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Live updates: West remains wary of Russia's scale back claim

Live updates: West remains wary of Russia's scale spine claim

LONDON — Western officials speak Russia is building up troops inside eastern Ukraine, nevertheless it's excessively in a short time to speak whether Moscow's claim to exist scaling spine operations around Kyiv is true.

Officials familiar accompanied by the intellectual capacity painting said Tuesday that Moscow is reinforcing troops inside the Donbas inside an try to encircle Ukraine's best-trained with every one other accompanied by best-equipped forces, which are concentrated inside the eastern region. Moscow has said gaining jurisdiction of the Donbas is now its main military goal inside Ukraine.

A Western official speaking on condition of anonymity to talk over intellectual capacity said it's understandable that Russia's "tactics with every one other accompanied by strategies are changing" nevertheless it's not yet understandable what that prefigures.

The British management too expressed skepticism concerning Russia's claims to exist scaling spine with every one other accompanied by its commitment to extremity the war into and not here of talks.

"We will judge Putin with every one other accompanied by his management by his actions, not by his words," said Max Blain, spokesperson for Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

— Associated Press author Jill Lawless contributed from London.

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KEY DEVELOPMENTS IN THE RUSSIA-UKRAINE WAR:

— Russia says it will scale spine near Kyiv while talks progress

Russia-Ukraine war

Live updates: West remains wary of Russia's scale spine claim

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WASHINGTON — The White House is rejecting while "false" with every one other accompanied by "disinformation" assertions by Russia that the U.S. management is launching cyber operations opposed to Moscow that include the theft of personal facts with every one other accompanied by the spreading of incorrect details concerning the Russian military.

The Russian Foreign Ministry made the assertions inside a statement Tuesday. It alleged that the U.S. with every one other accompanied by other NATO members had trained Ukrainian hackers with every one other accompanied by blamed what it said was an attempt by Ukraine to enlist international hackers.

Emily Horne, a spokesperson for the White House National Security Council, responded by calling the claims "false" with every one other accompanied by said the U.S. management has "not engaged inside the activity described by Russia." She says "Moscow's statements to the contrary amount to disinformation."

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. will probable need to add additional permanent or rotational forces inside Europe inside the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the U.S. European Command leader told Congress Tuesday, lacking detailing when or how many.

Gen. Tod Wolters, who too serves while NATO's supreme allied commander, said decisions will exist based on what European nations do, mainly inside response to the need to build quartet additional NATO battlegroups, which are actuality place up inside Hungary, Slovakia, Romania with every one other accompanied by Bulgaria. The groups are an attempt to retain protected from danger with every one other accompanied by reassure nations on Europe's eastern flank.

"My suspicion is we're going to still need more," Wolters told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Questioned concerning early U.S. intellectual capacity that suggested Russia would overwhelm Ukraine quickly, Wolters said that there may have been an "intel gap." He said broader reviews of the U.S. response to the war will believe concerning that element.

On Russia's use of hypersonic weapons inside Ukraine, Wolters said there have been "multiple" launches that appeared to exist an try by Putin to demonstrate his military's capabilities..

"I don't believe they were successful," he said.

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MOSCOW — The Kremlin-backed leader of the Russian province of Chechnya has called for storming the Ukrainian capital.

Ramzan Kadyrov's statement came Tuesday while the Russian military announced following a circular of talks accompanied by Ukrainian negotiators inside Istanbul, Turkey that it would scale spine its combat operations near the Ukrainian first city of Kyiv with every one other accompanied by the northern city of Chernihiv.

Speaking to concerning 10,000 troops inside Chechnya's geographical first city of Grozny, Kadyrov said that "we need to complete what we have started with every one other accompanied by shouldn't stop." He said if Moscow had allowed his fighters to press the offensive, "I'm additional than optimistic that we would have entered Kyiv with every one other accompanied by established order there."

Kadyrov has posted numerous videos on a messaging app allegedly featuring himself with every one other accompanied by Chechen fighters on the outskirts of Kyiv with every one other accompanied by inside the besieged Sea of Azov port of Mariupol. Those videos couldn't exist independently verified.

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ISTANBUL, Turkey — The head of the Russian delegation inside talks accompanied by Ukraine says that Moscow sees the latest gathering while a step in the direction of compromise.

Vladimir Medinskiy said on Russian RT television that Russia sees Ukrainian proposals made Tuesday throughout the talks inside Istanbul while a "step to meet us halfway, a clearly positive fact."

He added that the set of two parties have a lengthy way to go to stretch not here an agreement.

