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Russia Ukraine News Live Updates: Poland, Romana and Hungary are allowing Indian students who escape from Russian aggression in Ukraine to enter Poland without any visa. On behalf of Poland, their ambassador to India, Adam Burakowski, informed this.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy rejected a Russian offer of talks in Belarus on Sunday, saying Minsk itself was complicit in the Russian invasion, but leaving the door open to negotiations in other locations. The Kremlin said on Sunday its delegation was ready to meet Ukrainian officials in the Belarusian city of Gomel. Earlier today, Ukrainian authorities said that Russian troops have entered Ukraine’s second-largest city of Kharkiv and fighting is underway in the streets. Oleh Sinehubov, the head of the Kharkiv regional administration, said Sunday that Ukrainian forces were fighting Russian troops in the city and asked civilians not to leave their homes. Earlier today, Russia unleashed a wave of attacks on Ukraine targeting airfields and fuel facilities in what appeared to be the next phase of an invasion that has been slowed by fierce resistance. The U.S. and EU responded with weapons and ammunition for the outnumbered Ukrainians and powerful sanctions intended to further isolate Moscow. Huge explosions lit up the sky early Sunday south of the capital, Kyiv, where people hunkered down in homes, underground garages and subway stations in anticipation of a full-scale assault by Russian forces.

Latest from Ukraine crisis:

  • Russia attacked Ukrainian oil and gas facilities, sparking huge explosions, and some Russian forces entered the second city Kharkiv. A blast was heard after air raid siren in the capital Kyiv, where President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said Ukrainian forces were resisting a Russian advance.
  • Zelenskiy said the night had been brutal, with shelling of civilian infrastructure and attacks on everything, including ambulances.
  • Western allies announced sweeping sanctions against Russia, including barring some key banks from the SWIFT payments system. The move will inflict a crippling economic blow to Moscow but also hurt Western companies and banks.
  • At least 198 Ukrainians, including three children, have been killed in Russia’s invasion, the head of the Ukrainian Health Ministry was quoted as saying. A United Nations relief agency said at least 64 civilians had been killed among 240 civilian casualties, but that the real numbers were likely “considerably higher”.
  • Russian forces blew up a natural gas pipeline in Kharkiv, while Russian-backed separatists said Ukraine had blown up an oil terminal in the breakaway Luhansk province. Russia continues to supply Europe with gas via Ukraine.
  • Refugees continued to pour across Ukraine’s western borders, with around 100,000 reaching Poland in two days.
  • Ukraine denied that it was refusing to negotiate a ceasefire with Russia but said it was not ready to accept ultimatums or unacceptable conditions.
  • A Ukrainian road-maintenance company said it was removing all road signs to hinder invading Russian forces: “Let us help them get straight to hell.”
  • In a sea of blue and yellow flags and banners, protesters around the world expressed support for the people of Ukraine and called on governments to do more to help Kyiv, punish Russia and avoid a broader conflict.

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Germany to step up plans to cut dependence on Russia gas

Germany will make good on plans to build two liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals and up its natural gas reserves to cut its dependence on Russian gas after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Chancellor Olaf Scholz said on Sunday.

Poland, Romania & Hungary to allow Indian students escaping Ukraine to enter without visas

Poland, Romana and Hungary are allowing Indian students who escape from Russian aggression in Ukraine to enter Poland without any visa. On behalf of Poland, their ambassador to India, Adam Burakowski, informed this. (ET Bureau)

Russia warns assistance to foreign state can be treason

The Russian state prosecutor’s office said on Sunday that anyone providing financial or other assistance to a foreign state or international organisation aimed against Russia’s security could be convicted of treason, facing a maximum sentence of 20 years.

Jaishankar dialed Moldova Foreign Minister Nicu Popescu seeking support for facilitating entry of Indian nationals on Ukraine-Moldova border

Germany, allies must not lose momentum in Russia sanctions

Germany and its Western allies must not run out of steam in sanctioning Russia as President Vladimir Putin has a long-term plan in mind, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said on Sunday.

