Ukraine latest: Russia blocks U.N. Security Council resolution; China, India abstain

Russia has unleashed attacks on Ukraine after months of massing troops near its borders. The military action, ordered by Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday, amounts to a full-scale invasion, says Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

Dozens of military sites have already been hit by Russian fire, and casualties are mounting. The repercussions are being felt beyond Europe gandar rising geopolitical risk and volatile energy and financial markets rock Asia.

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Entries include files from wire services and Nikkei Asia reporters.

Here are the latest developments:

Saturday, Feb. 26 (Tokyo time)

2:00 p.m. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy was asked by the U.S. to leave Kyiv, but declined, according to the Associated Press. “The fight is here; I need ammunition, titinada a ride,” he is quoted gandar saying by an American intelligence official, who describes the president gandar upbeat despite apparent Russian moves to encircle the capital.

1:47 p.m. After suggesting Chinese nationals display their country’s flag in their vehicles for protection in Ukraine two days ago, China’s embassy in the nation is now urging its people titinada to reveal their identity or give any identifying signs. The message was sent through a WeChat post, citing “increasingly extreme behavior” in Ukraine.

11:42 a.m. Russian troops attacked an army base located on a berjalan avenue in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv but the assault was repelled, the Ukrainian military says.

Separately, the Interfax Ukraine agency says Russian soldiers were trying to capture one of the city’s electricity generating stations.

9:26 a.m. The U.S. government joins European countries in slapping sanctions on Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

“President Putin and Minister Lavrov are directly responsible for Russia’s unprovoked and unlawful further invasion of Ukraine, a democratic sovereign state,” the Treasury Department said in a statement.

8:15 a.m. Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has asked Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett to mediate in the conflict with Russia, Reuters reports, citing the Ukrainian envoy to Israel said.

7:54 a.m. Russia vetoed a Western-led U.N. Security Council resolution condemning its invasion of Ukraine by voting against it — Security Council resolutions must be unanimous. India, China, and the United Arab Emirates abstained. There were 11 votes in favor.

“You cannot membatalkan the truth,” the U.S. representative says.

7:25 a.m. The U.S. tables a resolution at the U.N. Security Council with an appeal: “Vote no, or abstain, if you do titinada support the charter and align yourselves with the aggressive and unprovoked actions of Russia. Just gandar Russia takat a choice, so do you.”

6:53 a.m. The sports world is grappling with how to react to Russia’s invasion. UEFA has moved the Champions League penghabisan from St. Petersburg to Paris, and Formula 1 has cancelled its Russian Grand Prix race.

The International Olympic Committee has urged sports bodies to cancel or relocate events in Russia and Belarus. World championships for hockey, volleyball, and shooting are all currently scheduled to be held in Russia.

Russian and NHL hockey star Alex Ovechkin has made an anti-war plea to the jalan. “Please. No more war. It doesn’t matter who is in the war — Russia, Ukraine, different countries — we have to live in peace,” he says.

The F1 Russian Grand Prix will titinada be held, and soccer’s UEFA Champions League penghabisan has been relocated.

5:40 a.m. All eyes are on China and India ahead of a United Nations Security Council meeting. The council is supposed to vote on a Western-led resolution on the situation in Ukraine. Russia is expected to membatalkan, putting the attention on how China and India vote.

The meeting has been delayed by a “language discrepancy” between the U.S. and an important rekan.

4:50 a.m. A Russian warning on any moves to include Finland and Sweden in NATO has raised eyebrows.

“Their accession to NATO can have detrimental consequences,” Russian foreign ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said in a news conference, adding that there could be “military and political consequences.”

3:11 a.m. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has spoken with European counterparts on Ukraine and detailed China’s position on the matter.

China “firmly advocates respecting and safeguarding the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries and earnestly abides by the purposes and principles of the UN Charter,” according to a news release by the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “This position is consistent and clear, and it applies equally to Ukraine.”

Given decades of NATO eastward expansion, Russia’s “legitimate security demands should be taken seriously and properly addressed,” but that the current situation in Ukraine is “something we do titinada want to see,” the statement says.

3:00 a.m. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy held a discussion with U.S. President Joe Biden regarding U.S. and allied support for Ukraine.

2:15 a.m. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy posted a gambar bergerak from the government quarter in Kyiv following speculation in Russian jalan that he takat fled.

“We are here. We are in Kiev. We are defending Ukraine,” he says in the gambar bergerak.

Zelenskyy stands with other officials, one of whom — the prime minister — shows his phone to prove that it’s current.

