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Russia-Ukraine conflict highlights: EU warns of sanctions as Putin brandishes threat to recognise Ukraine rebel claims to independence

Russia-Ukraine conflict highlights: EU warns of sanctions as Putin brandishes threat to recognise Ukraine rebel claims to independence

Russia-Ukraine conflict highlights: EU warns of sanctions as Putin brandishes threat to recognise Ukraine rebel claims to independence
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Russia-Ukraine conflict highlights: President Joe Biden has accepted "in principle" a meeting with President Vladimir Putin provided Russia does not invade Ukraine, the White House has said, in a last-ditch diplomatic overture brokered by French President Emmanuel Macron to ease one of the worst security crises in Europe in decades. The US has repeatedly warned of Russia's plans to invade Ukraine and threatened to impose tough sanctions on Moscow if it goes ahead with its plans. However, Russia has denied that it plans to attack Ukraine. "As the President has repeatedly made clear, we are committed to pursuing diplomacy until the moment an invasion begins," White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement on Sunday. Here are the live updates from the Russia-Ukraine crisis today

Live Updates

With that we wrap the LIVE coverage on the Russia-Ukraine conflict for today. Do join us tomorrow for the top developments on the crisis between Kyiv and Moscow as the Western world scrambles to ease tensions to avert a war between the two countries. Until then stay tuned to CNBCTV18.com for more news, views and other updates.  

Feb 21, 2022 11:59 PM

Russia-Ukraine Conflict LIVE updates: No targets here, Ukraine pensioner laments after shelling hits front-line home

Valeriy, a Ukrainian pensioner living near front lines with Russian-backed separatists, says his village has been shelled three times within days despite having no possible targets except an old cargo truck. That makes him angry and fearful. The population of tiny Taramchuk, on the edge of government-controlled territory, has shriveled to under 10 since separatist forces seized a swathe of Ukraine's east in 2014, triggering conflict with the Ukrainian army. Now the rumble of heavy weapons, largely muted for years, is escalating anew amid signs of Russia preparing for a full-blown invasion of Ukraine, and 63-year-old Valeriy fears the worst after shelling struck his house on Sunday. "Today (Sunday) at 9 a.m., while I was sitting in the house chatting with my neighbour Alekseyevich, I heard several shells crash in the immediate area. Shrapnel hit my roof," he told a Reuters visitor later that day.

Feb 21, 2022 11:56 PM

Russia-Ukraine Conflict LIVE updates: EU warns of sanctions if Russia recognises Ukraine breakaway regions

The European Union joined calls on Monday for Russia not to annex or recognise breakaway Ukrainian regions, warning of sanctions from the 27-nation bloc should Moscow do so. Russian President Vladimir Putin said earlier on Monday he could recognise the two Russian-backed breakaway regions as independent, an aggressive move likely to torpedo a last-minute bid for a summit to prevent war. "If there is annexation, there will be sanctions, and if there is recognition, I will put the sanctions on the table and the ministers will decide," the EU's foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said after a meeting of the bloc's foreign ministers. "We call on President Putin to respect international law," he said. "We are ready to react with a strong united front in case he should decide" to ignore these calls, he said.

Feb 21, 2022 11:55 PM

Russia-Ukraine Conflict LIVE updates: EU slaps sanctions on five persons linked to 2021 elections in Crimea

The European Union on Monday imposed sanctions on five people who were involved in Russian parliamentary elections in the annexed Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea in September 2021. Those sanctioned are members of the Russian parliament, the state Duma, elected to represent Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, as well as the head and the deputy head of Sevastopol's electoral commission, the EU said in a statement. EU sanctions with regard to the territorial integrity of Ukraine now apply to a total of 193 persons and 48 entities, according to the bloc. Those affected have their assets frozen and are subject to a travel ban which prevents them from entering or transiting through the EU.

Feb 21, 2022 11:53 PM

Russia-Ukraine Conflict LIVE updates: Putin brandishes threat to recognise Ukraine rebel claims to independence

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday he could recognise two Russian-backed breakaway Ukrainian regions as independent, an aggressive move likely to torpedo a last-minute bid for a summit to prevent war. Separately, Moscow said Ukrainian military saboteurs had tried to enter Russian territory in armed vehicles leading to five deaths, an accusation dismissed as "fake news" by Kyiv. Both developments fit a pattern repeatedly predicted by Western governments, who accuse Russia of preparing to fabricate a pretext to invade Ukraine by blaming Kyiv for attacks and relying on pleas for help from separatist proxies. In Washington, President Joe Biden summoned a meeting with his top security advisors. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and General Mark Milley, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, could be seen entering the White House on the President's Day holiday.

