Russia-Ukraine live news: Biden approves $13.6bn in Ukraine aid | Russia-Ukraine war News


  • Ukrainian and Russian negotiators are expected to continue talks on Wednesday.
  • An adviser to Ukraine’s president has said ongoing negotiations to end the war are difficult, but there is “certainly room for compromise”.
  • Biden will attend NATO, EU summits in Brussels next week, the White House has announced.
  • About 29,000 people were evacuated from Ukrainian cities through humanitarian corridors on Tuesday, most from the besieged city of Mariupol, a senior Ukrainian official has said.
  • The United Nations says 3 million people have fled Ukraine since the war began.
  • Turkey’s foreign minister is expected to hold meetings in Moscow on Wednesday before travelling to Kyiv the next day.
(Al Jazeera)

Here are the latest updates:

Japan to revoke Russia’s ‘most favoured nation’ trade status: Public broadcaster

Japan will revoke Russia’s “most favoured nation” trade status as part of further sanctions against Moscow, public broadcaster NHK has said.

The government is set to announce the move on Wednesday, it reported, following similar moves by Western partners. Japan has already imposed sanctions on chips and high-tech equipment to Russia.

US aid to be split between security and humanitarian assistance: AJE correspondent

The $13.6bn US aid package to Ukraine will be split between security and humanitarian assistance, Al Jazeera’s Kimberly Halkett has said.

She added that Biden has stressed that the aid would ensure that Ukrainians “have the tools they need to defend themselves”.

“In terms of the real details – how much money is going to each allocation – there really were some big question marks. So we’re now looking ahead to Wednesday when the US president has promised that he will be giving more specific detail,” Halkett said.

Joe Biden signs legislation
Biden signs US budget containing $13.6bn in aid to Ukraine [Patrick Semansky/AP Photo]

Poland’s Kaczynski calls for peacekeeping mission in Ukraine

An international peacekeeping mission should be sent to Ukraine, the leader of Poland’s ruling party has said.

“I think that it is necessary to have a peace mission – NATO, possibly some wider international structure – but a mission that will be able to defend itself, which will operate on Ukrainian territory,” Jaroslaw Kaczynski said during during a press conference in Kyiv alongside Ukrainian President Zelenskyy.

War in Ukraine tests shaky US-China relations

In recent days, several top officials in the United States have discouraged China from backing Russia in its war in Ukraine, amid reports that Moscow has requested military assistance from Beijing.

While Chinese officials have downplayed the reports, experts say the US’s public pressure campaign on China could define an already shaky relationship between the two nations for years to come.

“This has the potential to be a turning point in US-China relations,” Robert Ross, a political science professor at Boston College, told Al Jazeera.

Read more here.

Russia regrouping and pivoting on Ukraine strategy: Analyst

Russia’s initial military strategy of making rapid gains, displacing Ukrainians and taking over the country has failed on many levels, James Sherr, an analyst at the Estonian Foreign Policy Institute, has said.

“Ukraine’s cohesion and resilience, flexibility and inventiveness has come as a surprise,” Sherr told Al Jazeera.

Russians are now altering their war strategy in two ways, he said, by regrouping – particularly in the east in the country – and pummelling Ukrainian cities. “They are reducing Ukrainians to destitution,” Sherr said.

Biden pledges to help Ukrainian refugees

Biden has vowed to provide humanitarian assistance to Ukraine as the number of people who fled the country surpassed 3 million, according to the UN.

“This war has turned nearly 3 million Ukrainians into refugees,” Biden wrote on Twitter. “That’s on top of more than 12 million people who require humanitarian assistance inside Ukraine. The United States is helping to lead a global humanitarian response with our partners in Europe and beyond.”

Biden to attend NATO, EU summits in Brussels next week

Biden will travel to Europe next week for face-to-face talks with European leaders on the Russian invasion of Ukraine, White House press secretary Jen Psaki has announced.

Biden will meet NATO and European leaders at a summit in Brussels on March 24. He will also attend a scheduled European Union summit the same day for discussions on further sanctions on Russia and humanitarian efforts for Ukraine.

Read more here.

Biden authorises $13.6bn in aid to Ukraine

President Joe Biden has signed an annual US spending bill that contains $13.6bn in humanitarian and military aid to Ukraine.

“I just signed the Bipartisan Government Funding Bill into law — keeping the government open and providing a historic $13.6 billion in funding to Ukraine,” Biden wrote on Twitter on Tuesday.

Russia-Ukraine talks difficult, but will continue: Zelenskyy adviser

A senior Ukrainian official has said that talks with Russia on ending the war were very difficult but said there was “certainly room for compromise”.

Mykhailo Podolyak, an adviser to President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, said on Twitter that there were fundamental contradictions between the two sides.

But Podolyak said the negotiations would continue on Wednesday.

Russia’s tactics are evolving in Ukraine. Here’s how

The last week has seen a marked change in tactics from the Russian military as the scope of the war in Ukraine has widened.

Advanced weapons, especially man-portable anti-tank and air defence systems, as well as small arms and ammunition, have been pouring into Ukraine.

Read more about Russia’s changing military tactics here.

Turkish FM to hold meetings in Moscow, then travel to Kyiv

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he is sending his foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, to Moscow and Kyiv this week as part of Turkey’s mediation efforts to secure a ceasefire in Ukraine.

Cavusoglu will hold talks in Moscow on Wednesday, Erdogan said after a cabinet meeting, before travelling to the Ukrainian capital Kyiv on Thursday.

NATO member Turkey shares a maritime border with Ukraine and Russia in the Black Sea, has good ties with both and has offered to mediate between the warring countries.

About 29,000 evacuated from Ukrainian cities on Tuesday: Ukrainian official

Around 29,000 people were evacuated from Ukrainian cities through humanitarian corridors on Tuesday, most of them leaving the besieged port city of Mariupol, a senior government official has said.

Senior Ukrainian presidential official Kyrylo Tymoshenko said in an online post that about 20,000 people had left Mariupol in private cars.

Ukraine earlier accused Russia of blocking a convoy trying to take supplies to the city.

A woman walks with a bicycle next to a damaged building in Donetsk region, Ukraine
A woman walks next to a damaged building in the town of Volnovakha in Ukraine’s Donetsk region [Alexander Ermochenko/Reuters]

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