politics and economy of russia isolation thorough on Monday as his forces also met rigid resistance in The capital of Ukraine and other cities in most grand assault on a European state since World War II.
President Vladimir Putin put Russia’s nuclear deterrent on high alert on Sunday in the face of a blocade of Western-led reprisals for his war on Ukraine, which said it had repelled attempts by Russian ground forces to capture urban centers.
Explosions were heard before dawn on Monday in the capital of Kyiv and in the main city of Kharkiv, Ukrainian authorities said, as diplomatic maneuvers continued.
Ukraine said the negotiations with Moscow without preconditions would stand on the Belarusian-Ukrainian border. Russian news the Tass agency quoted an unidentified source as saying that the talks start on Monday morning.
US President Joe Biden will host a call with allies and partners on Monday to coordinate a united response, the White House said.
The US said Putin was stepping up the war with ‘dangerous rhetoric’ on Russia’s nuclear stance as Russian forces prepare to besiege major cities in the democratic country of about 44 millions people.
As the missiles rained down nearly 400,000 civilians, mostly women and children have fled to neighboring countries, a United Nations relief agency said.
A senior we defense official said that Russia had fired more more than 350 missiles hit Ukrainian targets so far, some hitting civilian infrastructure.
“It seems like they’re adopting a siege mentality, that everything student of military tactics and strategy will tell you, when you adopt the siege tactics that increases the probability of collateral damages “, official said, speaking on state of anonymity.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy told British Prime Minister Boris Johnson by phone on Sunday that the next 24 hours would be crucial for Ukraine, a Downing Street spokesman said.
So far the Russian offensive cannot claim any major victory. Russia did not take any Ukrainian citydoes not control Ukraine’s airspace, and its troops remained about 30 km (19 miles) from Kyivthat is city center for a second day, the official noted.
Russia calls its actions in Ukraine a “special operation” that he says is not designed occupy a territory but destroy that of son southern neighbor military abilities and capture what he sees as dangerous nationalists.
Delegations from Russia and Ukraine were ready to meet on Monday somewhere near the Belarusian-Ukrainian border along the Pripyat River. The Belarusian Foreign Ministry released a photo showing the prepared room for peace talks between the two nations.
“In Belarus, everything is ready to welcome the Russian-Ukrainian negotiations. for delegations to arrive”, said the ministry in Twitter post. On Sunday, Zelenskyy dismissed Belarus as a location for negotiations with Russia, citing Minsk role in the lesson invasion. However, after telephone conversations with Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko and the Ukrainian delegation agreed to discuss with Russian officials in the country who are currently expect for their rivals in Belarus.
The two parties will meet on Monday, depending media reports, but no breakthrough is expected.
In Belarus, everything is ready to welcome the Russian-Ukrainian negotiations. Expect for delegations to arrive Photo.twitter.com/WSnPMyChwg
— Belarusian MAE (@BelarusMFA) February 28, 2022
Western-led political, strategic, economic and corporate sanctions were unprecedented in their scale and coordination, and there have been other commitments of military support for Ukrainian Armed Forces vastly outgunned.
The ruble plunged almost 30% to an all-time low against the dollar after Western nations on Saturday unveiled tough sanctions, including blocking some Russian banks from SWIFT international Payments system. Japan and South Korea have declared that they join in the action of blocking certain banks from SWIFT. South Korea, grand exporter of semi-conductors, would also ban exports of strategic items in Russia.
Singapore, a financial and dispatch center, said it intended to impose sanctions and restrictions on Russia, the Straits Times newspaper reported.
Japan said it was also consider imposing sanctions against some individuals in Belarus, a key staging area for the Russian invasion.
Referendum in Belarus on Sunday approved a new constitution abandoning the country’s non-nuclear status.
Several European subsidiaries of Sberbank Russia, majority owned by the Russian government were failing or were likely to fail because of the reputation cost of the war in Ukraine, said the European Central Bank (ECB).
central russia bank scrambled to handle growing fallout of the sanctions saying he would start buying gold again on the domestic marketlaunch a takeover auction with no ease limits and restrictions on banks’ open currency positions.
This also ordered brokers to block attempts by foreigners to sell Russian securities.
It could complicate plans by sovereign wealth funds of Norway and Australia, which have said they plan to roll up down their exposure to companies listed in Russia.
Business giants also took action, with The British oil major BP, the first foreign investor in Russia, saying it would drop its participation in state oil company Rosneft during a cost of up at $25 billion.
The European Union on Sunday decided for the first time in son history supply arms to a country at war, promising arms, including planes of combatto Ukraine.
Germany, which had already Frozen Nord Stream 2, a planned undersea gas pipeline from Russia, said it would rise defense spend massively, throw off decades of reluctance to match son economic power with military weight.
EU Chief Executive Ursula von der Leyen expressed support for Ukraine membership in a meeting with Euronews, saying “they are one of us.”
EU shut all russian planes out of son airspace, as did Canada, forcing Russian airline Aeroflot to cancel all flights to European destinations until further notice. The United States and France have urged their citizens to consider leaving Russia immediately.
EU also banned russian media points selling RT and Sputnik.
In New York, the UN Security Council convened a rare emergency meeting of the UN General Assembly, or all 193 UN member states, for Monday.
Ongoing protests took place around the world against the invasion including in Russia, where nearly 6,000 people have been arrested during anti-war protests since Thursday, said protest monitor OVD-Info.
Tens of thousands of people across Europe marched in protest, including more over 100,000 in Berlin.
Meta Platforms said it had removed a network of about 40 fake accounts, groups and pages on Facebook and Instagram that operated from Russia and Ukraine targeting public The figures in Ukraine, for violate son rules against “inauthentic coordinated behavior.”
Twitter said it had also suspended more of about ten accounts and blocked the sharing of several links for violate son rules against platform manipulation and spam.