Russia-Ukraine war Highlights: Ukranian Prez Zelensky speaks to UK PM
Russia-Ukraine crisis LIVE updates: Nearly 200 civilians in Ukraine have died so far and more than 15,000 civilians have fled to neighbouring countries including Poland, Moldova.
Ukraine is continuing to fight against the Russian invasion as the military operation announced by President Vladimir Putin entered day four. On Sunday, Moscow said it is ready for talks with Ukraine in Belarus. However, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that his government is ready for talks but not in Belarus.
“Warsaw, Bratislava, Budapest, Istanbul, Baku. We proposed all of them,” Zelensky added.
According to news agency AFP, two more cities in the south and southeast of Ukraine have been besieged by Russia.
This comes after massive explosions rocked south of Kyiv and Russian forces stormed into Kharkiv after blowing up a gas pipeline in the city earlier in the day.
Nearly 200 civilians in Ukraine have died so far and more than 150,000 have fled to neighbouring countries including Poland, Moldova.
A defiant President Volodymyr Zelensky tweeted that “We will fight for as long as needed to liberate our country.” Zelensky has refused to leave Ukraine and has asked citizens to stand against the Russian siege.
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Feb 28, 2022 07:17 AM IST
Google Maps live traffic data in Ukraine temporarily disabled
Google has temporarily disabled the Google Maps live traffic data in Ukraine for safety of local communities in the war-ravaged country.
Feb 28, 2022 06:59 AM IST
Ukranian Prez Zelensky speaks to UK PM
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky spoke to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Sunday about the current situation. “Agreed on further joint steps to counter the aggressor. Anti-war coalition in action,” Zelensky tweeted.
Feb 28, 2022 02:08 AM IST
India abstains on resolution to call for UN General Assembly session on Ukraine
India abstained on a procedural resolution to call for a rare special emergency session of the UN General Assembly on Russia's aggression against Ukraine.
Feb 28, 2022 02:08 AM IST
At UN top court, Kyiv accuses Moscow of 'planning genocide'
Kyiv filed an application with the International Court of Justice accusing Russia of "planning acts of genocide in Ukraine", the Hague-based court said Sunday.
In the application, Kyiv also accused Russia of "intentionally killing and inflicting serious injury on members of the Ukrainian nationality", the ICJ said in a statement.
Feb 28, 2022 01:39 AM IST
EU formally agrees ban on Russian Central Bank transactions
The European Union has formally agreed to ban Russian Central Bank transactions and to support the delivery of 450 million euros' worth of weapons to Ukraine, reports news agency AFP quoting an official.
Feb 28, 2022 01:16 AM IST
FIFA moves Russia home games to neutral venues, bans flag and anthem
FIFA responded to the invasion of Ukraine on Sunday by telling Russia to play home matches at neutral venues and banning its national flag and anthem from matches, reports news agency AFP.
The governing body of world football said Russian teams would play as the "Football Union of Russia".
Feb 28, 2022 01:10 AM IST
England to boycott all international football matches against Russia
England to boycott all international football matches against Russia: The Football Association
Feb 28, 2022 12:43 AM IST
G7 threatens new Russia sanctions if Ukraine invasion continues
G7 threatens new Russia sanctions if Ukraine invasion continues, reports AFP News Agency quoting G7's statement.
Feb 28, 2022 12:42 AM IST
Denmark to let volunteers join foreign brigade in Ukraine
Denmark says will let volunteers join the foreign brigade in Ukraine, reports AFP quoting Denmark PM Mette Frederiksen.
Feb 28, 2022 12:13 AM IST
Italian PM urges EU to react with 'utmost determination' over Russia's invasion
Italy PM Mario Draghi urges EU to react with 'utmost determination' over Russia's 'barbaric' invasion: News agency AFP
Feb 27, 2022 11:33 PM IST
Russia's war on Ukraine could displace 'over 7 million people', reports AFP citing EU
The Russian war on Ukraine could displace 'over 7 million people', reports news agency AFP citing the European Union.
