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11 March 2022 - Ukraine Special Weapons News
- Russia Expands Targets to Ukraine's West as US Increases Sanctions VOA 11 Mar 2022 -- Russia has widened its war in Ukraine by targeting areas in the west of the country and appears to be regrouping troops near the capital, Kyiv, as the United States and its allies increase sanctions on Moscow.
- US Sees No Evidence of Syrian, African Mercenaries in Ukraine VOA 11 Mar 2022 -- Russia's efforts to recruit foreign mercenaries to bolster Russian forces fighting in Ukraine do not appear to be paying off just yet.
- Ukrainians United in Resisting Russian Invasion DoD News 11 Mar 2022 -- The Ukrainian fight against Russia's invasion of their country is truly a national effort, Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby said today.
- Russian Military Efforts Stymied by Blunders, Stiff Ukrainian Resistance, Defense Official Says DoD News 11 Mar 2022 -- Ukrainian resistance continues to be "stiff and determined," a senior defense official said today at a Pentagon press briefing.
- Russia Steps Up Attacks, Ukraine Says Psychiatric Hospital Hit RFE/RL 11 Mar 2022 -- Russia continues to step up its attacks in Ukraine amid reports it is preparing to move in on the capital, Kyiv, and a humanitarian disaster looms over several besieged cities more than two weeks into Moscow's unprovoked invasion of its neighbor.
- Russian MoD: DPR Forces Take Control of City of Volnovakha Sputnik 11 Mar 2022 -- The militia of the Donetsk People's Republic previously reclaimed several settlements in the region in a counteroffensive against Ukrainian troops.
- Day 16: Russian forces encircle major Ukrainian cities Press TV 11 Mar 2022 -- Russian forces are reportedly encircling at least four major Ukrainian cities as Moscow's military operation in the ex-Soviet republic goes through its 16th consecutive day.
- Senior Defense Official Holds a Background Briefing, March 11, 2022 DoD 11 Mar 2022
- Biden Tells Zelenskyy US Is Raising Cost of War for Russia VOA 11 Mar 2022 -- U.S. President Joe Biden spoke Friday by phone with his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the White House said, updating him on U.S. and ally moves to further raise the cost of war for Russia. Biden also highlighted "how the United States is continuing to surge security, humanitarian and economic assistance to Ukraine."
- Biden Reportedly Vetoed Delivery of Polish MiG-29 Jets to Ukraine to Avoid Causing Wider War Sputnik 11 Mar 2022 -- US President Joe Biden vetoed Poland's proposal to send Polish MiG-29 fighter jets to Ukraine in order to avoid provoking Russia to directly confront NATO, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.
- Secretary Blinken's Call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba US Dept. of State 11 Mar 2022
- Readout of President Biden's Call with President Zelenskyy of Ukraine The White House 11 Mar 2022
- Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby Holds a Press Briefing, March 11, 2022 DoD 11 Mar 2022
- Remarks by President Biden Announcing Actions to Continue to Hold Russia Accountable The White House 11 Mar 2022
- Biden Calls to End Normal Trade Relations With Russia VOA 11 Mar 2022 -- President Joe Biden on Friday announced that the U.S. will seek to revoke "most favored nation" (MFN) status for Russia. If approved by Congress, the move effectively ends normal trade relations between the two countries and allows the administration to impose new tariffs and sanctions in response to the Kremlin's invasion of Ukraine.
- Targeting Elites of the Russian Federation US Dept. of State 11 Mar 2022 -- The Department of State, the Department of the Treasury, and the Department of Commerce have taken additional sweeping actions as part of our response, together with our allies and partners, to the Russian Federation's premeditated, unprovoked, and unjustified war against Ukraine. We are committed to ensuring the Government of Russia pays a severe economic and diplomatic price for its further invasion of Ukraine.
- Continuing to Hold the Kremlin to Account US Dept. of State 11 Mar 2022 -- "With our allies and partners, the United States is committed to ensuring the Government of the Russian Federation pays a severe economic and diplomatic price for its invasion of Ukraine. We have continued to do so today with additional actions, which President Biden announced."
- Treasury Sanctions Kremlin Elites, Leaders, Oligarchs, and Family for Enabling Putin's War Against Ukraine US Treasury 11 Mar 2022 -- Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued a new round of sanctions targeting Russian and Kremlin elites, oligarchs, and Russia's political and national security leaders who have supported Russian President Vladimir Putin's brutal and illegal invasion of Ukraine.
- Commerce Restricts the Export of Luxury Goods to Russia and Belarus and to Russian and Belarusian Oligarchs and Malign Actors in Latest Response to Aggression Against Ukraine US Dept. of Commerce 11 Mar 2022 -- Today, the U.S. Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) imposed restrictions on the export, reexport, and transfer (in country) of luxury goods to all end users in the Russian Federation (Russia) and Belarus and to certain Russian and Belarusian oligarchs and malign actors located worldwide. This action is in response to Russia's brutal, continuing invasion of Ukraine (as substantially enabled by Belarus) in flagrant violation of international law.