International Judo Federation suspends Vladimir Putin as its honorary president amid ‘ongoing war conflict in Ukraine’

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin has been suspended as honorary president and ambassador of the International Judo Federation on Sunday.
  • The sports governing body removed Putin in light of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

German Chancellor says still open for talks with Russia

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said Sunday he was still open for talks with Russia, but warned that Moscow had to be ready for “real dialogue.”

World in ‘new era’ after Russian invasion of Ukraine, says Germany’s Scholz

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said Sunday that the world stood in a “new era” with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, noting that the question facing Western allies was whether they can muster enough power to set limits for “warmongers” like Vladimir Putin. “In essence, it’s a question of whether might can break right,” he said in a speech at a special parliamentary sitting.

Ukraine submits application against Russia to ICJ – Zelenskiy

  • Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Sunday his nation had submitted an application against Russia to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).
  • “Russia must be held accountable for manipulating the notion of genocide to justify aggression. We request an urgent decision ordering Russia to cease military activity now and expect trials to start next week,” Zelenskiy wrote on his Twitter.

Iceland says it will close its airspace to Russian air traffic

Iceland has decided to shut its airspace to Russian air traffic following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Icelandic Foreign Minister Thordis Kolbrun Gylfadottir tweeted on Sunday.

Portugal to send military equipment to Ukraine

  • Portugal is to send military equipment to Ukraine, the defence ministry said on Sunday, joining other Western nations in dispatching help to the eastern European country under Russian attack. Lisbon is to dispatch “vests, helmets, night-vision goggles, grenades and ammunition of various calibres”, the ministry said in a statement in the early hours on Twitter. “Portugal supports Ukraine, which is defending itself against an unjustified, illegal and unacceptable invasion,” Defence Minister Joao Cravinho said in another tweet. Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva on Saturday told CNN Portugal that was “totally open” to welcoming “thousands of Ukrainians” forced to flee their country.

Special UNSC session on Ukraine

  • Special UNSC session on Ukraine to be held at 3pm New York Time on 27th February (1:30 am IST on February 28).

All the Indians stranded in Ukraine will be brought back to the country at the government’s expense. We have decided to increase the number of flights to neighbouring countries of Ukraine with their permission for this purpose, says Defence Minister Rajnath Singh

Belgium closes airspace to Russian airlines, says PM

  • Belgium is closing its airspace to Russian flights, the country’s prime minister said on Sunday, adding to a growing number of EU countries that have done the same. “Belgium has decided to close its airspace to all Russian airlines,” Prime Minister Alexander De Croo tweeted. “Our European skies are open skies. They’re open for those who connect people, not for those who seek to brutally aggress.”

Ukraine calls for Russia to lose UN Security Council seat

  • Ukraine’s president says Russia should be thrown out of the United Nations Security Council following its invasion of his country. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in a video message Sunday that the Russian invasion of Ukraine amounts to an act of genocide, saying that “Russia has taken the path of evil and the world should come to depriving it of its U.N. Security Council seat.” Russia is one of the five permanent members of the Security Council, giving it veto power over resolutions. Zelenskyy said that Russian attacks on Ukrainian cities should be investigated by an international war crimes tribunal and denounced the Russian invasion as “state terrorism.”

Ukraine invasion puts Russia’s elite sports status at risk

  • Russia spent upwards of $50 billion to host the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, then concocted the most elaborate doping scheme in history — all to cement its standing as a global sports superpower. The country’s invasion of Ukraine, coming on the heels of yet another drug scandal that consumed the Beijing Olympics earlier this month, could serve to undermine an athletic dynasty tarnished by cheating and deception, and often countered with only tepid pushback from international sports leaders.

Lebanon’s position on Ukraine should not affect ties with Moscow, says Russian envoy

  • Lebanon’s condemnation of the Russian invasion of Ukraine “will not affect considerably” Moscow’s relations with Beirut, the Russian ambassador said on Sunday. “In the difficult times, we can see those who stood with us and those who didn’t,” Alexander Rudakov told a news conference in Beirut.

