- The US is “committed to helping Ukraine defend itself,” President Joe Biden said.
- US envoy to UN condemns Russia’s seizure of the largest nuclear power station in Europe, calling attack “reckless” and “dangerous”.
- Ukrainian officials say attack on the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant killed “several” people.
- Moscow denies attacking the site, blaming a fire that broke out there early Friday on Ukrainian “saboteurs”.
- NATO rejects Ukrainian calls to establish a “no-fly zone” amid Russian attacks.
- More than 1.2 million people flee Ukraine to neighboring countries, according to UN.
- Russia says it is blocking access to Facebook, citing restrictions on Russian media.
Here are all the latest updates:
Bloomberg News temporarily suspending work in Russia
Bloomberg News has said it was temporarily suspending the work of its journalists inside Russia, citing a new law that could mean jail for those found to be intentionally spreading “fake” news.
“The change to the criminal code, which seems designed to turn any independent reporter into a criminal purely by association, makes it impossible to continue any semblance of normal journalism inside the country,” Bloomberg Editor-in-Chief John Micklethwait said in a statement. .
Zelenskyy condemns NATO for ruling out Ukraine no-fly zone
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has lashed NATO for ruling out a no-fly zone over his country saying the Western military alliance knew further Russian aggression was likely.
“Knowing that new strikes and casualties are inevitable, NATO deliberately decided not to close the sky over Ukraine,” he said in a video published by the presidency.
“Today the leadership of the alliance gave the green light for further bombing of Ukrainian cities and villages, refusing to make a no-fly zone.”
CNN to stop broadcasting in Russia after new law
CNN will stop broadcasting in Russia, the news channel has said.
“CNN will stop broadcasting in Russia while we continue to evaluate the situation and our next steps moving forward,” a spokesperson said.
The decision comes after the Russian parliament approved a proposed law that would allow authorities to imprison people for up to 15 years if they are convicted of spreading intentionally “fake” information about the country’s armed forces.
Read more about the Russian law here.
Ukraine’s Zelenskyy calls for action against ‘nuclear terrorism’
Zelenskyy has reiterated remarks made earlier by the country UN envoy, who accused Moscow of “nuclear terrorism” after a fire broke out at a training facility near the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant.
“Nuclear terrorism requires decisive action in response,” Zelenskyy said in a Twitter post.
He added: “At the #UN Security Council meeting, we called for closing the sky over 🇺🇦 and launching an operation to maintain peace and security. The goal is to save hazardous facilities. The world must not watch, but help! ”
Canada’s public broadcaster CBC temporarily suspends reporting from the ground in Russia
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) has said it had temporarily suspended its reporting from the ground in Russia, citing a new law that could mean jail for those found to be intentionally spreading “fake” news.
“The CBC is very concerned about new legislation passed in Russia, which appears to criminalize independent reporting on the current situation in Ukraine and Russia,” it said in a statement posted online.
Russia blocking access to Facebook
Russia’s communications regulator says it is blocking Facebook in response to what it said were restrictions on access to Russian media on its platform.
The regulator, Roskomnadzor, said on Friday there had been 26 cases of discrimination against Russian media by Facebook since October 2020, with access restricted to state-backed channels like RT and the RIA news agency.
The company this week said it had restricted access to RT and Sputnik across the European Union and was globally demoting content from Russian state-controlled outlets’ Facebook pages and Instagram accounts, as well as posts containing links to those outlets on Facebook.
Read more here.
US ‘committed to helping Ukraine defend itself’, Biden says
US President Joe Biden called the Russian invasion of Ukraine an attack on “global peace and stability”.
Speaking ahead of a meeting with his Finnish counterpart Sauli Niinisto, Biden added: “We’re committed to helping Ukraine defend itself and support the humanitarian needs of the Ukrainian people.”
Russia, Ukraine trade barbs at UN over Zaporizhzhya incident
Western and Ukrainian diplomats have accused Russia of recklessly endangering global safety after a fire broke out at a training facility near the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant – charges that Moscow dismissed as “lies”.
At a UN Security Council meeting on Friday, Kyiv’s envoy Sergiy Kyslytsya accused Moscow of “nuclear terrorism” over the incident, saying that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is an attack on “humanity”.
Moscow’s envoy to the United Nations, Vasily Nebenzya, however, dismissed reports that Russian troops attacked the Zaporizhzhya plant as “lies” and “disinformation”.
Read more here.
G7 ministers call on Russia to stop attacks near nuclear plants
The foreign ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US released a joint statement condemning the Russian invasion of Ukraine and calling on Moscow to end its “aggression” and immediately withdraw its forces.
“We urge Russia to stop its attacks especially in the immediate vicinity of Ukraine’s nuclear power plants,” the statement said.
“Any armed attack on and threat against nuclear facilities devoted to peaceful purposes constitutes a violation of the principles of international law. We support the initiative of IAEA Director General Grossi announced today for an agreement between Ukraine and Russia to ensure the safety and security of nuclear facilities in Ukraine. ”
Welcome to Al Jazeera’s continuing coverage of the Ukraine-Russia crisis.
Read all the updates from Friday, March 4, here.