- 'Global Economic Pariah': U.S. Revokes Russia's Favored Trade Status, To Deny Borrowing Rights At IMF RFE/RL 11 Mar 2022 -- The White House says it is imposing "new economic actions" against Russia to hold the Kremlin accountable for Moscow's continued unprovoked assault on Ukraine and further isolate Russia from the global financial system.
- Emergency in Ukraine - External Situation Report #2 WHO 11 Mar 2022
- UN, US Dismiss Russian Claim of Biological Weapons Program in Ukraine VOA 11 Mar 2022 -- Western nations chastised Russia on Friday for trying to use the U.N. Security Council to spread disinformation and lies about alleged biological weapons laboratories in Ukraine, which the U.N. said are untrue.
- UNHCR scales up for those displaced by war in Ukraine, deploys cash assistance UNHCR 11 Mar 2022 -- UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has significantly stepped up its assistance in Ukraine and the neighbouring countries receiving refugees in response to acute humanitarian needs as the fighting intensifies.
- UN political affairs chief warns of 'utter devastation' facing Ukraine cities by Russian forces UN News 11 Mar 2022 -- With the war in Ukraine now in its third week, UN political affairs chief Rosemary DiCarlo warned the Security Council on Friday that direct attacks against civilians and civilian objects are prohibited under international law, and may amount to war crimes.
- Russian attacks on civilian targets in Ukraine could be a war crime: UN rights office UN News 11 Mar 2022 -- The UN rights office, OHCHR, reiterated deep concern on Friday at the increasing number of civilian casualties in Ukraine following the Russian invasion which began on 24 February, before issuing a reminder to Moscow that any targeting of non-combatants could be a war crime.
- UN Says It's Not Aware Of Any Biological Weapons Program In Ukraine RFE/RL 11 Mar 2022 -- The United Nations on March 11 said it was not aware of any biological weapons program in Ukraine, while Washington expressed concern that Russia was spreading the unproven claim in order to launch its own biological or chemical attacks.
- UN Says It Has Credible Reports Of Russian Use Of Cluster Bombs In Ukraine RFE/RL 11 Mar 2022 -- The UN human rights office said on March 11 that it had received "credible reports" of several cases of Russian forces using cluster bombs in Ukraine, adding that indiscriminate use of such weapons might amount to war crimes.
- Update 18 - IAEA Director General Statement on Situation in Ukraine IAEA 11 Mar 2022 -- Ukraine has told the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that technicians have started repairing damaged power lines in an attempt to restore external electricity supplies to the site of the Russian-controlled Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) that were entirely cut earlier in the week, Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said today.
- UNSC to convene at Russia's request to probe into U.S. military biological activities in Ukraine People's Daily 11 Mar 2022 -- The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) will convene on Friday to discuss the United States' alleged military biological research in Ukraine at Russia's request.
- Ukraine war: More countries will 'feel the burn' as food and energy price rises fuel hunger, warns WFP WFP 11 Mar 2022 -- The World Food Programme (WFP) is working to minimize the knock-on effects of rising food and energy prices - triggered by the Ukraine conflict - on hunger around the world, while it looks to scale up operations within the country and reach 3.7 million people. "[As] hunger threatens Ukraine directly, the fallout from this war will spread across the globe. Russia and Ukraine together export about 30 percent of the world's wheat," said WFP Executive Director David Beasley.
- PACE to debate the consequences of the Russian Federation's aggression against Ukraine at a two-day extraordinary session Council of Europe 11 Mar 2022 -- The consequences of the Russian Federation's aggression against Ukraine will be the focus of an extraordinary plenary session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), to be held in hybrid mode on Monday 14 and Tuesday 15 March 2022. The President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, will address the Assembly via video-conference.
- EU disburses â‚¬300 million in emergency Macro-Financial Assistance to Ukraine European Commission 11 Mar 2022 -- The European Commission disbursed today â‚¬300 million in emergency Macro-Financial Assistance (MFA) to Ukraine. The disbursement of funds has been fast-tracked to help enhance Ukraine's macroeconomic stability in the context of Russia's unprovoked and unjustified invasion.
- EU leaders dash Kiev's hope to join bloc as conflict enters day 16 Press TV 11 Mar 2022 -- European Union leaders have dashed Kiev's demand for an accelerated membership of the bloc over the Russia-Ukraine conflict, with leaders declining to open a membership procedure at the time of war.
- EU Doubles Military Aid For Ukraine To 500 Million Euros, Mulls Fresh Russia Sanctions RFE/RL 11 Mar 2022 -- European Union leaders have agreed to step up the pressure on Moscow by putting together a new package of sanctions to punish it for invading Ukraine and to double the bloc's military aid for Kyiv as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy called on the bloc to "do more" for his country.
