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Britain as a guarantor, China's rapprochement with RF, and lies to Putin: Foreign media digest as of March 30

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The Western media continues to report about the war in Ukraine: on March 30, the media covers how Moscow covers up its military difficulties on the ground with missile strikes, and officials in the Kremlin are afraid to report to Vladimir Putin about the real losses in the so-called "special operation".

Meanwhile, the UK is not sure that it can provide Ukraine with security at the level of a NATO member, Russia sees no progress in negotiations with Kyiv, and Beijing and Moscow have come together to build a "multi-vector democracy".

The Page offers an up-to-date review of what the European and US media are reporting on the 35th day of the active Russian invasion.

Russia to compensate for difficulties on the ground with missiles

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NBC quotes the UK defense ministry as saying that Russian units suffering heavy losses have been "forced to return to Belarus and Russia to reorganize and resupply,".

In an intelligence update on March 30, the defense ministry said such activity was putting further pressure on Russia's already strained logistics.

Quote"This demonstrates the difficulties that Russia is having in reorganizing its units in forward areas within Ukraine," intelligence stresses.

The British, however, warned that Russia would likely continue to compensate for the reduced capability on the ground through mass artillery and missile strikes.

Intelligence officers believe that Russia's proclaimed focus on an offensive in Donetsk and Luhansk was likely a "tacit admission that the Kremlin is struggling to sustain more than one significant axis of advance."

Britain does not guarantee military security to Ukraine

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British Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab has assured that his country's sanctions against Russia will remain in place until the invasion of Ukraine is "withdrawn", Independent reports.

Quote"The sanctions are there to tighten the grip on Putin’s war machine," he told the BBC. "Until the invasion is withdrawn, I don’t think the sanctions can or should be lifted."

Mr Raab is not sure that the UK will act as an independent guarantor of Ukraine’s security if it declared itself to be neutral as part of a peace deal with Moscow.

Quote"It would depend on what precisely is involved. We have been very clear we are not going to engage Russia in direct military confrontation. Ukraine is not a NATO member."

Raab promised that his country would consider all Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s proposals and requests:

Quote"But we are not going to, I think, replicate unilaterally the NATO commitments that apply to NATO members."

Earlier, we reported in the digest dated March 30 that Germany may act as a guarantor of Ukraine's security, but is also not sure about the military component of Kyiv's demands.

Moscow did not like conditions for peace from Kyiv

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Independent also cites Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov as saying that Russia had not noticed anything really promising or that looked like a breakthrough yet in peace talks with Ukraine, according to Reuters.

According to the speaker of the bloodthirsty dictator Vladimir Putin, Moscow welcomed the fact that Kyiv has set out its demands in written form, but he said there was a long period of work ahead.

Ukraine negotiators said yesterday that they proposed adopting neutral status for security guarantees at talks with Russia in Istanbul, meaning Ukraine would not join military alliances or host military bases.

At the same time, as The Page has already reported, Kyiv is demanding a new treaty with security guarantees, according to which the signatories will be obliged to provide Ukraine with weapons and close the sky in case of new aggression. This requirement is similar to Article 5 of the NATO Charter.

China and Russia decided to "move towards a democratic world order"

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The New York Times reports that Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told his visiting Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov that "Chinese-Russian relations have withstood the new test of constant international changes."

China is willing to advance relations to "an even higher level." Wang Yi's comments published by the Foreign Ministry do not mention Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Meanwhile, The Guardian reports that Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov hailed China as part of a new world order. He stated the following:

Quote"The world is living through a very serious stage in the history of international relations. We, together with you, and with our sympathizers will move towards a multipolar, just, democratic world order."

Lavrov and Wang were later photographed in face masks bumping elbows in front of their national flags.

So far, China has not published a readout of the two ministers, but foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin later told reporters that Moscow and Beijing will continue efforts in "advancing global multipolarity and the democratization of international relations".

