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Russia-Ukraine war LIVE: Kremlin says Russian military action will stop ‘in a moment’ if Ukraine meets conditions

By Saima Siddiqui 
Updated Date

Kyiv: As Day 12 of the Russia-Ukraine conflict set, Russia continued its attacks on major Ukrainian cities. Amid the massive destruction, more than 1.5 million have flown from war-torn Ukraine and over 11,000 Russian troops have been killed since the latter raged its attack on Kyiv, as per United Nations’ reports on Sunday. Moscow and Kyiv traded blame over a failed ceasefire on Saturday that would have let civilians flee Mariupol and Volnovakha, two southern cities besieged by Russian forces. Ukrainians who could escape spilled into neighbouring Poland, Romania, Slovakia and elsewhere.

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Tensions heightened on February 24 after Putin recognised two separatist regions in Ukraine as independent and ordered the deployment of what he called peacekeepers. On the same day, Russian-backed separatists claimed control of two towns in the Luhansk region of Ukraine.

Even though, the Russian defence ministry had earlier said that Ukraine’s air bases and military infrastructure were neutralised, Russian President Vladimir Putin on early Thursday declared war on the neighboring country. 

Putin said the action came in response to threats coming from Ukraine, adding that Russia doesn’t have a goal to occupy its neighbour. He also warned other countries that any attempt to interfere with the Russian action would lead to “consequences they have never seen.”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy declared martial law in the country and said Russia had carried out missile strikes on Ukrainian infrastructure and the country’s border guards.

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Russia-Ukraine war LIVE: 

18:14 (IST)

Kremlin says Russian military action will stop ‘in a moment’ if Ukraine meets conditions

Russia is demanding that Ukraine cease military action, change its constitution to enshrine neutrality, acknowledge Crimea as Russian territory and recognise the separatist republics of Donetsk and Lugansk as independent territories, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

Peskov told Reuters that Russia had told Ukraine it was ready to halt its military action “in a moment” if Kyiv met its conditions.

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It was the most explicit Russian statement so far of the terms it wants to impose on Ukraine to halt what it calls its “special military operation” in Ukraine, now in its 12th day.

Peskov said Ukraine was aware of the conditions. “And they were told that all this can be stopped in a moment.” On the issue of neutrality, he said: “They should make amendments to the constitution according to which Ukraine would reject any aims to enter any bloc. This is possible only by making changes to the constitution.” 

17:31 (IST)   

Ukraine says Russia’s stance on humanitarian corridors is ‘completely immoral’

Ukraine said on Monday a Russian proposal on humanitarian corridors was “completely immoral” after Moscow suggested it would allow people to flee Ukrainian cities provided they exited to Belarus or Russia.

A spokesman for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said Ukrainian citizens should be allowed to leave their homes through Ukrainian territory, and accused Russia of deliberately hampering previous evacuation attempts.

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“This is a completely immoral story. People’s suffering is used to create the desired television picture,” the spokesman said in a written message. “These are citizens of Ukraine, they should have the right to evacuate to the territory of Ukraine.”

16:25 (IST)

Russia-Ukraine delegation meeting may begin in 2 hours, the Russian delegation currently awaits in Brest, Belarus.

17:27 (IST)   

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Russian Paralympic Committee athletes arrive in Moscow

Russian Paralympic Committee athletes arrived in Moscow after being banned from participating in the Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing because of the country’s invasion of Ukraine.

15:12 (IST)

PM Modi dials Russian President Putin, discussed the situation in Ukraine

12:50 (IST)   

PM Modi, Zelensky discuss Ukraine situation, evacuation ops; call with Putin later

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Monday morning. He is scheduled to speak to Russian President Vladimir Putin later in the afternoon. In his phone conversation with Zelensky, the two leaders discussed the developing situation in Ukraine, which was invaded by Russia on February 24, and intense fighting has been going on in major cities.

12:13 (IST)

Hardeep Singh Puri reaches Delhi with last batch of students from Budapest under ‘Operation Ganga’.

11:45 (IST)

Russia declares ceasefire in four Ukrainian cities for safe evacuations

Russia announced to hold fire in Kyiv, Kharkiv, Mariupol and Sumy from 0700 GMT (12.30 pm IST) on Monday. The humanitarian corridors are being set up at the personal request of French President Emmanuel Macron, Russia’s defence ministry said.

11:14 (IST)
Russia to hold fire in several Ukrainian cities

Russian military will reportedly hold fire and open humanitarian corridors in several Ukrainian cities, Reuters cites the Interfax news agency as reporting.

10:41 (IST)

The impact of Visa, Mastercard and American Express block in Russia

With Visa, Mastercard and American Express having suspended their services in Russia, many questions rise: can one use the cards in Russia, is there an alternative, and what would be the impact of this ban?

10:21 (IST)   

Zelenskyy says Russia sanctions not sufficient

As Russian forces increased their shelling of Ukraine, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy appealed to the West to strengthen sanctions. In a video statement Sunday evening, Zelenskyy heaped criticism on Western leaders for not responding to the Russian Defense Ministry’s announcement that it would strike Ukraine’s military-industrial complex, while telling employees of these defense plants not to go to work.

“I didn’t hear even a single world leader react to this,” Zelenskyy said. “The audacity of the aggressor is a clear signal to the West that the sanctions imposed on Russia are not sufficient.” Zelenskyy called for organizing a “tribunal” to bring to justice those who order and carry out such crimes. “Think about the sense of impunity of the occupiers that they can announce such planned atrocities,” he said. The Russian Defence Ministry announced Sunday that its forces intend to strike Ukraine’s military-industrial complex with what it said were precision weapons.

09:50 (IST)   

Australian PM calls on China to stop Russia

China must act on its declarations of promoting world peace and join the effort to stop Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Australia’s prime minister said on Monday, warning that the world was in danger of being reshaped by an “arc of autocracy”. Reuters reports that Scott Morrison also suggested in a wide-ranging speech that Russia’s invasion was not going according to the plan of its leader, Vladimir Putin, who he said had “overestimated the capacity of how he might be able to prosecute this illegal war”.

09:25 (IST)

Russia bombards Mykolaiv

Russian forces launched a heavy artillery barrage against the strategic southern Ukrainian port city of Mykolaiv early Monday morning, a day after Ukrainian troops pushed them from the city limits. Russia’s failure to seize Mykolaiv and other cities quickly, as President Vladimir Putin of Russia appears to have intended, is largely a result of its military’s faltering performance. Russian forces have suffered from logistical snafus, baffling tactical decisions and low morale.

08:59 (IST)   

PM Modi to speak to Ukraine President Zelenskyy

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to hold a telephonic conversation with Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelenskyy today, sources said. Late last night, Zelenskyy delivered an impassioned address to his nation, warning Russian troops that he will punish those who committed atrocities in Ukraine while the “only quiet place” that awaits them is the grave.

06:25 (IST)

Ukraine and Russia to face off at World Court over genocide claim

Ukraine will ask the United Nations’ top court on Monday to issue an emergency ruling requiring Russia to stop its invasion, arguing that Moscow’s justification for the attack is based on a faulty interpretation of genocide law.

Although the court’s rulings are binding and countries generally follow them, it has no direct means of enforcing them.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said Russia’s “special military action” is needed “to protect people who have been subjected to bullying and genocide” – meaning those whose first or only language is Russian – in eastern Ukraine.

Ukraine’s suit argues that the claim of genocide is untrue, and in any case does not provide legal justification for invasion.

The case it has lodged at the World Court, officially known as the International Court of Justice (ICJ), centres on the interpretation of a 1948 treaty on the prevention of genocide, signed by both countries. The treaty names the ICJ as the forum for resolving disputes between signatories.

04:02 (IST)

The United Kingdom releases $100 million more in aid for war-torn Ukraine

Britain is releasing another $100 million to help Ukraine, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced Sunday and promised fresh efforts to rally international opinion against Russia’s invasion.

