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Russia-Ukraine Highlights: Putin Calls On Ukraine Army To Remove Kyiv Leadership

Russia-Ukraine Highlights: Russian air strikes hit military installations across the country as ground forces moved in from the north, south and east, forcing many Ukrainians to flee their homes to the sounds of bombing.

Russia-Ukraine Highlights: Putin Calls On Ukraine Army To Remove Kyiv Leadership

Ukraine crisis: Russian air strikes hit military installations across Ukraine on first day. (File)

Russian today said that Moscow was ready for talks if Ukraine's military surrendered and insisted that the invading forces were looking to free the country from "oppression".

Meanwhile,  amid Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Kremlin said President Vladimir Putin is ready to send a delegation to Minsk for Ukraine talks. Putin further called on the Ukraine army to remove the leadership in Kyiv, while calling the Ukrainian authorities "gang of drug addicts and neo-Nazis".

Moscow had said its first day of the Ukraine invasion had achieved all its goals and that it had destroyed 83 land-based Ukrainian targets. According to official reports, Russia had carried out 203 attacks on its western neighbour since the beginning of the day.

Ukrainian forces battled Russian invaders on three sides on Thursday after Moscow mounted an assault by land, sea and air in the biggest attack on a European state since the second World War.

The attack triggered Western warnings of unprecedented sanctions against Russia as NATO, EU and G7 leaders condemned the invasion and vowed to hold Moscow accountable.

Here are the Highlights on the Russia-Ukraine crisis:

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Feb 26, 2022 06:12 (IST)
UN chief says Russian soldiers should 'return to their barracks'
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on soldiers in Russia's war on Ukraine to "return to their barracks" Friday.

"We must never give up. We must give peace another chance," he told reporters after Moscow vetoed a UN resolution condemning its "aggression" in Ukraine.
Feb 26, 2022 05:09 (IST)
Ukraine's President Says Russia Will Try To "Storm" Capital Kyiv Overnight
Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky said in the early hours of Saturday that Russian troops would attempt to take the capital city Kyiv during the night.

"I have to say absolutely openly. This night will be more difficult than the day. Many cities of our state are under attack," Zelensky said in a video address to the nation.

"Special attention on Kyiv -- we cannot lose the capital," he added in the clip released by the presidency.

Feb 26, 2022 04:34 (IST)
India abstains on UNSC resolution that condemns Russia's 'aggression' against Ukraine
 India abstained on a US-sponsored UN Security Council resolution that condemned Russia's "aggression" against Ukraine and demanded "immediate, complete and unconditional" withdrawal of Russian forces from the neighbouring country.

The UN Security Council voted on Friday on the draft resolution sponsored by the US and Albania and supported by several other nations including Poland, Italy, Germany, Estonia, Luxembourg and New Zealand.
Feb 26, 2022 04:29 (IST)
Russia vetoes UN resolution deploring 'aggression' in Ukraine
Russia, as expected, vetoed a UN Security Council resolution on Friday that "deplores in the strongest terms" the country's "aggression" against Ukraine.

Eleven of the council's 15 members voted for the motion, which was co-written by the United States and Albania. China, India and the UAE abstained.
Feb 26, 2022 04:00 (IST)
Canada sanctions Putin, Lavrov over Ukraine invasion
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Friday sanctions against Russia's President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov over its invasion of Ukraine, and expressed support for barring Russia from SWIFT.

"We will be imposing sanctions on President Putin and his fellow architects of this barbaric war, his chief of staff and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov," Trudeau told a news conference.

Feb 26, 2022 03:46 (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.

"I've strengthened our ban in the UK so that no Russian private jet can fly in UK airspace, or touchdown -- effective immediately," Shapps tweeted.

"Putin's actions are unlawful and anyone benefitting from Russia's aggression in Ukraine is not welcome here," he said, having already banned national carrier Aeroflot.
Feb 26, 2022 03:44 (IST)
"Ties Nearing Point Of No Return": Russia Slams "Impotence" Of West
A Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman said Friday Western sanctions against the country's president and top diplomat over its invasion of Ukraine showed Western "impotency" and warned relations were nearing a "point of no return."
Feb 26, 2022 01:43 (IST)
UK says freezes Putin, Lavrov assets over Ukraine invasion
The UK government on Friday ordered all assets of President Vladimir Putin and his Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov frozen over Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

The Treasury issued a financial sanctions notice against the two men, adding them to a list of Russian oligarchs who have already had their property and bank accounts in the UK frozen.
Feb 26, 2022 00:50 (IST)
Artillery rounds heard in Ukraine's capital - Reuters witness
Artillery rounds were heard in Ukraine's capital of Kyiv on Friday evening, a Reuters witness said.

