Ukrainian officials said 198 civilians had been killed since the Russian invasion.

Western allies agreed on Saturday to a fresh round of financial sanctions against Russia for its invasion of Ukraine, including taking the key step of banning a number of Russian banks from the SWIFT interbank system. In a joint statement, the White House said the group of world powers was “committed to continuing to impose costs on Russia that will further insulate Russia from the international financial system and our economies.” As Ukrainian forces resist the Russian advance, Western officials say there is genuine interest in ensuring President Vladimir Putin pays the maximum price for the invasion.

Here are the updates on the Russian-Ukrainian crisis:

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Over 3,000 protesters detained in Russia over anti-war protests: report

More than 3,000 protesters have been arrested in Russia in the past three days for taking part in anti-war protests, a watchdog group has claimed.

“Over the past three days, at least 3,093 people have been arrested for anti-war protests across Russia,” tweeted OVD-Info Monitor, a group that tracks arrests at protests across Russia. .

Police arrested at least 1,967 people on February 24, 634 on February 25 and 492 on February 26, the group added. Read more
Bihar government launches hotline for students stranded in Ukraine

As the evacuation of Indian students trapped in Ukraine gathers pace, the Bihar government has set up hotlines for boys and girls from the state who had been to the war-torn country to pursue higher education and who are now eager to make an exit in the aftermath of the military crisis.

The helpline numbers issued by the State Disaster Management Department are 0612-2294204, 0612-1070 and 7070290170. An email id has also been issued by the government – [email protected] . The Bihar Bhavan in New Delhi has also issued a helpline number and email id – 7217788114, [email protected]

3rd flight carrying 240 Indians from Budapest lands in Delhi
A third flight carrying 240 Indians from Budapest landed in Delhi. Earlier, the second Air India evacuation flight from the Romanian capital Bucharest carrying 250 Indian nationals stranded in Ukraine landed at Delhi airport this morning.

Prince William and Kate Middleton praise Ukrainian President Zelenskyy
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton have expressed their support for Ukraine and its President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. They backed Ukraine and its leader amid attacks from Russia in a message via Twitter on Saturday. “In October 2020, we had the privilege of meeting with President Zelenskyy and the First Lady to hear their hope and optimism for the future of Ukraine,” the tweet read. He continued: “Today we stand with the President and all the people of Ukraine as they bravely fight for that future.”

A city near Kiev in Ukraine hit by missiles, an oil terminal on fire

Russian missiles hit the Ukrainian town of Vasylkiv, southwest of the capital, Kyiv, setting fire to an oil terminal, the town’s mayor said in a video posted online. “The enemy wants to destroy everything around,” said the mayor, Natalia Balasinovich.

New European Union sanctions to ‘cripple’ Putin amid Ukraine invasion

European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen said on Saturday that Brussels would offer to freeze the assets of the Russian central bank, as part of a major escalation in sanctions against Moscow following the invasion of the Ukraine.

Von der Leyen also said the EU would remove “certain” Russian banks from the SWIFT payment system, in response to a key demand from Kiev to punish Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The United States and its allies will remove Russian banks from the global payment system SWIFT
Germany and its Western allies have agreed to bar Russia from the SWIFT global payments system, a German government spokesman said on Saturday, in a third round of sanctions aimed at halting Russia’s invasion of the ‘Ukraine.

Ukraine says Russian troops blew up gas pipeline in Kharkiv
Russian troops have blown up a gas pipeline in the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, Ukraine’s national special communications and information protection service said on Sunday.

Ukrainian road company removes traffic signs to confuse Russians

A Ukrainian road construction and maintenance company said it was removing all road signs that could be used by invading Russian forces to navigate the country.

China won’t come to Russia’s rescue: US official on Ukraine crisis

China does not appear to be helping Russia with Western financial sanctions against Moscow for its aggression in Ukraine, a senior Biden administration official has said.

“The last few hours suggest that China is not coming to the rescue,” the official said in a conference call on Saturday, according to the Sputnik news agency.

“I think there have been reports…that China was actually restricting some of its banks from providing credit to facilitate energy purchases from Russia, which suggests that just as has been the case for for years and years, China has tended to respect the strength of US sanctions,” the official added.

Donald Trump praises Putin and rekindles election lies at conservative forum

Donald Trump emerged from political exile on Saturday to lambast President Joe Biden and NATO over the Ukraine crisis and echo his false claims of a stolen 2020 election in a speech to rank-and-file Republicans. Trump blamed his neighbor’s Russia invasion on Biden’s “weakness” and praised President Vladimir Putin’s intellect.

Missile launch in North Korea undesirable amid Ukraine crisis, says South

North Korea’s missile launch on Sunday is “regrettable” and never desirable as the world tries to resolve the crisis in Ukraine, South Korea’s National Security Council has said, urging the neighboring country to resume talks.

Elon Musk says Starlink is active in Ukraine as Russian invasion disrupts internet

SpaceX billionaire Elon Musk said on Saturday that the company’s Starlink satellite broadband service was available in Ukraine and that SpaceX was sending more terminals to the country, whose internet has been disrupted due to the invasion. Russian.

“Starlink service is now active in Ukraine. More terminals on the way,” Musk tweeted.

US and allies rush arms as Russia pushes to expand attack on Ukraine

The Russian military has been ordered to widen its advance into Ukraine ‘in all directions’ after Ukraine said it repelled an attack on the capital Kiev but ‘sabotage groups’ remained in the city. Read the latest developments here

A city near Kiev in Ukraine hit by missiles, an oil terminal on fire

Russian missiles hit the Ukrainian town of Vasylkiv, southwest of the capital, Kyiv, setting fire to an oil terminal, the town’s mayor said in a video posted online.

Photographs and videos posted online showed large flames rising under the night sky.

Good to be back: Indians evacuated from Ukraine breathe sigh of relief

Indian nationals, mostly students, who were evacuated from Ukraine breathed a sigh of relief when the Air India flight carrying them landed at the airport here in the early hours of Sunday.

The returnees were from different states including Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Arunachal Pradesh and Kerala etc. They thanked the Indian government for evacuating them and saving their lives.

Ukrainian President holds talks with PM Modi as Russia praises India’s position at UN

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Saturday he spoke with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking “political support”, soon after Russia welcomed India’s decision to abstain from a vote in the United Nations to condemn his invasion.

President Zelenskiy, who has won international admiration for standing firm in the capital Kyiv and rejecting offers to evacuate, said he briefed Prime Minister Modi on how the Russian assault was unfolding with more than one million invaders.
Macron urges Lukashenko to withdraw Russian troops from Belarus

French President Emmanuel Macron has called on Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko to demand the rapid withdrawal of Russian troops from Belarus, the Elysee Palace said in a statement after the two leaders spoke by phone.

2nd evacuation flight with 250 Indians from Ukraine lands in Delhi
The second Air India evacuation flight from the Romanian capital Bucharest carrying 250 Indian nationals stranded in Ukraine landed at Delhi airport in the early hours of Sunday, government officials said.

Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia greeted the evacuees at the airport by handing them roses.

The United States and its allies agree to exclude Russia from the global payment system SWIFT
Germany and its Western allies have agreed to bar Russia from the SWIFT global payments system, a German government spokesman said on Saturday, in a third round of sanctions aimed at halting Russia’s invasion of the ‘Ukraine.

The sanctions, agreed with the United States, France, Canada, Italy, Britain and the European Commission, also include limiting the Russian central bank’s ability to support the rouble.