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Russia-Ukraine crisis highlights: 137 dead after first day of fighting, reports AFP citing Ukrainian president

Russia-Ukraine Conflict: Moscow's announcement of a military operation in Ukraine to protect civilians in the eastern region was followed by apparent explosions in cities across Ukraine. 
Russia has launched a barrage of air and missile strikes on Ukraine early Thursday and Ukrainian officials said that Russian troops have rolled into the country from the north, east and south.
Russia has launched a barrage of air and missile strikes on Ukraine early Thursday and Ukrainian officials said that Russian troops have rolled into the country from the north, east and south.

Russia Ukraine Latest News Updates:  Russia’s commencement of a military strike in Ukraine on Thursday has led to total chaos in the latter country. After Russian President Vladimir Putin officially ordered the operation, Russian forces fired missiles at several cities in Ukraine and also landed troops on the country’s South Coast....Read More

News agency AFP reported that Russian ground forces have crossed into Ukraine. 

Meanwhile, Ukraine has said that nearly 50 Russian occupiers have been killed, AFP reported.

Earlier in the day, five Russian planes and one helicopter were shot down by Ukraine in Luhansk. Moments later, Russia confirmed taking out military infrastructure at Ukraine's air bases and "suppressed" its air defences.

Russia is facing global condemnation from Western powers over its actions in Ukraine with the European Union vowing to hold Moscow accountable for the military operation.

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Feb 25, 2022 4:51 AM IST

Ukrainian president says 137 dead after first day of fighting, reports AFP

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy says 137 dead after first day of fighting, reports AFP.

Feb 25, 2022 3:53 AM IST

Russian police detain more than 1,700 people at anti-war protests, reports AFP

Russian police have detained more than 1,700 people at anti-war protests across dozens of cities as thousands took to the streets after President Vladimir Putin sent troops to invade Ukraine, reports AFP quoting an independent monitor.

Feb 25, 2022 2:53 AM IST

Macron dials Putin to 'demand immediate halt' to Russia offensive in Ukraine

French President Emmanuel Macron says he has demanded, in a phone call, that President Putin immediately cease Russian operations in Ukraine. Read more

Feb 25, 2022 2:33 AM IST

57 Ukrainians killed in invasion, reports AP citing health minister

Ukraine's Health Minister Viktor Lyashko said 57 Ukrainians have been killed as a result of the Russian invasion, and 169 more wounded, reports AP.

Feb 25, 2022 1:54 AM IST

EAM Jaishankar speaks to US Secy of State Antony Blinken

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar spoke to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken to discuss the ongoing developments in Ukraine and its implications.

"Appreciate the call from US Secretary of State. Discussed the ongoing developments in Ukraine and its implications," the EAM said.

Feb 25, 2022 1:52 AM IST

PM Mod asked for “assistance in ensuring security of Indian citizens” in Ukraine: Russian embassy

Prime Minister of India thanked Vladimir Putin for the clarification and asked for assistance in ensuring the security of Indian citizens who currently stay in Ukraine. President of Russia said that the necessary instructions would be given: Russian embassy

Feb 25, 2022 1:49 AM IST

US expels Number 2 Russian diplomat: State Dept

The United States has expelled Russia's number two diplomat in Washington in a tit for tat move after Moscow's expulsion of a senior US envoy, reports AFP, citing a State Department official.

Feb 25, 2022 1:33 AM IST

Transport plane crashes in Russia, crew killed: defence ministry

A Russian Antonov An-26 transport plane carrying military equipment crashed in Russia's southern Voronezh region near Ukraine, killing all crew members on board, the defence ministry said Thursday, reports AFP.

"During a planned flight to transport military equipment, an An-26 aircraft of the Russian aerospace forces crashed," the defence ministry said in a statement carried by Russian news agencies. "The crew died," the statement said, without providing any details. A defence ministry spokesman, speaking to AFP, confirmed the crash but declined to say how many crew members had been killed.

Feb 25, 2022 12:51 AM IST

‘In consultation,' says Biden when asked if India is with US on Ukraine crsis 

“We are in consultation with India today, we haven't resolved that completely,” said US President Joe Biden when asked if India is with the United States on the Ukraine crisis. 

Feb 25, 2022 12:40 AM IST

Biden hits Russia with new sanctions, says Putin 'chose' war

President Joe Biden on Thursday announced a new round of sanctions targeting Russia after its invasion of Ukraine, charging that Russian leader Vladimir Putin “chose this war" and that his country will bear the consequences of his action.

Feb 25, 2022 12:39 AM IST

US will 'defend every inch' of NATO nations but no troops to Ukraine: Biden

US President Joe Biden vowed Thursday to defend "every inch" of NATO territory after Russia sent forces into Ukraine -- but reaffirmed that no American troops would be deployed to Washington's ally.

