Thursday, February 24, 2022

Russia takes military action in Ukraine as UN meets | Al Jazeera

A major Russian military operation is underway in multiple cities across Ukraine after Vladimir Putin announced he had authorised a “special military operation” in eastern Ukraine at the same time as the United Nations Security Council met for its second emergency meeting this week.



Russian media reported President Putin saying he had given approval to a “special military operation” in the Donbas region of Ukraine, where Moscow earlier recognised rebel-held territories in Luhansk and Donetsk and said they had asked for its “help”. Clashes between Russian and Ukrainian forces were only a matter of time, he added.

Shortly after Putin spoke, Al Jazeera’s Andrew Simmons, who is in Kyiv, said there were explosions in the capital and power had been cut.

It appeared to be a “full scale attack”, targetting the airport and key buildings, he said. There was “chaos” in the city centre, he added.

Explosions also rocked the breakaway eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk and civilian aircraft were warned away, while there were reports of naval landings at Odessa in Mariupol.

“Putin has just launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine,” Ukraine’s foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba wrote in Twitter. “Peaceful Ukrainian cities are under strikes. This is a war of aggression. Ukraine will defend itself and will win. The world can and must stop Putin. The time to act is now.”

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115 comments:

  1. Multiple reports are now quoting Ukrainian officials as saying troops in neighbouring Belarus are joining the Russian attack, meaning the offensive is now also coming from Ukraine's north.

    Belarus has long been allied with Russia. Analysts describe the small country as Russia's "client state".

    The attack from the north adds to Russia's attacks on Ukraine's east, and Russian troop movement on Odessa in the south.

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  2. Civil aviation flights in the Ukrainian airspace are limited in view of potential threats, according to the Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) posted on the website of the US Federal Aviation Administration.

    Flights to Kiev, Dnepr, Lvov and Odessa airports "are restricted due to potential hazard for civil aviation," the notice says.

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  3. Ukraine military: Air force repelling Russian air attack

    The Ukrainian armed forces has posted a statement

    saying that Russian military began "intensive shelling" of its units in the east of the country.

    Russia also launched missile strikes on Boryspil airport near Kyiv and several other airports, the statement said.

    It said the Ukrainian air force is fighting off an air attack by Russia.

    The statement denied reports about Russian paratroops in the southern port city of Odesa.

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  4. The army of the Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) will not harm civilians in the Kiev-controlled part of Donbass, LPR head Leonid Pasechnik told the Rossiya-24 TV channel.

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  5. Dmytro Kuleba, Ukraine's foreign minister, has tweeted a "to do list" for the international community in response to Russia's attack.

    He says "the world must act immediately" and the "future of Europe & the world is at stake".

    Kuleba calls for immediate "devastating sanctions", including banning Russia from using the SWIFT financial transaction system.

    He also says the world should "fully isolate Russia", while providing Ukraine with weapons and equipment, financial assistance and humanitarian help.

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  6. All flights from Platov International Airport in Russia’s southern city of Rostov have been canceled due to the closure of the southern airspace zone, the airport’s press service said in a statement on Thursday.

    "The aviation authorities have canceled all flights from Platov Airport due to the ban on the use of the southern airspace zone," the statement reads.

    Meanwhile, all flights to and from the airports of Krasnodar, Anapa and Sochi have been suspended until the end of the day, the Aerodinamika company operating the airports said in a statement.

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  7. In the capital of Kyiv, an emergency siren has gone off, and pictures show streams of cars clogging up an expressway as people flee the city.

    Social media testimonies speak to a growing sense of panic, with some saying they are being rushed into bomb shelters and into basements. Television footage has showed people praying in the streets, huddled in groups.

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  8. Two Towns in Kiev-Controlled Portion of Lugansk Region Surrenders to LPR Forces

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  9. Poland Applies for Holding Consultations Under Article 4 Of NATO Treaty

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  10. Many people in Kyiv have rushed to underground metro stations to take shelter. Others have boarded buses to leave the city, and there are queues of cars trying to get out.

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  11. Russian Defence Ministry Refutes Reports of Russian Plane Downed Over Ukraine

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    1. The Ukrainian armed forces say they have shot down five Russian planes and a helicopter.

      "Keep calm and believe in Ukraine defenders", the statement from Ukraine's forces says.

