Ukraine-Russia War – Updates and Analysis (28/02 – 01/03)


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residential bombings in kyiv, kharkiv

23:00 – 1 Mar 2022

According to Ukraine’s State Special Communications Service, Russia bombs Kyiv neighbourhoods and Vyshneve city outside of the capital.

Rusanivka, Kurenivka, Boiarka, and the Zhuliany district near the Kyiv International Airport are currently under siege.


apple suspends all product sales in russia

22:00 – 1 Mar 2022

In response to Russia’s attack on Ukraine, Apple has stated that all product sales in Russia have been halted. Outside of Russia, RT News and Sputnik News, two state-run news outlets, will be unavailable.

According to Reuters, Apple has acknowledged that it will restrict the usage of Apple Pay and other services in Russia.


russian woman sets fire to passport in edinburgh vigil

21:00 – 1 Mar 2022


Russia blocks independent media outlets

20:05 – 1 Mar 2022

A Russian radio station has been taken off air after authorities threatened to shut it down over its coverage of the invasion of Ukraine.

The move against Echo Moskvy, one of Russia’s oldest radio stations and one which has been critical of the Kremlin, comes amid growing pressure on Russia’s independent media to follow the Kremlin’s official line while covering the conflict.

Shortly after Moscow invaded Ukraine on Thursday, officials threatened independent media with closure if their coverage described the assault as an “invasion” or a “war”.

Officials have also threatened to block Dozhd, Russia’s top independent TV channel.


Mexico will not impose sanctions on Russia

19:43 – 1 Mar 2022

“We’re not going to take any kind of economic reprisal because we want to have good relations with all the governments in the world, and we want to be able to talk with the parties in conflict,” said the President of Mexico López Obrador. 

The president also criticized the censorship of Russian state media after social media companies announced they would take action to limit the reach of Russian-backed media.


UK to impose sanctions on Belarus

19:35 – 1 Mar 2022

The UK said that it will impose sanctions on Belarus for its role in the Russian invasion. 

The Belarusian chief of the general staff, Major General Victor Gulevich, and three other deputy defence ministers will be sanctioned, along with two military enterprises.

Russian forces entered Ukraine from the Belarusian border, mainly in the attack on Chernobyl and the spearhead towards Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine.

Belarus had also taken part in joint military drills with Russia in the run-up to the invasion.


Facebook to remain online in Russia

19:18 – 1 Mar 2022

Nick Clegg, the president for global affairs at Meta, has announced that Facebook will remain in operation within Russia, stating that it is important the platform stay online to allow Russian users to speak out against the invasion.

However, the site will demote all Russian state media accounts, as well as content linking to their sites.

“I can confirm we are demoting content from Facebook pages and Instagram accounts from Russian state-controlled media outlets, and we are making them harder to find across our platforms.”

Clegg added that “you can, of course, suppress, restrict, block and we do all of that – we’re being transparent about doing that – but I do think at a moment of heightened conflict it is always important to remember that it is free expression that, in the end, we should be seeking to help win out more than anything else.”

Russia has already limited access to Facebook and slowed the platform in response to the social network’s restrictions.


Russian forces have entered Kherson

19:08 – 1 Mar 2022

Troops have entered the Kherson, a city in southern Ukraine, according to Ukrainian authorities.

Ukraine’s Interior Ministry stated that Ukrainian Forces still control the city’s administration building. 


Russian state media says second round of talks to happen tomorrow

18:52 – 1 Mar 2022

The second round of talks between the delegations from Ukraine and Russia about the situation in Ukraine is planned for tomorrow, reports Russian state media.

Ukrainian officials have yet to confirm this information.


Poland calls for sanctions on Belarus

18:42 – 1 Mar 2022

The prime minister of Poland has proposed sanctions be imposed on Belarus as soon as possible. This comes as the threat of Belarus joining Russia’s attack of Ukraine continues to grow, even after the President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, has claimed that there are no plans of Belarus joining the invasion.


UK announces sanctions against Russian Direct Investment Fund

18:32 – 1 Mar 2022

The United Kingdom will freeze the assets of the Russian Direct Investment Fund and its chief executive, Kirill Dmitriev. 

The Russian Direct Investment Fund is a sovereign wealth fund created by the Russian government to attract investors to Russia. 


300 Belarusian tanks near border

18:21 – 1 Mar 2022

Ukrainian Defence Intelligence claims that about 300 Belarusian tanks are now near the Belarus-Ukrainian border.

Russia and Belarus conducted joint military drills in the days leading up to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and the two countries have remained allied. 

Ukraine and Russia had conducted talks at the Belarus-Ukraine border yesterday, however, nothing seems to have come from these negotiations.


Russian forces on low morale, claims US defense official

18:12 – 1 Mar 2022

The US has “indications that morale is flagging in some” of the Russian forces’ units, a senior US defence official claimed on Tuesday.

“We have picked up independently on our own, indications that morale is flagging in some of these units. That they again did not expect the resistance that they were going to get and that their own morale has suffered as a result,” the official said.

A significant number of the Russian military forces being used to invade Ukraine are “conscripts, very young men drafted into service,” continued the official.

“Apparently, again, we’re picking this up as best we can, but not all of them are apparently fully trained and prepared or even aware that they were going to be sent into a combat operation,” the official added.


5 people killed after attack on Kyiv TV Tower

17:59 – 1 Mar 2022

5 people have been confirmed killed after a Russian bombardment of the area around Kyiv TV Tower took place.

It’s unclear whether the tower itself was hit – it remains standing, but the blast took some broadcasts off-air.

The area is found right next to the Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial, a site of massacres carried out in 1941 by Nazi Germany during its campaign against the Soviet Union.


Russia’s advance on Kyiv is “where it was yesterday”

17:31 – 1 Mar 2022

The Russian advance on Kyiv remains “basically… where it was yesterday” according to a senior defence official.  

The Russians are not only facing “fuel and sustainment” problems, but are showing signs that they are running out of food, the official claimed.  

The official cited a number of possible reasons for the stall, including Ukrainian resistance.

The official also cited the possibility that the Russians were pausing their advance by choice because they could be “regrouping, rethinking, reevaluating.” CNN reported earlier that the US believes Russia is resorting to heavier firepower and more devastating weapons systems.


“Putin will be directly responsible for the difficulties of his own population”

17:02 – 1 Mar 2022

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire told CNN Tuesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin “will be directly and personally responsible for the difficulties of his own population.”

Speaking to Christiane Amanpour in Paris, Le Maire said that the consequences of economic sanctions that have been implemented on Moscow following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine were “first of all on Vladimir Putin, first of all on the oligarchs, first of all on the financial and economic Russian system, but also there will be side effects on the Russian population.”

“When you are looking at the current situation, sanctions prove to be effective,” he told CNN. “There has been a devaluation of the ruble of 30%. Let’s have a look at the Russian market. There has been a decrease in the Russian market by 30%. Let’s have a look at the risk of having bank runs in Russia. We are already inflicting… serious damages to the Russian economy, serious damages to the Russian financial system, and we will stick to that line, which is a very strong one for the view of making understandable our determination to say: stop to Vladimir Putin.” 


Kyiv TV tower hit by military strikes

16:48 – 1 Mar 2022

The area surrounding a massive TV tower in Kyiv has been hit by military strikes, according to videos and photos posted to social media

“The channels will not work for a while,” the ministry said in its statement. “The backup broadcasting of some channels will be enabled in the near future,” said the Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs.


US oil soars above €92 a barrel

16:22 – 1 Mar 2022

US oil prices jumped 7% on Tuesday and climbed above $102 a barrel for the first time in more than seven years amid growing worries about the Russia-Ukraine crisis.

Even as energy officials around the world near a deal to release emergency oil stockpiles, oil prices are rising sharply.


Chechen dictator admits to deaths

15:48 – 1 Mar 2022

“Unfortunately, there are already losses among the natives of the Chechen Republic,” said Ramzan Kadyrov, the pro-Kremlin leader of Russia’s Chechnya region on Twitter, “Two died … six more were injured to varying degrees.”


UN: 660,000 have fled

15:01 – 1 Mar 2022

The UN refugee agency says more than 660,000 people – mostly women and children – have left so far.

Shabia Mantoo, spokeswoman of the UN’s refugee agency has told a briefing in Switzerland that there are reports of people waiting for up to 60 hours to enter Poland, while queues at the Romanian border are up to 20km long.


Russia to strike Ukraine’s security service

14:24 – 1 Mar 2022

Russian news agencies are quoting the Russian Defence Ministry as saying that Russian forces will strike Kyiv sites belonging to Ukraine’s security service and a special operations unit.

According to the agencies, cited by Reuters, the strikes aim to prevent “information attacks” on Russia.


Zelenskyy asks EU leaders for solidarity as Ukraine asks to join union

14:10 – 1 Mar 2022

“We have proven our strength. We have proven that, at a minimum, 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 are, indeed, Europeans,” Zelensky said in a video address to the European Parliament.

“We are dealing with real people, real lives. We are giving our lives for our values, our rights, our freedom, for the desire to be equals — as much as you are,” Zelensky said.

“Nobody is going to break us. We are strong. We are Ukrainians,” he added.


Former Russian President Medvedev warns of ‘real war’ over sactions

14:05 – 1 Mar 2022


Russian PM announces capital control measures

13:52 – 1 Mar 2022

Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin has announced government capital control measures in a bid to stop the mass exodus of foreign businesses from the country.

“To enable businesses to make informed decisions, a draft presidential decree has been prepared to introduce temporary restrictions on exiting Russian assets,” he said. “We expect that those who have invested in our country will be able to continue working here.” 

“I am sure that the sanctions pressure will eventually subside, and those who will not curtail their projects in our country, succumbing to the slogans of foreign politicians, will win,” the Russian PM continued.


Denmark considers changing name Russian embassy’s street to “Ukraine Street”

13:42 – 1 Mar 2022

The Danish government is considering changing the street where the Russian embassy in Copenhagen to “Ukraine Street”, in a move similar to the Scottish government during South African apertheidism, when the South African embassy’s streetname was changed to “Nelson Mandela Place”.

The embassy responded by giving information on the current name’s important to Denmark and Norway’s history.


China refuses to acknowledge Russian invasion

13:37 – 1 Mar 2022

China said it “regrets” the casualties in Ukraine and called the current situation “undesirable” while continuing to refuse to acknowledge Russia’s military action as “an invasion.”

