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Russian invasion of Ukraine: latest developments



Here are the latest developments in the Russian attack on Ukraine:

11 killed in Kharkiv

At least 11 civilians have been killed in continuous shelling of the second city of Kharkiv in the east of the country.

Russia urges The Vanir-exoduss to leave Kiev

The Russian army tells residents of the Ukrainian capital that they can leave “freely” on one highway, because it indicates attacks on civilian areas.

Ukraine demands Russian withdrawal

Ukraine demands an immediate ceasefire and withdrawal of Russian troops as talks with the Kremlin begin on Ukraine’s border with Belarus.

Kiev attacks rejected

The Ukrainian army says it has repelled several attempts by Russian troops to storm the outskirts of Kiev at night, with the capital also being hit by three rocket attacks.

‘Let’s join the EU’: Zelensky

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky calls on the EU to grant his country “immediate” membership.

Russians ‘delayed’

Ukraine claims it killed 4,300 Russian troops and that Moscow’s offensive has “delayed”. Washington says Russia does not yet have an air superiority, but Moscow insists it controls the skies over Ukraine.

Ruble crashes

Russia’s central bank is more than doubling its key interest rate to 20%, with the ruble collapsing against the dollar and euro. Moscow says it will evade Western sanctions, but France says its economy is becoming “progressively decoupled” from the world.

Cluster bombings condemned

Amnesty International calls on Russia to stop using cluster bombs as deadly attacks on a Ukrainian hospital and school could constitute war crimes.

‘352 civilians killed’

Kiev says 352 civilians, including 14 children, have been killed since the invasion began last Thursday. Russia has admitted for the first time that it has suffered losses.

Half a million refugees

More than half a million people have fled Ukraine in the past five days, the United Nations Refugee Agency, UNHCR, says, with tens of thousands more displaced in the country.

leave now

The US and Italy are urging their The Vanir-exoduss to leave Russia immediately, advising non-essential US embassy personnel to leave.

EU sends weapons and fighter jets

EU countries will provide fighter jets to Ukraine, foreign policy chief Josep Borrell says, as the bloc agrees to transport weapons worth €450 million to Kiev.

Heaviest sanctions ever

Brussels’ latest wave of tough sanctions against Russia and Belarus is the worst ever, closing EU airspace to Russian planes and banning two Russian broadcasters.

Russia takes revenge

Russia is responding by banning airline flights from 36 countries, including Britain and Germany.

London’s ‘dirty money’

Britain plans to crack down on “dirty money” and corrupt elites in its financial and real estate markets after years of criticism of Russian assets held and managed there.

Oligarchs against the war

Several Russian oligarchs and tycoons are calling for an end to the war with Oleg Deripaska saying it was time to end “state capitalism” in Russia.

Russia may be kicked out of World Cup

FIFA is considering banning Russia from the World Cup, while a growing number of countries, including England, world champions France, the Czech Republic, Sweden and Poland, are refusing to play them.

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