Another witness said that there was intense gunfire in western part of Kyiv.

Feb 26, 2022 00:48 (IST)
"Shameful Capitulation": Pope Francis Slams Russian Invasion Of Ukraine
Pope Francis in a Russian language tweet on Friday denounced the ills of conflict on the second day of a large-scale Russian invasion of neighbouring Ukraine.
Feb 26, 2022 00:18 (IST)
Ukraine Crisis: EU Adds Russian President Putin To Its Sanctions List
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, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said on Friday.
Feb 25, 2022 23:35 (IST)
Ukraine Crisis: Ukraine Forces Inflicting Damage On Russian Attackers: NATO Chief
Ukrainian forces are putting up resistance and inflicting damage on Russia's invading military as it seeks to push deeper into the country, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said Friday. "It is still a fluid situation. What we have seen is that the Ukrainian forces are fighting bravely and are actually able to inflict damage on the invading Russian forces," Stoltenberg said after a video summit of NATO leaders. (AFP)
Feb 25, 2022 23:31 (IST)
Ukraine Crisis: NATO Deploys Response Units To Bolster Defences
NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said on Friday the alliance is bolstering its defences with troops and air power on its eastern flank in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. He said allies had activated defence plans and "as a result ... are deploying elements of the NATO Response Force on land, at sea and in the air", including thousands more troops and over 100 jets put on high alert in 30 locations, he said.
Feb 25, 2022 23:19 (IST)
Russia-Ukraine Crisis: Russian Carrier Aeroflot Says Halting London, Dublin Flights
Russia's flagship carrier announced Friday it was suspending flights to London and Dublin after the UK sanctioned the airline for Moscow's invasion of Ukraine. "Due to restrictions imposed by the UK authorities, Aeroflot is suspending all flights to London and Dublin until May 23, 2022," Aeroflot said in a statement.
Feb 25, 2022 22:48 (IST)
Russia-Ukraine Crisis: Over 50,000 Ukrainians Have Fled In 48 Hours, Says UN
Tens of thousands of people have fled Ukraine since the start of the Russian invasion less than two days ago, the United Nations refugee chief said Friday. Already on Thursday, the UN refugee agency warned that some 100,000 people had been displaced inside the country, and on Friday it said large numbers were fleeing into neighbouring countries. "More than 50,000 Ukrainian refugees have fled their country in less than 48 hours -- a majority to Poland and Moldova," Filippo Grandi said in a tweet. (AFP)
Feb 25, 2022 22:38 (IST)
Ukraine Crisis: Russia To "Partially Restrict" Facebook, Citing Censorship
Russia's media regulator said today it was limiting access to Facebook, accusing the US tech giant of censorship and of violating the rights of Russian citizens. "In accordance with a decision from the General Prosecutor with regard to the social network Facebook, from February 25, Roskomnadzor is adopting measures to partially restrict access," to Facebook, media regulator Roskomnadzor said in a statement, without elaborating. (AFP)
Feb 25, 2022 22:33 (IST)
All Efforts Being Made For Safe Return Of Students From Ukraine: Bihar Government
All efforts are being made, in coordination with the Centre, to ensure safe evacuation from Ukraine of students from Bihar who had gone to the war-hit country for pursuing higher education, the Nitish Kumar government said on Friday. State minister Sanjay Kumar Jha in a series of tweets said that the Resident Commissioner in Delhi has also been instructed to be in touch with the embassy of Ukraine over the matter. (PTI)
Feb 25, 2022 22:05 (IST)
Ukraine Crisis: Important Helplines For Indians Stuck In Ukraine
Feb 25, 2022 22:00 (IST)
40 Indian Students Walk 8 km To Poland Border To Exit Ukraine
Forty Indian students have managed to walk to the Ukraine-Poland border after they were dropped off by their college bus some 8 km from the border, news agency ANI reported. Read here.
Feb 25, 2022 21:59 (IST)
Watch: AK-47 In Hand, Ukraine MP Tells NDTV "Can't Stand Idly By"
Sviatoslav Yurash, a Ukraine MP, walks down the streets of Kyiv, an AK-47 rifle in his hands. "It is our capital, it is our country, it is our land, our people. I cannot just stand idly by as a mad dictator tries to destroy my nation." Watch here.
Feb 25, 2022 21:49 (IST)
Ukraine Crisis: Russia Fired On Foreign Ships Near Black Sea Port: Ukraine Ministry
Russia fired on two foreign ships near the Black Sea port of Pivdennyi on Friday, Ukraine's infrastructure ministry said on its Facebook page. Russia fired on "Namura Queen" under Panama's flag and "Millennial Spirit" under Moldova's flag, the ministry said. The crew had been evacuated and taken to the Chernomorsk port by Ukrainian rescue service, it added. Ukraine has said it closed all its seaports due to war with Russia. (Reuters)
Feb 25, 2022 21:48 (IST)
Ukraine Crisis: First Batch Of Indians Evacuated From Ukraine Reach Romania
Feb 25, 2022 21:39 (IST)
Ukraine Crisis: Lok Sabha Speaker Starts Helpline For Indian Students In Ukraine
Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla has launched a helpline number for the Indian students stranded in Ukraine after Russia launched a 'military operation'. "Many Indian students are stuck there due to the closure of airspace after the outbreak of war in Ukraine. For these students, who are to be helped through the Embassy of India, Om Birla has started 24-hour helpline that are 011-23014011 and 23014022 in situated in New Delhi and 0744-2505555 and 9414037200 situated in Kota Camp office," reads the official statement. (ANI)
Feb 25, 2022 21:36 (IST)
Ukraine Crisis: Rights Body Council Of Europe Suspends Russia
The Council of Europe said today that it is suspending all representatives of Russia from participation in the pan-European rights body over Moscow's attack against Ukraine. Permanent representatives of its 47 member states "agreed to suspend the Russian Federation from its rights of representation in the Council of Europe," invoking Article 8 of its statute, the body said in a statement. (AFP)
Feb 25, 2022 21:29 (IST)
Ukraine President's Call For Help From Europeans With 'Combat Experience'
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky today called on Europeans with "combat experience" to take up arms and defend Ukraine against invading Russian forces, adding that the West was too slow to help his country. His dramatic call for help came as Russian forces were approaching the Ukrainian capital, with some units reportedly reaching the city's northern suburbs.

