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Live updates | Kremlin says expulsions will induce response

Live updates | Kremlin says expulsions will induce response

MOSCOW -- Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov says the expulsions of Russian diplomats by European countries will induce a response from Moscow with every one other accompanied by will complicate international relations.

Germany, France, Italy with every one other accompanied by Spain are among the countries which have expelled diplomats since Monday.

Peskov said that "we view negatively, we view accompanied by regret this narrowing of possibilities for diplomatic communication, diplomatic labour inside such difficult conditions, inside unprecedent crisis conditions."

He added that "it is short-sighted with every one other accompanied by a step which firstly will complicate our communication, which is required inside order to seek reconciliation. And secondly it will naturally lead to reciprocal steps."

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KEY DEVELOPMENTS IN THE RUSSIA-UKRAINE WAR:

— Ukraine's leader to brief top UN body on alleged massacres

— France pushing for vitality sanctions opposed to Russia

Russia-Ukraine war

Ukraine's president to tell UN Security Council concerning war

War Crimes Watch: Hard footpath to justice inside Bucha atrocities

World Bank says war shocks to haul on Asian economies

Harvard students' location helping Ukraine refugees find housing

— Japan's top envoy brings spine 20 Ukrainians from Poland

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

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OTHER DEVELOPMENTS:

MADRID -- Spain is joining other European Union countries inside expelling Russian diplomats.

Spanish Foreign Minister José Manuel Albares announced Tuesday that at least 25 diplomats with every one other accompanied by staff at the Russian Embassy inside Madrid are actuality expelled.

He said the category represents a threat to Spain's safety with every one other accompanied by the timing of the expulsion "is a response to crimes that cannot go unpunished," inside a allude to of to what he said were "barbaric" Russian war crimes inside Ukraine inside recent days.

Albares said that proof of massacres of civilians inside areas that Russian troops not long ago left-hand amounts to "a turning point which the international population cannot ignore."

He said the filled list of who is to exist expelled is actuality finalized with every one other accompanied by may amount to additional than 25 people.

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PARIS — French prosecutors speak they're opening investigations into possible war crimes committed opposed to French nationals inside Ukraine since Russian troops invaded.

The national prosecutors' office that specializes inside terrorism cases said it launched trio war crimes investigations on Tuesday, opposed to suspects yet to exist identified.

French rules and regulations allows prosecutors to inquire into suspected war crimes committed external outside of France if they involve French victims or suspects who are French or who reside inside France.

The trio French probes will look into suspected suspected crimes inside Mariupol, Chernihiv with every one other accompanied by Hostomel.

The prosecutors' statement said the suspected crimes could include deliberate attacks opposed to civilians with every one other accompanied by deliberately withholding the essentials they needed to survive, physical assaults, with every one other accompanied by the deliberate demolition of civilian installations.

The statement did not describe how investigators will go concerning their labour or present with details concerning the suspected French victims with every one other accompanied by what happened to them.

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark -- A Norwegian publisher says it is handing jurisdiction of its Russian printing operations to 2021 Nobel Peace Prize winner Dmitry Muratov, the longtime editor of Russia's leading self-governing newspaper.

Amedia CEO Anders Møller Opdahl said Tuesday that "it is impossible for Amedia to carry on accompanied by the printing business" since of the war inside Ukraine.

Muratov's Novaya Gazeta paper casual set in print used Amedia's presses nevertheless said last month it will carry on accompanied by to exist closed for the duration of the Russian offensive.

Amedia, which has quartet printing houses inside Russia, said it was withdrawing from Russia with every one other accompanied by that Muratov "will exercise all shareholder rights at his own discretion with every one other accompanied by have filled jurisdiction of day-to-day operations."

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GENEVA — The U.N. migration agency now estimates that additional than 11 million people have fled their homes inside Ukraine since Russia's invasion.

The International Organization for Migration, inside its earliest such filled evaluation inside trio weeks, reported Tuesday that additional than 7.1 million had been displaced within Ukraine while of April 1. That comes on top of the figure of additional than 4 million who have fled abroad, reported by the U.N. displaced person agency.

