“Today, President Putin made a series of outrageous, false claims about Ukraine aimed at creating a pretext for war, and immediately thereafter, announced Russian troops are entering the Donbas.” Ukrainian forces later reclaimed control of large part of both regions during a nearly eight-year conflict that has killed over 14,000 people. “I’ve received a request from the foreign ministry. I will consider the issue of severing diplomatic relations between Ukraine and the Russian Federation. Immediately after our press conference, I will consider this issue,” Reuters quoted Zelenskyy as saying. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced his country’s “first barrage” of sanctions against Russia over their actions in eastern Ukraine. Germany earlier this morning said it is taking steps to halt the process of certifying the key Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia over Moscow’s latest actions in eastern Ukraine. U.S. stocks remained lower Tuesday morning but were off the worst levels of the session as investors weigh earnings from retailers against Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ordering of troops into separatist regions of eastern Ukraine.
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The EU on Wednesday also formally banned seven Russian back from using the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication system, also known as SWIFT. Russia’s media regulator, Roskomnadzor, has called on Internet companies to reverse their decision, saying in a statement that the bans “violate the key principles of free distribution of information, unhindered access to it and are open censorship.” The European Union on Wednesday formally sanctioned Russian state-owned news organizations Russia Today and Sputnik, suspending their distribution in the 27-member bloc over Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine. From Moscow to Siberia, Russian anti-war activists took to the streets again today to protest Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. SpaceX founder Elon Musk has announced Starlink internet satellites are now active in Ukraine as the country suffers power outages due to Russia’s invasion. Sanctions on oligarchs announced by the US may do little to dim the jet-setting lifestyles of Russia’s ultra-rich and infamous.
The Ukrainian delegation of negotiators has arrived by helicopter for talks with the Russian side in Belarus, Russian state news agency TASS said on Thursday, citing its reporter on the ground. Ukraine’s parliament on Thursday approved a bill to allow the seizure of assets or property in Ukraine owned by Russia or Russian citizens due to the invasion of Ukraine. If Russia opts out of the agreement now, it will remove any checks on U.S. and Russian nuclear forces and raise new threats to global security. President Barack Obama, limits each country to no more than 1,550 deployed nuclear warheads and 700 deployed missiles and bombers, and envisages sweeping on-site inspections to verify compliance. The pact, the last remaining U.S.-Russian nuclear arms control agreement, had been set to expire in February 2021 but Moscow and Washington extended it for another five years.
The country remains suspended from the sport for doping but many Russians compete as “neutral athletes” without a flag or national emblems. “We had hoped that FIS would reach the same conclusion on behalf of all ski nations, but now the Norwegian Ski Federation can no longer wait. The executive board has therefore today decided to notify FIS that Russian and Belarusian athletes will not be allowed to participate in the upcoming events in Norway,” Norwegian Ski Federation president Erik Roste said. The International Ski Federation has also decided to allow Russians to continue to compete, but the Norwegian Ski Federation said Tuesday it would block Russians from competing in upcoming World Cup events in its country. The International Olympic Committee released recommendations Monday to ban Russian and Belarusian athletes from all sport competitions.
- Bolkov airfield, south of Mazyr in southern Belarus, less than 20 miles north of the border with Ukraine, on Feb. 28, 2022.
- The country remains suspended from the sport for doping but many Russians compete as “neutral athletes” without a flag or national emblems.
- The column of tanks, towed artillery, armored and logistical vehicles, which at times spans three-wide across the entire road, is believed under orders to occupy the Ukrainian capital.
- White House press Secretary Jen Psaki said that the administration is still hoping for a diplomatic solution to the crisis in Ukraine but expects Russia to continue to escalate the conflict.
He assured that families of those killed are receiving all necessary assistance. Russian forces laid siege to two strategic Ukrainian seaports and pressed their bombardment of the country’s second-biggest city, while the huge armoured column threatening Kyiv appeared stalled outside the capital. Toyota has issued an official press release stating it will resume all operations starting with the first shift on Wednesday, March 2. Meanwhile, President Biden signed an executive order Monday imposing economic sanctions on these separatist Ukraine regions, but he stopped short of imposing penalties directly on Russia. A senior administration official tells Fox News that further measures will be taken Tuesday “to hold Russia accountable for this clear violation of international law.” Vladimir Putin has ordered Russian troops into the two breakaway regions of Ukraine after recognizing their independence, The Wall Street Journal reported.
- G.O.P. leaders, while condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, were silent on comments made by the former president.
- If you are on a personal connection, like at home, you can run an anti-virus scan on your device to make sure it is not infected with malware.
- Cold water Russia’s Lavrov Accuses West of Fixating on ‘Nuclear War’ President Vladimir Putin has ordered Russia’s nuclear forces be put on high alert, accusing the West of taking “unfriendly” steps against his country.