Feb 27, 2022 11:04 PM IST
Full support on safety of Indian students in Ukraine: Russian Ambassador to India
Feb 27, 2022 10:59 PM IST
Sweden breaks with tradition and delivers arms to Ukraine, says PM
Sweden breaks with tradition and delivers arms to Ukraine, news agency AFP reported citing Sweden's Prime Minister.
Feb 27, 2022 10:55 PM IST
Ukraine won't surrender, give an inch of land during Russia talks: FM
Ukraine said on Sunday it would not buckle under pressure during talks with Russia over its invasion, even as it slammed President Vladimir Putin’s move to put Russian nuclear forces on high alert. Read full story
Feb 27, 2022 10:53 PM IST
UN Security Council to vote on ‘emergency special session’ of General Assembly over Ukraine crisis
UN Security Council will hold a meeting on Monday to discuss the Ukraine issue, reported news agency AFP quoting diplomats.
The UNSC is expected to vote on convening rare 'emergency special session' of General Assembly on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Feb 27, 2022 10:50 PM IST
Germany to spend $113 billion on defence amid Russia-Ukraine war
In one of the most significant shifts in European security policy in decades, Germany announced Sunday it was committing 100 billion euros ($113 billion) to a special armed forces fund and would keep its defence spending above 2% of GDP from now on, a move brought on by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Read full story
Feb 27, 2022 10:28 PM IST
EU to finance purchase, delivery of weapons to Ukraine, toughen sanctions on Russia
Feb 27, 2022 10:25 PM IST
Russia admits 'killed and injured' troops in Ukraine, reports AFP
Russia has admitted that it has “killed” and “injured” opposing military troops on Ukraine's land, news agency AFP reported.
Feb 27, 2022 10:20 PM IST
EU to shut airspace for Russian airlines, fund arms supplies to Ukraine, says Bloc commission president
“We are shutting down the EU airspace for Russian-owned, Russian registered or Russian-controlled aircraft including the private jets of oligarchs. Second, we will ban the Kremlin’s media machine in the EU,” announced Ursula von der Leyen, president of the EU Commission.
The European Union has also decided to fund arms supplies to Ukraine.
Feb 27, 2022 10:03 PM IST
Military operations won't stop during any talks, Russia warns Ukraine
The Kremlin said it has warned Ukraine that Russia's military operation would not be suspended during any potential talks, Reuters reported citing the Interfax news agency.
Feb 27, 2022 09:48 PM IST
Watch: PM Modi chairs high-level meeting on Ukraine crisis
Feb 27, 2022 09:31 PM IST
Hundreds of thousands in Berlin protest against Russia's assault on Ukraine
Feb 27, 2022 09:28 PM IST
MEA shares hotlines of 24x7 control centres for Indians evacuating Ukraine
Feb 27, 2022 09:14 PM IST
Russia dropped preconditions for talks after military setbacks, says Ukraine
Russia dropped its preconditions for talks after suffering military setbacks, Ukraine's foreign minister said on Sunday, adding that Ukraine would attend the talks to listen to what Russia had to say.
Dmytro Kuleba also told a briefing that Russian President Vladimir Putin's move to put nuclear forces on high alert was timed to put pressure on Ukraine during the negotiations. (Reuters)
Feb 27, 2022 09:04 PM IST
Putin's nuclear alert dangerous and irresponsible: NATO chief
Russian President Vladimir Putin nuclear alert 'dangerous' and 'irresponsible', reports AFP quoting NATO chief.
Feb 27, 2022 08:40 PM IST
US to provide $54 million in additional humanitarian assistance to Ukraine
US is providing nearly $54 million in additional humanitarian assistance to the people of Ukraine. “This assistance enables humanitarian organizations to support citizens of Ukraine already in need & those newly affected by Russia's unprovoked& unjustified attack,” US Secy of State said.
