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Russia-Ukraine War Highlights: Ceasefire on agenda for 2nd round of peace talks, says Russia; UN vote flays Moscow; Putin compared to Hitler

Russia-Ukraine War Highlights: Ceasefire on agenda for 2nd round of peace talks, says Russia; UN vote flays Moscow; Putin compared to Hitler

Russia-Ukraine War Highlights: Ceasefire on agenda for 2nd round of peace talks, says Russia; UN vote flays Moscow; Putin compared to Hitler
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Russia's defence ministry said on Wednesday that Russian armed forces have captured the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson, RIA news agency reported. Ukrainian emergency service said 2,000 civilians have been killed so far. The Ukrainian ambassador to the United Nations compared Vladimir Putin to Hitler, before the UN General Assembly passed a historic vote on a resolution deploring Russian aggression in Ukraine.China, a major buyer of Russian oil and gas and the only major government that has refrained from criticising Moscow’s attack on Ukraine, said it will not impose financial sanctions.The war between Russia and Ukraine has entered seventh day on Wednesday, with a huge convoy of Russian tanks and armoured vehicles on a road to the capital, Kyiv, and fighting intensifying there and in other big cities. As per the Ukrainian army, Russian airborne troops landed in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, while adding that there were immediate clashes. Meanwhile, Biden accused his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin of waging a "premeditated and unprovoked" war against Ukraine, as the President made his maiden State of the Union Address.Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday that if a third World War were to take place, it would involve nuclear weapons and be destructive, the RIA news agency reported. Lavrov has said that Russia, which launched what it calls a special military operation against Ukraine last week, would face a "real danger" if Kyiv acquired nuclear weapons.

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And that's a wrap on CNBC-TV18's coverage of the conflict in Ukraine for today. Thank you for joining us, and don't forget to return as we follow the events as they unfold in Europe's latest war. Good night, readers, and good luck. 

Mar 2, 2022 11:52 PM

Russia admits 498 military personnel have been killed so far

Russian Ministry of Defence spokesperson Igor Konashenkov said on Wednesday that 498 Russian military personnel have been killed since the invasion of Ukraine and 1,597 have been wounded, reports the Guardian. "Unfortunately, we have losses among our comrades who are participating in the operation," Konashenkov said in a briefing carried on state television. 

Mar 2, 2022 11:47 PM

People fleeing from Ukraine face racist attacks in Poland

Police in Poland have warned that fake reports of violent crimes being committed by people fleeing Ukraine are circulating on social media after Polish nationalists attacked and abused groups of African, south Asian and Middle Eastern people who had crossed the border last night, the Guardian reports. Attackers dressed in black sought out groups of non-white refugees, mainly students who had just arrived in Poland at Przemyśl train station from cities in Ukraine after the Russian invasion. According to the police, three Indians were beaten up by a group of five men, leaving one of them hospitalised.

Around 7pm, these men started to shout and yell against groups of African and Middle Eastern refugees who were outside the train station, Two Polish journalists from the press agency OKO, who first reported the incident, told the Guardian. They yelled at them: ‘Go back to the train station! Go back to your country.’

Mar 2, 2022 11:44 PM
Mar 2, 2022 11:41 PM

More than 7,000 Russian troops killed since the start of invasion, says Ukraine

Over 7,000 Russian troops have been killed since the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, according to Ukraine’s presidential adviser, reports the Guardian. Oleksiy Arestovich, a military adviser to president Volodymyr Zelenskiy, said in a television briefing that hundreds of Russian servicemen have been taken prisoner, including senior officers. He said a Russian army commander was taken to Belarus after being severely wounded.

Mar 2, 2022 11:32 PM

Thousands of Russians defy police brutality to protest Ukraine invasion

Thousands of people in cities across Russia have been defying police threats and staging protests against the invasion of Ukraine. Authorities have a low tolerance for demonstrations and marches, and attending them can have serious consequences, including fines, mass arrests and even imprisonment. Despite the crackdown, protesters Arina Adju have been attending anti-war rallies since the conflict began. As the death toll continues to rise, they say they feel like they have no choice but to publicly oppose the Kremlin and stand in solidarity with Ukraine. (Image: Reuters)

Russia-Ukraine War Highlights: Ceasefire on agenda for 2nd round of peace talks, says Russia; UN vote flays Moscow; Putin compared to Hitler
Mar 2, 2022 11:30 PM

4,800 Indian students to be evacuated from Romania in 24 flights by Friday: Aviation minister Scindia

Around 4,800 Indian students will be evacuated from Bucharest and Suceawa in Romania through 24 flights between Wednesday and Friday amid Russia-Ukraine war, Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia said. The minister, who is in Bucharest to facilitate the evacuation of Indian students, said he will be going to Siret, the border checkpoint with Ukraine, on Thursday and remain there for around 48 hours. "I will be there till the last student leaves from Siret," he stated. India has been evacuating its citizens through special flights from Ukraine's western neighbours such as Romania, Hungary and Poland as the Ukrainian airspace has been shut since February 24 due to the Russian military offensive.

