The army approaches the border; torture tools

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So far there is ‘no indication’ that China tried to help Russia with weapons or ‘other things that Russia wanted’ in its war against Ukraine, the president says Joe Biden on CBS’ “60 Minutes” in an interview that aired on Sunday.

Biden also said he spoke with Chinese President Xi Jinping shortly after Xi met Russian President Vladimir Putin at the start of the Beijing Winter Olympics in February, and strongly discouraged the leader. Chinese to help Russia.

“I said, ‘If you think the Americans and others are going to continue to invest in China based on your violation of the sanctions that were imposed on Russia, I think you’re making a gigantic mistake, but that’s It’s your decision to make,'” Biden told the news program.

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 reclaimed much of the territory it she had lost in the northeast. conflict, a possible sign of mixed support from his government.

TURNING?:As Russia admits defeat in Kharkiv, Ukraine regains ground and confidence

Latest developments:

►The First Lady of Ukraine, Olena Zelenska, was among foreign dignitaries who showed up at Westminster Hall in London on Sunday to pay their last respects to Queen Elizabeth II.

►Olga Simonova, 34, a Russian woman who was killed fighting for Ukraine during the war, was honored with a three-gun salute and had her coffin draped in the Ukrainian flag at her funeral in Kyiv this weekend. Known as “Simba”, Simonova was 34 years old.

Schools close in Russian border area

The governor of Russia’s Belgorod region ordered schools to operate remotely from Monday as the Ukrainian army’s counteroffensive moved closer to the border.

Vyacheslav Gladkov said on Sunday that dozens of homes and recreation areas were damaged by Ukrainian artillery.

The United States sent long-range artillery to Ukraine on the condition that it not be used to bombard Russian towns and villages. But Ukrainian troops got close enough to the Russian border to reach these towns with their own equipment.

“I have decided that from tomorrow schools in the Belgorod district in an area of ​​10 kilometers along the border will be transferred to distance learning,” Gladkov said in a post on social media. VK.

The post drew many responses from locals urging Gladkov to create a volunteer battalion to provide protection, including mining the border.

“Why have other regions of the country started to self-mobilise, while our region, regularly bombarded, having the largest border with the enemy, hesitates?” writes Andrey Rozenberg. “Self-defense detachments must be created.”

Discovery of Russian torture tools sparks investigation

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said more than 10 “torture chambers” had been discovered in the Kharkiv region since a counterattack prompted Russian forces to hastily withdraw last week.

The region’s prosecutor’s office said on Telegram that it had launched an investigation after seizing torture tools and documents indicating the Russians had established a police force that ran a prison where the alleged abuse took place.

Russian forces have been accused of committing atrocities and war crimes at several stages of the conflict, including in the Kyiv suburb of Bucha. Reports of these tactics horrified the world and galvanized support for Ukraine. Last week, officials said they had found more than 440 graves outside the town of Izium in Kharkiv with bodies showing signs of violent death.

Zelenskyy said on Saturday evening that “a torture chamber and electric torture tools” had been discovered at the Kharkiv city train station of Kozacha Lopan, and he compared Russians to Nazis during World War II.

“And they will respond the same way,” he said, “both on the battlefield and in the courtrooms.”

Pope’s envoy shot dead in Ukraine

Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, envoy of Pope Francis, was shot dead Saturday while delivering humanitarian aid on behalf of Pope Francis near the Ukrainian town of Zaporizhzhia, the Vatican said. Krajewski emerged “unscathed and continues his mission,” the Vatican News Service reported.

Krajewski’s group, which included a Catholic bishop, a Protestant bishop and a Ukrainian soldier, came under small arms fire while working outside Zaporizhzhia and took cover, a- he declared. They got away unscathed.

The incident took place on September 17, 2013, on September 17, 2013, the ninth anniversary of Krajewski’s episcopal ordination, in St. Peter’s Basilica in a ceremony attended by Pope Francis. The cardinal said he and his group had loaded a minibus with supplies and driven to the front lines – where “no one but soldiers enters anymore” due to heavy fighting – when the shooting started.

“For the first time in my life, I didn’t know where to run,” he told Vatican News. “It is not enough to run. You have to know where to go. »

Eventually the shooting stopped and the group continued to help.

Russian singer asks to be added to list of foreign agents

Popular Russian singer Alla Pugacheva said on Sunday that she wanted to be placed on Russia’s list of foreign agents in solidarity with her husband. His post on instagram comes after Pugacheva’s husband, singer and TV presenter Maxim Galkin, was added to the register of foreign agents by the Justice Ministry on Saturday. Galkin, who has criticized Russia for sending troops to Ukraine, is accused of carrying out political activities on behalf of Ukraine and receiving Ukrainian funds. Galkin replied that he made money in Ukraine on a comedy show years ago.

“The justification for the decision is that I would allegedly receive funds from Ukraine, with which I carry out political activities,” he said on Instagram. “First of all, I don’t do political activities. On stage during my concerts, I do humor and political satire, as I have done for 28 years.”

Contributor: The Associated Press

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