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Ukraine and Russia: What you need to know right now

World Mar 04, 2022 03:48PM ET
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2/2 © Reuters. General view of Kyiv after Russian President Vladimir Putin authorized a military operation in eastern Ukraine, February 24, 2022. REUTERS/Umit Bektas 2/2

(Reuters) - Russian forces seized Europe's biggest nuclear power plant in southeastern Ukraine in heavy fighting but a huge blaze on the site was put out. Russian forces also bombarded Ukraine's capital Kyiv and surrounded several other cities.

* No damage to reactors

The Zaporozhzhia nuclear plant was undamaged by what U.N. nuclear chief Rafael Grossi said he believed was a Russian projectile. Moscow blamed Ukrainian saboteurs for the attack.

* Ukraine says Russians driven from port city

Ukrainians have driven invading Russian forces out of Mykolayiv but fighting continues on the city outskirts, the governor of the Black Sea port said.

* City of Mariupol has no water, heating

The eastern Black Sea port of Mariupol is without water and heating and food is scarce, its mayor Vadym Boychenko said, appealing for military help. "We are simply being destroyed."

* Civilian casualties mounting

At least 331 civilians are confirmed killed and 675 injured in Ukraine since Russia's invasion began on Feb. 24, but the real toll is likely much higher, the U.N. human rights office said.

* No to no-fly zones over Ukraine

NATO allies rejected Ukraine's demand for no-fly zones, saying that would lead to an even more brutal war, but EU countries said they were weighing more sanctions on Russia.

* Scholz to Putin: Stop the war now

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz told Russia's President Vladimir Putin to halt military operations in Ukraine immediately during a phone call. Putin said Ukraine must meet Russia's demands, Interfax news agency reported.

* Russia targets foreign news websites

Russia's communications watchdog restricted access to several foreign news organisations' websites including the BBC for spreading "false information".

*INSIGHT-Russians, Ukrainians seek asylum at US-Mexico border

A growing number of Russians and Ukrainians are traveling to Mexico, buying throwaway cars and driving across the border into the United States to seek asylum.

* SANCTIONS

Microsoft Corp (NASDAQ:MSFT) is suspending new sales of its products and services in Ukraine, it said. French luxury group Hermes said it would temporarily shut its stores in Russia. Danish brewer Carlsberg (OTC:CABGY) said it would halt new investments in Russia and suspend beer exports.

* QUOTES

Kremlin calls for Russian national unity

"Now is not the time to divide, now is the time for all to unite, be together, and unite of course around our president," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

Putin foe urges worldwide protests

"Show the world that Russians don't want war. Come out in the squares of Berlin, New York, Amsterdam or Melbourne, wherever you are. Now we are all responsible for Russia's future," jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny said in a post.

*MARKETS: Investors run for cover

Stocks sank to one-year lows in Europe and bonds, commodities and crude rallied as investors ran for cover in the face of escalating war. The rouble slipped back towards record lows.

