© Reuters. General view of Kiev after Russian President Vladimir Putin approved a military operation in eastern Ukraine, February 24, 2022. REUTERS / Umit Bektas
(Reuters) – Here’s what you need to know about the Ukrainian crisis at the moment:
* President Vladimir Putin on Sunday put Russia’s nuclear deterrent on high alert, faced with a barrage of Western reprisals for his war against Ukraine, which said it had repulsed Russian ground forces that attacked its largest cities.
* The United States and NATO have condemned the nuclear alert.
* Ukrainian and Russian officials were supposed to hold talks on the spot on the Belarusian border with Ukraine, the cabinet of President Volodymyr Zelensky announced on Sunday.
* European nations and Canada closed their airspace to Russian planes on Sunday.
* Japan will join the United States and other Western countries in blocking access to certain Russian banks to the international payment system SWIFT, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on Sunday.
* The decision of the Western allies to block certain Russian banks from the SWIFT payment system will probably raise oil prices well above $ 100 per barrel, which poses a risk of a jump in trade in Russian oil, analysts say.
* BP (NYSE 🙂 announced on Sunday that it plans to abandon its 19.75% stake in oil giant Rosneft, marking a sudden and costly end to 30, sometimes difficult years of business in an oil-rich country.
* The Norwegian state fund worth 1.3 trillion dollars, the largest in the world, will sell its Russian property, the Norwegian prime minister said on Sunday.
* The European Union will tighten sanctions on Russia, target Russia’s ally Belarus with measures and finance weapons for Ukraine to help it defend itself from the Russian invasion, top EU officials said on Sunday.
* Energy giant Gazprom controlled by the Kremlin (MCX 🙂 said on Sunday that exports of Russian gas through Ukraine to Europe continue normally, in line with customer demands.
* Russian military vehicles were suppressed on Sunday, the fourth day of fighting in the second largest Ukrainian city of Kharkov.
* Russia attacked Ukrainian oil and gas plants, which caused huge explosions.
* At least 198 Ukrainians, including three children, have been killed, the head of Ukraine’s health ministry said. The UN humanitarian agency said its estimates show that at least 64 civilians were killed among 240 civilian victims, but that the actual numbers are likely to be “significantly higher”.
* Ukraine is running out of oxygen supplies needed by critically ill people, the World Health Organization said on Sunday, calling for a safe passage for emergency imports.
* People fleeing the war in Ukraine flocked to Central Europe, and queues at border crossings stretching for miles after the invasion forced nearly 400,000 people to seek safety abroad. Pope Francis called for the creation of humanitarian corridors to help refugees from Ukraine.
* More than 5,500 people have been detained at various anti-war protests in Russia since the beginning of the invasion.
* Ukraine is filing a lawsuit against Russia in the world court, alleging false accusations of genocide against Kiev.
– I do not really believe in the outcome of this meeting, but let them try, so that later no citizen of Ukraine has any doubt that I, as president, tried to stop the war – said Zelenski about the planned talks with Moscow.
– “As you can see, not only are Western countries taking hostile measures against our country in the economic dimension – I mean illegal sanctions that everyone knows very well – but also the highest officials of leading NATO countries allow themselves to make aggressive statements. as far as our country is concerned, “Putin said on state television.
* World Bank President David Malpass said the bank could provide more funding to Ukraine in a few days and that additional assistance would be discussed by G7 financial leaders on Tuesday.
* The UN Nuclear Guard Steering Board of 35 countries will hold an emergency meeting Wednesday on Ukraine, in which a raging war in the country with four operational nuclear power plants and various waste facilities, including Chernobyl.
* EU energy ministers will discuss preparations for potential shocks in energy supply and measures to increase gas supplies on Monday.
* The United Nations Security Council is due to vote on Sunday to convene a rare emergency emergency session of the 193-member UN General Assembly, to be held on Monday, diplomats said.