Ukraine-Russia War Live Updates: Russia seizes Chernobyl, Zelenskyy says Ukraine left alone
Heart-wrenching scenes from Ukraine flooded social media as Russia pressed on with the invasion. Here's what is happening right now.
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Ukrainians spent a horrific first day facing the Russian invasion. Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that there have been 137 casualties on their side and several more have been injured. He also said that Ukraine has been left alone to fight Russia. Missiles have been raining down on various Ukrainian cities including the capital Kyiv.
The aftermath of shelling at a Ukrainian city. Photo: Getty Images
On the other hand, Russia’s Vladimir Putin said that the first day of the invasion was successful. The Russian forces continue to press further into Ukraine surrounding the capital Kyiv. The first day and night were spent fighting and shelling across several Ukrainian cities. Many Ukrainians either took shelter at metro stations, bomb shelters, in basements, or fled across the border to Poland.
Ukraine has ordered general mobilisation prohibiting men aged 18-60 from leaving the country.
Ukrainians take shelter at a metro station. Photo: Getty Images
World leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi have been urging Russia to put down its weapons and stop the violence, but so far, in vain. Indian authorities have also been corresponding with neighouring countries for the evacuation of some 20,000 Indian nationals stranded in Ukraine, after the country shut off its airspace on February 24, 2022, Thursday.
Here are the latest updates on the fighting:
Ukrainian woman wounded in the attack. Photo: Getty Images
- EAM SPEAKS TO UKRAINE FOREIGN MINISTER
Received call from Ukrainian FM @DmytroKuleba.He shared his assessment of the current situation.I emphasized that India supports diplomacy & dialogue as the way out. Discussed predicament of Indian nationals, including students. Appreciate his support for their safe return.— Dr. S. Jaishankar (@DrSJaishankar) February 25, 2022
EAM Jaishankar said he spoke to Ukraine Foreign Minister and discussed the predicament of Indian nationals stranded in the country. He also reiterated that India supports diplomacy and dialogue as the way out of the conflict.
- 40 INDIAN STUDENTS WALK 8 KM TO POLAND BORDER
Ukraine | A group of around 40 Indian medical students of Daynlo Halytsky Medical University, Lviv walk towards the Ukraine-Poland border for evacuation. They were dropped around 8 kms from the border point by a college bus.(Source: An Indian medical student from the group) pic.twitter.com/L3JttzjVDY— ANI (@ANI) February 25, 2022
- 'OVER 1,000 RUSSIAN SOLDIERS KILLED'
Ukraine's Defence Ministry says more than 1,000 Russian soldiers were killed so far in Ukraine conflict: Reuters— ANI (@ANI) February 25, 2022
Ukraine's Defence Ministry said that over 1,000 Russian soldiers were killed in the Ukraine conflict so far.
- KREMLIN READY TO SEND DELEGATION TO MINSK FOR TALKS
Russian President Vladimir Putin is ready to send a delegation of high-ranking officials to Minsk to hold talks with Kiev- Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov: Russian Embassy in India (file pic) pic.twitter.com/Ee6CgjV9hX— ANI (@ANI) February 25, 2022
Kremlin says it is ready to send a delegation of high-ranking officials to Minsk to hold talks with Ukraine.
- RUSSIA CLAIMS TO HAVE CUT OFF KYIV FROM THE WEST
BREAKING: Russian military claim to have cut Kyiv off from the west, as strategic airport seized - AP— BNO News (@BNONews) February 25, 2022
BNO News reported that the Russian military has claimed to have cut off Kyiv from the west by seizing a strategic airport.
- UKRAINE URGES THE WEST TO REMOVE RUSSIA FROM SWIFT SYSTEM
Call with Japanese FM Yoshimasa Hayashi. Grateful to Japan for imposing new sanctions on Russia & providing Ukraine with financial support. Banning Russia from SWIFT is urgent — and it will also serve interests of Japan. We also discussed ways to strengthen Ukraine’s defenses.— Dmytro Kuleba (@DmytroKuleba) February 25, 2022
Ukraine's Foreign Minister thanked Turkey for their support and also Japan for imposing the sanctions against Russia. At the same time, he urged Western nations to ban Russia from the SWIFT payments system.
