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Russia continues broad offensive in Ukraine, says RIA

  • Russian troops continue a broad offensive in Ukraine, Russia’s RIA news agency quoted the Russian defence ministry as saying on Saturday. The ministry confirmed that its units have stopped firing and opened humanitarian corridors near the cities of Volnovakha and Mariupol which were encircled by Russian troops.

Russia to observe ceasefire in 2 areas of Ukraine

  • Russian state news agencies report the Russian military will observe a ceasefire in two areas of Ukraine starting Saturday to allow civilians to evacuate. The Russian Defense Ministry says in a statement carried by the RIA Novosti and Tass agencies it has agreed on evacuation routes with Ukrainian forces to allow civilians to leave the strategic port of Mariupol in the southeast and the eastern town of Volnovakha. There is no immediate confirmation from Ukrainian forces, and it is not immediately clear how long the evacuation routes would remain open.

Partial ceasefire in Ukraine

  • Russia declared a partial ceasefire on Saturday to allow humanitarian corridors out of the Ukrainian cities of Mariupol and Volnovakha, Russia’s defence ministry said. “From 1000 am Moscow time (0700 GMT), the Russian side declares a ceasefire and the opening of humanitarian corridors to allow civilians to leave Mariupol and Volnovakha,” Russian news agencies quoted the Russian defence ministry as saying.

Russian gas flows to Europe via Ukraine continue unchanged, says RIA

  • Russian state gas company Gazprom was shipping natural gas to Europe via Ukraine in the same volume of 109.5 million cubic metres per day as on Friday, the state-owned RIA news agency cited Ukraine’s pipeline operator company as saying.

Ukraine conflict fuels supply chain concerns, reports AFP

  • At a logistics expo in London this week, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine dominated discussions, rather than interest in the latest package-tracking devices or how to kick-start the sector after the coronavirus pandemic. A week of fighting has forced many companies to suspend operations out of Ukraine as well as Russia, as world governments began imposing tough financial sanctions. Now there are fears the conflict could cause more disruption to the sector and hinder recovery from the pandemic, which battered world supply chains. Dan Smith-Cox, a business development director at Zencargo, told AFP: “We’ve seen a few manufacturers pull into eastern Europe from Ukraine and Russia as opposed to China.”

Russia Ukraine Live Updates: Vehicles passing Chernobyl zone transport radioactive dust to entire Ukraine

  • The Chernobyl nuclear power plant is in danger of releasing radioactive dust to the entire Ukraine, said Slavutych Mayor Yuriy Fomichev. “All vehicles passing through the Chernobyl zone on wheels transport radioactive dust to the entire territory of Ukraine in the direction of Kyiv,” he said. In addition, the Mayor stressed that there is an intensive movement of equipment through the facility and if “God forbid hostilities begin there”, it could affect Unit 4, where there the 1986 disaster took place, as there are unstable structures which “could lead to the release of radioactive dust. There is a great danger”.

With fast-weakening rouble and fears for future, Russians rush to shop

  • In bright sunshine, a long queue of shoppers snaked outside an IKEA store near Moscow this week. Similar scenes were repeated across Russia as families rushed to spend their fast-depreciating roubles at the Swedish retailer which is exiting the crisis-hit country. Russians are bracing for an uncertain future of spiraling inflation, economic hardship and an even sharper squeeze on imported goods. The rouble has lost a third of its value this week after unprecedented Western sanctions were imposed to punish Russia for invading Ukraine. The moves froze much of the central bank’s $640 billion in reserves and barred several banks from global payments system SWIFT, leaving the rouble in free-fall. Cities across Russia were outwardly calm, with little sign of the crisis devastating financial sector and markets. Except for the lines of people looking to stock up on products – mostly high-end items and hardware – before shelves empty or prices climb further.

Russia ready to evacuate Indian students, other foreign nationals from Ukraine: Envoy tells UNSC

  • Russia has informed the UN Security Council that Russian buses are ready at crossing points to go to the eastern Ukrainian cities of Kharkiv and Sumy to evacuate Indian students and other foreign nationals who are stranded there, amidst the raging conflict in the East European country.The 15-nation Council held an emergency session on Friday, called by Albania, France, Ireland, Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States, following Russia’s attack on Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant, the biggest in Europe. The Russian envoy alleged that Ukraine nationalists were keeping over 3,700 Indian citizens “by force” in Kharkiv and Sumy cities of eastern Ukraine.

