Ukrainian ambassador to the UK speaks to MPs
As the Russian invasion entered its sixth day, US senator Chris Murphy said Putin’s troops are preparing for a “long and bloody” siege of the Ukrainian capital.
And the economic sanctions brought against Russia appear to be building pressure on Vladimir Putin, as Moscow shut down its stock markets till at least 5 March with the Russian Ruble plummeting to a historic low.
Meanwhile, the International Criminal Court has announced it will investigate alleged Russian war crimes in Ukraine.
No military bases in ex-Soviet countries, Russia tells West
The West must not build military facilities in any countries of the former Soviet Union, Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov was quotes as saying on Tuesday.
Russian news agencies RIA and TASS quoted Mr Lavrov saying that Moscow found it unacceptable that some European countries hosted US nuclear weapons.
He reportedly said that Moscow was taking measures to prevent Ukraine from acquiring similar weapons.
Yesterday, Kosovo asked the United States to establish a permanent military base in the country and speed up its integration into Nato.
Holly Bancroft1 March 2022 10:42
Watch: Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky calls attack on Kharkiv ‘a military crime’
Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky has condemned the Russian attack on the city of Kharkiv as a military crime.
Speaking in a video posted on social media, Mr Zelensky said that in five days Russian forces had launched 56 missile strikes and 113 cruise missiles in Ukraine.
Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky calls attack on Kharkiv ‘a military crime’
Holly Bancroft1 March 2022 10:38
Belarus joins Russia’s war on Ukraine – Ukrainian authorities say
Belarius has sent its troops into the Chernihiv region in northern Ukraine, Ukrainian authorities have said.
In a tweet posted on Tuesday morning, the Ukrainian parliament confirmed earlier reports that Belarus had joined the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Holly Bancroft1 March 2022 10:32
Breaking – UK ready to ‘intensify’ sanctions against Russia
Ashley Cowburn has the latest:
Holly Bancroft1 March 2022 10:28
Mayor of Kherson – Russian army have set up checkpoints into Ukrainian city
The mayor of the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson has said that the Russian army has set up checkpoints into the city but added that they have not surrendered.
Posting on social media in the early hours of Tuesday morning, Igor Kolykhaev said that the city was still under Ukrainian control.
“This first day of spring, Kherson is still Ukraine,” he said. “This is the first good news this morning. Little has changed since last night: the city was not shelled – and this is the second piece of good news.”
“At the entrances to Kherson, the Russian army installed checkpoints. It’s hard to say how the situation will develop further. But now I’m in my office coordinating the work of city services so that in the morning you wake up in a relatively peaceful city.”
Holly Bancroft1 March 2022 10:20
At least 600,000 people have fled Ukraine in the first five days – NGO
At least 600,000 people have fled Ukraine in the first five days of the invasion, the International Organisation for Migration has estimated.
They estimate that there are over 470,000 third country nationals from various nationalities within Ukraine, including a large number of overseas students and labour migrants.
At least 6,000 have arrived in Moldova and Slovakia alone.
Holly Bancroft1 March 2022 10:13
Indian student killed in shelling in Kharkiv
The Indian ministry of external affairs has confirmed that an Indian student was killed in the shelling in Kharkiv on Tuesday morning.
“The ministry is in touch with his family,” spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said. “We convey our deepest condolences to the family.”
Mr Bagchi added: “Foreign Secretary is calling in Ambassadors of Russia and Ukraine to reiterate our demand for urgent safe passage for Indian nationals who are still in Kharkiv and cities in other conflict zones.
“Similar action is also being undertaken by our Ambassadors in Russia and Ukraine.”
Holly Bancroft1 March 2022 10:06
YouTube bans Russia Today, Sputnik and connected Russian media channels in Europe
“Due to the ongoing war in Ukraine, we’re blocking YouTube channels connected to RT and Sputnik across Europe, effective immediately,” Google said in a tweet.
Holly Bancroft1 March 2022 10:00
Shipping giant Maersk temporarily halts all container shipping to and from Russia
Shipping group Maersk will temporarily halt all container shipping to and from Russia in response to Western sanctions on Moscow, Reuters has reported.
The suspension, covering all Russian ports, will not include foodstuffs, medical and humanitarian supplies, the company said in a statement.
“As the stability and security of our operations is already being directly and indirectly impacted by sanctions, new Maersk bookings within ocean and inland to and from Russia will be temporarily suspended,” Maersk said in a statement.
Holly Bancroft1 March 2022 09:51
Watch: British prime minister Boris Johnson arrives in Poland
British prime minister Boris Johnson has arrived in Poland to meet with the country’s prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki.
Poland, which neighbours Ukraine, has been supporting the hundreds of thousands of war refugees arriving in their country.
Ahead of Mr Johnson’s arrival in Poland, he said that the UK would “continue to bring maximum pressure to bear” on Russia.
Boris Johnson arrives in Poland amid Ukraine invasion
Holly Bancroft1 March 2022 09:48