"If you have combat experience in Europe and do not want to look at the indecision of politicians, you can come to our country and join us in defending Europe, where it is very necessary now," Zelensky said in a video. (AFP)
Feb 25, 2022 21:20 (IST)
Russia-Ukraine Crisis Live Updates: Cargo Ship Hit By Rocket Off Ukraine: Local Agent
The cargo ship Namura Queen was hit by a rocket off the shore of Ukraine in the Black Sea on Friday, causing a fire on board, a local shipping agent said. "According to the information of the traffic control and the service of the Harbor Master at 12:55 at anchorage point No. 358 a rocket hit the stern of the mv 'NAMURA QUEEN'," Ukrainian shipping agent Stark Shipping said. "The ship flying the flag of Panama was heading to the Pivdennyi port (ex. Yuzhny) to load grain ... There was a fire on the ship, the P&O STAR tug moved to the rescue. The situation is under control," it added. (Reuters)
Feb 25, 2022 20:29 (IST)
Ukraine Crisis: 470 Indian Students To Exit Ukraine And Enter Romania: Embassy
Feb 25, 2022 20:28 (IST)
Ukrainian Military Vehicles Enter Capital Kyiv As Russian Assault Looms
Ukrainian military vehicles are entering the country's capital Kyiv to defend it against approaching Russian troops, Ukraine's interior ministry said on Friday. Kyiv's mayor Vitali Klitschko said earlier the city had "entered into a defensive phase". (Reuters)
Feb 25, 2022 20:24 (IST)
Ukraine Crisis: Putin Calls On Ukraine Army To Remove Leadership In Kyiv
Russian President Vladimir Putin today said he is fighting "terrorists" and "neo-Nazis" in Ukraine, calling the Ukrainian authorities "gang of drug addicts and neo-Nazis". He has also called on the Ukraine army to remove the leadership in Kyiv.
Feb 25, 2022 20:17 (IST)
Russia-Ukraine Crisis: EU Will Accept All People Fleeing Ukraine Violence: Germany
The European Union will accept all people fleeing the violence caused by Russia's invasion of Ukraine, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said today. "We need to do everything to accept without delay the people who are now fleeing the bombs, the tanks," she told reporters as she arrived for a meeting with her EU counterparts in Brussels.