Trump’s praise of Putin, ‘America First’ view tested by war

  • Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine is posing a serious test for Trump and his “America First” doctrine at a moment when he is eyeing another presidential run and using this year’s midterm elections to keep bending the GOP to his will. He’s largely alone in his sustained praise of Russian President Vladimir Putin as “smart,” an assessment he reiterated last week during speeches to donors and conservative activists. His often deferential vice president, Mike Pence, split with him on the issue late Friday. The multinational partnerships that Trump repeatedly undermined, meanwhile, have allowed the West to quickly band together to hobble Russia’s economy with coordinated sanctions. The NATO alliance, which Trump once dismissed as “obsolete,” is flexing its strength as a foil to Russia’s aggression.

Russia Ukraine Live Updates

  • Efforts to bring back Naveen Shekharappa’s (an MBBS student who died in shelling in Ukraine) body is in progress. We’re in touch with the Indian embassy, also spoke to External Affairs Minister, S Jaishankar on the matter, says Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai

Russia Ukraine Live Updates: Neutral Switzerland’s economy shaken by sanctions on Russia

  • Switzerland’s newly adopted tough stance on Russia has forced the Swiss economy to readjust to sanctions, blowing a wind of panic through the raw materials market in particular. Switzerland announced Monday it would follow the sanctions being imposed by the European Union, abandoning Bern’s traditional reserve by ordering the immediate freezing of assets belonging to Russian companies and individuals appearing on the EU blacklist. And it went further on Friday, adopting even stricter EU sanctions applied in response to Moscow’s February 24 full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Exporting goods that could enhance Russia’s military capabilities is prohibited, as is the exportation of certain goods and services in the oil sector, and aviation technology.

Air raid alert in Kyiv

  • Residents should go to the nearest shelter, reports Ukraine’s The Kyiv Independent

Russia Ukraine Live Updates: Apple Maps now displays Crimea as part of Ukraine outside Russia

  • Apple Maps and Weathers apps are now showing Crimea as part of Ukraine for users outside of Russia, the media reported. Earlier, Apple apps refused to record Crimea as part of any country when accessed in most places, reports Mashable. In 2019, the tech giant updated its Maps and Weather apps to show Crimea as part of Russia when viewed within Russia. Apple Maps now shows Crimea as part of Ukraine when viewed outside of Russia, in what appears to be a new and quiet update, amid Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine. Apple was yet to comment on this quiet change. Russia invaded and annexed the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine in 2014. In response, Russia was suspended from the G8 and subjected to several sanctions. “Apple Maps and Weather now consider Crimea to be Ukrainian territory when accessed from other countries including the U.S., Australia, and, of course, Ukraine,” the report noted. Apple has also taken down Sputnik and RT News from the App Store and disabled some Apple Pay services in the country.

Russia Ukraine Live Updates: Russia blocks Facebook, Meta hits back with pausing all ads

  • In an alarming censorship, Russia has blocked access to Facebook in the country. In response, its parent company Meta has paused all ads in Russia. Meta said that due to the difficulties of operating in Russia at this time, ads targeting people in Russia will be paused, and “advertisers within Russia will no longer be able to create or run ads anywhere in the world, including within Russia”. Meta said that as a result of the Russian government’s decision to block access to Facebook in the Russian Federation, millions of ordinary Russians will find themselves cut off from reliable information, “deprived of their everyday ways of connecting with family and friends and silenced from speaking out. “We will continue to do everything we can to restore our services so they remain available to people to safely and securely express themselves and organise for action,” Meta said in a statement.

Cyberattack knocks thousands offline in Europe, reports AFP

  • Thousands of internet users across Europe have been thrown offline after what sources said Friday was a likely cyberattack at the beginning of Russia’s offensive in Ukraine. According to Orange, nearly 9,000 subscribers of a satellite internet service provided by its subsidiary Nordnet in France are without internet following a “cyber event” on February 24 at Viasat, a US satellite operator of which it is a client. Eutelsat, the parent company of the bigblu satellite internet service, also confirmed to AFP on Friday that around one-third of bigblu’s 40,000 subscribers in Europe, in Germany, France, Hungary, Greece, Italy and Poland, were affected by the outage on Viasat. In the US, Viasat said on Wednesday that a “cyber event” had caused a “partial network outage” for customers “in Ukraine and elsewhere” in Europe who rely on its KA-SAT satellite.

