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Russia ‘barbaric’ for attacking TV tower near Holocaust memorial – Ukraine

Ukraine’s foreign ministry said Russia was barbaric for attacking a TV tower near a memorial site that commemorates the victims of Babyn Yar. Babyn Yar was one of the biggest single massacres of Jews during the Nazi Holocaust.

France’s shippng group CMA CGM suspends Russian deliveries

French container shipping group CMA CGM said Tuesday it would cease to deliver to Russian ports, following in the footsteps of European competitors Maersk and MSC which have announced similar measures.

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy spoke to US President Joe Biden amid Ukraine Crisis

“American leadership on anti-Russian sanctions & defense assistance to Ukraine was discussed. We must stop the aggressor as soon as possible,” says Ukraine President

IAF aircraft to leave for Romania at 4 am tomorrow

Indian Air Force C-17 transport aircraft to leave for Romania at 4 am tomorrow to bring back Indian citizens from Ukraine. The aircraft will take off from its home base in Hindan near Delhi: IAF officials

5 dead in Kyiv

Ukraine’s emergency agency: Russian strikes on Kyiv’s TV tower kill five people, wound others, reports AP

NATO foreign ministers to hold emergency meeting over Ukraine on Friday: official

Source: AFP

5,000 Russian soldiers dead or captured

A senior Western intelligence official briefed by multiple intelligence agencies estimated on Tuesday that more than 5,000 Russian soldiers have been captured or killed so far, and that Ukrainian forces have eliminated significant numbers of Russian aircraft and tanks and some air defense systems.

Nord Stream partner Engie condemns Ukraine invasion, boosts Norway gas purchases

French gas utility Engie, one of the partners in the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project, said on Tuesday it condemned the situation in Ukraine and would comply with any sanctions that may be applied.

U.S. shipper UPS halts overflights of Russia

  • U.S.-based United Parcel Service Inc said Tuesday it has halted overflights of Russia as the White House continues to debate whether to close U.S. airspace to Russia.
  • A UPS spokesman said the company has “put contingency plans in place to continue serving customers, while not flying in restricted areas. That includes not overflying Russia.” American Airlines and Delta Air Lines both said Monday they have halted overflights of Russia as well.

Nations agree to release 60 million barrels of oil amid war

All 31 countries that are members of the International Energy Agency have agreed to release 60 million barrels of oil from their strategic reserves “to send a strong message to oil markets” that there will be “no shortfall in supplies” as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the group said Tuesday.

Conveyed to envoys of Russia, Ukraine our demand for urgent safe passage to all Indians in Kharkiv and other conflict zones: FS Shringla

A C-17 IAF aircraft is expected to fly out to Romania at 4 AM on Wednesday to bring back Indians: Foreign Secretary Shringla

Over next three days, 26 flights have been scheduled to bring back Indian citizens: Foreign Secretary after PM’s meeting on Ukraine crisis

  • We had an estimated 20,000 Indian students in Ukraine at the time that we issued our first advisory. From that number approximately 12,000 have since left Ukraine, which is 60% of the total number of our citizens in Ukraine: Foreign Secy
  • Of the remaining 40%, roughly half remain in conflict zone in Kharkiv, Sumy area & the other half have either reached the western borders of Ukraine or are heading towards the western part of Ukraine – they are generally out of conflict areas: Foreign Secy
  • All of our nationals have left Kyiv. The information with us is that we have no more nationals left in Kyiv, nobody has contacted us from Kyiv since. All our inquiries reveal that each and every one of our nationals has come out of Kyiv: Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla

Ukraine’s president to Russia: stop your bombs before ceasefire talks can start

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Tuesday Russia must call a halt to bombing Ukrainian cities before meaningful talks on a ceasefire could start, as a first round of negotiations this week had yielded scant progress.

Foreign Secretary on Ukraine crisis

Earlier this afternoon I separately called in the Ambassadors of Russia and Ukraine. I reiterated strongly our demand for urgent safe passage for all Indian nationals who are still in Kharkiv and other cities in the conflict area: Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla

Russia has attacked a Kyiv television tower, says Ukrainian official

Russian forces have attacked a television tower in Ukraine’s capital Kyiv, potentially disrupting its signal, Ukrainian Interior Ministry adviser Anton Herashchenko said on social media on Tuesday. Work will be done to restore any lost signal, the local 1+1 television channel said.

You will have more NATO, not less NATO: British PM Boris Johnson

If Russian President Vladimir Putin thinks he’s going to push NATO back by what he is doing then he is gravely mistaken. This will end up with a fortified and strengthened NATO on his western flank. You will have more NATO, not less NATO: British PM Boris Johnson

Belarus leader asks Putin to deploy more S-400 missiles near Minsk, media reports

Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko said on Tuesday that he had asked Russia’s President Vladimir Putin to deploy an additional S-400 missile complex west of Minsk, the RIA news agency reported, citing another news agency, Belta.

