Latest Russia-Ukraine updates: US to impose sanctions on Putin

  • Russian forces are advancing towards Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv, as they continue their assault on the country.
  • Bloody battles have taken place nationwide on the second day of the Russian attack.
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin has called for Ukraine’s military to remove the country’s government from power.
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has pledged to resist Russia’s invasion.
  • The UN says more than 50,000 Ukrainians have fled to other countries since the fighting started.
  • Western powers have announced sweeping sanctions on Russia, including measures targeting Putin himself.
  • US President Joe Biden and his NATO counterparts have agreed to send thousands of troops, backed by air and naval support, to protect allies near Russia and Ukraine.

The live blog is now closed; thank you for joining us. Here are the updates for February 25:

Ukraine and Russia discussing place and time for talks: Zelenskyy’s spokesman

Ukraine and Russia are discussing a place and time for talks, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s spokesman said on social media on Friday.

“Ukraine was and remains ready to talk about a ceasefire and peace,” spokesman Sergii Nykyforov added, refuting claims that Kyiv refused to negotiate with Moscow.

Ukrainian diaspora in US, Canada rallies against ‘surreal’ attack

The Ukrainian diaspora in the United States and Canada is demonstrating, fundraising, organising social media campaigns, and calling on elected leaders to act in response to Russia’s attacks on Ukraine.

Sanctions against Putin reflect West’s impotence, says Russian foreign ministry

The imposition of sanctions against Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov reflect the West’s “absolute impotence” when it comes to foreign policy, RIA news agency has cited a Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman as saying.

Maria Zakharova spoke before Biden announced sanctions against the two men. United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson had earlier announced similar punitive measures.

Washington plans sanctions on Putin, Lavrov

The US government plans to impose sanctions on Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, White House Spokesperson Jen Psaki has said.

 

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