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- Russia-Ukraine crisis LIVE updates: According to Ukraine government's statement, 137 people, including soldiers and civilians, have been killed so far by the Russian forces.
Russia on Friday vetoed a UN Security Council resolution that deplored "in the strongest terms" the country's "aggression" against Ukraine. The resolution had also demanded the immediate withdrawal of its troops.
Eleven of the council's 15 members voted in favour of the motion. China, India and the UAE abstained.
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The draft resolution, which was co-written by the United States and Albania, is now expected to be taken up by the 193-member UN General Assembly.
Meanwhile, Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky warned that Russian troops would attempt to take the capital city of Kyiv before dawn. "This night will be more difficult than the day. Many cities of our state are under attack," he said in a video address to the nation.
Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a full-scale invasion on Thursday on its ex-Soviet neighbour. The military offensive has killed hundreds of Ukrainian soldiers so far, while more than 50,000 are forced to flee their country.
According to the United Nations, more than 50,000 Ukrainians have already fled the country in the past two days. About 100,000 are believed to be internally displaced, and in Kyiv, many residents fled their homes and took shelter in the city's subway system, according to reports.
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Feb 27, 2022 06:34 AM IST
YouTube bars Russian state-owned media outlet RT from receiving ad money
YouTube barred Russian state-owned media outlet RT and other Russian channels from receiving money for advertisements that run with their videos, reported Reuters.
Feb 27, 2022 04:01 AM IST
US, EU agree to remove 'selected' Russia banks from SWIFT
European Commission, France, Germany, Itlay, UK, Canada and the United States agree new financial sanctions against Russia over Ukraine invasion, agree to exclude Russian banks from SWIFT.
Feb 27, 2022 03:51 AM IST
Germany to close its airspace to Russian flights
Germany to close its airspace to Russian flights, reports AFP quoting the ministry.
Feb 27, 2022 03:02 AM IST
Air India flight, carrying second batch of Indian evacuees from Ukraine, arrives in Delhi via Bucharest
The second flight of Air India, carrying 250 Indian evacuees from Ukraine, has arrived in Delhi via Bucharest.
Feb 27, 2022 02:35 AM IST
Zelensky asks UN to strip Russia of its security council vote
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Saturday that he asked UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to strip Russia of its vote at the UN Security Council as punishment for invading Ukraine, reports AFP.
Feb 27, 2022 02:31 AM IST
France to deliver more military equipment to Ukraine
France to deliver more military equipment to Ukraine and ramp up sanctions against Russia, reports AFP quoting President Emmanuel Macron's office.
Feb 27, 2022 01:57 AM IST
Russian advance into Ukraine has temporarily slowed: British defence ministry
Russian advance into Ukraine has temporarily slowed, probably because of logistical problems and strong resistance, reports Reuters citing Britain's defence ministry.
Feb 27, 2022 01:19 AM IST
More than 3,000 people detained for anti-war protests in Russia so far
More than 3,000 people detained for anti-war protests in Russia since Thursday, reports news agency AFP.
Feb 27, 2022 12:53 AM IST
Closely monitoring the developing situation: India in Ukraine
Closely monitoring the developing situation, especially in Eastern regions of Ukraine. In constant touch with the authorities on the safety of our citizens. To all Indians who remain in Ukraine, we are with you: India in Ukraine
Feb 27, 2022 12:29 AM IST
UN chief speaks with Ukraine president
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres spoke with Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Saturday, telling him the world body plans to "enhance humanitarian assistance to the people of Ukraine", a UN spokesperson said.
"He informed the President that the United Nations would launch on Tuesday an appeal to fund our humanitarian operations in Ukraine," the UN spokesperson said in a statement.
Feb 26, 2022 11:39 PM IST
Germany announces military aid to Ukraine
After United States, Germany has said it will provide military aid to Ukraine.