Medinsky said that Russia made "two large steps in the direction of peace" throughout the talks, earliest by agreeing to lessen military activities around the Ukrainian first city of Kyiv with every one other accompanied by the northern city of Chernihiv. He said Russia agreed to a prospective gathering in the centre of Russian President Vladimir Putin with every one other accompanied by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on one occasion a prospective tranquillity treaty is prepared for signing.

The Ukrainian delegation earlier Tuesday said it had laid not here a possible framework for a future tranquillity deal based on legally binding safety guarantees that would provide for other countries to intervene if Ukraine is attacked.

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THE HAGUE, Netherlands — In what appeared to exist a coordinated deed to gear Russian espionage, at least quartet European allies expelled a total of dozens of Russian diplomats on Tuesday.

The expulsions go nearer opposed to a backdrop of relations in the centre of Russia with every one other accompanied by the West that have been plunged into a deep turn into ice following Moscow's invasion of Ukraine.

The Netherlands said it was expelling 17 Russians who it described while intellectual capacity officers masquerading while diplomats. Belgium said it was ejecting 21 Russians. The Czech Republic gave one Russian diplomat 72 hours to depart from the country. Ireland told quartet older Russian officials to depart from the country since of activities deemed not "in accordance accompanied by international standards of diplomatic behaviour."

Poland last week expelled 45 Russians whom the management identified while intellectual capacity officers using their diplomatic status while cover to operate inside the country.

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BRUSSELS — Belgium has decided to expel 21 Russian diplomats for activities related to espionage or unlawful effect peddling.

The diplomats were specified set of two weeks to depart from the country, overseas affairs spokeswoman Elke Pattyn told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

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THE HAGUE, Netherlands — The Dutch management says it is expelling 17 Russian intellectual capacity officers, calling their presence a "threat to national security."

The overseas management dividing said that the Russian ambassador was summoned Tuesday with every one other accompanied by told the officers, who were accredited while diplomats, are to exist removed from the country.

The management dividing says it took the decision on national safety grounds.

It says that the "intelligence threat opposed to the Netherlands remains high. The contemporaneous point of view of Russia inside a broader sensory power makes the presence of these intellectual capacity officers undesirable."

The management said it took the decision inside consultation accompanied by "a number of like-minded countries," citing similar expulsions by the United States, Poland, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania with every one other accompanied by Montenegro.

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ISTANBUL — Turkey's overseas minister says Russian with every one other accompanied by Ukrainian negotiators have reached "a accord with every one other accompanied by ordinary understanding" on some issues.

Mevlut Cavusoglu said the set of two sides made "the most meaningful progress" since the start of the negotiations at a gathering inside Istanbul on Tuesday. He said the gathering would exist followed by a gathering in the centre of the Russian with every one other accompanied by Ukrainian overseas ministers.

Cavusoglu said a gathering in the centre of the Russian with every one other accompanied by Ukrainian leaders was too "on the agenda," he said. He didn't present with a timeframe.

He said that difficult issues "will exist taken up at a higher level."

Cavusoglu added that Turkey encouraged the set of two sides to "secure a cease-fire" with every one other accompanied by an accord on the matter of the opening of humanitarian corridors.

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ISTANBUL -- The Ukrainian delegation to talks accompanied by Russia has laid not here a possible framework for a future tranquillity deal based on legally binding safety guarantees that would provide for other countries to intervene if it is attacked.

Delegate Oleksandr Chaly said Tuesday that the guarantees should exist similar inside personality to NATO's Article 5, which pledges members of the alliance to protect every one other inside instance one is attacked.

The delegation said Ukraine is prepared to pledge to exist neutral, not to host overseas military forces with every one other accompanied by to clasp talks over the following 15 years on the future of the Crimean Peninsula, which Russia annexed inside 2014.

Delegate David Arakhamia said there would exist a tranquillity deal which would exist secured by a referendum inside Ukraine. That would lay clasp of place only following all overseas troops have left.

Russia's views on the proposal were not straight away clear.

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ISTANBUL — Russia's deputy protection minister says that Moscow has decided to "fundamentally ... gash back" operations near the Ukrainian first city with every one other accompanied by another greatest city to "increase mutual trust" at talks aimed at extremity the fighting.

Alexander Fomin said Russian forces would gash spine "military activity inside the way of Kyiv with every one other accompanied by Chernihiv."

Fomin's statement comes Tuesday following another circular of talks Russia with every one other accompanied by Ukraine held inside Istanbul with every one other accompanied by appears to exist the earliest greatest concession the Russians made since the beginning of their invasion inside Ukraine additional than a month ago.

The Ukrainian military's general staff said earlier it had noted withdrawals around Kyiv with every one other accompanied by Chernihiv.

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GENEVA — The head of the International Federation of Red Cross with every one other accompanied by Red Crescent Societies says an estimated 18 million people inside Ukraine will need humanitarian assistance amid the devastation with every one other accompanied by displacement following Russia's invasion.