“The safety of civilians’ lives and property should be effectively guaranteed, and in particular, large-scale humanitarian crises should be prevented,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said during a briefing today.

However, China continued to dodge questions about calling Russia’s activity in Ukraine an “invasion,” instead reiterating that the conflict has a “complicated history and reality” and that it supports “all diplomatic efforts” to resolve the conflict.  


Mass attack may be imminent in Mariupol 

13:32 – 1 Mar 2022

Russian-backed forces in Donetsk have put out a message that corridors for the evacuation of civilians have been established, hinting towards a large-scale attack to capture the city may soon occur.

Eduard Basurin, a spokesperson for the Donesk separatists’ military, said civilian safety of movement is guaranteed until tomorrow.


‘Nothing and no one is off the table’

13:23 – 1 Mar 2022

Liz Truss has warned “nothing and no one is off the table” as the United Kingdom and western allies continue to hit Russia with sanctions over Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

The UK’s foreign secretary told the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva that Putin is “responsible for civilian casualties and over 500,000 people fleeing with the numbers still rising fast”. 

She said the “blood is on Putin’s hands, not just of innocent Ukrainians but the men he has sent to die”.

“We’re using our collective heft, making up over half the world’s economy to cut funding from Putin’s war machine and we’re delivering severe economic costs through these sanctions as ordinary Russians are finding form queues at their local banks and rising interest rates,” Ms Truss said.


Diplomats walk out as Russian Foreign Minister addresses UN

13:05 – 1 Mar 2022

“Walk out from the EU and its partners during the statement from Minister Lavrov at the Conference on Disarmament this morning to show our support to Ukraine,” the tweet said. 

During his speech to the UN Human Rights Council, Lavrov said he did not attend in person because of what he called “outrageous” measures by European Union in applying sanctions on Russia following its unprovoked invasion of Ukraine.


Zelenskyy addressing European Parliament

12:54 – 1 Mar 2022

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is now addressing the European Parliament in Brussels via video link from an unknown location.

Discussing the missile attacks on the second-largest city Kharkiv, he said dozens of people have been killed and added: “This is the price of freedom.”

He also accused Russia of targeting Ukrainian children and said that around 16 have been killed yesterday.


Kremlin denies use of vacuum bombs

12:48 – 1 Mar 2022

Yesterday evening it was reported by the Ukrainian ambassador to the United States that Russia dropped a vacuum bomb onto Ukraine.

The Kremlin has now denied that any such weapon was used, and insisted that any attacks are targeted solely at military outposts and other military targets.

“The Russian troops don’t conduct any strikes against civilian infrastructure and residential areas”.

This claim is contradicted by the several hundred videos that have emerged in the last few days of burning school, residential buildings, and most recently, Freedom Square in Kharkiv, and Mariupol.


UK bans all Russian ships from entering British ports

12:42- 1 Mar 2022

UK Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps has tweeted that all ships with any connection to Russia are now barred from entering British ports.

Mr Shapps encouraged people on Twitter to share his message “to encourage all countries to do the same in support of the people of Ukraine”.


Kharkiv residents are being targeted

11:36 – 1 Mar 2022

Maria Avdeeva, research director at the European Expert Association has said that residential areas are being hit by artillery fire, even though there are no military outposts anywhere near the area.

“This is a residential area with no military objects at all. Russian troops were deliberately targeting civilian objects.”


5700 russian troops killed – ukraine

11:00 – 1 Mar 2022

As the country’s war enters its sixth day, Ukraine claims that 5,710 Russian troops have been killed.

According to a post shared by the General Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces, Russian losses from February 24 to today include 200 captives.

198 Russian tanks, 29 planes, 846 armored vehicles, and 29 helicopters have been destroyed in the meantime.

Russia blocks independent media outlets

20:05 – 1 Mar 2022

A Russian radio station has been taken off air after authorities threatened to shut it down over its coverage of the invasion of Ukraine.

The move against Echo Moskvy, one of Russia’s oldest radio stations and one which has been critical of the Kremlin, comes amid growing pressure on Russia’s independent media to follow the Kremlin’s official line while covering the conflict.

Shortly after Moscow invaded Ukraine on Thursday, officials threatened independent media with closure if their coverage described the assault as an “invasion” or a “war”.

Officials have also threatened to block Dozhd, Russia’s top independent TV channel.


Mexico will not impose sanctions on Russia

19:43 – 1 Mar 2022

“We’re not going to take any kind of economic reprisal because we want to have good relations with all the governments in the world, and we want to be able to talk with the parties in conflict,” said the President of Mexico López Obrador. 

The president also criticized the censorship of Russian state media after social media companies announced they would take action to limit the reach of Russian-backed media.


UK to impose sanctions on Belarus

19:35 – 1 Mar 2022

The UK said that it will impose sanctions on Belarus for its role in the Russian invasion. 

The Belarusian chief of the general staff, Major General Victor Gulevich, and three other deputy defence ministers will be sanctioned, along with two military enterprises.

Russian forces entered Ukraine from the Belarusian border, mainly in the attack on Chernobyl and the spearhead towards Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine.

Belarus had also taken part in joint military drills with Russia in the run-up to the invasion.


Facebook to remain online in Russia

19:18 – 1 Mar 2022

Nick Clegg, the president for global affairs at Meta, has announced that Facebook will remain in operation within Russia, stating that it is important the platform stay online to allow Russian users to speak out against the invasion.

However, the site will demote all Russian state media accounts, as well as content linking to their sites.

“I can confirm we are demoting content from Facebook pages and Instagram accounts from Russian state-controlled media outlets, and we are making them harder to find across our platforms.”

Clegg added that “you can, of course, suppress, restrict, block and we do all of that – we’re being transparent about doing that – but I do think at a moment of heightened conflict it is always important to remember that it is free expression that, in the end, we should be seeking to help win out more than anything else.”

Russia has already limited access to Facebook and slowed the platform in response to the social network’s restrictions.


Russian forces have entered Kherson

19:08 – 1 Mar 2022

Troops have entered the Kherson, a city in southern Ukraine, according to Ukrainian authorities.

Ukraine’s Interior Ministry stated that Ukrainian Forces still control the city’s administration building. 


Russian state media says second round of talks to happen tomorrow

18:52 – 1 Mar 2022

The second round of talks between the delegations from Ukraine and Russia about the situation in Ukraine is planned for tomorrow, reports Russian state media.

Ukrainian officials have yet to confirm this information.


Poland calls for sanctions on Belarus

18:42 – 1 Mar 2022

The prime minister of Poland has proposed sanctions be imposed on Belarus as soon as possible. This comes as the threat of Belarus joining Russia’s attack of Ukraine continues to grow, even after the President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, has claimed that there are no plans of Belarus joining the invasion.


UK announces sanctions against Russian Direct Investment Fund

18:32 – 1 Mar 2022

The United Kingdom will freeze the assets of the Russian Direct Investment Fund and its chief executive, Kirill Dmitriev. 

The Russian Direct Investment Fund is a sovereign wealth fund created by the Russian government to attract investors to Russia. 


300 Belarusian tanks near border

18:21 – 1 Mar 2022

Ukrainian Defence Intelligence claims that about 300 Belarusian tanks are now near the Belarus-Ukrainian border.

Russia and Belarus conducted joint military drills in the days leading up to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and the two countries have remained allied. 

Ukraine and Russia had conducted talks at the Belarus-Ukraine border yesterday, however, nothing seems to have come from these negotiations.


Russian forces on low morale, claims US defense official

18:12 – 1 Mar 2022

The US has “indications that morale is flagging in some” of the Russian forces’ units, a senior US defence official claimed on Tuesday.

“We have picked up independently on our own, indications that morale is flagging in some of these units. That they again did not expect the resistance that they were going to get and that their own morale has suffered as a result,” the official said.

A significant number of the Russian military forces being used to invade Ukraine are “conscripts, very young men drafted into service,” continued the official.

“Apparently, again, we’re picking this up as best we can, but not all of them are apparently fully trained and prepared or even aware that they were going to be sent into a combat operation,” the official added.


5 people killed after attack on Kyiv TV Tower

17:59 – 1 Mar 2022

5 people have been confirmed killed after a Russian bombardment of the area around Kyiv TV Tower took place.

It’s unclear whether the tower itself was hit – it remains standing, but the blast took some broadcasts off-air.

The area is found right next to the Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial, a site of massacres carried out in 1941 by Nazi Germany during its campaign against the Soviet Union.


Russia’s advance on Kyiv is “where it was yesterday”

17:31 – 1 Mar 2022

The Russian advance on Kyiv remains “basically… where it was yesterday” according to a senior defence official.  

The Russians are not only facing “fuel and sustainment” problems, but are showing signs that they are running out of food, the official claimed.  

The official cited a number of possible reasons for the stall, including Ukrainian resistance.

The official also cited the possibility that the Russians were pausing their advance by choice because they could be “regrouping, rethinking, reevaluating.” CNN reported earlier that the US believes Russia is resorting to heavier firepower and more devastating weapons systems.


“Putin will be directly responsible for the difficulties of his own population”

17:02 – 1 Mar 2022

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire told CNN Tuesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin “will be directly and personally responsible for the difficulties of his own population.”

Speaking to Christiane Amanpour in Paris, Le Maire said that the consequences of economic sanctions that have been implemented on Moscow following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine were “first of all on Vladimir Putin, first of all on the oligarchs, first of all on the financial and economic Russian system, but also there will be side effects on the Russian population.”

“When you are looking at the current situation, sanctions prove to be effective,” he told CNN. “There has been a devaluation of the ruble of 30%. Let’s have a look at the Russian market. There has been a decrease in the Russian market by 30%. Let’s have a look at the risk of having bank runs in Russia. We are already inflicting… serious damages to the Russian economy, serious damages to the Russian financial system, and we will stick to that line, which is a very strong one for the view of making understandable our determination to say: stop to Vladimir Putin.” 


Kyiv TV tower hit by military strikes

16:48 – 1 Mar 2022

The area surrounding a massive TV tower in Kyiv has been hit by military strikes, according to videos and photos posted to social media

“The channels will not work for a while,” the ministry said in its statement. “The backup broadcasting of some channels will be enabled in the near future,” said the Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs.


