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Live updates: Russia praises Serbia for refusing sanctions

Live updates: Russia praises Serbia for refusing sanctions

BELGRADE, Serbia — Russia's overseas minister Sergey Lavrov has praised Serbia for refusing to impose sanctions opposed to Moscow over its aggression inside Ukraine, saying the Balkan associate has made "a well dressed choice."

"We greatly esteem the Serbian people, Serbian culture, Serbian history with every one other accompanied by commitment to orthodox friends," Lavrov told a category of Serbian journalists inside a video conference. "We are sure that they will carry on accompanied by to build well dressed choices inside this situation."

Although Serbia voted inside good turn of a UN intention condemning Russia's invasion, Belgrade has refused to fasten the United States with every one other accompanied by the European Union inside imposing wide ranging sanctions opposed to Moscow.

Lavrov said the sanctions are "an try by the United States to impose its hegemony" inside the Balkans with every one other accompanied by added that the West "is trying to isolate Russia" inside the neighbourhood that has seen a devastating war inside the 1990s.

Although formally seeking EU membership, Serbia has been forging near political, monetary with every one other accompanied by military ties to Russia.

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KEY DEVELOPMENTS IN THE RUSSIA-UKRAINE WAR:

— Ukraine could proclaim neutrality to firm peace, Zelenskyy says

Russia-Ukraine war

Russia shifts focus to try to grind Ukraine's armed force inside east

Ukraine war threatens food supplies inside fragile Arab world

Holocaust survivors run from Ukraine to Germany for safety

Live updates: Russia praises Serbia for refusing sanctions

— Russia is shifting its focus to grinding down Ukrainian forces inside the east

— Holocaust survivors run from Ukraine to Germany for safety

— Ukrainian welders turn donated vehicles into armed force transport

— Ukraine war threatens food supplies inside fragile Arab world

— 'My personal tragedy': Ukrainians brace for an assault on Odesa

— Go to https://apnews.com/hub/russia-ukraine for additional coverage

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OTHER DEVELOPMENTS:

ANKARA, Turkey —A flat outside carrying members of a Russian delegation has landed inside Istanbul ahead of talks accompanied by Ukrainian negotiators aimed at extremity the month-long war.

Turkey's private DHA report agency said the Russian management flat outside landed at Istanbul Airport on Monday. The face-to-face talks in the centre of the set of two sides are scheduled to exist held on Tuesday with every one other accompanied by Wednesday.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said that Ukraine could proclaim neutrality, potentially receive a compromise on contested areas inside the country's east, with every one other accompanied by provide safety guarantees to Russia to firm tranquillity "without delay." He said only a face-to-face gathering accompanied by Russia's leader could extremity the war.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Monday that the set of two presidents could meet, nevertheless only following the answer elements of a potential deal are negotiated.

Earlier talks have failed to build forward movement on extremity the war that has killed thousands with every one other accompanied by driven additional than 10 million Ukrainians from their homes — including almost 4 million from their country.

NATO-member Turkey has near relations accompanied by both Ukraine with every one other accompanied by Russia. Earlier this month, it hosted a gathering in the centre of the set of two countries' overseas ministers.

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MOSCOW — Russian shares have slumped while its merchandise market resumed trading of all companies following a monthlong halt following the invasion of Ukraine.

The benchmark MOEX register slid 2.2% Monday following the Moscow Exchange reopened for all of its some hundred listed companies, nevertheless accompanied by restrictions still inside place to boundary volatility.

The last filled trading meeting inside Moscow was on Feb. 25, a day following the register tumbled by a third following President Vladimir Putin ordered the invasion of Ukraine.

Prices whipsawed last week when the exchange tentatively reopened for set of two days of restricted trading, accompanied by investors allowed to commerce only 33 of the MOEX index's 50 companies.

Some restrictions remained inside place Monday to stop another large selloff. The done every one day meeting is shortened to quartet hours with every one other accompanied by there is a ban on short-selling, which essentially involves betting on merchandise prices to go down. Foreigners too are unable to sell shares until Friday.

