LIVE: Vladimir Putin resumes shelling in Kharkiv
We are into the eighth day of conflict between Russia and Ukraine, with Vladimir Putin‘s forces showing no sign of slowing down in their efforts to seize control of the neighbouring country. During the night, the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant became Russia‘s primary target.
Russia Ukraine Live Blog
Stay up to date with the latest developments in Ukraine in this live blog.
01:20 GMT/ 19:20 CST: Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant is in Ukraine’s control.
Contrary to initial reports, the Energodar Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant remains in Ukrainian hands (the plant’s staff). Russian troops do control the plant’s perimeter though.
00:52 GMT/ 18:52 CST: Russia resumes shelling in Kharkiv.
Given they can’t yet take Kyiv, the Russian troops have been oredered to start shelling the city of Kharkiv once again. Residents from the town are asked to rush to the nearest shelter.
00:20 GMT/ 18:21 CST: Russia to give 15 years of prison “fake news” providers.
As Russia continue their crackdown against the press, they just passed a law that makes reffering to their military operation as an invasion or a war illegal. They stated anyone who does that could get up to 15 years in a Russian prison.
23:41 GMT/ 17:41 CST: Fears of a potential encirclement of Kyiv grow stronger.
Vladimir Putin seems to have a clear plan in order to conquer Kyiv, which is to completely surround it with Russian troops. Here’s a thread on how he might accomplish this over the next week.
23:30 GMT / 17:30 CST: U.S. will defend Finland if necessary
This Friday President Biden received at the White House the President of Finland, Sauli Niinisto, due to the fact that Finland is the second European country -after Ukraine- with the most kilometers of border with Russia.
Although Finland is not a member of NATO, it will seek to strengthen the bilateral defense alliance after the Russian aggression and this could lead to Finland joining the organization.
23:15 GMT / 17:15 CST: Video of Russian squad shooting at Sky News crew
Sky News has shared footage of how Stuart Ramsay and his crew were attacked by a professional Russian squad in Ukraine, fortunately all are safe in the UK.
Cameraman Richie Mockler managed to film the moment despite coming under heavy fire.
22:50 GMT / 16:50 CST: Vice President Harris to travel to Poland, Romania
U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris will travel March 9-11 to Poland and Romania to demonstrate U.S. support for NATO’s eastern flank in the face of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Harris’ spokeswoman, Sabrina Singh, explained that the Vice President will visit Warsaw and Bucharest, where she will meet with the “leaders of Poland and Romania” to address “the response to the premeditated and unjustified Russian invasion of Ukraine.”
22:30 GMT / 16:30 CST: CNN to stop broadcasting in Russia
CNN and Canadian broadcaster CBC will stop broadcasting in Russia. “It will stop broadcasting in Russia while we continue to assess the situation and our next steps going forward,” a spokesman for the U.S. company said.
22:05 GMT / 16:05 CST: Zelenskiy: ‘NATO, all people who will die from this day, because of your weakness’
“By refusing to establish a no-fly zone, today NATO leaders gave the ‘green light’ for further bombing of Ukrainian cities and villages,” Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy said after condemning NATO‘s decision not to close the skies over Ukraine.
“All the people who will die from this day will also die because of you, because of your weakness, because of your disunity,” he added.
21:50 GMT / 15:30 CST: Mariupol ran out of services and food is running out
Mariupol, a Ukrainian port city, is suffering the ravages of the Russian invasion. Mayor Vadym Boychenko announced that this territory has no water, heating or electricity and is running out of food.
In addition, the forces fighting the Russian army have asked for reinforcements and military aid to be able to maintain control of this strategic location and the mayor has asked for the creation of a humanitarian corridor to evacuate part of the 400,000 residents of the city after five days of bombardment.
20:40 GMT / 14:40 CST: Russia now restricts access to Twitter
Access to Twitter in Russia has been restricted by Russia’s state communications regulator, Roskomnadzor.
This information has been released by the Tass news agency, after the Interfax news agency had said that the service had been blocked.
This measure against the social network is in addition to what happened with Facebook, owned by Meta Platforms Inc, which hours before had already been blocked by Roskomnadzor.