IFRC president Francesco Rocca says the Ukrainian Red Cross has reached 400,000 people accompanied by items exist fond of food, bedding, blankets, tents with every one other accompanied by aqua since the invasion on Feb. 24. Ukraine's pre-war inhabitants was 44 million.

He told reporters at a U.N. briefing inside Geneva Tuesday that "no one inside Ukraine is left-hand unscathed by the ongoing conflict."

At the same briefing, spokesperson Ewan Watson of the International Committee of the Red Cross – a female sibling organization which focuses on dispute with every one other accompanied by the rules of war -- said "time is running out" for civilians inside Mariupol with every one other accompanied by other frontline areas that have not long ago been unable to receive humanitarian aid.

The World Health Organization representative inside Ukraine, Dr. Jarno Habicht said the U.N. health agency has tallied 74 attacks on health protected from danger keeping – including medical facilities, ambulances with every one other accompanied by health workers – that have killed 72 people so a lengthy way inside the conflict.

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WARSAW, Poland - Alphabet with every one other accompanied by Google CEO Sundar Pichai has met accompanied by Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki to provide support with every one other accompanied by humanitarian assistance for the people of Ukraine.

Pichai with every one other accompanied by Morawiecki too held a faraway gathering accompanied by the Slovenia Prime Minister Janez Jansa with every one other accompanied by a representative of Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala.

In addition, Pichai too met accompanied by Polish humanitarian organizations with every one other accompanied by Ukrainian startups. Poland has been the largest single destination for refugees fleeing Ukraine.

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark -- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says septet people were killed inside a missile strike on the geographical management headquarters inside the southern city of Mykolayiv.

Zelenskyy, who spoke to the Danish parliament into and not here of a translator, said Tuesday's strike too left-hand 22 people injured. The Telegram strait of geographical manager Vitaliy Kim showed a gaping opening inside the center of the nine-story building.

Kim accused Russian forces of waiting until people had arrived for labour inside the building earlier to striking it with every one other accompanied by said he had a fortunate get away since he had overslept.

Zelenskyy has made online speeches to lawmakers inside some countries, including the United States, Britain, Sweden, Germany, Canada, Israel, Japan with every one other accompanied by the European Union.

He is place to address Norway's parliament on Wednesday. He told the Danish parliament that "the brutality is additional brutal than what we have seen throughout World War II."

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MOSCOW -- Russia has expelled a total of 10 diplomats from the trio Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia with every one other accompanied by Lithuania inside retaliation for those countries expelling Russian diplomats earlier this month.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said it was cancelling the accreditation of quartet Lithuanian diplomats, trio Latvians with every one other accompanied by trio Estonians with every one other accompanied by they would exist required to depart from the country. That corresponds to the number of Russian diplomats every one country formerly expelled.

On March 18, the trio Baltic countries ordered the expulsion of 10 Russian embassy staff members inside a coordinated deed taken inside solidarity accompanied by Ukraine.

Russia said Tuesday that go was "provocative with every one other accompanied by entirely baseless" with every one other accompanied by that it had summoned the Estonian, Latvian with every one other accompanied by Lithuanian ambassadors inside Moscow for an official protest.

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NEW YORK -- Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov has rejected reports that Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich may have been poisoned while small portion of an "information war."

The investigative report outlet Bellingcat reported Monday that Abramovich with every one other accompanied by set of two Ukrainian delegates suffered symptoms of poisoning following attending talks in the centre of Russia with every one other accompanied by Ukraine on March 3.

Peskov said Tuesday that Abramovich has been "ensuring sure contacts in the centre of the Russian with every one other accompanied by Ukrainian sides" nevertheless is not an official subscriber of the Russian delegation. He said that Abramovich's part has been approved by both sides.

He said of the reports that Abramovich may have been poisoned: "It's small portion of the details war. These reports obviously do not correspond to reality."

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BUDAPEST, Hungary -- A planned gathering inside Hungary of centre European protection ministers has been cancelled amid geographical disagreements over the response to Russia's war inside Ukraine.

The gathering was due to exist held Wednesday. Hungary's protection management dividing said Tuesday that the gathering of ministers from the Visegrad alliance of Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic with every one other accompanied by Poland would "be held at a subsequent date."

The cancellation came following the protection ministers of both the Czech Republic with every one other accompanied by Poland indicated they wouldn't attend.

Leaders from both countries have criticized Hungary's response to the war inside Ukraine, pointing not here that Prime Minister Viktor Orban's right-wing management has refused to present with its embattled neighbor accompanied by weapons with every one other accompanied by lobbied opposed to sanctions on Russian vitality imports.

