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Russia, Ukraine War: 12 latest developments you should know

On 24 February 2022, Russia launched a large-scale military invasion of Ukraine, one of its neighbours to the southwest, marking a major escalation to a…

On 24 February 2022, Russia launched a large-scale military invasion of Ukraine, one of its neighbours to the southwest, marking a major escalation to a conflict that began in 2014.

Here are the latest developments in Russia’s war in Ukraine:

Kharkiv fighting
Russian paratroopers land in Ukraine’s second city amid heavy fighting. Ukrainian officials say a hospital has been attacked and the barracks of a flight school is on fire after an airstrike.

“There are practically no areas left in Kharkiv where an artillery shell has not yet hit,” says Interior Minister official Anton Gerashchenko.

Biden brands Putin ‘dictator’
US President Joe Biden brands Vladimir Putin a “dictator” in his annual State of the Union address as he bans Russian aircraft from US airspace with Moscow facing economic and diplomatic isolation.

Cities pummelled
Russia steps up its bombing campaign and missile strikes, hitting Kyiv’s main television tower, two residential buildings in a town west of the city and the city of Bila Tserkva to the south of the capital.

Kherson: Russia inside city
Russian forces push into the besieged Black Sea city of Kherson in the south. Its port and railway station are now in Russian hands, its mayor says.

Mariupol without power
Russian attacks leave Mariupol, another Black Sea port further to the west without electricity.

Civilians flee
More than 677,000 people have fled Ukraine since the Russian invasion, the UN’s refugee agency says, with the number rising rapidly.

UN court to hold war hearings
The UN’s International Court of Justice says it will hold public hearings on March 7 and 8 over Ukraine’s allegations of “genocide” by Russia as the General Assembly votes on whether to order Russia to withdraw its troops.

Independent media blocked
Russia blocks an independent television channel and a liberal radio station, tightening a virtual media blackout on news of the war.

Companies exit Russia
A string of Western companies announced they are freezing or scaling back business with Russia, including Apple, three of the world’s largest shipping companies and energy firms Eni, ExxonMobil and Boeing.

Race for cash
Russians race to withdraw cash after the introduction of capital controls and as the ruble hovers around record lows against the dollar.

Nord Stream 2 goes under
Russian-owned Nord Stream 2 goes insolvent after Germany halts the gas pipeline following Moscow’s invasion. The European subsidiary of Russia’s Sberbank also prepares to enter insolvency.

Oil price soars
Oil prices soar past $110 a barrel, despite the International Energy Agency members agreeing to release 60 million barrels from stockpiles.

World Bank aid
The World Bank prepares a $3-billion aid package for Ukraine, including at least $350 million in immediate funds. (AFP)