NMC allows Ukraine returnees to complete MBBS internship in India

Singapore imposes sanctions on Russian Central Bank, other banks over situation in Ukraine

  • Singapore has introduced sanctions on the Russian Central Bank and some other Russian banks as well as imposed restrictions on the exports to the country over the Russian military operation in Ukraine, the Singaporean Foreign Ministry said on Saturday. “Financial institutions in Singapore will be prohibited from the following: … entering into transactions or arrangements, or providing financial services that facilitate fund raising by: the Russian government; the Central Bank of the Russian Federation; any entity owned or controlled by them or acting on their direction or behalf. The prohibitions apply to buying and selling new securities, providing financial services that facilitate new fund raising by, and making or participate in the making of any new loan to the above entities,” the ministry said in a statement. The sanctions targeted four Russian banks: VTB, Vnesheconombank, Promsvyazbank and Bank Rossiya.

Russia Ukraine Live Updates: Operation Ganga

  • Till date, the IAF has flown 10 flights to bring back 2056 passengers, while taking 26 tonnes of relief load to countries, as part of Operation Ganga, says IAF

Visuals from Delhi airport: Indian students stuck in Ukraine return home

1,000 still stuck in conflict zone, India in talks for ‘local ceasefire’

  • Nearly 1,000 Indian students still remained in the conflict zone – 300 in Kharkiv and over 700 in Sumy. Govt in touch with both Russia and Ukraine for a “local ceasefire’’ that could allow Indians to exit eastern Ukraine.

Ukraine Crisis

  • Russia has fired more than 500 missiles in the week since its full-scale invasion of Ukraine began. Russia is launching all different types of missiles at a rate of about two dozen per day, a Pentagon official said, says Ukraine’s The Kyiv Independent

If Ukraine falls, Europe falls, says Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky

  • In a virtual address to thousands of protesters across major European cities, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that if his country fell to Russia in the ongoing war, then the whole continent of Europe will fall. On Friday night, protests against the ongoing Russian military assault on Ukraine took place in Vienna, Tbilisi, Prague, Frankfurt, Vilnius, Lyon and Bratislava. In his address via video link, Zelensky said: “Don’t be silent. Go out onto the streets. Support Ukraine. Support our freedom. This would be a victory not only over Russian troops, it would be a victory of light over darkness. A victory of good over evil. A victory of freedom over what is happening now, here, on Ukrainian land. “Don’t be silent, support Ukraine. Because if Ukraine falters, Europe will falter. If Ukraine falls, Europe will fall. “And if we win, and I have faith in our people, I have faith in you, it would be a big victory for democracy, for our values, a victory for freedom.”

Strategic Ukrainian port Mariupol ‘blockaded’ by Russian forces

  • Ukraine’s strategic port city of Mariupol is under a “blockade” by the Russian army after days of “ruthless” attacks, its mayor said on Saturday, calling for the establishment of a humanitarian corridor.”For now, we are looking for solutions to humanitarian problems and all possible ways to get Mariupol out of the blockade,” said Vadim Boychenko in a message posted on Telegram.

Elon Musk calls for ‘immediate’ boost in oil and gas production to replace Russian output

  • Tesla Founder Elon Musk called for an immediate increase in oil and gas production around the world because sustainable solutions cannot replace Russian output. “Hate to say it, but we need to increase oil & gas output immediately,” Musk wrote on Twitter on Friday. “Extraordinary times demand extraordinary measures.” Musk added that although increasing oil and gas production would affect Tesla negatively, sustainable energy solutions cannot react instantaneously to make up for Russian oil and gas exports. Earlier in the day, Bloomberg News reported that the Biden administration is considering imposing a ban on imports of Russian crude oil to the United States.

