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February 27, 2022 / 11:01 PM IST

Russia-Ukraine News Highlights February 27: Canada, EU shuts its airspace to Russian operators

Russia-Ukraine News Highlights February 27: Earlier today, Russian President Vladimir Putin saluted the "heroism" of Russian special forces as troops entered entered Ukraine's second city Kharkiv.

Russia-Ukraine News Highlights: The Kremlin on Sunday said it has warned Ukraine that Russia's military operation would be suspended during any potential talks, reported news agency Reuters, quoting local reports. Russia earlier said its delegation was ready to meet Ukrainian officials in the Belarusian city

of Gomel, a location Kyiv rejected as

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky said Sunday Ukraine was willing to hold talks with Russia, but rejected convening them in neighbouring Belarus as it was being used as a launchpad for Moscow's invasion. "Warsaw, Bratislava, Budapest, Istanbul, Baku. We proposed all of them," Zelensky said in an address posted online.

Earlier today, Russian President Vladimir Putin saluted the "heroism" of Russian special forces as troops entered entered Ukraine's second city Kharkiv. Machine gun fire and explosions rocked Kharkiv as street fighting raged after Russia's invading forces broke into the city.

The United States, Britain, Europe and Canada moved to block certain Russian banks' access to the SWIFT international payment system as part of more sanctions against Moscow as it continues its 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 that also vowed further action to come.

Seeking to ratchet up economic punishment for Russian President Vladimir Putin over his invasion of Ukraine, the United States and its European partners also said they would impose restrictions on Russia's central bank to limit its ability to support the rouble and finance his war effort.

Sanctions on Russia's central bank could limit Putin's use of his more than $630 billion in international reserves, which have been widely seen as insulating Russia from some economic harm.

Russian President Vladimir Putin launched what he called a special military operation before dawn on Thursday, ignoring Western warnings and saying the "neo-Nazis" ruling Ukraine threatened Russia's security. Russia's assault is said to be the biggest on a European state since World War Two and threatens to upend the continent's post-Cold War order.
  • February 27, 2022 / 11:02 PM IST

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  • February 27, 2022 / 10:30 PM IST

    Russia-Ukraine Crisis LIVE | EU shuts airspace to Russian planes

    The European Union has decided to shut its airspace for Russian aircraft operators, news agency AFP reported. The decision was announced by the EU shortly after a similar announcement was made by Canada, which cited the Ukraine invasion by Moscow as the reason behind taking the move.

  • February 27, 2022 / 10:23 PM IST

     Russia-Ukraine Conflict LIVE | Finland is considering whether to send weapons to Ukraine directly, Defence Minister Antti Kaikkonen said on Sunday, in what would be a departure from its long-standing policy of not allowing weapons to be exported to war zones. The minister also said that Finland, which is not a NATO member and shares a long border with Russia, had given the green light to Estonia to send previously Finnish-owned field guns to Ukraine.

  • February 27, 2022 / 10:01 PM IST

    MEA sets up dedicated Twitter handle to assist evacuation efforts ##Russia-Ukraine Conflict LIVE | MEA sets up dedicated Twitter handle to assist evacuation efforts

  • February 27, 2022 / 09:45 PM IST

    Russia-Ukraine Conflict LIVE | Watch: Over 1,00,000 people attended a Ukraine solidarity march in Berlin

  • February 27, 2022 / 09:32 PM IST

    Russia-Ukraine Conflict LIVE | Medical oxygen running out in Ukraine as war rages, WHO warns

    Ukraine is running out of oxygen supplies that critically ill people need, the World Health Organization said on Sunday, calling for safe passage for emergency imports as combat rages.

    "The oxygen supply situation is nearing a very dangerous point in Ukraine. Trucks are unable to transport oxygen supplies from plants to hospitals across the country, including the capital Kyiv," WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and WHO Regional Director for Europe Hans Kluge said in a statement.

    "The majority of hospitals could exhaust their oxygen reserves within the next 24 hours. Some have already run out. This puts thousands of lives at risk."

  • February 27, 2022 / 09:16 PM IST

    Russia-Ukraine Conflict LIVE | Russian President Vladimir Putin’s nuclear alert ‘dangerous’ and ‘irresponsible’, says NATO chief

  • February 27, 2022 / 09:00 PM IST

    Russia-Ukraine Conflict LIVE | Georgia’s Ambassador to India hopes ‘Ukraine will win’

    Georgia has stood with Ukraine and will always do the same. In the end, Ukraine will win. Killing innocent people is a crime against humanity and whoever did that will be accountable. Hopefully, this war will end soon: Archil Dzuliashvili, Georgia Ambassador to India

  • February 27, 2022 / 08:33 PM IST

    Russia-Ukraine Crisis LIVE | Canada has closed its airspace to Russian aircraft operators effective immediately due to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, said Canada's minister of transportation. (Reuters)

  • February 27, 2022 / 08:20 PM IST

    Russia-Ukraine Conflict LIVE | “We came through Romania and people there prepared home-cooked meals for us. Until we left Lviv, the situation was normal but it seemed quite uncertain. We want to thank the Government of India for bringing us home safely,” said students who returned from Ukraine

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