YouTube blocks Russian channels RT, Sputnik in Europe

YouTube has blocked Russia’s RT and Sputnik in Europe over Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, the video-sharing platform said on Tuesday, as the European Union prepares to ban the state-backed broadcasters. RT and Sputnik’s YouTube channels in Europe are being blocked “with immediate effect”, YouTube said in an email to AFP.

Ukraine says 8 dead in Russian strike on Kharkiv housing block

Ukraine said Tuesday eight people were killed in a Russian air strike on a residential building in the eastern city of Kharkiv, where an administrative building was earlier destroyed by Russian missiles.

Blinken suggests Russia should be stripped of UN Human Rights Council membership

Putin success in ousting Ukraine government would see rights, humanitarian crises ‘only get worse’, US Sec. of State Blinken tells UN rights council

Exxon Mobil begins removing U.S. employees from its Russian oil and gas operations

Exxon Mobil has begun removing U.S. employees working in Russia, according to a person familiar with the matter. The departures include staff from its large oil and gas production operations on Sakhalin Island in Russia’s Far East. Exxon last year employed more than 1,000 people across Russia with offices in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg and Yuzhno-Sakhalinst, according to its website.

IAF transport aircraft including the C-17 Globemaster heavy-lift planes on standby for Operation Ganga

Russian billionaire Fridman to contest ‘groundless’ EU sanctions

After some of Russia’s richest oligarchs were cut out the global financial system, billionaires Mikhail Fridman and Pyotr Aven vowed to contest European Union sanctions imposed in retaliation for the invasion of Ukraine.

Live Updates: French President Emmanuel Macron and PM Modi had a telephonic conversation today

Do not forget: Russia’s Medvedev warns France of real war

Which international banks are exposed to Russia?

The latest wave of sanctions on Russia over its Ukraine invasion have thrown the global banking industry deeper into turmoil, as Western countries try to squeeze Moscow’s access to cash for its economy and international trade.
Following are some of the banks with significant Russian exposure.
The U.S. bank on Monday said its total exposure to Russia amounted to nearly $10 billion.


The Austrian lender’s Russian business ranks as the country’s ninth largest bank by loans. With overall assets of 15.8 billion euros, it employs around 8,700 staff to serve more than 4.5 million customers.Societe Generale started doing business in Russia in 1872 then left the country in 1917, the year of the Bolshevik revolution, to return in 1973. It has 1.5 million local customers.The Italian bank’s Russian subsidiary ranks as the country’s 14th largest bank. UniCredit Russia’s 2.3 billion euros in equity accounts for 3.7% of the group’s total.Italy’s biggest bank has financed major investment projects in Russia, such as the Blue Stream gas pipeline and the sale of a stake in oil producer Rosneft.The Dutch bank has around 4.5 billion euros in outstanding loans with Russian clients and around 600 million euros with clients in Ukraine, out of a total loan book worth more than 600 billion euros.

UK relaxes immigration rules for Ukrainian refugees

The UK on Tuesday relaxed its immigration requirements for Ukrainians fleeing Russia’s invasion, after criticism it was not going far enough to accommodate refugees. Home Secretary Priti Patel said some 100,000 Ukrainians could enter the country for 12 months as a result of changes to criteria for close family members.

Russia to spend up to $10 bln from rainy-day fund on buying Russian shares, source says

The Russian government has ordered the finance ministry to channel up to 1 trillion roubles ($10.3 billion) from the National Wealth Fund to buy shares in Russian companies, a source close to the government told Reuters on Tuesday.

Ambassador of Ukraine to India on Russia Ukraine Crisis

It’s like the massacre arranged by Mughals against Rajputs. We are asking every time all influential world leaders, among them Modi Ji, to use every resource against Putin to stop bombing and shelling: Dr Igor Polikha, Ambassador of Ukraine to India on Russia Ukraine Crisis

Dr Igor Polikha, Ambassador of Ukraine to India on meeting with MEA

We discussed the modalities of Humanitarian aid. We are grateful to India for starting this aid. The first plane is expected to land in Poland today. I was assured by Foreign Secy that Ukraine will get maximum humanitarian aid: Dr Igor Polikha

Ukraine talking to allies over how to boost air defences, says minister

Ukraine is in talks with allies on how to support its air defences, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said on Tuesday when asked about whether NATO should set up a no-fly zone to help the country after Russia’s invasion. “Everything they can help us with now – it’s better to help now than find themselves eye to eye with (Russian President Vladimir) Putin later,” Kuleba told an online news conference.

