Ukrainian Zelenskyy calls for no-fly zone: Russia-Ukraine live | Russian-Ukrainian crisis
- The United States announces its intention to expel 12 Russian diplomats from the UN mission in New York.
- The Pentagon says the United States is not considering a no-fly zone for Ukraine.
- The United Nations General Assembly holds an emergency meeting on Ukraine.
- The ICC prosecutor said he plans to open an investigation into alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity in Ukraine.
- High-level talks between Kyiv and Moscow end with no agreement except to continue talking.
- The US, UK, EU and Canada impose sanctions on Russia’s central bank.
- The civilian death toll now stands at 352, including 14 children, according to Ukraine’s Health Ministry.
- More than 500,000 people have fled Ukraine since the start of the Russian invasion, according to the UN.
- FIFA and UEFA suspend Russia from international football.
Here are the latest updates:
The White House appears to rule out the no-fly zone
White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters that establishing a no-fly zone would be a step towards sending US troops to fight Russia.
“A no-fly zone would require implementation,” she said, adding that it would require “the deployment of the United States military to enforce it, which would be…potentially a direct conflict, and potentially a war with Russia, which we don’t plan to be”. a part of”.
Ukraine ambassador urges US for more help
Ukraine’s Ambassador to the United States Oksana Markarova met with US lawmakers on Monday to ask for more help to avert Russia’s attack.
“The devastation that Russia is trying to inflict on Ukraine is great,” Marakova said after leaving the meeting, accusing Russian forces of using a “vacuum bomb”.
Democratic Representative Brad Sherman, who attended the meeting, said the Ukrainians had asked for a US-imposed no-fly zone over Ukraine, but he felt it was too much. dangerous because it could cause a conflict with Russia.
Congress ‘would never’ authorize no-fly zone, says US senator
Democratic US Senator Chris Murphy has ruled out approving a no-fly zone for Ukraine in Congress, saying the move would amount to a war between the US and Russia.
“This is a bad idea and Congress would never allow it,” Murphy wrote on Twitter.
“Military equipment for Ukraine, humanitarian support for Ukraine, crippling sanctions against Russia, movement of US troops to NATO’s eastern flank – these are all the right steps. But a direct war between the world’s two nuclear powers should be a non-starter.
There has been a lot of loose talk from smart people about “close air support” and “no-fly zones” for Ukraine.
Let’s be clear what this is about – the United States and Russia at war. It’s a bad idea and Congress would never allow it.
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) February 28, 2022
Facebook will restrict access to Russian state media in the EU
Facebook’s parent company Meta has announced plans to restrict access to Russian state media RT and Sputnik across the European Union.
Meta’s head of global affairs, Nick Clegg, tweeted on Monday afternoon that the social media company had received requests “from a number of governments and the EU to take further action regarding media controlled by the Russian state”. Learn more here.
The United States does not consider a no-fly zone in Ukraine
Hours before Ukrainian President Zelenskyy would call for a no-fly zone for Russian planes on Monday, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said Washington was not considering such a move.
Zelensky says it’s time to consider a no-fly zone for Russian planes
Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelenskyy has said it is time for the West to consider imposing a no-fly zone for Russian missiles, planes and helicopters in response to the Russian bombardment of the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv.
In a video address, Zelenskyy did not specify how and by whom a no-fly zone would be enforced. He said Russia had launched 56 rocket strikes and fired 113 cruise missiles against Ukraine in the past five days.
“I believe Russia is trying to apply pressure in this not very subtle way. Do not waste time. We do not accept such tactics. Fair negotiations can take place when one side does not hit the other with artillery rockets at the very moment of negotiations,” he said.
Western leaders hail ‘the bravery of the Ukrainian people’
US President Joe Biden had a phone call with the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Poland, Romania and the United Kingdom as well as with representatives from NATO and the United European Union, the White House announced on Monday.
“Leaders recognized the bravery of the Ukrainian people in the face of Russian aggression and discussed their continued support for Ukraine, including security, economic and humanitarian assistance,” the White House said in a statement outlining the talks.
“They also discussed their coordinated efforts to impose significant costs and consequences to hold Russia accountable while working to maintain global economic stability, including with respect to energy prices.”
I spoke today with Allies and partners to discuss Russia’s unprovoked war against Ukraine. We continue our support for the people of Ukraine as they defend their country and affirm that we are prepared to continue to impose significant costs on Russia if they do not defuse. pic.twitter.com/mpQKYOvmUj
— President Biden (@POTUS) February 28, 2022
US to expel 12 Russian diplomats from UN mission
The United States has announced its intention to expel 12 Russian diplomats from Moscow’s mission to the United Nations in New York.
In a statement on Monday, the US mission to the UN said it had begun the process of expelling diplomats for “engaging in espionage activities that harm our national security.” He described the diplomats as “intelligence agents”.
Denouncing the US decision as “hostile”, Russia’s UN ambassador Vassily Nebenzia told reporters the diplomats had been asked to leave by March 7. To learn more, click here.
The ICC announces its intention to open an investigation
The International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor has said he plans to open an investigation into the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine, saying there is a ‘reasonable basis’ to believe war crimes took place.
Karim AA Khan said the investigation would focus on alleged crimes committed by “any party to the conflict in any part of Ukrainian territory”, adding that his office would carry out the investigation “as soon as possible”.
“I am satisfied that there is a reasonable basis to believe that alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity have been committed in Ukraine,” Khan said in a statement. Learn more here.
Banning Russian flights not off the table, White House says
The White House said banning Russian flights over the United States was not off the table, but no decision had been made on it.
“No options are on the table,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters. PSAki noted that there are many US airlines flying over Russia to Asia and other parts of the world. “We take into account a series of factors,” she said.
EU sanctions 26 more Russians
The European Union imposed sanctions on 26 other Russians, including oligarchs, senior officials and an energy insurance company, bringing the total number of people targeted to 680.
EU headquarters said those listed included “oligarchs and businessmen active in the oil, banking and finance sectors”, government officials, senior military officers and “propagandists who helped spread anti-Ukrainian propaganda and promote a positive attitude towards the invasion of Ukraine”.
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