US oil soars above €92 a barrel

16:22 – 1 Mar 2022

US oil prices jumped 7% on Tuesday and climbed above $102 a barrel for the first time in more than seven years amid growing worries about the Russia-Ukraine crisis.

Even as energy officials around the world near a deal to release emergency oil stockpiles, oil prices are rising sharply.


Chechen dictator admits to deaths

15:48 – 1 Mar 2022

“Unfortunately, there are already losses among the natives of the Chechen Republic,” said Ramzan Kadyrov, the pro-Kremlin leader of Russia’s Chechnya region on Twitter, “Two died … six more were injured to varying degrees.”


UN: 660,000 have fled

15:01 – 1 Mar 2022

The UN refugee agency says more than 660,000 people – mostly women and children – have left so far.

Shabia Mantoo, spokeswoman of the UN’s refugee agency has told a briefing in Switzerland that there are reports of people waiting for up to 60 hours to enter Poland, while queues at the Romanian border are up to 20km long.


Russia to strike Ukraine’s security service

14:24 – 1 Mar 2022

Russian news agencies are quoting the Russian Defence Ministry as saying that Russian forces will strike Kyiv sites belonging to Ukraine’s security service and a special operations unit.

According to the agencies, cited by Reuters, the strikes aim to prevent “information attacks” on Russia.


Zelenskyy asks EU leaders for solidarity as Ukraine asks to join union

14:10 – 1 Mar 2022

“We have proven our strength. We have proven that, at a minimum, 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 are, indeed, Europeans,” Zelensky said in a video address to the European Parliament.

“We are dealing with real people, real lives. We are giving our lives for our values, our rights, our freedom, for the desire to be equals — as much as you are,” Zelensky said.

“Nobody is going to break us. We are strong. We are Ukrainians,” he added.


Former Russian President Medvedev warns of ‘real war’ over sactions

14:05 – 1 Mar 2022


Russian PM announces capital control measures

13:52 – 1 Mar 2022

Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin has announced government capital control measures in a bid to stop the mass exodus of foreign businesses from the country.

“To enable businesses to make informed decisions, a draft presidential decree has been prepared to introduce temporary restrictions on exiting Russian assets,” he said. “We expect that those who have invested in our country will be able to continue working here.” 

“I am sure that the sanctions pressure will eventually subside, and those who will not curtail their projects in our country, succumbing to the slogans of foreign politicians, will win,” the Russian PM continued.


Denmark considers changing name Russian embassy’s street to “Ukraine Street”

13:42 – 1 Mar 2022

The Danish government is considering changing the street where the Russian embassy in Copenhagen to “Ukraine Street”, in a move similar to the Scottish government during South African apertheidism, when the South African embassy’s streetname was changed to “Nelson Mandela Place”.

The embassy responded by giving information on the current name’s important to Denmark and Norway’s history.


China refuses to acknowledge Russian invasion

13:37 – 1 Mar 2022

China said it “regrets” the casualties in Ukraine and called the current situation “undesirable” while continuing to refuse to acknowledge Russia’s military action as “an invasion.”

“The safety of civilians’ lives and property should be effectively guaranteed, and in particular, large-scale humanitarian crises should be prevented,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said during a briefing today.

However, China continued to dodge questions about calling Russia’s activity in Ukraine an “invasion,” instead reiterating that the conflict has a “complicated history and reality” and that it supports “all diplomatic efforts” to resolve the conflict.  


Mass attack may be imminent in Mariupol 

13:32 – 1 Mar 2022

Russian-backed forces in Donetsk have put out a message that corridors for the evacuation of civilians have been established, hinting towards a large-scale attack to capture the city may soon occur.

Eduard Basurin, a spokesperson for the Donesk separatists’ military, said civilian safety of movement is guaranteed until tomorrow.


‘Nothing and no one is off the table’

13:23 – 1 Mar 2022

Liz Truss has warned “nothing and no one is off the table” as the United Kingdom and western allies continue to hit Russia with sanctions over Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

The UK’s foreign secretary told the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva that Putin is “responsible for civilian casualties and over 500,000 people fleeing with the numbers still rising fast”. 

She said the “blood is on Putin’s hands, not just of innocent Ukrainians but the men he has sent to die”.

“We’re using our collective heft, making up over half the world’s economy to cut funding from Putin’s war machine and we’re delivering severe economic costs through these sanctions as ordinary Russians are finding form queues at their local banks and rising interest rates,” Ms Truss said.


Diplomats walk out as Russian Foreign Minister addresses UN

13:05 – 1 Mar 2022

“Walk out from the EU and its partners during the statement from Minister Lavrov at the Conference on Disarmament this morning to show our support to Ukraine,” the tweet said. 

During his speech to the UN Human Rights Council, Lavrov said he did not attend in person because of what he called “outrageous” measures by European Union in applying sanctions on Russia following its unprovoked invasion of Ukraine.


Zelenskyy addressing European Parliament

12:54 – 1 Mar 2022

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is now addressing the European Parliament in Brussels via video link from an unknown location.

Discussing the missile attacks on the second-largest city Kharkiv, he said dozens of people have been killed and added: “This is the price of freedom.”

He also accused Russia of targeting Ukrainian children and said that around 16 have been killed yesterday.


Kremlin denies use of vacuum bombs

12:48 – 1 Mar 2022

Yesterday evening it was reported by the Ukrainian ambassador to the United States that Russia dropped a vacuum bomb onto Ukraine.

The Kremlin has now denied that any such weapon was used, and insisted that any attacks are targeted solely at military outposts and other military targets.

“The Russian troops don’t conduct any strikes against civilian infrastructure and residential areas”.

This claim is contradicted by the several hundred videos that have emerged in the last few days of burning school, residential buildings, and most recently, Freedom Square in Kharkiv, and Mariupol.


UK bans all Russian ships from entering British ports

12:42- 1 Mar 2022

UK Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps has tweeted that all ships with any connection to Russia are now barred from entering British ports.

Mr Shapps encouraged people on Twitter to share his message “to encourage all countries to do the same in support of the people of Ukraine”.


Kharkiv residents are being targeted

11:36 – 1 Mar 2022

Maria Avdeeva, research director at the European Expert Association has said that residential areas are being hit by artillery fire, even though there are no military outposts anywhere near the area.

“This is a residential area with no military objects at all. Russian troops were deliberately targeting civilian objects.”


5700 russian troops killed – ukraine

11:00 – 1 Mar 2022

As the country’s war enters its sixth day, Ukraine claims that 5,710 Russian troops have been killed.

According to a post shared by the General Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces, Russian losses from February 24 to today include 200 captives.

198 Russian tanks, 29 planes, 846 armored vehicles, and 29 helicopters have been destroyed in the meantime.


Mariupol under ‘constant shelling’

10:32 – 1 Mar 2022

The mayor of Mariupol Vadym Boichenko said that his city is under “constant shelling” which has resulted in the deaths of dozens of civilians and damaged city infrastructure, including residential areas. 

Boichenko said: “We have had residential quarters shelled for five days. They are pounding us with artillery, they are shelling us with Grads, they are hitting us with air forces.

“We have civilian infrastructure damaged – schools, houses. There are many injured. There are women, children killed.” 


Kharkiv attack a war crime, says President Zelensky

10:11 – 1 Mar 2022

“Russian forces brutally fired on Kharkiv from jet artillery,” Zelensky said during a late night address to the Ukrainian people.

“It was clearly a war crime. Peaceful city. Peaceful residential areas. No military facilities. Dozens of eyewitness records prove that this is not a single false volley, but the deliberate destruction of people. The Russians knew where they were shooting.”

Ukrainian foreign minister tweeted that “[Putin] commits more war crimes out of fury” and has urged world leaders to “increase pressure” and “isolate Russia.”


‘Belarus will not join invasion’

10:01 – 1 Mar 2022

The leader of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, has told Belarusian state media that his forces will not join Russian troops in the invasion of Ukraine.

“We can prove this to anyone. More than that, the Russian leadership never raised this issue with us – our involvement in the armed conflict. And we don’t intend to take part in this special operation in Ukraine in the future. There is no need for this.”


YouTube blocks channels linked to Russian state media outlets

09:52 – 1 Mar 2022

Google announced this morning that it will block YouTube channels related to the Russian state media outlets Sputnik and RT in Europe.

This move follows a similar position taken by Meta, which barred access to the two outlets across the European Union.


Video: Kharkiv’s Freedom Square destroyed

09:42 – 1 Mar 2022


Video: Situation in Borodyanka

09:23 – 1 Mar 2022


kharkiv is under heavy attack again

08:45 – 1 Mar 2022

This morning, Kharkiv was attacked once more. Local TV footage shares on social media shows a rocket, bomb, or missile exploding outside a structure identified as the regional government headquarters by the Kyiv Independent.


kyiv hospital basement becomes pediatric ward

07:15 – 1 Mar 2022

Images have emerged via the BBC, of youngsters being treated in the basement of a hospital in Kyiv, some of whom are cancer patients.

According to reports, the basement had to be converted into a makeshift bomb shelter and paediatric department to evade Russian military bombing.


russia presidency of un security council comes to an end

06:30 – 1 Mar 2022

Sergiy Kyslytsya, Ukraine’s UN Ambassador, has welcomed Russia’s monthly tenure as UN Security Council President coming to an end.

Every month, the presidency of the council is rotated between members, with Russian ambassador Vassily Nebenzia holding the position in February.

“I’m looking forward to midnight,” Kyslytsya said on Twitter earlier on Monday, “when this obscenity, occupation of the seat of the president of the council will be ended.”


heavy casualties as russia strikes military base

06:00 – 1 Mar 2022

More than 70 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed after Russian artillery hit a military base in Okhtyrka, a city between Kharkiv and Kyiv, according to a post by the head of the region Dmytro Zhyvytsky on Telegram.


air raid sirens pierce the morning silence in cities across ukraine

05:45 – 1 Mar 2022

This morning, air-raid sirens are being heard in many Ukrainian cities as the country braces itself for another day of Russian assault.

The sirens are blaring in Rivne, Ternopil, Vinnytsia, and Volyn, according to the Kyiv Independent media sites.


boris johnson to visit nato eastern border

05:30 – 1 Mar 2022

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will fly to Nato’s Russian border today, promising that Vladimir Putin will “pay the price” for invading Ukraine.

Boris Johnson will fly to Poland and Estonia this morning to meet with colleagues and see British troops as part of his campaign for western unity in punishing Russian President Vladimir Putin for sparking a conflict that has claimed “hundreds” of lives in barely five days.

