War in Ukraine: Kyiv is in danger, NATO response, new sanctions, what to remember from February 25


Ukraine woke up again this morning under Russian bombardments. The situation on the ground, international reactions, promises of sanctions and the increase in tension are the things to remember from February 25th.

– Russian troops are about to take Kiev

A day after the start of the Russian offensive against Ukraine on the orders of Russian President Vladimir Putin, residents of Kyiv continued to live with the howling of warning sirens from the air, forcing some to take shelter in underground subways, basements. or temporary shelters.

As we mentioned at the beginning of our broadcast this morning, citizens who have not yet left the city were asked to make Molotov cocktails to join the defense of the city.

Some Kyiv residents are holding arms near strategic points of Kiev, responding to the Ministry of Defense’s call for people to take up arms to defend the city. #AFP
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– Agence France-Presse (@afpfr) February 25, 2022

The first clash in the capital, Kiev, was reported on Friday, the day after Russia launched a major offensive on Ukraine. While mutual fire and explosion sounds were heard, especially in the Obolon district, deaf explosions were also heard from the city center. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky accused the Russian army of “bombing civilian neighborhoods”. “It reminds us of the[Nazi attack]in 1941,” he said. According to the Ukrainian military, “missile fire” targeted the city.

At the end of the day, five explosions were heard in a matter of minutes near a power plant north of Kiev. “At night, it will be very difficult for dawn to come,” said the mayor of the capital, taking care not to exaggerate his words.

Ukrainian forces also reported clashes with Russian armored troops in two areas 40 to 80 km north of the capital.

– Volodymir Zelensky will “defend” Kiev

President Volodymir Zelensky, together with his collaborators, released a video, reassuring him once again that he was in the capital this Friday.

aware that he is primary “target”Volodymyr Zelensky promised to remain in Kiev, despite the advance of Russian troops. “They want to destroy Ukraine politically by destroying the president,” he said in a video.

The Ukrainian President said he had discussed with his American counterpart, Joe Biden, sanctions against Moscow and “concrete assistance” to Kyiv forces.

Putin is ready for talks

His spokesman said that Vladimir Putin is ready to send a delegation to the capital of its Belarusian ally, Minsk, to meet with Ukraine. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov previously said that Russia is ready for negotiations if Ukraine lays down arms, saying that the purpose of the invasion is to “rescue” the Ukrainians from “oppression”.

Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Ukraine would prefer to meet in Warsaw, Poland, and has since observed a “pause” in these contacts. Ukrainian officials did not immediately comment on the matter.

– European response “too slow”

Noting that 137 dead and 316 injured on the Ukrainian side last night, the Ukrainian president found Europe’s reaction to the Russian invasion too “slow” and demanded that all retaliatory measures be “on the table”.

After the government urged civilians in the country to take up arms, it invited war-experienced Europeans to travel to Ukraine to repel the invasion. About 2,800 Russian soldiers were killed, Ukraine’s Deputy Defense Minister said on Friday.

On her Facebook page, Hanna Malya says Russia has lost 80 tanks, 516 armored vehicles, 10 planes and seven helicopters since the offensive began on Thursday morning.

– EU announced new sanctions

– The Europeans have decided to impose sanctions on Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov by freezing their assets in the European Union, European sources told AFP. The Russian President is “behaving like the Nazis”, having previously accused the spokesperson as the head of EU diplomacy.

– The threat of Chernobyl is approaching

Ukraine said on Friday that it had recorded alarming radiation data at the damaged Chernobyl power plant, which had been seized by the Russian military the previous day, and that Moscow, for its part, said everything was under control there.

Agency experts did not provide specific data however, he said that this change was due to the rise of radioactive dust in the air with the passage of military vehicles. heavy in the area.

Russian forces on Thursday seized the site of the former Chernobyl nuclear power plant, where radioactive waste has been stored since the 1986 disaster.

– Turkey wants “more decisive measures”

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose country is a member of NATO, on Friday criticized the Atlantic Alliance and the European Union for failing to take “decisive action” in the face of the invasion of Ukraine and called for “more determined action”.

– “Correction of history” according to Assad

In a phone call with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, on Friday, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad hailed Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, describing it as “The Restoration of History and the Restoration of the Balance of the International Order after the Fall of the Soviet Union.” Unity’.

– More than 50,000 Ukrainians left their country

More than 50,000 Ukrainians fled their country in less than 48 hours, according to the head of the UN refugee agency, which counted 100,000 IDPs on Thursday.

Less than 500 kilometers from Dniepro #Kiev fleeing civilians travel in the middle of military convoys that can be targeted at any time. According to an official @unhcr This morning passed, there is a 5 hour wait to cross the Polish border. #UkraineCrisis pic.twitter.com/qRW4nbDpmv

— Thibault Lefevre (@thibaultlefevre) February 25, 2022

Putin urges Ukrainian military to stand up

Russian President Vladimir Putin said he was ready to send a delegation to the capital of Belarusian ally Minsk to meet with Kyiv, while urging the Ukrainian army to “seize power” and overthrow President Zelensky and his entourage. neo-Nazis” and “drug addicts”.

– Sanctions from the international community

European Union countries While Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov agreed to freeze their European assets, Kyiv urged Twenty-Seven to quickly take stronger measures to punish Moscow for its invasion of Ukraine.

This decision was taken during a meeting of the ambassadors of the member states of the community bloc, while the EU foreign ministers were to lay out the outlines during the day. of the new sanctions package. Against Russia, which was announced at the end of the extraordinary summit held in Brussels on Thursday evening.

“We are now putting President Putin and Foreign Minister Lavrov on the list of those approved by the EU,” the German Foreign Minister said before his talks with his European counterparts. Annalena Baerbock said in front of journalists, “They are responsible for the death of innocent people in Ukraine and for trampling the international system. We Europeans do not accept this.”

most Council of Europe He decided to “suspend” all participation in the main bodies of Russian diplomats and delegates, “with immediate effect”.

OECD It will close Russia’s membership process and close its office in Moscow.

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– NATO responds

NATO has begun deploying elements of the reaction force to further strengthen its defensive posture and respond quickly to any eventuality.

The heads of state and government of 30 member countries said in a joint statement after the video conference summit, “Let no one be showered with lies by the Russian government.”

“We are now deploying significant additional defensive forces to the eastern part of the alliance,” he added, without further details. France announced that it will send 500 soldiers in Romania and 200 in Estonia.

– Pope’s tweets in Russian

“Any war is a shameful surrender,” Pope Francis denounced in a tweet translated into several languages, including Russian, an extremely rare event. On Friday morning, he went to the Russian Embassy in the Vatican in Rome to “express his concern”.

– Sports, culture… Russia was excluded

The Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix, scheduled for September 25 in Sochi, in the southwest of this country, has been cancelled. The Champions League final, scheduled to take place in Saint Petersburg, was moved to the Stade de France near Paris on 28 May. The Executive Committee of the International Olympic Committee has urged all international sports federations to cancel or relocate all events scheduled to be held in Russia or Belarus.

Russia was also banned from participating in the Eurovision Song Contest.