Russia-Ukraine war Highlights: PM Modi speaks to French, Polish Presidents, European Council President
Russia Ukraine Crisis Updates: Russia launched a full blown invasion on Ukraine on February 24. However, thus far, it has failed to make significant gains.
Russia Ukraine Crisis Updates: An Indian student was killed during shelling in Ukraine's Kharkiv today, the External Affairs Ministry said in a Twitter post. Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said: "With profound sorrow we confirm that an Indian student lost his life in shelling in Kharkiv this morning. The Ministry is in touch with his family". He also said the Foreign Secretary had called in the Russian and Ukrainian ambassadors stationed in Delhi to 'reiterate our demand for urgent safe passage for Indian nationals still in Kharkiv and cities in other conflict zones'. Bagchi also said Indian ambassadors in Kyiv and Moscow were undertaking similar action.
Kharkiv is Ukraine's second largest city and was battered by Russian missile strikes today; an Ukrainian minister tweeted a clip of a stately building exploding after what he said was a Russian missile strike. "Russian missile hits Freedom Square, right in the centre of Kharkiv. More and more innocent civilians become victims of Russian barbaric actions. #StopWarInUkraine. (sic)," the minister, Emine Dzheppar, tweeted.
Evacuation of Indian nationals from the eastern European country is taking place on a 'war footing', the government said earlier today.
Russia's invasion of Ukraine is in its sixth day and over 300 civilians, including at least 14 children, have been killed so far, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said.
However Russia, despite facing harsh sanctions and global disapproval, has said it will pursue the Ukraine offensive until 'all goals' achieved, the defence minister was quoted by AFP.
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Mar 02, 2022 12:25 AM IST
Phone call between PM Modi and European Council President
In call with H.E Charles Michel, the Prime Minister expressed his anguish over the deteriorating situation and humanitarian crisis in Ukraine. He reiterated India’s appeal for cessation of hostilities and a return to dialogue: MEA
Mar 02, 2022 12:18 AM IST
PM Modi holds talks with French President Macron
PM Modi briefed President Macron about India's efforts to evacuate its citizens from the conflict areas and to send urgent relief supplies, including medicines for the affected populations: MEA
Mar 02, 2022 12:15 AM IST
PM Modi informs Polish President on India's evacuation efforts in Ukraine
Prime Minister Modi informed President Andrzej Duda that General (Dr.) V.K. Singh (Retd.), Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways and Civil Aviation, would be stationed in Poland as his special envoy, to oversee the evacuation efforts of Indian citizens: MEA
Mar 01, 2022 11:52 PM IST
Russia blocks radio channel, TV station
Moscow orders ‘restriction of access’ to independent TV channel Dozhd TV and liberal radio station Ekho Moskvy, for allegedly spreading 'deliberately false information' about Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
Mar 01, 2022 11:06 PM IST
‘Must stop aggressor ASAP’: Zelenskyy speaks to US President Biden
Mar 01, 2022 10:16 PM IST
'What's the point of saying never again', tweets Zelensky after Kyiv TV tower attack
Mar 01, 2022 10:11 PM IST
5 dead as Russia attacks TV tower in Kyiv, signal disrupted
Five people have been killed in Russian strike on Kyiv TV tower, reports AFP news agency quoting official.
Mar 01, 2022 09:42 PM IST
No Indians left in Kyiv now: Shringla
“All of our nationals have left Kyiv. The information with us is that we have no more nationals left in Kyiv, nobody has contacted us from Kyiv since. All our inquiries reveal that each and every one of our nationals has come out of Kyiv,” says Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla.
Mar 01, 2022 09:41 PM IST
60% Indians in Ukraine have left, half of remaining 40% in Kharkiv: Foreign secy Shringla
Mar 01, 2022 09:14 PM IST
Russia attacks television tower in Kyiv, likely to disrupt signal, says Ukraine minister
Russian forces have attacked a television tower in Ukraine's capital Kyiv, potentially disrupting its signal, says Ukrainian Interior Ministry adviser Anton Herashchenko, reports Reuters.
Mar 01, 2022 09:11 PM IST
8 dead in Russian airstrike on Kharkiv residential block, reports AFP
Eight people have died in the Russian airstrike on Kharkiv residential block earlier today, reports AFP.
Mar 01, 2022 09:02 PM IST
Blinken says Russia should be stripped of UN Human Rights Council membership
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken suggests Russia should be stripped of UN Human Rights Council membership, reports AFP.
