Airstrikes Russian paratroopers enter the military city
- In the last few hours, Russian paratroopers have landed in the city of Kharkiv. Dozens of civilians were reported killed in the shelling of the city on Tuesday
- US President Biden has banned Russian planes from entering US airspace
- The United Nations says at least 136 civilians have been killed since the Russian-led invasion of Ukraine began last Thursday. The dead included 13 children.
- Russia has said the strikes will target Kiev’s technology centers. Residents in nearby areas have been asked to leave their homes
- A large convoy of Russian military vehicles is on the outskirts of Kiev
- “No one can break us,” Zelensky told the EU parliament, calling for Ukraine’s membership in the EU.
President Vladimir Putin has called on the international community not to remain silent during the war in Ukraine.
In a statement posted on Facebook on March 2, he said: “We have united Europe, reunited the European Union at a new level, higher than formal, higher than the world. And that’s at the level of ordinary people. ”
He said that neutral Switzerland also supports EU sanctions against the Russian elite, the authorities, and the state. Then what are the other countries waiting for? He asked.
He said that Nazism was born out of silence.
The countries that Russia relied on a week ago have now joined our anti-war coalition, he said. That’s the decent thing to do, and it should end there. ”
Russia will not stop
President Putin will prefer to destroy Ukraine before heading to the Western camp.
Russia has so far refrained from using its most destructive weapons, but in the second phase of the offensive, this moderate attitude seems to be fading.
The difficult balancing act for the West is to put enough pressure on Putin to stop the war, but not enough to force him to react strongly and do something very unfortunate.
Also, it is unlikely that any of Putin’s close associates will be advising him to be cautious.
President Putin, along with his advisers, had planned the attack during the Coronavirus epidemic and now has all the power and authority in his hands.
How much of Russia now controls Ukraine?
Russia claims control of Kherson
Russia’s Defense Ministry says its troops have captured the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson.
If the city falls under Russian control, it will be the largest Russian-controlled city in Ukraine.
Last night, Russian troops were seen in some streets of the city, and the mayor of the city said that the train station and port of Kherson had come under Russian control.
One lac free seats for Ukrainian refugees by airline Airways
European airline Airways, which sells low-cost tickets, has announced that it will provide 100,000 free seats for Ukrainian refugees on its short-haul flights.
The Hungarian airline said on social media that it was committed to helping Ukrainian refugees reach their destination. These free seats will be offered on flights to Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, and Romania in March.
At least 21 people were killed in a bomb blast in Kharkiv
At least 21 people have been killed and 112 injured by Russian shelling in Ukraine’s second-largest city of Kharkiv.
However, the governor of Kharkiv’s regional state administration says all Russian attacks have been repulsed and all areas are under his control. It should be noted that between Monday and Tuesday night, heavy Russian bombardment on Kharkiv continued.
Russia’s largest bank closed in Europe
Russia’s largest bank, Saber Bank, has announced that it is saying goodbye to European markets as large sums of cash are being withdrawn from its subsidiaries and branches there.
The bank says it is not able to provide liquidity to its subsidiary European branches but has the capacity to make full payments to all its customers, including their assets and capital.
On Tuesday, the bank’s European component was ordered to close by the European Central Bank because it could face a “run-on-deposit” demand from customers.
“Japan will impose sanctions on Belarus next week”
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has announced that Tokyo will impose economic sanctions on Belarus this week over its involvement in the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
According to the Kyodo news agency, Prime Minister Kasheda told the Japanese parliament on March 2 that “because of Belarus’s involvement in the Russian invasion of Ukraine, we have decided to impose sanctions on a number of people, including Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko.” And take steps to control exports.
However, he rejected former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s suggestion that Japan should consider a nuclear deal with the United States after the attack.
UN confirms 136 civilians killed in Russian attacks
The United Nations says at least 136 civilians have been killed since the Russian-led invasion of Ukraine began last Thursday.
The dead included 13 children.
However, UNHCR spokeswoman Liz Throssell said the actual death toll could be much higher.
The spokesman said most of the casualties were in shelling, airstrikes, and large-scale bombings.
The United Nations says 400 people have been injured in fighting so far.
However, according to figures released by the Ukrainian government, 352 civilians have been killed and 1,684 injured so far.
What happened last night in Ukraine?
In Ukraine, between Tuesday and Wednesday night, Russian troops advanced on the country’s two main cities, Kiev and Kharkiv.
Last night, US President Joe Biden devoted most of his State of the Union address to the situation in Ukraine.
- In the last hour, Russian paratroopers have landed in the city of Kharkiv. Dozens of civilians were reported killed in the shelling of the city on Tuesday.
- According to Ukrainian officials, the southern city of Kherson has been captured by Russian forces
- US President Biden has banned Russian planes from entering US airspace
- In the State of the Union address, Ukrainian Ambassador to the United States Oksana Markrova was given a standing ovation. He provided important information to US lawmakers this week, including allegations that Russia used vacuum bombs in Ukraine.
- The United Nations says about 600,000 people have fled Ukraine so far.
- Western companies Boeing and ExxonMobil have severed ties with Russia.
- Belarus, a pro-Russian country, has doubled its military presence on its border with Ukraine.
Ukrainian military confirms airstrikes on Kharkiv
The Ukrainian military has confirmed earlier reports that Russian paratroopers had landed in Kharkiv. The Russian army is trying to capture the besieged city.
According to the Ukrainian military, the airstrikes began when airstrike sirens were sounded in and around Kharkiv. The statement said Russian troops attacked a local military hospital and that fighting was ongoing.
The majority of Kharkiv’s population speaks Russian. The local time in the city at this time is about seven o’clock in the morning.
The city of Kharkiv has been the epicenter of fighting in Ukraine over the past few days.
A government building in the city was hit by a missile on Tuesday, after which vehicles parked nearby were set on fire, and buildings were severely damaged. Kharkiv is the second-largest city in Ukraine.
Another attack in the city allegedly targeted a Kharkiv residential area, and the Ukrainian president has called the attack a war crime. Authorities claim that 17 people were killed and dozens injured in the attack.
Some experts say Russia’s targeting of civilian areas could be aimed at hurting the desire of ordinary citizens in Ukraine to resist.
“Putin tried to shake the foundations of a free world, but he was wrong,” Biden said
The situation in the Russia-Ukraine conflict is still tense, with the US president speaking in his State of the Union address about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, saying, We will try to shake the foundation of a free world.
“But they are very wrong.”
He described the Ukrainian people as “a wall of power that Putin never imagined.”
In his speech, he praised the high morale of the Ukrainian people and his Ukrainian counterpart Vladimir Zelensky, saying “their courage, determination, and fearlessness have amazed the world.”
During his address, he asked the Ukrainian ambassador sitting in the chamber to stand up and leave.
“Let’s send a message to the world and to Ukraine today,” he said.
Reports of Russian occupation of the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson
There are reports of Russian troops occupying the southern city of Kherson during the ongoing war in Ukraine.
Kherson has a population of about 2.5 million.
The mayor of Kherson is appealing for help from the national government and aid agencies to ensure food and medicine supplies and evacuate the injured.
A local council member told the BBC that 200 people had been killed, most of them civilians.
Meanwhile, emergency services in the northwestern part of the country are trying to contain the fires in residential buildings caused by Russian missile strikes. Authorities say four people were killed in the attack.