"We have tried everything to avert that day (of the invasion) but it has come all the same because the Russian president chose war over human lives. And this is why we will take in all the people that are fleeing now", Baerbock said, adding she had already started to coordinate the distribution of Ukrainian refugees with countries such as Poland and Canada. (Reuters)
Feb 25, 2022 20:15 (IST)
Ukraine Crisis: Germany Says EU Will Severely Sanction Putin, Russian Minister
German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said today new sanctions against Russia would personally punish President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov for their responsibility in Ukraine invasion. "They are responsible for the death of innocent people in Ukraine. They are responsible that the international system is trampled and we as Europeans do not accept that," Baerbock said as she arrived for talks in Brussels. (AFP)
Feb 25, 2022 19:59 (IST)
Telangana Ready To Bear Expenses Of Its Students' Return From Ukraine: Minister
The Telangana government today urged the Centre to arrange a special aircraft to bring back students from the state who are stranded in Ukraine and said it is ready to bear the full travel expenses of the evacuation. Telangana Municipal Administration Minister K T Rama Rao made an appeal to External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar regarding the plight of students from the state stuck in the eastern European country. (PTI)
Feb 25, 2022 19:52 (IST)
No Russian Showcase, 'Handful' Of Firms Banned At Mobile World Congress: Organizer
There will be no Russian pavilion at the telecom industry's biggest annual gathering and a "handful" of Russian firms will be barred from it because of sanctions imposed on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine, the event's organizer said on Friday. The organizers of the Mobile World Congress condemned Moscow's actions, but have no plans to cancel or postpone the gathering scheduled between February 28 and March 3 in Barcelona, John Hoffman, the chief executive of event organizer GSMA, told Reuters. (Reuters)
Feb 25, 2022 19:49 (IST)
Ukraine Crisis: British Airways Re-routes Jets After Russia Flights Ban
British Airways has suspended flights to Moscow and re-routed planes flying over Russia after Moscow banned UK carriers due to the Ukraine crisis, parent group IAG said Friday. "We have suspended our flights to Moscow and also the use of Russian airspace, following the confirmation of Russian government restrictions," BA said in a brief statement.
Feb 25, 2022 19:47 (IST)
Ukraine Crisis: Greta Thunberg Protests Against Ukraine Invasion In Stockholm
Swedish climate and environment activist Greta Thunberg said on Twitter she was taking part in a protest on Friday outside the Russian embassy in Stockholm against its invasion of Ukraine. Thunberg, 19, who was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize last year, posted on Twitter a picture of her standing with other protesters holding a sign with "Stand With Ukraine" written on it, saying she was "outside the Russian embassy right now". (Reuters)

Feb 25, 2022 19:11 (IST)
Ukraine Crisis: Over 1,000 Russian Soldiers Killed So Far, Says Ukraine
Ukraine's Defence Ministry said on Friday that more than 1,000 Russian servicemen had been killed so far in the Ukrainian conflict. "Russia has not suffered so many casualties during the fighting in any of its armed conflicts since its inception," the ministry said. (Reuters)
Feb 25, 2022 19:08 (IST)
Ukraine Crisis: EU Agrees To Freeze Putin's Assets Over Ukraine: Diplomats
The European Union has agreed to freeze the assets of Russian president Vladimir Putin and the country's foreign minister Sergey Lavrov over Ukraine invasion, reported news agency AFP citing diplomats.
Feb 25, 2022 19:05 (IST)
Ukraine Crisis: France Sends Elite Police Unit To Protect Kyiv Embassy: Report
France has sent an elite police unit to Kyiv to bolster the safety of its embassy in the Ukrainian capital, a security source told news agency AFP on Friday. The team of eight, deployed since Wednesday at the embassy, is part of the GIGN, the French gendarmerie's elite tactical police force, the source said. They join the embassy's five permanent GIGN staff whose brief is to protect the embassy and its personnel against any threat. (AFP)
Feb 25, 2022 18:39 (IST)
Ukraine Crisis: Putin Ready To Send Delegation To Minsk For Ukraine Talks: Kremlin
The Kremlin on Friday said President Vladimir Putin is ready to send a delegation to Belarus's capital Minsk for talks with Ukraine, as Russian forces approach Kyiv on the second day of Moscow's invasion. Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the Russian leader was "ready" to send a high-level delegation "for talks with a Ukrainian delegation" to Minsk, the host city for previous peace talks and agreements. (AFP)
Feb 25, 2022 18:31 (IST)
Ukraine Crisis: Ukraine Capital Has Entered Defensive Phase, Says Kyiv Mayor
Kyiv's mayor Vitali Klitschko said today the Ukraine capital "has entered into a defensive phase" as Russian troops brought the sounds of war to the city. "The city has gone into a defensive phase. Shots and explosions are ringing out in some neighbourhoods saboteurs have already entered Kyiv. The enemy wants to put the capital on its knees and destroy us," he told a news briefing. (Reuters)
Feb 25, 2022 17:39 (IST)
Ukraine Crisis: Top Medical Body Writes To PM Modi For Medical Students' Evacuation
Amid heightened tensions between Ukraine and Russia following Russian military operations, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking early evacuation of medical students stranded in Ukraine. The IMA also urged the government to establish a dedicated helpdesk for medical students and also help them financially.

