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Ukraine Urges China To Talk To Putin; China Blames The US And Its Allies

Ukraine Urges China To Talk To Putin; China Blames The US And Its Allies

As the Russia-Ukraine war continues to escalate further, it seems like no one is able to stop Russian President Vladimir Putin. China, Russia’s biggest ally, has not criticised its action over Ukraine and has started verbal attacks, blaming the United States and its allies for the war-like situation. Meanwhile, the Ukrainian Ambassador to Japan is urging China to talk to Putin and stop the Russian massacre. Ukrainian diplomat Sergiy Korsunky said: “We would very much welcome that China exercises its connection with Russia and talks to Putin and explains to him that it is inappropriate in the 21st century to do this massacre in Europe,” “I do believe China can play a much more active role to work with Putin in a manner we expect for civilized countries to do,” he added. As Russia continues with its intention, Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky is not happy with international communities’ actions. Reacting to the painful developments in Ukraine, he said: “I do believe China can play a much more active role to work with Putin in a manner we expect for civilized countries to do,” 

Covid-Bulletin: India Records 13,166 New Covid-19 Cases; Recovery Rate At 98.49%

According to the latest data released by the union health ministry, India has registered 13,166 new covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The active caseload of the country currently stands at 1,34,235. Meanwhile, daily recoveries continue to outnumber active covid-19 cases with registering 26,988 recoveries in the previous 24 hours. The daily and weekly positivity rates stand at 1.28% and 1.48%, respectively. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research, the country has conducted 76.45 crore covid-19 tests so far. On the vaccination front, India has administered 176.86 covid-19 vaccine doses so far under the nationwide vaccination drive. 

Russia-Ukraine War: PM Modi Dials Russian President Putin; Appeals For Immediate Cessation Of Violence 

The international community had been waiting for India’s official response over the Russia-Ukraine crisis. Last night, Prime Minister Narendra Modi dialed Russian President Vladimir Putin and appealed to him for an immediate cessation of violence. A statement was released from PMO, which said: “PM Modi called for concerted efforts from all sides to return to the path of diplomatic negotiations and dialogue”. “He said that the long-standing conviction that the differences between Russia and the NATO group can only be resolved through honest and sincere dialogue,” added the statement. The PM also mentioned that India’s top concern is regarding the safety of Indian citizens in Ukraine, especially students. He said that India attaches top priority to their safe exit and return amid the Russian invasion. On Thursday evening, PM Modi held a meeting with top ministers and said that India needs to focus on bringing Indian nationals home safely. Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said: “At the CCS meeting, PM Modi has stated that the topmost priority of the government is the safety and security of Indian nationals including students in Ukraine,”

India Tells UNSC That The Russia-Ukraine Tensions Can Spiral Into A Major Crisis

The ongoing tensions between Russia and Ukraine are escalating further and turning into a war-like situation. Reacting to the grim developments, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador TS Tirumurti, warned that the crisis might turn into a major one. He added that there is a grave risk to the peace and security of the region if the situation is not handled carefully. He maintained that India holds the idea of using peaceful means to settle disputes and said: “India has consistently advocated at the United Nations the need for peaceful settlement of disputes in accordance with international law and with agreements entered into by parties concerned.” Meanwhile, India maintains close ties with both Russia and US. While New Delhi has excellent relations with Washington and is an essential member of the QUAD grouping, India has decades-old friendship with Russia. Though India does not support the use of force to resolve conflicts, it cannot preclude any move to side with the west in what is actually an eastern Europe conflict. During Russia’s Crimea annexation, India had abstained from voting on a UNGA resolution to condemn Russia’s move in Crimea in 2014. 

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