Top story: Ukraine sees signs of hope in negotiations
Morning everyone. I’m Martin Farrer, and these are the top stories this morning.
Diplomatic efforts to end the war in Ukraine are escalate with conversations between the Kiev government and Russia must be resumed today. The talks come after a deadly Russian missile attack on a Ukrainian military base near the Polish border increased fears of an escalating conflict, and when the bombing resumed in Kiev this morning. Although the Biden administration again rejected calls by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy for a NATO-enforced no-fly zone, his negotiators believe that there is some hope that Russia will “start talking constructively”. In another diplomatic initiative today, the United States and China will meet under concern over it Beijing could supply weapons to Putin’s war machine. Jake Sullivan, the US National Security Adviser, will meet his Chinese counterpart, Yang Jiechi, in the Italian capital amid reports that Russia has asked China for weapons to support its faltering invasion of Ukraine.
The human cost of the war was brought home yesterday when Ukraine announced it at least 1,300 of its soldiers have been killed so far. The horrors of the conflict have been described by Ukrainians who managed to escape to the west, accuses the Russians of shooting people dead on the streets as they advance through towns and villages. There has been praise for The American journalist Brent Renaud, who has been killed in Ukraine, apparently by Russian fire. The Kremlin has reportedly called on Russian media to use clips by US Fox News host Tucker Carlson on their shows because he has been critical of the U.S. response to the war.
That The United States is facing a battle with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates over their refusal to pump more oil and bring prices down to ease the pressure on Western economies. Brent oil has fallen 3% to $ 109.37 this morning. ONE Russian default on its debt after Western sanctions are not “unlikely” but would not trigger a global financial crisis, said the head of the International Monetary Fund. You can follow the whole day’s development in Ukraine on our live blogand catch up what we know so far.
Refugee delays – It has British families trying to help Ukrainian relatives get to safety in Britain expressed frustration over continued bureaucratic delays, despite the government’s promises to cut back on the bureaucracy involved in the family reunification scheme. A woman stuck in Budapest with her elderly parents said it was a “humiliating process”. Another refugee problem is brewing en Belarus is pushing Middle East asylum seekers into Ukraine, according to people in Belarusian camps. The refugees were captured in Belarus after being promised passage to the EU in recent years to cross the border.
Covid warning – Ministers have been accused of “turns off the headlights at the first sign of dawn” after scrapping nationwide Covid surveillance programs, where scientists say it will almost certainly end up costing more money in the long run. This comes as a growing number of new infections in several countries prompted an expert to speculate that Europe could be at the start of a sixth wave of Covid infections, partly driven by “Stealth” BA.2 Omicron variant. The Chinese government has responded a sharp increase in coronavirus infections by closing Shenzhen, a huge city with 17.5 million people. It is two years since the coronavirus hit the United States, leaving nearly one million people dead. But since it counts the cost, is the country ready for another pandemic?
Every dog has his day – The Power of the Dog, Jane Campion’s western starring Benedict Cumberbatch as ranchers in 1920s Montana, has won the award for best film and best director at Baftas in London. Will Smith took the Best Actress statuette for King Richard, and Best Actress was awarded the Joanna Scanlan for After Love. The Guardian documentary The Black Cop, about a former Metropolitan police officer who explores his memories of homophobia, racial profiling and racial harassment, won the Bafta for best short film. Climate protesters tried to disturb case, but Rebel Wilson ruffled enough feathers with a series of dirty jokes and 85-year-old Shirley Bassey opened the show by singing Diamonds Are Forever to mark 60 years of Bond film. And you can check out the frills and fluff from the red carpet here.
Inflation crisis – The poorest households in Britain could see theirs the cost of living increases by as much as 10% until the autumn, if Russia’s invasion of Ukraine leads to a longer conflict, the think tank Resolution Foundation has warned. Higher food and energy prices could drive inflation to over 8% in the autumn, it warns, and hit poorer families disproportionately harder. Tenants could see a big increase in rent and billswith research showing that typical costs will rise to £ 1,000 this year.
Bright spot – Britain’s first solar farm owned by a health council and directly linked to a hospital has exceeded expectations provides all the electricity needed to operate the site in a few days. Bosses hoped the farm in south-west Wales would supply Morriston Hospital in Swansea with a fifth of its energy, but it provided enough energy over a 50-hour period to meet 100% of the hospital’s needs.
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The Russian missile attack on Yavoriv and the implicit threat to NATO are the lead in most newspapers. “Russia is escalating the war in Ukraine with attacks close to the NATO border,” he said Guardianand FT has “Russian attack on base in western Ukraine sends a warning signal to NATO”. “War reaches the NATO border,” it says Timesand Telegraph goes on “US warns Putin while taking war to the West”. That I leads with “Putin strikes bring war to NATO door” while it Mirror has a picture of the Russian leader and the headline “West in the binoculars …”. That Sun has “Putin blitz on the NATO border”. That Mail says “Putin’s deadly warning to the West” and Express goes with “Putin’s missile attack brings war to NATO border”. There is an interesting angle in Scotswhich reports “Farmers warn Ukraine’s crisis and inflation could lead to food shortages”.
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