      Russia's defence ministry has denied that its aircraft were shot down.

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  12. Boris Johnson is about to chair an emergency government Cobra meeting, Downing Street says, before making a statement to the House of Commons later today.

    The committee will meet at 07:30 GMT to discuss the UK's response to the "horrific attacks". The PM is also expected to join a call with G7 leaders.

    Johnson has already said Vladimir Putin has "chosen a path of bloodshed and destruction" with his attack on Ukraine and that the UK and its allies would respond "decisively".

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  13. LPR Says It Downed Two Bayraktar Drones in Ukraine-Held Portion of Lugansk Region

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  14. Russian military convoys have crossed into Ukraine in northern Chernihiv and Sumy regions, and in the eastern Luhansk and Kharkiv regions, Ukraine's border guard service (DPSU) has said.

    It says the Russian offensive was preceded by artillery fire.

    There were injuries among Ukrainian border guards, the DPSU says.

    It says Ukraine's border guards and the armed forces are "taking all measures to stop the enemy".

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  15. Seven people are known to have died in bombing by Russian forces, Ukrainian police say.

    Officials say an attack on a military unit in Podilsk, outside Odessa killed six people and wounded seven.

    Nineteen people are also missing.

    One person died in the city of Mariupol, they added.

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  16. DPR Head Says Ukrainian Troops Who Surrender Will Not be Harmed

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  17. The prices of March futures for gas in Europe skyrocket to $1,400 per thousand cubic meters, up 35% from Wednesday's close, according to the ICE exchange.

    The opening price was almost $1,170, in a few moments the quotes jumped to $1,389.7, which is 35% higher than the settlement price the day before, $1,038.6.

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  18. Ukraine says that Russian military vehicles have crossed into the country in multiple locations, including from Belarus in the north and Crimea in the south.

    Other crossings have taken place in the east, in the region of Kharkhiv and Luhansk. According to Ukraine’s border service, Russia opened fire with artillery before sending military vehicles across.

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  19. The events in Ukraine cannot be called a war, this is a special military operation, Russian Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzya told a special meeting of the UN Security Council.

    "Don’t call this a war. This is called a ‘special military operation in Donbass," Nebenzya said responding to a remark by Ukraine’s UN envoy Sergey Kislitsa.

    Nebenzya said he was not planning to answer questions from his Ukrainian counterpart regarding the Russian operation in Donbass. "We have told you that we will provide you with information about how events are developing," he said.

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  20. Beijing: China, Unlike the US, Will Never Supply Weapons to Warring Sides to Any Conflict

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  21. LPR Head: Ukrainian Troops Who Surrender Will Be Granted Amnesty

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  22. France Suspends Flights Over Ukraine

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  23. The Russian Defence Ministry stated that precision weapons are neutralising Ukrainian military infrastructure, including air bases, and air defences. The ministry noted that Ukrainian cities are not targeted, and only military facilities are being neutralised.

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  24. Ukrainian troops are leaving their positions in large numbers, dropping their weapons, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement on Thursday, citing intelligence.

    "According to intelligence, the Ukrainian Armed Forces’ troops and service members are leaving their positions in large numbers, dropping their weapons. No strikes are being carried out on the positions of the Ukrainian Armed Forces’ units that have laid down their arms," the statement reads.

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  25. Missile strikes and explosions have been reported in several parts of Ukraine, including Kyiv and Kharkiv.

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  26. Lukashenko: Belarusian Troops Do Not Take Part in Russian Special Operation In Ukraine

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  27. The head of Crimea, Sergey Aksyonov, instructed the committee on water management to prepare the North Crimean Canal to receive water from the Dnieper River.
    "It looks like we won’t need desalination plants. I gave the command to the chairman of the State Committee for Water Management and Land Reclamation of the Republic of Crimea, Igor Vail, to prepare the North Crimean Canal to receive water," Aksyonov said on Telegram.

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  28. Ukraine has asked Ankara to restrict the passage of Russian warships through the Bosphorus and Dardanelles Straits.

    "I call on the Turkish administration to help Ukraine. We demand that the Bosphorus and Dardanelles Straits be closed to Russian warships," the Yeni Safak newspaper quoted Ukrainian Ambassador to Turkey Vadily Bodnar as saying.