The $100 million, to be provided via the World Bank, is in addition to the £220 million ($290 mln) of overall aid support to Ukraine, said a statement from Downing Street.

The new funding will go towards keeping key state functions operating, it added.

15:49 (IST) March 06, 2022

More Than 1.5 Million Refugees Flee Ukraine In Past 10 Days: UN

The number of people fleeing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has topped 1.5 million, making it Europe’s “fastest growing refugee crisis” since World War II, the United Nations said. 

“More than 1.5 million refugees from Ukraine have crossed into neighbouring countries in 10 days — the fastest growing refugee crisis in Europe since World War II,” it said in a statement on Twitter.

14:35 (IST)

More than 64 people detained at anti-war protests in Russia

More than 64 people have been detained at anti-war protests in Russia’s Far East and eastern Siberia, OVD-Info protest monitor said.

The monitoring group said people were detained at protests in the Russian Pacific port city of Vladivostok and the Siberian city of Irkutsk.

Reuters was not able to independently verify the information. Reuters was unable to reach spokesmen for the police in either city.

14:17 (IST)

Ukraine port city Mariupol to attempt civilian evacuation again amid temporary ceasefire

The city council of Ukraine’s Mariupol said an evacuation of some of 400,000 residents trapped by encircling Russian forces would start at 12:00 p.m. local time (1000 GMT) on Sunday under a temporary ceasefire that will last till 9:00 p.m..

“From 1200 (1000 GMT) the evacuation of the civilian population begins,” city officials said in a statement, which said a ceasefire was agreed with Russian-led forces surrounding the city.

A similar plan had to be abandoned on Saturday after the ceasefire was not fully observed, with both sides trading blame.

14:07 (IST)   

Last leg of Operation Ganga today, says Indian Embassy in Hungary

The Indian Embassy in Hungary said that the country would be operating its last leg of Operation Ganga evacuation flight from the country today. “Embassy of India begins its last leg of Operation Ganga flights today. All those students staying in their OWN accommodation ( other than arranged by Embassy) are requested to reach @Hungariacitycentre , Rakoczi Ut 90, Budapest between 10 am-12 pm,” a tweet by them read.

14:01 (IST)   

Indians stuck in Ukraine asked to fill Google form

Indians who are still stuck in Ukraine have been asked to fill up a Google form to help in the evacuation process. “All Indian nationals who still remain in Ukraine are requested to fill up the details contained in the attached Google Form on an URGENT BASIS,” a tweet read.

13:50 (IST)   

Russia strikes Ukrainian military air base with long-range weapons

Russia struck and disabled Ukraine’s Starokostiantyniv military air base with long-range high-precision weapons, Russia’s defence ministry said on Sunday.

“The Russia armed forces continue to strike the military infrastructure of Ukraine,” Russian defence ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said.

“On the morning of March 6, strikes were carried out by high-precision long-range weapons. The Ukrainian air force base near Starokostiantyniv was disabled.”

He said a Ukrainian-controlled S-300 missile system had also been destroyed by Russian rocket forces. He said Russia had downed 10 Ukrainian planes and helicopters over the past 24 hours.

13:48 (IST)

Embassy asks Indians in Ukraine to “urgently” contact them with mobile number, location

13:38 (IST)

Ukraine says over 11,000 Russian troops killed in war

More than 11,000 Russian troops have been killed since Moscow launched an invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24, the Ukrainian armed forces’ general staff said on Sunday. A day earlier, it put Russian casualties at over 10,000. It did not report Ukrainian casualties.

12:28 (IST)

UK intelligence says Russia targeting populated areas in Ukraine

British military intelligence said on Sunday that Russian forces were targeting populated areas in Ukraine but that the strength of resistance was slowing the Russian advance.

“The scale and strength of Ukrainian resistance continue to surprise Russia,” British military intelligence said in an update. Russia “has responded by targeting populated areas in multiple locations, including Kharkiv, Chernihiv and Mariupol.”

“Russia has previously used similar tactics in Chechnya in 1999 and Syria in 2016, employing both air and ground-based munitions,” British military intelligence said.

Russia has repeatedly denied that it is targeting civilian areas.

11:24 (IST)   

Ukrainian refugees near 1.5 million as Russian assault enters 11th day

The number of refugees fleeing Ukraine was expected to reach 1.5 million on Sunday as Russia continued its attack 11 days after invading Ukraine and Kyiv pressed for further Western help, including more sanctions and weapons. Moscow and Kyiv traded blame over a failed ceasefire on Saturday that would have let civilians flee Mariupol and Volnovakha, two southern cities besieged by Russian forces. Ukrainians who could escape spilled into neighbouring Poland, Romania, Slovakia and elsewhere.

09:21 (IST)

Putin threatens Ukraine ‘statehood’ as Moscow sanctions tighten

Russian President Vladimir Putin has threatened the existence of Ukrainian statehood as his army’s invasion of the neighbour faces stiff resistance and his economy is increasingly asphyxiated by sanctions.

In the latest efforts to freeze Moscow out of the world economy, US-based card payment giants Visa and Mastercard announced they will suspend operations in Russia, while world leaders vowed to act over the intensifying onslaught.

“The current (Ukrainian) authorities must understand that if they continue to do what they are doing, they are putting in question the future of Ukrainian statehood,” Putin said on Saturday. 

“And if this happens, they will be fully responsible.”


20:08 (IST) March 04, 2022

German chancellor, Putin discuss current crisis in Ukraine by phone

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the current crisis in Ukraine by phone on Friday, the German Cabinet was quoted as saying by Sputnik news agency.

19:57 (IST)

Russia falsely alleging Ukraine wants to restore its nuclear arsenal: Ukrainian foreign minister

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said that his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov is spreading disinformation by falsely alleging Ukraine wants to restore its nuclear arsenal.

19:27 (IST)

Don’t let Putin turn Ukraine into Syria: Ukranian foreign minister to Nato counterparts

Ukranian foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba has urged his Nato counterparts not to let Russian President Vladimir Putin turn Ukraine into Syria and act now before it is too late.

“Act now before it’s too late. Don’t let Putin turn Ukraine into Syria. We are ready to fight. We will continue fighting. But we need partners to help us with concrete, resolute and swift actions now,” he said in a video message after taking part in the extraordinary meeting of Nato foreign ministers.

19:05 (IST)

16 flights scheduled for next 24 hrs to bring back stranded Indians from Ukraine: MEA

Sixteen flights are scheduled for the next 24 hours to bring back stranded Indians from Ukraine, the Ministry of External Affairs has said on its evacuation mission following the Russi-Ukraine crisis.

“Nearly 20,000 Indians have left Ukraine’s borders since our advisories were issued in mid-February. Our primary focus is to get Indian students out of conflict zones in eastern Ukraine,” said MEA.

18:35 (IST)

NATO wary as Ukraine calls for no-fly zone to hinder Russia

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has called for a no-fly zone since Moscow’s invasion, with Russia shelling cities and bringing fighting to Europe’s largest nuclear plant.

18:33 (IST)

Over 1.2 million people fled Ukraine since Russian invasion: UN

More than 1.2 million people have fled Ukraine into neighbouring countries since Russia launched its full-scale invasion on February 24, United Nations figures showed Friday.

17:31 (IST)

Watch | Destruction in Ukraine’s Borodianka town after Russian artillery strikes

16:59 (IST)

JUST IN | EU suspends cross-border cooperation programs with Russia and Belarus

16:49 (IST) 

UNHRC votes to probe violations during Russia-Ukraine conflict

The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) overwhelmingly voted to create a high-level investigation into violations during the Russia-Ukraine conflict, reported media.

16:37 (IST)

9 women among 47 killed in Chernihiv shelling

Forty-seven people were killed in an attack on Chernihiv, reported Ukrainian media Kyiv Independent. According to Ukranian government, 38 men and nine women were killed by Russia’s airstrikes on residential areas on March 3, while 18 people were injured. Chernihiv is a city of 285,000 people, located north of Kyiv. 