Visuals: A special Indigo flight, carrying 229 Indian nationals from Ukraine, arrives in Delhi from Suceava in Romania

Samsung suspends shipments to Russia

  • Samsung Electronics says shipments to Russia have been suspended “due to current geopolitical developments.” Samsung is also donating $6 million, including $1 million in consumer electronics, to actively support humanitarian efforts “around the region”, says The Kyiv Independent

US Embassy calls power plant attack war crime

  • The U.S. Embassy in Ukraine is calling Russia’s attack on a nuclear plant a war crime. “It is a war crime to attack a nuclear power plant,” the embassy statement said. “Putin’s shelling of Europe’s largest nuclear plant takes his reign of terror one step further.” Russian troops seized the plant Friday in an attack that set it on fire and briefly raised fears of a nuclear disaster. The blaze was extinguished and no radiation was released. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called Russia’s action “nuclear terrorism” and appealed to the U.N. Security Council for action to safeguard Ukraine’s endangered nuclear facilities. Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal appealed to the International Atomic Energy Agency and the EU to send representatives to all five of Ukraine’s nuclear power plants. “This is a question of the security of the whole world,” he said in a nighttime video address.

Nuclear facilities should never be targeted in military ops: UN chief on Zaporizhzhia NPP

  • UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has expressed alarm over reports of heavy fighting around the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in Ukraine. Taking to Twitter, the UN chief said nuclear facilities should never ever be targeted in military operations. “I have been following with great alarm reports of heavy fighting around the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant, and I want to make it very clear that nuclear facilities should never ever be targeted in military operations,” the UN chief tweeted.
  • On Thursday, Ukraine informed the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that Russian forces had taken control of the site of the country’s Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (NPP). But Director-General Rafael Mario Grossi said that the nuclear power plant continued to be operated by its regular staff and there had been no release of radioactive material.

Over 11,000 Indian nationals evacuated from Ukraine so far: MoS Muraleedharan

  • Amid the ongoing Russian military operations in Ukraine, over 11,000 Indian nationals evacuated from the conflict-torn country, informed Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan on Saturday.The minister received 170 Indian citizens at Indira Gandhi International Airport who were evacuated from Ukraine.Taking to Twitter, Muraleedharan said, “Operation Ganga is in full swing, with over 11,000 Indians evacuated from Ukraine so far. Happy to have received a group of 170 Indians at New Delhi airport, evacuated through AirAsia India. Thank our Missions, foreign governments, and volunteers for their constant support.”

Zelenskyy slams NATO’s decision not to implement no-fly zone over Ukraine

  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has slammed NATO’s decision not to implement a no-fly zone over Ukraine amid the ongoing conflict with Russia.”A NATO summit took place today. It was a weak summit, a confused summit, a summit that shows that not everyone considers the fight for freedom in Europe the number one goal,” Zelenskyy said in a video message, as quoted by Russia’s Sputnik. Zelenskyy accused the members of the military alliance of giving Russia “the green light to start shelling Ukrainian cities and villages.”

Biden and Finnish president commit to strengthening U.S.-Finnish security cooperation, says White House

  • U.S. President Joe Biden and Finnish President Sauli Niinisto committed during talks on Friday to starting a process that will strengthen the two nations’ security cooperation, the White House said. Biden and Niinisto also discussed the importance of NATO’s Open Door policy, the White House said in a statement after the meeting between the two leaders.

Western governments and tech platforms have also banned the Russian news network RT, with the European Union accusing it of systematic disinformation over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

UN Security Council to meet Monday on humanitarian crisis in Ukraine: Diplomats

  • The UN Security Council will hold an emergency meeting Monday on the humanitarian crisis triggered in Ukraine by the Russian invasion, diplomats said Friday. After this public session, the 15 members of the council will confer behind closed doors to discuss a possible draft resolution, a diplomat speaking on condition of anonymity told AFP.

Russia passes ‘fake news’ law

  • Lawmakers passed amendments to the criminal code making the spread of “fake” information an offence punishable with fines or jail terms. They also imposed fines for anyone calling for sanctions against Russia following the invasion of Ukraine.

BBC halts reporting in Russia after new law, Bloomberg and Canada’s CBC follow suit

  • The BBC said on Friday it had stopped reporting in Russia after parliament passed a law there imposing a jail term of up to 15 years for anyone found to be intentionally spreading “fake” news.Russian officials have said that false information has been spread by Russia’s enemies such as the United States and its Western European allies in an attempt to sow discord among the Russian people.

Bloomberg News temporarily suspending work of its journalists inside Russia

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