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  29. Ukrainian airfields, military headquarters and command centers have been hit by cruise missiles and artillery, the Guardian newspaper reported citing the combat command of Ukraine’s armed forces on Thursday.

    "According to Ukrainian officials, the initial wave of strikes appeared to involve cruise missiles, artillery and airstrikes which struck military infrastructure and border positions, including airbases," the newspaper said. It also reported that at least seven "powerful" air strikes hit Vasilkovsky airfield near Kiev. "At least seven "powerful" airstrikes on Vasilkovsky airport outside Kyiv, where Ukraine's military fighter bombers are kept, Kyiv command says," the daily’s correspondent in Kiev Luke Harding wrote on Twitter.

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  30. Weapons are to be distributed to military veterans in Ukraine as a response to Russia's action, Reuters news agency is reporting, quoting police.

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  31. Lithuanian President Signs State of Emergency Declaration

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  32. Romania scrambled two F-16 Fighting Falcon jets on Thursday morning to intercept a foreign military aircraft, the country’s defense ministry has said. The intercepted target was identified as a Ukrainian Air Force Sukhoi Su-27 air superiority fighter jet. It was directed to land at a military base near the city of Bacau in eastern Romania, the statement said.

    The ministry said the pilot of the Ukrainian jet surrendered himself to the Romanian authorities. Bucharest is assessing the legal ramifications of the incident. The defense ministry said it would provide further details about the situation later.

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  33. Ukrainian state air traffic services has closed the country's airspace as the country comes under attack.

    It suspended all flights at 02:45 Kyiv time (00.45 GMT) "due to the high risk of aviation safety for civil aviation".

    It added: "The provision of air traffic services to civilian users of the airspace of Ukraine is suspended."

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  34. Russian Ambassador to Italy Summoned to Italian Foreign Ministry Over Situation in Ukraine

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  35. The statements by Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valery Zaluzhny about Russia’s losses of aircraft and armored vehicles are false, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Thursday.

    "The statement by the Ukrainian Army’s commander-in-chief Zaluzhny about the alleged losses of Russian aircraft and armored vehicles is an absolute lie," the statement said.

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  36. Ukrainian Forces are Mining Desulfurisation Factories, Substations of Avdeevskoye Chemical Plant, DPR Says

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  37. Ukrainian Armed Forces Shelled Three Towns in DPR for Half an Hour, DPR Authorities Say

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  38. An ammunition depot in the town of Kalinovka in Ukraine’s Vinnitsa region has been hit by an explosion, the Strana news outlet reported on Thursday.

    A video posted on the news outlet’s Telegram channel shows a column of gray smoke rising into the sky.

    Ukraine’s State Emergency Service earlier reported fires at ammunition depots in the Olshanitsa settlement in the Kiev region and depots in the Dnepropetrovsk, Poltava and Cherkasy regions, as well as at a fuel depot in the Khmelnitsky region.

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  39. Latvian, Estonian Foreign Ministers are Leaving Kiev by Land After Arriving on Wednesday Evening

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  40. Ukraine has officially severed diplomatic ties with Russia following its invasion of Ukrainian territory, President Volodymyr Zelensky has told a press briefing.

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  41. Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency has suspended all flights to and from 12 airports in the south of the country. The move comes after Moscow revealed that it had launched airstrikes in Ukraine.

    “The airports temporarily suspended are Rostov (Platov), Krasnodar (Pashkovsky), Anapa (Vityazevo), Gelendzhik, Elista, Stavropol, Belgorod, Bryansk, Kursk, Voronezh, and Simferopol,” the agency reported on its official website, also noting that people should avoid going to the airports. The restriction will remain in place until March 2, 2022.

    Russia has asserted that it is targeting “military infrastructure, air defense facilities, military airfields, and aviation [in Ukraine],” with the Defense Ministry claiming that there is no threat to the civilian population.

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  42. UK Foreign Ministry Says Will Assist Kiev Even Though Ukraine Not in NATO

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  43. Boris Johnson Calls Emergency Meeting of NATO Leaders

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  44. The official representative of Gazprom Sergey Kupriyanov confirmed to TASS ongoing gas supplies through Ukraine.

    "Gas supplies are in progress," he said.

    Gazprom transports gas through Ukraine in the normal mode in accordance with the applications of consumers from Europe, which today amount to 83 mln cubic meters, the official representative of the holding later told reporters.