Feb 25, 2022 12:02 AM IST

European Union to hit Russia with new sanctions over 'barbaric attack' on Ukraine, reports Reuters

European Union to hit Russia with new sanctions over 'barbaric attack' on Ukraine, reports Reuters.

Feb 24, 2022 11:53 PM IST

Canada sanctions 58 Russian individuals and entities: Trudeau

Canada has put sanctions against 58 Russian individuals and entities, announces Justin Trudeau.

Feb 24, 2022 11:37 PM IST

Jaishankar speaks to his counterpart in Slovakia amid Ukraine crisis

Amid Russia's ongoing military operations in Ukraine, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar spoke to his counterpart in Slovakia, Ivan Korcok.

"Discussed situation in Ukraine. Appreciate his willingness to facilitate evacuation of Indian nationals through Slovakia," the EAM said.

Feb 24, 2022 11:13 PM IST

Chernobyl captured by Russian forces, reports Reuters

Chernobyl nuclear power plant captured by Russian forces, reports Reuters citing Ukrainian official.

Feb 24, 2022 10:42 PM IST

In conversation with Vladimir Putin, PM Modi calls for ‘sincere dialogue’ between Russia and NATO

In conversation with Vladimir Putin, PM Modi calls for ‘sincere dialogue’ between Russia and NATO, reports ANI citing PMO.

Feb 24, 2022 10:24 PM IST

Putin says 'no other way' to defend Russia other than by invading Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin says 'no other way' to defend country other than by invading Ukraine, reports AFP.

Feb 24, 2022 9:39 PM IST

Ukraine President Zelensky says Russia captures airfield near Kyiv

Ukraine President Zelensky says Russia has captured airfield near Kyiv, reports AFP.

Feb 24, 2022 9:36 PM IST

Have convinced Ukrainian varsities to hold online classes so that Indian students can return home, says Shringla

Have convinced Ukrainian varsities to hold online classes so that Indian students can return home, says foreign secretary Shringla.

Feb 24, 2022 9:32 PM IST

Topmost priority of govt is safety of Indians in Ukraine: Shringla

Topmost priority of government is safety of Indians in Ukraine, says foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla at special MEA briefing.

Feb 24, 2022 9:06 PM IST

Ukraine capital Kyiv declares curfew, reports AFP quoting mayor

Ukraine capital Kyiv has declared curfew after Russia began its invasion in the eastern European nation on Thursday, AFP reported quoting mayor Vitali Klitschko.

Feb 24, 2022 9:02 PM IST

Joe Biden to address nation on Ukraine tonight, says White House

US President Joe Biden to address nation on Ukraine tonight, reports AFP quoting White House.

Feb 24, 2022 8:53 PM IST

Czech Republic stops issuing visas to Russians, reports AFP quoting PM Petr Fiala

Czech Republic stops issuing visas to Russian citizens, reports AFP quoting PM Petr Fiala.

Feb 24, 2022 8:44 PM IST

Russia trying to seize Chernobyl tweets Ukraine Prez

Russia trying to seize Chernobyl, the site of 1986 nuclear disaster, tweets Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. “This is a declaration of war against the whole of Europe,” his tweet adds.

Feb 24, 2022 7:50 PM IST

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

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

Feb 24, 2022 7:39 PM IST

Russia says it destroyed over 70 military targets in Ukraine

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

Feb 24, 2022 7:00 PM IST

Central European nations gear up for refugees from Ukraine

Central European countries geared up on Thursday for the arrival of refugees after Russia launched a full-blown invasion of Ukraine. Poland has set up reception points on its border, while Hungary and Slovakia plan to send troops to manage the likely influx, Reuters reported.

Feb 24, 2022 6:32 PM IST

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

NATO secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg said Ukraine's wish to be a member of the alliance is not an “excuse” for Russia to invade the European country. “Russia has no right to use violence and armed forces on a sovereign nation,” he added during a joint press conference with EU president Ursula von der Leyen and European Council president Charles Michel.

Feb 24, 2022 6:27 PM IST

‘Fully prepared’ to host refugees from Ukraine: EU president

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen say “fully prepared” to host refugees from Ukraine after Russia invades the European country.

Feb 24, 2022 6:07 PM IST

Ukraine military plane with 14 on board crashes near Kyiv

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

Feb 24, 2022 5:51 PM IST

Indians returning from Ukraine can travel via Qatar: Centre

Centre allows Indian citizens returning from Ukraine to travel via transit under the bilateral air bubble agreement with Qatar, an official notification from Embassy of India in Doha said. As of the Ukraine airspace is shut; hence the move will be applied once it reopens.

