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Росія поширює відео про нібито «нелюдське ставлення» українських військових до полонених – Залужний

За словами головнокомандувача ЗСУ, такі відео знімаються для «дискредитації сил оборони України»

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Голова Харківської ОВА заявив про звільнення від російських військ села Мала Рогань

«Триває ліквідація залишків військ Російської Федерації у Вільхівці. Женемо окупантів до кордонів із РФ»

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З Маріуполя та міст Луганщини евакуювали 1 100 людей – Верещук

Поліція вивела 155 жінок, дітей та літніх людей з-під завалів хлібзаводу та зі сховища школи на Луганщині, додала міністерка

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Malta Labour Party Cruises to Third Term Despite Corruption Woes

Malta’s Prime Minister Robert Abela promised “greater humility” Sunday as his Labour Party claimed they were headed for a landslide win in elections to secure a third term in government, despite a legacy of corruption and the lowest turnout in decades.

Official results are not expected until early Monday morning, but Labour Party officials briefed reporters that they were heading for a big win based on preliminary results, while the opposition Nationalist Party conceded defeat.

“The public decided that Malta must continue moving forward,” Abela told reporters at the counting center in the town of Naxxar, as supporters nearby chanted his name.

“It is a result which brings a greater responsibility, and which we must translate into greater humility,” he added, vowing to work “with a sense of national unity… in the interests of everyone.”

Abela had campaigned on his handling of the coronavirus pandemic and Labour’s economic record during nine years in power. By contrast, the opposition Nationalist Party has been hamstrung by internal divisions.

But turnout was lower than expected after a lackluster campaign limited by coronavirus restrictions, dogged by worries about the war in Ukraine and perhaps some resignation among voters after opinion polls indicated a Labour landslide.

The Electoral Commission estimated turnout at 85.5%, the lowest in a Maltese general election since 1955 — and the first time it has dropped below 90% since 1966.

However Deputy Prime Minister Chris Fearne told AFP the turnout was “high by European standards.”

Labour is still tainted by the high-level corruption exposed by journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, who was killed by a car bomb near her home in October 2017, in a murder that shocked the world.

Seven men have either been accused or admitted complicity in her murder, but a public inquiry last year said the state under then Prime Minister Joseph Muscat must bear responsibility for having created a “culture of impunity” in which her enemies felt they could silence her.

Muscat had already stepped down in January 2020, after public protests at his perceived attempts to shield allies from the probe into her death. Abela replaced him following a Labour party vote.

The 44-year-old lawyer has since moved to strengthen good governance and press freedom, including by reducing the prime minister’s powers over judges and the police.

Caruana Galizia’s family says he has not gone far enough, however.

The Nationalist Party had pressed the issue of corruption on the campaign trail, highlighting the gray-listing last year of Malta by an international money-laundering watchdog, the FATF.

Despite few natural resources, Malta built a thriving economy based largely on tourism, financial services and online gaming, but it has long fought allegations it acts as a quasi-tax haven.

It has also been criticized by the EU and anti-corruption campaigners for its “golden passports” scheme, which awards citizenship to wealthy investors.

Under political pressure, Abela suspended the scheme for Russians and Belarusians after Russia invaded Ukraine.

Politics is hugely important in Malta, a Catholic-majority country of around 516,000 people living in 316 square kilometers (122 square miles) off the coast of Sicily.

Labour agents attending the election count had earlier erupted into cheers at news of victory, jumping for joy and banging the Perspex screens through which they had been monitoring the officials checking ballots.

As the day wore on, cars decorated in Labour’s red and white flags filled the roads, honking their horns, while outside the party’s headquarters supporters gathered dancing and cheering.

Nationalist Party leader Bernard Grech later visited the count center to thank his own supporters, where he vowed to keep working for “those people who are not happy with the current government.”

Aside from the economy, the environment was a big issue on what is the smallest and most densely populated country in the European Union.