Ukraine and Russia: What you need to know right now
 

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chess reed
chess reed Mar 05, 2022 1:31PM ET
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russia will get what they want- that ukraine never joins NATO- exactly no one whats Russia to be part of NATO
bret again
bret again Mar 04, 2022 4:43PM ET
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trump and poutine, star crossed lovers
Count da Money
CountdaMoney Mar 04, 2022 3:56PM ET
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Putin is here to take your $$$$
Keith Moore
Keith Moore Mar 04, 2022 3:51PM ET
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The EU/NATO NEED TO SEND IN FORCES TO STOP THESE WAR CRIMES! UKRAINIANS HAVE DONE NOTHING TO DESERVE OR WARRANT THIS ATTROSITY. All countries have sent troops to Poland in case this became a holocaust well it is! And Nato troops do nothing but play cards. God help this heartless world
Bulls MakeMore
Bulls MakeMore Mar 04, 2022 10:22AM ET
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The USA needs to continue to spread freedom around the world to prevent oppressive dictators like Putin from oppressing their own people while threatening worls peace. The USA has always and will always defend peace and promote freedom and justice worldwide...thank God for His Unites States of America!;
Khan Ali
Khan Ali Mar 04, 2022 10:22AM ET
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Lol,, all wars are started by USA, even USA is behind this russia & ukarine war .. plz doo some research & study
Stephen Tong
Stephen Tong Mar 04, 2022 10:22AM ET
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@Bulls MakeMore You are so funny. Please go back to school and start learning history.
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Mar 04, 2022 10:22AM ET
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Khan Ali  The USA started all wars? The Seven Years War? Russo-Austro-Turkish War? The Peloponnesian war? What an ignorant thing you have said. I hope you don't really believe that.
Martin Lonehandel
Martin Lonehandel Mar 04, 2022 10:22AM ET
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USA and freedom????? where are you living???
Bulls MakeMore
Bulls MakeMore Mar 04, 2022 10:22AM ET
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The ignorant anti-U.S propaganda on here is sickening and ridiculous.
andy matalobos
andy matalobos Mar 04, 2022 9:51AM ET
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Why is the USA so concerned about the weapons use in a war, when the USA armed forces were the world's biggest war crimes perpetrators, incinerated bombing on Germans and Japanese cities, flame throwers, napalm bombing in Vietnam, drone attack on civilians in the Middle East, murder of innocent civilians by the military, and only country that has ever use two atomic bombing on innocent civilians, killing over 125,000 in Hiroshima and 80,000 in Nagasaki. USA should be banned from possession of nuclear weapons, they are the most dangerous country in this world, just look at their history of warfare for the last 250 years of their independence from the British. A country where their citizens own more than 400 millions of guns and weapons.
Maximus Maximus
Maximus Maximus Mar 04, 2022 9:51AM ET
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Ukraine is a victim of aggression. US crimes of the past do not justify russias crimes of the present. Two wrongs don't make a right
CS One
CS One Mar 04, 2022 9:51AM ET
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biy you dont know what it means to be an american , but we are proud of wvery bullet and explosion sent to protect freedom and export war somewhere else , its America'$ business and it promotes saftey here in america , hate us cuz you AINT US
Maximus Maximus
Maximus Maximus Mar 04, 2022 9:51AM ET
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CS One CS One troll
Dion Argueta
Dion Argueta Mar 04, 2022 9:51AM ET
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You are absolutely right, sir. Governments have no business ******civilians and it's leaders and dictators the rule the agenda's of power. Many U.S. Citizens are quick to claim credit for things that they are unaware of and that are bigger than they are. Amazing the peopke that don't look beyond the surface !!!! Thank you, sir!!!! Great point !!!!
Keith Moore
Keith Moore Mar 04, 2022 9:51AM ET
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THEN LEAVE... Some are still Americans
Maximus Maximus
Maximus Maximus Mar 04, 2022 9:47AM ET
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The attempts here to whitewash this genocidal war of aggression are appalling and futile. The world (outside of russia) can see it with their own eyes, and knows this is the fascist dictator putins project to restore the soviet empire as a fascist dictatorship
Mark Jannetty
Mark Jannetty Mar 04, 2022 9:35AM ET
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say you wont join NATO and live or say no and Russia invades. what did everyone think was going to happen?
will hicks
will hicks Mar 04, 2022 9:35AM ET
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That maybe a insane manic would get some 💊 for his inanity!
Thi Tran
Thi Tran Mar 04, 2022 9:35AM ET
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Do you you remember it’s Russian who took Crimea and used its force to create the separatists government, violating the agreement to respect Ukraine sovereignty when Ukraine give up its nuclear weapons. Of course Ukranians want to joint NATO to keep their country safe.
Thi Tran
Thi Tran Mar 04, 2022 9:34AM ET
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Do you you remember it’s Russian who took Crimea and used its force to create the separatists government, violating the agreement to respect Ukraine sovereignty when Ukraine give up its nuclear weapons. Of course Ukranians want to joint NATO to keep their country safe.
 
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