"As you are aware that thousands of Indian students pursuing their medical studies are stranded in Ukraine. Most of them cannot afford the escalated costs of air travel. Even those affording cannot travel due to the adverse conditions there. Even the day-to-day rations are dwindling, creating severe hardships for their survival. Their parents here are anxious and worried about the safety and well-being of their children," the letter said.

Feb 25, 2022 17:34 (IST)
Ukraine Crisis: Pope Meets Russian Envoy To Express "Concern Over War"
Pope Francis met the Russian ambassador to the Holy See "to express his concern for the war" following the Kremlin's invasion of Ukraine, the Vatican press office said today. Francis, head of the Roman Catholic Church, met Alexander Avdeev at the embassy in Rome and stayed for just over half an hour, the press office said. (AFP)
Feb 25, 2022 17:30 (IST)
Ukraine Crisis: Will Cause Problems But Can Be Solved: Russia On Western Sanctions
The Kremlin said today that Western sanctions imposed on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine would cause problems but not insurmountable ones, with Russia set to widen its trade and economic ties with Asian nations. Missiles pounded the Ukrainian capital today as Russian forces pressed their advance and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy pleaded with the international community to do more, saying sanctions announced so far were not enough. (Reuters)
Feb 25, 2022 17:27 (IST)
Ukraine Crisis: Russia Says Ready To Talk If Ukraine Lays Down Arms
Russia said its first day of the Ukraine invasion had achieved all its goals and that it had destroyed 83 land-based Ukrainian targets. According to official reports, Russia had carried out 203 attacks on its western neighbour since the beginning of
Feb 25, 2022 17:26 (IST)
Ukraine Crisis: China's Xi Speaks To Putin, Calls For 'Negotiation' With Ukraine: Media
China's President Xi Jinping said he supported solving the Ukraine crisis through talks in a call with Russian President Vladimir Putin, state media said Friday, after Moscow launched an invasion of its neighbour. In a readout of the call on state broadcaster CCTV, Xi pointed out that the "situation in eastern Ukraine has undergone rapid changes... (and) China supports Russia and Ukraine to resolve the issue through negotiation". (AFP)
Feb 25, 2022 17:24 (IST)
Ukraine Crisis: Taiwan To Join 'Democratic Countries' In Sanctions On Russia
Taiwan will join "democratic countries" in imposing sanctions on Russia over the invasion of Ukraine, the government said today, with the world's largest contract chipmaker TSMC saying it would comply with all export control rules. The crisis is being watched closely in Taiwan, which China claims as its own territory and which has faced increased military pressure from Beijing over the last two years. "We very harshly condemn such an act of invasion and will join democratic countries to jointly impose sanctions," Premier Su Tseng-chang told reporters in Taipei without giving details. (Reuters)
Feb 25, 2022 17:09 (IST)
Ukraine Crisis: Turkey Accuses NATO, EU Of Failure To Act Over Ukraine
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan today accused NATO and the European Union of failing to take a "determined stance" on the Russian invasion of Ukraine.  "NATO should have taken a more decisive step," Erdogan, whose country is a member of the NATO military alliance, told reporters. "The EU and other pro-Western (bodies) have failed to take a serious and determined stance at the moment. They are all providing Ukraine with plenty of advice." (AFP)
Feb 25, 2022 17:01 (IST)
Ukraine Crisis Live Updates: Russia Says Captured Key Water Supply Route To Crimea
Russian forces invading Ukraine said they had taken control of a vital canal to supply water to Moscow-annexed Crimea, which has been suffering from shortages for the past eight years. Crimea received most of its water from Ukraine's Dnieper River via the North Crimean Canal until 2014, when Moscow annexed the peninsula and Kyiv authorities blocked the waterway. Since then, Crimea has been facing severe water shortages, especially during summer droughts.

