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Russia-Ukraine crisis highlights: Ceasefire attempt fails, Putin likens sanctions to ‘war’

A house is on fire following shelling on the town of Irpin, west of Kyiv, Ukraine, Friday.  (AP)Premium
A house is on fire following shelling on the town of Irpin, west of Kyiv, Ukraine, Friday.  (AP)

Samsung Electronics Co. said it had suspended product shipments to Russia, joining a growing list of companies from Apple Inc. to Microsoft Corp. that are halting sales and services in the country following its invasion of Ukraine last week. 

The United Nations Security Council will meet Monday to discuss the humanitarian situation in Ukraine. The French and Mexican missions to the UN are seeking the Council’s approval of a resolution calling for unhindered humanitarian access in Ukraine.

 

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy blasted NATO as “weak" for refusing to impose a no-fly zone over Ukraine as Russia steps up its attacks. In Brussels, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the U.S. and allies are providing “extensive" support for Ukraine

05 Mar 2022, 10:39:04 PM IST

Ukraine's Zelensky makes 'desperate plea' for aircraft

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky made a "desperate plea" for aircraft to fight Russian invaders during a video call Saturday with US legislators, US Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said.

05 Mar 2022, 10:24:33 PM IST

Russia flying out UN diplomats expelled by US

A Russian flight was en route to Washington on Saturday to collect Russian diplomats who were expelled this week from their posts at the United Nations over U.S. national security concerns, officials said.

05 Mar 2022, 09:43:25 PM IST

Ukrainian websites under 'nonstop' attack: Watchdog

Ukrainian websites have been under nonstop attack from Russian hackers since the Kremlin launched an invasion of the country last month, Kyiv's cyber watchdog agency said on Saturday.

05 Mar 2022, 09:13:11 PM IST

 Putin likens Western sanctions to war

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Western sanctions were akin to war on Saturday as his forces pressed on with their assault on Ukraine, where planned civilian evacuations from two besieged cities were called off.

05 Mar 2022, 07:21:17 PM IST

Countries imposing no-fly zone over Ukraine to be party to conflict: Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Saturday that any country that sought to impose a no-fly zone over Ukraine would be considered by Moscow to have entered the conflict.

"Any movement in this direction will be considered by us as participation in an armed conflict by that country," the Russian leader said during a meeting with Aeroflot employees.

05 Mar 2022, 07:20:29 PM IST

Evacuations from Mariupol, Volnovakha won't start on Saturday: ICRC

The International Committee of the Red Cross said it understood that evacuations of civilians from Mariupol and Volnovakha in Ukraine would not start on Saturday because of the conflict following Russia's invasion.

"We remain in dialogue with the parties about the safe passage of civilians from different cities affected by the conflict," the ICRC said in a statement.

05 Mar 2022, 06:01:51 PM IST

Russia's Aeroflot halting all flights abroad from 8 March

Russia's flagship airline Aeroflot said Saturday that it was suspending all of its international flights beginning 8 March, as Moscow faces down waves of Western sanctions over its military incursion in Ukraine.

05 Mar 2022, 04:47:13 PM IST

Ukraine official accuses Russia of not observing ceasefire

Russia is not observing an agreed ceasefire in certain areas, thwarting a joint plant to allow civilians to evacuate from front line cities such as Mariupol, Ukrainian presidential adviser Oleksiy Arestovych said in a televised broadcast.

05 Mar 2022, 04:05:47 PM IST

Deeply concerned about Indian students in Sumy: Govt

India on Saturday said it is "deeply concerned" about the Indian students stuck in the eastern Ukranian city of Sumy and strongly asked both Russia and Ukraine through multiple channels for an immediate ceasefire for their safe exit from the conflict zone.

Arindam Bagchi, the spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), said the students have been advised to take safety precautions, stay inside shelters and avoid unnecessary risks.

05 Mar 2022, 02:51:44 PM IST

F1 team Haas drops Russian driver Nikita Mazepin

Russian Nikita Mazepin will not race in Formula One this season after U.S.-owned Haas said on Saturday it has terminated the driver's contract.

The team also ended its title sponsorship deal with Russian potash producer Uralkali, owned by Mazepin's father.

05 Mar 2022, 02:51:15 PM IST

EU suspends Russia, Belarus from Council of Baltic Sea States

The European Union said it had joined members of the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) in suspending Russia and Belarus from the Council's activities.

