Russia attack, live | President Zelensky reappears in Kiev: “We are defending independence”

19:45Zelensky clarifies that he remains in Kiev “defending the independence” of Ukraine The president of Ukraine, Volodimir Zelensky, has clarified this Friday that he remains in the capital, Kiev, “defending the independence” of Ukraine against the invasion of Russia.


Spain, in favor of including the Swift transfer system in the sanctions against Russia.

19:06Russia warns Finland and Sweden that their accession to NATO would entail “political-military repercussions”The spokeswoman for the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Maria Zajarova, has warned Finland and Sweden that their accession to NATO would entail “serious political-military repercussions” that would require “a response” from Russia. This is how Zajarova made it known at a press conference after both Nordic countries expressed their support for the Ukrainian government against the Russian invasion.


Margarita Robles: “Ukraine’s pain is Spain’s pain. This aggression is unacceptable.”


The European Broadcasting Union takes this decision after a day in which the pressures against the passivity of the organization have not stopped growing, for Iker Cortes.

The Russian candidate, in last year’s appointment with Eurovision. / EFE

18:14Concern about inflationThe president of the European Central Bank, Christine Lagarde, has affirmed this Friday that the institution “will take all necessary actions” to guarantee price stability and financial stability in the euro zone, after the Russian attack on Ukraine.



Russia warns Finland and Sweden that there will be consequences if they ask to join NATO.


Russia expelled from Eurovision. This is the organization’s statement:

17:18The capture of Chernobyl is a “threat to the entire continent”

Ukrainian authorities have warned of a “significant increase” in the level of gamma radiation at nuclear facilities, although Russia denies this. By Diana Martinez


The Council of Europe has agreed this Friday to temporarily separate Russia after considering that it has incurred in serious violations of the organization’s statute by launching a military offensive on Ukrainian territory on Thursday.


The Kherson authorities have reported this Friday that the Russian Army has overcome the resistance of the Ukrainian forces and has managed to penetrate the city, where some 280,000 people live.

Photo: Reuters


Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Moscow will not talk to the government in Kiev until Ukraine’s military surrenders.

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Moldova has activated the Civil Protection Mechanism of the European Union to request logistical support from European countries to welcome refugees who cross its border fleeing the Russian invasion of Ukraine, some 16,000 already according to the president, Maia Sandu.

16:43The Pope visits the Russian embassy to show his concern

In an unusual gesture by the Catholic leader, Francis went to the diplomatic mission, where he spent half an hour talking with the ambassador. By Darius Minor

Pope Francis during the Angelus prayer this Sunday. Photo: EFE


A hundred people get off a train from Kiev. Photo: Reuters


Putin has called on the Ukrainian Army to assume power by force due to the inability of the Ukrainian authorities, whom he described as “drug addicts” and “neo-Nazis”, to reach a negotiated solution to end the conflict.


A convoy with 100 Spaniards leaves Ukraine. It is the last organized. They are being escorted by three cars from the Spanish Embassy and 6 GEOS. Video: Atlas

15:37The Kremlin says it is ready to negotiate with Ukraine

The presidential spokesman stressed that the purpose of Russia’s current military intervention on Ukrainian soil is “to help the Donbass republics through the demilitarization and denazification of Ukraine.” By Rafael M. Manueco

Russian troops in a Ukrainian city. Photo: AFP


Russia says its troops have blockaded Kiev from the west.


The Minister of Foreign Affairs, EU and Cooperation, José Manuel Albares, did not want to clarify whether European leaders are already weighing sanctions against Russian President Vladimir Putin, although he did indicate that “Spain does not exclude any measure”.


If approved, the assets of the Russian president and foreign minister will be frozen, but their entry into the EU will not be vetoed, by Olatz Hernandez.

Lavrov and Putin


Russia has shown this Friday its willingness to send a high-level delegation to the Belarusian capital, Minsk, to hold talks with Ukraine.