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  45. Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy has also said that he will issue weapons to everyone who wants them, according to state media.

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  46. LPR Says Ukrainian Soldiers From 57th Motorised Infantry Brigade Have Surrendered

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  47. Foreign Secretary Liz Truss says she has summoned Russia's ambassador to the UK to "explain Russia’s illegal, unprovoked invasion of Ukraine".

    "We will be imposing severe sanctions and rallying countries in support of Ukraine," Truss tweeted
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  48. Russian Forces Reported Near Kharkiv

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  49. "This war in our immediate neighboring region will have repercussions for us as well. Sanctions against Russia, rising prices, falling markets will have the opposite effect on Germany. We did not look for this situation, but we cannot and will not avoid it. The cute European order of the last decades is the basis for a life of prosperity and peace. If we do not stand up for this now, we will pay an even higher price," Baerbock said in an address.

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  50. The Belarusian authorities have made a decision to close its airspace partially, the republic’s Defense Ministry reported on Thursday.

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  51. Belarus leader Alexander Lukashenko says Belarusian troops are not currently taking part in the Russian invasion - but could do if needed.

    Russian convoys have entered Ukraine from Belarus. Moscow has had troops in Belarus for weeks, ostensibly for military exercises.

    "I say again: our troops are not there. But if it is necessary, if it is necessary for Belarus and Russia, they will," Lukashenko said in remarks reported by the state news agency Belta.

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  52. Two Russian Civilian Cargo Ships Hit by Ukrainian Missile Strike in Sea of Azov

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  53. The Russian foreign ministry said on Thursday that it’s not surprised by Kiev cutting all diplomatic relations with Moscow. Russia would not have made this choice but considers it “the logical conclusion” of the “Russophobic policies” of the Ukrainian leadership, according to a remark cited by RIA Novosti.

    The ministry noted that Ukraine has been ramping up discriminatory policies against ethnic Russians living in Ukraine and downgrading the relationship with Russia since the 2014 armed coup, which ousted elected then-President Viktor Yanukovich from power.

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  54. Reuters news agency is reporting black smoke has been seen rising over the Ukrainian defence intelligence headquarters in central Kyiv.

    Ukraine says some of its military command centres have been hit by Russian missile strikes this morning after Moscow launched a military operation against its neighbour.

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  55. NATO Chief Stoltenberg: Over 100 Jets on High Alert Protecting Bloc's Airspace

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  56. NATO Envoys Agree to Deploy Response Force in Member Countries Amid Crisis, Stoltenberg Says

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  57. Russian FM Lavrov and China's Wang Say That Ukrainian Crisis is Caused by Kiev's Refusal to Implement Minsk Agreements

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  58. Federal Security Service: Ukrainian Border Guards Have Left All Their Units on Russia-Ukraine Border

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  59. Swiss Airlines Announces There Will Be No Flights to Kiev Until 26 March

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  60. The Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Thursday that Moscow does not have or need the backing of Beijing for its military action in Ukraine.

    “As for the US suggestion that Russia has China's backing to act, I believe Russia will be very unhappy to hear such a statement,” ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told the media during a regular press briefing.

    Hua said that Russia is a permanent member of the Security Council and an independent power. She claimed that Moscow’s action is based entirely on its own judgement and national interests.

    She emphasized that Sino-Russian relations are based on non-alignment, non-confrontation, and non-targeting of third parties.

    China is not interested in, and has no intention of following, the Cold War mentality of either friend or foe, she added.

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  61. More now on the black smoke seen rising over the Ukrainian defence ministry intelligence headquarters in central Kyiv which we told you about a short while ago.

    We understand the building appears to be intact, and the smoke actually appears to come from a large fire next to the building. Witnesses have seen uniformed people throwing bags on to the fire.

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  62. Stoltenberg: NATO Has No Plans to Send Troops to Ukraine

    "There are no NATO combat troops, no NATO troops at all inside Ukraine. We have made it clear that we don't have any plans and intention of deploying NATO troops to Ukraine," he said. "What we have made clear is that we have already increased and we are increasing the presence of NATO troops in the eastern part of the alliance on NATO territory".

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  63. The Ukrainian military has damaged two civilian ships in the Sea of Azov using missiles, the Russian security service, the FSB, said on Thursday. The attack reportedly injured one person and caused a fire on board one of the ships.

