Putin puts Russian nuclear deterrent forces 'on alert'

 

Putin puts Russian nuclear deterrent forces 'on alert'

After an early morning with strong attacks and clashes, Russia sent a delegation to Belarus to begin talks with Kiev, but President Vladimir Zelensky proposed other venues

 

10.20. Putin puts Russian nuclear deterrent forces 'on alert'

Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the nuclear deterrence forces to be put "on alert" in the face of tensions with the West over their entry into Ukraine. In a meeting with his top officials, the president said that the main NATO powers had made "aggressive statements" and imposed high-impact financial sanctions against Russia.

Putin then urged the defense minister and the chief of the General Military Staff to put the nuclear deterrence forces into a "special combat duty regime."

 

9.57. France closes its airspace to Russia

French Transport Minister Jean-Baptiste Djebbari announced that France will join the list of European countries that close their airspace to Russia, as part of measures to repudiate the Kremlin's entry into Ukrainian territory. “France closes its airspace to all Russian planes and airlines starting tonight. To the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Europe responds with total unity," the official said on Twitter.

This was also decided earlier this morning by Germany and the Netherlands is expected to join as of tonight, Infrastructure Minister Mark Harbers said. "There is no room in the skies of the Netherlands for a regime that uses brutal and unnecessary," Harbers said on Twitter.

 

9.23. Zelensky says that he spoke with the Belarusian president

The Ukrainian president, Vladimir Zelensky, claimed to have spoken with his Belarusian counterpart -and Moscow ally-, Alexander Lukashenko. "I have spoken with Alexander Lukashenko," the president wrote on Facebook, without giving further details.

Despite Zelensky's objections, Russia insists that a dialogue be held in that country, which is used by the Krelin for the invasion of Kiev. He even sent a delegation that is already in Belarus.

 

9.13. Putin accuses Ukraine of "not taking the opportunity" to hold talks

Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused Ukraine of "not seizing the opportunity" to hold official talks in Belarus, a country allied with Moscow, from where it launched part of its invasion of Kiev.

“The Russian delegation is in the Belarusian city of Gomel and is ready to negotiate with representatives from Kiev. These, showing inconsistency, have not taken advantage of this opportunity so far," Putin said, during a telephone conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, who offered to mediate, according to a Kremlin statement.

The Ukrainian president, Vladimir Zelenski, showed his resistance this Sunday, when he said that his country is willing to talk with Moscow, but rejected that the talks be in Belarus. "Any other city, in a country from which missiles are not launched at us, is fine for us, " said the president, who branded this third nation as serving as a platform for Moscow to invade Ukraine.

 

9.01. Ukrainian authorities say they are in control of Kharkiv

The governor of the Kharkiv region, Oleh Sinegubov, assured that the Ukrainian forces "totally" control this city, which is the second most important in the country, after the information that Russia had entered that territory emerged.

“The control of Kharkiv is completely ours! The Armed Forces, the Police and the defense forces are working, and the enemy is being totally eradicated from the city," said the official, after fighting was reported this morning, after the entry of military vehicles from the Kremlin and the impact of missiles against a gas pipeline.

The city has 1.4 million inhabitants and is the main one in northeastern Ukraine, near the territories controlled by pro-Russian separatists, Donetsk and Lugansk.

 

8.53. Pope Francis calls for the opening of humanitarian corridors

Pope Francis has called for the "urgent" opening of "humanitarian corridors" for refugees fleeing the Russian invasion of Ukraine. ”I think of the elderly, of all those who are currently seeking refuge, of the mothers who are fleeing with their children. They are brothers and sisters for whom it is urgent to open humanitarian corridors, and who must be welcomed”, declared the Pontiff at the end of his traditional Angelus prayer, in Saint Peter's Square, this Sunday.

He also said that those who wage war must not delude themselves into thinking that God is on their side. Addressing those present - some of them with large Ukrainian flags - the Holy Father assured that his heart "is broken" by the war. He also condemned those who "trust in the diabolical and perverse logic of weapons."

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8.39. More than 300,000 refugees

More than 368,000 people have fled Ukraine since the Russian invasion, which began on Thursday, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). "The current total number is now 368,000 and rising," UNHCR said in a tweet. They added that the new figure was based on "data made available by national authorities."

 

8.18. Germany closes its airspace to Russia

Germany will close its airspace to commercial companies and all Russian private jets starting at 11 am (Argentine time) this Sunday, according to what was announced by the Ministry of Transport in Berlin. In this way, it replicates a measure that other European countries have already taken.

"The Ministry of Transport decreed a flight ban for Russian aircraft and aircraft operators in German airspace," they noted, specifying that this measure will be maintained for three months. However, the press release does not refer to eventual humanitarian flights.

 

8.08. Ukraine denounces Russia before the ICJ

The president of Ukraine, Vladimir Zelenski, announced that his country filed a complaint against Russia before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to obtain a ruling that requires the immediate cessation of the invasion of his country. “Ukraine filed a complaint against Russia with the ICJ. Russia must be held accountable for manipulating the notion of genocide to justify aggression, " the president said on Twitter. "We request an urgent decision ordering Russia to cease military activity now and expect the proceedings to begin next week," he added.