- ZELENSKYY THANKS SWEDEN FOR AID
Sweden provides military, technical and humanitarian assistance to Ukraine. Grateful to @SwedishPM for her effective support. Building an anti-Putin coalition together!— Володимир Зеленський (@ZelenskyyUa) February 25, 2022
Zelenskyy thanked his Swedish counterpart for helping Ukraine with military, humanitarian and technical support.
- CHINA'S XI SPEAKS TO PUTIN
China's Premier Xi Jinping spoke to Vladimir Putin on the phone and urged for negotiations with Ukraine.
- RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX CANCELLED
Formula One announced that the Russian Grand Prix scheduled for September this year has been cancelled owing to the invasion of Ukraine.
- EU COMPARES PUTIN TO 'NAZIS'
An EU spokesperson said that Russian President Vladimir Putin is behaving like 'Nazis' in Ukraine.
- POPE EXPRESSES CONCERN FOR WAR
The Pope met the Russian ambassador and expressed his 'concern for the war' over invasion of Ukraine.
- ZELENSKYY SAYS WEST IS SLOW TO ACT AGAINST RUSSIA
Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy condemned the West for its slow action against Russia as it continues to barge through the former Soviet Union country. He also called upon Europeans with 'combat experience' to fight for Ukraine.
- SYRIA SIDES WITH RUSSIA ON INVASION
The Syrian Presidency sided with Russia in its actions and during a call with Putin said that the invasion was a 'correction in history'.
- RUSSIA EXPECTS INDIA'S SUPPORT AT UNSC
Russia said it expects the support of India at UNSC when the council takes up a resolution against it.
- PICTURES SHOW DEVASTATION IN A SUBURB OF KYIV
Pictures showed a damaged residential building at a suburb in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv due to shelling. Another image showed a blood-soaked and wounded woman waiting outside a hospital.
- TURKEY HITS OUT AT NATO, EU
Turkey hit out at NATO and EU countries for their lack of action against Russia.
- RUSSIA SAYS READY TO 'TALK' IF...
Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that Kremlin was ready to sit down for talks if Ukraine lays down arms. Kremlin also said that Western sanctions and restrictions are yet to be analysed, but Russia will retaliate against those measures.
- RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTER JUSTIFIES KREMLIN'S ACTIONS
Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says Kremlin is only freeing Ukraine from oppression by invading it. Kremlin also reacted to UEFA barring Russia from hosting the Champions League Final and called it a 'shame'.
- INDIA TO REPORTEDLY BEAR THE COST OF EVACUATING NATIONALS
Government of India will arrange evacuation flights for Indian nationals in Ukraine, cost will be borne by the government: Sources— ANI (@ANI) February 25, 2022
ANI reported that the Indian government may bear the cost of evacuating its nationals from Ukraine. Already authorities are working to establish evacuation routes from Hungary and Romania.
- ANDHRA ISSUES HELPLINE NUMBERS TO STRANDED RESIDENTS
Andhra Pradesh establishes helplines for stranded students in UkraineAP Non-Resident Telugu Society-08632340678WhatsApp:8500027678Delhi: P. Ravi Shanker, OSD- 9871999055; MVS Rama Rao, Asst Commissioner-9871990081; ASRN Saibabu, Asst Commissioner-9871999430 & 011-23384016— ANI (@ANI) February 25, 2022
Andhra Pradesh issued helpline numbers for the state's residents stranded in Ukraine.
- INCREASE IN RADIATION LEVELS AT CHERNOBYL REPORTED
Ukraine's nuclear agency says reported increase in radiation at Chernobyl nuclear power plant caused by soil disturbances, no damage to nuclear facilities pic.twitter.com/aqV94RP3jd— BNO News (@BNONews) February 25, 2022
An increase in radiation levels at Chernobyl was reported due to the displacement of soil caused by the movement of heavy military vehicles. However, Ukraine's nuclear agency clarified that no damage to any nuclear plant was reported.