20:00 GMT / 14:00 CST: Ukraine clings to defend its airspace
A fierce airspace battle is being fought so far between Russia and Ukraine, with the Ukrainians defending their country, according to Pentagon spokesman John Kirby.
“The Ukrainian Air Force is still flying, they still have air defense missiles and they are employing them quite effectively,” Kirby told a press briefing at the U.S. Department of Defense.
19:40 GMT / 13:40 CST: U.S. continues to deliver weapons to Ukraine
A Pentagon official has disclosed that the U.S. has already delivered just over two-thirds of the weapons promised to Ukraine to stop the advance of Russian armed forces.
There is talk of Washington spending $60 million in military assistance to Ukraine last fall and $200 million more in December to bolster Ukrainian forces.
18:50 GMT / 12:50 CST: Residents near Zaporizhzhia can’t evacuate
Despite the dangers posed by the fire at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, many residents are unable to evacuate the area because of ongoing shelling from the Russian army. Humanitarian groups are calling for Russia to stop, so that thousands of civilians can move to safety.
18:25 GMT / 12:25 CST: Russia blocks Facebook
Russia’s state regulator, which is called Roskomnadzor, has stated that Facebook is going to be blocked in the country. This follows the change to laws that was passed to try to prevent the spreading of “fake news”.
18:00 GMT / 12:00 CST: Banner warns Putin that “The Hague is waiting”
There have been conflicting reports this Friday over whether or not the USA has accused Vladimir Putin of war crimes. A group of activists in Vilnius, meanwhile, have most certainly accused Putin of war crimes. They’ve displayed a banner that says “Putin, The Hague is waiting for you”.
17:30 GMT / 11:30 CST: President Zelensky jokes about Russian missile
Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky has reportedly joked “missed me”, in response to missile fragments falling in the garden of the state dacha near Kyiv. That’s according to his spokesperson Sergii Nykyforov.
17:05 GMT / 11:05 CST: USA backtracks on “war crime” claim
After a tweet earlier this Friday from the US embassy in Kyiv called Russia’s attack on the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power “a war crime”, the US state department has now urged other embassies not to retweet it. “Do not retweet Embassy Kyiv’s tweet on shelling of the facility being a possible war crime and, if you have retweeted it, un-retweet it ASAP,” they have reportedly warned, according to CNN.
16:40 GMT / 10:40 CST: BBC removes journalists from Russia
Russia’s parliament passed legislation this Friday that means spreading “fake news” about the Ukraine conflict can bring up to 15 years in jail. In response, some western outlets, such as the BBC, have removed journalists. “It leaves us no other option than to temporarily suspend the work of all BBC News journalists and their support staff within the Russian Federation while we assess the full implications of this unwelcome development,” BBC director-general Tim Davie said.
16:10 GMT / 10:10 CST: city of Mykolayiv repels Russian forces
Mykolayiv, a Black Sea port city, has fought back and driven Russian troops back out of the city. The governor announced on Friday morning that Russian troops had entered Mykolayiv, but they have had to retreat.
15:40 GMT / 09:40 CST: Microsoft suspends sales in Russia
Many tech companies have pulled out of the Russian market, with Microsoft the latest to do so. They have suspended sales of products and services in Russia as well as limited other business activities in the country.
15:00 GMT / 09:00 CST: USA and Russia set up de-confliction line
The USA and Russia are remaining in contact to try to ensure misunderstandings won’t take place over the coming days. “The Department of the Defense recently established a de-confliction line with the Russian ministry of defense on March 1 for the purposes of preventing miscalculation, military incidents, and escalation,” a senior US defense official told NBA.
14:30 GMT/08:30 CST: US Embassy accuses Putin of war crime
The US Embassy in Kyiv has accused Russian president Vladimir Putin of committing a war crime by attacking the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant.
“It is a war crime to attack a nuclear power plant. Putin‘s shelling of Europe’s largest nuclear plant takes his reign of terror one step further,” reads their tweet.
14:00 GMT/08:00 CST: Emergency UN Security Council meeting
There will be an emergency meeting for the United Nations Security Council at 11:30am ET (4:30pm GMT) in New York, UN diplomats have confirmed. This is after the attack on the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant by Russian troops.