Slovakia allows in Russian plane with nuclear fuel

A Russian cargo plane carrying nuclear fuel landed in Slovakia on Tuesday, the EU member said, marking an exception to the ban on Russian aircraft in EU airspace. Poland’s civil aviation authority said it had also given its green light to the flight, which had to fly over Belarus and Poland to reach Slovakia.

Ukraine recalls envoys from Georgia, Kyrgyzstan

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Tuesday that Kyiv was recalling ambassadors from fellow ex-Soviet republics Kyrgyzstan and Georgia over their government’s stance on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Adidas suspends partnership with Russian football federation: spokesperson

  • German sports equipment giants Adidas said Tuesday they have suspended their partnership with the Russian Football Federation in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
  • “Adidas is suspending its partnership with the Russian Football Federation (RFS) with immediate effect,” said a spokesman of the company which in 2020 generated 2.9 percent of its turnover in the “Russia, Ukraine and CIS” regions.

Russia tells Kyiv residents living near intelligence infrastructure to evacuate

Russian troops are likely carry out an attack on the infrastructure of Ukraine’s security services in Kyiv and urged residents living nearby to leave, the defence ministry said Tuesday “We call on… Kyiv residents living near relay nodes to leave their homes,” defence ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said.

The Divisional Administration Kashmir has established a helpline for stranded residents/students of Kashmir in Ukraine

In case of any assistance from the government, the concerned and their family members can contact on phone numbers—01942457312 & 01942473135, the admin said.

IEA begins ministerial meeting on oil supply amid Russia’s Ukraine invasion – Japan

An extraordinary ministerial meeting of member states in the International Energy Agency (IEA) on the impact of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on the oil market commenced on Tuesday, a spokesperson for Japan’s industry ministry told Reuters.

Ukraine asks China to make Russia stop war: Foreign ministry

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba asked his Chinese counterpart in a phone call on Tuesday to use Beijing’s ties with Moscow to stop Russia’s military invasion of its neighbour, the Ukrainian foreign ministry said in a statement. According to the statement, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi told Kuleba Beijing was ready to make every effort to help end the war through diplomacy.

Lufthansa to cut cargo flights in coming weeks due to air space closures

Lufthansa Cargo will cut some cargo flights in the coming weeks after Russia’s air space was closed off, a spokesperson for the German company said. There is less capacity in the market due to reduced payload and individual flight cancellations, said the spokesperson on Tuesday, who added the situation was already tight due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Russia cuts off Ukraine military from the Sea of Azov

Russian forces have cut off the Ukrainian military from the Sea of Azov north of the Black Sea, the TASS news agency quoted Russia’s defence ministry as saying on Tuesday. The forces of Russian-backed separatists have reached the borders of Ukraine’s Donetsk province and joined Russian troops, another agency, RIA, quoted the ministry as saying.

The latest on the Ukraine crisis

Source: AFP

Russia must end Ukraine ‘bloodshed’: Berlin

Russia must immediately withdraw its troops and end the “bloodshed” in Ukraine, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said Tuesday, warning of further sanctions to punish Moscow’s aggression.

Standing ovation

Members of European Parliament applaud after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s speech at a special session to debate its response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, in Brussels, Belgium.

Standing ovation

UK says evicting Russia from UN Security Council among ‘all options’ on table

The UK government is open to ejecting Russia as one of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council following the invasion of Ukraine, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s spokesman said Tuesday. “The prime minister hasn’t set out any position on that,” he told reporters.

Live Updates: The special flight of Operation Ganga carrying Indian nationals has departed from Romanian capital Bucharest to Delhi

China starts evacuating citizens from Ukraine, one injured

China has started evacuating its citizens from Ukraine, state media said Tuesday, as fears grow for their safety with anger reportedly rising over Beijing’s refusal to condemn the Russian invasion.

More Karnataka students in Kharkiv

Two persons were with him (A student who died in Ukraine). One of them also got injured. They are also from Chalageri and Ranebennur taluk of Haveri district: Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai

Prime Minister Narendra Modi to chair a high-level meeting on Ukraine Russia Crisis at 6pm today

The meeting comes as the situation in the war-hit country worsened, with one Indian student also losing his life in shelling in Kharkiv as Russian troops advanced deeper into Ukraine.

Ukraine’s Zelenskiy urges EU: ‘Do prove that you are with us”

“Do prove that you are with us. Do prove that you will not let us go. Do prove that you are indeed Europeans and then life will win over death and light will win over darkness,” Zelenskiy said in Ukrainian in a speech translated to English by an interpreter talking through tears, as emotion gripped the parliament

PM speaks to the father of Indian student who died in shelling in Kharkiv

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to the father of Naveen Shekharappa, an Indian student who died in shelling in Kharkiv, Ukraine this morning.

