Ukraine-Russia latest news: Putin puts nuclear deterrent forces on high alert as EU bans Russian planes

Ukraine-Russia latest news: Putin puts nuclear deterrent forces on high alert as EU bans Russian planes

NewsWorldEuropeSix people were injured, according to the mayor of the Kyiv suburb where an explosion hit

Huge explosion in Kyiv shortly after Ukraine-Russia negotiations end

Russia is advancing on Kyiv with a huge convoy of armoured vehicles, tanks and other military equipment spanning more than 40 miles, according to new satellite images.

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.

Earlier on Monday, Ukraine was rocked by a number of huge explosions after the first round of peace talks between representatives of the two countries on the Belarus border.

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.

1646108332FYI: What are thermobaric rockets? New weapon ‘Putin could unleash on Ukraine’Thermobaric weapons, considered to be one of the most brutal war weapons that exist, could be Vladimir Putin’s weapon of choice in Ukraine, experts have warned.

These missiles are filled with a highly explosive fuel and chemical mix, which on exploding can cause supersonic blast waves that can obliterate everything in their path, including buildings and humans.

They are also known as aerosol bombs or vacuum bombs.

And late on Monday a Ukrainian ambassador claimed a thermobaric weapon had been used in some of the Russian bombardments during the day, though this has not been independently confirmed.

These weapons are not used for precision strikes, but can be deployed for clearing stretches of ground. Russia has claimed it is only conducting precision strikes in Ukraine in order to avoid civilian casualties.

Read more about the lethal war weapon here:

Arpan Rai1 March 2022 04:18

1646105495Mastercard blocks multiple financial institutions over sanctions on RussiaMastercard Inc has blocked multiple financial institutions from its payment network, complying with sanctions slapped on Russia over Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, the financial services company said.

It will continue to work with regulators in the coming days, the statement from Mastercard Inc read.

Mastercard has also pledged humanitarian relief worth $2 million (£1.4 million) to Ukraine as it remains under Russian invasion for the sixth consecutive day.

This is the latest financial blow to Russia after several nations came together to impose sanctions on Moscow for breaching Ukraine’s territory.

Russians queued up outside ATMs in large numbers over the weekend as they feared their bank cards may cease to function.

Arpan Rai1 March 2022 03:31

1646105400Australia to fund lethal weapons worth £37 million for UkraineAustralia will fund lethal defensive weapons including missiles and ammunition for Ukraine worth A$70 million (£37 million), prime minister Scott Morrison announced on Tuesday.

“We’re talking missiles, we’re talking ammunition, we’re talking supporting them in their defence of their own homeland in Ukraine and we will be doing that in partnership with Nato,” Mr Morrison said as he confirmed that most of the new weapons for Ukraine will rank in the lethal category.

The weapons would be delivered to Ukraine rapidly, the prime minister said, without giving details on how weapons would be delivered.

This is a shift in Australia’s position on aiding Ukraine from last week when it had pledged only financial military technical assistance.

Mr Morrison has urged Australian citizens in Kyiv to not join the Ukrainian troops in fighting against Russia as the legal position of foreign civilian combatants was not clear.

“Don’t do it,” he said.

Arpan Rai1 March 2022 03:30

1646103945Russia and Belarus sanctioned by World Rugby federationThe world rugby sporting federation has sanctioned Russia and Belarus and barred them from international play due to the nations’ actions in Ukraine, World Rugby announced on Monday.

“World Rugby reiterates its condemnation of Russia’s aggressive invasion of Ukraine and the facilitation of this action by Belarus,” the sporting body said on Monday in a statement. “The global rugby family is united in standing in solidarity with everyone affected by these deeply disturbing events and joins the global community in calling for the restoration of peace.”

Belarus has emerged as a key ally in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, hosting Russian troops and equipment. On Sunday, following a referendum, the country also decided to renounce its nuclear status and allow Russia to place nuclear missiles within its territory.

Here’s Thomas Kingsley’s report on that decision for more context.

