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Russia invasion of Ukraine: Latest updates

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky

Kyiv, March 5: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who has been urging NATO to enforce a no-fly zone over Ukraine to halt bombing raids, will address the US Senate on Saturday.

Zelensky will speak to senators via Zoom in the morning Washington time at the request of Ukraine.

A section of US lawmakers are urging President Joe Biden to take a tougher stance against Russia, such as by suspending imports of its oil but the White House has ruled this out so far, fearing it might cause oil prices to rise even more and hurt US as people are already suffering from inflation.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham has called for “somebody in Russia” to assassinate President Vladimir Putin.


NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said that enforcing a no-fly zone over Ukraine that such a move could provoke widespread war in Europe with Russia as the Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba called for urgent help from NATO and European countries, although some US lawmakers support the creation of such a zone.

While laying siege to Ukrainian port city Mariupo for days, Russian forces also cut its electricity, food, water, heating and transportation as the people face harsh winters amid the war. Similar to the Nazi blockade of Leningrad in World War II.

NATO countries are sending terrorist fighters to Ukraine, Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service warned, reported Sputnik.

The United States is imposing export controls against Russia’s oil refining sector and targeting 91 entities across 10 countries that support the Russian military in response to the latter’s operation in Ukraine, the Commerce Department said on Friday.

But capturing Mariupol on the Azov Sea,will be a setback to Ukraine’s maritime access and connect troops coming from annexed Crimea and the Donbas.

Microsoft suspended all new sales of products and services in Russia due to the Ukraine conflict.

Thousands of people have fled conflict-ridden Ukraine and crossed over to Romania’s Siret in the past few days amid Russia’s ongoing military operation in Ukraine.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has left Ukraine and is currently in Poland, said Russian State Duma
Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin, reported Sputnik.

Meanwhile, the 47-member Council voted at the UN Human Rights Council on a draft resolution on the situation of human rights in Ukraine.

The resolution was adopted with 32 votes in favour, two against (Russia and Eritrea) and 13 abstentions, including India, China, Pakistan, Sudan and Venezuela.

Russian troops have occupied Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine, where a fire that had threatened potential disaster was extinguished in the early hours of Friday morning, said Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Rafael Mariano Grossi on Friday.

International Atomic Energy Agency on Friday said that two people were injured after a fire broke out at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant following heavy shelling from Russian forces.

Over 160 educational institutions in Ukraine have been partially or completely destroyed by the shelling of Russian troops, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) of Ukraine on Friday said.

Moscow has seized two key cities in its 10-day-long invasion, Berdiansk and Kherson on Ukraine’s southern Black Sea coast.Since President Vladimir Putin’s army invaded on February 24, Russia has killed hundreds of civilians and assaulted Europe’s largest atomic power plant.

Asserting that the United Kingdom stands with Ukraine, Britain Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that his thoughts remain with all those affected in the conflict.

The South Korean government said that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine would have a much more serious impact on Korea’s economy than expected.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Friday urged world leaders to stop Russia “before this becomes a nuclear disaster” in a Facebook video post.

“No country besides Russia has ever fired upon an atomic power plant’s reactors. The first time, the first time in history,” he said, urging European leaders to “wake up now” and stop Russian forces “before this
becomes a nuclear disaster.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday said that nationalist “neo-Nazis” units of Ukraine are preventing foreigners, including Indians from leaving the war zone and are using them as human shields.

the Russian military on Friday seized a TV broadcasting tower in the southern city of Kherson.As many as 28 children were killed and 64 wounded in Russia’s military operation in Ukraine, according to The Kyiv independent, a
Ukraine media outlet.Kyiv wanted to accuse Russia of creating a radiation focus at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant (NPP), Russian defence ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said , reported Sputnik.

Ukrainian Foreign Ministry strongly condemned the shelling and seizure of the Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) site by the Russian Federation and called on the international community to force Russia to withdraw its armed forces from the power plant.

With fears growing of nuclear conflict, the US and Russian armed forces have set up a new direct phone line to reduce the risks of “miscalculation,” the Pentagon said.

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