- Joint Statement by the G7 Announcing Further Economic Costs on Russia The White House 11 Mar 2022
- Executive Order on Prohibiting Certain Imports, Exports, and New Investment with Respect to Continued Russian Federation Aggression The White House 11 Mar 2022
- Letter to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and President of the Senate on Prohibiting Certain Imports, Exports, and New Investment with Respect to Continued Russian Federation Aggression The White House 11 Mar 2022
- FACT SHEET: United States, European Union, and G7 to Announce Further Economic Costs on Russia The White House 11 Mar 2022
- EU Threatens Russia With New Sanctions, Aims to Bolster Energy, Defense Independence VOA 11 Mar 2022 -- The European Union has warned it could slap massive new sanctions against Russia, but it also rejected fast-tracking Ukraine's EU membership. At a summit outside Paris, the group also focused on beefing up the EU's military, energy and food security in response to the Ukraine conflict.
- Yet another lie in Russia's disinformation campaign against Ukraine UK FCDO 11 Mar 2022 -- Statement by Ambassador Barbara Woodward at the UN Security Council Meeting on Ukraine
- Foreign Secretary sanctions 386 Russian lawmakers who supported Putin's invasion of Ukraine UK FCDO 11 Mar 2022 -- Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has sanctioned 386 members of the Duma for their support for the Ukrainian breakaway regions of Luhansk and Donetsk.
- Readout of National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan Meeting with U.K. Foreign Secretary Elizabeth Truss The White House 11 Mar 2022
- Canada Bans Russian Oil Imports, Sanctions Russia's Defence Ministry Sputnik 11 Mar 2022 -- Earlier on Friday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Ottawa is slapping restrictions on five Russians and 32 Russian military organisations.
- Chinese FM exchanges views on Ukraine issue with French, Italian counterparts Global Times 11 Mar 2022 -- Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Thursday exchanged views on the situation in Ukraine respectively with his French and Italian counterparts via video link.
- China upholds independent policy on Ukraine issue, develops ties with all sides to inject stability into the world: Premier Li Global Times 11 Mar 2022 -- Chinese Premier Li Keqiang reiterated that China believes sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries should be respected, supports all actions conducive to a peaceful solution to the Ukraine crisis, and will make constructive contributions.
- China calls for supporting Russia-Ukraine ceasefire talks, offers humanitarian aid People's Daily 11 Mar 2022 -- Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said on Friday that utmost efforts should be made to support Russia and Ukraine in overcoming difficulties to carry forward ceasefire negotiations, and China supports and encourages all efforts that are conducive to a peaceful settlement of the crisis in Ukraine.
- China spreads disinformation on Ukraine 'labs' amid rising COVID-19 wave at home Radio Free Asia 11 Mar 2022 -- The ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has been amplifying Russian government propaganda claiming that the U.S. is financing biological weapons labs in Ukraine, as the two countries embark on a "no limits" alliance that appears to include a global disinformation war.
- Interview: 'China may have thought this would be a quick-fix war, a surgical strike.' Radio Free Asia 11 Mar 2022 -- Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leader Xi Jinping has referred to Russian president Vladimir Putin as his best friend. But Russia's invasion of Ukraine has cast doubts on whether Beijing is a more opportunistic partner wrong-footed by the global backlash against Putin, or a long-term cast-iron ally of the Kremlin. The bilateral relationship is complicated by the fact that China imports a good deal of grain from both Russia and Ukraine, and is facing a poor harvest of its own this year due to heavy rains.
- Chinese State Censors at Work to Control Messaging on War VOA 11 Mar 2022 -- Beijing is controlling messaging on the war in Ukraine, analysts and observers say, as social media companies and traditional Chinese state media outlets have been suppressing voices critical of Russia's invasion.
- Iran supports diplomacy to end crisis in Ukraine, ready to help refugees: FM Amir-Abdollahian Press TV 11 Mar 2022 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian has reiterated Tehran's stance on the need to settle the ongoing crisis in Ukraine through political channels, saying the Islamic Republic is ready to dispatch humanitarian aid to refugees.
- Lukashenko Says Ukraine Planned to Attack Belarus Sputnik 11 Mar 2022 -- Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said on Friday that Ukraine planned to attack not only Donbass but also Belarus.
- South Africa's Ramaphosa Asked to Mediate Russia-Ukraine Talks VOA 11 Mar 2022 -- South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa says he has been asked to help mediate peace between Russia and Ukraine, after having spoken to his counterpart Vladimir Putin. But some analysts are questioning whether South Africa's ties to Russia could impact its neutrality.
- Secretary Blinken's Call with Malaysian Foreign Minister Abdullah US Dept. of State 11 Mar 2022
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