The latest on the Russia-Ukraine crisis on Saturday:
A senior Russian official has warned that Moscow could respond to Western sanctions for its attack on Ukraine by opting out of the last remaining nuclear arms treaty and Freeze Western assets.
Dmitry Medvedev, Vice Chairman of Russia’s Security Council under President Vladimir Putin, has rejected a series of crippling sanctions imposed by the US, European Union and other allies against Russia as a reflection of the “political impotence” of the West.
In comments posted on his page on Russian social media VKontakte, Prime Minister Medvedev said that the sanctions could give Moscow a pretext to reconsider its entire relationship with the West, suggests that Russia could opt out of the limited New START Nuclear Weapons Treaty to the United States. and Russia’s nuclear arsenals.
Prime Minister Medvedev also raised the prospect of severing diplomatic ties with Western countries, saying there was “no special need to maintain diplomatic relations” and adding that “we can look at each other by binoculars and with a gun”. He pointed to the possibility of freezing Western assets at home if the West carried out its threats to freeze Russian assets.
PRAGUE – The Czech government has approved a plan to send more weapons to Ukraine.
The Defense Ministry said it would immediately send machine guns, submachine guns, assault rifles and pistols along with ammunition worth 188 million Czech won ($8.6 million).
The ministry said the Czechs would transport the weapons and deliver them to a location determined by the Ukrainian side.
The Czech Republic has agreed to donate about 4,000 pieces of artillery shells worth 36.6 million Czech crowns ($1.7 million) to Ukraine.
WARSAW, Poland – The Polish Football Association says it will not play a World Cup qualifier against Russia due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
“No more words needed, time to act!” Association president Cezary Kulesza said on Twitter, saying the move was prompted by “an escalation of aggression.”
The match was scheduled for March 24.
KYIV, Ukraine – A rescue worker said at least six civilians were injured when a rocket hit a high-rise apartment building on the outskirts of the Ukrainian capital.
Petro Prokopov, a firefighter involved in the rescue efforts, said the building on the southwestern edge of Kyiv near Zhuliany airport crashed from the 16th to the 21st floors on Saturday. He said at least six people were injured and apartments on two floors were gutted by fire. Emergency responders evacuated 80 people.
The mayor of Kyiv, Vitali Klitschko, posted an image showing a hole in one side of the apartment building.
Separately, Ukraine’s Infrastructure Ministry said a Russian missile was shot down before dawn on Saturday as it headed for the dam of the overflow reservoir serving Kyiv. “If the dam is destroyed, flooding will cause casualties and catastrophic damage – including flooding the residential areas of Kyiv and its suburbs,” the ministry said.
The Russian army is focusing its attack on the Ukrainian capital, trying to enter the city from many directions. Russia has repeatedly stated that the attack on Ukraine was only aimed at military targets.
Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov told a news conference on Saturday: “Let me emphasize once again that only infrastructure sites of the Armed Forces of Ukraine are targeted, of this kind. except for damage to residential and social infrastructure”.
KYIV, Ukraine – Ukraine’s Health Minister said 198 people were killed and more than 1,000 others injured in the Russian attack.
Health Minister Viktor Lyashko said on Saturday that three children were among the dead. His statement did not specify whether the casualties included both military and civilians.
He said another 1,115 people, including 33 children, had been wounded in the Russian invasion that began on Thursday with massive air and missile strikes and troops landing in Ukraine from the north, east and west. male.