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06:01 | Ukrainian forces hold their positions, according to Kiev

The Ukrainian forces maintain their positions and the fighting is taking place in “the same places as three days ago”, said today the adviser to the Presidency of Ukraine Mikhail Podoliak.

“We control the situation in the regions of Ukraine,” said Podoliak, in a video released by the UNIAN agency. Russia cannot take control of any Ukrainian city and you were wrong if you thought your soldiers would be greeted with flowers.

05:23 | Australia to send weapons to Ukraine after being invaded by Russian troops

The Government of Australia announced this Sunday the shipment of weapons to Ukraine to support its defense after being invaded by Russian troops and is studying the possible expulsion of the Russian ambassador to the oceanic country.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison told the media today that he maintains communications with his allies, the United States and the United Kingdom, for the shipment of “lethal” material, without specifying the quantity of the shipment or its composition.

04:45 | Big Tech Firms Facing Dilemma of Choosing a Side in Ukraine Crisis

Big US tech firms are under intense pressure to choose sides amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, facing both opposition calls for an internationally condemned war and threats of retaliation from Moscow.

Platforms like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are uniquely powerful in their global reach and pervasiveness, but they are ultimately companies whose businesses can be hurt by taking too strong a stand.

04:26 | Canada concerned about broadcast of Russian channel RT on invasion of Ukraine

The Canadian government expressed this Saturday its “concern” about the broadcast in its territory of the Russian news channel RT (ex-Russia Today), accused by its detractors of being a spokesman for the Kremlin.

“I share the concerns of many Canadians about the presence of Russia Today on our broadcast system,” Canadian Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez said on Twitter.

04:09 | Chinese foreign minister reiterates opposition to sanctions to German counterpart

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi held a telephone call with his German counterpart, Annalena Baerbock, on Saturday, in which he insisted on China’s opposition to sanctions in the conflict between Ukraine and Russia, according to a statement published today by the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

According to Wang, “China opposes unilateral sanctions that have no basis in international law,” since they “will not solve problems, but create new ones.”

03:47 | Founder of Japanese giant Rakuten donates $8.7 million to Ukraine

Japanese billionaire Hiroshi Mikitani, founder of e-commerce giant Rakuten, announced on Sunday that he was donating $8.7 million to the Ukrainian government, calling Russia’s invasion “a challenge to democracy.”

Rakuten’s chief executive wrote in a letter to Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky that the 1 billion yen ($8.7 million) donation will go to “humanitarian activities to help people in Ukraine who are victims of violence.” .

03:33 | Trump: For the world to be at peace, a strong US is needed

Former US President Donald Trump called it “atrocity” and “shame” that Russia is “decimating” Ukrainians, noting that for “the world to be at peace, a strong America is needed” and not one ” weak” like the current one.

Trump spoke like this at the close of the penultimate day of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), which has been held in Orlando (central Florida) since Thursday, February 24.

03:06 Nicaraguan opposition supports Ukraine and denounces “Russian intervention”

More than 20 Nicaraguan opposition organizations showed their support for Ukraine this Saturday and denounced the “interventionist motivations of Russia in Nicaragua”, whose president, Daniel Ortega, has shown his support for the decisions of his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin.

“We support and stand in solidarity with the people of the Republic of Ukraine and its government, we support its struggle for independence, and we respect its freedom of association with the nations it deems most convenient,” reported the organizations, made up of opponents living in Nicaragua, the diaspora and exile.

02:25 | Elon Musk activates his satellite internet service for Ukraine

Billionaire Elon Musk has activated Starlink, a satellite internet service, in Ukraine after receiving a request in this regard from the Ukrainian government, which has been facing a Russian military offensive since last Thursday.

“Starlink service is now active in Ukraine. More terminals on the way,” wrote the owner of SpaceX on his Twitter account. Previously, the Minister of Digital Transformation of Ukraine, Mykhailo Fedorov, addressed Musk through the same social network to request the service.