Feb 27, 2022 08:21 PM IST
UN nuclear watchdog to hold emergency meeting on Wednesday over Russia-Ukraine crisis
UN nuclear watchdog's 35-nation Board of Governors will hold an emergency meeting on Wednesday about Ukraine, reports Reuters.
Feb 27, 2022 07:45 PM IST
Ukraine agrees to hold talks with Russia at Belarus border
Ukraine has agreed to hold talks with Russia at Belarus border, Ukraine's Kyiv Independent reported.
According to the report, during a phone call with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, Zelensky agreed that the Ukrainian delegation would meet with the Russian delegation without preconditions on the Ukrainian-Belarusian border, near the Pripyat River.
Feb 27, 2022 07:15 PM IST
Special flight of Indian students from Ukraine lands in Delhi
A special flight carrying Indian students stranded in Ukraine arrived at Delhi airport.
"We came through Romania & people there prepared home-cooked meals for us. Until we left Lviv, the situation was normal but it seemed quite uncertain. We want to thank the Government of India for bringing us home safely," said a student who returned from Ukraine.
Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri received them at the airport.
Feb 27, 2022 06:55 PM IST
PM Modi to hold high level meeting on Russia-Ukraine crisis today
Immediately on his return from Uttar Pradesh, PM Modi will hold a high level meeting on the Ukraine issue. The Prime Minister was in UP for the ongoing campaigning in the assembly elections.
Feb 27, 2022 06:50 PM IST
Putin orders nuclear deterrent forces on alert amid tensions with West over Ukraine
President Vladimir Putin has ordered Russian nuclear deterrent forces on alert amid tensions with the West over Ukraine, reports AP.
Feb 27, 2022 06:46 PM IST
Russia, Ukraine ambassadors to aid Indians in returning home safely: Shringla
“I called in both ambassadors of Russia & Ukraine separately, conveyed my concerns on safety of Indian citizens. I've shared the locations where Indian citizens are concentrated. Both ambassadors took note of our concerns & assured us of the safety of Indian citizens,” says foreign secretary Harsh Shringla.
Feb 27, 2022 06:27 PM IST
Moscow says Ukraine agrees to hold talks with Russia in Belarus, reports state media
The Russian state media, citing officials in Moscow, has reported that Ukraine has agreed to hold talks with Russia in Belarus. Ukraine had earlier rejected to hold talks in Belarus, calling it a key route of access in Russia's invasion.
Feb 27, 2022 06:24 PM IST
Shringla shares list of flights operating for evacuation from Ukraine
Feb 27, 2022 06:19 PM IST
Thousands of Indians evacuated from Ukraine under 'Operation Ganga': Shringla
Feb 27, 2022 06:08 PM IST
4,000 Indians left before conflict, about 15,000 remained in Ukraine, says Shringla
“Our Embassy in Kyiv and our Ministry had issued a number of adversories prior to the situation developing. 4000 of our nationals had left before the conflict, pursuant to these advisories. We estimated that about 15,000 citizens were left in Ukraine,” says Foreign Secy Harsh V Shringla.
Feb 27, 2022 06:03 PM IST
Evacuation of Indians from Ukraine will be at govt cost, says foreign secy Harsh Shringla
Feb 27, 2022 05:47 PM IST
Putin says Ukraine wasting 'opportunity' for talks
Putin has accused Ukraine of wasting 'opportunity' for talks after it refused Belarus as the location for negotiation.
Feb 27, 2022 05:38 PM IST
Germany offers free train rides to bring in Ukrainian refugees from Poland
Germany has offered free train rides to bring in Ukrainian refugees from Poland.
Feb 27, 2022 05:30 PM IST
Ukraine army retakes Kharkiv, expelling Russian troops, guv says governor
Ukraine army retakes Kharkiv, expelling Russian troops, reports news agency AFP quoting governor.
