Ukraine: USA, China discusses bridging the gorge over invasion | World news
Ukraine: USA, China discusses bridging the gorge over invasion |  World news

Ukraine: USA, China discusses bridging the gorge over invasion | World news

Top advisers to Presidents Joe Biden and Xi Jinping met in Rome on Monday to discuss China’s support for Russia in its invasion of Ukraine, although the Kremlin rejected reports that it had requested Chinese military equipment for use in the war.

U.S. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan and senior Chinese foreign policy adviser Yang Jiechi spoke with the Biden administration, increasingly concerned that China is using the Ukraine war to advance Beijing’s long-term interest in its competition with the United States.

Sullivan sought clarity on Beijing’s stance, again warning the Chinese that aid to Russia – including helping it avert the sanctions imposed by the United States and Western allies – would be costly for them.

“I’m not going to sit here in public and wave threats,” Sullivan said as he rounded up Sunday’s news broadcasts ahead of his trip to Rome. “But what I want to tell you is that we are communicating directly and privately to Beijing that there will definitely be consequences” if China helps Russia “fill” its losses from the sanctions.

Sullivan and Yang met in Rome amid reports that Russia has asked China for military equipment to use in its invasion of Ukraine. Russia, however, denied on Monday that it needed China’s help.

“No, Russia has its own potential to continue the operation, which, as we have said, is unfolding according to plan and will be completed on time and in full,” said Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for President Vladimir Putin.

The Russians have seen significant losses of tanks, helicopters and other material since the start of the war more than two weeks ago. Although Ukraine is overmatched by Russian forces, it is well equipped with anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles.

23 killed in Donetsk

Russia said on Monday that an attack by Kyiv’s forces on the separatist stronghold of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine had left 23 people dead, and the military accused Kiev of committing a “war crime”.

Moscow accused Ukraine’s army of firing a Tochka-U missile at a residential area in Donetsk, in one of the most serious attacks on the city since Russia sent troops into Ukraine over two weeks ago.

“The use of such weapons in a city where there are no firing positions of armed forces,” said Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov, “is a war crime.”

Official separatist Telegram channels distributed images and video of the aftermath showing burnt-out cars, corpses strewn across the street and damage to shops.

In an interview with Russian state-run television, the leader of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic, Denis Pushilin, said the shot down rocket had damaged residential areas. “People were queuing near an ATM and standing at a bus stop,” he said in comments broadcast on Russian television.

“There are children among the dead,” Pushilin said, adding that the number of casualties would have been higher if the rocket had not been shot down.

Nine people killed in airstrikes on TV tower

At least nine people were killed and nine others injured in an airstrike on a television tower in Ukraine’s northern Rivne region on Monday, Governor Vitaliy Koval said. “There are still people under the rubble,” he said in an online post.

Ukraine urges Russia’s ‘immediate’ expulsion from the Council of Europe

Ukraine on Monday demanded that Russia be deported immediately by the Council of Europe (COE), saying it had no right to remain a member of the pan-European rights body after invading its neighbor.

The Council’s executive body, the Committee of Ministers, had suspended Russia from all its rights to representation one day after the invasion. An expulsion will mean that the Russians will no longer have access to the European Court of Human Rights, which is part of the COE.

No member state has ever been excluded from the Council, which was set up in 1949.

Both Russia and Ukraine are members.

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