"The joint use of raid detachments and airborne troops in the Crimean direction ensured the exit of Russian troops to the city of Kherson," defence ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said. "This made it possible to unblock the North Crimean Canal and restore water supply to the Crimean peninsula." (AFP)

Feb 25, 2022 16:57 (IST)
Ukraine Crisis: US Spy Chief Claims Intel Win On Putin's Invasion Of Ukraine
Spies in the US and Britain scored an intelligence victory by uncovering Russian President Vladimir Putin's decision to order the biggest attack on a European state since World War 2, UK's foreign spy chief claimed.

Putin used an early morning address to the nation on February 24 to order "a special military operation" against Ukraine, just three days after recognising two Russian-backed rebel regions of Ukraine.

For months, US and British ministers and Western security sources had warned Russia could invade Ukraine. They stepped up warnings that an invasion was imminent in the weeks and days ahead of Putin's declaration. (Reuters)
Feb 25, 2022 16:54 (IST)
Ukraine Crisis: Russian Invasion 'Turning Point' For Europe: Angela Merkel
German ex-chancellor Angela Merkel, whose conciliatory policies toward Kremlin while in office have come under fire, today condemned Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Merkel, who left politics in December after 16 years at the helm of Europe's top economy, said she was watching the "attack on the territorial integrity and sovereignty" of Ukraine "with great concern and sympathy".

"Russia's war of aggression marks a profound turning point in European history after the end of the Cold War," she said in a statement. She said there was "no justification" for this "blatant violation of international law" which she "condemned in the strongest terms". (AFP)
Feb 25, 2022 16:51 (IST)
Ukraine Crisis: Andhra Chief Minister Speaks To S Jaishankar, Assures Help From State
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy today spoke to Union Minister of External Affairs S Jaishankar over the Ukraine situation and assured complete assistance from the state. He enquired about the repatriation process and also briefed the Union Minister on efforts put in by the state government in assisting the Centre. Mr Reddy has taken serious cognisance of the situation and instructed officials to coordinate with the MEA to provide the best possible help for the students and Indian nationals from Andhra Pradesh. (ANI)
Feb 25, 2022 16:49 (IST)
Ukraine Crisis: EU Wants To Isolate Russia Financially, Says France Finance Minister
The European Union wants to cut all links between Russia and the global financial system, France's finance minister said today, adding that removing Moscow from the SWIFT interbank system remained a "last resort". Speaking hours after European national leaders agreed further sanctions on Russia over its attack on Ukraine, Bruno Le Maire said the EU "wants to cut all the links between Russia and the global financial system". "We want to isolate Russia financially... We want to dry up the financing," he added as European finance ministers met in Paris to discuss the economic measures. (AFP)
Feb 25, 2022 16:46 (IST)
Ukraine Crisis: EU Chief Says More Sanctions Are Being Prepared Against Russia
EU Council President Charles Michel said today a fresh wave of sanctions was under preparation after Kyiv implored the European Union to hit Russia harder over its invasion of Ukraine. A further package of sanctions was "under urgent preparation", Michel said in a tweet, just hours after EU leaders approved measures that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said did not hit Moscow hard enough. (AFP)
Feb 25, 2022 16:44 (IST)
Ukraine Crisis: Indian Embassy In Ukraine To Evacuate Citizens Via Romania, Hungary
Amid Russian military operations in Ukraine, the Indian Embassy in Kiev issued a fresh advisory informing stranded Indian citizens the government is working to evacuate them through Romania and Hungary. "Government of India and the Embassy of India are working to establish evacuation routes from Romania and Hungary. At present, teams are getting in place at the following checkpoints Chop-Zahony Hungarian Border near Uzhhorod Porubne-Siret Romanian Border near Chernivtsi," read the Embassy statement. (ANI)
Feb 25, 2022 16:21 (IST)
Ukraine Crisis: Russia Ready To Talk If Ukraine Army 'Lays Down Arms', Says Minister
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday that Moscow was ready for talks with Kyiv if the Ukrainian army surrendered, as Russian invading forces advanced on the capital. "We are ready for negotiations at any moment, as soon as the armed forces of Ukraine respond to our call and lay down their arms," Lavrov said at a press conference in Moscow. (AFP)
Feb 25, 2022 16:20 (IST)
Ukraine Crisis Live Updates: Spain Evacuates Diplomats From Ukraine
Spain said Friday it had evacuated about 100 of its nationals from Ukraine, including its ambassador to the country and remaining diplomatic staff due to Russia's military invasion. "The last remaining staff members of the Spanish embassy are leaving" Kyiv including the ambassador, Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Albares told private television Antena 3. They were evacuated along with "a convoy of around 100 Spanish nationals, who had to leave Kyiv due to the deterioration of security conditions", he added.
Feb 25, 2022 16:02 (IST)
Ukraine Crisis: Russian Forces Approaching Kyiv From North, Northeast: Army
Russian forces are approaching Kyiv from north and northeast, Ukraine's army said Friday, with rising fears the capital could fall on the second day of Moscow's offensive. The soldiers are trying to "bypass" the northern city of Chernigiv -- where they were "rebuffed" -- to attack Kyiv, the Ukrainian army said on Facebook. (AFP)
Feb 25, 2022 15:59 (IST)
Ukraine Crisis Live Updates: Kyiv Tells Residents "Active Hostilities" Approaching
Kyiv authorities told residents of the north-western Obolon area on Friday to stay off the streets given "active hostilities" were approaching. "In connection with the approach of active hostilities, residents of Obolon district are asked not to go outside," city council said in an alert. (Reuters)
Feb 25, 2022 14:51 (IST)
Watch: Newborns At Ukraine Hospital Moved Into Bomb Shelter As Russia Rains Missiles

