Stocks plunge as rising oil, wheat prices shake market

This post was originally published on this siteStocks fell sharply Monday as the economic fallout of Russia’s war in Ukraine rattled investors.The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell almost 800 points Monday to close with a loss of 2.4 percent. The Nasdaq plunged 3.6 percent lower and the S&P…

Zelensky Call Fuels Push for Increased Ukraine Aid

This post was originally published on this site Russia has attacked three nuclear plants in Ukraine and killed children during strikes on a kindergarten and special needs school, Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky told a group of senators during a weekend call. The attacks on Ukraine’s nuclear infrastructure are “not an accident,” said Zelensky, who implored […]

Pence advocacy group launches $10 million ad campaign hitting Biden on Ukraine and energy

This post was originally published on this siteMike Pence’s advocacy group has launched a $10 million ad campaign hitting the Biden administration on US energy policy and the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Ukrainian actor who joined resistance against Russian invasion is killed during shelling

This post was originally published on this site Ukrainian actor Pasha Lee was killed in Irpin this weekend while fighting against Russian forces, according to TMZ. The news of Lee’s death was first reported by the Odesa International Film Festival, which memorialized him by listing his film credentials, including roles in “Shtolnya,” “Shadows of Unforgotten […]

China warns US against Pacific NATO

This post was originally published on this siteChina is cautioning against the U.S. supporting Taiwan and trying to build a Pacific version of NATO, as the crisis in Ukraine draws renewed attention to the status of the Asian island.China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi claimed Monday that the “real…

Blinken: NATO looking at more permanent troop deployments in Baltic region

This post was originally published on this siteSecretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday said NATO is looking at more permanent troop deployments in the Baltic region as Russia continues its invasion of Ukraine.Asked if the U.S. will send troops to the Baltic region permanently to protect NATO…

Around 1 million Ukrainian refugees have arrived in Poland amid Russian invasion

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Trucker protest organizer pledges to ‘escalate’ convoy around DC

This post was originally published on this site The “organizer” of the disorganized convoy of big rigs, pickup trucks, SUVs and sedans protesting non-existent federal COVID-19 mask and vaccine mandates says the group plans to escalate its protest around the Capital Beltway around Washington, D.C. on Monday by taking up two lanes of the 64-mile […]

Russia issues demands for Ukraine ahead of talks

Russia announced Monday ahead of a third round of peace talks that it will cease military operations “in a moment” if Ukraine agrees to meet a list of demands, Reuters reports.
Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said Ukraine must stop fighting, amend its constitution to guarantee neutrality, formally cede Crimea to Russia, and recognize the independence of the Russian-backed breakaway republics in eastern Ukraine.
If Ukraine enshrines neutrality in its constitution — which would prevent it from joining NATO or the European Union — and accepts Russia’s territorial demands, it will remain an “independent state that will live as it wants,” Peskov said.
Anatol Lieven, a fellow at the anti-interventionist Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, said in an interview with Democracy Now! that neutrality would likely benefit Ukraine. Finland and Austria, Lieven noted, maintained a similar status during the Cold War and remained free, prosperous, and democratic.
What would a Ukraine-Russia peace deal look like? @QuincyInst's @Lieven_Anatol says there's a possibility for peace if Ukraine declares neutrality and Russia withdraws its troops and doesn't attempt to dissolve Ukraine's military.— Democracy Now! (@democracynow) March 7, 2022
Peskov also said, “We really are finishing the demilitarization of Ukraine. We will finish it,” though he did not clarify what he meant by this and, according to ABC News, did not include it in Russia’s list of demands.
The Kremlin has announced its demands for ending the war in Ukraine:-Ukraine must change its constitution to guarantee it won't join any “blocs”, i.e. NATO + EU.-Must recognise Crimea as part of Russia.-Must recognise the eastern separatist regions as independent.— Patrick Reevell (@Reevellp) March 7, 2022
In response to Peskov’s vague comments about demilitarization, Lieven said any demand for “the abolition of the Ukrainian armed forces” would be a non-starter but that a ban on long-range missiles in Ukraine would be, in his view, an acceptable compromise.
Russian President Vladmir Putin’s stated war goals were originally to “demilitarize and de-Nazify” Ukraine, both of which implied installing a pro-Russian puppet regime in Kyiv and both of which he appears to have abandoned.
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said Sunday that at least 364 civilians have been killed since the conflict began on Feb. 24. Ukrainian sources put the number at over 2,000.
Ukrainian sources also claim more than 11,000 Russian soldiers have been killed, though Russia has so far acknowledged fewer than 500 military deaths.

Republicans treading carefully on Ketanji Brown Jackson nomination with fears about midterm impact: report

This post was originally published on this site According to a report from Politico, Republican senators who will be taking part in a historic vote that could place the first Black woman on U.S. Supreme Court are weighing their options on how hard they should oppose her with an eye on the midterm election in […]