Monday, February 28, 2022
Politics and conflicts
28 February 2022: Russia continues to attack Ukraine amid sanctions from the west
26 February 2022: Russian forces approach Ukraine's capital Kyiv
24 February 2022: Russia launches full-scale invasion against Ukraine
16 February 2022: Signs of de-escalation as Russia claims to pull back some troops
16 February 2022: Hungary extends fuel price cap
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Ukraine Solidarity protest organised in Pariser Platz, Berlin with the Brandenburg Gate lighted up in the colours of the Ukrainian Flag. Image: Leonhard Lenz.
On Sunday, a suspected Russian missile strike was carried out on a civilian oil terminal located in Vasilkiv, near Kyiv, Ukraine. The incident was reported by Ukranian Member of Parliament Anna Purtova. She described this deadly incident as an "environmental catastrophe". The oil facility was located just 39 kilometers (24 mi) from Kyiv.
Apart from these, Russian troops were spotted in different locations in and around the city of Kharkiv. A gas pipeline was also blown up by Russian troops in Kharkiv yesterday before daybreak. The Governor of Kharkiv Oblast Oleh Synyehubov advised citizens not to go outside and stated that "the Russian enemy's light vehicles have broken into Kharkiv, including the city centre".
On Saturday, Russian troops conducted a missile strike on a high-rise residential building in Kyiv which injured at least 6 people.
Play media Video footage showing the missile strike in Kyiv on Saturday. Image: Kyiv City Council.
The Kremlin had sent a diplomatic delegation to Belarus, offering talks with Ukraine. The proposal was initially rejected by Ukraine. Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that Belarus was complicit in the invasion and Ukraine would like to hold talks elsewhere.
Today, Ukraine has accepted the proposal for talks with the Russian Federation in the Belarusian border. The Ukrainian Presidential Office has confirmed that the Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko had called Zelensky earlier Sunday.
The United States and its allies have initiated the transfer of arms and weapons to support Ukraine and imposed numerous sanctions to affect Russia financially. On Saturday, it was announced that several Russian banks would be removed from the SWIFT international payment system, resulting in its disconnection from the international financial system. It was also decided to impose 'restrictive measures' on the Central Bank of Russia to prevent it from undermining the impact of the sanctions from the West.
The leaders of the European Commission and the United States said in a joint statement that they "will hold Russia to account and collectively ensure that this war is a strategic failure for Putin".
Google and Facebook has barred the Russian state-controlled media outlet RT News from receiving money from advertisements.
The Kremlin said Russian troops were advancing "in all directions" and Putin thanked the Russian Special Forces who were carrying out the operation in Ukraine. Sources also reveal Putin directed his nuclear deterrence forces to stay on high alert, citing “aggressive statements” by NATO and tough financial sanctions from the West and its allies. The Ukrainian presidential advisor, Mykhaylo Podolyak, said that over 3,500 Russian troops were killed in action or wounded. Russia has not yet released any casualty figures.
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"Russian forces approach Ukraine's capital Kyiv" — Wikinews, February 26, 2022
"Russia launches full-scale invasion against Ukraine" — Wikinews, February 24, 2022
"Signs of de-escalation as Russia claims to pull back some troops" — Wikinews, February 16, 2022
"US warns its citizens to leave Ukraine as Russia could invade 'anytime'" — Wikinews, February 12, 2022
Kyiv Offensive (2022)
2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine
Category:2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine
Press Release: "Joint Statement on Further Restrictive Economic Measures" — The White House, February 26, 2022
"Russian missile strikes a Ukrainian civilian oil depot in Kyiv: Official" — WION, February 27, 2022
Maria Tsvetkova and Aleksandar Vasovic. "Ukrainian oil, gas facilities burn as West prepares new sanctions" — Reuters, February 27, 2022
"6 civilians injured in Russian strike on Kyiv apartment block" — The Free Press Journal, February 26, 2022
Tim Lister and Matthew Chance. "Ukraine-Russia talks will happen Monday, Ukrainian official says" — CNN, February 27, 2022
Yuras Karmanau, Jim Heintz, Vladimir Isachenkov and Dasha Litvinova. "Putin puts nuclear forces on high alert, escalating tensions" — Associated Press, February 28, 2022