USA TODAY International Edition

China blasts ‘ hypocrisy’ of sanctions by US

- John Bacon and Jorge L. Ortiz Contributi­ng: The Associated Press

China slammed the United States on Monday for “illegal” sanctions placed on Chinese companies involved with Russia and warned of retaliatio­n if the sanctions are not revoked.

Mao Ning, a spokespers­on for the Chinese foreign ministry, said at a press briefing that the U. S. actions have no basis in internatio­nal law and no U. N. Security Council mandate. She said China’s position on Ukraine has been objective and fair, promoting peace talks and a political solution.

“The U. S., however, has been fanning the flame and fueling the fight with more weaponry,” she said.

The Chinese company Changsha Tianyi Space Science and Technology Research Institute drew U. S. sanctions for supplying the Russian mercenary Wagner Group affiliates with satellite imagery of Ukraine. Mao said the U. S. has been spreading disinforma­tion that China would supply weapons to Russia – and sanctionin­g Chinese companies under that pretext.

“This is out- and- out hegemonism and double standard, and absolute hypocrisy,” Mao said. “The Chinese side will continue to do what is necessary to firmly safeguard the lawful rights and interests of Chinese companies. We will take resolute countermea­sures in response to the U. S. sanctions.”


A concert by Slovenia’s avantgarde band Laibach in Ukraine has been canceled after the group angered Ukrainians by implying Kyiv was a fighting a war for its Western masters. Ukrainians apparently were angered by Laibach’s statement calling the war “a cynical proxy war for the geostrateg­ic interests” of world powers.

Moscow- installed occupying authoritie­s in Kherson Oblast’s towns of Oleshky and Skadovsk are preparing to “escape” to the Russian- occupied Crimea, fearing a Ukrainian counteroffensive, the Ukraine military reported.

Invasion brought ‘ massive’ human rights violations, UN chief says

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine triggered “the most massive violations of human rights” in the world today, the head of the United Nations said.

“Attacks on civilians and civilian infrastruc­ture have caused many casualties and terrible suffering,” U. N. Secretary- General António Guterres said in a speech Monday to the U. N.- backed Human Rights Council in Geneva. He said Russia “has unleashed widespread death, destructio­n and displaceme­nt.”

Russia has largely abandoned the fight in much of Ukraine, instead concentrat­ing on capturing four provinces that Moscow claims to have annexed in September: Donetsk, Kherson, Luhansk and Zaporizhzh­ia. The war rages fiercely with heavy casualties on both sides but little movement in the front lines. Ukraine says it will use battle tanks and other new weapons to launch its own offensive.

Russia says it will never return Crimea to Ukraine

Crimea is an integral part of Russia and will never be returned to Ukraine, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Monday. Russia seized the peninsula in February 2014. In March 2014, Vladimir Putin signed a treaty on Crimea’s reunification with Russia.

The deputy head of the Ukrainian military intelligen­ce service, Vadym Skibitsky, said a planned offensive includes the recapture of Crimea and attacks on Russian territory. “The purpose of our counteroffensive is to liberate all occupied territorie­s of Ukraine – including Crimea,” he told the German newspaper Berliner Morgenpost. “We won’t stop until we have our country back in the 1991 borders.”

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Sunday marked the anniversar­y of Russia’s assault on Crimea and pledged to win back Crimea and all Ukraine territory. “This is our land. Our people. Our history,” he said on social media. “We will return the Ukrainian flag to every corner of Ukraine.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from United States