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  • Russia-Ukraine invasion: US President Joe Biden will speak against Russia aggression in Ukraine in his first State of the Union address.

Firefighters walk on debris as a building burns following a Russian strike during Russia's invasion of Ukraine, in Zhytomyr.
Firefighters walk on debris as a building burns following a Russian strike during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, in Zhytomyr.(via REUTERS)

Updated on Mar 02, 2022 06:16 AM IST

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine entered seventh day and over 300 civilians, including at least 14 children, have been killed so far, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Tuesday.

However, Russia, which is facing harsh sanctions and global condemnation for its actions, has said it will pursue the Ukraine offensive until ‘all goals’ are achieved, the defence minister was quoted by AFP.

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World Bank preparing $3 billion support package for war-hit Ukraine

Russia-Ukraine war: The IMF board could consider as early as next week Ukraine’s request for emergency money through the Rapid Financing Instrument, the Washington-based institutions said.



The World Bank’s board will consider a fast-disbursing budget support operation for at least $350 million that will be submitted this week.(Reuters)
The World Bank’s board will consider a fast-disbursing budget support operation for at least $350 million that will be submitted this week.(Reuters)

Published on Mar 02, 2022 06:06 AM IST


Russia escalates attacks on civilian areas ahead of 2nd round of talks: 5 points

Russia-Ukraine war: As Ukraine moved the World Court against Ukraine’s allegation of ‘genocide’ perpetrated by Russia, the International Court of Justice will hold public hearings on the Russia-Ukraine crisis on March 7 and 8. 



Russia-Ukraine war: Empty shelves of a shop in Nikolaev in Ukraine on March 1. (AP)
Russia-Ukraine war: Empty shelves of a shop in Nikolaev in Ukraine on March 1. (AP)

Published on Mar 02, 2022 05:59 AM IST


De-escalate, avoid civilian casualties in Ukraine: China

While Beijing has, thus far, refused to condemn Moscow’s attack on Ukraine or term it an invasion, remarks late Monday from Zhang Jun, China’s permanent representative to the UN, indicated a subtle shift in its consistent stand on the invasion.



A civil defenseman stands at a checkpoint in Kyiv, Ukraine, Saturday.  (AP)
A civil defenseman stands at a checkpoint in Kyiv, Ukraine, Saturday.  (AP)

Published on Mar 02, 2022 05:18 AM IST

BySutirtho Patranobis, Beijing


At least 677,000 refugees flee Ukraine: UN

According to UN Refugee Agency chief Filippo Grandi, around half had fled to Poland, whilst roughly 90,000 had reached Hungary, 60,000 Moldova, 50,000 Slovakia and 40,000 Romania.



A woman is in tears as she holds her child after feeling from Ukraine and arriving at the border in Kroczowa, Poland (Reuters)
A woman is in tears as she holds her child after feeling from Ukraine and arriving at the border in Kroczowa, Poland (Reuters)

Published on Mar 02, 2022 05:06 AM IST


Russia fires in Kyiv, Kharkiv; Indian dies in shelling: Top updates on Ukraine

  • At least eight people died and six more injured at a residential building in Kharkiv – Ukraine’s second-largest city, following a Russian airstrike. Five people died and five others sustained injuries after Russian troops knocked off the main television tower in Kyiv, thereby disrupting signal.


A view shows the area near the regional administration building, which was hit by a missile according to city officials, in Kharkiv, Ukraine.(REUTERS)
A view shows the area near the regional administration building, which was hit by a missile according to city officials, in Kharkiv, Ukraine.(REUTERS)

Published on Mar 01, 2022 11:42 PM IST

Written by Sharangee Dutta | Edited by Sohini Goswami, New Delhi


US, allies step up pressure to isolate Russia diplomatically

The US and its western allies are stepping up pressure to isolate Russia diplomatically, including by pushing it out of multilateral institutions, and rallying other countries to step up their condemnation of Russian actions.



