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Ukraine Latest: Moscow ready for talks, but will continue war till the end

Latest Development:

  • Russia’s foreign minister has said that Moscow is ready for talks to end the fighting in Ukraine but will continue Ukraine war ’till the end’. Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov said that the Russian delegation submitted its demands to Ukrainian negotiators earlier this week and is now waiting for Kyiv’s response in talks slated for Thursday.
  • French President Macron held new 90-minute call with Putin: Elysee.
  • Ukrainian officials confirm Russia’s capture of southern city Kherson.
  • US raises alarm bells about “staggering” human toll
  • UN General Assembly overwhelmingly demands Russian pullout
  • Russia, Ukraine to discuss ceasefire Thursday
  • Russian forces said they had captured the Black Sea port of Kherson on Wednesday as Russian and Ukrainian troops battled for Kharkiv, the country’s second-biggest city, and #Ukraine‘s president said Moscow wanted to “erase” his country
  • US Justice Department launches task force to pursue ‘corrupt Russian oligarchs’
  • Russian foreign minister Lavrov says third world war would be nuclear and destructive: Reuters
  • The Kremlin says a Russian delegation is ready to continue peace talks with Ukraine as Moscow’s invasion of the pro-Western country enters its seventh day.
  • Russian military claims to have taken control of Ukraine’s Kherson. “The Russian divisions of the armed forces have taken the regional centre of Kherson under full control,” defence ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said in televised remarks.
  • Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says almost 6000 Russians killed in 6 days of war: Reuters
  • Russia’s largest lender Sberbank is quitting the European market after coming under pressure from Western sanctions levelled against the state bank in response to Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine. The bank says its European subsidiaries are facing “abnormal cash outflows”
  • Russian airborne troops have landed in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, the Ukrainian army says. “Russian airborne troops landed in Kharkiv… and attacked a local hospital. There is an ongoing fight”-AFP
  • US President Joe Biden announces ban on Russian aircraft from using US airspace during his State of the Union speech. Canada and several other European nations have already closed their airspace to Russian planes following Ukraine’s invasion.
  • The World Bank has announced that it is preparing a $3 billion aid package for Ukraine, which will include at least $350 million in immediate funds.
  • An Indian student lost his life in shelling in Ukraine this morning, the foreign ministry said. India has already asked its nationals to leave Ukraine capital Kyiv “urgently today, by trains or any other means available”. 
  • The Russian military convoy threatening Kyiv and its nearly 3 million residents is far bigger than initially thought, with satellite images showing it occupying much of a 40-mile (64-kilometer) stretch of road north of the capital.
  • Fierce resistance on the ground has so far denied Russian President Vladimir Putin decisive early gains after he last week launched the biggest assault on a European state since World War Two.
  • India advises its nationals to “leave Kyiv urgently today” in latest advisory
  • Ukraine claims that 352 civilians, including 14 children, have been killed in Russia’s offensive that began last Thursday. Negotiation talks between the two nations are on after Russian President Vladimir Putin put out his condition.

  • Indian Air Force is likely to deploy several C-17 aircraft as part of Operation Ganga from Tuesday, sources informed.
  • The decision to deploy C-17 aircraft as part of Operation Ganga was taken after another round of high level meeting, the third in the last 24 hours on Ukraine-Russia situation, sources also said.
  • Vladamir Putin told his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron that the demilitarisation of Ukraine and Western recognition of Russian sovereignty over the Crimean peninsula were prerequisites to ending fighting in Ukraine.
  • Russian shelling has killed at least 11 civilians in Ukraine’s second city Kharkiv: regional governor.
  • IOC calls on sports organisers to exclude Russian, Belarusian athletes and officials from international events.
  • Russia has been expelled from the World Cup after being suspended from all international competitions “until further notice”, FIFA and UEFA announced, while European football’s governing body also ended its partnership with Russian energy giant Gazprom
  • Russia, Belarus suspended by World Rugby ‘until further notice’: statement
  • Zelensky seeks ban on Russia in all global airports and ports

US says 12 expelled Russians ‘intelligence operatives’

  • Trudeau announces Canada ban on Russian oil imports
  • Russian ruble tanks almost 30% after latest sanctions. The ruble was indicated to be down 27% at 114.33 per dollar in offshore trading, according to Bloomberg News.
  • European subsidiary of Russia’s state-owned Sberbank is facing bankruptcy, the European Central Bank says.
  • Saudi Arabia confirms its commitment to the ‘OPEC Plus’ accord with Russia: state news agency.

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