Russia-Ukraine conflict LIVE updates:
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson addressed the House of Commons on Tuesday and announced that the UK is imposing sanctions on five Russian banks and three wealthy individuals with deep links to Russian President Vladimir Putin and that any assets they hold in the UK will be frozen. Relations between US-led West and Russia entered their worst phase as diplomatic efforts to averse a Russian invasion of Ukraine were jolted when Putin signed laws recognising the independence of two separatist regions in eastern provinces. Not just that, Putin has ordered the Russian military to “maintain peace” there. In fact, a Kremlin spokesperson said Russia hopes the move to recognise the two regions as independent would help restore peace and said the government remains open to diplomacy.
The first Air India special flight from Ukraine will land in new Delhi. Two others are scheduled for February 24 and 26, Govt sources told CNBC-TV18.
The US has said it will announce severe sanctions on Russia, prompting Germany to halt its certification of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project, while the European Union said it would ban trade in Russian state bonds.
Earlier, Russia had amassed it troops near the Ukraine border and has been demanding that NATO never admit Ukraine and other ex-Soviet nations as members and the military alliance roll back troop deployments in former Soviet bloc nations.
India has called for restraint on all sides as tensions between Russia and NATO escalated further. At a UN Security Council meeting following the Russian decision, India voiced concern over the escalating tension along the Russia-Ukraine border and called for de-escalation of the situation and resolution of the crisis through diplomatic dialogue.
(Edited by : Ajay Vaishnav)
First Published: IST