Ukrainian minister says Russia lost some 4,300 men in invasion

  • Russian forces have lost about 4,300 servicemen during their invasion of Ukraine, Deputy Defence Minister Hanna Malyar said on Sunday, adding however that the number was being clarified. She also said on her Facebook page that Russian troops lost about 146 tanks, 27 aircraft and 26 helicopters.

EU could ban Russian flights from its airspace, official says

  • A European Union-wide ban for Russian flights could be part of a fresh package of sanctions on Moscow to be discussed later on Sunday by the bloc’s foreign ministers, an EU official said. A vast majority of EU member states have already closed their airspace to these flights, and a more formal decision could be taken shortly, the official added.

Ukraine conflict could last ‘number of years’: UK FM Truss

  • The Russia-Ukraine conflict could last a “number of years” and the world needs to be prepared for Moscow “to seek to use even worse weapons”, British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss warned Sunday. “I fear this will be a long haul, this could be a number of years. Russia have strong forces and we know the Ukrainians are brave, they are determined to stand up for their sovereignty and territorial integrity and they are determined to fight,” Truss told Sky News.

Romania to send fuel, ammunition to Ukraine

  • Romania will send provisions and equipment worth 3 million euros ($3.38 million) to Ukraine and has offered to care for the wounded in military and civilian hospitals, government spokesperson Dan Carbunaru said on Sunday. Provisions to be sent include fuel, ammunition, bullet-proof vests, helmets, military equipment, food and water, he added. In cooperation with Ukrainian border authorities, Romanian ambulances will pick up children, pregnant women and the elderly waiting in long queues to cross the border into Romania at the northeastern Siret crossing, speeding up the process, he said.

China to arrange chartered flights to evacuate nationals from Ukraine

  • China is preparing to evacuate its about 6,000 stranded nationals in Ukraine amid ongoing tension between Russia and Ukraine. On Thursday, the Chinese embassy in Kyiv issued a notice regarding the evacuation and said that the authorities are preparing charter flights for the process, Global Times has reported. The charter flights will be dispatched according to the safety situation and will be notified in advance, the embassy said. Meanwhile, the embassy in Ukraine has issued two security alerts for Chinese citizens and companies in the country in one day. The embassy said that, although activities have been affected, there was no panic, Global Times added.

More than 43,000 Ukrainians entered Romania since Russian invasion

  • More than 43,000 Ukrainians have fled to Romania in the three days since Russia invaded Ukraine by land, sea and air, border police data showed on Sunday.
  • They have entered Romania through its four land border checkpoints with Ukraine, but also through its checkpoints with Moldova, data showed. Thousands of them have already exited the country on their way to Bulgaria and Hungary.

UK says Russia needs to withdraw from Ukraine for any talks

  • British foreign minister Liz Truss said on Sunday there could be no talks with Russia over Ukraine while Moscow has troops in its neighbour, adding that the conflict could be protracted. “Now if the Russians are serious about negotiations they need to remove their troops from Ukraine. They cannot negotiate with a gun to the head of the Ukrainians … So frankly, I don’t trust these so-called efforts of negotiation,” she told Sky News.

International Judo Federation suspends Putin as honorary president

Reports AFP

Zelensky hails establishment of pro-Ukraine ‘international coalition’

  • Zelensky hailed the assistance Ukraine was receiving from its international allies in an online speech. “We are receiving weapons, medicine, food, diesel, and money,” he said. “A powerful coalition in support of Ukraine has been formed — an anti-war coalition.”

Germany to close its airspace for Russian airlines

  • Following the lead of other countries, Germany will close its airspace for the Russian planes to extend its support to Ukraine against Russia’s ongoing military operations, said a media report. The German traffic ministry is preparing to close German airspace to Russian planes, The New York Times reported citing a ministry spokeswoman who confirmed the news on Saturday night. Notably, several other European Union (EU) countries have already announced the closure of their airspace for Russian planes. Estonia, Romania, Lithuania and Latvia announced on Saturday that they will ban Russian airlines from their airspace.

