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Russia-Ukraine conflict LIVE: NATO closes Kiev office amid heightened tensions

Reservists take part in tactical training and individual combat skills conducted by the Territorial Defense of the Capital in Kyiv, Ukraine. (REUTERS)Premium
Reservists take part in tactical training and individual combat skills conducted by the Territorial Defense of the Capital in Kyiv, Ukraine. (REUTERS)

NATO alliance is monitoring and assessing the situation around Ukraine and taking the precautions needed, says a NATO representative

Kremlin on Saturday said that Russia has hit sea and land-based targets with ballistic and cruise missiles as part of strategic nuclear exercises overseen by President Vladimir Putin.

The annual exercises featured launches of Kinzhal and Tsirkon hypersonic missiles and a number of other weapons.

"All the missiles hit their targets, confirming their performance objectives", a statement said, adding that the drills included Tu-95 bombers as well as submarines.



19 Feb 2022, 10:35:14 PM IST

Ukraine rebels mobilize troops 

Ukraine's pro-Russia separatist leaders have called for a full military mobilisation even as Western leaders issued another warning to Russia against the possible attack on Ukraine. In new signs of fears that a war could start within days, Germany and Austria told their citizens to leave Ukraine, The Associated Press reported, adding that German air carrier Lufthansa has also announced to cancel flights to Ukraine capital Kyiv, and to a Black Sea port Odessa.

19 Feb 2022, 09:23:00 PM IST

Ukraine officials come under shelling attack on front

A shelling attack forced top Ukrainian military officials, who were doing a tour of the conflicted zone in eastern Ukraine, to take a bomb shelter, The Associated Press reported. Notably, separatist leaders in eastern Ukraine has launched full military mobilisation as tensions between Ukraine and Russia reach a new high.

19 Feb 2022, 09:05:02 PM IST

Germany asks citizens to leave Ukraine 'urgently'

Germany has asked its citizens to leave Ukraine “urgently" amid strong fears over the possible Russian invasion of the country in the coming days. "German citizens are urgently requested to leave the country now," updated travel advice on the German foreign ministry website said, reported AFP.

19 Feb 2022, 08:09:02 PM IST

Lawmakers and foreign media come under fire 

Ukraine ruling party spokeswoman says the group of lawmakers and foreign media came under fire in eastern Ukraine and they had to move to a shelter, says Reuters.

19 Feb 2022, 08:09:02 PM IST

Lufthansa suspends flights to Ukraine

Lufthansa has suspended flights to Ukraine from Monday until the end of the month, the company spokesperson has said, reported Reuters.

19 Feb 2022, 07:25:13 PM IST

Mercenaries arrived to stage provocations: Ukraine military

Ukraine's military on Saturday said that mercenaries had arrived in separatist-held eastern Ukraine to stage provocations in collaboration with Russia's special services, a Reuters report said

"The purpose of these provocations will, of course, be to accuse Ukraine of further escalation," the military said in a statement.

19 Feb 2022, 07:15:17 PM IST

Looking for peace: Ukraine President tells Harris

Ukraine's President Volodymr Zelenskiy met Vice President Kamala Harris in Munich on Saturday and said his country is looking for "peace", after the United States said Russia could invade the country in the coming days, a Reuters report said

Zelenskiy, who spoke briefly, also said Ukraine is looking for specific support from the United States for its army.

19 Feb 2022, 05:38:37 PM IST

Won't respond to provocations: Ukraine President

President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Saturday said Ukraine would not respond to provocations in the eastern Donbass region and would strive to establish peace through diplomacy, Reuters report said. 

Zelenskiy flew to Germany to attend a security conference as his country is bracing for a possible military attack from Russia, which has massed more than 100,000 troops near Ukraine's borders. Russia denies plans to attack.

19 Feb 2022, 05:31:28 PM IST

China says Russia's concerns 'should also be respected'

China's foreign minister on Saturday urged the West to respect Russia's concerns over Ukraine and questioned if an eastward NATO expansion would guarantee peace.

"Ukraine should be a bridge linking East and West, not a frontline," Wang Yi told the Munich Security Conference on video-link, an AFP report said

"All parties have the right to raise their concerns, while the reasonable concerns of Russia should also be respected and heeded," he said

19 Feb 2022, 05:30:09 PM IST

Will make it impossible for Russia to raise funds in London: UK PM

UK PM Boris Johnson says that they will make it impossible for Russia to raise funds in London if it invades Ukraine. 