- “The Russians won’t be able to take Kyiv by just bombing it,” urban warfare expert John Spencer says.
- Smoke billows from a power and heating plant after it was shelled in Shchastya, in the Luhansk region of eastern Ukraine on Tuesday.
The United Nations refugee agency says 1 million people have fled Ukraine since Russia’s invasion, an exodus without precedent in this century for its speed. These cars were legends of their time with high performance and style to match and now wait for a rescuer to save them news anchor from abandonment. Russian ambassador to Japan Mikhail Yurlevich Galuzin said in an interview on Japanese TV last week there would be “consequences” if Japan were to impose sanctions on Russia. He didn’t elaborate what exactly that meant, but many considered it to be a threat.
- Also sanctioned are a Belarusian aircraft repair plant and a military semiconductor manufacturer.
- Street fighting broke out in Ukraine’s second-largest city and Russian troops squeezed strategic ports in the country’s south as the prospect of peace talks remains uncertain.
- IKEA, the world’s biggest furniture brand, is closing its stores in Russia and pausing all sourcing in the country and ally Belarus, joining the wave of Western firms curbing business with Russia after its invasion of Ukraine.
The Russian forces charging toward Kyiv haven’t made progress in the last day as they face Ukrainian resistance and low food and gas supply, a senior U.S. defense official told reporters Tuesday. March The European Union on Wednesday formally banned seven Russian banks from using the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication system in response to the country’s invasion Ukraine. Russia Today and Sputnik are under control of the Russian Federation, and officials have accused them of supporting the Kremlin’s invasion of Ukraine by spreading disinformation news and advance and of attempting to destabilize neighboring countries through propaganda. “In this time of war, words matter,” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said in a statement. “We are witnessing massive propaganda and disinformation over this outrageous attack on a free and independent country. We will not let Kremlin apologists pour their toxic lies justifying Putin’s war or sow the seeds of division in our union.” On Monday at 7 pm Japan time, the largest automaker in the world, Toyota, announced it was the victim of a cyberattack.
A Ukrainian delegation is on its way to talks with Russia by helicopter and negotiations will kick off in a couple of hours, Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak said in an online post on Thursday. Moscow has maintained a moratorium on capital punishment as part of its obligations since it joined the Council of Europe in 1996, and Medvedev’s statement shocked the nation’s rights defenders and activists. Referring to Western threats to freeze the assets of Russian companies and individuals, Medvedev warned that Moscow wouldn’t hesitate to do the same. The U.S. official noted that they’ve seen “certain risk-averse behavior by the Russian military” over the last week.
The Russian Foreign Ministry issues a statement Tuesday that included an announcement that Russian diplomats would be evacuated from Ukraine. Secretary of State Antony Blinken called off a planned Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, arguing such a meeting would “not make sense” amid Russia’s current actions in Ukraine. White House Press secretary Jen Psaki did not rule out the possibility that the Nord Stream 2 pipeline come come back online after reaching an agreement with Germany to tank the project in response to Russia’s actions in Ukraine. “The problem is we that we don’t have a clear understanding of Putin’s timeline… how he planned his further actions, neither here in Washington nor back in Kyiv,” Kuleba said.
Starting from December 25, everyone arriving in Japan from Russia will have to undergo a three-day quarantine. The talks are scheduled for Jan. 10 news 12 and will focus, among other things, on tensions around Ukraine. For the past several months, Russia has been amassing troops near its border…
The world’s largest aircraft, the Antonov AN-225, has been destroyed during the Russian invasion of Ukraine, generating alarm and sadness among the aviation world in which it occupies almost cult status. Just three months after the CIA put Stingers in the hands of Afghan fighters, it was estimated they were shooting down one Soviet aircraft a day. NATO’s chief said Tuesday that, despite Russia’s threats about nuclear weapons, the alliance sees no need to change its nuclear weapons alert level. As Russia’s war in Ukraine plays out for the world on social media, big tech platforms are moving to restrict Russian state media from using their platforms to spread propaganda and misinformation. The column of tanks, towed artillery, armored and logistical vehicles, which at times spans three-wide across the entire road, is believed under orders to occupy the Ukrainian capital. Russian forces have taken a strategic Ukrainian seaport and set siege to another as Moscow tries to cut its neighbour off from the Black Sea.
The sanctions include the news organizations’ distribution by all means of transmission, including by cable, satellite, IPTV, websites and smartphone applications. “Systematic information manipulation and disinformation by the Kremlin is applied as an operational tool in its assault on Ukraine,” High Representative Josep Borrell said. “It is also a significant and direct threat to the union’s public order and security.” If you are on a personal connection, like at home, you can run an anti-virus scan on your device to make sure it is not infected with malware. As Russian troops draw closer to the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv’s mayor is filled with pride over his citizens’ spirit yet anxious about how long they can hold out.