Josh Marcus1 March 2022 03:05

1646103049Institutional pile-on continues as Disney pauses releases in RussiaThe Walt Disney Company is the latest global fixture to disavow Russia over its invasion of Ukraine.

The company announced on Monday it would temporarily pause the release of Disney films like Turning Red in Russia.

“Given the unprovoked invasion of Ukraine and the tragic humanitarian crisis, we are pausing the release of theatrical films in Russia, including the upcoming Turning Red from Pixar,” the company wrote in a statement on Monday. “We will make future business decisions based on the evolving situation. In the meantime, given the scale of the emerging refugee crisis, we are working with our NGO partners to provide urgent aid and other humanitarian assistance to refugees.”

Other organisations ranging from football officials to international banking networks have also cut ties with Russia for the time being, as The Independent has reported.

Josh Marcus1 March 2022 02:50

1646102145Senator warns of ‘long and bloody’ siege as Russia tries to ‘encircle and cut off’ Kyiv Ukraine may have surprised Russia with its resolute defence of the country during the early days of the invasion, but dark days could be ahead for the country, particularly the capital Kyiv, according to US officials.

US Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations committee, warned on Twitter on Monday that Russia will try to “encircle” Kyiv and launch a vigorous offensive in the coming days, following a classified intelligence briefing.

“Russia will try to encircle and cut off Kiev in the next several weeks,” he wrote. “The fight for Kiev will be long and bloody and Ukrainians are rapidly preparing for street to street combat,” he added, using an alternative spelling for the capital.

Josh Marcus1 March 2022 02:35

1646101845Ukraine: 40 mile-long Russian convoy heading to Kyiv twice as long as previously thoughtNew satellite images reveal that a convoy Russian military vehicles heading to the Ukrainian capital is even longer than previously thought.

The convoy was photographed on Monday approaching Antonov airport on the outskirts of Kyiv, which remained under government control after days under Russian assault. Liam James has the story for The Independent.

Josh Marcus1 March 2022 02:30

1646101305Ukraine: 40 mile-long Russian convoy heading to Kyiv twice as long as previously thoughtNew satellite images reveal that a convoy Russian military vehicles heading to the Ukrainian capital is even longer than previously thought.

The convoy was photographed on Monday approaching Antonov airport on the outskirts of Kyiv, which remained under government control after days under Russian assault. Liam James has the story.

Josh Marcus1 March 2022 02:21

1646100945US planning ‘further steps’ to stop Russian invasion, Ukraine minister saysThe US has already sanctioned Vladimir Putin and repositioned US troops Europe, but “further steps” could be on the way as the Russian invasion of Ukraine continues.

On Monday, Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs Dmytro Kuleba said he recently spoke with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken about continued American support for the country.

“In our call, Secretary Blinken affirmed that the U.S. support for Ukraine remains unfaltering. I underscored that Ukraine craves for peace, but as long as we are under Russia’s assault we need more sanctions and weapons,” Mr Kuleba said. “Secretary assured me of both. We coordinated further steps.”

Beyond that, details of the next round of US action remains vague. Thus far, the US has relied on non-direct interventions like sanctions and weapons transfers, while adamantly stating it won’t send in US troops or establish a “no-fly zone” over Ukraine.

More details could be revealed during Joe Biden’s State of the Union address on Tuesday, which was hastily rewritten to address the war in Ukraine, Eric Garcia reports.

Here’s The Independent’s other reporting on what actions the US has taken thus far.

Josh Marcus1 March 2022 02:15

1646100045Putin is ‘not well,’ says former US ambassador to UkraineWilliam Taylor, the former US ambassador to Ukraine and a key witness during Donald Trump’s first impeachment trial, says recent statements from Russian president Vladimir Putin show that the leader is “not well” and surrounded by sycophants.

Watch Mr Taylor’s recent comments on MSNBC for more:

For more context, here are stories from The Independent archive on Mr Taylor, as well as Mr Putin’s controversial justification for his aggression in Ukraine.

Josh Marcus1 March 2022 02:00

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