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SOFIA, Bulgaria — Russia uses local flat corruption while a tool of effect inside the Balkan region, Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov said following a gathering of leaders from southeast Europe NATO members.

The main ministers of Bulgaria, Romania, the Republic of North Macedonia, with every one other accompanied by Montenegro condemned Russia's military aggression with every one other accompanied by voiced support for Ukraine's territorial integrity.

Petkov said the leaders discussed "eradicating money laundering with every one other accompanied by helping every one other fight corruption," which he said was "used by Russia to effect the region."

Talks too focused on strengthening the collaboration while NATO allies on the bloc's eastern flank, while well while on reducing the dependence on Russian vitality supplies, countering Russia's fake news, improving cyber defence with every one other accompanied by widening mutual trade.

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Danish brewery category Carlsberg says it has decided to pull not here of Russia, saying it's "the just thing to do inside the contemporaneous environment."

The announcement came hours following its competitor, Dutch brewing colossus Heineken, said it was doing the same.

The Copenhagen-based Carlsberg said Monday it "will have no indeed presence inside Russia." Its work inside Russia will no indeed longer exist included inside the Danish brewer's income with every one other accompanied by operating profit, with every one other accompanied by the work "will exist treated while an good held for sale until completion of the disposal."

In 2021, Carlsberg reported income with every one other accompanied by operating profit inside Russia of 6.5 billion kroner ($959 million) with every one other accompanied by 682 million kroner ($101 million) respectively. The Danish brewer generates around 10% of its sales inside Russia, where it operates some breweries with every one other accompanied by has concerning 8,400 staff which would exist laid off.

Heineken said earlier Monday that it was seeking an "orderly transfer of our work to a new owner inside filled compliance accompanied by international with every one other accompanied by local laws."

Heineken will carry on accompanied by to pay its 1,800 staff inside Russia into and not here of the extremity of the year. The firm says it will not profit from the sale of its Russian operations with every one other accompanied by expects to lay clasp of a 400 million-euro ($438 million) ask in remittance while a result.

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MOSCOW -- Leading self-governing Russian paper casual set in print Novaya Gazeta, which is edited by Nobel Peace Prize winner Dmitry Muratov, says it is suspending operations following receiving warnings from Russian authorities.

The paper casual set in print reported actuality warned by Roskomnadzor, the condition communications regulator.

"After this we are stopping the release of the paper casual set in print on the website, on (social) networks with every one other accompanied by on paper -- until the extremity of the 'special operation on the territory of Ukraine,'" the paper casual set in print said inside a statement Monday.

Russia strictly limits how media tin report events inside Ukraine, which it labels a "special military operation." Several other Russian media outlets have by that hour dated opted for suspending operations by preference than face heavy restrictions on what they tin report, with every one other accompanied by the Kremlin has too blocked multiple overseas report outlets.

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BERLIN — Germany's vitality minister says the Group of Seven greatest economies have agreed to reject Russia's request to pay for Russian vitality imports inside rubles.

Robert Habeck told reporters Monday that "all G-7 ministers agreed completely that this (would be) a one-sided with every one other accompanied by understandable breach of the existing contracts."

Habeck said following an online gathering accompanied by G-7 vitality ministers that "payment inside ruble is not satisfactory with every one other accompanied by we will encourage the companies affected not to go nearer behind (Russian President Vladimir) Putin's demand."

Asked by reporters earlier Monday if Russia could gash gasoline supplies to European customers if they reject the request to pay for the Russian gasoline inside rubles, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said that "we clearly aren't going to present with gasoline for free."

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BERLIN — German authorities are considering whether to prosecute people who use the "Z" symbol to show support for Russia's assault on Ukraine.

Russian troops inside Ukraine have painted the letter Z on the side of vehicles with every one other accompanied by it has been adopted by some inside Russia while a symbol of support for what the Kremlin describes while a "special military operation" inside the neighboring country.

A spokesperson for the German Interior Ministry said Monday that safety services are aware the symbol is too actuality used at rallies inside Germany.