Feb 27, 2022 05:17 PM IST
Google halts monetisation of Russian state media across its platforms
Google on Saturday became the latest US tech giant to prevent Russian state media from earning money on its platforms in response to Moscow's invasion of Ukraine. Read full story
Feb 27, 2022 05:11 PM IST
Pope calls for 'urgent' opening of humanitarian corridors for Ukraine
The Pope has called for 'urgent' opening of humanitarian corridors for Ukraine, reports AFP.
Feb 27, 2022 05:10 PM IST
Let Indians evacuate through Ukraine-Moldova border, Jaishankar dials Moldova foreign min
MEA S Jaishankar dialed Moldova Foreign Minister Nicu Popescu seeking support for facilitating entry of Indian nationals on Ukraine-Moldova border.
Feb 27, 2022 05:08 PM IST
Over 3,68,000 people had fled Ukraine on Thursday, reports Reuters quoting UN
More than 3,68,000 people had fled Ukraine since Russia invaded on Thursday, reported Reuters quoting the UN.
Feb 27, 2022 04:39 PM IST
Ukraine submits application against Russia in International Court of Justice
Ukraine has submitted its application against Russia to the ICJ. Russia must be held accountable for manipulating notion of genocide to justify aggression. We request urgent decision ordering Russia to cease military activity now&expect trials to start next week, announces Ukraine President Zelensky. Read full story
Feb 27, 2022 04:27 PM IST
Belgium closes its airspace to Russian flights, reports AFP
Belgium is closing its airspace to Russian flights, the country's prime minister said on Sunday, adding to a growing number of EU countries that have done the same, reports news agency AFP.
Feb 27, 2022 04:20 PM IST
Centre to bear expenses of Indian evacuees returning from Ukraine: Rajnath Singh
Feb 27, 2022 04:12 PM IST
UNSC calls for special meeting to discuss Russia-Ukraine crisis
A special session fo the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Ukraine will be held at 3pm New York Time on 27th February (1:30 am IST on 28th February).
Feb 27, 2022 03:52 PM IST
Ukrainian minister says Russia lost some 4,300 men in invasion
Russian forces have lost about 4,300 servicemen during their invasion of Ukraine, Deputy Defence Minister Hanna Malyar said on Sunday, adding however that the number was being clarified. (Reuters)
Feb 27, 2022 03:46 PM IST
ASEAN foreign ministers express deep concern over situation in Ukraine
Foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have expressed deep concern over the evolving situation and armed hostilities in Ukraine amid Russia's military operation in the country.
"We call on all relevant parties to exercise maximum restraint and make utmost efforts to pursue dialogues through all channels, including diplomatic means to contain the situation, to de-escalate tensions, and to seek peaceful resolution in accordance with international law, the principles of the United Nations Charter and the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia," ASEAN foreign ministers said in a statement.
Feb 27, 2022 03:43 PM IST
EU prepared to ban Russian flights from its airspace, reports Reuters citing official
EU could ban Russian flights from its airspace, says official as reported by news agency Reuters.
Feb 27, 2022 03:40 PM IST
Russia should be stripped ofits UNSC seat over invasion: Ukraine Prez Zelensky
Ukraine’s president says Russia should be stripped of its seat at the United Nations Security Council over invasion, reports Associated Press.
Feb 27, 2022 03:35 PM IST
Poland allowing Indian evacuees from Ukraine to enter without visa: Ambassador Burakowski
Poland is allowing Indian students who escape from Russian aggression in Ukraine to enter Poland without any visa, says Ambassador of Poland to India Adam Burakowski.
Feb 27, 2022 03:25 PM IST
Russia-Ukraine conflict could last 'number of years': UK foreign secy
The Russia-Ukraine conflict could last a "number of years" and the world needs to be prepared for Moscow "to seek to use even worse weapons", said British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss warned Sunday, as reported by news agency AFP.