    The border guard division of the FSB’s Krasnodar branch identified the ships as oiler ‘SGV-Flot’ and general cargo ship ‘Seraphim Sarovskiy’. The ‘SGV-Flot’ was the one that was hit. It said the injury sustained by a crew member was “serious,” but the fire was extinguished. Both attacks came from the port city of Mariupol, the FSB claimed.

    Russian maritime traffic authorities had earlier banned all travel in the Sea of Azov due to the country’s ongoing military operation in Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin said the operation was necessary to demilitarize and “denazify” the country.

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  64. Kiev Announces Evacuation of Ukrainian Embassy Staff From Moscow

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  65. Some Ukrainian Troops Surrender After Seeing Their Commanders Flee, DPR Spokesman Says

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  66. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko considers it necessary to prevent a "mass massacre" and ground operation in Ukraine in order to prevent a full-scale war.

    "We must look for ways to prevent bloodshed and mass massacre. Do you understand, if, god forbid, a ground operation begins… […] In a ground operation - one shot, one person killed - and a full-scale war begins. This must not be allowed," Lukashenko said during an operational meeting with the military Thursday, according to BelTA.

    He noted that missile strikes in Ukraine currently target fuel depots and military infrastructure.

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    1. Lukashenko pointed out that Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky promised to stop the war in his country ahead of elections, but failed to fulfill his promise. In the current situation, Lukashenko believes, the Ukrainian leadership must first and foremost think about what will happen to Ukraine, should it lose the ongoing conflict.

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  67. Belarusian MoD Boosts Border Defence to Prevent Possible Infiltration of Sabotage Groups and Weapons Supplies

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  68. French President Emmanuel Macron has said the Russian attack on Ukraine is a "turning point" in European history.

    In a televised address to the nation, he says France will stand by Ukraine's side.

    Macron adds that Russia's actions will have "durable and deep" consequences for the continent.

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  69. Ukrainian Military Airplane Crashes Near Kiev, Killing Five

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  70. Moscow Stands Ready to Protect Financial Market From Sanctions and Other Threats, Russian Gov't Says

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  71. A Turkish cargo ship sailing under the flag of the Marshall Islands from Odessa to Romania in the Black Sea was hit by a "bomb", Turkey’s NTV news outlet has reported. The cargo ship, named "Jupiter", is operated by the YA-SA Shipping company.
    According to NTV, there are no casualties among the ship's crew as a result of the incident. The Turkish General Directorate of Maritime Affairs said that the ship had not requested any aid.

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  72. Ukraine's Statement About Developing Nuclear Weapons Has Drastically Changed the Situation, Russian Foreign Ministry Says

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  73. A video of a Russian military helicopter downed during fighting at Hostomel airport, near Kyiv, has been verified by the BBC, however the source of the video is unknown.

    Ukrainian commander in chief Lieutenant General Valerii Zaluzhnyi has confirmed the military is fighting Russian forces for control of the airport in the Kyiv region, the Reuters news agency reports.

    Hostomel is Ukraine's most important international cargo airport, as well as a key military airbase.

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  74. Most units resisting Donbass forces consist of nationalists — Russian Defense Ministry

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  75. Russian Air Forces have lost a Sukhoi Su-25 close air support plane amid the offensive in Ukraine, the Russian defense ministry said on Thursday. It blamed the pilot, who ejected from the aircraft and has been recovered in the aftermath.

    The pilot, whose error led to the loss of the warplane, was evacuated to his military unit's home base, the spokesman for the ministry, Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov told the media as he briefed them on the ongoing hostilities in Ukraine.

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  76. Zakharova: War in Ukraine Has Been Ongoing for 8 Years, Now It's Coming to End

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  77. Residents of Kharkiv, Ukraine's second largest city, say windows in apartment blocks were shaking from constant blasts as the Ukrainian military and Russian forces exchanged shellfire.

    But clashes have have also been taking place around the capital Kyiv in the north and the Black Sea port cities of Odesa and Mariupol in the south.

    Air strikes from Russia have been carried out on Ukrainian military bases and airports, with fierce fighting reported around a key airport near Kyiv.

    The Ukrainian military claims to have shot down at least six Russian aircraft, while Russia claims to have destroyed more than 70 military targets in Ukraine.