Armed men stand on a check-point in the city of Brovary outside Kyiv, Ukraine on Tuesday. (AFP)
Armed men stand on a check-point in the city of Brovary outside Kyiv, Ukraine on Tuesday. (AFP)

Published on Mar 01, 2022 11:38 PM IST


Zelenskyy asks ‘what’s the point’, recalls history as Russians bomb Babyn Yar

  • Jews were asked to assemble at the Babyn Yar ravine site with all their valuables, and then shot one after the other by Nazi forces during World War II. On Tuesday, five persons died and five others were wounded when Russian forces attacked the main television tower in Kyiv’s Babi Yar district.


Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky, File)
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky, File)

Published on Mar 01, 2022 11:38 PM IST

Written by Sharangee Dutta | Edited by Sohini Goswami, New Delhi


Putin’s nuclear threat: US refuses to respond in kind

The White House spokesperson said that throughout the conflict, Russia had ‘falsely alleged’ that it was under threat from the US and Nato.



A view of the car which was destroyed by recent shelling on a check-point in the city of Brovary outside Kyiv on Tuesday. (AFP)
A view of the car which was destroyed by recent shelling on a check-point in the city of Brovary outside Kyiv on Tuesday. (AFP)

Published on Mar 01, 2022 11:17 PM IST

ByPrashant Jha I Washington


Russia underestimated Ukraine’s resistance: US

Experts say Moscow still has formidable combat power it has not used, will learn lessons from the setbacks, and work through it to seek to achieve its military objectives.



Ukrainian servicemen ride on top of an armoured personnel carrier speeding down a deserted boulevard during an air raid alarm, in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Tuesday. (AP)
Ukrainian servicemen ride on top of an armoured personnel carrier speeding down a deserted boulevard during an air raid alarm, in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Tuesday. (AP)

Updated on Mar 02, 2022 04:42 AM IST

ByPrashant Jha I Washington, Washington


Iran’s supreme leader criticises US over Ukraine crisis

Iran’s top political authority also said the roots of the conflict must be acknowledged.



Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (Official Khamenei Website/Handout via REUTERS)
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (Official Khamenei Website/Handout via REUTERS)

Published on Mar 01, 2022 09:49 PM IST


Kharkiv: Eight die, 6 others hurt in Russian airstrike on residential block 

  • Ukraine-Russia conflict: Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city and located close to the Russian border, has witnessed fierce fighting between the Ukrainian army and Russian troops.


A view shows the area near the regional administration building, which was hit by a missile according to city officials, in Kharkiv, Ukraine.(REUTERS)
A view shows the area near the regional administration building, which was hit by a missile according to city officials, in Kharkiv, Ukraine.(REUTERS)

Updated on Mar 01, 2022 09:32 PM IST


EU chief von der Leyen says ‘we support other Russia that wants peace, no war’

  • European Union president Ursula von der Leyen said men, women and children are dying in Ukraine because Russian President Vladimir Putin has decided the country does not have “any right to exist”.


EU chief Ursula von der Leyen speaks at the extraordinary session of the European Parliament on Russia's aggression in Ukraine in Brussels, Belgium on Tuesday, March 1. 2022. (Twitter/Ursula von der Leyen)
EU chief Ursula von der Leyen speaks at the extraordinary session of the European Parliament on Russia’s aggression in Ukraine in Brussels, Belgium on Tuesday, March 1. 2022. (Twitter/Ursula von der Leyen)

Published on Mar 01, 2022 09:15 PM IST

Written by Sharangee Dutta | Edited by Sohini Goswami, New Delhi


Over 100 diplomats of West, allies walk out on Lavrov speech to UN rights forum

Only a few diplomats in the room were left after envoys from the European Union, the United States, Britain, Japan and others walked out of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s speech.



Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov's pre-recorded video message is played to a near-empty hall, after a walkout in protest of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, at the 49th UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.(Kristoffer Jonsson via REUTERS)
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s pre-recorded video message is played to a near-empty hall, after a walkout in protest of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, at the 49th UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.(Kristoffer Jonsson via REUTERS)

Published on Mar 01, 2022 08:55 PM IST

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