So far there have been “no indications” that China has tried to help Russia with weapons or “anything else that Russia wants” in its war against Ukraine, President Joe Biden told CBS’ “60 Minutes” in an interview that aired Sunday.
Biden also said he spoke with Chinese President Xi Jinping shortly after Xi and Russian President Vladimir Putin met at the start of the Beijing Winter Olympics in February and strongly discouraged the Chinese leader from coming to Russia’s aid.
“I said, ‘If you think Americans and others are going to continue to invest in China because you’ve violated sanctions on Russia, I think you’re making a big mistake, but that’s your decision to make,'” Biden told the news show.
In a much-anticipated meeting on Thursday, Putin acknowledged that China has “questions and concerns” about the war, which took a dramatic turn last week when Ukraine regained much of the territory it had lost in the northeast. Xi made no public reference. conflict, a possible sign of warm support from his government.
Decisive Phase?:Ukraine regained ground, confidence as Russia conceded defeat in Kharkiv
► Ukraine’s first lady, Olena Zelenska, was among the foreign dignitaries attending a final tribute to Queen Elizabeth II at London’s Westminster Hall on Sunday.
►Olga Simonova, 34, a Russian woman who died fighting for Ukraine, was honored with a three-gun salute and her casket draped in a Ukrainian flag at her funeral in Kyiv over the weekend. Known as “Simba”, Simonova was 34 years old.
The governor of Russia’s Belgorod region ordered schools to operate remotely from Monday as a counteroffensive by Ukrainian forces pushed closer to the border.
Vyacheslav Gladkov said on Sunday that Ukrainian artillery had damaged several houses and recreation areas.
The US sent long-range artillery to Ukraine with the condition that it not be used to bomb Russian towns and cities. But Ukrainian forces have pushed far enough to the Russian border that they can reach those cities with their own equipment.
“I have decided that starting tomorrow, schools in the Belgorod district in the 10-kilometer zone near the border will be transferred to distance education,” Gladkov said in a VK social media post.
The post received numerous responses from locals calling for Gladkov to form a volunteer battalion to provide protection along the border, including mining.
“Why did other regions of the country start ‘self-organization’ when our region, which has the largest border with the enemy, is firing regularly?” Written by Andre Rosenberg. “Self-defense detachments must be formed.”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said more than 10 “torture chambers” had been found in the Kharkiv region as Russian forces were forced to hastily withdraw last week.
The province’s prosecutor’s office said on Telegram that after seizing torture devices and documents, the Russians had set up a police force that ran the prison where the alleged abuses took place.
Russian forces are accused of committing atrocities and war crimes at several stages of the conflict, particularly in the Kyiv suburb of Bucha. Reports of those tactics horrified the world and spurred support for Ukraine. Last week, officials said they found more than 440 graves outside the Kharkiv city of Izium with signs of violent deaths.
Zelensky said on Saturday night that Kozacha Lopan had found “a room for torture and devices for electric torture” at a train station in the city of Kharkiv, and compared Russians to Nazis during World War II.
“And they will answer the same way,” he said, “on the battlefield and in the courtroom.”
Pope Francis’ emissary Cardinal Konrad Krajewski was shot dead Saturday as he delivered humanitarian aid near the Ukrainian city of Zaporizhia in Pope Francis’ name, the Vatican said. The Vatican News Service reported that Krajewski was “indefatigable and continuing his mission.”
Krajewski’s group, which included a Catholic bishop, a Protestant bishop and a Ukrainian soldier, were fired upon lightly and demanded protection as they carried out their work outside Zaporizhia, he said. They escaped safely.
The event took place on September 17, 2013, in a ceremony attended by Pope Francis at St. Peter’s Basilica, marking the ninth anniversary of Krzyzewski’s episcopal ordination. The cardinal said he and his group had filled a minibus with provisions and were driving to the front lines – where “nobody but soldiers enter” because of heavy fighting – when the shooting began.
“For the first time in my life, I didn’t know where to run,” he told Vatican News. “It’s not enough to run. You need to know where you want to go. “
Eventually, the shooting stopped and the group continued to provide aid.
Hugely popular Russian singer Alla Pugacheva said on Sunday that she wants to be placed on Russia’s foreign agents list in solidarity with her husband. her Post on Instagram It comes after Pugacheva’s husband, singer and TV presenter Maxim Galkin, was added to the Foreign Agents Register by the Ministry of Justice on Saturday. Galkin, who has criticized Russia for sending troops to Ukraine, is accused of conducting political activities on behalf of Ukraine and receiving funds for Ukraine. Galkin replied that he had made money years ago in Ukraine on a comedy show.
“The logic of the decision is that I allegedly receive funds from Ukraine, through which I carry out political activities,” he said on Instagram. “First of all, I don’t do political activities. On stage in my concerts, I do comedy and political satire, as I have been doing for 28 years.”
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