Economic Times | 27 Feb, 2022 | 08.58AM IST
The Ukrainian president’s office said Russian forces blew up a gas pipeline in Kharkiv, the country’s second-largest city. The State Service of Special Communication and Information Protection warned that the explosion, which it said looked like a mushroom cloud, could cause an ‘environmental catastrophe’ and advised residents to cover their windows with damp cloth or gauze and to drink plenty of fluids. Ukraine’s top prosecutor, Iryna Venediktova, said the Russian forces have been unable to take Kharkiv, where a fierce battle is underway. The city of 1.5 million is located 40 kilometres (25 miles) from the Russian border.
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Disappointing: Top Republican senator on India’s abstention on UNSC resolution against Russia
Top Republican Senator John Cornyn has expressed disappointment over India abstaining from the vote on a UNSC resolution against the Russian invasion of Ukraine, alleging that New Delhi has avoided publicly denouncing Moscow while it tries to balance its strategic relationship with Russia. His remarks came a day after the 15-nation UN Security Council voted on the draft resolution by the US and its allies that would have deplored in the strongest terms Russia’s ‘aggression’ against Ukraine.
Over 3000 protesters detained in Russia for anti-war protests
Swift says it is preparing to comply with western nations’ measures for Russian Banks ‘upon legal instruction’
US, allies target ‘fortress Russia’ with new sanctions including SWIFT ban
- The United States and its allies moved to block certain Russian banks’ access to the SWIFT international payment system in further punishment of Moscow as it continues its military assault against Ukraine.
- The measures, which will also include restrictions on the Russian central bank’s international reserves, will be implemented in the coming days, the nations said in a joint statement. The move comes after the United States and its allies slapped sanctions this week on major Russian banks as well as on Russian President Vladimir Putin himself, among others, as Moscow’s forces pushed into the heart of Ukraine toward Kyiv.
- The actions are aimed at preventing Putin from using $630 billion in central bank foreign currency reserves in the invasion of Ukraine and to defend a plunging rouble.
Ukraine roads company removing road signs to confuse Russians
A Ukrainian company in charge of building and maintaining roads said it was removing all road signs that could be used by invading Russian forces to find their way around the country.
Ukraine says Russian forces blew up gas pipeline in Kharkiv, country’s second-largest city, reports AP
Russian missiles have hit the Ukrainian town of Vasylkiv southwest of the capital, Kyiv, setting an oil terminal ablaze, the town’s mayor said in a video posted online. (Reuters)
War via TikTok: Russia’s new tool for propaganda machine
- The Russian TikTok video has it all: a cat, puppies and a pulsing background beat. It’s cute, watchable and hardly seems the stuff of state propaganda.
In 2014, Russia flooded the internet with fake accounts pushing disinformation about its takeover of Crimea. Eight years later, experts say Russia is mounting a far more sophisticated effort as it invades Ukraine.
- Armies of trolls and bots stir up anti-Ukrainian sentiment. State-controlled media outlets look to divide Western audiences. Clever TikTok videos serve up Russian nationalism with a side of humor. The effort amounts to an emerging part of Russia’s war arsenal with the shaping of opinion through orchestrated disinformation fighting alongside actual troops and weapons.
- Analysts at several different research organizations said they are seeing a sharp increase in online activity by groups affiliated with the Russian state. That’s in keeping with Russia’s strategy of using social media and state-run outlets to galvanize domestic support while seeking to destabilize the Western alliance.
- Across the internet, there’s been a rapid uptick in suspicious accounts spreading anti-Ukrainian content, according to a report from Cyabra, an Israeli tech company that works to detect disinformation.
The situation is bad at many places in Ukraine, citizens have taken up arms to save their country. Stockpiling began where I was staying, a student who returned from Ukraine told ANI
Evacuation: Third flight of Operation Ganga
The third flight of Operation Ganga carrying 240 Indian nationals from Budapest (Hungary) has taken off for Delhi
Russian invaders ‘frustrated’ by stiff Ukraine resistance: Pentagon
- Russia’s invasion force is being slowed and frustrated by unexpectedly stiff resistance from Ukrainian troops, keeping them outside Kyiv, a senior US defense official said.
- The United States and Western allies are still able to deliver arms into the country to bolster the Ukraine military, and Washington plans to send more in the coming days to help them fight both Russian armor on the ground and assaults from the air, the official said.
- According to Pentagon information, Russia now has at least 50 percent of its massive invasion force inside Ukraine. But the force is making slow progress on its original three-front thrust due to unexpectedly stiff resistance.
Russian ground forces assembled in Nova Kakhovka, Ukraine
Satellite imagery taken on Saturday showed Russian ground forces assembled in Nova Kakhovka, Ukraine, at and near t… https://t.co/nn7ZAMV6EQ
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Russia now ‘a global economic and financial pariah’ says a US official (AFP)
The second evacuation flight from Romanian capital Bucharest carrying 250 Indian nationals who were stranded in Ukraine landed at the Delhi airport in the early hours of Sunday
Germany to close its airspace to Russian flights, reports AFP quoting the ministry
UN: At least 64 civilians killed in Ukraine
The United Nations said it has confirmed at least 240 civilian casualties, including at least 64 people killed, in the fighting in Ukraine that erupted since Russia’s invasion on Thursday – though it believed the real figures are considerably higher because many reports of casualties remain to be confirmed.