Feb 27, 2022 02:36 PM IST
‘In state of panic, horror’: CM Soren writes to HM, asks for safe return of Jharkhand people in Ukraine
“My office is constantly being approached by the relatives of those persons from Tharkhand who are stuck in Ukraine dur They are in a state of panic and horror and compelled to move with limited stock of essential provisions to makeshift safety places like underground metro rail lines… kindly instruct the concerned officials of the Government of India to take steps for their safe return to our State,” Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren wrote to Union home minister Amit Shah.
Feb 27, 2022 02:18 PM IST
‘Move away from conflict’: Indian embassy in Ukraine urges evacuation via special trains from Kyiv
Feb 27, 2022 02:06 PM IST
Russia's gas exports via Ukraine to Europe continue normally: Gazprom
Russian state owned Gazprom said on Sunday that the country's gas exports via Ukraine to Europe continued normally.
Feb 27, 2022 01:23 PM IST
Update: Ready for talks with Russia, but not in Belarus, says Ukraine President
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Sunday that his government is ready for talks with Russia but not in Belarus, news agency AFP reported. “Warsaw, Bratislava, Budapest, Istanbul, Baku. We proposed all of them,” Zelensky added.
Feb 27, 2022 01:14 PM IST
Centre working day and night to bring back Indians from Ukraine, says PM Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday that the Centre is working day and night to bring back thousands of Indian nationals stranded in Ukraine.
Feb 27, 2022 12:54 PM IST
Ready for talks with Ukraine in Belarus, says Moscow
The Russian government has said that it is ready for talks with Ukraine in Belarus, news agency AFP reported on Sunday.
Feb 27, 2022 12:51 PM IST
Congress targets PM Modi over Ukraine crisis
Congress leader Randeep Surjewal on Sunday again hit out at the Modi government over Indian nationals stranded in Ukraine as it faces a full-scale attack from Russia.
Feb 27, 2022 12:49 PM IST
Vladimir Putin supports heroism of Russian special forces
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday saluted the heroism of the country's special forces that have been fighting in Ukraine.
Feb 27, 2022 12:23 PM IST
Fighting underway in Ukraine's Kharkiv city
Feb 27, 2022 11:56 AM IST
2 big cities in south, southeast of Ukraine besieged, claims Russia
Russia claimed on Sunday that two big cities in south and southeast of Ukraine have been besieged, according to news agency AFP.
Feb 27, 2022 11:39 AM IST
Russian forces enter Kharkiv city, says Ukraine
The Ukrainian government said on Sunday that Russian forces have entered its second largest city Kharkiv. According to videos posted by Herashchenko and Ukraine's State Service of Special Communications and Information Protection, several light military vehicles were seen moving along a street in the city.
Earlier in the day, Russian forces blew up a gas pipeline in Kharkiv.
Feb 27, 2022 11:12 AM IST
Air India flight from Romania carrying Indian nationals may land in Delhi today: Sources
Air India officials told Hindustan Times on Sunday that a flight from Romania's capital Bucharest, carrying Indian nationals, may land at the Delhi airport at around 4pm.
Feb 27, 2022 10:52 AM IST
China postpones evacuation of citizens from Ukraine
China's envoy to Ukraine said that evacuation of Chinese nationals has been postponed as current conditions were too unsafe. "We must wait until it is safe before leaving," Chinese ambassador Fan Xianrong said in a video message.
Feb 27, 2022 10:40 AM IST
Biden admin says China will not come to Russia's rescue over sanctions imposed by West
The Joe Biden led-administration in the United States said that China will not come to Russia's rescue over the sanctions imposed by Western countries, after Moscow launched a military operation in Ukraine.
Feb 27, 2022 10:30 AM IST
US responsible for Ukraine crisis: North Korea
North Korea said on Sunday accused the United States over Russia's full-scale attack on Ukraine. "The root cause of the Ukrainian crisis also lies in the high-handedness and arbitrariness of the US," North Korea's foreing ministry said on Saturday.