Johnson urged friends to “speak with one voice” before his travel to Eastern Europe, saying that “Putin must fail.” Johnson stated:

Alongside all our international allies the UK will continue to bring maximum pressure to bear on Putin’s regime to ensure he feels the consequences of his actions in Ukraine. We speak with one voice when we say, Putin must fail.


russian troops heading to european border

05:00 – 1 Mar 2022

Russia’s eastern military district told the Interfax news agency on Tuesday that troops stationed in the country’s far east are preparing for maneuvers closer to Europe.

The troops will conduct drills in the Astrakhan province, which lies on the border between Europe and Asia, and will be trained in long-distance military unit movements, among other things, according to the district leadership.


warner and sony join disney in film suspension

04:45 – 1 Mar 2022

Not much more to add, what the title said


disney halts film releases in russia

04:30 – 1 Mar 2022

Following Moscow’s attack on Ukraine, Disney has announced that it will halt the release of its films in Russian theaters.

“We are postponing the release of theatrical films in Russia, including Pixar’s upcoming ‘Turning Red,’ due to the unwarranted invasion of Ukraine and the devastating humanitarian crisis,” the US entertainment giant stated in a statement.


donetsk in rubble

04:00 – 1 Mar 2022

Images from the separatist-controlled territory of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine show wreckage blamed on Ukrainian bombardment, according to local sources.

Rubble from homes, as well as burnt-out cars, can be seen on the streets of the Russian-speaking province.

Funerals for two school teachers who killed during an artillery assault were conducted in Horlivka, Donetsk, on Monday as well.


russian tanks roll through berdyansk

03:30 – 1 Mar 2022

“My God, another one!” exclaims a shocked local as he watches a column of Russian tanks seize control of Berdyansk, a southern Ukrainian port city. On Monday, the city was taken over by Russians.

“So far, I believe there have been roughly 15 of them. There are a million of them… ok, maybe a half-dozen. So they’ve come to a halt to converse.”

According to accounts, Mariupol, roughly 85 kilometers east of Berdyansk, is still under Russian siege but has not yet succumbed.


russia resumes assault on kyiv

03:00 – 1 Mar 2022

Russian troops have resumed their assault on Kyiv, according to Ukraine’s military.

“The situation around Kyiv remains tense,” the General Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces warns on Facebook.

“Despite the fact that the enemy’s offensive capability is dwindling, he continues to fire on military and civilian targets,” the report reads.

Russia “plans to join with the highly trained military formations of the Republic of Belarus” and to exploit Belarusian airspace for military air traffic, according to the post.

The US State Department said earlier on Monday that it had not observed any indications of Belarusian force movements.


taiwan sends 27 tonnes of supplies to ukraine

02:30 – 1 Mar 2022

The government of Taiwan has declared that it has supplied 27 tonnes of medical supplies to Ukraine.

The supplies left on a flight to Frankfurt on Monday night, according to Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry, and would be transported to Ukraine via “proper routes and channels.”

“As a member of the international community’s democratic camp, the Republic of China, Taiwan, is willing to act in the spirit of ‘Taiwan Can Help,’ and based on humanitarian considerations, our country will provide Ukraine with urgently needed medical relief supplies in a timely manner,” the statement continued.


zelenskyy gives situation update

02:00 – 1 Mar 2022

In a new video, Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, claims that Russia continued to attack Ukrainian cities on Monday as peace talks on the Belarus border were underway.

In Kharkiv, Zelenskyy also accused Russia of war crimes and stated that his country has applied to join the European Union.


new photos of 64km russian military convoy

01:30 – 1 Mar 2022

A Russian military convoy spans for around 40 miles (64 kilometers) north of Kyiv, according to satellite pictures acquired on Monday. According to Reuters, it is significantly longer than the 17 miles (27 km) claimed earlier in the day by the US business Maxar.


ukraine ambassador reads aloud text chain

01:00 – 1 Mar 2022

Sergiy Kyslytsya, Ukraine’s UN ambassador, read aloud a text message exchange between a Russian soldier in Ukraine and his mother before he was murdered.

When the mother asks if her son is still in Crimea for training exercises, he allegedly responds:

“Mama, I’m in Ukraine right now.” There is a serious conflict going on here. “I’m terrified,” the letter purports to say, adding that “we are hitting all the cities,” including “civilians.”


520,000 Ukrainian refugees reported

00:32 – 1 Mar 2022

520,000 refugees from Ukraine have fled into neighbouring countries, with the figure has been rising “exponentially, hour after hour,” said Filippo Grandi, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) during the UN Security Council.

“Over 280,000 have fled to Poland. Another 94,000 to Hungary, nearly 40,000 are currently in Moldova; 34,000 in Romania, 30,000 in Slovakia; tens of thousands in other European countries. We are also aware that a sizeable number have also crossed into the Russian Federation,” Grandi said.


406 civilian casualties in Ukraine

00:20 – 1 Mar 2022

There have been at least 406 reported civilian casualties in Ukraine, including at least 102 killed just within the past few days, said the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths.

“The picture is grim — and could get worse still. Aerial attacks and fighting in urban areas are damaging critical civilian facilities and disrupting essential services such as health, electricity, water and sanitation, which effectively leaves civilians without the basics for day-to-day life.”


Image: Digital billboard in Kyiv

00:10 – 1 Mar 2022

Translation:  “Russia soldier, stop! Putin has lost. The whole world is with Ukraine. Leave without blood on your hands.”


“We speak with one voice when we say, Putin must fail.”

00:03 – 1 Mar 2022

British PM Boris Johnson has pledged the UK will “continue to bring maximum pressure to bear” on Russia.

The actions of the UK and its Western allies will ensure Vladimir Putin “feels the consequences of his actions”, Johnson said.


Canada to ban all crude oil imports from Russia

00:00 – 1 Mar 2022

Canada will become the first country in the G7 to ban all imports of crude oil from Russia.

In addition to the import ban, Trudeau also announced the supply of anti-tank weapons and ammunition to Ukrainian fighters.

Canada imports about €490 million of crude oil a year from Russia, according to the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.


Ukraine to analyse the negotiations

23:50 – 28 Feb 2022

“There can be fair negotiations if one side does not hit the other side with rocket artillery at the time of negotiations. So far, we do not have the result we would like to get. Russia has stated its position, and we have declared counterpoints to end the war. We received some signals. When the delegation returns to Kyiv, we will analyze what we have heard and then we will decide how to proceed to the second round of talks,” said President Zelenskyy in a message posted to his Facebook page.


Zelensky calls for nato to impose no-fly zone over Ukraine

23:42 – 28 Feb 2022

“Evil, armed with missiles, bombs, and artillery, must be stopped immediately, destroyed economically. To show that humanity is able to defend itself, it is necessary to consider a complete closure of the sky for Russian missiles, aircraft, helicopters,” said the Ukrainian President on Facebook.

A no-fly zone is usually imposed during a military conflict to prohibit military aircraft from entering designated airspace. Its objective is to prevent attacks from the air.


Visa requirement removed for foreigners willing to fight

23:38 – 28 Feb 2022

Ukraine’s president has signed a decree temporarily lifting the requirement for entry visas for any foreigner willing to join Ukraine’s International Defence Legion and fight on Ukraine’s International Defence Legion against invading Russian troops.

This decree is set to take effect from tomorrow.

Groups from the United Kingdom, the United States, Poland, and several other countries have already lined up at the Ukrainian embassies of their countries asking to join the Ukrainian forces.


56 rocket strikes since start of invasion

23:32 – 28 Feb 2022

Russia has carried out 56 rocket strikes on Ukraine since the invasion started five days ago, said Volodymyr Zelensky. The Ukrainian President also added that more than 113 cruise missiles were fired by advancing Russian forces.

Reacting to the “bombardment”, Mr Zelenskyy said it is now time to consider a no-fly zone for Russian missiles, planes, and helicopters. 


Ukraine’s president accuses Russia of war crimes

23:26 – 28 Feb 2022

“Today, Russian forces brutally fired on Kharkiv from jet artillery. It was clearly a war crime,” said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

“Kharkiv is a peaceful city, there are peaceful residential areas, no military facilities. Dozens of eyewitness accounts prove that this is not a single false volley, but deliberate destruction of people: the Russians knew where they were shooting.”

“There will definitely be an international tribunal for this crime — it’s a violation of all conventions. No one in the world will forgive you for killing peaceful Ukrainian people,” he said.


Russia used a vacuum bomb

23:15 – 28 Feb 2022

Ukrainian ambassador to the United States has claimed that Russia has dropped a thermobaric weapon, or vacuum bomb, during its invasion of the country.

A thermobaric weapon works by taking in oxygen from the surrounding air to generate a high-temperature explosion.

These bombs can cause supersonic blast waves that can obliterate everything in their path, including buildings and humans


Crowds struggle at Ukrain train station

21:30 – 28 Feb 2022


germany to send tornado warplanes to baltic sea

21:20 – 28 Feb 2022

According to Germany’s NATO mission, Tornado fighters and a maritime patrol aircraft will be sent on a reconnaissance mission to the Baltic Sea area.

According to the Reuters news agency, a representative for the German defense ministry said she couldn’t immediately provide any specifics owing to operational security considerations.

The German navy had despatched six additional vessels earlier in the day, four of which were bound for the Baltic Sea.


ICC seeks approval to investigate

21:15 – 28 Feb 2022

According to Reuters, the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court is seeking permission from the court to examine potential war crimes in Ukraine.


2022 eu-russia mars mission unlikely

21:00 – 28 Feb 2022

Associated Press report:

“The agency said after a meeting of officials from its 22 member states that it was assessing the consequences of sanctions for its cooperation with Russia’s Roscosmos space agency.

The sanctions and the wider context make a launch in 2022 very unlikely

The launch was already postponed from 2020 to 2022 due to the coronavirus outbreak and technical problems. It was due to blast off from the Baikonur spaceport in Kazakhstan in September using a Russian Proton rocket. Postponing a launch often means waiting for months or years until another window opens when planets are in the right alignment.

The goal is to put Europe’s first rover on the red planet to help determine whether there has ever been life on Mars. A test rover launched in 2016 crash-landed at Mars, highlighting the difficulty of putting a spacecraft on the planet.”


turkey warns warships not to cross black sea straights

20:45 – 28 Feb 2022

According to Reuters, Turkey has warned both Black Sea and non-Black Sea countries not to send warships across the Bosphorus and Dardanelles straits.