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  78. US F-35 Fighter Jets Arrive in Lithuania Amid NATO Troop Deployment on Bloc’s Eastern Borders

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  79. The Ukrainian military’s shelling attacks on the Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) "have largely been contained," some Ukrainian service members are taking the side of the defenders of the Donbass republics, LPR Foreign Minister Vladislav Deinego told the Rossiya-24 TV channel on Thursday.

    "Shelling attacks did take place but they have largely been contained. The standoff continues. In some cases, Ukrainian service members are making the right decision to actually stop fighting. Some of them are even taking our side," he pointed out.

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  80. Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has set the targets for the country’s military attack against Ukraine and he will decide when the operation ends “based on results and expediency,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday.

    The operation “has its goals and they need to be achieved,” the official said, when asked by journalists when the offensive would end.

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  81. A group of Ukrainian lawmakers led by Vadym Novynskyi of the Opposition Bloc party filed a request to President Volodymyr Zelensky asking for immediate talks with Russia and the creation of a committee in the Ukrainian parliament for strategic consultations with the Russian parliament.

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  82. The fate of Ukraine is looking increasingly uncertain as Russia launches a series of strikes across the country, President Volodymyr Zelensky has apparently told his Austrian counterpart, warning that the Eastern European nation may not be able to withstand the offensive by Moscow’s armed forces.

    In a statement issued on Thursday, Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer shared details of his telephone conversation with Zelensky. According to Vienna’s leader, Zelensky told him that “I don’t know how much longer my country will exist.”

    Nehammer added that Austria “is not indifferent to breaches of international law,” promising that it helps wherever it can.

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  83. Turkey backs Ukraine's fight to defend its territorial integrity, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday during his speech in Ankara.

    "Turkey supports Ukraine's struggle to defend its territorial integrity, and I said so today in a conversation with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky. Turkey has repeatedly called on Russia and Ukraine to resolve all contradictions through dialogue within the framework of the Minsk accords. Turkey is ready to make the necessary efforts to ensure the safety of Turkish citizens, Crimean Tatars, and all those living in Ukraine," he said.

    According to Erdogan, Turkey "rejects and considers a military operation against Ukraine unacceptable."

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  84. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson will make a statement in the House of Commons at around 17:00 GMT.

    After that, US President Joe Biden plans to make his first public remarks on the new conflict in Ukraine at 17:30 GMT, the White House says.

    Meanwhile, Ukraine's ambassador to the US is calling for Russia to be cut-off from the Swift money transfer system.

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  85. Moscow is willing to negotiate terms of surrender with Kiev regarding the ongoing Russian military offensive currently taking place in Ukraine, Kremlin Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday.

    According to Peskov, Russian President Vladimir Putin has expressed his preparedness to engage in discussions with his Ukrainian counterpart, with a focus on obtaining a guarantee of neutral status and the promise of no weapons on its territory.

    These are terms that, according to Peskov, would enable the achievement of the demilitarization and denazification of Ukraine, and eliminate what Russia currently views as a threat to the security of its state and people.

    “The president formulated his vision of what we would expect from Ukraine in order for the so-called ‘red-line’ problems to be resolved. This is neutral status, and this is a refusal to deploy weapons,” Peskov clarified.

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  86. Turkey may close the Dardanelles and the Bosphorus straits for passage of Russian warships over the events in Ukraine, but hopes it won’t happen, a spokesman for Turkey’s ruling party said.

    "The Black Sea security is being comprehensively assessed by us," Omer Celik, spokesman for the Turkish ruling Justice and Development Party, said at a news conference in Ankara. "Turkey has examined all the possible scenarios of how the Montreux Convention can be applied in light of the events in Ukraine."

    "A legal examination of this issue has been conducted," he continued. "Of course, we hope these tensions won’t go that far."

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  87. the Ukrainian military say they have launched an artillery attack on Russian paratroopers who have landed at Antonov Airport near Kyiv and tried to take control.

    The airport, which is a significant international cargo port and also a military base, is about an hour and a half's drive from Kyiv.

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  88. Ukraine needs weapons - UK opposition leader

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  89. The Russian military has disabled 83 ground facilities of the Ukrainian military structure after strikes, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said on Thursday, adding that the military has successfully completed all goals for today.
    The military spokesman also said that forces of Donetsk and Lugansk People’s republics have managed to break through the defence of Ukrainian forces.
    "Groups of troops of the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics broke through the well-equipped layered defense of the armed forces of Ukraine and advanced 6-8 kilometers in-depth," Konashenkov said.
    In addition, the spokesman said that Russian troops have restored the water supply to Crimea.