16:26 (IST)

Queen Elizabeth II makes donation to aid Ukraine refugees

Queen Elizabeth II has made a big donation to the fund for assistance to Ukrainian refugees. The collected money is sent to provide Ukrainian refugees with food, water, medicines, clothing, and housing. Buckingham Palace did not specify the amount of the donation, but called it very generous.

16:23 (IST)

3 Ukrainian soldiers killed, 2 wounded in Russian attack on nuclear power plant: Reports

The Ukrainian state nuclear company said 3 Ukrainian troops have been killed and 2 have been wounded in Russian attack on the nuclear plant, media reported.

16:16 (IST)

Watch | Zelenskyy accuses Russia of ‘nuclear terror’ after attack

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has accused Russia of ‘nuclear terror’ after the plant attack, saying that Moscow wants to “repeat” the Chernobyl disaster, media reported.

15:41 (IST)

Another Russian Su-25 shot down near Volnovakha

Another Russian Su-25 was shot down near Ukraine’s Volnovakha on Friday, media reported.

14:12 (IST)

‘Got no clear response from Indian embassy’

Harjot, the Indian student injured in the firing in Kyiv, told India Today TV that he received “no clear response from the Indian embassy” upon contacting them following the incident.

14:09 (IST)

Just in | Three-four people shot at us, says Indian student injured in firing in Kyiv.

13:58 (IST)

Ukraine’s Zelenskyy survived three assassination attempts, claims report

The Times reports that there have been at least three assassination attempts on President Zelensky over the past week. Two different outfits were reportedly sent to kill the Ukrainian president — mercenaries of the Kremlin-backed Wagner group and Chechen special forces. Both have been thwarted by anti-war elements within Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB), the report said.

13:50 (IST)

Russian plane shot down near Zatoka

13:28 (IST)

Porsche stops deliveries of cars to Russia

Porsche has stopped deliveries of cars to Russia amid full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

13:31 (IST)

Russian lawmakers pass bills over anti-war protests

Russian lawmakers passed bills levying steep fines for acts like calling for anti-war protests and anti-Russian sanctions, and spreading information that “discredits the use of the Russian Armed Forces,” according to several news reports circulating on social media.

13:16 (IST)

250 Russian tanks destroyed, nearly 10,000 troops killed: Ukraine

11:28 (IST)

Russian military seizes Europe’s largest nuclear power plant site

11:21 AM (IST)

PM Modi chairs meeting to review to Russia-Ukraine crisis

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is chairing a meeting to review the Russian-Ukraine crisis.

10:25 (IST)

These commercial airlines to be part of Operation Ganga:

Air India
Air India Express

10:13 (IST)

Facebook, other media websites partially inaccessible in Russia

Facebook and multiple media websites were partially inaccessible in Russia on Friday, as authorities cracked down on voices critical of fighting in Ukraine. AFP journalists in Moscow were not able to access Facebook, Meduza, Deutsche Welle, RFE-RL and BBC’s Russian service.

09:31 (IST)

Indian student shot in Kyiv

Days after an Indian student lost his life amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine, another has been hospitalised after being shot in Kyiv, Union Minister VK Singh told ANI on Friday. “A student from Kyiv was reported to have been shot and was immediately admitted to the hospital in Kyiv,” Minister of State (MoS) for Civil Aviation General VK Singh told media.

The minister emphasised that the Indian embassy in Kyiv has already advised Indians in Ukraine to evacuate the war-torn country. “in the event of war, the gun bullet does not look at anyone’s religion and nationality,” he added.

09:16 (IST)

Shelling at nuclear power plant has now stopped: Mayor

Mayor of Energodar Dmytro Orlov said the shelling at Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant has now stopped.

09:14 (IST)

Russian military continues to prevent firefighters from extinguishing fire at nuclear plant: Ukraine agency

Ukrainian emergency services said Russian troops are preventing them from extinguishing a fire that broke out at a nuclear power plant after it was struck by shelling. “The invaders are not authorising Ukrainian public rescue units to begin extinguishing the fire,” an official said.

8:00 (IST) March 03, 2022

Second round of Ukraine-Russia talks set to be held today

A Ukrainian delegation is travelling by helicopter to meet Russian counterparts for the second round of talks, reports news agency Reuters citing a Ukrainian presidential adviser as saying. The talks will begin in a couple of hours, Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak said in an online post.

16:40 (IST)   

Russia ready to talk; won’t stop targeting Ukraine military

Russia’s foreign minister says that Moscow is ready for talks to end the fighting in Ukraine but will continue to press its effort to destroy Ukraine’s military infrastructure.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that the Russian delegation submitted its demands to Ukrainian negotiators earlier this week and is now waiting for Kyiv’s response in talks set for Thursday.

Lavrov said that the West has continuously armed Ukraine, trained its troops and built up bases there to turn Ukraine into a bulwark against Russia.  Russia says that made Ukraine a threat to its security. 

16:25 (IST)   

China denies asking Russia not to invade until post-Olympics

China on Thursday denounced a report that it asked Russia to delay invading Ukraine until after the Beijing Winter Olympics as “fake news” and a “very despicable” attempt to divert attention and shift blame over the conflict.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin also repeated China’s accusations that Washington provoked the war by not ruling out NATO membership for Ukraine.

“We hope the culprit of the crisis would reflect on their role in the Ukraine crisis, take up their responsibilities, and take practical actions to ease the situation and solve the problem instead of blaming others,” Wang told reporters at a daily briefing.

“The New York Times report is purely fake news, and such behaviors of diverting attentions and shifting blames are very despicable,” Wang said.

The Times article cited a “Western intelligence report” considered credible by officials. “The report indicates that senior Chinese officials had some level of direct knowledge about Russia’s war plans or intentions before the invasion started last week,” the Times wrote.

14:05 (IST)   

Ukraine says 34 civilians killed in Kharkiv region, no water or power in Mariupol city

Russian shelling and attacks on civilian populations killed 34 civilians in Ukraine’s eastern Kharkiv region in the past 24 hours between March 2-3, the emergency services said Thursday.

13:37 (IST)   

Kharkiv, Chernihiv, Mariupol still in Ukrainian hands: British sources

Russia’s advance on the Ukrainian capital has made little progress over the past three days and the cities of Kharkiv, Chernihiv and Mariupol remain in Ukrainian hands, according to British military intelligence. 

12:23 (IST)

New peace talks scheduled, location not clear

Ukraine and Russia are expected to start another round of peace talks on Thursday.

On Wednesday, Russia’s top negotiator Vladimir Medinsky said the Russian delegation was waiting in southwestern Belarus, and that Ukrainian representatives were on their way. Medinsky also told Rossyia 24 broadcaster that Russian soldiers created a “safety corridor” for the Ukrainian delegations.

Belarus said the two sides would meet for talks in the ancient Bialowieza Forest on the border of Poland and Belarus, but a Ukrainian representative disputed this information, saying that “negotiations will indeed happen,” but in a different location.

The talks are expected on the ceasefire. The two sides met for their first round of talks on Monday, but the meeting produced no tangible results. 

12:43 (IST)

Germany seizes Russian billionaire Usmanov’s yacht: Forbes

German authorities have seized a nearly $600 million luxury yacht owned by Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov who has faced European Union sanctions over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Forbes reported, citing sources in the yacht industry.

12:21 (IST)  

Watch: Russian President Vladimir Putin’s wax statue being dismantled and removed from the Grevin Museum museum in Paris following his invasion of Ukraine. 

10:45 (IST)

Watch: Russian anti-war protesters detained

Thousands of anti-war protesters have been detained in Russia, according to a report. 