Turkey’s foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, commented on the decision today, according to Anadolu, Turkey’s main news agency.

We followed Montreux’s advice and will continue to do so in the future. Until now, there had been no request for transit through the straits.

Cavusoglu alludes to the 1936 Montreux Convention, which empowers Turkey to restrict naval transit across the straits during times of conflict while enabling vessels to return to their registered bases.

At least four Russian ships waited for Turkey to decide whether or not to cross the Mediterranean Sea.


letter of solidarity

20:30 – 28 Feb 2022

We, the Presidents of the EU member states: the Republic of Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, the Republic of Estonia, the Republic of Latvia, the Republic of Lithuania, the Republic of Poland, the Slovak Republic, and the Republic of Slovenia strongly believe that Ukraine deserves receiving an immediate EU accession perspective.

Therefore, we call on the EU Member States to consolidate highest political support to Ukraine and enable the EU institutions to conduct steps to immediately grant Ukraine a EU candidate country status and open the process of negotiations.

In this critical moment, we reiterate our full solidarity with Ukraine and its People.


russian military convoy now 28km long, maxar

20:15 – 28 Feb 2022

According to Reuters, satellite imagery acquired on Monday showed Russian ground forces moving closer to Ukraine’s capital with a 17-mile-long military convoy.

The convoy on the eastern border of Antonov airport, with hundreds of armoured vehicles, tanks, towed artillery, and logistics support vehicles, is continuing to travel south towards Kyiv, according to satellite pictures provided by private US business Maxar Technologies Inc.


finland to send more arms to ukraine

20:10 – 28 Feb 2022

Finland’s prime minister, Sanna Marin, has stated that the country will deliver arms and ammunition to Ukraine.

According to Finland’s defence minister, Antti Kaikkonen, the shipment will include 2,500 assault rifles, 150,000 rounds, 1,500 anti-tank weaponry, and 70,000 food packets.


ukraine offer russians who surrender, full amnesty & compensation

20:00 – 28 Feb 2022

Ukraine’s defense minister, Oleksii Reznikov, has made a direct appeal to Russian soldiers fighting in Ukraine, saying that if they voluntarily lay down their arms, they would be granted full amnesty and monetary compensation.

Reznikov writes on Twitter:

Those of you who do not choose to become a murderer and perish have the option to preserve yourselves.


russia stock market to remain closed on tuesday

19:50 – 28 Feb 2022

The Russian stock market will be closed on Tuesday, according to the Russian central bank.

On Monday, Russia’s central bank delayed trading on Moscow’s stock exchange until at least 3 p.m. local time, before announcing that it would remain closed all day. It has now announced that trading will not resume on March 1st.


us adds sanctions to russian central bank

19:45 – 28 Feb 2022

The US has put sanctions on Russia’s central bank and other financial institutions, ratcheting up the pressure on Moscow for its invasion of Ukraine.

Any transactions involving Russia’s central bank, finance ministry, or national wealth fund are blocked by the sanctions.


ukraine signs formal application to join eu, candidate status expected to be accelerated

19:30 – 28 Feb 2022

According to several reports, the European parliament will approve a resolution on Tuesday calling on EU institutions to work toward awarding Ukraine EU candidate status while continuing to work toward integration into the EU single market in the meanwhile.

MEPs’ call comes after photographs from Kyiv of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy signing the formal letter of EU membership application.

A commission’s opinion would ordinarily take 15 to 18 months to release, but that time may be cut “depending on political concerns,” according to the official.


shell to end gazprom joint ventures

19:20 – 28 Feb 2022

The joint ventures are estimated to be worth $3 billion.

Shell also announced it would exit the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project, which was intended to operate between Russia and Germany but was shelved by Germany last week.

Shell’s chief executive, Ben van Beurdenvan Beurden, stated, “Our choice to withdraw is one we take with conviction.”

“We cannot – and will not – remain silent. Our immediate priority is on ensuring the safety of our people in Ukraine and assisting our Russian peers. We will also work through the detailed commercial ramifications, including the significance of safe energy supplies to Europe and other markets, in accordance with relevant sanctions, in discussions with governments around the world.”


biden has held call with allies

19:15 – 28 Feb 2022

US President Joe Biden has conducted a conference call with allies to discuss Russia’s aggression towards Ukraine.

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, European Council President Charles Michel, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Poland’s President Andrzej Duda, Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson were among those who took part in the call.


FIFA and UEFA suspend Russian clubs from all competitions

18:43 – 28 Feb 2022

“Following the initial decisions adopted by the FIFA Council and the UEFA Executive Committee, which envisaged the adoption of additional measures, FIFA and UEFA have today decided together that all Russian teams, whether national representative teams or club teams, shall be suspended from participation in both FIFA and UEFA competitions until further notice,” read a statement from UEFA and FIFA.

“Both presidents hope that the situation in Ukraine will improve significantly and rapidly so that football can again be a vector for unity and peace amongst people.” 


Second round of talks ‘in the coming days’

18:37 – 28 Feb 2022

The next round of talks is due to be held in the coming days, according to the Belarusian state news agency, and according to the Russian delegation.

A member of the Ukrainian delegation said the negotiations were difficult and the Russian side was very “biased”.

“The Russian side, unfortunately, still has a very biased view of the destructive processes it has launched,” reported the Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak.  


UK’s Ofcom to investigate Russian TV stations

18:25 – 28 Feb 2022

UK’s communications regulator, Ofcom, has launched 15 investigations into the impartiality of news programmes shown on a Russian state-controlled TV station. 

“When reporting on an armed conflict, we recognise it can be difficult for broadcasters to verify information and events, but it is imperative that they make every effort to do so,” said Ofcon’s chief executive Dame Melanie Dawes. 


Twitter to label tweets from Russian state-affiliated media

18:11 – 28 Feb 2022

Tweets containing content from Russian state-affiliated media companies will be flagged as part of Twitter’s attempts to crack down on disinformation. 


Explosions, sirens, in Kyiv

17:54 – 28 Feb 2022

Several large blasts have been heard in the eastern districts Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine.

Sirens are currently going off across the city.


Russia-Ukraine talks end

17:43 – 28 Feb 2022

Russian state-owned media has announced that Russia-Ukraine talks have ended, with the delegation returning to their respective governments before a second round of talks are announced.

“Ukrainian and Russian delegations held the first round of negotiations. Their main goal was to discuss ceasefire and the end of combat actions on the territory of Ukraine. The parties have determined the topics where certain decisions were mapped out. In order for these decisions to be implemented as roadmap, the parties are returning for consultations to their capitals. The parties discussed holding another round of negotiations where these decisions can develop,” said  Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s adviser, Mikhaylo Podolyak.


Russia may be kicked from Interpol

17:40 – 28 Feb 2022

“The Ukrainian government has today requested that the Russian government be suspended from its membership of Interpol, and we will be leading all international efforts to that effect,” said UK Home Secretary Priti Patel.

Interpol is a global agency that facilitates police across its 195-member countries to collaborate on criminal investigations.


Emergency Food Assistance to fleeing Ukrainians

17:32 – 28 Feb 2022

The organization is calling for $570 million USD in order to provide support to refugees fleeing violence amid Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine. 

“As the situation evolves, there is a need to ensure that affected communities have continued access to any humanitarian support they may require and that the safety of humanitarian staff on the ground is guaranteed,” said Margot van der Velden, World Food Programme’s Director of Emergencies.


Germany pledges to take in Ukrainian refugees into EU

17:25 – 28 Feb 2022

“We will take in all Ukrainians fleeing,” said German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock at a joint news conference with her Slovenian counterpart Anze Logar on Monday. “We are helping fleeing people from Ukraine. We are standing at the borders to bring help to the people and to bring people to all European countries.”

“Today it is already the fifth day of Putin’s war against Ukraine and innocent people in Ukraine. He has brought incredible sufferings upon Ukraine. Hundreds of thousands are fleeing, millions fear for their lives and their future. As atrocious as these pictures are, they make us more decisive! Ukraine does not stand alone, Europe, the Western Union of Values firmly stands at the side of the brave Ukrainians,“ Baerbock said.


Nigerian government condemns treatment of Africans at border

17:18 – 28 Feb 2022

The government of Nigeria has condemned the treatment of Nigerians at the Polish-Ukrainian border, as reports come in of its citizens, and those from other African countries, being prevented from leaving Ukraine.

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Dmytro Kuleba, has claimed last Sunday that all foreigners are being allowed to leave Ukraine immediately.


russia says ukraine is to blame for current crisis

17:05 – 28 Feb 2022

According to Vassily Nebenzia, Russia’s UN envoy, Ukraine is to blame for the beginnings of the current “dispute” between the two countries.

“The road for the current crisis rests in the conduct of Ukraine itself,” Mr Nebenzia said at the United Nations. It sabotaged and disobeyed its direct duties under the Minsk package of measures for many years.

“It was only recently that there was hope in Kiev that they might reconsider and comply with what they agreed to in 2018.”


macron asked to speak to putin, comes to agreements in spirit

17:00 – 28 Feb 2022

The French president, Emmanuel Macron, has talked to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin at the request of the Ukrainian government, according to a statement released by the Elysée palace:

“The president underscored the need for an early ceasefire and reiterated the international community’s demand that [Russia] halt its offensive against Ukraine.”

With ceasefire talks between Kyiv and Moscow taking place on the Belarus border, Macron also asked Putin to ensure that all strikes and attacks on civilians and their homes would be halted for the duration of the talks, civilian infrastructure would be preserved, and all major roads – particularly the road south out of Kyiv – would be safe to use.

The Elysée statement claimed Putin “reaffirmed his willingness to commit to all three criteria.”


‘give peace a chance’, un general assembly president

16:45 – 28 Feb 2022

Abdulla Shahid, the President of the United Nations General Assembly, was the first to speak. He has stated that the assembly reflects humanity’s collective conscience, and that its strength stems from its moral authority.

Remember that, unlike the Security Council, which has five permanent veto-wielding members and ten non-permanent members who serve two-year terms, the General Assembly has a say for all 193 nations.