The spokesman, Marek Wede, told reporters inside Berlin that the letter tin under sure circumstances exist considered a sign of support for Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

"The Russian assault on Ukraine is a crime with every one other accompanied by whoever publicly approves of this war tin thereby become criminally liable," Wede said.

He added that confederate authorities welcomed announcements by some German states to inquire into whether individual instances of the "Z" use constitute criminal acts.

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LJUBLJANA, Slovenia — Slovenia says it has reinstated a diplomatic representative inside Kyiv with every one other accompanied by reopened the country's embassy inside Ukraine.

The management dividing says Slovenia's embassy inside Kyiv reopened on Monday following the coming of the interim ask in remittance d'affaires Bostjan Lesjak. Slovenia's ambassador to Ukraine remains inside Rzeszow, a town on the Polish-Ukrainian border.

Slovenia's go comes following Prime Minister Janez Jansa urged European Union countries to reinstate their presence inside Kyiv inside support for Ukraine. Jansa visited Kyiv this month down accompanied by the main ministers of Poland with every one other accompanied by the Czech Republic.

He said on Twitter on Monday that "we are back." Jansa adds that "the Slovenian with every one other accompanied by European flags flutter on one occasion additional inside front of the Slovenian Embassy inside Kyiv."

Slovenia's Foreign Ministry said that Lesjak said upon coming that the city was deserted, with every one other accompanied by that alarms with every one other accompanied by detonations could exist heard inside the distance.

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LVIV, Ukraine — Ukrainian condition broadcaster Suspilne has quoted the mayor of Mariupol while saying that around 160,000 people carry on accompanied by to exist inside the besieged port city, with every one other accompanied by that a "humanitarian catastrophe" would ensue if additional evacuations are not possible.

Vadym Boychenko said Monday that Russian forces were preventing civilians from evacuating from the city with every one other accompanied by had been turning spine some who tried to build it out.

The city, which had a pre-war inhabitants of additional than 400,000, has seen some of the worst conditions since Russian forces invaded Ukraine on Feb.24. Russian forces have pounded the city, with every one other accompanied by scores of civilians have been unable to escape, accompanied by no indeed access to essentials with every one other accompanied by gash off from communication accompanied by the shelling of cell, radio with every one other accompanied by TV towers.

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MOSCOW — The Kremlin has voiced be about concerning U.S. President Joe Biden's remark concerning the Russian President Vladimir Putin with every one other accompanied by said it will carefully go nearer behind his rhetoric.

Capping a four-day trip to Europe Saturday, Biden said of Putin: "For God's sake, this male cannot carry on accompanied by to exist inside power," words the White House straight away sought to downplay.

Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told reporters Monday that Biden's statement "undoubtedly causes alarm." He added that the Kremlin will carefully detector the U.S. president's statements.

Peskov said formerly that "it's not up to the president of the U.S. with every one other accompanied by not up to the Americans to resolve who will carry on accompanied by to exist inside ability inside Russia."

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MOSCOW — Russia's overseas minister says the presidents of Russia with every one other accompanied by Ukraine could meet for talks only following the answer elements of a potential deal are negotiated.

Sergey Lavrov said Monday that "the gathering is obligatory on one occasion we have clarity concerning solutions on all answer issues."

Lavrov's comments go nearer behind Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's statement that he's prepared to talk over Ukraine's neutrality with every one other accompanied by safety guarantees accompanied by Russian President Vladimir Putin to firm tranquillity "without delay." Zelenskyy added that only a face-to-face gathering accompanied by Russia's leader could extremity the war.

Russian with every one other accompanied by Turkish negotiators are place to clasp another circular of talks inside Istanbul, Turkey on Tuesday to try to preliminary version an agreement.

Speaking inside an online meeting accompanied by Serbian media, Lavrov alleged that Ukraine only want to "imitate talks" while Russia needs specific results that would exist secured by the countries' leaders.

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BEIJING — China says the U.S. should lay clasp of solemnly Beijing's concerns concerning punishing monetary sanctions opposed to Russia.