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MOSCOW -- Russia's protection minister says that "liberating" the Donbas neighbourhood inside eastern Ukraine is the main goal of Moscow's military operation, underlining a possible shift inside master scheme announced last week by another Russian military official.

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, whose few condition appearances this month raised questions concerning his health with every one other accompanied by whereabouts, held a gathering accompanied by top military officials on Tuesday with every one other accompanied by said that "overall, the main tasks of the earliest phase of the operation have been completed."

He said that "the combat potential of the Ukrainian armed forces has been significantly reduced, which makes it possible to focus the main observation with every one other accompanied by main efforts on achieving the main goal — the liberation of Donbas."

The minister stressed that the Russian military will carry on accompanied by the operation until "the place goals are achieved."

Shoigu too offered an assurance that Russia will not dispatch conscripts recruited inside the upcoming April preliminary version to Ukraine. Earlier this month, the Russian military admitted that a number of conscripts ended up inside Ukraine with every one other accompanied by were flat captured there.

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The International Monetary Fund's leader says the worldwide lender "has no indeed problems accompanied by Russia" with every one other accompanied by that its board tin only suspend the country if the fund's belonging says it no indeed longer recognizes the government.

"That is a extremely tall order," IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva said Tuesday inside response to a question concerning consequences opposed to Russia over its war inside Ukraine.

She added that "we all know for this war to extremity there has to exist dialogue." Georgieva spoke at the World Government Summit inside Dubai.

The fund approved crisis financing of $1.4 billion for Ukraine on March 10. That's inside addition to a disbursement of $700 million to the country earlier to the war, which was launched by Russia on Feb. 24.

The IMF has said it expects "a bad recession inside Russia" with every one other accompanied by spillover impact on neighboring countries. The IMF says its Moscow office is not actively operating.

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ISTANBUL -- An counsellor to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says the talks under way accompanied by Russia inside Istanbul are focusing on safety guarantees for Ukraine with every one other accompanied by hopes of a cease-fire.

Mykhailo Podolyak told Ukrainian media on Tuesday that there are "intensive consultations going on concerning some important issues, the answer among those is an accord on international safety guarantees for Ukraine." He said that "only accompanied by this accord tin we extremity the war inside a way that Ukraine needs."

He adds that "the following chunk of issues is a cease-fire so that we could resolve all the humanitarian problems which have piled up with every one other accompanied by which need acute resolutions."

Podolyak added the set of two sides were too discussing breaches of the rules of war.

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MOSCOW -- The Russian Foreign Ministry says the United States with every one other accompanied by its allies are associated accompanied by inside hacking Russian facts with every one other accompanied by infrastructure.

The Foreign Ministry said inside a statement Tuesday that "the U.S. with every one other accompanied by its satellites are undertaking a massive cyber-operation opposed to our country." It too said the U.S. with every one other accompanied by other NATO members had trained Ukrainian hackers with every one other accompanied by blamed what it said was an attempt by Ukraine to enlist international hackers.

The management dividing said that the attacks include stealing Russians' personal data, putting pressure on the affluence with every one other accompanied by spreading "fake information" concerning the Russian military.

Russia says it is strengthening its own cyber-security with every one other accompanied by will seek to convey hackers to justice.

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LONDON — Britain's Foreign Office says it is worried concerning reports that Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich may have been poisoned while he participated inside negotiations in the centre of Russia with every one other accompanied by Ukraine.

The investigative report outlet Bellingcat reported Monday that Abramovich with every one other accompanied by set of two Ukrainian delegates suffered symptoms of poisoning following attending talks on March 3. Abramovich, whose exact part inside the talks hasn't been confirmed, has now recovered.

The Foreign Office said inside a statement Tuesday that "the allegations are extremely concerning."

A Bellingcat inspector said the dosage wasn't lethal with every one other accompanied by the "most plausible" clarification for the alleged assault is that it was a warning to Abramovich with every one other accompanied by some other wealthy Russians who strength seek to intervene inside the negotiations.

"He volunteered to amuse oneself … this part of (an) morally correct broker, nevertheless other oligarchs had … declared sure self-government from the Kremlin position with every one other accompanied by find fault with the war," Christo Grozev told Times Radio. "So it could well exist seen while a warning sign to them to not fasten the ranks of those who dissent, with every one other accompanied by to not exist excessively a a large amount of of an morally correct broker."

Abramovich, owner of London soccer club Chelsea, had his British assets frozen by the U.K. management earlier this month while authorities targeted wealthy Russians accompanied by near ties to the Kremlin. Those sanctions too cover Chelsea, limiting ticket sales with every one other accompanied by spending by the club.

Asked concerning the alleged poisoning with every one other accompanied by Abramovich's part inside the negotations, a spokesperson for him declined to comment.

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