10:31 (IST)   

China asked Russia to delay war until after Olympics, US officials say

A Western intelligence report said senior Chinese officials told senior Russian officials in early February not to invade Ukraine before the end of the Winter Olympics in Beijing, according to senior Biden administration officials and a European official.

The report indicates that senior Chinese officials had some level of knowledge about Russia’s war plans or intentions before the invasion started last week. President Vladimir Putin of Russia met with President Xi Jinping of China in Beijing on February 4 before the opening ceremony of the Olympics.

Independent monitoring group OVD-Info says over 7,000 people in total in Russia have been detained at protests over the invasion of Ukraine, it said. 

10:05 (IST)   

‘No report of Indian students being held hostage in Ukraine’: Centre’s rebuttal to Russian claim

The Indian government on Thursday countered Russia’s claims that Indian students are being held hostage in Ukraine, saying that they were in constant touch with all nationals and haven’t received any such report yet.

“We have not received reports of any hostage situation regarding any student. We have requested support from the Ukrainian authorities in arranging special trains for taking out students from Kharkiv and neighbouring areas to the western part of the country,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said.

08:43 (IST)

Russian troops in strategic Black Sea port city of Kherson, says mayor

Russian troops are in the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson and forced their way into the council building, the mayor said after a day of conflicting claims over whether Moscow had made the first major gain of a city in its eight-day-long invasion.

The Black Sea port of Kherson, a southern provincial capital of around 250,000 people, is strategically placed where the Dnipro River flows into the Black Sea and would be the first significant city to fall into Moscow’s hands.

07:56 (IST)

Over 7,000 Russian troops killed since start of invasion, says Ukrainian official

Over 7,000 Russian servicemen have been killed since the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, while hundreds have been taken prisoner including senior officers, a military adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Wednesday.

A Russian army commander was taken to Belarus after being severely wounded, adviser Oleksiy Arestovich said in a televised briefing.

March 02, 2022

19:49 (IST)

Indian Students from Ukraine to be Allowed to finish studies in Polish universities

Union Minister VK Singh said that Polish universities will be opening their doors to Indian students from Ukraine so that they can finish their studies.

19:32 (IST)

Ukraine asks Russian mothers to take their captured soldiers back home

Ukraine on Wednesday invited the worried mothers of Russian troops captured on the battlefield to come and collect their sons, in an apparent attempt to embarrass Moscow, as per reports. “A decision has been taken to hand over captured Russian troops to their mothers if they come to collect them in Ukraine, in Kyiv,” the defence ministry said in a statement.

19:22 (IST)

MBBS student from Punjab dies of brain stroke in Ukraine

Chandan Jindal, a 22-year-old fourth-year medical student of Pyrogov, Memorial Medical University at Vinnytsia in Ukraine, and a resident of Barnala in Punjab, died on Wednesday morning of brain stroke. His cousin Neeraj Jindal, a municipal councilor in the Barnala Nagar Council and also the state vice-president of the BJP, confirmed the news of his demise.

18:37 (IST)   

More than 2,000 Ukrainian civilians killed during Russian invasion: Ukrainian emergency service

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has killed more than 2,000 Ukrainian civilians and destroyed hundreds of structures including transport facilities, hospitals, kindergartens and homes, Ukraine’s emergency service said on Wednesday. ‘Children, women and defence forces are losing their lives every hour,’ it said in a statement. 

18:15 (IST)

Cruise missile hits Ukraine’s Kharkiv city council building, says deputy regional governor

Russian forces fired a cruise missile into the city council building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv on Wednesday, the deputy governor of the region Roman Semenukha said.A key Russian target, Kharkiv has come under intense shelling over the past two days, with 21 people killed in the past day.

18:07 (IST)

Indian Embassy in Ukraine issues second urgent advisory

The Indian embassy in Ukraine has issued a second urgent advisory asking Indian nationals to immediately leave Ukraine’s city Kharkiv. “Those students who cannot find vehicles or buses and are in railway station can proceed on foot…” it reads.

17:16 (IST)

Second Indian student lost life in Ukraine due to illness

India lost another national stranded in Ukrain amid Russian shelling. A 22-year-old Indian student named Chandan Jindal, who was studying at Vinnytsia National Pyrogov Memorial Medical University in Vinnytsia in Ukraine, passed away today due to illness. He was under treatment in Emergency Hospital Vinnitsya and was admitted in ICU. His father was also present in the hospital and is now trying to reach the Siret border of Romania along with the dead body of his son.

17:04 (IST)

Indian Nationals asked to leave Kharkiv immediately

Indian embassy in Ukraine urged the Indian nationals to leave Kharkiv city in Ukraine immediately.

16:06 (IST)   

Close to 6,80,000 people have fled Ukraine since Russian invasion began

A Ukrainian mother and child wait at the Siret border point with Romania on March 1. Approaching 680,000 people have fled Ukraine since the Russian military invasion on February 24, with the number rising rapidly. (AFP)

15:57 (IST)   

Troops inching closer to Kyiv, says city mayor

Russia is gathering troops closer and closer to Kyiv, the Ukrainian capital’s mayor Vitali Klitschko wrote in an online post on Wednesday. “We are preparing and will defend Kyiv!,” he added. “Kyiv stands and will stand.”

15:46 (IST)

Russia will not let Ukraine obtain nuclear weapons, Lavrov says

Russia will not allow Ukraine to obtain nuclear weapons, TASS news agency quoted Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as saying on Wednesday.

Russia launched an invasion of Ukraine last week in what it called a special operation to demilitarise and “denazify” the country, a justification dismissed by Kyiv and the West as propaganda.

15:45 (IST)

Kyiv mayor says Russia is massing troops closer to the capital

Russia is gathering troops closer and closer to Kyiv, the Ukrainian capital’s mayor Vitali Klitschko wrote in an online post on Wednesday. “We are preparing and will defend Kyiv!,” he added. “Kyiv stands and will stand.”

15:44 (IST)

Russian officials ready for second round of talks with Ukraine

Russian officials are ready to hold a second round of talks with Ukraine on Wednesday but it is unclear whether Ukrainian officials will turn up, the Kremlin said.

Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said there was contradictory information about the talks, which would follow a meeting at the Belarusian border on Monday that failed to produce a breakthrough.Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Tuesday that Russia must stop bombing Ukrainian cities before more talks could take place on Russia’s invasion of his country. “First we can try to predict whether Ukrainian negotiators will show up or not. Let’s hope this happens. Our (negotiators) will be there and ready,” Peskov told reporters.

He said Moscow needed to formulate a harsh, thought-out and clear response to measures imposed by Western countries to undermine the Russian economy. Asked whether the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project led by Russia’s Gazprom was dead, Peskov said the infrastructure was still there and common sense was for it to be launched. 

15:41 (IST)

Russia’s Lavrov says a third World War would be nuclear and destructive

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday that if a third World War were to take place, it would involve nuclear weapons and be destructive, the RIA news agency reported.

Lavrov has said that Russia, which launched what it calls a special military operation against Ukraine last week, would face a “real danger” if Kyiv acquired nuclear weapons. 

15:36 (IST)

Russian delegation ready to resume talks with Ukraine

Kremlin spokesman says Russian delegation ready to resume talks Wednesday evening with Ukrainian officials about war, reports.

15:10 (IST)   

Russia ready to continue talks with Ukraine, on Wednesday night

14:30 (IST)   

Russian military claims to have taken control of Ukraine’s Kherson. “The Russian divisions of the armed forces have taken the regional centre of Kherson under full control,” defence ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said in televised remarks.

12:30 (IST)   

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine: An overall view

Nearly a week after Russia began its invasion of Ukraine, numerous cities in the country have seen airstrikes. This includes the capital city of Kyiv, and other major cities like Kharkiv, Mariupol, Odesa and more.

12:24 (IST)   

At least 21 killed, 112 wounded in shelling of Kharkiv, says Ukrainian official

At least 21 people were killed and 112 wounded in shelling in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv in the last 24 hours, regional governor Oleg Synegubov said Wednesday.