Huge development projects lined Malta’s coastline, green spaces are squeezed, concrete trucks cause gridlock on the streets and the sound of construction fills the air.

There is a green party, the ADPD, but no third party has held even a single seat in Malta’s parliament since before independence from Britain in 1964.

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Наступний раунд переговорів між Україною та РФ відбудеться у Туреччині – Арахамія

Член української делегації Давид Арахамія зазначив, що про зустріч домовлено сьогодні на черговому раунді перемовин у режимі відеоконференці. Деталей він не навів

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На Харківщині українські військові знищили російський винищувач – голова ОВА

За даними глави Харківської ОВА, сили ППО збили російський винищувач Су-24

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У Будапешті вшанували пам’ять загиблих у драмтеатрі Маріуполя

Акція відбулася біля меморіалу «Взуття на березі Дунаю», де вшановано пам’ять угорських євреїв, знищених нацистами: перед вбивством вони змушували людей знімати взуття

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New World Order? Pandemic and War Rattle Globalization

Globalization, which has both fans and detractors alike, is being tested like never before after the one-two punch of COVID and war.

The pandemic had already raised questions about the world’s reliance on an economic model that has broken trade barriers but made countries heavily reliant on each other as production was delocalized over the decades.

Companies have been struggling to cope with major bottlenecks in the global supply chain.

Russia’s war in Ukraine has raised fears about further disruptions, with everything from energy supplies to auto parts to exports of wheat and raw materials under threat.

Larry Fink, the head of financial giant BlackRock, put it bluntly: “The Russian invasion of Ukraine has put an end to the globalization we have experienced over the last three decades.”

“We had already seen connectivity between nations, companies and even people strained by two years of the pandemic,” Fink wrote in a letter to shareholders Thursday.

But U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen disagrees.

“I really have to push back on that,” she told CNBC in an interview. 

“We’re deeply involved in the global economy. I expect that to remain, it is something that has brought benefits to the United States, and many countries around the world.”

‘An animal that evolves’

Shortages of surgical masks at the outset of the pandemic in 2020 became a symbol of the world’s dependence on Chinese factories for all sorts of goods.

The conflict between Russia and Ukraine has raised concerns about food shortages around the globe as the two agricultural powerhouses are among the major breadbaskets of the world.

It has also put a spotlight on Europe’s — and especially Germany’s — heavy dependence on gas supplies from Russia, now a state under crippling sanctions.

“A number of vulnerabilities” have emerged that show the limits of having supply chains spread out in different locations, the former director general of the World Trade Organization, Pascal Lamy, told AFP.

The global trade tensions have prompted the European Union, for instance, to seek “strategic autonomy” in critical sectors.

The production of semiconductors — microchips that are vital to industries ranging from video games to cars — is now a priority for Europe and the United States.

“The pandemic did not bring radical changes in terms of reshoring (bringing back business from overseas),” said Ferdi De Ville, professor at Ghent Institute for International & European Studies.

“But this time it might be different because (the conflict) will have an impact on how businesses think about their investment decisions, their supply chains,” he said.

“They have realized that what was maybe unthinkable before the past month has now become realistic, in terms of far-reaching sanctions,” said de Ville, author of an article on “The end of globalization as we know it.”

The goal now is to redirect strategic dependence towards allies, what he coined as “friend-shoring” instead of “off-shoring.”

A U.S.-EU agreement Friday to create a task force to wean Europe off its reliance on Russian fossil fuels is the most recent example of friend-shoring.

For Lamy, this shows “there is no de-globalization.”

Globalization, he said, is “an animal that evolves a lot.”

Decoupling from China

Globalization had already faced an existential crisis when former U.S. President Donald Trump launched a trade war with China in 2018, triggering a tit-for-tat exchange of punitive tariffs.

His successor, Joe Biden, invoked the need to “buy American” in his sweeping investment plan to “rebuild America.”

