Russia-Ukraine war LIVE updates: Loud explosions rock Kyiv; oil price surges; Biden waiting on one key sanction

Biden and Europe waiting on one key sanction against Russia

U.S. and European officials are holding one key financial sanction against Russia in reserve, choosing not to boot Russia off SWIFT, the dominant system for global financial transactions

11:18:55 IST

UNSC to vote on resolution condemning Russian invasion in Ukraine; US says fully expect Moscow to veto

The UN Security Council will vote on a draft resolution on Friday tabled by the US and Albania that will condemn in the strongest terms possible Russia’s aggression, invasion and violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty, a move that seeks to isolate permanent and veto-wielding member Moscow on the global stage after Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to attack its neighbour. 

10:54:15 IST

Asian shares, including Nifty, Sensex rebound but markets eye long-term Russia-Ukraine risk

Asian markets rebounded on Friday following Wall Street’s surprising overnight reversal, as investors weighed the longer term impact of tough Western sanctions against Russia after it. 

The Japanese Nikkei is up 1.7 percent, the Korean KOSPI is also up over a percent, China’s Shanghai has rallied 0.6 percent. India’s Sensex and Nifty are also trading strongly up close to 3 percent. 

China prepares to evacuate its nationals from Ukraine after Russian military action

China is gearing up to bring back its nationals from Ukraine by chartered flights following the massive military operations launched by Russia against the east European country, the official media here reported on Friday. The Chinese Embassy in Kyiv issued a notice on Thursday in preparation for bringing back Chinese nationals from Ukraine.

10:31:57 IST

Ukraine’s foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba compares Russian assault to Nazi Germany

10:24:17 IST

Missile strike hits border post in southeast Ukraine

A missile strike hit a Ukrainian border post in the southeastern region of Zaporizhzhya, killing and wounding some guards, as per an Al Jazeera report. 

10:23:01 IST

UK sanctions: Russia may retaliate Aeroflot ban

Russia is likely to respond to UK’s ban on Aeroflot flights with similar measures, the TASS news agency cited Russia’s aviation authority.

10:13:21 IST

Oil prices surge as Russian invasion of Ukraine rings supply alarm bells

Oil prices jumped nearly 3 percent on Friday as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine stoked global supply concerns as markets brace for the potential impact of trade sanctions on major crude exporter Russia.

10:11:37 IST

New men’s tennis No. 1 Medvedev: Watching Russia-Ukraine news ”not easy”

Russian tennis player Daniil Medvedev is the newly crowned world number one but he is aware that there are more serious matters happening involving his home nation of Russia. Watching the news from home, waking up here in Mexico, was not easy, Medvedev said after beating Yoshihito Nishioka 6-2, 6-3. tennis player, I want to promote peace all over the world. We play in so many different countries; I’ve been in so many countries as a junior and as a pro. It’s just not easy to hear all this news… I’m all for peace. Medvedev noted.  

09:52:27 IST

Russians offer prayers to Lord Jagannath to end war with Ukraine

In Odisha (Puri), Russian devotees of Lord Jagannath have offered prayers at the 12th-century shrine seeking an end to the war with Ukraine and restoration of peace. The three Russians, including a woman, are members of the International Society of Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON).

09:48:33 IST

Explosions heard in Kyiv as Russia presses Ukraine assault

Explosions were heard in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv early Friday as Russian forces pressed on with a full-scale invasion that resulted in the deaths of more than 100 Ukrainians in the first full day of fighting and could eventually rewrite the global post-Cold War security order. After using airstrikes on cities and military bases, Russian military units moved swiftly to take on Ukraine’s seat of government and its largest city in what U.S. officials suspect is a brazen attempt by Russian President Vladimir Putin to dismantle the government and replace it with his own regime. 

09:34:01 IST

Thousands in Russia protest Ukraine war, hundreds detained.

09:22:29 IST

EU Council president accuses Russia of using fake pretexts and bad excuses

European Union leaders are putting on a united front after a six-hour meeting during which they agreed on a second package of economic and financial sanctions on Russia. The EU Council president accuses Russia of using fake pretexts and bad excuses for justifying its invasion of Ukraine and says sanctions will hurt the government. The legal texts for the sanctions agreed on are expected to be finalised overnight and be submitted for approval to EU foreign affairs ministers Friday. EU Commission president Ursula von der Leyen says the package includes targeting 70% of the Russian banking market and key state-owned companies.

09:07:42 IST

Any nation that countenances Russian aggression against Ukraine will be stained by association: Biden

In an apparent message to countries not standing by its side or are supporting Moscow, US President Joe Biden has said that any nation that countenances Russia’s naked aggression” and a “totally unjustifiable” war against Ukraine will be stained by association. Liberty, democracy and human dignity are the forces far more powerful than fear and oppression, Biden told reporters at a White House news conference on Thursday as he launched a frontal attack on his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin and announced a series of fresh sanctions against Russia.

08:50:18 IST

US to consult India on Ukraine crisis: Joe Biden

US President Joe Biden said that the United States will have consultations with India on the crisis in Ukraine following a military operation from Russia. “We are going to have consultations with India (on the Ukrainian crisis). We haven’t resolved that fully,” Biden told reporters during a White House news conference on the Ukrainian crisis.

08:42:21 IST

Loud explosions heard in central Kyiv

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.