Mar 01, 2022 08:34 PM IST
'Russia preparing mass disinformation drive on Ukraine's surrender'
Ukraine believes Russia is preparing a mass disinformation campaign to suggest country leadership has surrendered, Ukrainian defence minister Oleksii Reznikov said.
Mar 01, 2022 08:19 PM IST
European Council head talks to Modi, expresses grief on student's death
President of the European Council, Charles Michel, spoke to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and extended his condolences on the death of an Indian student in Kharkiv, Ukraine. In a tweet, Michel wrote, "Expressed my condolences on the death of an Indian student in Kharkiv today due to indiscriminate Russian attacks against innocent civilians."
Mar 01, 2022 08:10 PM IST
YouTube to block channels linked to Russia across Europe
YouTube to block channels linked to Russia's RT and Sputnik across Europe, reports Reuters.
Mar 01, 2022 07:58 PM IST
‘Like a massacre,’ says Ukraine's ambassador to India, thanks for humanitarian aid
Mar 01, 2022 07:49 PM IST
China foreign min ‘deeply regrets’ Russia conflict in call with Ukraine counterpart
China's foreign minister calls Ukraine counterpart, says 'deeply regrets' Russia conflict, reports AFP, citing state media.
Mar 01, 2022 07:25 PM IST
Second round of ceasefire talks between Russia, Ukraine planned on March 2
Second round of ceasefire talks between Russia and Ukraine has been planned for March 2, reports Reuters.
Mar 01, 2022 07:04 PM IST
Russia asks Kyiv residents near intelligence infrastructure to evacuate, reports AFP
Russia tells Kyiv residents living near intelligence infrastructure to evacuate, reports AFP.
Mar 01, 2022 06:50 PM IST
PM Modi chairs high-level meeting on Ukraine crisis
Mar 01, 2022 06:45 PM IST
Images, videos show Ukraine's Kharkiv after Russian shelling
Mar 01, 2022 06:42 PM IST
UN seeks $1.7 billion for urgent Ukraine humanitarian aid
UN seeks $1.7 billion for urgent Ukraine humanitarian aid, the global body issued a statement.
Mar 01, 2022 06:27 PM IST
Indian students chant 'Vande Mataram' on return from Ukraine
Union Minister of Power and New and Renewable Energy RK Singh on Tuesday welcomed Indian students who reached Delhi airport after they were evacuated from conflict-hit Ukraine due to ongoing Russian military operations.
Students were seen joyously waving the national flag as they chanted "Vande Mataram" upon the touchdown in the national capital. (ANI)
Mar 01, 2022 06:15 PM IST
Russia committing 'geopolitical terrorism' in Ukraine, says EU chief Michel
Russia is guilty of "geopolitical terrorism" by violating international law in its invasion of Ukraine, EU chief Charles Michel said on Tuesday, reports AFP.
Mar 01, 2022 06:05 PM IST
Russia preparing presidential decree over foreign investment after being hit by sanctions
Russia is preparing a presidential decree aimed at preventing foreign investment exiting the country, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said Monday, after Moscow was hit by a barrage of sanctions for invading Ukraine, reports AFP.
Mar 01, 2022 05:59 PM IST
PM convenes yet another high-level meeting at 6pm on Ukraine crisis
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has convened a high level meeting on the Ukraine issue at 6pm today, said sources. The meeting comes hours after the death of an Indian student in Ukraine's Kharkiv.
Mar 01, 2022 05:50 PM IST
PM Modi speaks to father of Naveen Shekharappa, Indian student killed in Ukraine's Kharkiv
Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to the father of Naveen Shekharappa, an Indian student who died in shelling in Kharkiv, Ukraine this morning. Read full story
Mar 01, 2022 05:48 PM IST
Delhi CM Kejriwal condoles death of Indian student in Ukraine
“Feel terrible to hear this news. Prayers for his family. Pray for the safety of all other Indians stranded and hope they will be back home soon. Hope the conflict will soon come to an end,” tweets Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal.
Mar 01, 2022 05:47 PM IST
Zelensky tells EU: ‘Prove you’re with us'
Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky, during his speech at the European Parliament, asked the EU members to “prove” they were on Ukraine's side.
Mar 01, 2022 05:43 PM IST
Zelensky gets standing ovation at European Parliament
Mar 01, 2022 05:29 PM IST
Brent oil price jumps over 5% on Ukraine crisis, reports AFP
Mar 01, 2022 04:54 PM IST
Nearly 1 million displaced in Ukraine amid Russian invasion: UNHRC
The UN's refugee agency says an estimated one million people have been displaced inside Ukraine by the Russian invasion, in addition to hundreds of thousands who have fled abroad, reports AFP.