Feb 27, 2022 10:12 AM IST
France to ramp up sanctions against Moscow
The French government announced on Sunday that it will ramp up sanctions against Russia. These sanctions would include freezing the financial assets of Russian figures and taking news measures concerning SWIFT, according to a government statement.
Feb 27, 2022 09:39 AM IST
Grateful for financial sanctions imposed on Russia: Ukrainian PM Shmygal
Ukraine's Prime Minister Denys Shmygal said on Sunday that he was grateful for the financial sanctions imposed on Russia by the United States and its allies.
“Thanks to our friends ... for the commitment to remove several Russian banks from SWIFT and for the paralysis of the assets of the central bank of Russia,” Shmygal tweeted.
Feb 27, 2022 09:23 AM IST
Pentagon says Russia frustrated by Ukraine's unexpectedly stiff resistance
The Pentagon said on Saturday that Russian forces invading Ukraine were frustrated by the Ukrainian military's unexpectedly stiff resistance.
Feb 27, 2022 09:11 AM IST
Ukraine crisis: Donald Trump blames US President Joe Biden for Russian invasion
Former United States President Donald Trump hit out at current President Joe Biden for the escalating crisis in Ukraine. In a speech Saturday to the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Trump said called the invasion of Ukraine “an assault on humanity” and a “horrific disaster” and said “we are praying for the proud people of Ukraine.”
Feb 27, 2022 08:48 AM IST
India: Third flight of Operation Ganga to land in Delhi at 9.30am
Officials familiar with developments told Hindustan Times on Sunday that the third flight of Modi government's Operation Ganga will land in Delhi from Budapest at 9.30 am. The flight which took off earlier in the day, has 240 Indian nationals that were stranded in Ukraine.
Feb 27, 2022 08:42 AM IST
YouTube blocks Russia's media network RT in Ukraine
YouTube has blocked Russia's state-controlled international media network RT in Ukraine and also suspended its ability to monetise content globally, news agency ANI reported on Sunday citing local reports. Apart from RT, YouTube has also restricted other Russian channels on its platform.
The restriction comes after the Ukrainian government asked YouTube to cut off access of the above channels in Ukraine.
Feb 27, 2022 08:33 AM IST
Took decisive action against Russia over SWIFT, says UK PM Johnson
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the United Kingdom (UK) and its allies took decisive action against Russia over the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT).
"We have taken decisive action tonight with our international partners to shut Russia out of the global financial system, including the important first step of ejecting Russian banks from SWIFT," Johnson tweeted on Sunday.
Feb 27, 2022 08:10 AM IST
Roads company in Ukraine removes road signs to confuse Russian troops
Ukravtodor, the state road agency of Ukraine, has said that it is removing all road signs that could be used by Russian forces to navigate their way.
"The enemy has poor communications, they cannot navigate the terrain," Ukravtodor said in a Facebook post on Friday and shared a photo of a standard road sign in which directions were replaced with profanities.
Feb 27, 2022 07:47 AM IST
Watch: Latest visuals from Ukraine as Russian offensive enters day 4
Visuals shared by news agency AFP on Sunday morning showed damage to a building in Ukraine's capital Kyiv, a Ukrainian tank in the Lugansk region, Ukrainian soldiers in Kyiv and fragment of a destroyed Russian tank near Kharkiv.
Feb 27, 2022 07:42 AM IST
Town near Ukraine's capital Kyiv hit by missile strikes
Missiles fired by Russian forces struck Vasylkiv, a town on the southwest of Ukraine's capital Kyiv, news agency Reuters reported on Sunday. The missile strikes an oil terminal on fire.
Feb 27, 2022 07:37 AM IST
Russia blew up gas pipeline in Kharkiv, says Ukraine
The Ukrainian government said on Sunday that Russia forces blew up gas pipeline in Kharkiv, which is the country's second largest city.