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  90. 'Hypocrites on Parade': John Pilger Calls Out World Leaders for Ignoring Donbass Shelling For Years

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  91. Addressing the House of Commons, Johnson said the new measures would work to “exclude Russian banks from the UK financial system,” stopping them from accessing sterling and clearing payments through the UK. He also said there would be a limit on how much money Russian nationals could deposit in their British bank accounts, while banning Russian airline Aeroflot from the UK. Johnson also said he was working with NATO allies to cut Russia off from the SWIFT payment system, and reiterated the urgency in ending Europe's reliance on Russian oil and gas.

    "I can confirm that nothing is off the table," Johnson added, hinting at further action down the line.

    The move also targets over 100 entities and wealthy Russian individuals with state ties, something US President Joe Biden previously announced he was likewise planning to put into effect. Among the individuals being sanctioned by the UK government is Kirill Shamalov, the former husband of Russian President Vladimir Putin's daughter, Petr Fradkov, the chairman and CEO of PSB bank, and Denis Bortnikov, the deputy president of VTB bank.

    Sanctions will similarly be imposed on Belarus "for its role in the assault on Ukraine," Johnson added.

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  92. There is fierce fighting around the site of the former nuclear power plant in Chernobyl.

    Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhaylo Podolyak has said it is impossible to say if the site is safe.

    Podolyak says: "After a fierce battle, we lost control of the Chernobyl site."

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  93. Ukraine's port city of Mariupol is under heavy fire with reports of hundreds of explosions, a diplomatic source has told Reuters news agency.

    Mariupol is one of the biggest Ukrainian ports on the Azov Sea and is located near a frontline held by Russian-backed separatists in the Donetsk region - which Vladimir Putin has recognised as an independent state.

    Taking Mariupol would help Russia secure a direct land route to Crimea, the Ukrainian peninsula annexed by Russia in 2014.

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  94. The national associations of football from Poland, Sweden and the Czech Republic spoke on Thursday against holding play-off qualifiers on the territory of Russia, the press office of the Polish Football Union said in a statement on Thursday.

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  95. Canada Announces Sanctions on Russia Targeting 58 Individuals, Entities, Russian Elite, Major Banks
    The sanctions will also affect members of the Russian Security Council, including Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, Finance Minister Anton Siluanov, and Justice Minister Konstantin Chuychenko. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also announced seizing all export permits for Russia and the cancellation of existing ones.

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  96. There is fighting on the outskirts of the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, as government forces try to recapture an airbase and airport after Russian airborne troops took control of it
    Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky has vowed that they will re-take the airport and push back Russian troops
    The port city of Mariupol is under heavy fire with reports of hundreds of explosions

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  97. President Biden has reiterated that US forces "are not, and will not" be engaged in the conflict with Russia in Ukraine.

    "Our forces are not going to Europe to fight in Ukraine, but to defend our Nato allies and reassure those allies in the east," he says. "The United States will defend every inch of Nato territory with the full force of American power."

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  98. Poland Blocks Broadcasts of Several Russian TV Channels, Including RT

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  99. The Ukrainian government has lost control over the Chernobyl nuclear power plant exclusion zone established after the 1986 disaster, Prime Minister Denis Shmygal said on Thursday.

    "Unfortunately, I must day that the Chernobyl zone, the so-called zone of alienation, and the Chernobyl NPP were taken under the control of Russian troops," Shmygal said, adding that no victims were reported.

    The Chernobyl zone of Alienation is an officially designated exclusion zone around the site of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor disaster. Decades after the accident, it became a popular tourist attraction.

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  100. Intelligence of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) has data that Ukrainian troops are deploying heavy weapons between residential buildings in Mariupol and Artyomovsk (Ukrainian name Bakhmut), Deputy Head of the DPR People’s Militia Eduard Basurin said on Thursday.

    "According to data from our intelligence, Kiev troops are deploying heavy arms among residential houses in Artyomovsk and Mariupol," he told a briefing.

    Basurin also said that civilians are not allowed to flee the settlements under the control of Kiev troops in order to hide behind their backs.

