LIVE Russia Ukraine Crisis: Ukraine agrees to hold talks with Russia in Belarus

Updated: Feb 28



Feb 27, 2022 07:50 pm 11:50 pm

PM Narendra Modi's high-level meeting on Ukraine Russia conflict lasted over 2 hours; the PM ensured safety & evacuation of Indian students as the top priority. Further cooperation with neighbouring countries of Ukraine to expedite evacuation will be enhanced: GoI sources (ANI)


11:23 pm

Held a meeting with G7 foreign ministers. Partners stand ready to provide Ukraine with more practical means to defend ourselves. Defensive weapons, military equipment and financial support for Ukraine are underway. We also discussed new painful sanctions to stop Putin’s war: Ukrainian FM (ANI)


11:08 pm

Russia war on Ukraine has displaced 'over 7 million people': EU (AFP)


11:08 pm

Ukraine has informed the International Atomic Energy Agency that missiles hit the site of a radioactive waste disposal facility in Kyiv but there are no reports of damage to the building or any indications of a radioactive release: IAEA DG Rafael Mariano Grossi


11:00 pm

Govt plans at least 7 more Op Ganga charters till March 2


10:53 pm

Sweden will send military aid to Ukraine, including anti-tank weapons, helmets and body armour, Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson said on Sunday. "Sweden is now proposing direct support for Ukraine's armed forces. It includes 135,000 field rations, 5,000 helmets, 5,000 body shields and 5,000 anti-tank weapons" Andersson told a news conference.


10:53 pm

UN Security Council to hold meeting on Monday on Ukraine crisis: diplomats (AFP)


10:46 pm

BP says it is pulling its capital out of Russia's Rosneft. (AFP)


10:35 pm

Japan will join the United States and other Western countries in blocking certain Russian banks' access to the SWIFT international payment system, said Prime Minister Fumio Kishida (Reuters)


10:32 pm

I will be honest, as always. I do not really believe in the outcome of this [talks with Russia], but let them try: Ukraine's Volodymyr Zelenskyy


10:17 pm

EU to finance weapons deliveries to Ukraine: von der Leyen


10:17 pm

EU to impose new sanctions on Belarus over Ukraine: von der Leyen


10:17 pm

EU to ban Russian state media RT and Sputnik: von der Leyen

08:55 pm

Ukraine-made world's largest cargo plane Antonov-225 burnt in Russian shelling


08:32 pm

Some 44 Norwegian soldiers from a mechanised infantry battalion will join the alliance's enhanced forward presence battlegroup in Lithuania, deployed since 2017 in response to Russia's takeover of the Crimea peninsula from Ukraine. (Reuters)


08:31 pm

A military aircraft carrying Norwegian troop reinforcements landed in Lithuania on Sunday, part of a wider NATO buildup in the Baltic region following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.


08:30 pm

Russia dropped preconditions to talks after military setbacks, Ukraine says

08:23 pm

Canada closes it’s airspace to all Russian aircraft.


08:14 pm

India's position on Ukraine crisis has been 'consistent' and it has every reason to believe that it should be in touch with all parties concerned, says foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla. (PTI)


08:13 pm

UN nuclear watchdog's 35-nation Board of Governors will hold an emergency meeting on Wednesday about Ukraine: Reuters


08:13 pm

Putin 'manufacturing threats' with nuclear force alert: White House (AFP)


07:54 pm

More than 1,00,000 people attended a Ukraine solidarity march in Berlin on Sunday, police said, with many protesters dressed in the blue and yellow colours of the Ukraine flag


07:50 pm

US is providing nearly $54 million in additional humanitarian assistance to the people of Ukraine. This assistance enables humanitarian organizations to support citizens of Ukraine already in need & those newly affected by Russia's unprovoked& unjustified attack: US Secy of State Antony Blinken


07:37 pm

Ukraine says it will hold talks with Russia at its border with Belarus -- near the Chernobyl exclusion zone -- after a phone call between President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko (AFP)


07:12 pm

Every student is being brought back, PM Modi is himself monitoring the situation and we have sent teams to neighbouring nations of Ukraine. MEA has also made a control room regarding the ongoing situation: Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri

06:46 pm

President Vladimir Putin has ordered Russian nuclear deterrent forces on alert amid tensions with the West over Ukraine, reports AP.


