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War in Ukraine Updates: Biden Announces Sanctions, Export Controls Against Russia, Says Invasion of Ukraine A 'Premeditated Attack'

War In Ukraine Updates: Official sources in New Delhi said India is looking at ways to assist its nationals, especially the students, in Ukraine. | February 25, 2022, 00:35 IST
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War in Ukraine Updates: Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a “military operation” in Ukraine on Thursday and called on soldiers there to lay down their arms, defying Western outrage and global appeals not to launch a war. Putin made a surprise statement on television to declare his intentions. “I have made the decision of a military operation,” he said shortly before 6:00 am (0300 GMT) in Read More

Feb 25, 2022 00:35 IST

US Will 'Defend Every Inch' of NATO Nations But No Troops to Ukraine: Biden

US President Joe Biden vowed Thursday to defend “every inch” of NATO territory after Russia sent forces into Ukraine — but reaffirmed that no American troops would be deployed to Washington’s ally. “As I made crystal clear, the United States will defend every inch of NATO territory with a full force of American power,” Biden said in an address to the nation from the White House. The president added, however: “Our forces will not be engaged in a conflict with Russia in Ukraine.”

Feb 25, 2022 00:30 IST

No Plans to Talk With President Putin: Joe Biden

US President Joe Biden said, “I have no plans to talk with President Putin.”

Feb 25, 2022 00:25 IST

US President Joe Biden Speaks on Russia-Ukraine Conflict

US President Joe Biden said Western sanctions target four more Russian banks and elites.

Feb 25, 2022 00:21 IST

US President Biden Announces Sanctions, Export Controls Against Russia

Addressing media after meeting G7 leaders to discuss the Ukraine-Russia situation, US President Joe Biden said, “Today I am authorizing additional strong sanctions and new limitations on what can be exported to Russia. We have purposefully chosen these sanctions to maximize the long-term impact on Russia.”

Feb 25, 2022 00:05 IST

OSCE Evacuating Foreign Staff from Ukraine

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe said Thursday it was temporarily evacuating foreign staff from Ukraine after Russia launched an attack on the country, reports news agency AFP. “Due to the ongoing fighting and deteriorated security situation in Ukraine… I have decided to temporarily evacuate all international mission members from Ukraine as soon as possible,” OSCE Secretary General Helga Maria Schmid said in a statement.

Feb 25, 2022 00:04 IST

Canada Sanctions 58 Russian Individuals and Entities

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Thursday sanctions against 58 Russian individuals and entities in response to Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, which he called “a massive threat to security and peace around the world.” “Today in light of Russia’s reckless and dangerous military strike, we’re imposing further severe sanctions,” Trudeau told a news conference. The sanctions will target members of the Russian elite and their families, the Wagner group — a private military company — as well as Russian banks, he said, adding that Canada was also cancelling export permits for Russia, reports news agency AFP.

Feb 24, 2022 23:45 IST

Ukraine Says Russia Forces Capture Chernobyl Power Plant

Ukraine announced Thursday that Russian forces had captured the Chernobyl nuclear power plant after a “fierce” battle on the first day of the Kremlin’s invasion of its ex-Soviet neighbor, reports news agency AFP. “After the absolutely senseless attack of the Russians in this direction, it is impossible to say that the Chernobyl nuclear power plant is safe. This is one of the most serious threats to Europe today,” said Mykhailo Podolyak, advisor to the chief of the presidential administration.

Feb 24, 2022 23:17 IST

G7 Leaders Agree on 'Devastating Packages of Sanctions' Against Russia: Biden

US President Joe Biden said G7 leaders have agreed on ‘devastating packages of sanctions’ against Russia.

Feb 24, 2022 23:15 IST

Russian Military Says First Day of Ukraine Invasion 'Successful'

Russia said Thursday that its military had achieved its goals set out for the first day of its invasion of Ukraine, after launching the attack despite warnings of sweeping Western sanctions, reports news agency AFP. “All of the tasks assigned to the groups of troops of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation for the day were successfully completed,” Defence Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said.

Feb 24, 2022 22:49 IST

South Ukraine Region Says 13 Civilians, 9 Troops Killed

Russian armoured columns from Crimea pushed deep into the southern Ukrainian region of Kherson on the first day of their invasion Thursday, triggering fighting that left at least 13 civilians dead. Nine Ukrainian soldiers were also killed, the Kherson regional administration said, as the Russian force seized crossing points from Crimea to the mainland and a crossing over the Dnipro river.

Feb 24, 2022 22:46 IST

War in Ukraine: PM Modi Speaks to Russian Prez Putin

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke on telephone today with Russian President Vladimir Putin. President Putin briefed the Prime Minister about the recent developments regarding Ukraine. PM Modi appealed for an “immediate cessation of violence”, and called for concerted efforts from all sides to return to the path of diplomatic negotiations and dialogue, according to a statement issued by the PMO. The Prime Minister also sensitised the Russian President about India’s concerns regarding the safety of the Indian citizens in Ukraine, especially students, and conveyed that India attaches the highest priority to their safe exit and return to India. The leaders agreed that their officials and diplomatic teams would continue to maintain regular contacts on issues of topical interest.

Feb 24, 2022 22:18 IST

G7 'Ready to Act' on Energy Supply Disruptions

Leaders of the G7 most developed nations on Thursday said they were ready to tackle any possible disruptions to energy supplies, after Russia began its assault on Ukraine. “We are also closely monitoring global oil and gas market conditions,” they said in a statement following a video conference. “We support consistent and constructive engagement and coordination among major energy producers and consumers toward our collective interest in the stability of global energy supplies, and stand ready to act as needed to address potential disruptions.”