According to the Russian Government, its Armed Forces have regained control of the Hostomel airfield, which is located near Kiev, and have blocked the Ukrainian capital from the west.


14:14“Putin is not crazy, he is sick”

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Civilians seek to survive the Russian invasion by seeking shelter in subway stations or bunkers. By Diane Martinez.

A group of children amuse themselves painting in a shelter in Kiev. Photo: REUTERS


Suspended the Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix that was scheduled for September this year.


The Ukrainian air defense system shot down a Russian plane flying over the capital Kiev early this morning. The plane crashed in a residential area and caught fire. Video: AT


A car crosses paths with a missile tank. Photo: REUTERS


13:25“We need a coalition against the war”

The Ukrainian president calls for help from the eastern NATO countries after lamenting that “they have left us alone” in the war against Russia. By M. Perez

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Photo: AFP


A group of people distributes food in Ukraine


The president of Ukraine, Volodimir Zelensky, has offered his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, to start a dialogue process “to stop the death of people” after the military offensive launched on Thursday on Ukrainian territory.


The Russian Presidency stressed this Friday that it will respond to the sanctions announced by Western countries in response to the military invasion of Ukraine and has indicated that it will analyze whether it does so “symmetrically or asymmetrically”.


Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday asked his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, for a negotiated solution to the crisis in Ukraine during a telephone conversation between the two leaders amid the Russian offensive against the country.

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Photo: EP


The interior ministers of the European Union will meet this Saturday in an extraordinary way to address the migratory situation derived from the Russian invasion of Ukraine, with the aim of analyzing the flows of displaced persons and assessing the reception capacity of the countries of the European Union .


The Turkish government is weighing the possibility of closing the Bosphorus and Dardanelles straits after the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, but has clarified that Russian warships would still have the right to return to their bases under the Montreux Treaty.

12:11Kiev prepares for the final battle

Russian special forces units have already entered the Ukrainian capital with the obvious goal of overthrowing the country’s legitimate government. By Rafael M. Manueco

Troops at the gates of Kiev. Photo: AFP


An advisor to the Presidency of Ukraine stressed this Friday that the country’s authorities are willing to negotiate with Russia a “neutral” status of the country as long as there are security guarantees, one day after Moscow unleashed a military invasion in the European country .

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The European Union is “urgently” preparing an additional sanctions package after the Russian attack on Ukraine. This was announced by the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, after recalling that a second package of sanctions “with massive and severe consequences” was already approved this Thursday.

11:53UEFA transfers the Champions League final from Saint Petersburg to Paris

In addition, the governing body of European football decides that all the matches of clubs and the teams of Russia and Ukraine will be played on a neutral field, by Ignacio Tylko.

View of the Saint-Denis stadium before the 2006 Champions League final match between Barcelona and Arsenal. AFP


The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) will allow Russia to participate in Eurovision despite having invaded Ukraine. The organizers point out that it is a “cultural festival and not a political one”.


A group of Ukrainians leaves Kiev. Photo: Reuters


Russia, expelled from Mobile in Barcelona, ​​which begins this coming Monday.

11:02Turkey’s role could be key in the war against Ukraine

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan described this Friday as “unacceptable” the attack launched by Russian troops against Ukraine. By Rafael M. Manueco

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan attend a document signing ceremony. Photo: EFE


The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, has said that the Heads of State and Government of the European Union are working on the package of sanctions against Russia and on ending the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Video: EP


The Russian authorities announced this Friday restrictions on their airspace for British or UK-registered companies in response to the sanctions imposed by London against the country.


The Champions League final will finally be played in Paris and not in Saint Petersburg, as planned.


The World Health Organization (WHO) has mobilized $3.5 million (€3.13 million) from the Emergency Contingency Fund to procure and deliver urgent medical supplies to Ukraine.


Vladimir Putin has not forgotten the moment he lost Ukraine, in 2014, in 72 hours. The then pro-Russian president decides to shoot at the population. Video: Atlas

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