- RUSSIA STRIPPED OF HOSTING UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL
Russia has been stripped from hosting UEFA Champions League Final. The tournament was to be held in St Petersburg, Vladimir Putin's hometown. Now, Champions League Final will be held in Paris.
- ZELENSKYY SAYS HE SPOKE TO EU PRESIDENT
Not all possibilities for sanctions have been exhausted yet. The pressure on Russia must increase. Said this to @Vonderleyen. I am grateful to the President for her decision on additional financial assistance.— Володимир Зеленський (@ZelenskyyUa) February 25, 2022
Ukraine President said that he spoke to the President of European Union about increasing pressure on Russia. He added that not all sanctions have been exhausted yet.
- TANKS ROLL INTO THE STREETS OF KYIV
WATCH: Russian military vehicles driving in northern Kyiv pic.twitter.com/TupEK3Zsjy— BNO News (@BNONews) February 25, 2022
Gunfire was heard in northern Kyiv, the capital city of Ukraine. Some videos also showed Russian military vehicles rolling onto the streets of northern Kyiv.
- UK SAYS OVER 450 RUSSIAN FORCES DEAD
BNO News reported that the British estimate the casualty on the Russian side to be more than 450 soldiers.
- RUSSIA BANS SOME FLIGHTS FROM ITS AIRSPACE
Russia has banned UK-linked flights from its airspace, as it continues its military barrage through Ukraine. Meanwhile, Ukraine President Zelenskyy has asked Western nations to respond with tougher measures.
- INDIA TRYING TO ESTABLISH EVACUATION ROUTES
Indian nationals, especially students living closest to the above border checkpoints are being advised to depart first in an organised manner in coordination with team from MEA to actualise this option: Indian Embassy in Hungary#RussiaUkraineConflict— ANI (@ANI) February 25, 2022
Indian authorities are trying to establish evacuation routes from Hungary and Romania. Currently, reports say around 16,000 Indian nationals are stranded in Ukraine including students. Authorities have advised those nearest to the above-mentioned border checkpoints to depart first.
- UKRAINE SOLDIERS TELL RUSSIAN SHIP TO 'GO F*CK YOURSELF'
A group of Ukrainian border guards were stationed on Snake Island, in the Black Sea south of Odessa, when a Russian warship ordered them to surrender under threat of attack. Their response: "Russian warship, go fuck yourself."They held their ground. All 13 were killed. pic.twitter.com/GMRsXQRSX0— Alejandro Alvarez (@aletweetsnews) February 25, 2022
13 Ukrainian border guards holding Snake Island in the Black Sea refused to surrender to the Russian forces and told the Russian ship to 'go f*ck yourself'. All the 13 soldiers were killed by the Russian forces. Ukraine's President said that the 13 soldiers will be honoured posthumously with the title 'Hero of Ukraine'
- ZELENSKYY HOLDS TALKS WITH UK PM
Held talks with ?? PM @BorisJohnson. Reported on the course of ??’s defense and insidious attacks on Kyiv by the aggressor. Today ?? needs the support of partners more than ever. We demand effective counteraction to the Russian Federation. Sanctions must be further strengthened.— Володимир Зеленський (@ZelenskyyUa) February 25, 2022
Ukraine's President held talks with Britain Prime Minister Boris Johnson and urged for effective counteraction to the Russian Federation.
- RUSSIAN MILITARY VEHICLES DESTROYED
WATCH: Russian military vehicles destroyed near Hostomel, suburb of Kyiv pic.twitter.com/3IwXEqUeQE— BNO News (@BNONews) February 25, 2022
BNO News reported that Russian military vehicles were destroyed in a suburb outside of Kyiv. On the other hand, clashes have been reported in the northern district of Kyiv city.
- MICRONESIA CUTS DIPLOMATIC TIES WITH RUSSIA
Micronesia, an archipelago in Oceania, announced that it is cutting all ties with Russia over the invasion of Ukraine.