The country will send 1,000 anti-tank weapons, 500 'Stinger' surface-to-air missiles to Ukraine, reports news agency AFP.
Feb 26, 2022 10:48 PM IST
Russians push toward Ukraine's capital; residents take cover
Kyiv residents braced Saturday for another night sheltering underground, as Russian troops closed in on Ukraine's capital and skirmishes were reported on the outskirts. Read full story
Feb 26, 2022 10:47 PM IST
Does China see an opportunity in the US-Russia rift?
The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) deliberations on Friday indicate that China may be emerging as the net beneficiary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and the rupture in ties between the US and Russia, is significant in three ways - in both the immediate and medium-term context. Read more
Feb 26, 2022 09:26 PM IST
Second evacuation flight takes off from Bucharest, to land in Delhi
The Air India flight (AI1942) from Bucharest to Delhi is likely to reach around 3:00am Indian Time on Sunday.
Feb 26, 2022 09:15 PM IST
Russian army to broaden Ukraine advance ‘from all directions’, says defence ministry
All Russian units in Ukraine were on Saturday given the order to resume their offensive from all directions after a pause on Friday, the RIA news agency quoted Russia's defence ministry as saying.
Russian President had ordered a temporary halt to the Russian military operation in Ukraine on Friday afternoon in connection with the expectation of negotiations with Kiev, but the operation was resumed Saturday afternoon after the Ukrainian leadership refused to talk. Read full story
Feb 26, 2022 09:08 PM IST
Won't stop until all Indian evacuees from Ukraine back home: Piyush Goyal
“Since the beginning of this crisis, our main objective was to bring back each & every Indian stranded in Ukraine. 219 students have arrived here. This was the first batch, the second will reach Delhi soon. We'll not stop until all of them are back home,” said Union Minister Piyush Goyal at the Mumbai airport.
Feb 26, 2022 08:32 PM IST
Union minister Piyush Goyal welcomes Ukraine returnees at Mumbai airport
Feb 26, 2022 08:11 PM IST
Air India’s evacuation flight from Romania, with 219 Indian evacuees from Ukraine, lands in Mumbai
The first evacuation flight carrying 219 passengers from Ukraine, has landed in Maharashtra's Mumbai. The plane had taken off from the Romanian capital Bucharest this afternoon.
Feb 26, 2022 08:05 PM IST
Russia ready to work towards peace, stability in Ukraine, says foreign min
Russian foreign ministry on Saturday said Russia was ready to work closely with all constructive forces for resolution of ukrainian problem in the interests of peace and stability, reported Reuters.
Feb 26, 2022 07:51 PM IST
Ukraine denies refusal to negotiation over ceasefire with Russia, says ‘not ready to accept ultimatums’
Ukraine on Saturday denied suggestions that it was refusing to negotiate a ceasefire with Russia but said it was also not ready to accept ultimatums or unacceptable conditions.
"It was yesterday that the aggressive actions of the armed forces of the Russian Federation escalated, up to evening and night mass air and missile strikes on Ukrainian cities," he said in a message. "We consider such actions only an attempt to break Ukraine and force it to accept categorically unacceptable conditions." --Reuters
Feb 26, 2022 07:46 PM IST
BMC to provide free meals, Covid tests to students returning from Ukraine
“Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will provide free services to all the students returning from Ukraine today. We will provide them free Covid testing, vaccines, food and all other facilities,” said Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar. A flight from Romania carrying Indian evacuees from Ukraine will land in Mumbai at around 9pm Indian Time.
Feb 26, 2022 06:37 PM IST
Ukraine President Zelensky, PM Modi hold talks amid Russia's invasion
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Feb 26, 2022 06:28 PM IST
Kremlin accuses Ukraine of prolonging conflict by refusing negotiations, reports AFP
Kremlin has accused Ukraine of prolonging conflict by refusing negotiations, reported news agency AFP.