The authorities have said Russian missile attacks hit the centre of Ukraine’s second-largest city, including residential areas and the regional administration building.

12:15 (IST)   

‘At least stop bombing people’: Ukraine’s Zelenskiy tells Russia prior to ceasefire talks

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Tuesday Russia must stop bombing Ukrainian cities before meaningful talks on a ceasefire could start, as a first round of negotiations this week had yielded scant progress.

12:11 (IST)

At least 21 killed, 112 injured in shelling in Kharkiv: Governor

At least 21 people were killed and 112 wounded in shelling in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv in the last 24 hours, regional governor Oleg Synegubov said on Wednesday, reported Reuters.

The authorities have said Russian missile attacks hit the centre of Ukraine’s second-largest city, including residential areas and the regional administration building.

11:03 (IST)

America’s United Airlines suspended two Indian routes

United Airlines has ended its use of Russian airspace, and suspended two Indian routes, reported news agency Associated Press. 

The decision follows US President Joe Biden’s announcement banning Russian planes on American airspace. 

13:03 (IST)   

6,000 Indians brought back to country from Ukraine so far: Union minister

Of the 20,000 Indians who were stranded in war-torn Ukraine, 6,000 have been brought back to the country so far and the Centre is making all efforts for the safe return of the remaining ones, Union Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan said Wednesday. 

“There were around 20,000 students/citizens who were stranded in Ukraine. Of them, 4,000 were brought back to India before February 24. Additional 2,000 students were brought back to India till Tuesday and efforts are on to evacuate the remaining Indians stuck there,” he said.

Since the number of stranded persons is big, defence aircraft are being used to bring them back to India, Muraleedharan said.  

Russia-Ukraine tension – March 1, 2022

18:47 (IST)

PM Modi holds a high-level meeting on Ukraine Russia crisis

18:35 (IST)   

Evacuated students tell how they had to wait for 34-hour wait in -5 degree Celsius at Ukraine-Romania border.

Among the biggest hurdles for the 182 Indian students who were repatriated from Ukraine on Tuesday morning was perhaps the freezing temperature which plunged to nearly -5 degree Celsius at the Ukraine-Romania border while they anxiously waited to cross over from Hlybots’kyi in the war-torn country to Suceava city in Romania.

“The worst part was the 34-hour wait at the Romanian border. I could not eat, drink or sleep. The temperature was -3 to -5 degrees Celsius. There was no food except the coffee and bread given by Ukrainians. There was no toilet or place to sleep. At one point, I thought of returning to my university as we were not allowed to cross the border and my health was getting affected. I saw some girls falling unconscious,” said Dinanath Rai (21) from Bihar.

18:32 (IST)

EU disconnects key Russian banks from SWIFT

EU has disconnected key Russian banks from SWIFT. The union will also ban the transaction of Russia’s Central Bank to “turn off the tap on Russia’s and Putin’s war,” said European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

18:04 (IST)   

PM Modi to chair meeting on Ukraine-Russia crisis

Prime Minister Narendra Modi to chair a high-level meeting on the Ukraine-Russia crisis at 6 pm today.

18:03 (IST)

Zelenskyy gets standing ovation after his address at European Parliament

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy received a standing ovation after his address at European Parliament, said, “We’re fighting for our land & our freedom despite the fact that all our cities are now blocked. Nobody is going to break us, we’re strong, we’re Ukrainians.” he said.

17:46 (IST)  

At least 136 civilians killed since invasion began, says UN

At least 136 civilians have been killed, including 13 children, and 400 have been injured since the Russian invasion began, United Nations human rights office says.

17:44 (IST) 

“Prove that you are with us”, Zelenskyy tells European parliament

Addressing the European parliament via a video call, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says, “Without you, Ukraine is going to be lonely. We have proven our strengths. We are exactly the same as you. So, prove that you are with us. Prove that you will not let us go. Prove that you indeed are Europeans and that life will win over death, and light will win over darkness.”

17:20 (IST)   

Indian embassy did not reach out to students stuck in Kharkiv: Grieving father of Karnataka boy killed in Kharkiv shelling

No one from the Indian Embassy reached out to stranded Indian students in Kharkiv in Ukraine, where a Karnataka native pursuing medicine was killed in shelling amid a Russian military offensive, the victim’s father alleged on Tuesday.

Naveen Shekarappa Gyanagoudar from the district was killed on Tuesday when he stepped out of his bunker to exchange currency and fetch some food, his uncle Ujjanagouda claimed. The victim’s residence in Chalageri in this district slipped into gloom upon receiving the news of their child killed in the faraway European nation, with a large number of people thronging the house to console the bereaved family.

The boy’s father Gyanagoudar complained that no one from the Indian embassy reached the students stuck in Kharkiv, which is witnessing hostilities. His family members said Naveen was in the fourth year of his course in the Kharkiv medical college.

Ujjanagouda said Naveen along with others from Karnataka was stuck in a bunker in Kharkiv.  He had gone out in the morning to exchange currency and to fetch some food when shelling happened, in which he was killed instantaneously. On Tuesday when he rang up his father, Naveen said there was no food and water in the bunker, Ujjanagouda stated. 

17:18 (IST)   

NATO chief meets Polish president amid Ukraine crisis

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg is meeting Polish President Andrzej Duda at the Lask Air Base in central Poland for talks on the eastern flank’s security, as Russia wages war on Ukraine, just across Poland’s eastern border.

Stoltenberg and Duda shook hands early Tuesday at the 32rd Tactical Air Base in Lask, where Polish and NATO fighter jets are based, including F-16s. The United States recently reinforced the eastern flank of NATO’s territory with some 5,000 additional troops.

16:43 (IST)   

Ukraine releases video of children singing inside Kyiv bunker

Ukraine’s foreign ministry releases a video of children in a bunker in Kyiv singing the city’s anthem.

16:16 (IST)   

‘Heartfelt condolences’: Rahul Gandhi reacts to death of Indian student in Kharkiv

Reacting to the death of the Indian student in Kharkiv, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi says, “Received the tragic news of an Indian student Naveen losing his life in Ukraine. My heartfelt condolences to his family and friends. I reiterate, GOI needs a strategic plan for safe evacuation. Every minute is precious.”

16:12 (IST)   

Russia has become a ‘terrorist state’, says Zelenskyy

Ukraine President Zelenskyy states Russia became a “terrorist state” the moment they launched a rocket directed at Kharkiv, reports The Kyiv Independent. “Launching a rocket at the central square of Kharkiv is an outright, undisguised terror. After that, Russia became a terrorist state. No one will forgive. Nobody will forget,” he said.

15:18 (IST)

An Indian student lost his life in shelling in Kharkiv, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi tweeted on Tuesday.

“With profound sorrow we confirm that an Indian student lost his life in shelling in Kharkiv this morning. The Ministry is in touch with his family. We convey our deepest condolences to the family,” Bagchi tweeted.

“Foreign Secretary is calling in Ambassadors of Russia and Ukraine to reiterate our demand for urgent safe passage for Indian nationals who are still in Kharkiv and cities in other conflict zones. Similar action is also being undertaken by our Ambassadors in Russia and Ukraine,” he said.

The Indian student killed in Kharkiv shelling has been identified as Naveen Shekharappa Gyanagoudar, 20, from Karnataka. He was a fourth-year medical student at the Kharkiv National Medical University in Kharkiv.

“Naveen was shot dead around 10.30 am Ukrainian time today. He was standing in the queue before a grocery shop when the Russian army fired at people. We have no information about his body. None of us was able to visit the hospital, probably where it is kept now,” said Sridharan Gopalakrishnan, who was Naveen’s hostel mate.

14:58 (IST)   

YouTube blocks RT, Sputnik channels across Europe

Google said Tuesday that it is blocking the YouTube channels of Russia’s state-owned medias RT and Sputnik across Europe with immediate effect. 