13:30 GMT/07:30 CST: More than 1.2 million people have fled Ukraine
The United Nations have reported that more than 1.2 million people have fled Ukraine into neighbouring countries since Russia began its invasion.
13:00 GMT/07:00 CST: UN Human Rights Council condemns Russian invasion of Ukraine
The UN Human Rights Council has voted in favour of condemning the alleged rights violations by Russia in Ukraine, as they look to set up a commission of inquiry to investigate them.
12:30 GMT/06:30 CST: No release of radioactive material at Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant
UN atomic chief Rafael Grossi has confirmed that there was no release of radioactive material detected at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant after a military projectile hit a nearby building on the site.
“The safety systems of the plant’s six reactors had not been affected and there has been no release of radioactive material,” said Grossi.
“Radiation monitoring systems at the site are fully functional.”
12:00 GMT/06:00 CST: Putin’s warning
Russian president Vladimir Putin spoke at a government meeting broadcast today, in which he offered a threat to other countries.
“There are no bad intentions towards our neighbours,” he said.
“I would also advise them not to escalate the situation, not to introduce any restrictions.
“We fulfil all our obligations and will continue to fulfil them.”
11:30 GMT/05:30 CST: Ukraine call for no-fly zone
Oleksandr Tkachenko, Ukraine‘s minister of culture and information policy, has claimed that Russian president Vladimir Putin is trying to destroy famous cultural sites in Ukraine.
“Russia‘s missiles and planes are deliberately destroying historic centres of big cities. Putin wants to destroy Europe’s heritage and culture, wipe it from the face of the earth,” read the ministry’s statement.
“A mad dictator threatens to destroy St. Sophia Cathedral in Kyiv, a UNESCO church built in the 11th century.
“Hundreds of innocent victims, the total destruction of churches, cathedrals and museums – is the price of the still opened sky over Ukraine.”
11:00 GMT/05:00 CST: BBC blocked in Russia
Russia has restricted access to the BBC website, as Vladimir Putin‘s government looks to control the messaging that the Russian public is receiving.
10:30 GMT/04:30 CST: Zelenskiy’s message to the Ukrainian people
During an address to the nation, Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy has stressed that Russia‘s attack on the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant could have caused destruction equal to “six Chernobyls”.
10:00 GMT/04:00 CST: Russia going after Zelenskiy
Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy has survived three assassination attempts in the last three days, according to the Times.
09:30 GMT/03:30 CST: Nato highlight the ‘recklessness’ of Putin’s war
Nato‘s secretary general, Jens Stontenberg, has been very critical of Russian president Vladimir Putin after Russia‘s attacks on the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, which is the largest in Europe.
“We condemn the attacks on civilians and overnight we have also seen the reports about the attacks against a nuclear power plant,” said Stontenberg.
“This just shows the recklessness of this war and the importance of ending it.
“And the importance of Russia withdrawing all its troops and engaging in good faith in diplomatic efforts.”
09:00 GMT/03:00 CST: Total of 47 deaths from airstrikes in Chernihiv
Russian airstrikes killed 47 people on a residential district of the Ukrainian city of Chernihiv on Thursday, regional authorities have confirmed.
08:30 GMT/02:30 CST: Putin could end up in prison for war crimes
Dominic Raab, the British justice secretary and deputy prime minister, has warned that Russian president Vladimir Putin could end up in prison for war crimes carried out by his Russian forces in Ukraine.
“I think it is a very real risk that he must now contemplate,” Raab told Times Radio on Friday.
“Beyond his personal situation, every commander operating in Ukraine, or indeed Moscow, when they are faced with illegal orders, whether it is to target civilians or otherwise, attack illegal or unlawful sites, they now know the ICC (international criminal court) is investigating and the chief prosecutor Karim Khan is, I believe, travelling to Ukraine.
“They must now know that they face the very real risk of ending up in the dock of a court and, ultimately, in a prison if they follow through on those illegal, unlawful orders.”
08:00 GMT/02:00 CST: Russian forces seize Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant
Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant has been seized by Russian military forces, according to regional authorities.
“The Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant is captured by the military forces of the Russian Federation,” read a post on the State Inspectorate for Nuclear Regulation of Ukraine’s Facebook page.
Source: Culled From Marca.