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Ukraine tweets video showing Ukrainian artillery: ‘Enemy does not go unpunished’

“The enemy does not go unpunished,” Ukraine’s Defense Ministry tweeted Thursday along with a video of Ukrainian artillery. “Joint Forces / Joint Forces Operation gunners inflict heavy fire damage, destroying columns and groups of Russian occupation troops.💥 Ukrainian artillery works as clearly, precisely and efficiently as ever.”

Zelenskyy says he spoke with South Korean president

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said he spoke to South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Thursday about how the country is defending itself against Russia’s alleged war crimes and thanked him for “supporting[Ukraine] and impose penalties. We will continue to work together to build an anti-war coalition around the world.”

Russians enter Kherson, kill up to 300, many unrecognizable bodies, mayor says: reports

Russian troops were seen in the center of Kherson, a Black Sea port city in southern Ukraine, on Thursday, a day after Russia claimed to have taken control of it, according to reports.

According to the New York Times, up to 300 people were killed when the Russians entered the city, its mayor estimated. He said many bodies had become unrecognizable due to the Russians’ high-powered weapons.

The mayor and Russian defense officials claimed on Wednesday that Russian troops had taken control of the city of around 250,000 to 300,000 people, but other Ukrainian officials – including President Volodymyr Zelenskyy – countered that the Ukrainians continued to fight, reported Reuters.

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Russia’s victory would be a ‘total disaster for religious freedom’, warns human rights leader

A human rights expert has warned that a Russian victory in Ukraine would be a “catastrophe” for religious freedom, given the record of Russian President Vladimir Putin and the record of dissident pro-Putin regions in Ukraine.

“If Ukraine falls, it will be a total disaster for religious freedom for countless religious communities,” said Tina Ramirez, president and executive director of Hardwired Global, a nonprofit based in Richmond, Va. at Fox News Digital. “For proof, we need look no further than what is already the case in Russia itself and in the Russian-controlled regions of Ukraine, Luhansk and Donetsk.”

“Media sources, religious freedom activists, the OCU, Muslims, Protestant churches and Jehovah’s Witnesses said that Russian-backed authorities in Russian-controlled areas of the Donetsk oblasts (regions) and Lugansk continued to exert pressure on minority religious groups,” according to a 2020 State Department report on religious freedom in Ukraine.

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Russia closes two independent media outlets for covering Ukraine invasion

Two independent news outlets that refused to toe the Kremlin line after Russia invaded Ukraine were forced off the air this week.

Russian authorities have accused Ekho Moskvy, one of the country’s oldest radio stations, and Dozhd, Russia’s first independent television channel, of “false information regarding the actions of Russian servicemen in the framework of a special operation ” in Ukraine.

Alexei Venediktov, editor-in-chief of Ekho Moskvy, wrote that the charges “are not supported by any example, any evidence…are unfounded and insulting to journalists and citizens of Russia”, adding that the order will be challenged. before the courts.

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Russia’s central bank adds 30% commission on foreign exchange as ruble hits all-time high

Russia’s central bank adds a 30% commission on foreign exchange, according to a report.

The rouble, Russia’s currency, hit an all-time high due to tough sanctions imposed on the country by the United States and its allies, Reuters reported.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced an emergency ban on money transfers abroad, among other measures, according to the BBC.

West ‘reaffirmed’ as central organizing force for much of world: Skinner

Fox News national security contributor Kiron Skinner reacts to the US House of Representatives passing a resolution in favor of Ukraine.

International Paralympic Committee in cancellation bans Russian and Belarusian athletes

The International Paralympic Committee announced on Thursday that athletes from Russia and Belarus have been banned from the Beijing Winter Games which begin on Friday.

The about-face came after widespread criticism when he said less than 24 hours ago that athletes would be allowed to compete as long as they did not represent their country.

“Over the past 12 hours, an overwhelming number of members have been in contact with us,” IPC President Andrew Parsons said in a statement. “They told us that if we do not reconsider our decision, it now risks having serious consequences. What is clear is that the rapidly escalating situation now places us in a unique and impossible position so close to the start of the Games. »

Other international sports organizations like FIFA and the International Skating Union (ISU) have already banned Russian athletes from competing.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Ukrainian presidential adviser says country needs ‘humanitarian corridors’ with help from global organizations

Mykhailo Podoliak, an adviser to the Ukrainian presidential office, said on Thursday that towns where Russian troops are stationed “immediately turn into places of looting, robbery and murder.”

“We need humanitarian corridors – food, medicine, ambulance, evacuation. We need the active help of international organizations,” he said, specifically mentioning the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

“Enough talk,” he added.

International Criminal Court opens investigation into Ukraine-related war crimes

International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor Karim AAKhan has said an investigation into “past and present allegations of war crimes” related to Ukraine will be launched immediately, the Fox News reporter reported Thursday, Mike Tobin.

The announcement of the inquiry came after “receipts of referrals from 39 state parties”, Khan said, according to Reuters.

Russia is not a member of the ICC, having withdrawn in 2016 after the court called its annexation of Crimea an occupation.

Reports on the war in recent days have shown that Russia appears to be targeting civilians and civilian infrastructure in Ukraine.

Publix removes Russian-made vodka brands from store shelves

Publix, a supermarket chain widely known throughout the southeastern United States, has removed Russian-made brands of vodka from its shelves to show its support for Ukraine against the Russian invasion, the manager said on Wednesday. of the communication of Publix, Maria Brous.

“Publix stands with the people of Ukraine,” Brous told FOX Business via email. “The following Russian-made vodka brands have been removed from our liquor store shelves: Beluga, Ruskova, Russian Standard and Zyr.” (READ MORE)

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China asks Russia to wait until after Olympics to invade Ukraine: report

Chinese officials have asked Russian officials to wait until after the Beijing Winter Olympics before sending troops to Ukraine, US officials said, according to a report.

The information was gathered by a Western intelligence service before the invasion and considered credible by the United States, showing that China had some knowledge of Russia’s plans, according to The New York Times.

The Olympics ended on February 20 and Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the dispatch of troops to Ukraine on February 24.

A spokesperson for the Chinese Embassy in Washington, DC, told The Times: “These claims are speculation without any foundation and are intended to shift blame and smear China.”

UN issues historic condemnation of Putin

The United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday adopted a landmark resolution condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and demanding an immediate withdrawal. The resolution has no legal authority, but stands as a symbol of global unity against Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Only five of the 181 countries present voted against the measure, while the United States and 140 other countries supported it. Even authoritarian regimes like China, Cuba and Iran abstained from voting. Only Russia, Belarus, Eritrea, North Korea and Syria voted against the resolution.

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752 civilian casualties, according to the UN

The United Nations Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine reported that as of midnight March 1, it had recorded 752 civilian casualties in Ukraine since the start of the invasion, the Kyiv Independent reported.

Odessa, the country’s 3rd largest city, braces as Russian warships leave Crimea

Several Crimean Russian warships are heading for Odessa, Ukraine’s third largest city. An amphibious assault could take place as early as Thursday, US officials told Fox News.