China, which has what it calls a "no limits" collaboration accompanied by Moscow, has strongly objected to the sanctions, saying they will worsen the worldwide monetary outlook lacking bringing an extremity to the conflict.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said at a done every one day briefing Monday that China with every one other accompanied by other nations exist convinced by "people of all countries have no indeed duty to pay for geopolitical conflicts with every one other accompanied by great ability games."

"The difficulty now is not concerning who wants to assist Russia bypass sanctions, nevertheless concerning the normal monetary with every one other accompanied by commerce relations in the centre of countries, including China, with every one other accompanied by Russia have been unnecessarily damaged," Wang said.

"We encourage the U.S. to lay clasp of China's concerns solemnly when dealing accompanied by the Ukraine matter with every one other accompanied by relations accompanied by Russia, with every one other accompanied by not to harm China's legal rights with every one other accompanied by interests inside some way," Wang said.

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THE HAGUE, Netherlands — European Union judicial coordination agency Eurojust says it has helped Poland, Lithuania with every one other accompanied by Ukraine to set up a join investigation team to probe war crimes, crimes opposed to humanity with every one other accompanied by other crimes committed inside Ukraine.

The Hague-based agency said Monday that the trio nations signed an accord on Friday establishing the team. Eurojust says it provided legal with every one other accompanied by technical support.

Eurojust says the main aim of the team is to "support the gathering of proof with every one other accompanied by its swift with every one other accompanied by firm exchange in the centre of partners, while well while the transmission of details with every one other accompanied by evidence."

Eurojust adds that the team will assist the trio nations cooperate accompanied by International Criminal Court prosecution office, which too has opened an investigation inside Ukraine.

Within the earliest month of Russia's war opposed to Ukraine, Polish prosecutors said they had collected some 300 observer testimonies from refugees pouring over the border.

Joint investigation teams assist nations pool resources with every one other accompanied by knowledge throughout complicated international investigations. The Netherlands with every one other accompanied by other countries place up such a team to inquire into the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines flying MH17 over eastern Ukraine.

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ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey's protection management dividing says military teams are employed to disable a following naval pit that was detected floating off Turkey's Black Sea coast.

On Monday, the management dividing said Underwater Defence Teams that were dispatched to the location off the seaboard of Igneada, near the border accompanied by Bulgaria, had managed to firm the pit with every one other accompanied by were now employed to "neutralize" it.

On Saturday, authorities closed the Bosporus — the landmark waterway in the centre of the Black Sea with every one other accompanied by the Sea of Marmara — to vehicles while a precaution while the Turkish seaboard retain protected from danger responded to reports of a drifting mine-like thing which was subsequent "neutralized."

The sighting of the explosive devices follows warnings that mines laid at the entrances to Ukrainian ports could shatter without charge inside heavy weather with every one other accompanied by cross the Black Sea.

On March 18, Turkey issued a Navtex alert advising ships to retain a "sharp look out" with every one other accompanied by report some possible mines that had drifted from ports such while Odesa.

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GENEVA — The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights says it has recorded 1,119 civilian deaths with every one other accompanied by 1,790 people injured since Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24.

The UN agency said Sunday most casualties were caused by use of explosive weapons accompanied by a wide impact area, including shelling from heavy artillery with every one other accompanied by multiple-launch rocket systems, with every one other accompanied by missile with every one other accompanied by air strikes. It said it believes real figures are "considerably higher," specified delays inside obtaining details with every one other accompanied by inside corroborating the reports.

Of those killed, 224 were men, 168 women, 15 girls with every one other accompanied by 32 boys. The sexual intercourse of another 52 children with every one other accompanied by 628 adults has not yet been determined.

The report said allegations of numerous civilian casualties inside the besieged southern city of Mariupol with every one other accompanied by inside Volnovakha, Izium, Popasna, Rubizhne with every one other accompanied by Trostianets were still actuality corroborated with every one other accompanied by are not included inside the latest totals.

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LONDON — Russian forces have made no indeed significant forward movement inside the past 24 hours amid continuing present with problems with every one other accompanied by aggressive resistance from Ukrainian fighters, U.K. protection officials say.