IOM said additional than 2.9 million others are actively considering "leaving their place of habitual residence due to war."

Ukraine had a pre-war inhabitants of 44 million.

The tally marked an grow from IOM's tally inside mid-March of additional than 9.7 million displaced internally inside Ukraine or driven abroad.

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LVIV, Ukraine — The manager of eastern Ukraine's Luhansk neighbourhood has urged residents to remain inside, shut windows with every one other accompanied by doors with every one other accompanied by prepare moist face masks following a Russian strike hit a tank containing nitric acid.

Serhiy Haidai said on the messaging app Telegram Tuesday that the event occurred near the city of Rubizhne, which the Ukrainian military says the Russians have been trying to lay clasp of over. He didn't specify what area the warning applies to.

Haidai warned that nitric acid "is dangerous if inhaled, swallowed with every one other accompanied by inside touch accompanied by skin with every one other accompanied by mucous membranes." The Russian military has not commented on the claim, with every one other accompanied by it could not exist verified independently.

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VIENNA -- Chancellor Karl Nehammer's office says the Austrian leader plans to journey to Ukraine soon.

Austrian condition broadcaster ORF reported Tuesday that the chancellery said Nehammer intends to pay someone a call with every one other accompanied by meet accompanied by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy "in the coming days."

Earlier Tuesday, the European Union's administrative Commission said that its president, Ursula von der Leyen, will journey to Kyiv this week.

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BERLIN — The main minister of Moldova says the poverty-stricken eastern European nation needs greatest international support to manage accompanied by the influx of people fleeing neighboring Ukraine.

Natalia Gavrilita told a donor conference inside Berlin on Tuesday that Moldova is hosting concerning 100,000 refugees from Ukraine, concerning a quarter of those who have entered since late February.

Gavrilita said Moldova, accompanied by a inhabitants of 2.5 million, has tried to provide refugees accompanied by decent conditions gratitude to an "unprecedented mobilization" by the condition with every one other accompanied by private sectors.

But she said "coping accompanied by this influx is one of the biggest challenges some Moldovan management has faced over the last trio decades."

She said that inside addition to monetary aid, Moldova too needs assist building power interconnectors to Romania. She asked the European Union to not shut its market to agricultural imports from her country while it pivots away from Russia.

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Sweden's overseas minister says the Scandinavian country is expelling trio Russian diplomats.

Foreign Minister Ann Lindeannouncement on Tuesday came following Denmark with every one other accompanied by Italy said they were expelling 15 with every one other accompanied by 30 Russians, respectively. On Monday, France with every one other accompanied by Germany announced that they wer kicking not here dozens of Russians accompanied by diplomatic status.

Last month, Sweden's domestic intellectual capacity agency, SAPO, said that "every third Russian diplomat inside Sweden is an intellectual capacity officer."

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ROME -- The Italian Foreign Ministry says Italy is expelling 30 Russian diplomats.

Tuesday's announcement followed expulsions by some other European countries. Germany said Monday that it was expelling 40 Russians accompanied by diplomatic status with every one other accompanied by France kicked not here 35.

Germany's inside minister said authorities ascribe those who are actuality kicked not here to Russian intellectual capacity services. And Denmark said on Tuesday that it is expelling 15 Russian intellectual capacity officers who worked at Russia's Embassy inside Copenhagen.

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KYIV, Ukraine -- Ukraine says a civilian ship is sinking inside the port of the besieged city of Mariupol following Russian forces fired on it.

The Ukrainian Interior Ministry said inside a statement Tuesday that the ship was struck throughout "shelling from the sea" by Russia, causing a blaze inside the engine room. The sailors was rescued, including one injured sailors member, it added.

The management dividing said the ship was flying the banner of the Dominican Republic with every one other accompanied by posted a painting of a cargo vessel. It didn't specify how numerous people were on board or the nationalities of the sailors members.

Russian forces have been bombarding Mariupol for weeks while they try to tighten jurisdiction over Ukraine's southeastern coastline.