Russia has warned Ukraine its offensive will not stop for talks, says Kremlin

  • The Kremlin on Sunday said it has warned Ukraine that Russia’s military operation would be suspended during any potential talks, the Interfax news agency reported. Russia earlier said its delegation was ready to meet Ukrainian officials in the Belarusian city of Gomel, a location Kyiv rejected as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said Minsk itself was complicit in the Russian invasion.

Indian diaspora is advised to move away from conflict zones to the Western region subject to security situation and the extant regulations. Ukraine Railways is additionally organising emergency trains at no cost, 1st come basis from Kyiv. Schedule can be found at train stations.

Reports ANI

Ukraine Railways is additionally organising emergency trains at no cost, first come basis from Kyiv. Schedule can be found at train stations.Indian diaspora is advised to move away from conflict zones to the Western region subject to security situation and the extant regulations.

Reports ANI

Russia stalls Soyuz rocket launches over sanctions

  • Amid increased sanctions imposed on Russia over its military invasion into Ukraine, the Russian space agency has announced suspension of Soyuz rocket launches, the media reported. Roscosmos has said that it is halting all cooperation with European partners on space programmes, Space.com reported. Russia’s Soyuz rockets are used by European launch provider Arianespace to launch satellites from the Guiana Space Center near Kourou, French Guiana in South America.

Russia’s Belarus talks plan is ‘propaganda’, Ukraine official says

  • Ukraine wants only “real” negotiations with Russia over its military offensive, without ultimatums, an adviser to President Volodymyr Zelenskiy told Reuters on Sunday, calling Moscow’s decision to send a delegation to Belarus for talks “propaganda”. Earlier the Kremlin said the delegation had arrived in Gomel in neighbouring Belarus and was waiting for the Ukrainians. Zelenskiy rejected talks in Belarus, saying it was complicit in the invasion, but he left the door open for negotiations elsewhere.

223 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 28 aircraft (on the ground), 39 multiple rocket launchers, 86 field artillery mounts and mortars, 143 units of special military vehicles were destroyed: Russian defence ministry spokesperson.

Reports ANI

Ukraine rejects Belarus as location for talks with Russia

  • Ukraine’s president says his country is ready for peace talks with Russia but not in Belarus, which was a staging ground for Moscow’s 3-day-old invasion. Speaking in a video message Sunday, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy named Warsaw, Bratislava, Istanbul, Budapest or Baku as alternative venues. He said other locations are also possible but made clear that Ukraine doesn’t accept Russia’s selection of Belarus. The Kremlin said Sunday that a Russian delegation had arrived in the Belarusian city of Homel for talks with Ukrainian officials. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the delegation includes military officials and diplomats.

Putin hails ‘heroism’ of Russian special forces in Ukraine

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday congratulated members of special forces on their professional holiday, saying they fought “heroically” in Ukraine, while the Kremlin insisted it was ready for talks with Kyiv. “Special gratitude to those who these days are heroically fulfilling their military duty in the course of a special operation to provide assistance to the people’s republics of Donbas,” Putin said in a televised address.

Finland to close its airspace to Russian planes

  • Finland, which shares a 1,300-kilometre (800-mile) border with Russia, “is prepared to close its airspace to Russian air traffic”, Transport Minister Timo Harakka tweeted overnight.

Ukraine’s leader says country is ready for peace talks with Russia but not in Belarus, which was invasion staging ground.

Reports AP

Ukraine rejects Russian offer of talks in Belarus

  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy rejected a Russian offer of talks in Belarus on Sunday, saying Minsk itself was complicit in the Russian invasion, but leaving the door open to negotiations in other locations. The Kremlin said on Sunday its delegation was ready to meet Ukrainian officials in the Belarusian city of Gomel.

Russian delegation ready for talks with Ukraine in Belarus, says Ifax

  • A Russian delegation has arrived in Belarus for talks with Ukraine, a Kremlin spokesperson was quoted by the Ifax news agency as saying on Sunday, the first negotiations since Russia started its invasion on Feb. 24. Spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said the Russian delegation included officials from the foreign and defence ministries and President Vladimir Putin’s office, and was awaiting the arrival of their Ukrainian counterparts in the Belarusian city of Gomel.