08:28:58 IST

EU says “Putin must and will fail” as it agrees new sanctions

President Vladimir Putin “must and will fail,” top European Union leaders said on Friday as they agreed to new sanctions over his invasion of Ukraine, saying he was trying to bring the continent back to the age of empires and confrontations. Russia launched its invasion by land, air and sea on Thursday following a declaration of war by Putin. An estimated 100,000 people fled as explosions and gunfire rocked major cities. Dozens have been reported killed.

08:14:54 IST

EU to sanction Russian banks, energy, others

European Union leaders are putting on a united front after a six-hour meeting during which they agreed on the second package of economic and financial sanctions on Russia. The EU Council president accused Russia of using “fake pretexts and bad excuses” for justifying its invasion of Ukraine and said sanctions will hurt the government.

08:00:32 IST

India seeks evacuation of thousands of nationals from Ukraine as Modi calls Putin

India is focusing on evacuating its 16,000 nationals still stuck in Ukraine, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said late on Thursday, after Russian forces mounted a mass assault by land, air and sea on the former Soviet republic. Teams of Indian foreign ministry officials have been sent to Ukraine’s land borders with Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Romania to provide assistance to any fleeing Indian nationals, Shringla told a press briefing.

07:49:06 IST

US intel predicted Russia’s invasion plans?

For months, the White House repeatedly released its intelligence findings about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s plans to attack Ukraine. Whether the campaign was successful will be debated for years to come, reports AP.

07:38:25 IST

US has deployed additional troops to defend NATO allies in eastern Europe: Biden

The United States has deployed additional troops to defend its NATO allies, particularly in eastern Europe, President Joe Biden said amidst Russian military forces entering Ukrainian territories. He said US forces are not going to Europe to fight in Ukraine but to defend and reassure NATO allies in the East.

07:34:31 IST

US will be involved if Putin moves into NATO countries: Biden

US President Joe Biden said the US will intervene if Vladimir Putin moves into NATO countries, stressing that if his Russian counterpart is not stopped now, he will be emboldened. Biden said he has no plans to talk to Putin but he spoke to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and assured him that the US will provide humanitarian relief to ease the suffering of the people of Ukraine.

07:30:01 IST

Blinken calls Jaishankar, stresses importance of collective response to Ukrainian crisis

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken held a telephonic conversation with India’s External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and stressed the importance of a strong collective response to condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, an official spokesperson said. Blinken spoke with Jaishankar to discuss Russia’s premeditated, unprovoked, and unjustified attack on Ukraine, State Department Spokesperson Ned Price said in a readout of the call on Thursday.

06:53:04 IST

Russia-Ukraine war LIVE Updates | UK’s Ministry of Defence in a tweet: 

>> Russian forces have likely captured the Chernobyl nuclear power plantWorkers have reportedly been detained by Russian troops.

>> The Ukrainian Armed Forces have reportedly halted Russia’s advance towards Cherihiv. Fighting probably continues on the outskirts of the city.

>> It is unlikely that Russia has achieved its planned day one military objectives. Ukrainian forces have presented fierce resistance across all axes of Russia’s advance.

06:41:38 IST

Russia-Ukraine war LIVE Updates | US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken: US and our allies and partners will impose swift and severe costs on Russia for this needless act of aggression. We will also coordinate with our NATO allies to ensure a strong, united response that deters any aggression against the alliance.

06:28:58 IST

Russia-Ukraine war LIVE Updates | Some Latin American nations call for Russian withdrawal from Ukraine

Colombia, Argentina and Chile on Thursday called for swift withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukraine, as other Latin American countries rejected the use of force but stopped short of calling for a Russian exit. 

“We categorically reject war and we join all the voices of the international community who today clamor for the speedy withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukrainian territory,” Colombia’s centre-right President Ivan Duque said in a video statement.

Argentina’s foreign ministry in a statement called on Russia to cease military actions in Ukraine, while Chile said it would support sanctions approved by the United Nations Security Council. (Reuters)

06:24:52 IST

Russia-Ukraine war LIVE Updates | New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern: New Zealand calls on Russia to do what is right and immediately cease military operations in Ukraine, and permanently withdraw to avoid a catastrophic and pointless loss of innocent life. 

Ardern also announced a travel ban for Russian officials and said that she was considering expelling the Russian ambassador, The Guardian has reported.

06:16:36 IST

Russia-Ukraine war LIVE Updates | Russia invades Ukraine; experts decode its impact

Air sirens booming across the capital, reported explosions in major cities, an invasion from a powerful neighbour from land, air and sea – the fate of Ukraine and its 44 million population hangs in the balance as the world stares at its worst crisis since the Cold War.

To discuss the Ukrainian crisis, CNBC-TV18 spoke to Maxim A Suchkov, Associate Professor at MGIMO University; Ambassador Anil Trigunayat, Former Diplomat and Distinguished Fellow at VIF; Alex Ellis, British High Commissioner to India; Davda Anand, MBBS Student in Ukraine and Krishna Singh, MBBS Student in Ukraine.

06:04:35 IST

Russia-Ukraine war LIVE Updates: World Bank preparing ways to support Ukraine as fallout assessed

The World Bank said on Thursday it was preparing options to provide immediate support to Ukraine’s government, as the development lender and the International Monetary Fund assess the economic fallout from the conflict in Ukraine. “We stand ready to provide immediate support to Ukraine and are preparing options for such support, including fast-disbursing financing,” World Bank President David Malpass said in a statement, adding that the institution was “horrified by the shocking violence and loss of life” in Ukraine. The statement came after Malpass told Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Saturday that the bank was preparing a $350 million disbursement to Ukraine for budget support by the end of March.- Source 

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