Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is a global problem, says Biden OCN NEWS

LVIV (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden said on Tuesday the crisis in Ukraine was a global issue that underscored the importance of maintaining international order, territorial integrity and sovereignty.

Biden’s comments at the opening of the Indo-Pacific leaders’ ‘Quad’ meeting in Tokyo come a day after he broke convention and offered US military support to self-governing Taiwan. claimed by China. Read more

“It’s more than just a European problem. It’s a global problem,” Biden said of the Ukraine crisis at the Quad meeting of the United States, Japan, India and India. ‘Australia.

Biden stressed that Washington would stand with its allies and push for a free and open Indo-Pacific region.

“International law, human rights must always be upheld, no matter where in the world they are violated,” he said.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy told global business leaders in Davos on Monday that the world needed to tighten sanctions against Russia to deter other countries from using “brute force” to achieve their goals.

The European Union (EU) is likely to accept an embargo on Russian oil imports ‘within days’, its biggest member Germany has said, as Moscow said its economic ties with China would grow amid of its isolation by the West because of the Ukrainian conflict.

Many of the EU’s 27 member states rely heavily on Russian energy, prompting criticism from kyiv that the bloc has not acted quickly enough to halt supplies.

Hungary demands energy investments before agreeing to an embargo, clashing with EU states demanding quick approval. The EU has offered up to 2 billion euros ($2.14 billion) to central and eastern countries lacking non-Russian supplies.

“We will achieve a breakthrough in a few days,” German Economy Minister Robert Habeck told ZDF television.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the Kremlin would focus on developing ties with China as economic ties with the United States and Europe were cut.

“If they (the West) want to offer something in terms of resuming relations, then we will seriously consider whether we need it or not,” he said in a speech, according to a transcript on the website. of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“Now that the West has adopted a ‘dictator stance’, our economic ties with China will grow even faster.”

Russia’s three-month invasion, the biggest attack on a European state since 1945, has seen more than 6.5 million people flee abroad, turn entire cities to rubble and cause unprecedented taxation Western sanctions against Russia.

Zelenskiy on Monday called on Ukraine’s allies to pressure Moscow into a prisoner swap.

“The exchange of people – it’s a humanitarian issue today and a very political decision that depends on the support of many states,” Zelenskiy said in a video Q&A with the audience at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

“We don’t need the Russian military, we only need our own,” Zelenskiy said. “We are ready for an exchange tomorrow.”

Donbass battles:

Russia sent thousands of troops to Ukraine on February 24 in what it calls a “special military operation” aimed at demilitarizing its neighbor and stamping out dangerous nationalist claims dismissed by kyiv and Western countries as false pretexts for a land grabbing.

After capturing the port city of Mariupol in southeastern Ukraine last week after a months-long siege, Russian forces now control a largely unbroken swath of east and south.

They are trying to encircle Ukrainian forces and fully capture the provinces of Lugansk and Donetsk that make up the eastern region of Donbass, where Moscow supports separatist forces.

A total of 12,500 Russians were trying to seize Luhansk, the region’s governor, Serhiy Gaidai, said on Telegram. The city of Sievierodonetsk is being destroyed, but Ukraine has forced Russian troops out of Toshkivka to the south, Gaidai added.

Donetsk regional governor Pavlo Kyrylenko told local television that shelling was taking place along the front line, with the mining town of Avdiivka being hit around the clock.

Russian forces fired on 38 communities in Donetsk and Luhansk on Monday, killing seven and wounding six, the Ukrainian Joint Task Force military command said.

Reuters was unable to immediately verify the information.

Zelenskiy on Monday revealed Ukraine’s worst military casualties from a single attack in the war, saying 87 people were killed last week when Russian forces hit a barracks at a training base in the north.

Denmark’s promise to send Harpoon anti-ship missiles and a launcher to Ukraine, announced by the United States on Monday, is the first sign since the Russian invasion that kyiv will receive American-made weapons that will significantly expand its hitting range.

The harpoons, made by Boeing, could be used to draw the Russian navy away from Ukrainian Black Sea ports, allowing the resumption of exports of grain and other agricultural products.

In the first of what could be many war crimes trials stemming from the invasion, a kyiv court sentenced a young Russian tank commander to life in prison for killing an unarmed civilian.

Ukraine is investigating more than 13,000 alleged Russian war crimes, according to its attorney general’s website.

Russia has denied targeting civilians or participating in war crimes.

At a cemetery outside Mariupol, walking through long rows of fresh graves and makeshift wooden crosses, Natalya Voloshina, who lost her 28-year-old son in the fight for the city, said many Mariupol dead had no one left to honor their memory. .

“Who will bury them? Who will put up a plaque? she asked.

“They have no family.”