The Hague-based court is a mechanism that Russia and Ukraine have resorted to in recent years due to the conflict in the Donbas region, which pits the Ukrainian Army against the Donetsk and Lugansk separatists.

 

 

7.20. Russian troops entered Kharkiv

Russian troops entered Kharkiv, Ukraine's second-largest city, on Sunday and street fighting broke out. They also intensified their pressure on strategic ports in the south of the country, after a wave of attacks on airports and fuel depots, which seem to mark a new stage in the invasion.

Until today, Russia had remained on the outskirts of Kharkiv, a city of 1.4 million people located about 20 kilometers south of the border. Meanwhile, other units of the Kremlin followed, to enter the Ukraine. Videos published by local media and on social networks showed war vehicles entering Kharkiv and Russian troops moving through the city in small groups.

 

6.30 The conflict in Ukraine could last "several years", according to the head of British diplomacy

British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss warned on Sunday that the conflict between Russia and Ukraine could last "several years" and the world must be prepared for Moscow to "seek to use even worse weapons." ”I am afraid that this will be long, that it could last several years. Russia has strong forces and we know that the Ukrainians are brave, they are determined to defend their sovereignty and territorial integrity and they are determined to fight," Truss told Sky News.

 

06.12 The International Judo Federation suspends Putin as honorary president

Russian President Vladimir Putin has been suspended as honorary president of the International Judo Federation (IJF) following the invasion launched against Ukraine, the sports body announced on Sunday. "Due to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, the International Judo Federation announced the suspension of Vladimir Putin's status as honorary president and international ambassador of the Judo Federation," the IJF said in a statement.

 

05.58 They blow up a bridge to slow down the Russian passage near Kiev

Ukrainian military forces destroyed a bridge on the outskirts of Kiev to block the passage of enemy troops, according to The Independent of Kiev.

The bridge is located between the cities of Irpin and Bucha, where clashes are taking place. Several publications on social networks give an account in this last city of shootings and the presence of heavy vehicles in the city.

 

05.24 Vladimir Zelenski said that he is ready to dialogue with Russia, but not in Belarus

The president of Ukraine indicated on Sunday that the night was "hard" and denounced that the Russian bombardments attacked residential areas. "Last night was hard, there were shots again, bombings were registered again in residential neighborhoods and against civilian infrastructure," he said in a video posted on the Internet.

Likewise, after the Kremlin's proposal to start talks with Ukraine, the president maintained that he is available to negotiate with Moscow, "but not in Belarus." In a video message broadcast this Sunday, he proposed Warsaw, Bratislava, Istanbul, Budapest or Baku as possible venues. “Any other city in a country from which missiles are not launched at us is fine for us,” the 44-year-old president said, accusing Belarus of serving as a platform for Moscow to invade Ukraine.

 

05.00 Finland will close airspace to Russian planes after invasion of Ukraine

With more than 1,300 kilometers of border with Russia, Finland "is preparing to close the airspace to Russian air traffic," Transport Minister Timo Harraka said in a tweet published overnight from Saturday to Sunday. In this way, the country joins the European nations that have already made the same decision.

 

04:58 Russia claims it blocks two cities in the south

The Russian army claimed on Sunday to have surrounded two large cities in southern Ukraine, Kherson and Berdyansk, on the fourth day of the invasion of this country ordered by its president Vladimir Putin.

"In the last 24 hours, the Russian armed forces completely blockaded Kherson and Berdyansk, with 290,000 and 110,000 inhabitants respectively," the Defense Ministry said, quoted by the TASS agency, and reported by AFP.

A Ukrainian soldier walks in front of a burned military vehicle, Saturday, February 26, 2022, in Kiev, Ukraine.

A Ukrainian soldier walks in front of a burned military vehicle, Saturday, February 26, 2022, in Kiev, Ukraine.

 

04:30 The Kremlin says it is willing to talk

Vladimir Putin's government let it be known that it would be willing to start talks with the Ukrainian government in Belarus.

This follows from Russian agencies, cited by the AFP agency.

The Russian government spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, confirmed that a delegation arrived in Belarus to start a dialogue.

The talks to set a ceasefire had been in the middle of a strong controversy, after Russia accused Ukraine of not being available.

However, Kiev has always maintained the position of negotiating, although Zelensky maintains his refusal to do so in Belarus.

Belarus is a country that shares a border with Ukraine and Russia. Its president, Alexander Lukashenko, has been a historical ally of Putin.

 

04:17 Ongoing fighting in Kharkiv

After the entry of Russian troops into Kharkiv, heavy clashes were reported in the center of the city and the advance of several heavy vehicles.

Local media published that the equipment of Russian soldiers has been burned, as well as several of the vehicles that were used.

 

03:47 Mermaids in Kiev and Sumy

After a night of extreme tension with explosions and clashes in the surroundings, the sirens sound in the country's capital. They recommend that citizens immediately go to shelters.

Sirens are also heard in the city of Sumy, in the south of the country.

