot and hangar at the Starokostiantyniv airbase in the Khmelnytskyi region, as well as an ammunition depot near Havrylivka north of the capital Kyiv.

Thomas Kingsley12 April 2022 09:30

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183 children killed and 342 injured in Ukraine invasion, Kyiv says

The US embassy in Kyiv has responded to the latest figures of child casualties from the war that have been issued by Ukraine.

It says 183 children have been killed and 342 injured since the Russian invasion began on 24 February. The embassy wrote in a tweet: “After each death of a child – mother, father, family, lives are changed forever. Each assassination was committed by a Russian soldier, commander and Vladimir Putin, whose crimes will not be forgotten.”

Thomas Kingsley12 April 2022 09:15

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NEW: Russian-backed separatists deny using chemical weapons in Mariupol, Interfax reports

Russian-backed separatist forces did not use chemical weapons in their attempts to take full control of the city of Mariupol despite Ukrainian allegations to the contrary, Eduard Basurin, a separatist commander, told the Interfax news agency on Tuesday.

Ukraine’s Deputy defense minister Hanna Malyar said earlier on Tuesday that Kyiv was checking unverified information that Russia may have used chemical weapons while besieging the southern Ukrainian port city.

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Thomas Kingsley12 April 2022 09:10


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