A Russian serviceman stands in front of a Pantsir-S1 air defence missile system during the Russian military operation in Ukraine - Sputnik International

LIVE UPDATES: US Expects Russian POW to Be Treated in Accordance With International Law - Pentagon

This comes after footage of Russian prisoners of war being shot in the legs has emerged online. According to the Investigative Committee of Russia, the video was made "at one of the Ukrainian nationalists bases in the Kharov region."
Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that Kiev’s confirmation of the need to ensure a non-nuclear and non-bloc status of Ukraine, and their delegation's understanding that the issues of Crimea and Donbas are resolved show significant progress at the negotiations.
Russia launched a military operation last month with the stated goal of putting an end to war crimes committed by Ukrainian troops against civilians during an eight-year offensive against Donbas residents.
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03:56 GMT 31.03.2022
Ukraine Asks US for Russian-Made Su-25 Ground Attack Planes - Reports
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Ukraine has asked the United States, among other things, to transfer Russian-made Su-25 ground attack aircraft to Kiev as military assistance, CNN reported, citing Ukraine's list of military needs provided to Congress.

Colorado Democrat, Rep. Jason Crow said at a House Armed Services Committee hearing Wednesday that the list submitted to Congress this week reflected the urgent needs of the Ukrainian military and civilian leadership.

The list included combat aircraft, particularly mentioning Russian-made Su-25 ground attack planes, which are similar to A-10 Warthog produced by the United States.
03:27 GMT 31.03.2022
Foreign Mercenaries Captured in DPR Will Be Put on Trial - People's Militia Spokesman
01:43 GMT 31.03.2022
Ambassador Accuses State Dept of Exceeding Russian Losses in Ukraine to Incite Unrest
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov said that the US Department of State was consciously exceeding the Russian military losses in Ukraine to incite public unrest in Russia.

The ambassador thus responded to the remarks of Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland, who said that Russia lost over 10,000 servicemen during the special military operation in Ukraine. The Russian Defense Ministry said on March 25 that the military operation had left more than 1,300 Russian servicemen dead and over 3,800 injured. Ukraine claims even higher Russian losses than the United States: about 14,000 killed and some 16,000 injured.

"The official of the State Department is consciously exceeding the losses of the Russian Armed Forces in Ukraine. These remarks have a cynic goal: to trigger public unrest in our country. This will not happen," Antonov said, as quoted by the embassy's Telegram channel.

00:11 GMT 31.03.2022
Ukrainian Combatants Will Not Be Provided With Corridor to Leave Besieged Mariupol – DPR
"They have already received such a proposal but declined it. That is why they are not militants anymore but criminals because they killed civilians. Yes, we guarantee to keep them alive but I do not think that we will let them leave the city," Basurin said.
23:42 GMT 30.03.2022
US & EU in First High-Level Dialogue on Russia Discussed Additional Steps to Isolate Moscow Further - Joint Statement
23:31 GMT 30.03.2022
US, EU Hold First High-Level Dialogue on Russia With State Dept Side Led by Nuland
21:13 GMT 30.03.2022
Russia Appreciates UN's Humanitarian Assistance to Ukrainians - Foreign Ministry
"Moscow attaches great importance to comprehensive humanitarian assistance to the civilian population of Ukraine, the Donetsk and Luhansk people's republics without politicization and with the necessary level of security. We consider continuation and development of coordination with the UN and other relevant international organizations to be crucial," the ministry said in a statement.
21:13 GMT 30.03.2022
US Blacklists Additional 73 Aircraft That Recently Flew to Russia - Reports
The aircraft allegedly violated US export control recently put in place as part of the Biden administration's new wave of sanctions against Russia over its special military operation in Ukraine,Reuters reported.

The United States blacklisted 100 aircraft earlier this month for violating the export controls placed on Russia. It included 33 Aeroflot planes and one plane owned by Russian businessman Roman Abramovich.

Providing any form of service to the blacklisted aircraft requires authorization from the US government.

Anyone providing service to the aircraft without authorization risks substantial jail time, fines, loss of export privileges, or other restrictions, according to the Commerce Department.
20:02 GMT 30.03.2022
Swedish Prime Minister Says Not Ruling Out Country's Accession to NATO
"I am not ruling out NATO membership by any means... We can say that freedom from alliances has served Sweden well, it has kept us out of conflicts, but an updated analysis must be conducted and corresponding decisions should be made on reshaping the security policy landscape," Magdalena Andersson told Swedish broadcaster SVT Nyheter.
Earlier in March, Andersson said that Stockholm's request to join NATO would only destabilize the situation in Europe given the present realities.
19:55 GMT 30.03.2022
German Foreign Minister Says Berlin Ready to Give Security Guarantees to Ukraine
"If guarantees are required, then Germany will participate in this and give guarantees," Annalena Baerbock was quoted as saying by the DPA news agency.
She added that Germany "is 100% in solidarity with Ukraine." At the same time, the minister noted that the results of the Istanbul talks between Russia and Ukraine should not be interpreted as the fact that the countries would soon achieve a breakthrough in the negotiations, noting that Russia understands guarantees and neutrality in a different way than the West.
19:54 GMT 30.03.2022
US Moving Ships Out of Black Sea Ahead of Russian Operation ‘Prudent Decision’ - Pentagon
"It was a prudent decision to do as we continued to see an invasion [of Ukraine] as more imminent to make it very clear to everybody that the United States was not interested in enforcing a conflict by some posture decision that we are making," Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby said during a press briefing.
19:53 GMT 30.03.2022
US Says Not Yet Ready to Talk About Possibility of Becoming Security Guarantor for Ukraine
"There is nothing specific about security guarantee I can speak of at this time," White House director of communications Kate Bedingfield told a press briefing, when asked if Washington was ready to provide security guarantees to Ukraine.
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