Feb 26, 2022 05:40 PM IST
Hungary issues advisory to Indians for evacuation through its border
Feb 26, 2022 05:38 PM IST
Zelenskiy says Ukraine still in control of Kyiv, reports Reuters
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Saturday that the capital Kyiv was still under Ukrainian control after Russia launched an invasion two days ago, reported Reuters.
Feb 26, 2022 05:18 PM IST
Kyiv toughens curfew to fight Russia, violators to be considered ‘enemy’, says mayor
Kyiv toughens curfew as Russia reaches its streets. Violators will be considered 'enemy', says mayor Vitali Klitschko.
Curfew hours to run in the city from 5pm to 8am.
Feb 26, 2022 05:07 PM IST
Slovakia issues advisory to Indians for evacuation through Uzhhorod-Vysne Nemecke border
“The Embassy of India in Bratislava is in contact with Government of Slovakia for evacuation through Uzhhorod - Vysne Nemecke border. Indian nationals who are stuck in Ukraine and wish to cross border through Vysne Nemecke are requested to fill the Google Form (link given below). It is requested that people who are not in close proximity to this border crossing point should not fill the form,” reads the advisory.
Feb 26, 2022 05:00 PM IST
States that will bear airfare for Ukraine returnees
Rajasthan and Kerala have announced that they will reimburse the airfare of students evacuating from Ukraine amid the war-like situation with Russia. Meanwhile, Jharkhand and Bihar will pay back for the airfares of all their returnees from Ukraine.
Feb 26, 2022 04:49 PM IST
Zelensky seeks support from Germany, Hungary to cut Russia from SWIFT
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has also urged Germany, Hungary to support cutting Russia from SWIFT, reported AFP.
Feb 26, 2022 04:43 PM IST
Ukraine's forces have stopped Russia's push to capture Kyiv: Zelensky
President Volodymyr Zelensky says Ukraine's forces have halted the Kremlin's push to capture Kyiv and oust him and urged Russians to pressure leader Vladimir Putin to stop the invasion, reported news agency AFP.
Feb 26, 2022 04:24 PM IST
Russian troops have advanced on Kyiv, just 30km from city centre: UK govt
Feb 26, 2022 04:04 PM IST
100,000 Ukrainians have likely crossed border into Poland, reports AFP
As many as 100,000 Ukrainians have crossed border into Poland, an official told news agency AFP.
Feb 26, 2022 03:59 PM IST
Internet in Ukraine disrupted as Russian troops advance
Internet connectivity in Ukraine has been badly affected by the Russian invasion, particularly in the southern and eastern parts of the country where fighting has been heaviest, internet blockage observatory NetBlocks said on Saturday. Read more
Feb 26, 2022 03:12 PM IST
Poland cancels 2022 World Cup play-off with Russia over Ukraine invasion, reports AFP
Poland will not play their 2022 World Cup play-off with Russia in Moscow on March 24 due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine the president of the Polish football federation said on Saturday, reported news agency AFP.
Feb 26, 2022 03:10 PM IST
‘Govt working night and day to evacuate all’: Indian ambassador in Romania
Feb 26, 2022 03:09 PM IST
‘Helping Indians in Ukraine to cross into Poland: Indian ambassador
"The aggressive action by Russia in Ukraine has created a major problem for our citizens too. Indians who have escaped the Russian bombs in Ukraine, we are helping them cross into Poland," Ambassador of Poland to India, Adam Burakowski, in Delhi
"Poland stands with Ukraine, we condemn the Russian aggression. Ukrainians are very patriotic people who are fighting for their country," he adds.
Feb 26, 2022 02:18 PM IST
First flight to Mumbai with evacuated Indians from Ukraine takes off from Romania
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Feb 26, 2022 02:16 PM IST
Netherlands to send 200 air defence rockets to Ukraine
The Netherlands will supply 200 air defence rockets to Ukraine as quickly as possible, the Dutch government said in a letter to parliament on Saturday, as reported by Reuters.
