Ukraine attack : Tens of thousands flee their homes

  • The UN refugee agency says an estimated 100,000 Ukrainians have fled their homes.
  • US President Joe Biden announces new sanctions on Russia over Ukraine invasion, says Putin “chose” war.
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin launches sweeping Ukraine invasion.
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy vows to defend his nation, declares martial law.
  • He calls on citizens to fight, says weapons will be issued to everyone who wants them.
  • Kyiv reports dozens of casualties, including more than 40 troops and up to 10 civilians.
  • Western powers condemn Moscow’s move, prepare economic sanctions.

    Republican senator criticises Biden for not sanctioning Putin

    Key Republican Senator Lindsey Graham slammed Biden for not targeting Putin personally with sanctions.

    “The Biden Administration continues to misread the moment,” Graham wrote in a series of tweets. “We should not be seeking permission from allies to go after Putin and his cronies. We should move ahead forcefully against Putin, a war criminal, and demand our allies join us!”

    Blinken speaks with top diplomats of Turkey, Baltic states

    Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke by phone with the foreign ministers of Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Turkey, the State Department said on Thursday.

    “Secretary Blinken strongly condemned Russia’s premeditated, unprovoked, and unjustified attack on Ukraine and emphasized the importance of Allied unity for the strong, swift response to Russia’s aggression,” the department said in a statement describing the talks with the diplomats from the Baltic states.

    In a separate statement on Blinken’s call with Turkey’s Mevlut Cavusoglu, the State Department said, “Blinken thanked Turkey for its strong and vocal support in defense of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

    US House Speaker Pelosi: Response will be ‘devastating for Russia’

    Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the US House of Representatives, said the response by the US and its allies to Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine “will be severe, ongoing and devastating for Russia, economically, diplomatically, and strategically”.

    Pelosi lauded the sanctions announced by Biden earlier on Thursday and said Washington and its partners are “united with unprecedented strength”.

    “The United States Congress joins President Biden and all Americans in praying for the Ukrainian people,” she said in a statement.

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