Russia-Ukraine battle stay: Biden backs Putin arrest warrant, saying Russian chief ‘clearly dedicated battle crimes’ | Ukraine

President Erdoğan beside his Finnish counterpart, Sauli Niinisto, in Ankara on Friday

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Hey and welcome again to our stay protection of the Russia-Ukraine battle. That is Adam Fulton bringing you the newest developments.

The US president, Joe Biden, says Vladimir Putin has “clearly dedicated battle crimes” and that the worldwide legal court docket is “justified” in issuing an arrest warrant for the Russian president.

The court docket known as on Friday for Putin’s arrest over allegations of overseeing the kidnapping of Ukrainian kids and illegal switch of individuals from Ukraine to Russia in the course of the battle.

Moscow stated the arrest warrant was “meaningless” and legally “void” as a result of it didn’t recognise the court docket’s jurisdiction.

Extra on that story quickly.

In different developments because it approaches 9am within the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv:

  • Russia is sustaining as much as 1,500 casualties a day in its present offensive, principally within the japanese metropolis of Bakhmut, based on a senior Nato official. Ukraine was taking “an order of magnitude much less” in preventing the place “a number of thousand” shells a day have been fired by each side, stated the official, talking on situation of anonymity.

  • China’s President Xi Jinping is to go to Russia subsequent week in an obvious present of assist for Vladimir Putin. In the course of the go to, scheduled for 20-22 March, the 2 leaders would signal “vital” bilateral paperwork and talk about problems with additional improvement of complete partnership and strategic interplay between Moscow and Beijing, the Chinese language overseas ministry has stated.

  • The US has deep issues that China might attempt to place itself as a peacemaker within the battle in Ukraine by selling a ceasefire, the White Home has stated. A ceasefire in Ukraine would “in impact recognise Russia’s positive aspects and its try to beat its neighbour’s territory by power, permitting Russian troops to proceed to occupy sovereign Ukrainian territory”, stated the White Home nationwide safety spokesperson, John Kirby.

  • President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan stated Turkey would begin the method of ratifying Finland’s Nato membership bid in parliament after Helsinki took “genuine and concrete steps” to maintain its guarantees in a trilateral settlement. Erdoğan additionally stated Turkey’s willingness to contemplate ratifying Sweden’s Nato bid would “depend upon the strong steps Sweden will take”.

President Erdoğan beside his Finnish counterpart, Sauli Niinisto, in Ankara on Friday
President Erdoğan beside his Finnish counterpart, Sauli Niinisto, in Ankara on Friday. {Photograph}: Burhan Özbilici/AP
  • Sweden remained assured it could be a part of Nato, the overseas minister stated. Tobias Billström stated separate ratification of Finland and Sweden’s bids by Ankara was “a improvement that we didn’t need however it’s one thing that we’re ready for”.

  • Slovakia will donate 13 MiG-29 warplanes to Ukraine, its prime minister has stated. Eduard Heger informed a information convention his authorities was “on the correct facet of historical past” as Slovakia grew to become the second Nato member to announce such a cargo in 24 hours, after an analogous transfer by Poland. The Kremlin stated the promised planes have been one other instance of Nato members “elevating the extent of their direct involvement within the battle”, including that “all this gear will likely be topic to destruction”.

  • Talks are in progress on the renewal of an settlement permitting the protected export of grain from Ukraine’s Black Sea ports, the UN’s workplace in Geneva has stated. The Black Sea grain initiative, brokered between Russia and Ukraine by the UN and Turkey final July, is because of expire on Saturday. The UN, Ukraine and Turkey have known as for a 120-day rollover of the settlement. Russia has stated the deal ought to be renewed for under 60 days.

  • Kyiv’s wartime curfew will likely be decreased by an hour to spice up enterprise. The pinnacle of Kyiv metropolis administration, Serhiy Popko, stated the brand new curfew interval – beginning at midnight as an alternative of 11pm – would enhance the time for public transport and that lowering its period “ought to assist scale back social pressure, enhance manufacturing, create new jobs”.

  • Russia’s defence secretary, Sergei Shoigu, has introduced state awards to the pilots of the Su-27 planes concerned within the drone incident over the Black Sea for “stopping the violation of the borders of the particular operation space by the American MQ-9 Reaper drone”.

  • Moldova’s president has stated she sees no hazard of battle in her international locations whereas Ukraine continues to dig in in opposition to Russia. “The Russian military can not get right here whereas Ukraine holds out – and [therefore] protects Moldova,” Maia Sandu informed the Moldovan parliament.