 

03:23 Russia seized Nova Kakhovka

It is a small city in the south of Ukraine, but strategically located on the Dnipro River, which directly supplies the Crimean peninsula, controlled by Russia since 2014.

The information was confirmed by Volodymyr Kovalenko, who assured that Russian soldiers have removed Ukrainian flags from public buildings.

 

03:10 Russian troops have entered Kharkiv

Forces answering to Vladimir Putin have entered Kharkiv, Ukraine's second largest city . This was reported by the head of the state administration in the region, Oleg Sinegubov.

The official indicated that military vehicles have entered the city. He called on citizens not to leave their homes and to stay in shelters.

“ All the Ukrainian military are in their battle positions , we are defending our home region of Kharkiv and destroying the enemy”, he stated.

 

02:41 “Where are those who said they were taking Kiev in two hours?”

In the first speech on Sunday morning, Ukraine's Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov delivered an encouraging but also defiant speech towards Russia, while stressing the heroics of the soldiers. “Where are those who said that they took Kiev in two hours? I do not see them. We only hear excuses ,” he stated.

The official highlighted the soldiers, doctors, border guards "who are doing their duty" in the midst of the conflict and also thanked the citizens who "took up arms." “We still have many obstacles in front of us, but we are not the only ones who believe in our victory,” he said.

And, in line with President Volodymyr Zelensky, who called for Ukraine's entry into Europe, he called on the international community. “ Without our military and our community, Europe will not be safe. There will be no Europe without us ”.

 

01.30 Poland, ready to receive "a large number" of Ukrainian refugees

The Prime Minister of Poland, Mateusz Morawiecki, assured this Sunday that Poland is willing to welcome "a large number" of Ukrainian refugees fleeing the war in their country. “We will welcome those who need it. We see fear growing in Ukrainian society. We are prepared for the tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands, millions of people who will arrive”, said Morawicki in an interview with the French newspaper 'Ouest-France'.

 

00:41 They destroy a Russian convoy in Gostomel

Ukraine's presidential information office confirmed that a convoy of Chechen forces was destroyed . Along with the group, the commander of the 141st Regiment was also killed, Magomed Tushayev, was also confirmed to have been killed.

Antonov military airport in Gostomel, has been the target of an attack by Russian forces from the beginning. This infrastructure is located right on the northern edge of Kiev and the fighting there was the closest to the capital that occurred on the first day of the attack.

 

00:17 The UN reports that there are 240 civilian victims

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights reported that there are 240 civilian victims have been recorded since the beginning of the invasion, including 64 deaths.

The international office assured that the damage caused to homes and different complexes has left many people without water or electricity.

Among the latest information, it was revealed that a six-year-old boy died due to a shooting in the west of Kiev. The clashes also left two adolescents and three adults injured in that area.

On the other hand, it was reported that a woman was killed during the shelling attack on a residential building in eastern Kharkiv.

After the attack, around 80 people were rescued. Most of them were located in the basement.

 

00:01 Battle at Vasylkiv airport

Ukrainian and Russian troops are clashing at Vasylkiv airport, in the same area where a fuel depot exploded earlier, on the outskirts of the capital. The establishment appears as a hot spot in the conflict.

Firefighters are unable to reach the source of the fire due to the fighting.

The head of the Kiev Regional State Administration, Oleksiy Kuleba, stated in a Facebook post that the gas supply has been cut off in the area due to the risk it represents. And he warned about the consequences of the impact on the fuel tank. “ We are facing an environmental disaster ”.

 

23:26 They report an attack on a nuclear waste repository

According to the State Inspectorate for Nuclear Regulation of Ukraine, Russian shells hit the radioactive waste dump of the Radon Association in Kiev.

"Currently it is not possible to assess the extent of the damage," authorities said. But, according to the agency's preliminary assessment, there is no threat to the population outside the health protection zone.

The Ukrainian authorities indicated that there is no threat after the attack on a nuclear waste repository.

The Ukrainian authorities indicated that there is no threat after the attack on a nuclear waste repository.

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The Kiev Independent indicated, in a second publication, that the attack took place in front of the facility and that it did not affect the containers.

 

22:38 Attack on a gas pipeline in Kharkiv

While attention is focused on the capital, clashes are taking place in other parts of the country. In Kharkiv, a gas pipeline was reported to have been attacked by Russian shells. This is reported by The Independent of Kiev and other reports reproduced by international media such as the BBC.

Kharkiv, located in northern Ukraine, is the second largest city in Ukraine. It has been under missile attack since day one.

 

22:15 “The enemy wants to destroy everything”

Vasylkiv Mayor Nataliya Balasynovych confirmed that a fuel tank in Kruchki is on fire as a result of Russian attacks.

"The enemy wants to destroy everything that is around but will not succeed," he said in a statement that was distributed along with a video that was posted on his social networks.

"Throughout the day, there was gunfire and even ballistic missile fire on our military runway, but we held our ground, " he said.

“The attacks are happening right now, but everything will be fine. The night will not be easy, but we must get through it, both here and in Kiev,” she added.