Vote expected as EU and US agree to impose sanctions on Russian president, foreign minister for invasion of Ukraine.
- The UN Security Council will meet on Friday to vote on a resolution condemning Russia’s attack on Ukraine.
- Spokesperson for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says ready to discuss ceasefire and peace with Russia.
- US says it will sanction Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
- Russian forces are advancing towards Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv, as they continue their assault on the country.
- Putin calls for Ukraine’s military to remove the country’s government from power.
- The UN says more than 50,000 Ukrainians have fled to other countries since the fighting began.
Here are all the latest updates:
IMF says Ukraine requested emergency funding
International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva said Ukraine has requested emergency funding.
Georgieva said the IMF will “work closely with the authorities to support Ukraine” in all the ways it can.
“Beyond Ukraine, the repercussions of the conflict pose significant economic risks in the region and around the world,” she added in a statement. “We are assessing the potential implications, including for the functioning of the financial system, commodity markets, and the direct impact on countries with economic ties to the region.”
Canada to impose sanctions on Russia’s Putin
Canada is imposing sanctions on Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said.
“We will be imposing sanctions on President Putin and his fellow architects of this barbaric war, his chief of staff and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov,” Trudeau told a news conference. “These men bear the greatest responsibility for the death and destruction occurring in Ukraine.”
Canada will also levy additional sanctions on Belarus and its leaders for “abetting” Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, Trudeau said.
He also expressed support for barring Russia from SWIFT.
Ukraine and Russia are discussing place and time for talks: Reports
Ukraine and Russia are discussing a place and time for talks, Zelenskyy’s spokesman has said.
“Ukraine was and remains ready to talk about a ceasefire and peace,” spokesman Sergii Nykyforov said on social media.
Ukrainian diaspora in US, Canada rallies against ‘surreal’ attack
The Ukrainian diaspora in the United States and Canada is demonstrating, fundraising and organizing social media campaigns, as well as calling on their elected leaders to act after the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Read more here.
Bulgaria closes its airspace to Russian carriers
Bulgaria will ban flights into the country operated by Russian airlines and will close its airspace to all Russian aircraft from Saturday, the country’s transport ministry has said.
The ministry said the move was a result of the escalation of the military conflict and as a sign of solidarity with Ukraine.
US to provide additional security aid to Ukraine, Pentagon says
The United States will provide additional security assistance to Ukraine, the Pentagon has said, adding it was determining the best way to deliver that support.
“I will be very clear here: We are going to provide additional security assistance for Ukraine. We will. How that is going to be done is still being worked out, ”Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said during a news briefing, adding:“ The airspace over Ukraine is contested. ”
UK bans Russian private jets from its airspace
UK Transport Minister Grant Shapps has said that no Russian private jet can fly in UK airspace or touch down, effective immediately.
“Putin’s actions are unlawful and anyone benefiting from Russia’s aggression in Ukraine is not welcome here. I’ve strengthened our ban in the UK so that no Russian private jet can fly in UK airspace, or touchdown – effective immediately, ”Shapps tweeted.
Poland and the Czech Republic also said they were banning Russian airlines from their respective airspace, while airlines, including British Airways and Virgin Atlantic, began routing flights around Russian airspace.
Putin’s actions are unlawful and anyone benefiting from Russia’s aggression in Ukraine is not welcome here. I’ve strengthened our ban in the UK so that no Russian private jet can fly in UK airspace, or touchdown – effective immediately.
– Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP (@grantshapps) February 25, 2022
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