05 Mar 2022, 01:59:28 PM IST

West slams 'recklessness' 

At a United Nations Security Council meeting, the US ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield says Russia's "reckless" overnight attack "represents a dire threat to all of Europe and the world".

Moscow's UN ambassador Vassily Nebenzia denies that Russian forces had shelled the plant, saying the statements "are simply untrue".

Rafael Grossi, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), offers to travel to Ukraine to negotiate with Ukraine and Russia on ensuring the safety of nuclear sites.

05 Mar 2022, 01:51:41 PM IST

Over 66,200 Ukrainian men have returned from abroad to fight, says defence minister

 

Ukrainian Defence Minister Oleksii Reznikov said on Saturday that 66,224 Ukrainian men had returned from abroad to join the fight against Russia's invasion.

"That's how many men returned from abroad at this moment to defend their country from the horde. These are 12 more combat and motivated brigades! Ukrainians, we are invincible," Reznikov said in an online post.

05 Mar 2022, 12:21:20 PM IST

Russia-Ukraine Conflict: Air raid alerts in Kyiv, Chernihiv, Sumy

Amid the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine, air raid alerts were issued on Saturday morning in the capital city Kyiv along with other key cities of Chernihiv and Sumy, local media reported.

 

05 Mar 2022, 12:20:19 PM IST

Russia declares partial ceasefire to allow humanitarian corridors 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.

05 Mar 2022, 12:15:05 PM IST

Russia declares ceasefire in Ukraine from 06:00 GMT

Russia declares ceasefire in Ukraine from 06:00 GMT (Greenwich Mean Time Zone) to open humanitarian corridors for civilians, reports Russia's media outlet Sputnik

05 Mar 2022, 10:20:32 AM IST

Singapore sanctions Russia over 'unprovoked attack' on Ukraine

Singapore announced sanctions against Russia on Saturday that include four banks and an export ban on electronics, computers and military items, in a rare move by the Asian financial hub in response to what it said was Moscow's "dangerous precedent" in Ukraine.

05 Mar 2022, 09:12:21 AM IST

Elon Musk Says Russia’s War Means More Oil Production Needed Now

Elon Musk says more fossil fuel production is needed now, even if it’s bad for his electric car company, Tesla Inc.

“Hate to say it, but we need to increase oil & gas output immediately," the billionaire tweeted Saturday, as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine chokes off fuel supplies and drives up gas prices.

Musk signaled that the adoption of electric models and a wider shift to renewable energy couldn’t be accelerated fast enough to shield consumers from higher prices in the short-term.

05 Mar 2022, 08:13:49 AM IST

As war rages, Paralympics open in Beijing without Russia

The Winter Paralympics opened Friday in Beijing with the Russian athletes sent home, the Ukrainian team escaping a war zone to get to China and an impassioned call for peace.

Andrew Parsons, the president of the International Paralympic Committee, declared his horror at the fighting in Ukraine and called on world authorities to promote peace.

05 Mar 2022, 07:34:19 AM IST

Samsung Halts Shipments of Phones, Chips to Russia

Samsung Electronics Co. said it had suspended product shipments to Russia, joining a growing list of companies from Apple Inc. to Microsoft Corp. that are halting sales and services in the country following its invasion of Ukraine last week.

05 Mar 2022, 07:32:39 AM IST

UN Security Council to Meet Monday

The United Nations Security Council will meet Monday to discuss the humanitarian situation in Ukraine. The French and Mexican missions to the UN are seeking the Council’s approval of a resolution calling for unhindered humanitarian access in Ukraine.

“The world demands that Russia abide by international humanitarian law, which prohibits intentionally targeting civilians and civilian infrastructure, and allow humanitarian agencies full and secure access to people in need of aid," U.S. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield told the Security Council during a meeting on Friday.

05 Mar 2022, 07:32:39 AM IST

 Russian Troops Near Second Nuclear Plant 

(Troops were close to a second nuclear plant, U.S. Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield told the Security Council Friday, without naming the facility. “Russian forces are now 20 miles, and closing, from Ukraine’s second largest nuclear facility," she said. The South Ukraine facility near Yuzhnoukrainsk is the country’s second-largest plant, according to BloombergNEF.

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