As Russian forces move deeper into Ukraine targeting cities with missiles, videos on social media showed Ukrainians moving children to safety.

In Dninpro, a city targeted by Russian missiles, a children's hospital moved babies to a makeshift bomb shelter on a lower level of the building. (Read full story here)

Feb 25, 2022 14:32 (IST)
"Dear Putin, If I Were Your Mother...": American Actor AnnaLynne McCord Trolled Over Bizarre Video
American actor AnnaLynne McCord's video appeal on social media to Russia to end the Ukraine strikes backfired after she bizarrely spoke about being Vladimir Putin's mother.
Feb 25, 2022 13:00 (IST)
JUST IN:  Ukraine army says fighting Russian forces outside capital Kyiv. 
Feb 25, 2022 13:00 (IST)
Indians In Ukraine: 30 Hours In Metro Station, Bombs Falling, Says Indian Student In Ukraine
Videos of Indian students in Ukraine amid the Russian invasion show them asking for help to return home. Some students have not left their apartments, while others have moved to underground metro rail stations that could serve as bomb shelters.
Feb 25, 2022 12:31 (IST)
What Government Is Doing To Evacuate Indian Students Stranded In Ukraine

Nearly 16,000 Indians are stranded in Ukraine. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MEA) has set up a dedicated 24x7 control room to provide assistance and information to Indians in Ukraine.

India has sent government teams to Ukraine's borders from Hungary and Poland to evacuate the citizens who are still stuck in the country. The officials are travelling via land, as the Ukrainian airspace has been closed amid an onslaught by the Russian military.

India has identified safe routes that they plan to use to evacuate its citizens from Ukraine. "The safe routes have been identified. By road, if you go from Kyiv, you would reach Poland in nine hours and Romania in nearly 12 hours. The road has been mapped out," said Harsh Vardhan Shringla, India's Foreign Secretary.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin and highlighted their concerns about the safety of Indian citizens in Ukraine, especially students. During a telephonic conversation, Mr Modi conveyed that India attaches the highest priority to their safe exit and return.

The Indian embassy in Ukraine has been issuing several advisories to citizens in the country. These advisories also contain information like how to find a bomb shelter when in need. The embassy has asked people to turn away if they were heading to the capital Kyiv and return to the cities they live in.
Feb 25, 2022 12:14 (IST)
All You Need To Know About Russian Special Force Spetsnaz

Reports say that among the Russian military units which crossed the Ukrainian borders are the Spetsnaz, which according to the NATO, were sent to Belarus during the joint military drills. They have carried out missions during wartime as well as peace, in emergencies across the world. (Read full story here)
Feb 25, 2022 12:04 (IST)
"Not Resolved Fully": Biden On Talks With India In Russia-Ukraine Conflict

President Joe Biden on Thursday said that the United States will have consultations with India on the crisis in Ukraine following a military operation from Russia.