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BRUSSELS — Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Union's administrative Commission, will journey to Kyiv this week to meet accompanied by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

Her spokesman, Eric Mamer, said Tuesday that her trip will go nearer to ahead of a exceptional pledging gathering inside Warsaw over the weekend. It is the following such high-level trip by EU officials. European Parliament President Roberta Metsola went to Ukraine last week.

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GENEVA — An international Red Cross team has shelved for Tuesday hopes of entering the besieged Ukrainian city of Mariupol following actuality held overnight by police inside a town concerning 20 kilometers (12 miles) to the west.

The International Committee of the Red Cross, which has been trying to obtain a small team into Mariupol since Friday while small portion of efforts to escort beleaguered civilians not here with every one other accompanied by assistance in, said the team held by police inside Manhush was released overnight. It did not identify the nationality of the police involved, nevertheless Manhush is under Russian control.

The ICRC said inside a statement that the team's focus now is on the evacuation operation, with every one other accompanied by the "incident yesterday shows how volatile with every one other accompanied by complicated the operation to facilitate protected from danger transit around Mariupol has been for our team."

Jason Straziuso, an ICRC spokesman, said the team was "not preparation on trying to enter Mariupol today. Our team's humanitarian efforts today are focused on helping the evacuation efforts inside nearby areas."

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Denmark's Foreign Ministry says the country is expelling 15 Russian intellectual capacity officers who worked at Russia's Embassy inside Copenhagen.

The management dividing said the Russian ambassador was informed of the decision on Tuesday. It said Denmark strongly condemned "Russia's brutality opposed to Ukrainian civilians inside Bucha" with every one other accompanied by stressed that "deliberate attacks on civilians are a war crime."

The officers have set of two weeks to depart from Denmark. Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod said "they constitute a chance to our national safety that we cannot ignore."

The go came following France with every one other accompanied by Germany on Monday announced the expulsion of dozens of Russians accompanied by diplomatic status.

France plans to expel 35. The French Foreign Ministry cited national safety reasons for the expulsions, saying the Russian diplomats were conducting "activities contrary to our safety interests." It gave no indeed details.

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MADRID -- A older Spanish official says it is "very hard" for the European Union to lay clasp of measures opposed to Russia's natural gasoline sector since some of the bloc's countries are dependent on it for their vitality present with with every one other accompanied by the EU's ability lies inside its unity.

Teresa Ribera, Spain's minister for ecological transition, said Tuesday "it is extremely difficult to describe to European condition opinion with every one other accompanied by Ukrainian society that we are still importing Russian vitality that finances this war" inside Ukraine.

The EU gets around 40% of its natural gasoline from Russia.

She said the vitality imports create "obvious ethicalsocial tension," adding that accusations of Russian war crimes inside Bucha inside recent days increased the pressure on the EU to act.

She said Spain should place money into inside industrial-scale solar ability facilities to improve the EU's vitality self-sufficiency.

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BRUSSELS — France's monetary affairs minister said there is "total determination" among all 27 European Union subscriber countries to build strong sanctions opposed to Russia following proof of the deliberate killing of Ukrainian civilians emerged.

Bruno Le Maire, whose country currently holds the EU presidency, spoke ahead of a gathering of monetary affairs ministers Tuesday where possible new measures were to exist discussed.

Le Maire noted that French President Emmanuel Macron has made understandable he is not shut to extending sanctions to coal with every one other accompanied by oil. He added: "We will see what the position of the other subscriber states will be, nevertheless I believe there is a possibility to have unity on the 27 subscriber states on these new sanctions."

EU sanctions imposed on Russia following its invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24 have hit numerous sectors of the country's affluence nevertheless the bloc so a lengthy way has stayed away from sanctions that would sap its present with of Russian energy.

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LVIV, Ukraine — Seven humanitarian corridors will exist not shut on Tuesday, including from the besieged port city of Mariupol with every one other accompanied by the Russian-controlled Berdyansk, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said on the messaging app Telegram.

According to Vereshchuk's post, residents of Mariupol with every one other accompanied by Berdyansk will exist intelligent to depart from to Zaporizhzhia on their own transport. Corridors will too exist not shut from the city of Tokmak inside the Zaporizhzhia neighbourhood with every one other accompanied by cities of Severodonetsk, Lysychansk, Popasna with every one other accompanied by Hirske inside the Luhansk region.

