Russia continues its offensive Ukraine for the sixth day and in his attempt to take Kievthe capital of the country, while the Ukrainian forces resist.
After the invasion of Ukraine, Moscow is facing a series of sanctions from various countries, including the closure of airspace to Russian planes, as well as the disconnection of some of its banks from the SWIFT systemwhich has led to today’s that country’s currency plummeted to record lows.
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Here we present the minute-by-minute information and the latest that has happened in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine today, February 28, 2022.
More of 500 thousand people fled from Ukraine to neighboring countries since the start of the Russian military offensive on Thursday, reported the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Filippo Grandi.
Light luggage, by train, by car, sometimes on foot, women and minors (especially), the border countries are managing their reception. Men of fighting age have no right to leave Ukraine.
Train stations in Ukraine look crowded after the Russian invasion in order to flee the conflict. (Reuters)
Russia bans flights from 36 airlines in response to sanctions
Russia announced that it is restricting the flights of airlines from 36 countries, in response to the closure of the airspace of many states to Russian planes after the invasion of Ukraine.
“In response to the ban by European states on civil aircraft flights for Russian and/or Russian-registered airlines, a restriction on flights by airlines from 36 states has been introduced,” the Russian Air Transport Agency announced. Rosaviatsia in a statement.
EU prohibits transactions with the Central Bank of Russia
The United States banned this Monday all transactions with the Central Bank of Russiaannounced the Treasury Department, a sanction of immediate effect and unprecedented severity taken in coordination with various allies of Washington, in response to the invasion of Ukraine.
“This decision has the effect of tying up all assets that the Central Bank of Russia has in the United States or in the hands of American persons,” a statement said, which will severely limit Moscow’s ability to defend its currency and support its economy.
View of a car that was destroyed by recent shelling on the outskirts of Kiev. (AFP)
The US suspends operations at its embassy in Belarus
United States suspended operations of its embassy in Belarus and authorized the voluntary departure of non-essential staff from its Moscow representation, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said.
“We took these steps due to security concerns stemming from the unprovoked and unwarranted attack by Russian military forces on Ukraine,” Blinken said in a statement.
The delegations of Russia and Ukraine began with the first negotiations on the territory of Belarus after the Russian invasion, in the face of the resistance of the forces of that country and the sanctions imposed on the country led by Vladimir Putin.
On the Russian side, the diplomatic mission is led by the Kremlin adviser, Vladimir Medinski. Opposite, Ukraine sent Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov, who arrived dressed in military uniform and whose objective is to seek an immediate ceasefire and the withdrawal of Russian troops.
The delegations of Russia and Ukraine during the negotiations in Belarus. (Reuters)
The ruble, the Russian currency, is plummeted to record lows against the dollar and euro before the sanctions imposed by Western countries on Russia for the invasion of Ukraine.
The ruble was trading at 100 units per dollar, while against the euro its price was 109.4.
Russia’s economy was affected by the sanctions imposed after the invasion of Ukraine. (AFP)
Mexican men in Ukraine had difficulty leaving because they sought to enlist them to face the Russian troopsreported Daniel Millanhead of the Foreign Office.
“There were some difficulties especially for the men, fortunately they were able to cross. The exit is very complicated, according to what they report to us. There is the case of a Mexican whose family is allowed to pass quickly, but it is more complicated for all men of combat age to leave,” said Millán, during the first leg of the Armed Forces humanitarian operation that will repatriate the Mexicans who arrived in Romania.
The head of the office @SRE_mxDaniel Millan (@dmillan) talks about the difficulties of Mexicans to get out of #Ukraine. He pointed out that men have been the most affected because they wanted to enlist to fight.
— Excelsior (@Excelsior) February 28, 2022