06:28 pm

Ukrainian delegation heads to Gomel (Belarus) for negotiations with the Russian side: Interfax citing Belpresscenter


06:27 pm

Ukraine agrees to hold talks with Russia in Belarus, says Russian state media


06:16 pm

Border crossing to Hungary and Romania is functioning, however, the exit point to Poland is clogged due to lakhs of foreign nationals trying to escape from that point. Those who are near the borders of Hungary and Romania are guided towards their border points in phases: Shringla


06:15 pm

So far under op Ganga, thousand of our citizens have been flown out of Romania and Hungary and another thousand have been evacuated from Ukraine through land routes. Flights have been organised for them: Foreign secretary Harsh V Shringla


06:07 pm

Since the airspace in Ukraine was closed, we identified land evacuation options from Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, and Romania. Specific border crossing points were identified and the MEA had deployed teams to assist in the evacuation process: Foreign secretary Shringla


06:05 pm

Our Embassy in Kyiv and our Ministry had issued a number of advisories prior to the situation developing. 4,000 of our nationals had left before the conflict, pursuant to these advisories. We estimate that around 15,000 citizens are left in Ukraine: Shringla


06:01 pm

The Centre has launched 'multi-pronged' Operation Ganga to evacuate our citizens stranded in Ukraine. This evacuation process will be at government cost: Foreign secretary Harsh V Shirngla


05:44 pm

"Control over Kharkiv is completely ours! The armed forces, the police, and the defense forces are working, and the city is being completely cleansed of the enemy," Oleh Sinegubov wrote on Telegram. (Reuters)

05:30 pm

Ukraine army retakes Kharkiv, expelling Russian troops: governor (AFP)


05:24 pm

Those who judge that the situation is not conducive for travel, or are unable to leave due to any reason, may wait until further developments: Embassy of India in Kyiv, Ukraine in an advisory to Indian nationals


04:39 pm

Ukrainian refugee tally tops 3,68,000 and rising: UN


04:38 pm

Ukraine submits application against Russia to International Court of Justice "to be held accountable for manipulating notion of genocide to justify aggression": Ukraine President Zelenskyy


04:26 pm

Indian citizens are being evacuated from Ukraine through Romania & Hungary. We are continuously exploring and working to open up more borders with the neighboring countries for our citizens: Embassy of India in Kyiv, Ukraine in an advisory to Indian nationals (ANI)


04:17 pm

German chancellor Olaf Scholz says he will deliver weapons to Ukraine, increase defence spending by €100bn this year alone, and build new domestic LNG terminals to lower dependence on Russia


04:09 pm

Special UNSC session on Ukraine to be held at 3pm New York Time on 27th February (1:30 am IST on February 28).


04:00 pm

All the Indians stranded in Ukraine will be brought back to the country at the government's expense. We have decided to increase the number of flights to neighbouring countries of Ukraine with their permission for this purpose: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh


03:47 pm

Ukraine's president says Russia should be stripped of its seat at the United Nations Security Council over invasion. (AP)


03:33 pm

Poland is allowing Indian students who escape from Russian aggression in Ukraine to enter Poland without any visa: Ambassador of Poland to India Adam Burakowski. (ANI)


03:23 pm

Ukrainian minister says Russia lost some 4,300 men in invasion


03:01 pm

UN reports at least 240 civilian casualties, 64 deaths in Ukraine


03:00 pm

Russian president Vladimir Putin has been suspended as honorary president of the International Judo Federation (IJF) due to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the sport's governing body announced


02:44 pm

President Volodymyr Zelensky on Sunday hailed the assistance Ukraine was receiving from its international allies as Russia's invading forces pressed on with an assault. "This is already real. We are receiving weapons, medicine, food, diesel, and money," Zelensky said in a video address.


02:43 pm

Ukraine is controlling situation in the west of Kyiv: Reuters quoting Ukraine presidential adviser


02:40 pm

Ukraine has destroyed half of Russian transport which entered Kharkiv: Reuters quoting Ukraine presidential adviser


02:29 pm

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko calls on Kyiv to sit down and hold talks if Ukraine does not want to lose statehood: Reuters


02:23 pm

Ukraine President Zelenskyy says they (Russia) are planning to hit our Ukrainian cities even more


02:20 pm

Finland will close its airspace to Russian planes, joining other European countries in ramping up sanctions against Moscow over its invasion of Ukraine, the government announced early Sunday: AFP


02:06 pm

Ukraine Railways is additionally organising emergency trains at no cost, first come basis from Kyiv. Schedule can be found at train stations.Indian diaspora is advised to move away from conflict zones to the Western region subject to security situation and the extant regulations: ANI


01:42 pm

President Volodymyr Zelensky said Ukraine is willing to hold talks with Russia, but not in neighbouring Belarus as it is being used as a launchpad for the invasion. (AFP)


01:41 pm

As fighting rages in Kharkiv, the city administration in Kyiv, 400 kilometres (250 miles) to the west, said the capital remained completely under the control of Ukrainian forces despite clashes with "sabotage groups". (AFP)