- 'RUSSIA TARGETTING CIVILIANS'
#UPDATE Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky says invading Russian forces are targeting civilians, praising his countrymen for their "heroism"."They say that civilian objects are not a target for them. But this is another lie."He spoke as Moscow's forces reach Kyiv pic.twitter.com/7P0JwS6QMz— AFP News Agency (@AFP) February 25, 2022
Ukraine President claimed that Russia has been targetting civilians and civilian buildings despite saying that their targets are only Ukrainian military forces and establishments. Zelenskyy calls it another lie by Moscow. He also spoke in Russian saying that Ukrainians are watching the protests in Russia against the war and urged them to continue their protests. Zelenskyy also called out for tougher action against Russia by the West saying that the current sanctions have clearly not deterred Kremlin from continuing its aggression.
- UK SAYS RUSSIA INTENDS TO TAKE ALL OF UKRAINE
British Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said on Friday that Russia intends to take all of Ukraine, Reuters reported. Earlier, it was said that Russia may only intensify its military presence in the eastern regions of Ukraine held by rebels.
- UKRAINE SHARES IMAGES OF DESTRUCTION
Фото наслідків обстрілів у Старобільську, Луганська область pic.twitter.com/qX6X51aRZY— DSNS.GOV.UA (@SESU_UA) February 25, 2022
Ukraine's State Emergency Service shared pictures of destruction caused by Russian attack in the eastern Luhansk region.
- UKRAINE FIGHTING RUSSIAN FORCES
The fight has reached the gates of Ukraine's capital city Kyiv. Ukrainian forces are currently battling Russian forces outside the city.
- UKRAINE DEMANDS RUSSIA TO BE REMOVED FROM TWITTER
hey people, let’s demand @Twitter to remove @Russia from hereno place for an aggressor like Russia on Western social media platformsthey should not be allowed to use these platforms to promote their image while brutally killing the Ukrainian people @TwitterSupport— Ukraine / Україна (@Ukraine) February 24, 2022
The official account of Ukraine asked people to remove Russia's official account from Twitter in retaliation for its invasion of its neighbour.
- UKRAINE'S FOREIGN MINISTER COMPARES RUSSIA TO NAZI GERMANY
Horrific Russian rocket strikes on Kyiv. Last time our capital experienced anything like this was in 1941 when it was attacked by Nazi Germany. Ukraine defeated that evil and will defeat this one. Stop Putin. Isolate Russia. Severe all ties. Kick Russia out of everywhete.— Dmytro Kuleba (@DmytroKuleba) February 25, 2022
Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said that the last time Kyiv experienced an attack like the current one, it was in 1941 by Nazi Germany. He said that Ukraine defeated the Nazi evil and 'will defeat this one'. He called the world to stop Putin's war by severing all ties and removing Russia out of everywhere.
- ZELENSKYY SPEAKS TO VARIOUS WORLD LEADERS
We defend our freedom, our land. We need effective international assistance. Discussed this with @AndrzejDuda. Appealed to the Bucharest Nine for defense aid, sanctions, pressure on the aggressor. Together we have to put ?? at the negotiating table. We need anti-war coalition.— Володимир Зеленський (@ZelenskyyUa) February 25, 2022
Phone conversation with @JustinTrudeau ?? Today there is a full-scale war throughout ??! We demand the immediate imposition of additional tough sanctions against Russia. Now, more than ever, we need concrete support! I count on leadership of ?? in this process!— Володимир Зеленський (@ZelenskyyUa) February 24, 2022
Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that he spoke to various world leaders including Canada's President Justin Trudeau, Poland's President, French President Emmanuel Macron and others regarding forging an anti-Putin coalition to put economic and military pressure on Russia to withdraw its troops.
- TAIWAN TO SANCTION RUSSIA
- BRACING FOR ATTACK ON CAPITAL
VIDEO: Russian 'sabotage groups' in Kyiv, says Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky."The enemy's sabotage groups have entered Kyiv," says Zelensky, urging residents to be vigilant and observe curfew rules(Video re-tweeted to correct translation) pic.twitter.com/KCixWlnVEc— AFP News Agency (@AFP) February 25, 2022
Ukrainian officials are bracing for a Russian attack on the capital Kyiv as a rocket crashed into a civilian apartment in the city on Friday, February 25, 2022.