"There are around 3,000 Indian students in Bucharest and 1,000 students in Siret right now," Scindia said at a virtual press conference. He said around 1,000 more students are expected to come through Siret check point. The government hopes to send them safely back to India within the next three days, he added. Six flights -- two of them of the Indian Air Force -- with around 1,300 students are departing from Bucharest on Wednesday, he said.

On Thursday, six flights will depart from Bucharest with 1,300 students, he mentioned. It takes around six to seven hours to cover the distance from border check point Siret to Bucharest and therefore, it has been decided that certain flights will operate from Suceawa, which is much closer to Siret, he noted.

"Therefore, to reduce students' hardship and travel time, we are taking planes directly to Suceawa to pick them up," the minister mentioned. On Thursday, two flights will depart from Suceawa with 450 students, he noted.

On Friday, six flights will depart from Bucharest with 1,300 students and four flights will depart from Suceawa with 890 students, he mentioned. "Therefore, between Wednesday and Friday, a total of 3,500 students will be evacuated from Bucharest and 1,300 students from Suceawa," Scindia said.

He said he met with 200-300 students at the airport Tuesday night. The students have gone through immense trials and tribulations, he noted. "The situation they have gone through, it is difficult to explain. They have come out of war-like conditions," he mentioned. He said two call centres are being set up in Bucharest and Siret so that there can be better coordination for evacuation, he said.

Mar 2, 2022 11:21 PM

EA removes Russian national team, football clubs from 'FIFA 22' videogame

Electronic Arts Inc is removing the Russian national team and all Russian football clubs from its popular videogame title FIFA 22, as more companies distance themselves from the country following its invasion of Ukraine. The company also said it would remove Russian teams from "NHL 22", its game title based on the National Hockey League. EA's move comes days after the FIFA suspended Russia's national teams and clubs from international football and the NHL said it would no longer consider the country when looking at locations for any future NHL competitions.

Mar 2, 2022 11:19 PM

Toyota to suspend Russian car production, vehicle imports

Toyota Motor Corp will halt production at its Russian factory from Friday while vehicle imports into the country have also stopped indefinitely due to supply chain disruptions, the automaker said. Toyota joins other Japanese automakers that have taken or flagged similar moves, also citing difficulty in procuring parts and other logistical hurdles. Toyota is Russia's top Japanese brand, producing about 80,000 vehicles at its St. Petersburg plant which employs 2,000 staff. Among other Japanese brands, Mazda Motor Corp, which sold 30,000 cars in Russia last year, said exports of parts to its joint venture plant in Vladivostok would end soon. Mitsubishi Motor Corp may suspend production and sales in Russia, it said, citing potential supply chain disruptions as a result of sanctions on Russia. Honda Motor Co said difficulty in shipping vehicles and making payments led it to suspend exports of cars and motorcycles to Russia, although sales totalled just 1,406 cars in the 2020 financial year.

Mar 2, 2022 11:17 PM

Ceasefire is on the agenda in talks between Ukraine and Russia, AFP reports

Russia expects Ukrainian officials to arrive in Belarus for the next round of peace talks on Thursday morning, Russian news agencies cited Moscow’s negotiator Vladimir Medinsky as saying. Medinsky said ceasefire is on the agenda for Thursday's talks. The Russian army is providing a security corridor for the Ukrainian delegation, Russian state news agency Tass cited Medinsky as saying.

Mar 2, 2022 11:12 PM

The countries that voted against the UN resolution condemning Russia's invasion of Ukraine are Russia, Belarus, North Korea, Eritrea and Syria, reports the New York Times. Abstaining were 35 countries, including India, China, Iraq, Iran, and Pakistan.

Mar 2, 2022 11:04 PM
Russia-Ukraine War: In historic vote, United Nations General Assembly flays Moscow over invasion
Thirty-five members, including China, abstained and five countries, including Russia, Syria and Belarus, voted against the resolution. While General Assembly resolutions are non-binding, they carry…
Russia-Ukraine War Highlights: Ceasefire on agenda for 2nd round of peace talks, says Russia; UN vote flays Moscow; Putin compared to Hitler
Mar 2, 2022 11:04 PM

UN General Assembly votes overwhelmingly to deplore Russian invasion of Ukraine

The United Nations General Assembly adopted on Wednesday a resolution rebuking the Russian invasion of Ukraine and calling Moscow to immediately withdraw all forces from Ukraine, a move that aimed to politically isolate Russia. The resolution, which won support from 141 of the 193-member body, came at the end of a rare emergency session of General Assembly called by the Security Council and as Russian forces pounded Ukraine's cities with air strikes and bombardments, forcing hundreds of thousands of people to flee. Thirty-five members abstained, while five voted against the resolution

Mar 2, 2022 10:49 PM

Ukrainian volunteer nearly killed while recording video message

Former Ukrainian ambassador to Austria Olexander Scherba shared a chilling video in which a Ukrainian military volunteer, who is recording a message, is nearly killed when a bomb explodes on the building near which he is standing.

Mar 2, 2022 10:36 PM

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