02:12 | Cuba advocates a “serious” and “realistic” diplomatic solution to the crisis in Europe

The Cuban government advocated this Saturday for a “serious, constructive and realistic” diplomatic solution to the crisis unleashed in Europe with the Russian invasion of Ukraine, after criticizing the resolution on that issue presented on Friday at the UN Security Council.

We advocate a serious, constructive and realistic diplomatic solution to the current crisis in Europe, by peaceful means, which guarantees the security and sovereignty of all, as well as regional and international peace, stability and security. Cuban government.

01:46 | Russian invasion of Ukraine stumbles in Kiev and exposes Moscow to new sanctions

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine ran into stiff resistance in Kiev on Saturday and confronted Russia with a new arsenal of sanctions intended to cut it off from the rest of the world, diplomatically and financially.

The Russian government ordered on Saturday to expand the military offensive “in all directions”, after the failure of an attempt to take the capital, where a total curfew is in force.

01:26 | Zelensky welcomes agreement to remove some Russian banks from the SWIFT system

The President of Ukraine, Volodímir Zelensky, today thanked the agreement reached between the US and the European Union (EU), along with other Western partners, to remove some Russian banks from the SWIFT international interbank communications system.

“It seems that Ukraine has won the sincerity and attention of the whole normal and civilized world. And the practical result: here it is, SWIFT. How much meaning is in this word for the Russian Federation! (It means the) disconnection from financial civilization global,” Zelensky said in a new video to the nation.

01:20 | Solidarity with Ukraine in the streets of the world

With marches where blue and yellow flags were waved or simple street walks, demonstrations of solidarity with Ukraine and against the Russian invasion are multiplying around the world, from Argentina to Japan through Israel and Italy.

In the French city of Strasbourg, home to the Council of Europe, some 3,100 people gathered with Ukrainian flags and banners proclaiming “Putin killer” and “Stop the war.”

01:15 | Portugal will send weapons, ammunition and other military equipment to Ukraine

The Government of Portugal announced today that it will send weapons, ammunition and other military equipment to Ukraine to respond to the request of the country’s authorities after the invasion by Russia.

In a brief statement, the Portuguese Ministry of Defense reported that it will send Ukraine military equipment such as “vests, helmets, night vision goggles, grenades and ammunition of different calibers, complete portable radios, analog repeaters and G3 automatic rifles.”

01:05 | Costa Rica monitors situation in Ukraine due to socioeconomic impacts

The president of Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado, reported this Saturday that the country is actively monitoring the situation generated by Russia’s attack against Ukraine in order to monitor the incidents that may be generated in terms of socioeconomic impact in the country.

On the instructions of the president, the Government installed an inter-institutional team with the aim of following up on events and allowing timely decision-making based on technical criteria.

00:57 | The European Union proposes to “paralyze” the assets of the Russian central bank

The European Commission will propose “paralyzing the assets of the Russian central bank” in the European Union (EU), so that Moscow cannot finance the invasion of Ukraine with them, announced this Saturday (02.26.2022) the president of the Commission, Ursula von der Leyen.

With this measure, “financial transactions will be frozen and the liquidation of Russian assets will be impossible,” Von der Leyen explained in a video after meeting with leaders of the United States, France, Germany and Italy.

00:34 | Cuba blames the US and NATO for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

Cuba blamed this Saturday (02.26.2022) the United States and NATO for the increase in tensions with Russia that in its opinion has caused the current war in Ukraine and advocated a “serious, constructive and realistic diplomatic solution to the current crisis in Europe”.

“The US effort to continue the progressive expansion of NATO towards the borders of the Russian Federation has led to a scenario, with implications of unpredictable scope, that could be avoided,” the Cuban Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

00:15 | Russia is now “a global economic and financial pariah”, says US official

Western sanctions to exclude Russian banks from the global system and hamper the central bank make Russia a financial “pariah” with a ruble in “free fall,” a senior US official said on Saturday.

“Russia has become a global financial and economic pariah,” he said, and now its central bank “cannot support the ruble.” “Only Putin can decide how much extra cost he is willing to take,” she said, adding that a task force will “go after” the “yachts, jets, luxury cars and luxury homes” of Russian oligarchs.

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