- RUSSIA SEIZES CHERNOBYL
Russian occupation forces are trying to seize the #Chornobyl_NPP. Our defenders are giving their lives so that the tragedy of 1986 will not be repeated. Reported this to @SwedishPM. This is a declaration of war against the whole of Europe.— Володимир Зеленський (@ZelenskyyUa) February 24, 2022
Alarmingly, Russian forces have also seized control of Chernobyl and the now-defunct nuclear power station near Pripyat, which is nearly 100 km from the capital Kyiv. Chernobyl was the site of the world’s worst nuclear disaster in 1986. Now, concerns have mounted whether the nuclear power plant, though for decades defunct, but radioactive for miles is safe after an attack by the Russians.
Why did the Russians seize a largely uninhabitable land? Reuters reported that for the Russians it is the fasted invasion route from Belarus (an ally of Putin) to Kyiv and Chernobyl just happens to fall in that route. By seizing Chernobyl, Russia is staging grounds for its troops to the capital Kyiv.
- 'RUSSIA'S NO 1 TARGET'
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy also said in a televised address that he is Russia’s No 1 target and his family the No 2 target. He said that Putin wants to destroy the head of state.
- 'US WILL GET INVOLVED IF...'
US President Joe Biden said that they will get involved if Russia moves the aggression into NATO countries emboldened by his Ukraine attack. Biden said that he also spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and assured him of humanitarian relief to the people of Ukraine. He also stated that they are making sure the Russian invasion of Ukraine doesn’t spiral into a larger conflict by ensuring military support to all eastern European nations that are members of NATO.
- NEW SANCTIONS AGAINST RUSSIA
Today, I authorized a new round of sanctions and limitations in response to Putin’s war of choice against Ukraine. We have purposefully designed these sanctions to maximize the long-term impact on Russia – and to minimize the impact on the United States. pic.twitter.com/wM0kEBcZba— President Biden (@POTUS) February 25, 2022
US President Joe Biden also slapped Russia with tough new economic sanctions, vowing to turn Russia into a ‘pariah’ nation. The new sanctions announced Thursday cut off some of Russia’s largest banks and some oligarchs' access from much of the global financial system. Under the new sanctions, Russia cannot import US technology critical to its defense, aerospace and maritime industries.
- BIDEN ON INDIA'S STANCE
#WATCH | “We are in consultation with India today, we haven't resolved that completely,” says US President Joe Biden when asked if India is with the United States on the #UkraineRussiaCrisis pic.twitter.com/4EljDxS59K— ANI (@ANI) February 24, 2022
US President Joe Biden was also asked about India’s stance on the issue and he said that the issue has not been resolved.
- PM MODI SPEAKS TO PUTIN
Russian Prez Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with India's PM Narendra Modi. While discussing the situation around Ukraine, Putin outlined fundamental assessments of Kiev's aggressive actions against civilian population of Donbass...: Russian embassy(File pics) pic.twitter.com/s3hsfPUB8A— ANI (@ANI) February 24, 2022
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday urging the latter to cease violence and adopt the path of dialogue to resolved issues between Russia and NATO. Putin also outlined Kremlin’s reasons for launching a military operation in Ukraine, saying that NATO’s plans to expand into the region posed security threats to Russia.
- ANTI-WAR PROTESTORS IN RUSSIA DETAINED
Protests are erupting in several Russian cities tonight against Putin's large-scale invasion of Ukraine, along with attempts from police to forcibly suppress them. Here's his hometown of St. Petersburg. I'll be threading videos below as I find them. pic.twitter.com/B5MyG5E4ou— Alejandro Alvarez (@aletweetsnews) February 24, 2022
Thousands in Russia protest Ukraine war, hundreds detained.Up to 1,000 people gathered in the former imperial capital Saint Petersburg, where many were detained by masked police officershttps://t.co/LUrkEES6z3 pic.twitter.com/bAYDoGeSjg— AFP News Agency (@AFP) February 25, 2022
While Russia continued its unabated military aggression through Ukraine, back home, the Russian police detained over 1,700 people protesting against the invasion across various cities, AFP reported.
- WORLD BANK PROMISES TO HELP
The World Bank on Thursday said that it is ready to provide immediate aid to Ukraine.