Feb 24, 2022 5:37 PM IST

Russia conducted over 30 strikes on civilian and military targets

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

Feb 24, 2022 5:09 PM IST

India issues third advisory to stranded students in Ukraine, asks to google nearest bomb shelters to hide

Indian Embassy in Ukraine issues third advisory to its students, currently stranded in war-torn European country. It has asked students to look for nearest bomb shelters wherever they are in Ukraine as reports of air sirens and bomb attacks are emerging after Russia invaded the nation.

Feb 24, 2022 4:58 PM IST

Duration of mission will depend on results: Kremlin

Kremlin said on Thursday that the duration of the military mission - invasion - will depend on ‘results' AFP reported. It added that it believes Russians will 'support' Ukraine operation.

Feb 24, 2022 4:35 PM IST

German Chancellor Scholz calls emergency parliamentary sitting

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz calls emergency parliamentary sitting on Sunday over Ukraine invasion by Russia.

Feb 24, 2022 4:23 PM IST

Moldova says closing airspace after Russia invades Ukraine

Moldova says it is closing its airspace after Russia invaded Ukraine, reported AFP.

Feb 24, 2022 4:18 PM IST

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

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

Feb 24, 2022 3:19 PM IST

Ukraine breaks diplomatic ties with Russia

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

Feb 24, 2022 3:15 PM IST

UK PM to address the nation on Ukraine, reports AFP citing his office

British PM Boris Johnson will address the nation on the current Russia-Ukraine crisis on Thursday, reports AFP citing his office.

Feb 24, 2022 3:12 PM IST

Ambassador of Ukraine to India urges PM Modi to speak to Putin

Ambassador of Ukraine to India, Dr Igor Polikha on Thursday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to speak with Russian President Vladimir Putin of the latter country's all-out invasion of Ukraine. Calling Modi one of the most “powerful and respected” leaders in the world, Polikha said Putin “at least should think over” if the Indian PM speaks with him. “I don't know how many world leaders Putin may listen to but status of Modi ji makes me hopeful that in case of his strong voice, Putin at least should think over,” he told ANI.

Feb 24, 2022 3:00 PM IST

Putin says current events have ‘nothing to do with a desire to infringe on Ukraine and Ukrainian people's interests'

Russian President Vladimir Putin says current events “have nothing to do with a desire to infringe on the interests of Ukraine and Ukrainian people”, according to ANI. He added they are linked with defending Russia from those “who have taken Ukraine hostage and are trying to use it against our country."

Feb 24, 2022 2:43 PM IST

Ukraine says killed 'around 50 Russian occupiers', reports AFP

Ukraine says it has killed ‘50 Russian occupiers’ and destroyed six planes, according to AFP.

Feb 24, 2022 2:20 PM IST

India cancels special flights to Kyiv after Ukraine shuts airspace

India has cancelled special flights to Kyiv after Ukraine shut its airspace. The Embassy of India to Ukraine, in a statement on Twitter, shared helpline numbers for Indian nationals and students currently in the European nation. “Alternate arrangements are being made for evacuation of Indian nationals,” the statement read.

Feb 24, 2022 1:58 PM IST

Russia faces 'isolation', Ukraine attack 'life and death,' says EU foreign policy chief

European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said on Thursday that Russia is facing unprecedented isolation over its strike on Ukraine, adding it will be hit with the harshest sanctions the EU has ever imposed. 

Feb 24, 2022 1:40 PM IST

Black smoke rises from military airport in Kharkiv

Black smoke rose from a military airport in Chuguyev near Kharkiv in Ukraine. Hours after Russia's announcement of a military opeartion, the Ukrainian ministry said the military command centre in Kharkiv was attacked by missile strikes. 

Feb 24, 2022 1:26 PM IST

Ukraine: Family takes shelter in metro station amid Russian attack

News agency AFP in Thursday shared photographs of a family taking shelter in a metro station in Ukraine as Russia begans its military strike. 

Feb 24, 2022 1:19 PM IST

India considering alternate evacuation routes as Ukraine-Russia conflict escalates

People familiar with developments told Hindustan Times on Thursday that India is considering alternate evacuation routes amid the closure of Ukraine airspace for civilian flights. 

Feb 24, 2022 1:16 PM IST

Condemn this unjustified attack by Russian forces: US President Joe Biden

“President Zelenskyy reached out to me tonight and we just finished speaking. I condemned this unprovoked and unjustified attack by Russian military forces. I briefed him on the steps we are taking to rally international condemnation, including tonight at the United Nations Security Council,” a White House statement quoting President Joe Biden said on Thursday. 

Feb 24, 2022 1:05 PM IST

Russian ground forces cross into Ukraine, AFP reports citing border guards

News agency AFP reported on Thursday that Russain ground forces have crossed into Ukraine. 

Feb 24, 2022 12:58 PM IST

At least 7 killed, 9 wounded by Russian shelling, says Ukraine

News world news Russia-Ukraine crisis highlights: 137 dead after first day of fighting, reports AFP citing Ukrainian president