14:22 (IST)  

Ukraine’s Mariupol port under constant shelling: Mayor

The mayor of Ukraine’s Mariupol said on Tuesday morning the southern port city was under constant shelling that had killed civilians and damaged infrastructure, as Russia started day six of its invasion. The city reportedly lost power after constant attacks.

14:21 (IST)  

Watch: Union Minister welcomes stranded Indians at Delhi Airport

Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya welcomes stranded Indians at Delhi Airport, reports news agency ANI.

13:45 (IST)  

Russian missiles hit administration building, residential areas: Kharkiv official

Kharkiv region head Oleg Synegubov said Tuesday that Russian missile attacks hit the centre of Ukraine’s second-largest city, including residential areas and the regional administration building, as Moscow started day six of its invasion.

12:59 (IST)

Russian missiles target Kharkiv, says Ukraine media

The city of Kharkiv is again under fire as air raid sirens went off and an explosion struck Independence Square in the centre of the city, said Ukraine-based news website The Kyiv Independent. 

12:49 (IST)   

Russian army on outskirts of southern Ukrainian city Kherson: Mayor

The Russian army on the outskirts of southern Ukrainian city Kherson, reported news agency AFP, citing the city’s mayor.

12:35 (IST)

PM Modi asks Air Force to evacuate stranded Indians

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked the Indian Air Force (IAF) to evacuate Indians stranded in Ukraine due to the Russian military offensive against that country, sources said Tuesday. 

The IAF is likely to deploy several C-17 aircraft as part of Operation Ganga from Tuesday, they said. 

Till now, only private Indian carriers were evacuating Indians from Romania and Hungary, countries with land borders with Ukraine on the western side, as the Ukrainian airspace had been shut since February 24.

12:22 (IST)   

Indians asked to leave Kyiv urgently through ‘any means available’

The Indian embassy in Kyiv, in an advisory issued Tuesday, asked Indians asked to leave Kyiv urgently through ‘any means available’. 

“All Indian nationals including students are advised to leave Kyiv urgently today. Preferably by available trains or through any other means available,” read the short notice issued on Facebook. 

10:51 (IST)

US, UK, China leave citizens stranded in Ukraine as India leads evacuation effort under ‘Operation Ganga’

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has left many foreigners stranded in a besieged country. The forces of Ukraine and Russia are engaged in intense fighting in parts of the north, south and east of Ukraine. Meanwhile, thousands of Indian citizens in Ukraine, most of whom are medical students are looking for a way out, while their families in India appeal for their safe evacuation and return to India.

While, the Indian government is committed to the task, countries like Germany has shut down its embassy in Ukraine and stated that “an evacuation by German authorities is currently not possible.” African students from Morocco, Nigeria, Egypt and more, are also stranded and seeking help from their countries.

Whereas, US in an advisory said, “The U.S. government will not be able to evacuate U.S. citizens from Ukraine.” It has asked its nationals to use commercially or privately-owned transportation to cross the border. The US closed its embassy in Kyiv on the 14th of February and moved a small team to Lviv before relocating to Poland.

Ukraine fights back Russian army on February 27 as well, tension seems to escalate amid trade boycott of Russia by several nations; Developments so far……

Russia-Ukraine tension – February 27, 2022

16:46 (IST) 

Over 3,68,000 people have reportedly fled Ukraine since Russia invaded on Thursday.

17:54 (IST)

Indian Embassy in Ukraine issues second advisory to stranded Indian nationals/Students in Ukraine.

 17:47 (IST)

Russian prez Putin accuses Ukraine of wasting ‘opportunity’ for talks

Russian President Vladimir Putin accuses Ukraine of wasting ‘opportunity’ for talks, as per reports.

17:23 (IST)

Germany offers free train rides to bring in Ukrainian refugees from Poland, reports.

17:17 (IST)

Italy announced an immediate payment of 110 million euros to Ukraine, according to media reports.

17:08 (IST)

War map of Ukraine: Showing areas where explosions, strikes and fighting have been reported and are under Russian control.

16:45 (IST)

Iceland closes air space to Russia in support of Ukraine

Minister for Foreign Affairs Iceland said the country has decided to close its airspace to Russian air traffic, in solidarity with Ukraine.

16:13 (IST)

Lithuania to Ban Russian airlines in show of solidarity

Lithuania Prime Minister announces to ban Russian airlines from its airspace from midnight, says no flights for aggressor planes in the freedom sky

15:32 (IST)

Poland welcomes stranded Indian students in Ukraine to cross the border without any visa

14:47 (IST)

Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel talks about Indian students in Ukraine, tells how increased flight tickets have made it difficult for them to come back to their country.

14:10 (IST)

New advisory released for Indian diaspora in war-inflicted Ukraine, need to move away from conflict zones to the Western region.

 16:04 (IST)

All Indian students stranded in Ukraine will be brought back to home land at govt’s expense: Rajnath Singh

All the Indians stranded in Ukraine will be brought back to the country at the government’s expense. We have decided to increase the number of flights to neighbouring countries of Ukraine with their permission for this purpose: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh

15:50 (IST)

Ireland closes airspace to Russian planes amid the wake to 

15:39 (IST)

International Judo Federation suspends Putin as honorary president

Russian president Vladimir Putin has been suspended as honorary president of the International Judo Federation (IJF) due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine the sport’s governing body announced.

15:31 (IST)

Russia lost around 4,300 soldiers,146 tanks since war began: Ukraine

Ukraine’s deputy defense minister claims Russia has lost around 4,300 soldiers and 146 tanks since the start of the invasion, reports The Spectator Index.

 15:24 (IST)

Finland, Denmark to close airspace to Russian planes

Finland and Denmark announced they would close their airspace to Russian planes, joining other European countries in ramping up sanctions against Moscow over its invasion of Ukraine.

13:44 (IST)

Russian Defence Ministry spokesperson makes important announcement, assures of Ukrainian servicemen’s safety.

13:07 (IST)

Russia claims to have besieged two major cities of Ukraine.

12:13 (IST)

Russia enters Ukraine’s second city Kharkiv and fighting is under way: Reports

12:01 (IST)

Fourth flight leaves Bucharest (Romania) to bring 198 Indian nationals to Delhi safely

10:57 (IST)

A special flight from Ukraine arrived at Delhi’s IGI Airport

05:51 (IST)

Third flight with 240 Indian nationals dispatches from Hungary for Delhi

Russia-Ukraine tension – February 25, 2022

21:33 (IST)

Council of Europe suspends Russia

Russia’s membership in the Council of Europe has been suspended over the invasion of Ukraine.

21:04 (IST)

Olympic Committee urges all federations to cancel events in Russia

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has urged all international sports federations to cancel their forthcoming events in Russia, following the Russian attack on Ukraine.

20:50 PM (IST)

Putin tells Ukrainian military to overthrow govt

Russian President Putin, in a televised address, told the Ukrainian army to overthrow the leadership in Kyiv and ‘take power into your own hands’. It will be easier for us to reach an agreement, Putin said.

Addressing Russia’s security council, Putin said, “I once again appeal to the military personnel of the armed forces of Ukraine: do not allow neo-Nazis to use your children, wives and elders as human shields. Take power into your own hands.” 

20:12 (IST)

470 students to exit Ukraine today: Indian Embassy in Kyiv

19:46 (IST)   

Ukraine foreign minister alleges Russian forces attacked kindergarten, orphanage: Reports

Ukraine’s foreign minister accused Russian forces of attacking a kindergarten and an orphanage, The New York Times reported. He said the Ukrainian authorities would send evidence of the attacks to The Hague, tweeting, “Responsibility is inevitable.”