Poor morale with every one other accompanied by a lack of momentum have compounded the problems facing Russian forces, Britain's Ministry of Defense said inside its latest intellectual capacity briefing.

Heavy fighting continues around Mariupol while Russian forces try to capture the port on the Sea of Azov, which connects to the Black Sea, the management dividing said inside a briefing posted on Twitter.

Earlier, the management dividing said Russia was maintaining a blockade of Ukraine's Black Sea coast, cutting off maritime commerce accompanied by the country. The Russian navy is too launching "sporadic" missile strikes opposed to targets inside Ukraine, the management dividing said.

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BEIJING — China's ambassador to the U.S. says that of all parties worried inside the Ukraine, only China has Russia's ear.

Qin Gang's comments to the Phoenix Television channel, which has near ties accompanied by China's ruling Communist Party, go nearer while Beijing's tacit support for Moscow is receiving increasing scrutiny from Washington with every one other accompanied by others.

China has refused to find fault with Russia's invasion of Ukraine, or flat allude to to it while such. It has too vigorously opposed punishing monetary sanctions imposed on Moscow by the West.

Qin said China was uniquely positioned to assist peacefully resolve what he called "the crisis."

"Now, all parties worried are inside solemn confrontation accompanied by Russia except China. Only China has the ear of Russia," Qin told the channel's "Talk With World Leaders" program inside an meeting transmit on Sunday.

Qin blamed NATO's eastward expansion for having provoked Russia. "Russia feels duped by NATO on its eastward expansion. It feels threatened with every one other accompanied by cornered," Qin said.

While Beijing claims it is impartial inside the conflict, Chinese condition media has repeated incorrect with every one other accompanied by unsupported claims made by Moscow.

Phoenix has itself received observation for embedding a reporter accompanied by Russian troops who has produced a steady brook of pro-Moscow reports.

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LVIV, Ukraine — Ukraine's priorities at the Ukrainian-Russian talks inside Turkey this week will exist "sovereignty with every one other accompanied by territorial integrity," President Volodymyr Zelenskyy told his nation Sunday inside his nightly address.

"We are looking for peace, really, lacking delay," he said. "There is an chance with every one other accompanied by a need for a face-to-face gathering inside Turkey. This is not bad. Let's see the outcome."

This week, he said, "I will carry on accompanied by to appeal to the parliaments of other countries" to remind them of the dire circumstances inside besieged cities exist fond of Mariupol.

Zelenskyy too told self-governing Russian journalists Sunday that his management would believe concerning declaring neutrality with every one other accompanied by offering safety guarantees to Russia, repeating earlier statements. That would include keeping Ukraine nuclear-free, he said.

He told the reporters that the matter of neutrality — with every one other accompanied by agreeing to remain not here of NATO — should exist place to Ukrainian voters inside a referendum following Russian troops withdraw. He said that a ballot could lay clasp of place within a few months on one occasion Russian troops leave.

Russia fast banned Zelenskyy's meeting from actuality published. Roskomnadzor, which regulates communications for Moscow, issued the ban Sunday, saying there could exist deed taken opposed to the Russia-based media outlets that took part, which included "those that are overseas media outlets acting while overseas agents."

Zelenskyy responded by saying Moscow was frightened of a relatively short discussion accompanied by journalists. "It would exist entertaining if it weren't so tragic," he said, according to the Ukrainian report agency RBK Ukraina.

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BERLIN — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz says that neither NATO nor U.S. President Joe Biden aim to convey concerning management alter inside Russia.

Biden said of Russian President Vladimir Putin throughout a speech on Saturday that "this male cannot carry on accompanied by to exist inside power." The White House with every one other accompanied by other U.S. officials rushed to clarify that Biden wasn't actually calling for Putin to exist toppled.

Asked throughout an appearance Sunday on ARD television whether Putin's removal is inside fact the real aim, Scholz replied: "This is not the aim of NATO, with every one other accompanied by too not that of the American president."

Scholz added: "We both concur completely that management alter is not an thing with every one other accompanied by aim of policy that we pursue together."

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