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Ukrainian servicemen are seen next to a destroyed armoured vehicle, which they said belongs to the Russian army, outside Kharkiv, Ukraine.
Ukrainian servicemen are seen next to a destroyed armoured vehicle, which they said belongs to the Russian army, outside Kharkiv, Ukraine.(Reuters Photo)
Updated on Feb 26, 2022 06:40 AM IST
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It was day two of the Russian invasion in Ukraine on Friday and the capital city of Kyiv was hit by multiple rocket strikes. Ukrainian foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba slammed these strikes by saying the last time Kyiv ever experienced this was in 1941 when the capital city was attacked by the Nazis. 

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Russian forces have gone all out with their attacks in Ukraine since President Vladimir Putin’s announcement of a military operation.  Putin has recognised Ukraine’s two breakaway regions- Donetsk and Luhansk as independent entities. 

Ukraine’s defence ministry said on Friday that the armed forces inflicted some 800 casualties on Russian forces, adding more than 30 of their tanks, seven aircraft and six helicopters have been destroyed. 

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More than 360 people in Ukraine have been wounded and 137 have been killed since Thursday’s attack. 

Also Read| UNSC draft resolution condemns Russia, asks for force withdrawal from Ukraine

The United Nations has urged that protection of civilians in Ukraine should be the number one priority. 

Despite receiving global flak, Russian President Vladimir Putin has justified the invasion by asserting the attack was needed to protect civilians in eastern Ukraine. Putin also warned that any interference would lead to “consequences you have never seen.” 

 

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  • Feb 26, 2022 04:49 AM IST

    China abstains on UNSC resolution condemning Russia's 'aggression'

    At UN Security Council, China abstained from the Security Council vote condemning the invasion of Ukraine.

  • Feb 26, 2022 04:34 AM IST

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  • Feb 26, 2022 04:22 AM IST

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  • Feb 26, 2022 04:07 AM IST

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    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announces Canada will sanction Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

  • Feb 26, 2022 03:50 AM IST

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    Ukraine and Russia are discussing a place and time for talks, President Zelenskiy's spokesman said, adding that Ukraine is 'ready to talk about a ceasefire and peace', reports Reuters.

  • Feb 26, 2022 03:44 AM IST

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  • Feb 26, 2022 03:11 AM IST

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    Moscow said Friday its relations with the West were close to a "point of no return" after several countries imposed sweeping sanctions on Russia over its invasion of Ukraine.

  • Feb 26, 2022 03:05 AM IST

    Will continue to engage with India to follow suit on Russian invasion: White House

    "We'll continue to engage with India and other ASEAN partners...push others to follow suit (on Russian invasion)," White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said.

  • Feb 26, 2022 02:55 AM IST

    UK bans Russian private jets from airspace

    British Transport Secretary Grant Shapps on Friday announced an immediate ban on Russian private jets from UK airspace in response to President Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine.

  • Feb 26, 2022 02:46 AM IST

    US to impose sanctions on Putin and Lavrov: White House

    The United States said Friday it would impose sanctions on Russian President Vladimir Putin and foreign minister Sergei Lavrov, following similar announcements by Britain and the European Union in the wake of Moscow's attack on Ukraine.

  • Feb 26, 2022 01:43 AM IST

    US dismisses Moscow offer of talks with Kyiv

    The United States on Friday dismissed Russia's offer of talks with Ukraine as not serious, and called on Moscow to show its commitment to diplomacy by withdrawing troops from the country.

    After invading Ukraine, "now we see Moscow suggesting diplomacy take place at the barrel of a gun. This is not real diplomacy," State Department spokesman Ned Price said. Read more

  • Feb 26, 2022 12:52 AM IST

    Blasts heard near power station in Kyiv, reports Reuters citing mayor

    The mayor of Ukraine's capital city of Kyiv Vitali Klitchko said on Friday five blasts were heard in a close interval of three to five minutes near a power station in the north of the city, reported Reuters.

    "The emergency services are underway. We're finding out the details," the mayor was quoted as saying. 

  • Feb 26, 2022 12:28 AM IST

    Devastating horrendous attack on innocent people: NATO chief condemns Russian invasion of Ukraine

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  • Feb 25, 2022 11:53 PM IST

    EU agrees to place Russian President Putin on list of sanctioned individuals 

    The European Union has agreed to place Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on its list of sanctioned individuals following Russia's invasion of Ukraine, reports Reuters quoting EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell.