Shahid has asked all nations to show moral courage and to use the debate over the next few days to “give peace a chance, not to drum up war rhetoric.”


fifa discussing ban of russian team from all events

16:30 – 28 Feb 2022

While elsewhere, a historic UN meeting is getting underway, FIFA is in advanced negotiations about suspending Russia completely till further notice, according to the BBC.

The world football governing body is said to be collaborating closely with its European equivalent Uefa, with an announcement due later today.

Russia would be unable to compete in the women’s Euro 2022 in England this summer, and Poland would be given a tie in the World Cup qualification play-off next month, which the Polish FA has stated it will boycott.

Iceland has also stated that it will not face Russia in June, and the International Olympic Committee has suggested that Russian and Belarus competitors be barred from competing in all events.


‘100,000 will be able to seek refuge in the uk’ – priti patel

16:15 – 28 Feb 2022

Home Secretary Priti Patel said in a statement to the Commons that “hundreds” of British people and their families have already been assisted in leaving Ukraine.

According to her, the UK is now increasing up its support for Ukrainian refugees, allowing family members of British nationals who do not fit the standard eligibility criteria to join the country for a period of 12 months.

If they pass security checks, that is.

According to Ms Patel, this means that another 100,000 Ukrainians will be allowed to seek refuge in the UK, where they will be able to work and use public services.


‘are you crazy?’, un general assemby

16:00 – 28 Feb 2022

The United Nations General Assembly is currently meeting in New York for an emergency special session, the first in 40 years. This is only the 11th such session in history, to give you an indication of how serious this is.

In his address to the assembly, Ukraine’s representative had a direct message for Russia.

“There is no way you can justify tens of thousands of your troops on our soil,” he argues.

“Are you crazy?” he asks of Russia’s appeal for the Ukrainian army to overthrow the government of Ukraine.


fake news alert: Russia – Ukraine peace talks

15:45 – 28 Feb 2022

Many reports have been going around since 14:00, saying that talks have finished.

However, the Ukrainian parliament has now explained that officials were only taking a break and that a third round of negotiations will begin soon.


eu to send satellite intelligence to ukraine

15:30 – 28 Feb 2022

According to Reuters’ military and intelligence correspondent, the EU has requested satellite intelligence be sent to Ukraine so that it can monitor army movements.


rocket attacks kill dozens in kharkiv, ukraine

15:15 – 28 Feb 2022

As peace talks between Kyiv and Moscow got underway, Russian rocket attacks killed dozens of people in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, with the Kremlin facing unprecedented international sanctions that have created “a new economic reality” for Russia.

The news came only hours after the Ukrainian presidency announced that talks with a Russian delegation on the Belarusian border had begun, with the goal of reaching “an early ceasefire and Russian forces’ evacuation.”


Russia’s foreign minister will not address UN Human Rights Council

14:55 – 28 Feb 2022

Citing the ban on Russian planes over EU airspace, Sergei Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, will not be heading to Geneva to address the council tomorrow.


UN: Number of refugees increases to 500,000

14:36 – 28 Feb 2022

More than 500,000 refugees have fled Ukraine as Russia’s invasion force continues its attack on the country, the United Nations Refugee Agency said this morning. 

“UNHCR is working with partners and local authorities to provide humanitarian aid and support those in need,” tweeted the UNHCR.

AP Photo/Aurel Obreja

Russia closes airspace to 36 countries

14:29 – 28 Feb 2022

All European Union countries, as well as Albania, Canada, Norway, and the United Kingdom, are now blocked from using Russian airspace after the previously announcing that Russian planes will not be allowed to use its airspace.


US embassy in Belarus suspends operations

14:09 – 28 Feb 2022

This morning, the US Secretary of State Tony Blinken said that “the U.S. Department of State has suspended operations at our Embassy in Minsk, Belarus and authorized the voluntary departure (“authorized departure”) of non-emergency employees and family members at our Embassy in Moscow, Russia. We took these steps due to security and safety issues stemming from the unprovoked and unjustified attack by Russian military forces in Ukraine.”

Blinken continued that the department’s highest priority being the safety and security of US citizens worldwide.


Roman Abramovich approached to help reach peace

13:59 – 28 Feb 2022

Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich has been approached by Ukraine to help support their attempts to reach a “peaceful resolution” to the Russo-Ukrainian war.

The Russian billionaire’s spokesperson said Abramovich was contacted by Ukrainian officials and “has been trying to help ever since”.


Kremlin blames UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss for placing nuclear deterrence on high alert

13:37 – 28 Feb 2022

Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov has claimed Russian President Vladimir Putin placed his nuclear deterrence forces on high alert after statements from Foreign Secretary Liz Truss.

“Statements were made by various representatives at various levels on possible altercations or even collisions and clashes between NATO and Russia.”

“We believe that such statements are absolutely unacceptable.”

“I would not call the authors of these statements by name, although it was the British foreign minister.”


Petrol prices hitting record high in UK

13:28 – 28 Feb 2022

Prices in the United Kingdom are one of the first to feel the rising fuel costs, as prices rose from £1.51 to £1.55 this morning.

Concerns over the sanctions’ restriction of supplies worldwide has been high among experts, as prices as set to only go higher.


Singapore Banks Halt Russian Lending

13:19 – 28 Feb 2022

Singapore’s biggest banks, including Bank of China’s Singapore operation, are restricting trade financing for Russian raw materials such as oil and any deals with Russian companies.


Airbnb to host 100,000 refugees

13:10 – 28 Feb 2022

Airbnb.org, a non-profit, will offer free, temporary housing for up to 100,000 refugees fleeing Ukraine.

Chief executive Brian Officer Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbia, the chairman of Airbnb.org, have sent letters to leaders of Poland, Romania, Germany and Hungary offering help to house the refugees.


Photos: Talks between Ukraine and Russia in Belarus

12:57 – 28 Feb 2022


Another €90 million from Japan to Ukraine

12:41 – 28 Feb 2022

According to the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the Prime Minister of Japan has agreed to allocate an additional €90 million towards aiding Ukraine.


Around 6,000 protestors detained in Russia

12:35 – 28 Feb 2022

Russian authorities have detained a total of 5,942 people for participating in anti-war protests across the country, with reasons given ranging from unauthorised gatherings to COVID-19 regulations.

Russia’s Investigative Committee warned that participation in anti-war protests was illegal. It also said that offence could be entered on participants’ criminal records which would “leave a mark on the person’s future” 


Russian Rouble continues to collapse

12:19 – 28 Feb 2022

In the wake of sanctions throughout the weekend and this morning, the value of Russia’s currency is plunging by over 40% against the US dollar.

This collapse may spark the start of Russian economic isolation from the rest of the world, as Russia loses its ability to trade at any efficiency.


Moscow Stock Exchange remains closed

11:56 – 28 Feb 2022

Moscow’s stock exchange will not open today, the Russian Central Bank said, after the value of the Russian Rouble plummeted by more than 30%.

“Due to the current situation, the Bank of Russia has decided not to open a stock market section, a derivatives market section, or a derivatives market section on the Moscow Exchange today,” the statement from the bank read. 


Russia will ride out sanction

11:51 – 28 Feb 2022

Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov Kremlin said that “the Western sanctions on Russia are hard, but our country has the necessary potential to compensate [for] the damage.” 

The harsh sanctions as a result of the invasion have seen the Russian Ruble tank in value, threatening to wipe out the savings of the Russian people.


Talks at Belarus-Ukrainian border begin

11:27 – 28 Feb 2022

According to Reuters, talks between Russia and Ukraine have just begun.

The meeting will focus on achieving an immediate ceasefire and the withdrawal of Russian forces, the Ukrainian presidency said in a statement earlier.


Kremlin says EU weapon supplies prove it right

11:22 – 28 Feb 2022

The Kremlin has said that the weapon supplies from European Union countries to Ukraine prove it was right to demand the demilitarisation of the country.

The West has stepped up its arms supplies to Ukraine in order to help it defend itself against the Russian invasion. Moscow has claimed the attack is a “special military operation” aimed at protecting civilians.

The UN has claimed that at least 376 civilian casualties have occurred since the start of the war, however, this number may be far higher.


Ukrainians put up signs for Russians to ‘go back’ and to ‘go f*ck themselves’

11:09 – 28 Feb 2022

Many signs going up on the roads around Kyiv, with messaging to Vladimir Putin’s forces. 

Translation: “Russian soldiers, remember! Better to face military discipline, than a coffin!”

Signs normally showing directions have also been changed, telling Russians to ‘go f*ck themselves’ and to ‘go back home’.

Rough Translation:

  • to F*ck Yourselves
  • to F*ck Yourselves again
  • to F*cking Russia

UN: 422,000 have fled

10:56 – 28 Feb 2022

The United Nations’ refugee agency claims that 422,000 have left Ukraine since the start of the invasion. At least 100,000 people have been displaced internally.


Zelenskyy asks for ‘quick acceptance’ into EU

10:51 – 28 Feb 2022

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has once again asked the European Union to allow Ukraine to gain membership under a special procedure immediately. 

“Our goal is to be with all Europeans and, most importantly, to be equal. I’m sure that’s fair. I am sure we deserve it. I am sure it is possible.” 


Territory controlled by Russia

10:44 – 28 Feb 2022

The Institute for the Study of War has released the following map showing an approximation of what areas of Ukraine are, as of this morning, under Russian occupation.


NATO steps up military aid to Ukraine

10:32 – 28 Feb 2022

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg tweeted that NATO countries will be providing Ukraine with air-defence missiles and anti-tank weapons, as well as humanitarian and financial aid.


UN confirms 94 civilian deaths

10:11 – 28 Feb 2022

The United Nations Delegation Team has confirmed 376 civilian casualties, including 94 deaths, have occurred. The team warns that casualties could be considerably higher as clashes continue to occur throughout the country.

The Ukrainian President claims that 4,500 Russian troops have been killed since the invasion started, appealing to the Russian invaders to “save your lives and leave.”


Russian military claim “open and safe corridor” out of Kyiv

10:02 – 28 Feb 2022

“We appeal to the people of Kyiv. All civilians in the city can freely leave the capital of Ukraine along the Kyiv-Vasilkov (Vasylkiv) highway. This route is open and safe,” Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov, the spokesperson for the Russian Ministry of Defense, said in a statement.


“Once again, I want to emphasize that the armed forces of the Russian Federation strike only military targets. The civilian population is not in danger.”