01:34 pm

223 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 28 aircraft (on the ground), 39 multiple rocket launchers, 86 field artillery mounts and mortars, 143 units of special military vehicles were destroyed: Russian defence ministry spokesperson. (ANI)


01:02 pm

Kremlin spokesperson says Russian delegation has arrived in Belarus for talks with Ukrainians: Reuters


01:00 pm

Ukrainian forces have downed a cruise missile that was launched by a Russian Tu-22 strategic bomber from the territory of Belarus, Valery Zaluzhny, the chief commander of the armed forces, said: Reuters


12:37 pm

Ukrainian official: Street fighting in Kharkiv as Russian troops enter country's second-largest city, reports AP

12:14 pm

A blast was heard to the west of the Kyiv city centre on Sunday, minutes after air raid sirens: Reuters


11:55 am

The fourth evacuation flight has left from Bucharest (Romania) to bring 198 Indian nationals to Delhi safely: External affair minister Dr S Jaishankar


11:43 am

"The Russian enemy's light vehicles have broken into Kharkiv, including the city centre," regional governor Oleh Sinegubov said


11:40 am

Russian troop vehicles were seen on the streets of Ukraine's northeastern city of Kharkiv on Sunday, Anton Herashchenko, an adviser to Ukraine's interior minister, wrote on Telegram: Reuters


11:35 am

Russian troops enter Ukraine's second-largest city, Kharkiv: Adviser to Ukraine's interior minister (Reuters)


11:24 am

Russia has praised India's 'independent and balanced' position after Delhi abstained from a UN Security Council vote that deplored Moscow's "aggression" against Ukraine (AFP)


11:14 am

An Air India Dreamliner left late Saturday night from Delhi to Bucharest. It is expected to return later today with Indian evacuees


11:09 am

"We are already providing significant support in terms of non-lethal aid but I've just spoken to the defence minister (Peter Dutton) and we'll be seeking to provide whatever support we can for lethal aid through our Nato partners, particularly the United States and the United Kingdom," Morrison said as quoted by The Sydney Morning Herald.


11:07 am

Australia will supply weapons to Ukraine through Nato allies in Europe, prime minister Scott Morrison said on Sunday, days after Canberra said it would only provide Kyiv with "non-lethal" assistance


10:57 am

Amid rising tensions between Russia and Ukraine, Congress leader and Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi on Sunday wrote a letter to the external affairs minister S Jaishankar urging him to take immediate steps to repatriate thousands of Indians from his parliamentary constituency Wayanad stranded in Ukraine.


10:35 am

Russia unleashed a wave of attacks on Ukraine targeting airfields and fuel facilities in what appeared to be the next phase of an invasion that has been slowed by fierce resistance. The US and EU responded with weapons and ammunition for the outnumbered Ukrainians and powerful sanctions intended to further isolate Moscow.


10:28 am

12 people who had arrived in Mumbai just landed in Bengaluru. Another batch has arrived in Delhi, they've been shifted to Karnataka Bhawan. We've booked their tickets to Bengaluru, they'll reach around 2-3pm: Dr Manoj Rajan, commissioner, Karnataka State Disaster Management Authority


10:25 am

Karnataka minister R Ashoka with students of the state who were stranded in Ukraine amid the Russia-Ukraine conflict. They arrived earlier today in an Air India evacuation flight


10:21 am

"These students have been taken to the Gujarat Bhavan under the guidance of Arti Kanwar, resident commissioner, Government of Gujarat, New Delhi. From there, they will be brought to Gujarat in a state road transport Volvo bus," the chief minister's office in a statement.


10:20 am

The Gujarat government has arranged a bus to bring back 32 students belonging to the state who arrived in New Delhi in a special flight on Sunday after evacuation from Ukraine, the chief minister's office (CMO) said: PTI


10:18 am

Google blocks RT, other Russian channels from earning ad dollars


10:00 am

With the evacuation of Indian students trapped in Ukraine picking up speed, the Bihar government has started helplines for boys and girls hailing from the state who had gone to the war-torn country for pursuing higher education and are now anxious to make an exit in the wake of the military crisis:


09:38 am

Third Air India flight with 240 Indians, stranded in Ukraine, lands at Delhi airport from Budapest


09:35 am

Trump expressed empathy for Ukrainians and this time praised Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, calling him "brave" as he stays in Kyiv, the capital.


09:27 am

Top Republican Senator John Cornyn has expressed disappointment over India abstaining from the vote on a UNSC resolution against the Russian invasion of Ukraine, alleging that New Delhi has avoided publicly denouncing Moscow while it tries to balance its strategic relationship with Russia.