18:53 (IST)   

Russian military captures aerodrome near Kyiv, says will not strike residential area

Russia’s defence ministry Friday said its forces had captured the strategic Hostomel aerodrome, just 7 km (4 miles) northwest of the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, and landed paratroops in the area. More than 200 people were eliminated from the Ukraine special units in the operation, it added. The ministry claimed the Russian military had blocked access to Kyiv from the west, and separatist forces in east Ukraine had attacked Ukrainian army positions with Russian army support. The Russian military said that it will not strike residential areas of Kyiv.

18:13 (IST)

Day after seizing Chernobyl nuclear plant, Russia claims personnel working at the facility as usual

The Chernobyl nuclear power plant’s personnel are continuing to service the facilities and monitor the radiation situation at the station as usual, a top Russian official claimed on Friday, a day after Russian forces took over the decommissioned facility after a fierce fight with Ukrainian soldiers guarding it. Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday launched a multi-pronged all-out attack on Ukraine, casting aside international condemnation and sanctions and warned other countries that any attempt to interfere would lead to “consequences they had never seen”.

16:39 (IST)

‘Russian warship, go f**k yourself’: Kyiv to honour troops killed on island

A group of Ukrainian border guards were stationed on Snake Island, in the Black Sea south of Odessa, when a Russian warship ordered them to surrender under threat of attack. Their response: “Russian warship, go f**k yourself.” They held their ground. All 13 were killed.

16:13 (IST) 

Ukrainians taking shelter deep underground in Kyiv’s metro system

Ukrainians are taking shelter deep underground in Kyiv’s metro system as Russia’s invasion continues. 

15:32 (IST)

Embassy of India in Ukraine issues fresh advisory to all Indian nationals/students stuck in Ukraine, working to establish evacuation routes from Romania and Hungary.

15:35 (IST) 

Gunfire reported near government district in Kyiv 

Gunfire was heard near the government district in the Ukrainian capital city of Kyiv, as per media reports from the site. A Ukrainian government adviser said on Friday he expected Russia to try to break into Kyiv during the day. City residents were urged to proceed to shelters due to an air raid alarm.

15:15 (IST)  

Nuclear agency finds rise in radiation in Chernobyl nuclear plant

Ukraine’s nuclear energy regulatory agency says that higher than usual gamma radiation levels have been detected in the area near the decommissioned Chernobyl nuclear plant, after it was seized by the Russian military.

The State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate said Friday that higher gamma radiation levels have been detected in the Chernobyl zone, but didn’t provide details of the increase.

14:28 (IST)

Russia closes its airspace to British airlines

Amid ongoing tension, Russia has banned British airlines from landing at its airports or crossing its airspace, its state civil aviation regulator said on Friday.

The move follows London’s ban on the flights of Russian flag carrier Aeroflot imposed in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Meanwhile, French President Emmanuel Macron said Friday that France and its European allies have decided to “inflict very severe blows on Moscow,” further sanctioning individuals and targeting finance, energy and other sectors. The legal texts for the sanctions will be finalized and submitted for approval to EU foreign ministers later Friday. Macron also said the EU has decided on economic aid for Ukraine in the amount of 1.5 billion euros ($1.68 billion).  

14:16 (IST)  

Ukraine ministry says Russia hit 33 civilian sites in last 24 hrs

Russia has bombed 33 civilian sites in its assault on Ukraine in the last 24 hours, Kyiv’s interior ministry said Friday as Russian troops advanced on the capital, according to media.

“The Russians say they are not striking civilian objects. But 33 civilian sites have been hit over the last 24 hours,” the agency quoted an official at Ukraine’s Interior Ministry, Vadym Denysenko, as saying. 

14:11 (IST)   

Taliban too calls for “restraint by both parties”

The Taliban government in Afghanistan issued a statement calling for “calls for restraint by both parties”. 

“All sides need to desist from taking positions that could intensify violence,” it said, and requested the parties to safeguard the lives of Afghan students and migrants in Ukraine.

13:20 (IST)

In first, Ukraine invades Russia, fires missile.

13:10 (IST)

Ukrainian soldiers surrenders to Russia, several medical tests being running on them.

11:55 (IST)

UNSC condemns Russia, asks for force withdrawal from Ukraine

Condemning the Russian aggression against Ukraine in the strongest term, the draft UNSC resolution apart from authorizing force has asked Moscow to immediately, completely, and unconditionally withdraw all its military forces from the territory of Ukraine.

The UNSC resolution, which shall be put to vote today in New York, reaffirms its commitment to the sovereignty, independence, unity, and territorial integrity of Ukraine and calls Russian aggression a breach of international peace and security.

11:37 (IST)

Explosions heard in Kyiv; Ukraine says Russian troops largely stopped from advancing on the day two of fighting

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said Russia resumed missile strikes at 4 am Friday, but its troops had been stopped from advancing in most directions. The shelling sets off day two of fighting after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the ‘military operations’ in Ukraine.

09:25 (IST)

As many as 137 people died including 10 military officers while 316 gets seriously injured after first day of fighting, tells Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

137 Ukrainians killed, 316 wounded after first day of war with Russia

A day after Russia invaded Ukraine, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that 137 civilians and military personnel have been killed so far while 316 have been injured.

“Today we have lost 137 of our heroes, our citizens. Military and civilians,” Zelensky said in a video address, adding that another 316 people had been injured. “Who is ready to fight alongside us? I don’t see anyone. Who is ready to give Ukraine a guarantee of NATO membership? Everyone is afraid,” he added.

Russia-Ukraine tension – February 24, 2022

21:36 (IST) 

PM Modi holds Cabinet Committee meet on Security amid Russia-Ukraine tensions

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday chaired a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine. At the meeting, Modi stated that the topmost priority of the government is the safety and security of Indian nationals, including students in Ukraine, Foreign Secretary Harsh V Shringla said

21:17 (IST)

Ukrainian army plane shot down, five killed

A Ukrainian military plane was shot down today and five people were killed, Ukrainian police and the state emergency service said, as its armed forces sought to defend against a massive Russian military operation.

21:10 (IST)   

Curfew imposed in Ukraine’s capital of Kyiv

The mayor of Ukraine’s capital of Kyiv ordered a curfew on Thursday in comments shown on television after Russia launched an invasion of Ukraine.

19:50 (IST)

PM Modi likely to speak with Putin tonight after Ukrainian envoy’s appeal

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to speak with Russian President Vladimir Putin tonight after Ukrainian envoy’s appeal earlier in the day, according to media reports.

19:39 (IST)

Russia claims to have destroyed over 70 military targets in Ukraine

Russia says it has destroyed more than 70 military targets, including 11 airfields, in Ukraine after its invasion of the European nation began earlier in the day, as per reports.

19:22 (IST) 

Russia carried out 203 attacks on Ukraine on Thursday only: Police

Ukrainian police on Thursday said Russia had carried out 203 attacks since the beginning of the day, with fighting going on almost everywhere throughout Ukraine’s territory.

State border guards said the Ukrainian military was fighting Russian forces near the eastern city of Sumy. Ukraine’s defence minister said some Russian forces had been taken prisoner in heavy fighting. 

19:01 (IST)

Indian Congress leader Shashi Tharoor urges Indian government to stand up for Ukraine in the time of need

If the Chinese march into our country we would want other countries to stand up for us. If Ukraine expects us to speak to Russians, then atleast we should try and be counted on the right side of the issue: Congress Lok Sabha MP Shashi Tharoor#UkraineRussiaCrisis pic.twitter.com/QXt1ESopFH

18:32 PM (IST)

NATO membership not an ‘excuse’ for Russia to invade Ukraine, says secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg

NATO secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg said Ukraine’s wish to be a member of the alliance is not an “excuse” for Russia to invade the European country.

“Russia has no right to use violence and armed forces on a sovereign nation,” he said during a joint press conference with European Union president Ursula von der Leyen and European Council president Charles Michel.

18:12 (IST)   

Jaishankar discusses Russia-Ukraine crisis with UK foreign secretary 

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar Thursday held a telephonic discussion with UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss and exchanged perspectives on the Russia-Ukraine crisis.