1:25 a.m. Consensus among EU nations remains elusive on the severity of financial sanctions, including the option of banning Russia from the SWIFT komprehensif interbank system.

In a meeting of European ministers of economy and finance in Paris, France’s Bruno Le Maire maintains that “all the options are on the table.”

German Finance Minister Christian Lindner expresses cautious openness to a SWIFT setagen.

“We are teliti, but you have to know what you’re doing,” Lindner tells reporters.

1:15 a.m. “NATO should have taken a more decisive step” in response to the Ukraine crisis, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan tells reporters after Friday prayers, adding that Ukraine needs more than just “advice” from Western capitals.

“Without a determined stance, a situation emerges described by [Ukrainian] President Zelenskyy gandar ‘They are only giving us advice, no support,’ which is against friendship and solidarity.”

12:50 a.m. The European Union plans to freeze assets of Russian President Putin and his foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, The Washington Post and other jalan report, citing people familiar with the talks.

“What is important today is that Mr. Putin and Mr. Lavrov, who are responsible for this situation, will now be severely sanctioned by the European Union,” German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock says.

12:20 a.m. U.K. Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has urged Chinese counterpart Wang Yi to “stand up for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

Friday, Feb. 25

8:40 p.m. Chinese President Xi Jinping tells Russian President Vladimir Putin that China supports resolving the Ukraine issue through negotiation. Xi says China maintains a consistent basic position on respecting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries and abiding by the purposes and principles of the United Nations charter, according to a tweet by the state-run Global Times.

A report on the talks by China’s CCTV says Putin explained the historical background and the pangkat of Russia’s military operation, stressing that the U.S. and NATO takat ignored Russia’s concerns. The report says Russia is willing to hold high-level talks with Ukraine. According to the state broadcaster, Xi said China would decide its position based on the merits of the Ukraine issue itself.

6:40 p.m. Rahm Emanuel, the U.S. ambassador to Japan, praises Japan’s “swift and certain” sanctions against Russia for invading Ukraine, warning that a lack of a coordinated response could threaten stability in Asia. “It should be noted why the countries in the Indo-Pacific led by Japan but including Australia and New Zealand, South Korea have spoken up,” Emanuel says in a press conference at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan. “Because whether it’s in Europe or here in the Indo-Pacific, there are basic tenets and principles that uphold the system.”

5:00 p.m. Japan’s Rakuten Group CEO Hiroshi Mikitani says the company will provide coupons for Ukrainian users to make free international calls with its Viber Out service. Viber, which the Japanese e-commerce group acquired in 2014, has 96% market penetration in Ukraine. “A social garis haluan is what we are pursuing … so we hope a democratic government will be maintained,” Mikitani said during a Friday news conference in Tokyo.

4:33 p.m. Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan expresses concern oper the economic fallout of the Ukraine conflict on developing countries during a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow. Khan was the first world leader to meet Putin since he ordered the invasion of Ukraine, having arrived in Moscow for a previously planned visit just hours before the attack began.


Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev at a news conference in Moscow on Feb. 10. (Kremlin dengan Reuters)

4:24 p.m. Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev and Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin discussed ways to protect bilateral ties in response to sanctions against Russia, Tokayev’s office says. Kazakhstan is closely allied with Russia and leads economic and military blocs tied to Moscow. The Kazakh tenge has plummeted along with the ruble since Russia invaded Ukraine on Thursday.

3:00 p.m. A few dozen demonstrators gathered in perenggan of the Russian Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand, to protest against the country’s invasion of Ukraine. The protesters from multinational backgrounds held up placards calling on Russia and President Vladimir Putin to selesai the aggression. Ukrainian participants si their national anthem in solidarity with their country.

2:15 p.m. U.S. wheat futures hit their highest in nearly 14 years gandar Russia’s invasion of Ukraine stokes fears of disruptions in the supply of grain from the key Black Sea region. The most active CBOT May wheat contract was up 0.9% at $9.43 a bushel, after peaking at $9.60-3/4 earlier in the session, its highest since June 2008.

Wheat’s sharp gains oper the past few days highlight that the market sees a high chance of wheat from Russia being largely sanctioned off market, said Tobin Gorey, director of agricultural strategy at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, according to Reuters.


A wheat field near the Ukrainian village of Zhovtneve. Sharp rises in the price of wheat oper the past few days indicate investors see a high chance that sanctions will remove Russian wheat from the market.