  • Feb 25, 2022 11:41 PM IST

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    Russian President Vladimir Putin is chairing a meeting with permanent members of the Security Council on Ukraine, an official statement read on Friday.

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  • Feb 25, 2022 09:55 PM IST

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    The first batch of evacuees from Ukraine reach Romania via the Suceava border crossing. Our team at Suceava will now facilitate travel to Bucharest for their onward journey to India: Arindam Bagchi, MEA spokesperson

  • Feb 25, 2022 09:28 PM IST

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  • Feb 25, 2022 09:15 PM IST

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  • Feb 25, 2022 08:34 PM IST

    Putin asks Ukrainian military to overthrow govt

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  • Feb 25, 2022 08:18 PM IST

    Over 470 Indians to leave Ukraine and enter Romania

    More than 470 Indians will leave Ukraine and enter Romania on Friday, Indian embassy in Ukraine said on Twitter.

  • Feb 25, 2022 07:22 PM IST

    EU to freeze assets linked to Putin, other Russian officials

    European Union agrees to freeze European assets linked to Russian President Vladimir Putin, foreign minister Sergei Lavrov over Ukraine invasion.

  • Feb 25, 2022 07:11 PM IST

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  • Feb 25, 2022 06:57 PM IST

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  • Feb 25, 2022 05:28 PM IST

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  • Feb 25, 2022 05:00 PM IST

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  • Feb 25, 2022 03:45 PM IST

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    In latest advisory, Indian embassy in Kyiv advises Indian citizens stranded in Ukraine to paste Indian flag on vehicles, while moving towards borders with Hungary and Romania, to be identified for evacuation.

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    Russian forces approaching Kyiv from northeast and east: Ukrainian army, according to AFP.

  • Feb 25, 2022 02:58 PM IST

    India to operate evacuation flights from Ukraine's neighbours: Reports

    With Ukrainian airspace shut, India to operate evacuation flights for its stranded nationals from Ukraine’s neighbouring countries: Reports

  • Feb 25, 2022 02:43 PM IST

    Russia bars British flights from entering its airspace

    Russia bans British airlines from landing at its airports or crossing its airspace, reports Reuters.

  • Feb 25, 2022 02:16 PM IST

    TN govt to bear travel expanses of Tamil students stuck in Ukraine

    Tamil Nadu govt will bear all travel expenses to be incurred for the return of around 5,000 TN students and Tamil diaspora who are stranded in Ukraine now. Till 10am today, 916 persons from Ukraine have approached us: MK Stalin, Tamil Nadu CM

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    Clashes break out in Kyiv's northern district

    Just hours after being hit by multiple rocket strikes, clashes have broken out in Kyiv's northern district, news agency AFP reported on Friday. 

  • Feb 25, 2022 01:23 PM IST

    India working to establish evacuation routes from Romania, Hungary

    The Indian Embassy in Hungary said on Friday that it is working with the Modi government to establish evacuation routes from Romania and Hungary. 

  • Feb 25, 2022 01:00 PM IST

    Afghanistan closely monitoring situation in Ukraine

    Afghanistan's foreign ministry spokesperson Abdul Qahar Balkhi said on Friday that the government is closely monitoring the situation in Ukraine and expressed concerns regarding the real possibility of civilian casualties. 

  • Feb 25, 2022 12:55 PM IST

    Ukrainian army says it is fighting Russian forces outside Kyiv

    The Ukrainian army said on Friday that it is fighting the Russian forces outside the capital city of Kyiv, according to news agency AFP. 

  • Feb 25, 2022 12:30 PM IST

    Buildings across globe light up to express solidarity with Ukraine

    On Friday, buildings around the world were lit up with Ukraine's flag to express solidarity with the country that has been hit by a full-scale attack by Russian forces. 

  • Feb 25, 2022 12:14 PM IST

    As Russian invasion enters day 2, UN chief says protection of civilians in Ukraine number 1 priority

    United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday called for immediate protection for all civilians in Ukraine and said this should be the world's 'No. 1 priority'. 

  • Feb 25, 2022 11:58 AM IST

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    In pictures: Ukrainians hide in a bomb shelter in capital Kyiv

    Images shared by news agency AFP on Friday showed Ukrainian civilians hiding in a bomb shelter in Kyiv. 