Ukrainian delegation arrives for talks with Russia

09:52 – 28 Feb 2022

The Ukrainian delegation has arrived at the Belarus-Ukrainian border to begin negotiations with their Russian counterpart.

This delegation includes the Minister of Defence Oleksiy Reznikov, adviser to the Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Mykhailo Podoliak and the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Mykola Tochytskyi. Preside Volodymyr Zelensky is not part of the delegation.

The Ukrainian president’s office said the key issue of the talks is an immediate ceasefire and the withdrawal of troops from Ukraine.

Ukrainian Defence Minister Oleksii Reznikov (2L) arrives to attend the talks between delegations from Ukraine and Russia in Belarus’ Gomel region on February 28, 2022, following the Russian invasion of Ukraine. – Belarus OUT (Photo by Sergei KHOLODILIN / BELTA / AFP) / Belarus OUT (Photo by SERGEI KHOLODILIN/BELTA/AFP via Getty Images)

Russia-Ukraine talks to begin at 9am GMT (10am malta time)

09:30 – 28 Feb 2022

Russian negotiator Vladimir Medinsky declared that Russia is interested in reaching an agreement with Ukraine that is in both parties’ best interests, as officials prepare to meet near the border.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s administration claimed Wednesday that Ukraine had agreed to talks with Russia “without preconditions.”


russian central bank hikes interest, orders companies to sell foreign currency

09:00 – 28 Feb 2022

As officials seek to manage the effects from western sanctions, Russia’s central bank stated it is raising its key interest rate to 20%, up from 9.5 percent, to prevent fears of rouble depreciation and increased inflation.

According to the central bank and the finance ministry, Moscow has also instructed companies to sell 80 percent of their foreign currency revenues.

The central bank said in a statement that “external conditions for the Russian economy have substantially changed.”


signs that russian forces are in disarray

08:45 – 28 Feb 2022

Many sources are quoting the likes of the Ukrainian armed forces and the UK Minister of Defence in saying that the Russian offensive has been stalled. This, they say, is happening due to everything from a well prepared Ukrainian military, a disorganised approach from the Russians, and an unexpected resistance from the Ukrainian population.

Of course, we always recommend that these reports be taken with a good helping of salt – keep in mind that these are soundbites coming out of allied nations, and, though they may well be true, we cannot overlook the factor of morale and war propaganda.

The events that will follow in the upcoming 24 hours, as well as the outcomes of the peace talks on the Belarus border, expected to commence soon, will give us a far clearer picture of how the war is shaping.


very long queues at russia atms

08:15 – 28 Feb 2022

Sanctions against Russia’s banking institutions triggered a bank run over the weekend.

On Sunday, people waited in huge lines at ATMs in St Petersburg, fearful that the new procedures might result in cash shortages and payment disruptions.


uk announces even more financial sanctions against russia

08:00 – 28 Feb 2022

The UK government has announced a raft of measures aimed at “preventing any UK natural or legal person from engaging in financial transactions with the Russian central bank, Russian national wealth fund, or the country’s finance ministry.”

The UK Government will immediately take all necessary steps to bring into effect restrictions to prohibit any UK natural or legal persons from undertaking financial transactions involving the CBR, the Russian National Wealth Fund, and the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation.”


as morning rolls on, kyiv comes out of curfew

07:30 – 28 Feb 2022

The weekend curfew in Kyiv has been lifted, and inhabitants of the Ukrainian capital are now free to leave the subterranean shelters where they had been living.

Grocery stores will be allowed to operate, and public transportation will resume, however metro trains will run at a much reduced frequency.

Several explosions occurred during the weekend, but they appeared to be primarily limited to the outskirts of central Kyiv. The predicted barrage of Russian missiles on the city center never materialized, and Ukraine retains control of the capital.


everything ready for talks – belarus foreign affairs

07:25 – 28 Feb 2022

A photo of the venue of today’s Russia-Ukraine talks has been released by the Belarusian foreign ministry.

“Everything is in place in Belarus to host Russia-Ukraine talks.” The ministry announced in a tweet around 9 a.m. local time that it was “waiting for delegations to arrive.”

It comes after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy announced on Sunday that Ukrainian and Russian delegations will meet in Pripyat, Belarus, without preconditions.

Zelenskiy stated that he was not optimistic about making improvements, but that he would try.


meta says hackers targetting high profile individuals

07:15 – 28 Feb 2022

Hackers belonging to a group known as Ghostwriter have been targeting the accounts of high-profile Ukrainians including military leaders, lawmakers, and a journalist, according to Facebook’s parent company Meta.

According to a blog post published on Monday, hackers attempted to post YouTube videos from the accounts depicting Ukrainian military as feeble, including one video claiming to show Ukrainian soldiers emerging from a woodland and raising a white flag of surrender.

Meta said it has shut down a network of 40 false accounts, groups, and pages on Facebook and Instagram that were targeting people in Ukraine and managed from Russia and Ukraine, in violation of its policies against coordinated inauthentic behaviour.


australia to limit sovereign wealth fund of russian assets

07:05 – 28 Feb 2022

Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Australia’s sovereign wealth fund is limiting its exposure to Russian markets, joining a worldwide financial reaction.

The Future Fund, which invests in global equities, debt, currency, and infrastructure markets, said it has roughly 0.1 percent of its holdings on the Russian Stock Exchange, valued about A$200 million (£107 million).

In an email to the Reuters news agency, a representative said, “We will be winding down the remaining exposure (which is not currently subject to divestment restrictions) as market conditions permit.”


Russia imposes foreign stock sale ban

07:00 – 28 Feb 2022

According to Russia’s central bank, brokers have been directed to suspend the execution of all orders from foreign legal entities and individuals seeking to sell their Russian investments, such as stocks and shares.

The Bank of Russia also stated that it has not yet decided whether or not to open the Moscow Exchange on Monday, except for forex and money market. In the last few hours, the opening time has been pushed a few times.


us encourages citizens in ukraine to leave ‘by private means’

06:50 – 28 Feb 2022

If it is judged safe, the US embassy in Kyiv is advising US residents in Ukraine to leave through “private options.”

It described the situation as “unpredictable,” and advised “careful evaluation” of the routes used, noting that many of them were congested, exposed to war actions, and had infrastructure such as bridges and highways destroyed.

It also warned that most border crossings into Poland and Moldova were substantially backed up, with wait times of up to 30 hours.


girl & parents shot dead in car

06:45 – 28 Feb 2022

Since the beginning of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, 352 civilians have been killed, including 14 children, according to Ukraine’s health ministry.

It further stated that 1,684 individuals had been injured, including 116 children.

Polina, a fourth-grade girl from Kyiv who was in her final year of primary school, was the first to be named. A Russian sabotage and reconnaissance gang opened fire on the family car, killing her and her parents, according to the city’s deputy mayor Volodymyr Bondarenko in a Facebook post.

Polina’s brother is being treated in Okhmatdyt Children’s Hospital, while her sister is in intensive care at a different facility.


‘we will not give up the capital, ukraine is already winning’

06:35 – 28 Feb 2022

Oleksii Reznikov, Ukraine’s Minister of Defence, stated the Ukrainian people had put up “96 hours of resistance” and “4 days of determination, courage, and faith,” guaranteeing that his country will win the battle.

“The enemy that arrived to our soil will go in a known direction,” Reznikov stated in a statement released late Friday night and posted on the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense’s website. As a result, we advise the occupants to return home. It is still not too late.

“It’s pointless to deploy intimidation tactics against Ukrainians.” Our defenders will be impossible to break.”


‘chernihiv was under attack all night long’

06:30 – 28 Feb 2022

The city of Chernihiv was bombarded with shells all night, yet only one person was injured. That is, according  to the Ukrainian State Emergency Service. The artillery assault began approximately 02:00, as we reported.

According to the service, missiles hit a kindergarten facility, creating a fire. A shop in a central market, as well as a five-story residential apartment structure, were also hit. One woman received minor injuries.


bolsanaro mocks ukraine

06:20 – 28 Feb 2022

Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s far-right president, insulted Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a press conference on Sunday, claiming his counterpart’s people had left their hopes in the hands of a comic.

Bolsonaro has failed to denounce Russia’s invasion, declaring on Sunday that Brazil will remain “neutral” in the crisis and that the two countries are “practically brother states.”

“We will not take sides; we will remain impartial and assist in whatever way we can,” Bolsonaro stated. “Russian is spoken by a large portion of Ukraine’s population.”


singapore to impose sanctions on russia

06:15 – 28 Feb 2022

According to the Straits Times newspaper, Singapore, a key financial and shipping hub, plans to impose “necessary penalties and restrictions” on Russia.

Singapore’s foreign minister, Vivian Balakrishnan, told parliament, “Singapore plans to work in conjunction with many other like-minded countries to implement appropriate sanctions and limitations against Russia.”

Singapore would purportedly put export bans on products that could be used as weapons to injure or subjugate people in Ukraine, according to reports.


interior ministry update – ukraine

06:10 – 28 Feb 2022

According to an update from Ukraine’s interior ministry, 352 Ukrainian civilians have been killed so far as a result of Russia’s invasion, including 14 children.

A total of 1,684 civilians, including 116 minors, have been injured, according to the ministry.


dawn in ukraine pierced by air raid sirens blaring

06:05 – 28 Feb 2022

On the fifth day of the invasion, it’s past 6.30 a.m. in Ukraine, and the sun is rising as air sirens ring in Kyiv. Many residents of the city have continued to seek refuge underground.

Overnight, there were further explosions reported in Kiev and other towns around Ukraine.


japan former pm makes nuclear suggestion

06:00 – 28 Feb 2022

Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Japan’s former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe controversially recommended that his country consider allowing the US to base nuclear weapons in his country.

During a television interview, Putin made the statements while analyzing the impact of the Ukraine conflict.

In Japan, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has been compared to a possible Chinese invasion of Taiwan or annexation of Japanese-controlled islands in the East China Sea.

Its important to note that nuclear capability is one of Japan’s biggest political taboos. Since World War II, Japan has pledged that it will never own, produce, or deploy nuclear weapons on its soil.


russian rouble crash continues to worsen

05:15 – 28 Feb 2022

According to some analysts, the future for the Russian economy is “grim,” as the impact of western sanctions on Vladimir Putin’s administration has begun to be felt.

In early trade on Monday, the rouble lost more than 40% of its value, falling from 83.7 to 119 rubles per dollar.

