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LIVE: Moscow claims it killed five Ukrainian troops who crossed into Russia

Ukraine rejected the report, calling it fake news, and said no Ukrainian forces were present in the Rostov region where the incident was alleged to have taken place

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Ukraine crisis figures in talks between Jaishankar and French foreign minister

France on Monday said the "rigorous dialogue" with Russia for respecting Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity figured in talks between External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian in Paris.
 
Jaishankar arrived in Paris on Sunday on a day French President Emmanuel Macron and Russian President Vladimir Putin held a marathon telephonic conversation to defuse the crisis in Ukraine amid apprehension of a Russian invasion of the eastern European nation.
 
A day after the talks between Jaishankar and Le Drian, the French foreign ministry on Monday said they exchanged views on international and regional issues, including the situation in Ukraine.
9:31 PM

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Oil prices rose on Monday as tensions between Russia and the West ratcheted up, adding to supply concerns that have kept oil prices near $100 a barrel. Brent crude futures jumped $1.23, or 1.3%, to $94.77 a barrel by 1300 GMT. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures rose $1.13, or 1.2%, to $92.20 a barrel.
 
Russian forces killed a group of five saboteurs who breached the country's southwest border from Ukraine on Monday, news agencies quoted the military as saying, an accusation that Ukraine called fake news.
 
French President Emmanuel Macron said earlier on Monday that U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin have agreed in principle to a summit over Ukraine, but the Kremlin said there were no immediate plans for a meeting.
 
9:14 PM

China is interested in Ukraine's defence-industrial complex, says report

Ever since Ukraine rejected the Chinese bid to buy a major stake in the Ukrainian aviation company Motor Sich and imposed sanctions on Chinese individuals and entities involved in the deal, Beijing has reportedly employed covert tactics to acquire Ukrainian military technology.
 
Some experts believe in the fact that China is carrying out tech theft in cahoots with Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), which may be interested in doing away with importing the tank engines from Ukraine.
 
In one of his blogs for the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC), political analyst Valerio Fabbri writes how Chinese intelligence is shrouded in mystery. Even security experts are often in the dark about its functioning.
 
Unlike the traditional way of employing professional spies, Beijing uses the "Thousand Grains of Sand" technique to utilize Chinese students, academicians studying and working abroad, tourists and even companies for intelligence collection.
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Putin says recognition of breakaway Ukraine regions needs to be considered

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday told his security council it was necessary to consider an appeal from the leaders of two breakaway regions in eastern Ukraine for Russia to recognise them as independent.
 
Putin said in televised remarks that the threat to Russia would substantially increase if Ukraine were to join NATO.
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Russia says it prevented border breach from Ukraine, Kyiv calls it fake news

Russia's military said on Monday that troops and border guards had prevented a "diversionary reconnaissance" group from breaching Russia's border from Ukrainian territory and that five people had been killed, Russian news agencies reported.
 
Ukraine rejected the report, calling it fake news, and said no Ukrainian forces were present in the Rostov region where the incident was alleged to have taken place.
 
Interfax cited the Russian military as saying that Ukrainian armed vehicles had been destroyed.
 
The reported incident took place at a moment of extreme tension between the two countries as Russia continues to deny statements from the United States and its allies that it could invade Ukraine at any time.
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Russia says killed 5 'saboteurs' from Ukraine on Russian territory

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3:41 PM

Russia's FSB says shell from Ukrainian territory destroys Russian border guard post: Report

Russia's FSB security service said on Monday a shell from Ukrainian territory had completely destroyed a border guard post in Russia's Rostov region but had caused no casualties, the Interfax news agency reported.
 
The incident occurred 150 metres from the border between Russia and Ukraine, Interfax cited the FSB as saying.
 
Sporadic shelling across the line dividing Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian separatists in the east has intensified since Thursday.
 
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First Published: Feb 21 2022 | 8:10 AM IST

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