Kremlin: Russian delegation in Belarus for Ukraine talks

  • Kremlin says ready for talks with Ukraine in Belarus: Russian news agencies

Finland to close airspace to Russian planes, says AFP

Kremlin says ready for talks with Ukraine in Belarus

Reports Russian news agencies

Ukraine says it downed missile launched by Russian bomber flying over Belarus

  • Ukrainian forces have downed a cruise missile that was launched by a Russian Tu-22 strategic bomber from the territory of Belarus, Valery Zaluzhny, the chief commander of the armed forces, said on Sunday.

Russia-Ukraine transgression hits markets badly

  • Markets were badly hit by the Soviet transgression into Ukraine last week. Though they recovered 50 per cent of what they lost because of the transgression, they still closed with substantially higher losses. BSESENSEX lost 1,974.45 points or 3.41 per cent to close at 55,858.52 points while NIFTY lost 617.90 points or 3.58 per cent to close at 16,658.40 points. The broader markets saw BSE100, BSE200 and BSE500 lose 3.51 per cent, 3.45 per cent and 3.57 per cent respectively. BSEMIDCAP lost 2.56 per cent while BSESMALLCAP lost 4.68 per cent. The Indian Rupee lost 63 paisa or 0.84 per cent to close at Rs 75.29 to the US Dollar. Dow Jones lost a mere 20.43 points or 0.06 per cent to close at 34,058.75 points.

Ukraine establishing foreign legion for volunteers from abroad, says President

  • Ukraine is establishing a foreign “international” legion for volunteers from abroad, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Sunday. “This will be the key evidence of your support for our country,” Zelenskiy said in a statement.

Ukraine pipeline operator says gas transit is normal

  • The transit of Russian gas to Europe via Ukraine continues normally and the pipeline has not been damaged by any blasts, Ukraine’s gas pipeline operator said on Sunday. Earlier, Ukrainian officials had said Russian troops blew up a gas pipeline in the northeastern region of Kharkiv but it was unclear if the affected section was part of a transit pipeline or a regional distribution network.

Street fighting in Kharkiv

  • Street fighting in Kharkiv as Russian troops enter country’s second-largest city, says Ukrainian official.

Russia praises India’s ‘balanced’ stance on Ukraine

  • Russia has praised India’s “independent and balanced” position after Delhi abstained from a UN Security Council vote that deplored Moscow’s “aggression” against Ukraine. India, along with China and the UAE, did not vote on the resolution Friday, a move in line with the fine balance Delhi has sought to strike between partnerships with Moscow and Western allies. The Russian embassy in India welcomed India’s stand on Saturday. “Highly appreciate India’s independent and balanced position at the voting in the UNSC,” it said on Twitter. “In the spirit of the special and privileged strategic partnership, Russia is committed to maintain close dialogue with India on the situation around Ukraine.” Despite being the world’s largest democracy and a member of the “Quad” grouping with Australia, Japan and the United States, India has neither explicitly condemned Moscow’s actions, nor called them an invasion so far.

Air raid siren heard in Kyiv

  • An air raid siren was heard in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv around 08:09 a.m. (0609 GMT), a Reuters correspondent reported.

The fourth evacuation flight has left from Bucharest (Romania) to bring 198 Indian nationals to Delhi safely, says EAM Jaishankar

Russia says it “blocks” Ukraine’s Kherson, Berdyansk, says RIA

  • Russian troops have “completely blocked” the southern Ukrainian cities of Kherson and Berdyansk and taken over the towns of Henichesk and an airport near Kherson, the RIA news agency quoted Russia’s defence ministry as saying on Sunday.

