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LIVE: Russia says first phase of Ukraine operation mostly complete

Russia said that it would focus on completely 'liberating' eastern Ukraine's Donbass region

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Ukrainian soldiers and firefighters search in a destroyed building after a bombing attack in Kyiv, Ukraine, Monday, March 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

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Live news updates: India's national security adviser told the visiting Chinese foreign minister on Friday that an early and complete disengagement of troops from their disputed border was key to resolving issues between the countries, Reuters reported quoting two Indian sources said.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met India's National Security Adviser Ajit Doval after landing in New Delhi late on Thursday, in the highest level visit since deadly border clashes in 2020. 

The Central Bureau of Investigation will probe the murder of eight women and children near Bengal’s Rampurhat city, said the Kolkata High Court on Friday. The West Bengal police will hand over to the federal agency papers related to the case, said the court.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be the chief guest at Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's swearing-in ceremony in Lucknow for a second term. Preparations are being made for thousands of guests attending the event.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said he wouldn't resign, rejecting opposition calls to step down ahead of a no-confidence move against him in his toughest challenge since coming to power in 2018.


11:38 PM

Russian missiles target Ukrainian Air Force command in Vinnytsia, military says

The Ukrainian Air Force said on Friday that Russian cruise missiles hit several buildings while attempting to strike the Air Force's command in the Vinnytsia region.
 
"The consequences of the missile strike by the occupiers are being clarified," it said in a statement.
11:27 PM

Ukraine's Zelensky discusses NATO summit, food crisis threat with Erdogan

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Friday he had spoken to Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan about the results of a NATO summit a day earlier and the threat of a food supply crisis after the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
 
Earlier, Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba had pushed back at Turkish media reports, which cited Erdogan, that there had been progress in talks between Ukraine and Russia.
11:02 PM

No one will surrender Mariupol port to Russia, Ukrainian security official says

Ukrainian forces still control the besieged port city of Mariupol and no one will surrender it, Ukraine's top security official Oleksiy Danilov said on Friday.
 
"Mariupol is holding on, and no one is going to surrender Mariupol," Danilov said in televised comments.
10:53 PM

Saudi-led coalition says Aramco fire under control, no casualties

The Saudi-led coalition said on Friday an Aramco petroleum products distribution station in Jeddah had been targeted by an attack, but that a fire in two tanks at the oil facility had been brought under control.
 
A statement by the coalition said there had been no casualties as a result of the attack by Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi movement.
10:44 PM

Spotify says it will suspend service in Russia

Spotify Technology SA said Friday it will suspend its streaming service in Russia in response to the country's new media law.
 
The audio streaming platform closed its office in Russia indefinitely earlier this month in response to what it described as Moscow's "unprovoked attack on Ukraine." Russia's new legislation makes it illegal to report any event that could discredit the Russian military.
10:38 PM

US sees Russia focusing on eastern Ukraine, senior US defense official says

The United States assesses that Russia is prioritizing eastern Ukraine's Donbass, as opposed to Kyiv, in what could be an effort to build leverage in negotiations and cut off Ukrainian forces in the east from the rest of the country, a senior U.S. defense official said on Friday.
 
Russia said earlier on Friday that the first phase of its military operation was mostly complete and it would focus on completely "liberating" Ukraine's breakaway eastern Donbass region.
 
The U.S. defense official also said Russia was looking to send reinforcements from Georgia.
10:35 PM

UP CM Yogi Adityanath will address his first cabinet meeting tomorrow

10:21 PM

Yemen's Houthis attacked Aramco facilities, Ras Tanura and Rabigh refineries, spokesman says

Houthi military spokesman Yahya Sarea said on Friday that Yemen's Houthis had attacked Saudi Arabian state oil giant Aramco's facilities in the port city of Jeddah with missiles and the Ras Tanura and Rabigh refineries with drones.
 
Sarea added that the attack also targeted vital facilities in the Saudi capital Riyadh.
10:15 PM

Ukrainian forces still control Mariupol city, says regional governor

The governor of Ukraine's Donetsk region on Friday said Ukrainian forces still controlled the besieged southern city of Mariupol on the Sea of Azov.
 
Speaking on national television, Governor Pavlo Kyrylenko said around 65,000 people had so far fled the city in private vehicles or on foot although official efforts to organise mass evacuations under temporary ceasefires have mostly failed.
10:05 PM

French insurer AXA halts new investments in Russian assets

French insurer AXA said on Friday that it has stopped all new investments in Russian assets and would no longer underwrite reinsurance of the country's insurance companies.
 
It said it had stopped underwriting new insurance business and all renewals concerning Russian-owned assets located in the country.
 
AXA added it had "no operational or management control" over RESO-GARANTIA, a Russian firm in which it bought a stake in 2008, and that it would remove its directors from the group's board.
9:42 PM

Saudi Aramco Jeddah storage facility hit by attack: Report

A Saudi Aramco storage facility has been hit by an attack in Jeddah, a source told Reuters.
 
Saudi state media had reported a string of drone and rocket attacks by Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi movement and a huge plume of black smoke was seen rising in Jeddah.
8:48 PM

Ukrainian foreign minister says negotiations with Russia are difficult

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said on Friday peace negotiations with Russia were difficult, and denied reports that progress had been made resolving four out of six key issues.
 
"There is no consensus with Russia on the four points," Kuleba said in a post on Facebook.
 
"The negotiation process is very difficult. The Ukrainian delegation has taken a strong position and does not relinquish its demands. We insist, first of all, on a ceasefire, security guarantees and territorial integrity of Ukraine." Earlier Turkish broadcaster NTV and others cited President Tayyip Erdogan as saying progress had been made in talks.
8:40 PM

CBI takes over case of killing of eight people in Birbhum district

7:41 PM

US calls India's position over Ukraine 'unsatisfactory' but unsurprising

A senior White House official said on Friday India's position over the crisis in Ukraine has been "unsatisfactory" but was also unsurprising given its historical relationship with Russia.
 
Mira Rapp-Hooper, director for the Indo-Pacific at the White House National Security Council, told a panel discussion it was necessary to provide India with alternatives to continued close ties with Russia.
7:40 PM

Biden heads to Poland, with military support high on agenda

US President Joe Biden landed in Rzeszow, Poland, on Friday to get a firsthand look at international efforts to help some of the millions of Ukrainian refugees fleeing war in their country, and speak to American troops bolstering NATO's eastern flank.
 
While at Rzeszow-Jasionka Airport, Biden was to receive a briefing on the humanitarian response to help civilians sheltering from Russian attacks inside Ukraine and to respond to the growing flow of refugees fleeing Ukraine.
 
His schedule was delayed after the plane carrying Polish President Andrzej Duda was turned back on route to Rzeszow and made an emergency landing in Warsaw. Duda later boarded a different aircraft and headed back to eastern Poland. An official in his office said Duda had not been in any danger.

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First Published: Mar 25 2022 | 6:29 AM IST

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