In a televised address on Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said his move to launch a military operation in Ukraine came in response to threats emanating from the neighbouring country.
Feb 25, 2022 10:53 (IST)
Feb 25, 2022 10:38 (IST)
Ukraine-Russia Crisis: Pics: Russian Invasion Of Ukraine Sparks Anti-War Protests Across Globe
Protesters turned out on public squares and outside Russian embassies in cities from Tokyo to Tel Aviv and New York on Thursday to denounce the invasion of Ukraine -- while more than a thousand who tried to do the same in Russia were arrested.
Feb 25, 2022 10:34 (IST)
Ukraine Says Repelled "Two Deadly Gifts" In Russia Firing

Russian troops continued to advance in Ukraine, a day after President Vladimir Putin launched a war on the nation. Several western countries have announced sanctions against Russia and also warned of consequences for the onslaught in Ukraine. (Read full story here)
Feb 25, 2022 10:04 (IST)
Feb 25, 2022 09:41 (IST)
Loud explosions heard in central Kyiv: Report

Two loud blasts were heard in central Kyiv early Friday, an AFP journalist said, as Russian troops push closer to the Ukrainian capital in an invasion of its Western-backed neighbour.

Ukraine's army said that Russia fired on civilian areas of Kyiv but that Ukraine's air defence systems repelled "two deadly gifts", according to a post on its verified Facebook page.
Feb 25, 2022 09:29 (IST)
Ukraine forces down Russia aircraft
Ukrainian forces downed an enemy aircraft over Kyiv in the early hours of Friday, which then crashed into a residential building and set it on fire, said Anton Herashchenko, an adviser to the interior minister.

Feb 25, 2022 08:54 (IST)
"Not Resolved": Biden On Talks With India Over Russia-Ukraine Conflict
President Joe Biden on Thursday said that the United States will have consultations with India on the crisis in Ukraine following a military operation from Russia.
Feb 25, 2022 08:33 (IST)
Loud explosions heard in Ukraine capital
Two loud blasts were heard in the centre of Ukraine's capital Kyiv in the early hours of Friday morning, an AFP journalist said.

"Attacks on Kyiv with cruise and ballistic missiles have just resumed. I heard two powerful explosions," Ukrainian interior ministry advisor Anton Herashchenko said on Telegram.
Feb 25, 2022 08:26 (IST)
Why Russia And Ukraine Are Fighting For Chernobyl Disaster Site: 10 Points
Russian and Ukrainian forces fought on Thursday for control of Chernobyl, the still radioactive site of the world's worst nuclear accident and a factor in the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Feb 25, 2022 07:36 (IST)
Ukraine Calls On Hacker Underground To Defend Against Russia: Report

The government of Ukraine is asking for volunteers from the country's hacker underground to help protect critical infrastructure and conduct cyber spying missions against Russian troops, according two people involved in the project.

As Russian forces attacked cities across Ukraine, requests for volunteers began to appear on hacker forums on Thursday morning, as many residents fled the capital Kyiv.

"Ukrainian cybercommunity! It's time to get involved in the cyber defense of our country," the post read, asking hackers and cybersecurity experts to submit an application via Google docs, listing their specialties, such as malware development, and professional references. (Read full story here)

Feb 25, 2022 06:56 (IST)
Russia launched its invasion by land, air and sea on Thursday following a declaration of war by President Vladimir Putin. An estimated 100,000 people fled as explosions and gunfire rocked major cities. US and Ukrainian officials say Russia aims to capture Kyiv and topple the government.
Feb 25, 2022 06:15 (IST)
China's embassy in Ukraine offers Chinese nationals chartered flights to leave.
Feb 25, 2022 06:08 (IST)

Russia said its first day of the Ukraine invasion had achieved all its goals and that it had destroyed 83 land-based Ukrainian targets. According to official reports, Russia had carried out 203 attacks on its western neighbour since the beginning of the day.

Ukrainian forces battled Russian invaders on three sides on Thursday after Moscow mounted an assault by land, sea and air in the biggest attack on a European state since the second World War.

Feb 25, 2022 06:08 (IST)
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