Russia claims to have besieged two big cities in south and southeast of Ukraine

Reports AFP

Ukraine war complicates Fed’s inflation fighting effort

  • The uncertainty created by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and its impact on the global economy is piling more complexity onto the US central bank’s already tough fight to contain rising prices. Soaring energy and food costs have pushed inflation in the world’s largest economy to the highest pace in four decades, and the Federal Reserve is poised to raise the benchmark borrowing rate in March to put out the fire. But while the Russia-Ukraine conflict is driving oil prices even higher, it also threatens to undercut the economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. “It just makes a time that was always going to be challenging all the more so,” Erica Goshen, a former senior Fed official, told AFP. Fed policymakers will be “watching the data very carefully. It throws a few more considerations into the pot,” said Goshen, senior economics advisor at Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations. Crude prices briefly topped $100 a barrel on Thursday after Russia launched its invasion, the first time it passed that benchmark since 2014. And wheat prices also could spike, as Ukraine is one of the top global exporters of the grain.

Ottawa flags ‘concerns’ over Russian channel RT broadcasts

  • Canadian authorities expressed “concerns” on Saturday over the local broadcasting of state-funded Russian channel RT, which critics have long labeled a mouthpiece for the Kremlin. Regularly accused in the West of contributing to disinformation, RT is in the crosshairs of several European countries, with the heat on the channel amped up since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine this week. “I share the concerns of many Canadians about the presence of Russia Today in our broadcasting system,” Canadian Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez tweeted. “We’re looking at all options,” he added, amid growing calls in Canada to ban the channel.

Russian troops enter Ukraine’s Kharkiv, says Ukrainian official

  • Russian troop vehicles were seen on the streets of Ukraine’s northeastern city of Kharkiv on Sunday, Anton Herashchenko, an adviser to Ukraine’s interior minister, wrote on Telegram. Videos published by Herashchenko and Ukraine’s State Service of Special Communications and Information Protection showed several light military vehicles moving along a street and, separately, a burning tank.

Amid rising tensions between Russia and Ukraine, Congress leader and Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi on Sunday wrote a letter to the external affairs minister S Jaishankar urging him to take immediate steps to repatriate thousands of Indians from his parliamentary constituency Wayanad stranded in Ukraine.

Reports ANI

North Korea blames US for Ukraine crisis

  • North Korea has accused the United States of being the “root cause of the Ukraine crisis” while defending Russia, in Pyongyang’s first official response to Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine. Russia ordered troops into neighbouring Ukraine this week, prompting global outcry and punishing sanctions from the West, some directed against Russian President Vladimir Putin himself. But North Korea, in a muted response issued in the form of a commentary posted on the Foreign Ministry’s website, said the United States was to blame for the unfolding disaster.

Trump blames ‘dumb’ US administration for Ukraine situation

  • Calling the current US administration “dumb”, former President Donald Trump on Saturday said he would have never allowed the Ukraine situation to unravel like this, reported Sputnik news agency. Recalling his term as a President at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Florida, Trump said that the world was a peaceful place because America was strong. Stressing that Russia “respected” America under his administration, he called current President Joe Biden “weak and grossly incompetent”, which has led to the current situation in Ukraine. Washington was perceived as “powerful, cunning, and smart” back then, but “now, we’re a stupid country”, Sputnik quoted Trump as saying.

Google blocks RT, other Russian channels from earning ad dollars

  • Alphabet Inc’s Google barred on Saturday Russia’s state-owned media outlet RT and other channels from receiving money for ads on their websites, apps and YouTube videos, similar to a move by Facebook after the invasion of Ukraine. Citing “extraordinary circumstances,” Google’s YouTube unit said it was “pausing a number of channels’ ability to monetize on YouTube.” These included several Russian channels affiliated with recent sanctions, such as those by the European Union. Ad placement is largely controlled by YouTube. Google added later that it was also barring Russian state-funded media outlets from using its ad technology to generate revenue on their own websites and apps. In addition, the Russian media will not be able to buy ads through Google Tools or place ads on Google services such as search and Gmail, spokesman Michael Aciman said.

France to ramp up sanctions, deliver more military equipment to Ukraine, says French Presidency

  • The French Presidency on Sunday announced that it would ramp up sanctions against Russia and deliver more military equipment to Ukraine. The new sanctions would include national measures to freeze the financial assets of Russian figures as well as new measures to be taken with European partners concerning the SWIFT interbank system, the statement said. Earlier, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said on Saturday that France has agreed to supply military equipment to Kyiv as well as ban Russia from the SWIFT international banking system.

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