  • Feb 25, 2022 11:52 AM IST

    Russian forces targeting civilian areas, says Ukrainian President

    Ukrainian President Zelensky said on Friday that Russian forces are targeting civilian areas in his country, adding  “the enemy's sabotage groups have entered Kyiv.”

  • Feb 25, 2022 11:13 AM IST

    UNSC to vote on resolution condemning Russian invasion 

    The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) is set to vote on a draft resolution to condemn Russia's invasion of Ukraine “in the strongest terms possible”. The resolution was tabled by the United States and Albania. 

  • Feb 25, 2022 10:52 AM IST

    Russian troops stopped from advancing in most directions, says Ukrainian President

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Friday that Russian troops have been stopped from advancing in most directions of the country, according to news agency Reuters. 

  • Feb 25, 2022 10:26 AM IST

    Last time such attack was in 1941: Ukrainian foreign minister slams rocket strikes on Kyiv

    Ukrainian foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba slammed the rocket strikes on Kyiv by Russia and said that the last time the capital city saw such at attack was by Nazi Germany in 1941. 

  • Feb 25, 2022 10:22 AM IST

    Ukrainian military downs aircraft over capital Kyiv

    Ukrainian military on Friday downed an aircraft over Kyiv, which then crashed into a residential building, an interior ministry officials told news agency Reuters. 

  • Feb 25, 2022 09:42 AM IST

    Thousand anti-war protesters detained in Russia

    Russia has detained more than 1,700 people that protested against Moscow's action to launch a full-scale evacuation in Ukraine on Thursday. 

  • Feb 25, 2022 09:10 AM IST

    Arranging evacuation flights for Chinese citizens in Ukraine, says China

    China said on Friday that it is arranging evacuation flights for its citizens stuck in Ukraine as the conditions have deteriorated sharply. According to a statement by the Chinese embassy, scheduling of evacuation flights will depend on the flight safety situation. Expressing concerns at the crisis in Ukraine, the embassy refused to mention anything about Russian invasion in the above statement. 

  • Feb 25, 2022 08:58 AM IST

    Enemy marked me down as target 1, family as target 2: Ukraine President says Russia wants to destroy head of state

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Friday said that he will stay in capital city Kyiv as Russian forces advanced towards the country. 

    In a video message, Zelenskiy referred to Russia as the enemy and said,"The  enemy has marked me down as the number one target," Zelenskiy warned in a video message. “My family is the number two target. They want to destroy Ukraine politically by destroying the head of state,” he added. 

  • Feb 25, 2022 08:42 AM IST

    Two loud blasts heard in Kyiv, reports AFP

    On Friday morning, two loud blasts were heard in Ukraine's captial Kyiv, news agency AFP reported. 

  • Feb 25, 2022 08:09 AM IST

    Gold prices surge after volatile session

    Gold prices across the globe rose on Friday after a volatile session, as investors analysed the ongoing crisis in Ukraine and the sanctions imposed by the West on Russia. 

    According to news agency Reuters, spot gold rose 0.3% to $1,909.06 per ounce by 0204 GMT. US gold futures fell 0.8% to $1,910.70.

  • Feb 25, 2022 07:42 AM IST

    Vladimir Putin was duplicitous in conversations with me: French President Emmanuel Macron

    French President Emmanuel Macron, who held a telephonic conversation with Vladimir Putin on Thursday, said on Friday that the Russian President was duplicitous in his conversations. 

    "Yes, there was duplicity, yes there was a deliberate, conscious choice to launch war when we could still negotiate peace," Macron said. 

  • Feb 25, 2022 07:19 AM IST

    New iron curtain cutting off Russia, says Ukrainian President Zelensky

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that Russia's attack is the sound of a new iron curtain lowering and closing it off from the civilised world. 

  • Feb 25, 2022 06:44 AM IST

    Taiwan ‘strongly condemns’ Russia's invasion, urges immediate cessation of military action

    The Taiwanese foreign ministry on Friday strongly condemned Russia's invasion of Ukraine and urged an immediate cessation of military action and commencement of dialogue aimed at resolving disputes peacefully.

  • Feb 25, 2022 06:36 AM IST

    Watch: What Joe Biden said on Russia's ‘consequences’

    United States President Joe Biden reacted to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin's "threat" to the West "with the greatest consequences in history."

  • Feb 25, 2022 06:28 AM IST

    Japan to sanction chip exports to Russia 

    The Japanese government has announced that it will impose sanctions on Moscow targeting semiconductor exports and financial institutions. These sanctions are a response to Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine. 

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