The government also said it will move Dutch embassy staff from the western Ukrainian city of Lviv to Jaroslaw, across the border in Poland, due to deteriorating security.
Feb 26, 2022 01:59 PM IST
Three Russian aircraft shot down, claims Ukraine
Ukraine claims to have shot down a Russian bomber and helicopter in the east as well as a transport plane southwest of Kyiv, news agency AFP reported.
Feb 26, 2022 12:47 PM IST
Russian claims control of Ukraine's Melitopol
Russian forces captured the southeastern Ukrainian city of Melitopol on Saturday, reports Reuters citing local news agency, as Moscow launched coordinated cruise missile and artillery strikes on several cities, including the capital Kyiv.
Feb 26, 2022 12:44 PM IST
‘Stop Russian war criminals': Ukraine foreign minister
Feb 26, 2022 12:31 PM IST
Chernobyl radiation increases
Ukrainian officials say radiation levels have increased in the Chernobyl exclusion zone and warn the capture of the plant by Russian soldiers could have "terrible consequences".
Feb 26, 2022 12:12 PM IST
Russia suspends space launches from South American spaceport over sanctions amid Ukraine war
Russia is suspending space launches from French Guiana and withdrawing its technical personnel in response to EU sanctions over Moscow's invasion of Ukraine, the space agency said Saturday.
"In response to EU sanctions against our enterprises, Roskosmos is suspending cooperation with European partners over organizing space launches from the Kourou cosmodrome and withdrawing its technical personnel... from French Guiana," Dmitry Rogozin, chief of the Russian space agency, said on messaging app Telegram.
Feb 26, 2022 11:58 AM IST
Russian troops take over Kyiv hydroelectric power plant: Report
Russian troops have taken over the Kyiv hydroelectric power plant to the north of the Ukrainian capital, reports news agency Reuters citing local news agency.
Feb 26, 2022 11:47 AM IST
‘Do not believe fake news. I am here': Ukraine presidents to residents
"Good morning everybody. Do not believe fake news. I am here. We will not lay down our weapons. We will defend our Country. Our weapons are our strength. This is our land. Our country. Our children. We will protect all of them:” Ukraine President in a video message.
Feb 26, 2022 11:23 AM IST
Facebook bans Russian state media from running ads, monetizing platform
Facebook has banned Russian state media from running ads and monetizing the platform over the Russian military operation in Ukraine, said Nathaniel Gleicher, the head of the social network's security policy, on Saturday.
Feb 26, 2022 11:14 AM IST
US to release up to $600 mn in security assistance to Ukraine
US President Joe Biden on Friday authorized a sanction of $350 million to Ukraine for procurement of Defense equipment and imparting military training and education.
Feb 26, 2022 11:08 AM IST
'Matter of regret...': India abstains from UNSC vote 'deploring' Putin's war on Ukraine I Watch
Feb 26, 2022 11:07 AM IST
Air India evacuation flight from Romania arrives in Mumbai
Air India evacuation flight from Romania arriving in Mumbai at 4 pm. Union minister Piyush Goyal will receive the evacuees at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport.
Feb 26, 2022 10:59 AM IST
Gunfire heard close to govt quarters in central Kyiv: Report
Gunfire was heard close to the government quarters in the centre of Ukrainian capital Kyiv on Saturday morning, Reuters reported qouting a witness.
Ukraine earlier reported an attack on a military base close to the city centre, which it said had been repelled.
Feb 26, 2022 10:33 AM IST
Indian Air Force to not deploy its aircraft for multi-nation exercise in UK
Indian Air Force will not deploy its aircraft for multi-nation exercise in UK amid escalating Russia-Ukraine conflict.
Feb 26, 2022 10:26 AM IST
Russia, Ukraine forces continue to clash on outskirts of Kyiv
Russian and Ukrainian forces clashed on the outskirts of the Ukrainian capital as authorities urged citizens to help defend the city from advancing Russian forces in the worst European security crisis in decades.