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  101. US Imposes Sanctions on 24 Belarusian Individuals, Entities - Treasury Department
    "As part of the United States’ serious and expansive response to Russia’s further invasion of Ukraine, the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is sanctioning 24 Belarusian individuals and entities due to Belarus’s support for, and facilitation of, the invasion," the Treasury Department said in a press release.

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  102. ISS May Witness Uncontrolled Deorbit to Europe or US If Sanctions Hit Space Cooperation With Russia - Russian Space Chief

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  103. Украина лишилась контроля над островом Змеиный, расположенным в Черном море близ границы с Румынией и относящийся к Одесской области. Об этом сообщила в четверг вечером Государственная пограничная служба Украины.

    "По имеющейся информации, остров Змеиный захвачен", - передает Госпогранслужба на своей странице в "Фейсбуке".

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  104. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has called for "maximum restraint" to protect nuclear sites in Ukraine, following the news of fighting around Chernobyl - the site of the world's worst nuclear accident.

    The global body, which promotes the peaceful use of nuclear energy, says it is following the situation in Ukraine with "grave concern".

    The IAEA says it has been informed by its Ukrainian counterpart that while Russian forces have taken control of the former nuclear facility, no casualties or destruction have been reported.

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  105. Министр здравоохранения Украины Виктор Ляшко сообщил, что в результате военных действий в стране погибли 57 человек, еще 169 получили ранения.

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  106. Мужчин в возрасте 18-60 лет не будут выпускать за пределы Украины. Об этом в четверг заявил начальник Львовской таможни Даниил Меньшиков.

    "В связи с военным положением мужчины - граждане Украины в возрасте от 18 до 60 лет - не будут выпускаться за пределы нашего государства. Просьба не создавать панику и не пробовать самовольно пересекать границу", - написал он в Facebook.

    В четверг Верховная рада ввела военное положение на всей территории Украины.

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  107. Putin habla con Macron y le da "explicaciones exhaustivas" de los motivos y circunstancias sobre la decisión de lanzar la operación militar especial

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    1. El comunicado publicado por el servicio de prensa del Kremlin precisa que los mandatarios han llevado a cabo "un intercambio serio y franco de puntos de vista sobre la situación en torno a Ucrania".

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  108. Reuters: Макрон в разговоре с Путиным призвал прекратить военную операцию на Украине

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    1. Vladimir Putin has spoken by phone to French President Emmanuel Macron and given him an "exhaustive" explanation of the reasons for Russia's actions in Ukraine, the Kremlin says.

      Macron requested the call and they agreed to stay in contact, the Kremlin says.

      Macron says he demanded that Putin cease military operations.

      The French president has attempted to avert a Russian invasion in recent weeks, including holding talks with Putin in the Kremlin.

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  109. Un avión militar Antonov An-26 de las Fuerzas Aeroespaciales de Rusia se estrelló este jueves en la región de Vorónezh. La tripulación falleció.

    "El 24 de febrero, en la región de Voronezh, durante un vuelo planeado para transportar equipamiento militar, un avión An-26 de las Fuerzas Aeroespaciales de Rusia se estrelló", informó el servicio de prensa del Distrito Militar Occidental, detallando que, según la información preliminar, la causa del accidente fue una falla del equipo.

    Una comisión de las Fuerzas Aeroespaciales rusas fue enviada al lugar del accidente para establecer las causas y circunstancias del suceso.

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    1. An An-26 military transport plane of the Russian Aerospace Forces crashed in Central Russia’s Voronezh Region on Thursday, its crew died, the press service of Russia’s Western Military District said.

      "An An-26 plane crashed in the Voronezh Region on February 24, while performing a scheduled flight to transport military cargo. The crew died. There is no damage on the ground. According to preliminary information, the crash was caused by a technical malfunction," the press service said.

      A commission of the Aerospace Forces has been sent to the scene to establish causes and circumstances of the accident.

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  110. Radiation levels measured around Ukraine’s Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant remain within the norm, according to monitoring data from the Automatic Radiation Control System.

    As of 21:00 local time on Thursday, background radiation levels around the Chernobyl NPP do not exceed the norm.

    The Automatic Radiation Control System was designed to automatically monitor radiation levels within the 30-km zone around the NPP, located in northern Ukraine.

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