Feb 24, 2022 22:01 IST

Dozens Detained at Anti-war Rallies in Moscow, Saint Petersburg: Report

Dozens of people gathering in Moscow and Saint Petersburg Thursday to protest against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine have been detained, according to AFP journalists at the demonstrations. Riot police at Pushkin Square in central Moscow arrested dozens of people, while around 20 people have been detained in Russia’s former imperial capital Saint Petersburg.

Feb 24, 2022 22:00 IST

Ukraine Demands Russia be Banned from SWIFT Bank Transfers

Ukraine demanded Thursday that Russian banks be excluded from the international SWIFT financial transfer network, as Western capitals considered how to ramp up sanctions in the wake of Moscow’s invasion, reports news agency AFP. President Volodymyr Zelensky made the appeal after a call with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, adding: “A package of extra severe sanctions against Russia from the EU is already arriving.”

Feb 24, 2022 21:37 IST

Numbers of Steps Taken to Deal With Ukraine Situation: Foreign Secretary

“A number of steps have been taken to deal with the emerging situation in Ukraine. We started the registration of Indian nationals in Ukraine about a month ago. Based on online registration, we found that 20,000 Indian nationals were there. Nearly 4,000 Indians have been able to leave Ukraine. Exit for land borders via road and other means being facilitated,” said Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla during a press briefing on the Ukraine situation.

Feb 24, 2022 21:31 IST

PM Modi to Speak to Putin Shortly: Foreign Secretary

Addressing a press briefing on the Russia-Ukraine situation, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to speak to Russian President Vladimir Putin shortly. “In the CCS meeting, PM Modi has conveyed that safety of Indians is the priority. EAM S Jaishankar will speak to Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and Hungary,” he said.

Feb 24, 2022 21:26 IST

IMF Chief Warns of 'Significant Economic Risk' from Ukraine Conflict

IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva on Thursday warned the conflict in Ukraine will have repercussions for the global economic recovery, reports news agency AFP. Following Russia’s invasion of its neighbor, Georgieva said on Twitter she was “deeply concerned,” and cautioned that the fighting “adds significant economic risk for the region & the world.”

Feb 24, 2022 21:15 IST

Russia Ukraine War: Indian Embassy in Poland to Help in Evacuation of Stranded Nationals

Feb 24, 2022 21:11 IST

War in Ukraine: 'Darkest Hours of Europe Since World War II'; Who Said What on Russian Invasion

Even as Russia launched a full-blown attack on Ukraine by land, sea and air on Thursday, world leaders expressed raw outrage in condemning Vladimir Putin’s attack on his neighbouring country. The European Union and others have promised unprecedented sanctions against Russia. India’s foreign minister S Jaishankar also reached out to the EU and discussed the “grave situation” and possible “deescalation efforts”. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also likely to speak to Putin later in the night, sources said. Read More

Feb 24, 2022 21:04 IST

Russia Vows 'Tough' Retaliation to EU Sanctions: Foreign Ministry

Moscow vowed Thursday to respond in kind to “unfriendly” European Union sanctions imposed over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, reports news agency AFP. “In accordance with the principle of reciprocity, which is fundamental to international law, we will take tough retaliatory measures,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.

Feb 24, 2022 14:22 IST

Ukraine Pleads with India

Moscow, as he vowed retaliation against anyone who interfered. He also called on the Ukraine military to lay down its arms.

Minutes after Putin’s announcement, explosions were heard in several key Ukrainian cities, including Kyiv and Kharkiv.

The airspace over the Ukraine-Russia border has now been restricted, turning it into a no-go zone for commercial aviation. Multiple Ukrainian airports in the East have suspended all operations tonight, including Kharkiv.

Meanwhile, the Indian embassy in Ukraine on Thursday asked Indian nationals to maintain calm and remain safe wherever they are as Russia carried out a military operation in Ukraine triggering a major confrontation between the two sides. It said in view of closure of Ukranian airspace for civilian aircraft, alternative arrangements are being made for evacuation of Indian nationals.

It also said the embassy will convey information about it as soon as such arrangements are finalised, so that Indian nationals can relocate to the western part of the country. “The present situation in Ukraine is highly uncertain. Please maintain calm and remain safe wherever you are, be it in your homes, hostels, accommodation or in transit,” the Indian embassy said in a fresh advisory. “All those who are travelling to Kyiv, including those travelling from western parts of Kyiv, are advised to return to their respective cities temporarily, especially towards safer places along the western bordering countries,” it said in an advisory.

The embassy issued a second advisory of the day a few hours later. “This is to inform all Indian nationals in Ukraine that since the Ukrainian airspace has been closed the schedule for special flights stands cancelled. Alternative arrangements are being made for evacuation of Indian nationals,” it said.

Official sources in New Delhi said India is looking at ways to assist its nationals, especially the students, in Ukraine. They said India is closely monitoring the “rapidly changing” situation in Ukraine and how to assist the Indians in that country.

The situation in Ukraine deteriorated after President Vladimir Putin announced a military operation in Ukraine, triggering serious concerns over the possibility of a full-scale military confrontation between the two countries.

Following Putin’s announcement, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said an “invasion” could be the beginning of a “big war” in Europe.

(with inputs from agencies)

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