Hour by Hour đź”´ Reside: Mutual accusations after Russia downs US drone over Black Sea

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A Russian fighter jet struck the propeller of a US surveillance drone over the Black Sea on Tuesday in what a US spokeman known as a “brazen violation of worldwide regulation”, forcing the US army to carry down the unmanned aerial automobile. Russia’s ambassador to the US, Anatoly Antonov, known as the incident a “provocation”. Learn our reside weblog for all the newest developments. All occasions are Paris time (GMT+1).

10:36am: Turkey intently following US drone incident in Black Sea, Demiroren information company experiences

Turkey is intently monitoring the incident through which a US army drone crashed within the Black Sea after being intercepted by Russian jets, Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar was reported as saying by Demiroren information company on Wednesday.

Akar additionally mentioned they’ve made a number of contacts concerning the incident with out giving additional particulars, the Demiroren company reported.

10:33am: Russia’s oil income sinks as sanctions chunk, IEA says

Russia’s oil export income sank 42 % in February as Western powers tightened sanctions on the nation within the wake of the Ukraine battle, the Worldwide Vitality Company mentioned on Wednesday.

The nation earned $11.6 billion from its oil exports final month after the European Union imposed a ban on Russian petroleum merchandise alongside a value cap agreed with the Group of Seven and Australia.

10:15am: Russia strikes to droop tax treaties with ‘unfriendly’ nations

Russia has proposed suspending its double taxation agreements with what it calls “unfriendly nations” – those who have imposed sanctions on Moscow, the Finance Ministry mentioned on Wednesday.

“The Russian Finance Ministry and Overseas Ministry proposed that the President of Russia concern a decree suspending double taxation agreements with all nations that launched unilateral financial restrictive measures in opposition to Russia,” it mentioned.

9:03am: Danish authorities establishes $1 bln fund to help Ukraine

The Danish authorities and a broad majority of events in Denmark’s parliament have agreed to ascertain a fund of seven billion Danish crowns ($1.01 billion) for civil, army and enterprise support to Ukraine, the finance ministry mentioned on Wednesday.

6:18am: US says Russian warplane strikes US drone over Black Sea

A Russian fighter jet struck the propeller of a US surveillance drone over the Black Sea on Tuesday, forcing the US army to carry down the unmanned aerial automobile.

State Division spokesman Ned Value known as the act a “brazen violation of worldwide regulation”. He mentioned the US had summoned the Russian ambassador to lodge a protest whereas the US ambassador to Russia, Lynne Tracy, has made related representations in Moscow.

However Russia insisted its warplanes did not hit the MQ-9 Reaper drone. As a substitute, it mentioned the drone maneuvered sharply and crashed into the water following an encounter with Russian fighter jets that had been scrambled to intercept it close to Crimea.

The incident, which added to Russia-US tensions over Moscow’s battle in Ukraine, gave the impression to be the primary time because the peak of the Chilly Conflict {that a} US plane was introduced down after an encounter with a Russian warplane.

4:08am: Moscow sees drone incident as a ‘provocation’

Russia views the drone incident, which concerned one among its Su-27 fighter jets over the Black Sea, as a “provocation”, its ambassador to the US, Anatoly Antonov, mentioned in remarks printed early on Wednesday.

“The American UAV intentionally and provocatively was transferring in direction of Russian territory with transponders turned off,” Antonov mentioned in remarks posted on his embassy’s web site, referring to the drone as an unmanned aerial automobile (UAV).

“We view this incident as a provocation,” Antonov instructed Russian businesses on Tuesday after being summoned by the US State Division.

11:19pm: White phosphorus munitions fired in jap Ukraine, AFP experiences

White phosphorus munitions have been fired on Tuesday from Russian positions on an uninhabited space by the city of Chasiv Yar in jap Ukraine, AFP journalists reported.

Two projectiles have been fired 5 minutes aside at round 4:45pm on a street on the southern fringe of Chasiv Yar resulting in close by Bakhmut, the centre of the longest and bloodiest battle of Russia’s year-long invasion.

The whistling sound from the projectiles was adopted by explosions brought on by munitions that launched small, burning balls of white phosphorus that slowly fell to the bottom.

The balls set hearth to the vegetation on each side of the street on a floor equal to the scale of a soccer pitch.

AFP was not in a position to verify if the focused website was a place held by Ukrainian forces, however a inexperienced truck with a white cross, an indication of Ukraine’s military, was parked by a path within the burned space.

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(FRANCE 24 with AFP, AP & Reuters)