“We will buy American to make sure everything from the deck of an aircraft carrier to the steel on highway guardrails are made in America,” he said in his State of the Union speech.

One concept that emerged during the Trump years was “decoupling” — the idea of untangling the U.S. and Chinese economies.

The threat has not subsided, especially with China refusing to condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The United States has warned the world’s second-biggest economy would face “consequences” if it provides material support to Russia in its war in Ukraine.

China already had other contentious issues with the West, such as Taiwan, the self-ruled democracy which Beijing has vowed to seize one day, by force if necessary.

“It is not in China’s interest for now to go into competition with the West,” said Xiaodong Bao, portfolio manager at the Edmond de Rothschild Asset Management firm.

But the war in Ukraine is a chance for China to reduce its reliance on the U.S. dollar. The Wall Street Journal reported that Beijing is in talks with Saudi Arabia to buy oil in yuan instead of dollars.

“China will continue to build foundations for the future,” Bao said. “The financial decoupling is accelerating.” 

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Фінляндія закриває кордони для товарних поїздів із Росії

«Продовження вантажних перевезень між Росією та Фінляндією більше неможливе через санкції, запроваджені проти Російських залізниць (РЖД)»

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Обстріл села Станіслава на Херсонщині: загинули двоє чоловіків – ОГП

«За процесуального керівництва Херсонської обласної прокуратури розпочате кримінальне провадження за фактом порушення законів та звичаїв війни, поєднаного з умисним вбивством»

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У Міноборони Росії заявили, що вдарили по Львову «високоточною зброєю великої дальності»

Мер Львова Андрій Садовий ввечері 26 березня заявив, що зі Львова ще до 25 лютого вивели об’єкти мілітарної інфраструктури, тому «сьогодні агресор б’є по цивільних»

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Blinken to Attend Israeli-Arab Summit, Eyes Iran And Ukraine in Mideast Tour

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken kicks off a Middle East trip on Sunday in Israel, where he will take part in a rare Arab-Israeli summit and hold talks with regional partners on stalled Iran nuclear talks and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Blinken will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid on the first leg of a Middle East and North Africa trip lasting until March 30.

Topping the agenda are the Iran nuclear talks, about which Israel and Gulf Arab states have voiced strong misgivings, and Russia’s monthlong invasion of Ukraine, a conflict in which Israel has emerged as a potential mediator.

“What you’ve got is a two-fold agenda,” Dennis Ross of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy said. “One is Ukraine, to talk about how we see things but also to hear from the Israelis, what they are picking up … The other part of it is going to be Iran, because there is every expectation on the Israeli side that we are going to see a deal.”

The nuclear talks had been close to an agreement several weeks ago until Russia made last-minute demands of the United States, insisting that sanctions imposed on Moscow over its invasion of Ukraine should not affect its trade with Iran.

Lapid will host Blinken and their counterparts from the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Morocco at an Israeli desert retreat to discuss how to improve cooperation. The three Arab nations have been part of the so-called Abraham Accords, agreements brokered by the Trump administration in 2020 to normalize ties with Israel.

Egypt’s foreign minister, whose country on Saturday marked 43 years of peace with Israel, will also join the summit.

Blinken’s visit comes at a time when ties with several countries in the Middle East face challenges as key allies such as Israel and the UAE question the Biden administration’s commitment to the region.

While Washington’s strategic focus has been on China, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has further complicated U.S. foreign policy priorities, leaving it to grapple with challenges on several fronts.

The venue for the foreign ministers’ meeting is Sde Boker, where Israel’s founding father and first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, retired and is buried. The remote Negev desert farm collective has long been a symbol of Israeli innovation.

It will provide an opportunity for delegates to hold discussions in repose, one Israeli official involved in the planning said, calling it “our version of Camp David.”

Sde Boker may also have provided an uncontroversial alternative to Jerusalem, which Israel considers its capital – a status not recognized by most countries in the absence of a resolution to Palestinian claims on the city.