At least 10 dead after Russian shelling on Ukraine’s Kharkiv: emergency services

Russian shelling on Ukraine’s second-largest city Kharkiv killed at least 10 people and left many more injured on Tuesday, emergency services said, in an attack that targeted the central square and the main administration building.

Putin stripped of FINA order; Russia, Belarus can compete as neutrals

The International Swimming Federation (FINA) on Tuesday decided to withdraw the FINA order awarded to Russian President Vladimir Putin following the invasion of Ukraine. The world aquatics body also announced that no athlete or aquatics official from Russia and Belarus will be allowed to compete under their countries’ name but can participate as neutrals.

UK’s Prince Charles says invasion of Ukraine is “brutal aggression”

Britain’s Prince Charles called Russia’s invasion of Ukraine a “brutal aggression,” media reports said on Tuesday. The prince said the values of democracy and freedom were “under attack today in Ukraine in the most unconscionable way,” the reports said.

Badminton federation bans athletes from Russia and Belarus

  • The world governing body for badminton (BWF) said on Tuesday that players from Russia and Belarus would be banned from international tournaments from next week, following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
  • Since the start of what Russian President Vladimir Putin has called “a special military operation” last week, sports bodies across the world have already moved against Russia and Belarus by refusing to host or play against teams from the countries.
  • The BWF’s move comes a day after it cancelled tournaments in Russia and Belarus and is in line with recommendations made by the International Olympic Committee executive board.

Union Minister Narayan Rane on being asked about the death of a Indian student and whether there was delay on part of the government in rescuing students- “Did Sanjay Raut get you to ask this question?. Listen to me, you should express satisfaction, India’s Prime Minister had begun the process to bring back Indians by sending aircrafts, then he gave responsibility to four Ministers to bring back more indians who wished to come back. Around 20,000 students were there and the BJP’s central government has brought in 1,000 and is trying to bring back the rest. If one person has gone (dead), then whatever help what ever is needed will be given by the Indian government. But claiming that you don’t do this and you have ignored them, what is this. This cannot be used to claim we are not doing anything, if someone is doing good then you have to admit it. This has to be accepted.”

Reports ET Bureau

Rouble heads back towards record lows, living standards exposed

  • The rouble gave up earlier attempts at a recovery to head back towards record lows on Tuesday, threatening the living standards of ordinary Russians as the country was hit with a raft of harsh Western sanctions. The currency had found some support after Russian authorities ordered exporting companies, among which are some of the world’s biggest energy producers from Gazprom to Rosneft, to sell 80% of their forex revenues on the market, as the central bank’s own ability to intervene on currency markets was curbed. But the rouble’s brief gains had still left it well shy of the 75 to the dollar mark and 87 to the euro it traded at before Russia recognised two breakaway regions in eastern Ukraine and sent its troops into the neighbouring country last week.

UN estimates one million people displaced inside Ukraine

  • An estimated one million people have been displaced inside Ukraine by the Russian invasion, the UN refugee agency said Tuesday, in addition to hundreds of thousands who have fled elsewhere. “There has been a lot of attention on those who flee to neighbouring countries, but it’s important to remember that the largest number of people affected are located within Ukraine,” Karolina Lindholm Billing, UNHCR representative to Ukraine, told reporters in Stockholm. “We still don’t have reliable figures regarding the number of people displaced inside Ukraine, but we estimate that it has to be about one million people who have fled internally or who are currently on a train, a bus or in a car trying to get to safety,” she added. UNHCR is currently working to step up assistance within the borders of the war-torn country.

UK passes law to ban Russsian-linked ships from its ports

  • Britain said on Tuesday it had passed a law that would ban all ships that have any connection to Russia from entering its ports. Britain had said on Monday that it wanted all ports to refuse entry to ships that were Russian flagged, registered or controlled while it drew up new legislation. “We’ve just become the first nation to pass a law involving a total ban of all ships with any Russian connection whatsoever from entering British ports,” Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said on Twitter.

Malaysia says won’t allow Russia-flagged tanker sanctioned by U.S. at port

  • Linda, a Russian-flagged crude oil tanker targeted by U.S. sanctions, will not be allowed to call at Malaysia’s Kuala Linggi port, the country’s transport ministry said on Tuesday. The ministry in a statement said the port’s operator had made the decision to decline the ship’s intention to dock to avoid violating any sanctions. The vessel had been scheduled to arrive at the weekend.

Russian strike hits square in Kharkiv, says Ukraine president

  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says a Russian missile strike hit a central square in the city of Kharkiv, calling it an act of “undisguised terror.” He said: “Nobody will forgive. Nobody will forget.” Russian shelling pounded civilian targets in Ukraine’s second-largest city again Tuesday.