Russia’s full-scale attack on Ukraine continues at the same time as sanctions are imposed on Russia by various countries around the world.
If you have just joined us, these are the latest developments on the first day of this war:
- The weather in Ukraine has darkened and martial law has been imposed in the capital, Kiev
- Russian troops have advanced rapidly on several fronts inside Ukraine, and gunfire, explosions and airstrikes have been heard across the country.
- Fighting broke out in some key areas, including an air base near the capital that had been captured by Russian forces, but Ukrainian forces say they have recaptured it.
- Russian forces have occupied the Chernobyl complex, which was the site of a nuclear disaster in 1986 and still has traces of radioactivity. This news has caused great concern to international nuclear energy monitoring organizations
- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelinsky has vowed to continue the war, saying a “new Iron Curtain” is being formed and that his country’s task is to keep it on the western side.
- He also said that 137 Ukrainian citizens – including soldiers and civilians – were killed in the first attack.
- He signed a general mobilization order and called on all those who can take up arms to defend their country.
- Western nations have stepped up financial sanctions against Russian banks and high-ranking officials, and the United States has banned the export of high-tech components to Russia, but NATO says it will not send troops to Ukraine.
- The United States has ordered another 7,000 troops to Europe – and says their deployment in Germany is aimed at “reassuring NATO allies” in the region.
- Meanwhile, anti-war demonstrations in support of Ukraine have taken place in various European cities, as well as in Russia. In Russia, the government cracked down on protesters and detained more than 700 people
- The United Nations estimates that more than 100,000 people have fled their homes in Ukraine during the fighting. Border guards in neighboring countries, including Poland, Hungary and Moldova, see asylum seekers arrive