The Central Bank of Russia is in for a tough day, as its assets have been frozen as part of the sanctions, and it will be constrained in how much it can support the ruble.


Ukraine radioactive waste site struck – un

05:00 – 28 Feb 2022

The UN’s nuclear watchdog claimed missiles struck a radioactive waste disposal plant in Kyiv, but there were no reports of building damage or signs of radioactive material being released.

Director General Rafael Grossi of the International Atomic Energy Agency stated in a statement that Ukrainian officials alerted his agency about the overnight strike. He claims that the findings of on-site radioactive monitoring will be received soon by his agency.


aeroflot violated canada airspace closure

04:45 – 28 Feb 2022

Transport Canada said it is aware that Aeroflot flight 111 “violated the prohibition imposed earlier today on Russian flights utilizing Canadian airspace” and that it will “start an assessment” of the aircraft’s and NAVCAN’s actions.

The agency stated that “we will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action and other measures to avoid future violations.”


tokyo says japan is working with allies on swift

04:35 – 28 Feb 2022

Hirokazu Matsuno, Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary, stated that Western nations had asked Japan to join steps preventing Russia from using SWIFT, and that Japan was cooperating with them to make the measures successful


canada investigating russian breach of airspace

04:30 – 28 Feb 2022

The Canadian government has stated that a Russian flight breached its airspace, despite a ban. More details to follow


Belarus paratroopers could launch this morning

04:20 – 28 Feb 2022

Belarusian paratroopers could be deployed to Ukraine as early as this morning, according to the Kyiv Independent.

According to several sources, the decision has been made, and the first Il-76 transport aircraft is most likely to take out on February 28 at 5 a.m. local time, carrying Belarusian paratroopers to be deployed against Ukraine.

According to local media, Belarus’ armed forces number approximately 45,000 soldiers, and those dispatched to Ukraine are expected to be stationed in the Kyiv and Zhytomyr regions.


biden to hold call with allies

04:15 – 28 Feb 2022

The White House has announced that US President Joe Biden will hold a conference call with western allies and partners on Monday at 4.15 p.m. GMT to review developments surrounding Russia’s attack on Ukraine and to organize a united response.


shelling resumes in kyiv, kharkiv

04:10 – 28 Feb 2022

According to Ukraine’s National News Agency, shelling has resumed in Kyiv and Kharkiv (Ukrinform).

This morning, after several hours of silence in the Ukrainian capital, explosions were reported in Kyiv and Kharviv, according to Ukrinform, quoting the Ukrainian Special Service.

Meanwhile, in Chernihiv, in the country’s north, air warnings have been raised, with a missile hitting a residential building.


missile hits chernihiv residential building

04:05 – 28 Feb 2022

According to Ukraine’s official agency of special communications, a missile has struck a residential building in Chernihiv’s city center, triggering a fire.

Chernihiv is located 150 kilometers north of Kyiv.

“A rocket struck a residential building in Chernihiv’s city center. A fire has broken out, engulfing two lower stories. “At this time, the number of people who have been hurt is unknown,” the agency stated in a brief statement posted on the Telegram messaging service.

The news comes after the Kyiv Independent newspaper reported that an air raid alarm was issued in the city about 4.30 a.m. local time, with inhabitants being advised to seek shelter at the nearest shelter.


eu energy ministers have emergency meetings

04:00 – 28 Feb 2022

Europe’s energy prices are already high. As Vladimir Putin is well aware, scarcity of supplies might cause prices to soar. Brussels is now concerned that Moscow may react by cutting or stopping energy exports. For energy, the EU is mainly reliant on Russia. As a result, Moscow makes a lot of money. These two truths are inextricably linked to the current problem.

Today, EU energy ministers will convene in Brussels for an emergency meeting amid fears that the crisis in Ukraine would disrupt electricity supply.

Russia provides % of the EU’s gas and more than a quarter of its oil.

Following the EU’s announcement of fresh sanctions against Russia this weekend, it’s now feared that Vladimir Putin would halt delivery.


blasts heard in kyiv, kharkiv

03:30 – 28 Feb 2022

This morning, blasts have been reported in Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital, and Kharkiv, the second largest city in Ukraine, according to Ukraine’s State Service of Special Communications and Information Protection.

It added in a brief statement on the Telegram messaging app that Kyiv had been quiet for a few hours prior to that.

“Explosions have been heard in Kyiv and Kharkiv once more. Prior to that, the Ukrainian capital had been peaceful for several hours,” the news agency reported.


zelenskyy ratings up to 90%

03:00 – 28 Feb 2022

In a study conducted last weekend, almost 90% of Ukrainians stated they backed President Zelensky, a threefold rise from December last year.

According to a study conducted by the famous Rating Sociological group, 91 percent of people support him, while only 6% oppose him and 3% are unsure.

Residents of Crimea and rebel-held territories in eastern Ukraine were excluded from the survey, which included 2,000 respondents from across Ukraine.

When asked about Ukraine’s odds of repelling the Russian onslaught, 70% stated they thought it was conceivable.


russian rouble plunges to all-time low

02:45 – 28 Feb 2022

The rouble fell nearly 30% to an all-time low against the US dollar on Monday, the first trading day after Western nations imposed harsh economic sanctions on Russia in response to its invasion of Ukraine.

The rouble fell as low as 119 per dollar, and was last trading at 118, down 28.77 percent from Friday’s close of 83.64.

Some Russian banks have been barred from using the Swift international payments system as a result of the sanctions, prompting investors to predict a run on the Russian currency as consumers try to exchange their cash for dollars and other currencies.


russia bans websites containing prisoner of war data

02:30 – 28 Feb 2022

The Russian communications watchdog Roskomnadzor has blocked “Ishchi svoikh,” a website developed by Ukrainian officials for the relatives of Russian servicemen killed or captured during the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The men’s images and documents are published on the website.

On Saturday, the Ukrainian Interior Ministry announced the creation of a website and a social media channel with information about Russian casualties and prisoners of war (POWs) to allow relatives in Russia to learn more about their loved ones.

Oleksiy Arestovych, a Ukrainian presidential administration consultant, described the website as “our expression of kindness toward Russian mothers.”


belarus vote creates deep proliferation concerns

02:15 – 28 Feb 2022

Belarus has paved the path for the former Soviet state and current Kremlin ally to obtain nuclear weapons for the first time since its independence in 1990, thanks to a referendum.

Belarus’ proposals to establish a new constitution that eliminates the country’s current non-nuclear status were passed in a referendum held on Sunday.

Belarus could become a staging area for Russia’s assault on Ukraine as a result of the action, which has major ramifications for proliferation.

“If you [the West] transfer nuclear weapons to Poland or Lithuania, close to our borders, I will approach Putin and demand that he restore the nuclear weapons that I handed away without restrictions.”

Lukashenko’s term in office will be extended until 2035 as a result of the referendum. He has been in power since 1994.


finnair to cancel several flights

02:00 – 28 Feb 2022

After halting flights over Russian airspace, Finnair will cancel flights to Seoul, Tokyo, Osaka, Shanghai, Moscow, and St Petersburg until March 6.

Finnair will continue to fly from Helsinki to Bangkok, Phuket, Singapore, and Delhi, as well as from Stockholm to Bangkok and Phuket, avoiding Russian airspace. According to the airline, this will add almost an hour to flight times.

If passengers’ reservations are disrupted, they will be notified through text or email.


Canada to send €17.5m worth of military gear

01:48 – 28 Feb 2022

Canada is preparing to send €17.5 million of non-lethal military aid to Ukraine.

Deliveries will include helmets, body armour, gas masks and night vision gear.

The country has already sent €5m worth of weapons to Ukraine.


Ukraine belongs in the EU

01:40 – 28 Feb 2022

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has said Ukraine belongs in the European Union and the bloc would like to see the country be a part of it in time.

“Indeed over time, they belong to us. They are one of us and we want them in,” Von der Leyen said in an interview with Euronews on Sunday in an interview.

The comments come hours after the 27-nation group decided to supply weapons to Ukraine.


Belarus will ditch ‘non-nuclear status’

01:36 – 28 Feb 2022

Russian news agencies are reporting that 65.2% of those who took part in the referendum voted in favour of Belarus allowing Russia to place their nuclear weapons on Belarusian soil.

The vote will remove wording from Article 18 of the Belarusian Constitution that has guaranteed Belarus’ nuclear neutrality ever since it gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.

The referendum also gives a new set of powers to Lukashenko’s All-Belarusian People’s Assembly.

Many western countries have said that this referendum will not be recognising the referendum.


russian rouble diving to all-time lows

00:45 – 28 Feb 2022

The Russian rouble has plummeted over 20% against the US dollar, setting a new record low. The depreciation follows the imposition of harsh sanctions by Western nations in response to the invasion of Ukraine.

Russia’s strike – and the ensuing penalties – have wreaked havoc on global markets. The euro, as well as the Australian and New Zealand dollars, fell by roughly 1%.


‘a difficult day for the ukrainian army’ – ukraine military

00:30 – 28 Feb 2022

The Ukrainian military has provided an update on the battle that took place on Sunday.

The general staff of Ukraine’s armed forces described Sunday as a “tough time” for the military, writing on Facebook that Russian troops “continue to shell in practically all directions.”

According to recent reports, Russian troops had taken Berdyansk, a southern port, while Ukraine claimed earlier that it had repelled an attack on Kharkiv, the country’s second largest city.


russia’s aeroflot cancels all flights to europe

00:15 – 28 Feb 2022

After many countries closed their airspace in protest of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Russian airline Aeroflot declared it would cancel all flights to European destinations until further notice.

“Aeroflot is suspending flights on the European route network effective February 28, 2022,” the company announced on its website.


saudi prince, macron to discuss energy markets

00:00 – 28 Feb 2022

According to Ekhbariya TV, the Saudi crown prince and French President Emmanuel Macron discussed the impact of the Ukraine situation on energy markets.

The kingdom’s keenness on the security and balance of oil markets, as well as its adherence to the OPEC+ agreement, was underscored in a phone chat with Macron, according to the state-owned TV station.


UKRAINE-RUSSIA CONFLICT

00:00 – 28 February 2022

Hello, and welcome back to our rolling coverage of the Ukrainian crisis, having drastically escalated in recent hours with the advancement of Russian forces in what is widely recognised as a full-scale military invasion

Refer to this article if you’d like to revise the events of the past two days from the very start of this invasion.

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