Biden orders 7,000 US troops to Germany amid Ukraine crisis
Russian troops ‘trying to seize’ Chernobyl nuclear power plant, Zelensky claims
The Ukrainian president says fighting has been raging in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, site of the 1986 nuclear disaster
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky tweeted on Thursday evening that Russian troops are trying to capture the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the northern part of the Kiev Region. The plant was the site of the 1986 disaster, which caused massive contamination of the surrounding area and parts of Europe.
Over 111,000 Refugees From Donbass Crossed Russian Border Amid Shelling, Source in Russian Emergency Services Tells Sputnik
NOW – Anti-war protest in Putin’s hometown St. Petersburg.
Anti War Protest
People Hiding underground from shelling
Fuel Shortage and Traffic
(GRAPHIC VIDEO) The corpse of a Russian soldier was found in Akhtyrka.
Ukraine evacuating Moscow embassy
The announcement came hours after Russian forces launched an attack on the country
Ukraine has ordered the evacuation of its diplomats from Moscow, hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a “special operation” in the Donbass and Russian forces struck at sites across the country.
The Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs made the announcement on its website on Thursday morning, writing that it had “recalled Ukraine’s charge d’affaires in Russia, Vasily Pokatilo, back to Kiev for consultations, and begun the evacuation of the Ukrainian embassy in Moscow.”
Telegram experiencing outages in Europe
The messaging app is facing an “unprecedented” user load due to the ongoing events in Ukraine
Messaging app Telegram is suffering outages owing to “unprecedented” user demand for its services in Europe, following Russia’s attack on Ukraine on Thursday morning, according to founder and CEO Pavel Durov.
“Due to today’s events, the European Telegram cluster is facing an unprecedented load. As a result, some users may experience intermittent short-term outages in a number of Telegram services,” Durov said on his own Telegram channel.
The tech mogul said he was aware that many people were in dire need of reliable communications with their loved ones after the morning’s events. Read more Erdogan takes stance on Russia’s Ukraine offensive
“We will do our best to keep the speed of sending and receiving messages high,” he added.
The Kremlin website, as well as most Russian government websites, are down
Crypto Price Crash – $500 Billion Wiped Off in One Week (Forbes)
Bitcoin and other major currencies have fallen sharply Thursday as Russia announced a ‘special military operation’ in Donbass.
Top ten crypto prices all fell around 10% with bitcoin hovering just over and under $35,000.
Cryptos crash amid global turmoil
Bitcoin has fallen by nearly 11% in a day
Bitcoin led the cryptocurrency market lower on Thursday, following a nosedive of traditional stocks, with investors seeking safer assets as the conflict between Russia and Ukraine heats up.
The largest cryptocurrency, Bitcoin crashed below $35,000, constituting a loss of value of nearly 11% in a single day. The token has since recovered slightly, but over the past week the top crypto has shed more than 20% of its value.
The price of other major cryptocurrencies also tumbled. The Ethereum exchange rate fell by over 10% to $2,400, and XRP lost over 10% and is now trading at $0.64 per token.
UK’s Johnson announces raft of new sanctions on Russia, bans Aeroflot
UK Publishes New Russia Sanctions
UK prime minister is pushing “very hard” for Russia to be ejected from global SWIFT payments system.
UK prime minister Boris Johnson is pushing for Russia to be removed from the Swift international payment system after president Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine on Thursday.
The potential move comes as possible sanctions against Moscow, and would come as a heavy blow to Russia if carried through, affecting its ability to trade beyond its borders.
Despite warnings against the move from German chancellor Olaf Scholz, British officials have said the PM is “very keen”, and “pushing it very hard”.
EU leaders are set to meet on Thursday evening in Brussels to discuss the bloc’s sanctions package.
Switzerland imposes sanctions against three Russian banks and 361 deputies of the Russian Duma, President of the Swiss Confederation Ignazio Cassis announces.
MoD: Russian Military Have Disabled 83 Ukrainian Land-Based Targets Since Beginning of Special Op
US F-35 Fighter Jets Arrive in Lithuania Amid NATO Troop Deployment on Bloc’s Eastern Borders
“In Lithuania, on February 24, armed US F-35 military aircraft landed at the air base of the Lithuanian Army Air Force in Siauliai, where additional US military forces are deployed. In response to the current security situation, the US has also taken an important and necessary decision – the rotation of the heavy 3-66 armor battalion continues in Lithuania”, the Lithuanian Defence Ministry said in a statement.
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Putin’s made a direct appeal to the military forces of Ukraine in his early Thursday speech
RT – The Russian President had a message to the armed forces of Ukraine as he announced a ‘special military operation’ in Donbass – tells them:
▪️ Your fathers, grandfathers and great-grandfathers did not fight defending our common homeland for “today’s neo-Nazis to seize power”
▪️ You took an oath of allegiance to the Ukrainian people – “not to the anti-people junta that robs it and mocks your country”
▪️ Putin urged Ukraine’s forces to immediately lay down your arms and go home
▪️ The Russian president assured all servicemen of the Ukrainian army who make this decision will be able to leave the combat zone without hindrance
▪️ All responsibility for the bloodshed will be “on the conscience of the ruling regime of Ukraine”