Mar 01, 2022 04:53 PM IST
Rahul Gandhi extends condolences, calls for ‘strategic plan’ for safe evacuation
Mar 01, 2022 04:48 PM IST
Karnataka CM Bommai extends grief over death of Indian student in Ukraine
“It is a tragedy that Naveen Ganagoudar, a student from Haveri district in Karnataka, was killed in a shell attack in Ukraine. All efforts will be made to bring Navane's body back to India,” he tweeted.
Mar 01, 2022 04:29 PM IST
NATO will defend ‘every inch’ of its territory: Stoltenberg
NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said Russian President Vladimir Putin had "shattered peace in Europe" by invading Ukraine, adding that the Western defence alliance would defend "every inch of our territory", as reported by AFP.
Mar 01, 2022 04:09 PM IST
West ready to intensify sanctions on Russia for 'as long as it takes': UK PM
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that the West ready to intensify sanctions and keep up the pressure on Russia for 'as long as it takes', reports AFP. Johnson made the statement on a visit to Poland.
Mar 01, 2022 04:03 PM IST
Over 9,000 Indians evacuated so far, several others shifted to safe zones
Over 9000 Indian nationals brought out of Ukraine while a considerable number are now in safer areas. We will continue to make utmost efforts to ensure the return our citizens stranded in Ukraine, reported news agency ANI, citing sources.
Mar 01, 2022 03:27 PM IST
Russia to continue Ukraine offensive until ‘all goals’ achieved: Defence ministry
Russia will pursue Ukraine offensive until 'all goals' achieved, says defence minister as reported by AFP.
Mar 01, 2022 03:10 PM IST
India calls in envoys of Russia, Ukraine to demand security and safe passage for students
India is calling in envoys of Russia and Ukraine to demand security and safe passage for students.
Mar 01, 2022 03:05 PM IST
Indian student killed in Ukraine’s Kharkiv amid war with Russia
Mar 01, 2022 02:39 PM IST
Ukraine seeks safe zone as Russia heads for Europe's biggest nuclear plant
The head of Ukraine’s nuclear-power utility called on international monitors to intervene to ensure the safety of the country’s 15 atomic reactors as an advancing Russian invasion nears Europe’s largest nuclear plant. Read more
Mar 01, 2022 02:26 PM IST
Setback for Russia as Minsk unlikely to join its military ops in Ukraine, says report
Belarus has no plans to join Russia's military operation in Ukraine, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko was quoted as saying on Tuesday, reports Reuters.
Mar 01, 2022 02:24 PM IST
UK sanctions Russia's largest lender Sberbank, reports AFP, citing treasury
Mar 01, 2022 02:13 PM IST
Mariupol in eastern Ukraine loses electricity, reports AFP
East Ukraine city of Mariupol has lost electricity after the Russian attacks, reports news agency AFP.
Mar 01, 2022 02:11 PM IST
Central square of Ukraine's Kharkiv shelled, reports AFP, citing governor
Mar 01, 2022 02:06 PM IST
YouTube to block channels linked to Russia's RT and Sputnik across Europe
YouTube is blocking channels connected to Russian media outlets RT and Sputnik across Europe effective immediately, due to the ongoing situation in Ukraine, the company operated by Alphabet Inc's Google, said in a statement.
Mar 01, 2022 01:48 PM IST
Putin could be tried for war crimes, warns UK
The UK government warned Tuesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin and his commanders in Ukraine could face prosecution for war crimes, as indiscriminate shelling hit one city under invasion.
Mar 01, 2022 12:47 PM IST
Russian forces have increased their use of artillery north of Kyiv: UK
Mar 01, 2022 12:10 PM IST
'Leave Kyiv urgently today,' India tells citizens stuck in Ukraine
India has told its citizens - stuck amid the Ukraine war - to ‘leave Kyiv urgently today'. “Advisory to Indians in Kyiv- All Indian nationals including students are advised to leave Kyiv urgently today. Read More
Mar 01, 2022 11:57 AM IST
PM asks Air Force to join Ukraine evacuation efforts, say sources
In order to scale up the ongoing evacuation efforts under Operational Ganga, PM Modi has called for the Indian Air Force to join the evacuation efforts in Ukrane. Leveraging the capacities of our Air Force will ensure that more people can be evacuated in a shorter time frame. It will also help deliver humanitarian aid more efficiently. Indian Air Force is likely to deploy several C-17 aircrafts as part of Operation Ganga from today.