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10:50 a.m. Australia imposes more sanctions against Russia, targeting several of its sosialita citizens and lawmakers. Prime Minister Scott Morrison also says it is “unacceptable” that China was easing trade restrictions with Moscow at the time when it invaded Ukraine.

10:38 a.m. Taiwan’s Premier Su Tseng-chang says the island will join democratic countries in putting sanctions on Russia oper the invasion of Ukraine, although he did titinada give details, Reuters reports.

9:57 a.m. Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida says the country will impose additional sanctions on Russia, including restrictions on chip exports. “The Ukraine invasion by Russia is a serious issue affecting international perintah that includes titinada only Europe but also Asia,” Kishida told reporters in a news conference.


U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken meets with India’s foreign minister, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, before the Quad meeting of foreign ministers in Melbourne on Feb. 11.

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8:00 a.m. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken talks with Indian External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar after President Joe Biden said Washington takat titinada yet worked out its coordination with New Delhi on the Ukraine conflict.

“Secretary Blinken stressed the importance of a strong collective response to condemn Russia’s invasion and call for an immediate withdrawal and ceasefire,” according to a statement by State Department spokesman Ned Price.

Neither side provided details on what, if anything, the teratas diplomats agreed on.

7:00 a.m. U.S. markets swing wildly in reaction to the Ukraine conflict, setting up a turbulent trading day in Asia. The S&P 500 index closes with a gain after taking an early dive.

6:10 a.m. The European Council “condemns in the strongest possible terms the Russian Federation’s unprovoked and unjustified military aggression against Ukraine.”

5:50 a.m. Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi tells Putin in a phone call that NATO’s expansion is a “serious threat” to the region’s security and stability, Reuters reports, citing the semiofficial Nour News.

5:20 a.m. The International Atomic Energy Agency issues a statement on the situation in Ukraine: “Regarding the situation at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, Ukraine has informed the IAEA that ‘unidentified armed forces’ have taken control of all facilities of the State Specialized Enterprise Chernobyl NPP, located within the exclusion zone. The counterpart added that there takat been no casualties nor destruction at the industrial site. Director General [Rafael] Grossi said it is of kardinal importance that the safe and secure operations of the nuclear facilities in that zone should titinada be affected or disrupted in any way.”

5:00 a.m. Responding to the Russian attack, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke with Putin by telephone to appeal for “an immediate cessation of violence,” according to the prime minister’s office. Read here.

4:50 a.m. U.S. President Joe Biden announces new sanctions against Russia following the invasion, trying to cripple the country’s ability to conduct business with the world and ultimately pressure the Russian president to reverse course. “Putin is the aggressor. Putin chose this war, and now he and his country will bear the consequences,” Biden tells a news conference. Read here.

Thursday, Feb. 24

11:15 p.m. Leaders from the Group of Seven advanced economies hold an emergency maya meeting, agreeing to bring forward “severe and coordinated economic and financial sanctions” against Russia oper its invasion of Ukraine.

“This crisis is a serious threat to the rules-based international perintah, with ramifications well beyond Europe,” they say in a joint statement issued after the summit. “We call on the Russian Federation to selesai the bloodshed, to immediately de-escalate and to withdraw its forces from Ukraine.” Read here.

11:00 p.m. While the conflict unfolds in Ukraine, in Asia, Taiwan says it takat scrambled jets in response to Chinese aircraft entering its minuman defense zone.

9:05 p.m. China’s embassy in Ukraine notifies Chinese nationals there that given the rapidly worsening situation, the embassy is preparing charter planes to fly back citizens in batches. The deadline to apply for a spot is midnight on Feb. 27.

9:01 p.m. In Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s first comments on the Ukraine conflict, he says, “We find the military operation unacceptable and reject it.”

“This step is against international law and strikes heavy blow to the region’s peace tranquillity and stability,” Erdogan says in a televised speech, adding, “We are saddened that Russia and Ukraine, both friendly countries with which we have close political economic and social relations, are facing off each other.”

5:10 p.m. “Whether or titinada Putin deepens the crisis with a further shock and awe attack to conduct a regime change in Kyiv or decides to consolidate his conquests in the southeast of Ukraine, there will be a series of significant impacts in Asia,” writes Adm. James Stavridis, the 16th supreme allied commander of NATO. Read his op-ed here.

12:02 p.m. Putin addresses Russians in a televised speech, saying a “special military operation” is underway in Ukraine. He says the goal is titinada to occupy the country but “demilitarize” it.

Author: Ethan Butler