Live Updates – Putin complains about a barrage of cyberattacks

Russian President Vladimir Putin said his country faced a barrage of cyberattacks from the West amid the invasion of Ukraine, but managed to repel them.

Addressing members of the Russian Security Council on Friday, Putin noted that “challenges in this area have become even more urgent, serious and extensive.”

He accused “outright aggression has been unleashed against Russia, a war has been waged in the information space”.

Putin added that “the cyber aggression against us, just like the attack on Russia through sanctions in general, has failed.”

He ordered the officials to “hone and improve mechanisms to ensure information security in critical industrial facilities that directly affect our country’s defensive capability and stable development of economic and social spheres.” “. ___ KEY DEVELOPMENTS IN RUSSIA-UKRAINE WAR: – Senate sends Biden $40 billion Ukraine aid bill – Rebutting Turkey, Biden praises NATO offers from Sweden, Finland – In Ukraine, surviving when your house is destroyed – War fuels soaring prices in Europe – Red Cross records hundreds of Ukrainian POWs leaving Mariupol steelworks – A doctor’s body camera captive shows the horror of Mariupol – Explanation: what will happen to the Ukrainian soldiers of Mariupol? — UN chief ‘hopes’ for grain deal with Ukraine to help with food crisis — Impact of Russian-Ukrainian war draws attention of G7 financial leaders — US intelligence shows that Russians fear Mariupol abuses will backfire — Follow AP’s Ukraine war coverage at ___ OTHER DEVELOPMENTS: BERLIN: Germany and Qatar signed an agreement to deepen their energy cooperation, as Berlin seeks to diversify its natural gas supplies and eventually stop using Russian gas.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz told a press conference alongside the Emir of Qatar that the agreement signed on Friday “opens up many opportunities for fruitful cooperation”.

He said Qatar “also has huge potential for renewable energy and for hydrogen production.”

Germany plans to build two liquefied natural gas terminals to bring gas from suppliers such as Qatar.

Qatar’s Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, said “whatever we can provide for energy security in Europe, even during this period, we will ensure that we can provide it.” He gave no figures.

___ The Russian Defense Minister said 1,908 Ukrainian fighters who had been entrenched in the steelworks of Azovstal, the last pocket of Ukrainian resistance in the port city of Mariupol, have so far surrendered.

“Nationalists stuck at the factory have started to surrender. To date, 1,908 people have laid down their arms,” Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Friday, quoted by Russian media. On Thursday, the Russian military put the total number of surrendered fighters at 1,730.

It’s still unclear how many of the fighters are still locked in the maze of underground tunnels and bunkers at the giant steelworks.

Denys Prokopenko, commander of the Azov regiment, said on Friday that the defenders of Mariupol – a group of Ukrainian fighters from various military and law enforcement units – had been ordered to “cease the defense of the city”.

The intention is “to save the life and health of servicemen in the garrison”, he said.

Speaking in a video statement posted on Telegram, Prokopenko also said that “the seriously injured received the necessary assistance and were able to be evacuated with a new exchange and delivery to the territory controlled by Ukraine”.

It was unclear from the video whether Prokopenko was still at the factory. His right arm was bandaged above the elbow. ___ GENEVA: The International Red Cross says it has been visiting prisoners of war “from all sides” since the start of the war between Russia and Ukraine nearly three months ago.

The International Committee of the Red Cross did not specify what “all sides” meant, but it is believed to include Russian and Ukrainian government forces, as well as pro-Russian separatists waging an armed struggle in eastern Ukraine against kyiv. government since 2014. This could also include foreign fighters who may have been captured.

A Red Cross statement said on Friday that POW visits had enabled it to pass on information to hundreds of families about their loved ones.

The ICRC did not specify how many families had been informed about their relatives, or where the visits had taken place. It only indicated that the visits had taken place “over the past few months”.

The statement came a day after the aid agency broke its silence on POWs in the nearly three-month conflict, announcing that it had this week registered ‘hundreds’ of Ukrainian POWs from the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol.

It’s still unclear how many of the fighters are still locked in the maze of underground tunnels and bunkers at the giant steelworks.

“Many more families need answers; the ICRC must have full access to prisoners of war and civilian internees, wherever they are detained, in order to provide these answers,” the Geneva-based organization said.

Some humanitarian law experts have questioned why the ICRC took so long to announce its visits to prisoners of war, a key part of its mandate.

The ICRC often acts confidentially in its role to help protect civilians, prisoners of war and other non-combatants in conflicts, and to ensure respect for the rules of war.

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