09:14 am

The United States and its allies on Saturday moved to block certain Russian banks' access to the SWIFT international payment system in further punishment of Moscow as it continues its military assault against Ukraine


09:05 am

Elon Musk said Saturday his company SpaceX's Starlink satellite broadband service had been activated in Ukraine, after a Kyiv official urged the tech titan to provide his embattled country with stations. "Starlink service is now active in Ukraine," Musk tweeted, adding "more terminals en route." (AFP)


08:42 am

A Ukrainian soldier is being hailed as a hero for blowing himself up to destroy a bridge in an effort to stop Russian tanks from advancing further into his country. Marine battalion engineer Vitaly Skakun Volodymyrovych was deployed to the Henichesk bridge in the southern province of Kherson when the Russian tanks advanced, the Ukrainian military


08:26 am

YouTube on Saturday barred Russian state-owned media outlet RT and other Russian channels from receiving money for advertisements that run with their videos, similar to a move by Facebook, after the invasion of Ukraine: Reuters


08:05 am

"The enemy has poor communications, they cannot navigate the terrain," the company Ukravtodor said in a Facebook update late on Friday. "Let us help them get straight to hell."


08:03 am

A Ukrainian company in charge of building and maintaining roads said it was removing all road signs that could be used by invading Russian forces to find their way around the country: Reuters


07:39 am

Ukraine says Russian forces blew up gas pipeline in Kharkiv, country's second-largest city (AP)


07:28 am

Russian missiles have hit the Ukrainian town of Vasylkiv southwest of the capital, Kyiv, setting an oil terminal ablaze, the town's mayor said in a video posted online. (Reuters)


07:20 am

The United Nations said it has confirmed at least 240 civilian casualties, including at least 64 people killed, in the fighting in Ukraine that erupted since Russia's invasion on Thursday - though it believed the 'real figures are considerably higher' because many reports of casualties remain to be confirmed.


07:16 am

Russia's invasion force is being slowed and frustrated by unexpectedly stiff resistance from Ukrainian troops, keeping them outside Kyiv, a senior US defense official said. (AFP)


07:16 am

Satellite imagery taken on Saturday showed Russian ground forces assembled in Nova Kakhovka, Ukraine, at and near the Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant on the Dnieper River, a private US company said: Reuters


06:50 am

The situation is bad at many places in Ukraine, citizens have taken up arms to save their country. Stockpiling began where I was staying, a student who returned from Ukraine told ANI.


06:48 am

New measures announced by the United States, Britain, Europe and Canada also include restrictions on the Russian central bank's international reserves. The sanctions will be implemented in the coming days.


06:10 am

Huge explosions lit up the predawn sky south of Kyiv early Sunday. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s office said one of the blasts was near the Zhuliany airport, and the mayor of Vasylkiv, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) south of the capital, said an oil depot there was hit.


05:50 am

IAF is keeping its transport aircraft on stand-by if the need arises to supplement Air India’s ongoing effort to evacuate Indian nationals from war-hit Ukraine, even as a multi-nation exercise, which the force was to take part in the UK next month, now stands cancelled.


05:46 am

The United States, Britain, Europe and Canada on Saturday moved to block Russia's access to the SWIFT international payment system as part of another round of sanctions against Moscow as it continues its assault against Ukraine.


05:26 am

Ukrainian tennis player Sergiy Stakhovsky says he has joined his country's military reserves to fight the Russian invasion, reports AFP


04:25 am

United States Mission to United Nations (USUN) and Albania request an emergency UN Security Council meeting on Sunday to adopt a resolution convening a special General Assembly session on the Russian invasion of Ukraine, a diplomat tells ANI


03:56 am

White House: US, EU, UK pledge to remove 'selected' Russia banks from SWIFT, impose restrictions on Russian central bank


03:43 am

German govt says golden passports for wealthy Russian to be ended. Allies prepared to take further measures if Russia does not end its attack against Ukraine


03:31 am

Air India's third evacuation flight, AI1940, which will depart from Hungarian capital Budapest, is also scheduled to return with evacuees to Delhi on Sunday.


03:09 am

Germany's transport minister is in favour of closing Germany's airspace to Russian planes and has ordered that all necessary measures be put in place, the transport ministry said in a tweet.


02:57 am

Air India's second evacuation flight from Bucharest lands in Delhi with 250 Indians from Ukraine


01:46 am

UN officials said nearly 1,20,000 Ukrainians had left the country for Poland, Romania, Hungary and other neighbouring nations and the number was going up fast as Ukrainians rushed to escape the deadly Russian onslaught.


01:45 am

The Biden administration said it was sending Ukraine up to $350 million in arms and other defensive supplies from US stockpiles with another $250 million in defensive support possible. The Czech Republic also approved a plan to send more arms to Ukraine.


01:44 am

Germany announced on Saturday evening that it would send 1,000 anti-tank weapons and 500 "Stinger" surface-to-air missiles to Ukraine "as quickly as possible."