Feb 26, 2022 10:00 AM IST
How India’s abstention from UNSC vote is different from China
India’s decision to abstain from the UNSC resolution on Ukraine strikes a balance between national interest and its core belief. The tough resolution was expectedly vetoed by Russia, 11 countries supported it with India, UAE and China choosing to abstain from the vote. Read More
Feb 26, 2022 09:49 AM IST
Ukrainian President Zelenskyy declines US offer to evacuate Kyiv
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy was asked to evacuate Kyiv at the behest of the US government but turned down the offer.
Zelenskyy said in response: “The fight is here; I need ammunition, not a ride,” according to a senior American intelligence official with direct knowledge of the conversation, who described Zelenskyy as upbeat.
Feb 26, 2022 09:06 AM IST
Frequent artillery blasts could be heard in Kyiv
Frequent artillery blasts could be heard in Kyiv coming from some distance from the city center. Ukraine and Russia are discussing a place and time for talks, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's spokesman Sergii Nykyforov said on social media, earlier.
Feb 26, 2022 08:50 AM IST
India asks citizens in Ukraine to 'not move to any border posts without coordination'
In a fresh adivsory, India asked citizens in Ukraine to 'not move to any border posts without coordination' while the country is carrying out evacuation work.
Feb 26, 2022 08:27 AM IST
Ukraine army says Russian attack on Kyiv military unit 'repulsed'
Ukraine 'repulsed' Russian attack on main Kyiv avenue, news agency AFP reported citing army.
Feb 26, 2022 07:10 AM IST
Prepare petrol bombs to defend Kyiv: Ukrainian authorities to locals
On Friday evening in Ukraine, witnesses reported hearing artillery rounds and intense gunfire from the western part of Kyiv, according to a report by Reuters.
Authorities have told residents to prepare petrol bombs to defend Ukraine's capital, while Russian President Vladimir Putin has urged the Ukrainian military to overthrow leadership and negotiate peace.
Feb 26, 2022 06:31 AM IST
Russia vetoes UNSC resolution on Ukraine as India, China, UAE skip voting
Russia on Friday (local time) vetoed a UN Security Council resolution on Ukraine, while India, China, and UAE abstained from the vote. The vote was 11 in favor, one against, and three abstentions.
Feb 26, 2022 06:01 AM IST
Ukraine warns Russia to 'storm' Kyiv as West sanctions Putin
Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky warned Saturday that Russian troops would attempt to take the capital Kyiv before dawn, as Western nations announced personal sanctions targeting Vladimir Putin.
- "He's off the ventilator, so the road to recovery has begun," his agent, Andrew Wylie, wrote in an email to Reuters. "It will be long; the injuries are severe, but his condition is headed in the right direction."
- Taliban fighters on Saturday fired in the air and beat up protesters taking part in a women's "bread, work and freedom" march in Kabul. Some women were chased into nearby shops and hit with rifle butts.
- The blaze started for unknown reasons at the Abu Sifine church in the capital's northwestern, working-class district of Imbaba, officials said.
- The blast, the cause of which was not immediately known, ripped through the "retail market in Surmalu. According to preliminary information it started a fire. There are victims," the ministry said.
- It is rare for the Chinese leaders to go on foreign trips ahead of the party congress until and unless they are assured of their firm grip on power within the Communist Party of China.
- The British author, who recently spiralled into her own controversies, was among many left shocked and appalled at the attack on Salman Rushdie.
- Sanitary products were already free for pupils and students, but the bill placed a legal duty on ministers to ensure anyone can get access to them.
- In his statement praising the first responders, Biden said that he is grateful to the first responders and the brave individuals who jumped into action to render aid to the author.
- Hadi Matar of Fairview, New Jersey was arraigned in centralised arraignment on Saturday and was remanded without bail at Chautauqua County Jail.