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Farooq Abdullah backs Russia, blames NATO for Ukraine war

National Conference President and Member of Parliament, Dr. Farooq Abdullah on Wednesday blamed NATO for the current situation in Ukraine.

“It is all because of NATO that the aggression has taken place between Russia and Ukraine,” the NC president said while talking to media persons at Ganderbal.

He said that in case NATO could have prevented itself from making the borders, the aggression could have never taken place. “Due to the bordering of Ukraine, Russia in a bid to ensure the safety of its country took the path of aggression,” he said.

Due to the prevailing situation there, lakhs of students and the working class from different poor nations have been forced to flee the place.

“There are people especially students from India and other countries, who are crying for help as it has become difficult to evacuate them safely from Ukraine,” he added.

Meanwhile, Russia renewed its assault on Wednesday on Ukraine’s second-largest city in a pounding that lit up the skyline with balls of fire over populated areas, even as both sides said they were ready to resume talks aimed at stopping the new devastating war in Europe.

The escalation of attacks on crowded cities followed an initial round of talks between outgunned Ukraine and nuclear power Russia on Monday that resulted in only a promise to meet again.

It was not clear when new talks might take place — or what they would yield. Ukraine’s leader earlier said Russia must stop bombing before another meeting.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has decried Russia’s bombardment as a blatant terror campaign, while US President Joe Biden warned on Tuesday that if the Russian leader didn’t “pay a price” for the invasion, the aggression wouldn’t stop with one country.

The bombardment continued Wednesday. Ukrainian UNIAN news agency quoted the health administration chief of the northern city of Chernihiv as saying two cruise missiles hit a hospital there.

The hospital’s main building suffered damage, Serhiy Pivovar said, and authorities were working to determine the casualty toll. No other information was immediately available.

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