18:32 (IST)

NATO chief urges both the sides to de-escalate, reprimands Russia for breaching the international pact

18:28 (IST)

Ukraine army intercepts Russia’s attack helicopter, takes two Russian soldiers hostage: Reports

16:18 PM IST

French President Macron calls for NATO summit ‘as soon as possible’

Amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, French President Emmanuel Macron has called for NATO summit ‘as soon as possible’, as per reports.

18:07 PM (IST)

Ukraine military plane with 14 on board crashes near Kyiv

Ukraine military plane with 14 on board crashes near Kyiv, reports AFP citing emergency service.

17:58 (IST)

Indian embassy issues fresh advisory in Ukraine asks nationals to stay in bomb shelters

The Indian Embassy at 5 pm issued its third advisory since this morning on guidelines for Indians amid Russia-Ukraine war. “We are aware that certain places are hearing air sirens/bomb warnings. In case you are faced with such a situation, google maps has a list of nearby bomb shelters, many of which are located in underground metros,” the embassy said. For those in Kyiv, the official link from Kyiv city administration is here, the embassy said.

17:39 (IST)   

Russian helicopters attack military airport near Kyiv: Ukrainian officials

Russian helicopters on Thursday attacked Gostomel, a military airport near the capital of Kyiv, and Ukraine downed three of them, Ukrainian officials said.

Ukrainian border officials said that the Russian military was trying to penetrate into Ukraine’s Kyiv region and its Zhytomyr region on the Belarusian border and that Russia was using Grad rocket systems.

15:37 (IST)

Russia conducted over 30 strikes on civilian and military targets

Russia conducted over 30 strikes on civilian and military targets, reports Reuters citing Ukraine army.

16:28 (IST)

Ukraine military base building damaged by fire in Russian attack

Photos show a building of a military base, which, according to the State Emergency Service of Ukraine, was damaged by fire, after Russian President Vladimir Putin authorized a military operation in eastern Ukraine, in the town of Brovary, near Kyiv.

15:35 (IST)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy calls on citizens to fight, promises to issue weapons

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Thursday called on all citizens who were ready to defend the country from Russian forces to come forward, adding that the government would issue weapons to everyone who wants them. Zelenskiy also urged Russians to come out and protest against the war.

‘We have severed diplomatic relations with Russia. For all those who have not yet lost their conscience in Russia, it is time to go out and protest against the war with Ukraine’ Zelenskiy said in a tweet.

15:28 (IST)

Germany ‘will provide massive help’ to Poland in case of Ukraine refugee influx: Interior minister

15:19 PM IST

Ukraine breaks diplomatic ties with Russia

Ukraine breaks diplomatic ties with Russia, reports quoting President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. This comes after Russia’s full-flown air and ground military attack on Ukraine.

15:14 (IST)

Ukraine reports massive traffic jams as people leave Kyiv

Traffic jams were reported as people left the city of Kyiv, Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday announced a military operation in Ukraine and warned other countries that any attempt to interfere with the Russian action would lead to ‘consequences you have never seen.’

14:46 (IST)

Ukraine says killed ‘around 50 Russian occupiers’

Ukraine has said that it killed ‘around 50 Russian occupiers’. I which 40 Ukranian soldiers and around 10 civilians have reportedly been killed by Russian shelling. The casualties are the latest in a series of fast-paced developments that began when Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a military operation in Ukraine early Thursday. 

14:30 (IST)   

European Union Ambassadors hold emergency meet to discuss Ukraine invasion.

14:28 (IST)   

Ukraine’s ambassador urges India to contact Putin, Zelensky

Ukrainian Ambassador to India Igor Polikha said in a media briefing streamed on Facebook that India is one of the few nations in the world which can influence Russia.

Meanwhile, the Ukrainian president urged world leaders to provide defence assistance and help protect Ukraine’s airspace from Russia, as per reports.

Polikha also urged PM Narendra Modi to immediately contact Russian President Vladimir Putin and our President Volodymyr Zelensky. 

14:20 (IST)  

‘Carry passport, documents at all times’: Indian embassy tells nationals stuck in Ukraine

The Indian embassy in war hit Ukraine issued a second advisory today on Thursday, informing that alternative arrangements are being made for the evacuation of Indian nationals in the wake of the closure of Ukrainian airspace.

The embassy asked all nationals to carry their passport and necessary documents in person at all times and monitor the Embassy website and social media sites for updates.

13:47 (IST)   

First death reported from Ukrainian border guards; banks impose daily limits on cash withdrawals

The Ukrainian border guards reported the first death as Russia’s ground forces crossed into Ukraine from several directions, as per reports.

Ukraine Central Bank governor limits cash withdrawals from accounts to 1,00,000 hryvnia per day, reported Reuters. One Ukrainian hryvnia is roughly equal to Rs. 2.55. 

13:25 (IST)   

Watch aftermath of Russian shelling on Ukranian cities

As Ukrainians woke up to the news of the Russian invasion, photos from Kyiv showed the aftermath of Russian shelling. 

13:24 (IST)   

Ukraine asks Turkey to close Black Sea waterways to Russia: Reports

Ukraine ambassador has reportedly asked Turkey to close the Bosphorus and Dardanelles straits to Russian ships and wants sanctions imposed on Moscow. The development came after Russia launched air and ground assaults on its neighbour.

NATO member Turkey Ukraine, which shares a maritime Black Sea border with Ukraine and Russia, opposes sanctions but has called Russian steps against Ukraine unacceptable. Under a 1936 pact, Ankara has control over the straits and can limit warship passages if it is threatened or during wartime.

“We are calling for the air space, Bosphorus and Dardanelles straits to be closed. We have conveyed our relevant demand to the Turkish side. At the same time, we want sanctions imposed on the Russian side,” said Ambassador Vasyl Bodnar told a news conference in Ankara.

13:07 (IST)

Amid the Russia-Ukraine escalation, US President Joe Biden to hold a meeting tomorrow with the Leaders of the G7, to impose severe sanctions on Russia. We will continue to provide support and assistance to Ukraine and the Ukrainian people:

13:02 (IST)

India should demand Russia to stop, says Congress leader Shashi Tharoor

As Russian troops launch an offensive against Ukraine, senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Thursday said “however much one appreciates Moscow’s legitimate security concerns, resort to war is impossible to accept or justify, and India should demand that Russians “stop”.

Tharoor also slammed Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan over his visit to Russia amid the developments and cited the example of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who in 1979 as the then foreign minister had cut short his visit to China when Beijing attacked Vietnam.

13:00 (IST)   

China blames US, NATO for Russia’s actions, “Did US think of the consequences?”

For the ongoing Ukraine-Russia crisis, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying blamed the United States, saying, “When the US drove five waves of NATO expansion eastward all the way to Russia’s doorstep…, did it ever think about the consequences of pushing a big country to the wall?” she said.

Earlier, China had issued a notice advising its people in Ukraine to stay home because of ongoing military actions and chaos, however, it did not mentioned anything about Russian forces. Also, Beijing had denounced sanctions against Russia, with which it has increasingly aligned its foreign policy to challenge the West, and blamed the U.S. and its allies for provoking Moscow.

12:56 (IST)

Financial market tumbles in the wake of Russia-Ukrain war

12:04 (IST) 

‘Putin attacked, but no one is running away’: Ukraine minister assures citizens across the world

Ukraine Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba took to Twitter to assure citizens in the wake of the Russian attack.

“Putin attacked, but no one is running away. Army, diplomats, everyone is working. Ukraine fights. Ukraine will defend itself. Ukraine will win,” he tweeted.

09:33 (IST)

182 Indians reach Delhi from Ukraine in a Special UIA flight

09:10 (IST)

Stock Market crashes in the midst of Russia-Ukraine crisis 8 lakh cr investors drowned in few minutes

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