Mar 01, 2022 11:56 AM IST
Polish PM to discuss EU membership for Ukraine with European Commission's von der Leyen
Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki will discuss support for Ukraine joining the European Union with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in Brussels on Tuesday, a government spokesman said.
"This afternoon in Brussels, Prime Minister @MorawieckiM meets the President of the European Commission @vonderleyen," Piotr Muller Wrote on Twitter. "The topic will be systemic support for Ukraine in the context of its membership in the EU."
Mar 01, 2022 11:28 AM IST
Russian army on outskirts of southern Ukrainian city Kherson: Mayor
The Russian army on Tuesday reached the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson, near Moscow-controlled Crimea, and is setting up checkpoints on its outskirts, the city's mayor said.
"The Russian army is setting up checkpoints at the entrances of Kherson," mayor Igor Kolykhayev said on Facebook. "Kherson has been and will stay Ukrainian," he said.
Mar 01, 2022 11:06 AM IST
PM meets President Kovind, briefs him on issues including Ukraine
Prime Minister Narendra MOdi on Tuesday met President Ram Nath Kovind, briefed him on various issues including Russia-Ukraine war.
Mar 01, 2022 11:05 AM IST
Train station flooded as Ukrainians try to flee Russia invasion
Mar 01, 2022 10:45 AM IST
Flight carrying 182 Indians from Ukraine, via Romania, lands in Mumbai
An Air India flight carrying 182 Indian nationals from Ukraine - evacuated via Romanian capital Bucharest - landed in Mumbai this morning, an airline spokesperson said. Read More
Mar 01, 2022 10:28 AM IST
Artillery kills 70 Ukraine soldiers
More than 70 Ukrainian soldiers were killed after Russian artillery hit a military base in Okhtyrka, a city between Kharkiv and Kyiv, the head of the region wrote on Telegram.
Dmytro Zhyvytskyy posted photographs of the charred shell of a four-story building and rescuers searching rubble. In a later Facebook post, he said many Russian soldiers and some local residents also were killed during the fighting on Sunday. The report could not immediately be confirmed.
Mar 01, 2022 10:12 AM IST
Canada to supply anti-tank weapons to Ukraine, ban Russian oil imports
Canada will supply anti-tank weapons and upgraded ammunition to Ukraine to support its fight against a Russian invasion, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Monday, and it will ban imports of Russian crude oil.
Mar 01, 2022 09:12 AM IST
Children's hospital becomes bomb shelter as Russia shelling continues
Mar 01, 2022 08:21 AM IST
What's happening on the ground?
Kyiv's outgunned but determined troops slowed Russia's advance and held onto the capital and other key cities — at least for the time being.
US officials say they believe the invasion has been more difficult than the Kremlin envisioned, though that could change as Moscow adapts. Russia still lacked control of Ukrainian airspace.
Mar 01, 2022 08:08 AM IST
Kyiv braces for Russian assault
Satellite images show a vast column of military vehicles amassing just north of the capital Kyiv, were residents are braced for a Russian assault, multiple news agencies have reported.
The Russian army tells them they can "freely leave" on one highway as it hints of attacks on civilian areas. Read More
Mar 01, 2022 07:13 AM IST
How the West came together
Zelenskiy’s tweets are just a slice of the thank you notes that Ukraine is sending out to the world as it battles Russia. But the striking thing is not the message of gratitude from a country now facing a military onslaught and a humanitarian crisis, but the fact that a global coalition indeed appears to have emerged, within less than a week of Russia’s decision to invade Ukraine. Read More
Mar 01, 2022 06:52 AM IST
Russia faces test of support at special UNGA session
Responding to a call by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) — a vote in which India abstained — the 193 member-strong United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) held an emergency special session on Monday to discuss a resolution “deploring” Russian aggression in Ukraine and calling on Moscow to withdraw troops. Read More
Mar 01, 2022 06:25 AM IST
Russia, Belarus suspended by World Rugby ‘until further notice’
Russia, Belarus have been suspended by World Rugby 'until further notice,' reports news agency AFP.
Mar 01, 2022 05:58 AM IST
Ukraine calls for no-fly zone to stop Russian bombardment
President Volodymyr Zelenskiy urged the West to consider a no-fly zone for Russian aircraft over Ukraine on Monday after Moscow bombarded the country's second largest city, drawing new sanctions by the United States and its allies.