Johnson used a speech in Germany Saturday to demand Western "unity" over Russia's threats to Ukraine, warning any invasion would send a "shock" around the world, AFP report said

Russian military action against Ukraine would trigger sanctions that would make it "impossible" for Moscow to access the City of London's deep capital markets, he also said at the Munich Security Conference.

19 Feb 2022, 05:07:48 PM IST

Kamala Harris warns Russia of huge financial costs if it invades Ukraine

The United States, together with its allies, will impose significant and unprecedented economic costs on Russia if it further invades Ukraine, Vice President Kamala Harris said on Saturday. National borders should not be changed by force, she said, Reuters quoted.

"We have prepared economic measures that will be swift, severe, and united," Harris said. "We will target Russia's financial institutions and key industries."

19 Feb 2022, 05:06:00 PM IST

Ukraine rebels mobilize troops amid Russia invasion fears

Separatist leaders in eastern Ukraine ordered a full military mobilization Saturday amid a spike of violence in the war-torn region and fears in the West that Russia might use the strife as a pretext for an invasion.

19 Feb 2022, 04:45:00 PM IST

‘Russia invading Ukraine will invite bolstered NATO on Europe's eastern flank’

Any Russian invasion in Ukraine will invite not only damaging economic sanctions but also a bolstered NATO on Europe's eastern flank, US Vice President Kamala Harris said Saturday.

"We will not stop with economic measures. We will further reinforce our NATO allies on the eastern flank" in response to an invasion, Harris said at the annual Munich Security Conference, AFP report said.

19 Feb 2022, 04:41:17 PM IST

Putin launches nuclear drills; US says Russia poised to invade Ukraine

Russia's President Vladimir Putin launched exercises by strategic nuclear missile forces on Saturday and Washington said Russian troops massed near Ukraine's border were "poised to strike", news agency Reuters reported.

As Western nations fear the start of one the worst conflicts since the Cold War, U.S. Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin said Russian forces were beginning to "uncoil and move closer" to the border with its former Soviet neighbour.

"We hope he steps back from the brink of conflict," he told a news conference on a visit to Lithuania, saying an invasion of Ukraine was not inevitable.

19 Feb 2022, 04:19:30 PM IST

Russian region declares emergency over Ukraine refugees

A Russian region bordering Ukraine declared a state of emergency on Saturday, citing growing numbers of people arriving from separatist-held areas in Ukraine after they received evacuation orders. "Given the trend of increasing numbers of people arriving, we consider it appropriate to introduce a state of emergency," the Rostov region's governor Vasily Golubev said, Reuters reported citing Russian news agencies.

19 Feb 2022, 03:24:48 PM IST

Lithuania seeks US support to guard Baltic states

Lithuania's President has urged the US troops should guard Baltic states' amid Russia's huge military build-up along with the border areas of Ukraine. "The Russian military buildup at the eastern NATO border is changing the security situation," President Gitanas Nauseda said in a statement, reported Reuters.

19 Feb 2022, 02:41:07 PM IST

Multiple explosions heard in Eastern Ukraine 

Multiple explosions could be heard on Saturday morning in the north of the separatist-controlled city of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine. The origin of the explosions was not clear: Reuters

19 Feb 2022, 10:25:39 AM IST

Ukraine showdown casts shadow over Qatar gas summit

Leading gas producers meet in Qatar from Sunday to discuss how to answer frantic world demand, with Russian President Vladimir Putin expected to stay away as Ukraine tensions soar, diplomats said.

The 11-member Gas Exporting Countries Forum holds its annual summit as the Ukraine showdown sends prices ever higher while Europe fears for its supplies from Russia.

19 Feb 2022, 10:07:21 AM IST

Russia not involved in recent Cyberattacks on Ukraine: Russian Embassy to US

Russia was not involved in the recent cyberattacks on Ukrainian banks, the Russian Embassy to the United States said, thus rejecting the US accusations.

19 Feb 2022, 10:07:21 AM IST

Biden now 'convinced' Russia will launch invasion of Ukraine

U.S. President Joe Biden says he is now “convinced" Russian President Vladimir Putin has decided to invade Ukraine and assault the capital, an ominous assessment that emerged as the country's war-torn east saw more attacks that the West said could be designed to establish a pretext for an attack.

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