Feb 21, 2022 11:15 PM

Russia-Ukraine Conflict LIVE updates: In piece of Kremlin theatre, Putin weighs fateful decision on Ukraine

Seated at a large white table in an echoing Kremlin hall, Vladimir Putin summoned his top security officials one by one on Monday to give him their advice at a potential turning point in the crisis around Ukraine. In a lengthy meeting of his Security Council, broadcast on state television in what a presenter called "unprecedented footage", Putin cross-examined ministers and spy chiefs on the question of whether to recognise the two breakaway Donbass regions of eastern Ukraine as independent states. One after another, they walked to a white lectern in the column-lined hall to paint a relentlessly grim picture of the situation in Donbass. Looking pale and tired, Putin drummed with his fingers from time to time as he listened. His special representative on Ukraine, Dmitry Kozak, said Kyiv and the West had no interest in implementing a 2015 peace deal to end the conflict in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian separatists have been fighting Ukrainian government forces for the past eight years.

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Feb 21, 2022 10:42 PM
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Feb 21, 2022 10:36 PM

Russia-Ukraine Conflict LIVE updates: Ukraine says skies safe as some airlines suspend flights

Ukraine said on Monday about 10 airlines had stopped flying there amid U.S. warnings of an attack by Russian forces massed on its border, but insisted its air corridors were still open and flying to the East European country was safe. Germany's Lufthansa said it was halting flights to Ukraine from Monday, joining KLM which has already done so. Scandinavian airline SAS also suspended weekly flights while Air France has decided to cancel Tuesday flights between Paris and Kyiv as a "precautionary measure". "The current cancellation of flights by a number of foreign airlines is dictated solely by the information aggravation of the situation, and not by real changes in flight safety," Infrastructure Minister Oleksander Kubrakov told a news briefing. He did not name the airlines and said that "the state is working to replace cancelled flights".

Feb 21, 2022 10:36 PM

Russia-Ukraine Conflict LIVE updates: Ukraine requests urgent UN Security Council talks on de-escalating crisis

Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said on Monday he had asked member states of the U.N. Security Council to hold urgent discussions on practical steps to guarantee his country's security and on de-escalating the tensions with Russia. Russia is a permanent veto-wielding member of the U.N. Security Council. Russia's President Vladimir Putin said earlier on Monday that he would make a decision on recognising two breakaway regions in East Ukraine later on Monday.

Feb 21, 2022 9:49 PM
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Feb 21, 2022 9:48 PM

Russia-Ukraine Conflict LIVE updates: Pakistani PM Imran Khan to meet President Putin in Moscow this week

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan will fly to Moscow this week to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin, Islamabad confirmed on Monday - the first such trip by a Pakistani leader in two decades. The two-day visit, starting on Wednesday, was planned before the current crisis over Ukraine. "During the Summit meeting, the two leaders will review the entire array of bilateral relations including energy cooperation," Pakistan's foreign office said in a statement, adding that Khan and Putin will also discuss issues including the situation in Afghanistan. Relations between Pakistan and Russia were minimal for years as Islamabad sided with the United States in the Cold War and was given Major Non-NATO Ally status by Washington after U.S. forces invaded Afghanistan in 2001.

Feb 21, 2022 9:44 PM

Russia-Ukraine Conflict LIVE updates: Air France suspends flights to Kyiv, joins European airlines

Air France said on February 21 that it was suspending flights to Kyiv joining other European carriers amid rising tensions between Ukraine and Russia. The airline said in a statement that it was suspending its Paris-Kyiv route on February 22 as a "precautionary measure". "Air France is constantly monitoring the geopolitical situation in the territories it serves… (and) will regularly reassess the situation and reminds that the safety and security of its flights, its customers and its crews, is an absolute imperative," the Hill reported.

Feb 21, 2022 9:41 PM

Russia-Ukraine Conflict LIVE updates: Western officials says outlook is grim as tensions escalate

Western concerns that Russia will invade Ukraine have only grown in recent days and the outlook looks grim, three Western officials said on Monday. Russian military units are poised for an invasion of Ukraine and there has been an uptick in supposed provocations in Russian-backed separatist regions of Ukraine, the officials said on condition of anonymity. The overall picture, the officials said, is a "very dark one with storm clouds gathering on Ukrainian border".

Feb 21, 2022 9:33 PM

Russia-Ukraine Conflict LIVE updates: Oil rises as Russian-Western stand-off alarms tight market

Oil prices rose on Monday as tensions between Russia and the West ratcheted up, adding to supply concerns that have kept oil prices near $100 a barrel. Brent crude futures jumped $1.23, or 1.3%, to $94.77 a barrel by 1300 GMT. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures rose $1.13, or 1.2%, to $92.20 a barrel. Russian forces killed a group of five saboteurs who breached the country's southwest border from Ukraine on Monday, news agencies quoted the military as saying, an accusation that Ukraine called fake news. French President Emmanuel Macron said earlier on Monday that U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin have agreed in principle to a summit over Ukraine, but the Kremlin said there were no immediate plans for a meeting.

Feb 21, 2022 9:32 PM

Russia-Ukraine Conflict LIVE updates: Russian spy chief Naryshkin accuses US of war propaganda

Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) chief Sergei Naryshkin on Monday said Western accusations that Russia plans to attack Ukraine are war propaganda cooked up in the U.S. State Department. Naryshkin told President Vladimir Putin that these accusations were designed to provoke Ukraine into taking military action.

Feb 21, 2022 9:31 PM