Blinken is set to visit the West Bank, Morocco and Algeria. He will meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, the State Department said in a statement.

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ЗСУ: військові РФ випустили 6 ракет по Львову

У Командуванні ПСУ заявили, що зараз – «саме час» ухвалити рішення і «передати Україні сучасні зенітні ракетні комплекси західного виробництва, а також літаки F-15, F-16, або ж F-18»

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Biden Says Russia’s Vladimir Putin ‘Cannot Remain in Power’

In an impassioned speech Saturday at the end of his trip to Europe, U.S. President Joe Biden said his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin ‘cannot remain in power’ and vowed to defend every inch of NATO territory. The speech in Warsaw came at the end of a frantic week of diplomacy with NATO, G-7 and European allies, following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Henry Ridgwell reports from the Polish capital.
Camera: Henry Ridgwell

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Blinken Flies to Israel for Summit With 4 Arab States

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken flies on Saturday to Israel, where he will attend an Israeli-Arab summit during a visit also likely to be dominated by discussions about the Iran nuclear talks and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Blinken will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Sunday, the U.S. State Department said. Bennett has been trying to mediate an end to the month-old Ukraine-Russia conflict.

Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid’s office said he would convene Blinken and counterparts from United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Morocco and Egypt for a “historic meeting” on Sunday and Monday.

The summit will take place in a luxury hotel in the southern Israeli desert farm collective of Sde Boker, where the country’s founding father and first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, retired and is buried.

Blinken is set to visit the West Bank, Morocco and Algeria in a trip that will also focus on Iran and regional security matters.

He will meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, the State Department said in a statement.

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Almost a Quarter of Ukrainians Now Displaced, UN Agency Says

More than 10 million Ukrainians, nearly a quarter of the population, have been displaced since Russia invaded the country a bit more than one month ago, the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR says.

An estimated 3.7 million people have fled to neighboring countries, while more than 6.5 million have been displaced inside Ukraine since the Russian invasion began February 24. U.N. refugee officials say another 13 million are stranded in conflict areas, unable to leave because of the danger.

From the western city of Lviv, UNHCR Ukraine representative Karolina Lindholm Billing says everything has changed for Ukraine in the past month.  She says development projects, homes, and social structures have been turned into rubble under the relentless Russian bombing.

She says the past month has reversed and set back the many development gains that have been achieved for disabled children, the elderly, and many other vulnerable people over the past eight years.

“We are today confronted with the realities of a massive humanitarian crisis, which is growing by the second.  And the seriousness of the situation in Ukraine cannot be overemphasized.  Overnight, lives have been shattered and families ripped apart.  And today, these millions of people in Ukraine live in constant fear of indiscriminate shelling and heavy bombardment,” she said.

Lindholm Billing says UNHCR staff is working around the clock to deliver as much humanitarian aid as it can to wherever possible.

Russian forces have become bogged down around the capital, Kyiv, and have suffered setbacks elsewhere in the country.  Media reports suggest Russian President Vladimir Putin is changing tactics and plans to concentrate on the so-called liberation of the Donbas region in eastern Ukraine.

Russian-backed rebels in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions have been fighting a war of separation from Ukraine for eight years. 

Matilda Bogner, who heads the U.N. Monitoring Mission in Ukraine, says Russian bombers do not distinguish between people living on either side of the 500-kilometer contact line separating government- and rebel-held territories.

“People are dying on what was before both sides of the contact line.  Now, there is no clear contact line.  There is a sort of front of fighting there, but people are dying in the areas that are controlled by the Russian-affiliated armed groups and they are dying in the areas of the East that are controlled by the government,” she said.   

Bogner says all civilians in this area are victims.  

Putin’s justification for waging war in Ukraine was to stop the alleged mistreatment and so-called genocide of Russian speakers in the Donbas.