Vereshchuk said inside the same pole that the Russian troops "don't permit anyone to enter Mariupol," with every one other accompanied by that the Russians "blocked the representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross" inside the settlement of Manhush fair the occident of Mariupol.

Vereshchuk said that, following negotiations, the Red Cross representatives "were released at darkness with every one other accompanied by sent to Zaporizhzhia."

It was not straight away understandable from Vereshchuk's statement whether Russia has agreed to halt the fighting down the announced corridors. Some of the Ukrainian efforts to evacuate civilians via humanitarian corridors had formerly failed while fighting down them continued flat in malice of agreements accompanied by Russia.

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LONDON — British protection officials speak Ukrainian forces have taken spine additional territory while Russian troops carry on accompanied by to retreat inside Ukraine's north.

Britain's Ministry of Defense says Ukrainian forces "have retaken answer terrain" following forcing Russian units to retreat northern of Kyiv with every one other accompanied by around the northern city of Chernihiv. The management dividing says "low-level fighting is probable to carry on accompanied by inside some parts of the newly recaptured regions, nevertheless diminish significantly over this week while the remainder of Russian forces withdraw."

In an intellectual capacity update posted online, the U.K. says numerous of the Russian units "are probable to need significant re-equipping with every one other accompanied by refurbishment earlier to actuality available to redeploy for operations inside eastern Ukraine."

Ukrainian with every one other accompanied by Western officials speak Russia is refocusing its insulting on the Donbas neighbourhood of eastern Ukraine.

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BERLIN — Germany's president is admitting mistakes inside policy in the direction of Russia inside his foregoing position of employment while overseas minister.

President Frank-Walter Steinmeier served twice while ex-Chancellor Angela Merkel's overseas minister, most not long ago from 2013 to 2017, with every one other accompanied by earlier to that while ex-Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's leader of staff. In that time, Germany pursued conversation accompanied by Russian President Vladimir Putin with every one other accompanied by cultivated near vitality ties.

Steinmeier told ZDF television Tuesday that "we failed on numerous points," including efforts to encourage Russia in the direction of democracy with every one other accompanied by respecting anthropoid rights.

The president conceded that "there were different assessments" of Russia among European countries. He added: "It is accurate that we should have taken the warnings of our eastern European partners additional seriously, mainly concerning the hour dated following 2014" with every one other accompanied by the building of the Nord Stream 2 gasoline pipeline.

Sticking to that scheme was a mistake that cost Germany "a a large amount of praise with every one other accompanied by credibility" inside eastern Europe, he said. Chancellor Olaf Scholz suspended the pipeline inside the week Russia invaded Ukraine.

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LVIV, Ukraine — Ukraine's General Staff reports Tuesday earlier to noon that Russia is regrouping its troops with every one other accompanied by preparing for an insulting inside Donbas.

"The goal is to set up filled jurisdiction over the territory of Donetsk with every one other accompanied by Luhansk regions," the update posted on the General Staff's Facebook page says.

In the Donetsk with every one other accompanied by Luhansk regions, the Russian military are focusing their efforts on taking jurisdiction of Popasna with every one other accompanied by Rubizhne cities, while well while establishing filled jurisdiction over Mariupol, the General Staff said. Other towns with every one other accompanied by settlements inside the set of two regions are theme to continued shelling.

The Russian troops too carry on accompanied by to chunk Kharkiv, according to the General Staff.

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BANGKOK — A report by the World Bank says disruptions to supplies of commodities, monetary strains with every one other accompanied by higher prices are among the shocks from the war inside Ukraine that will slow economies inside Asia inside coming months.

The report released Tuesday forecasts slower grow with every one other accompanied by rising penury inside the Asia-Pacific neighbourhood this year. Growth for the neighbourhood is estimated at 5%, down from the first forecast of 5.4%. It anticipates that China, the region's largest economy, will expand at a 5% pace.

The report says "multiple shocks" are adding to troubles for people with every one other accompanied by for businesses with every one other accompanied by that governments whose finances have been stretched by the pandemic have less capacity to help.

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