Poles will not buy Russian oil and join TDF

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ABC News reports that Poland announced on March 30 its plan to stop buying Russian oil, gas and coal by the end of 2022.

Quote"Today, we present the most radical plan in Europe to abandon Russian hydrocarbons — oil, gas and coal. This plan is necessary for the recovery of Europe," Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki stated.

According to him, Poland will impose a total embargo on Russian coal in April, at the latest in May. Warsaw plans to abandon Russian oil by the end of 2022 is also expecting a decline in gas imports in May.

Morawiecki called on other European countries, including Germany, to follow suit. And he urged the European Commission to establish a tax on Russian hydrocarbons.

Meanwhile, enrollment in Poland's national guard has grown sevenfold. For instance, in the Polish village of Zegrze, about 32 km north of Warsaw, cars line the small street outside a facility belonging to Poland's Territorial Defense Force (TDF).

The TDF is the fifth military branch of the Polish Armed Forces, behind the Land Forces, Army, Navy and Special Forces.

The new trainees exp;ain that they want to feel confident in protecting themselves and their families, and several said they became motivated to enroll in the TDF after watching average Ukrainian citizens defend their country.

Red Cross explains its visit to Moscow

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BBC reports that the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) says it is very concerned about what it calls a widespread and targeted campaign of misinformation about its work in Ukraine.

An ICRC spokesman in Geneva said the campaign had appeared across multiple social media platforms, in various languages.

Some social media have accused the ICRC of facilitating "forced evacuations" of Ukrainian citizens to Russia, a claim both the ICRC and the Red Cross Federation said was completely untrue.

There has also been criticism of ICRC president Peter Maurer's visit to Moscow last week. The Red Cross reminded journalists that Maurer had visited Ukraine first, and that talking to all parties in the conflict was part of his job.

The ICRC, the guardian of the Geneva Conventions, is mandated to assist victims of war impartially, civilians as well as prisoners of war. Previously, The Page described in detail what is wrong with the International Red Cross, and why this has nothing to do with the Red Cross of Ukraine.

Is Putin being deceived by his own ministers?

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Sky News reports that Putin feels misled by the Russian military due to constant tensions between him and the Russian Defense Ministry.

Referring to the words of a US official in an NBC report, the outlet writes that a "degree of disharmony" has developed between Vladimir Putin and military chiefs.

The Russian leader feels he has been misled about the Kremlin’’s failures on the battlefield in Ukraine. Information on losses and the impact of sanctions is not being fed to Putin because his senior advisors are too afraid to tell him the truth.

Quote"There is now persistent tension between Putin and the Ministry of Defense stemming from Putin's mistrust in MOD leadership," the US official stressed.

If this information did turn out to be well-founded, it may go some way towards explaining the occasional contrast in tones between some ministers and officials — whose signaling around peace talks has appeared more conciliatory at times — and the bloodthirsty leader who has remained seemingly uncompromising in his statements.

Instead of an afterword. Russia continues to fail on the battlefield, and officials intimidated by Putin are afraid to tell him the truth. All this can play into the hands of Ukraine, but the refusal of European countries to act as military guarantors of our state’s safety looks alarming. No less threatening is the rapprochement between Moscowia and China, although the United States has repeatedly warned Beijing about the consequences of its assistance to the Kremlin. What kind of democracy two dictatorships may build can be vividly illustrated by Putin's "denazification" of Ukraine.

The Poles are providing a good example for Europe — they are ready to be the first to abandon Russian energy carriers, and the International Red Cross is concerned about criticism after it was about to open a representative office in Rostov-on-Don. Russia sees no progress in talks with Ukraine, but Moscow's dislike of Kyiv's terms was fairly expected.

At the same time, "denazification", a change of power in Ukraine, and many more senseless ultimatums have disappeared from the Kremlin’s demands, which indicates a weakening of the Russian Federation’s position amid its military failures. However, Putin continues to fire missiles at Ukrainian cities and villages. Ukraine has been fighting for its independence for 35 days.

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