Kyiv's Independence Square

Every week into Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, a checkpoint stands in Independence Sq. within the capital metropolis, Kyiv.

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This story is part of War in Ukraine, CNET’s coverage of events there and of the wider effects on the world.

What’s taking place

Ukraine’s navy and residents proceed to withstand the Russian invasion. As Russia’s assaults escalate, casualties develop and the refugee state of affairs turns into a serious disaster.

Why it issues

Leaders within the US and Europe have imposed extreme financial sanctions on Russia, however which may be simply the beginning in a brand new period of hostility between the West and Moscow.

Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24, in a transfer Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy known as a “battle towards the entire of Europe.” Worldwide leaders have joined US President Joe Biden in condemning the “brutal assault.” The US, EU and UK have imposed economic sanctions on Russia, together with ones aimed immediately at Russian President Vladimir Putin. 

Tensions had been rising for months and have been marked by offended speeches from Putin, in addition to a buildup of Russian forces alongside Ukraine’s borders. Ukraine, which had been a part of the Soviet Union for a lot of the twentieth century, declared its independence in 1991. Since then, the nation has been establishing nearer ties with Western Europe and the US.

Right here is breaking information on the battle. 

Learn extra: Around 660,000 Refugees Have Fled Ukraine. Here’s How to Help

Friday, March 4

Amazon amps up AWS safety in Ukraine

Amazon Internet Companies is working with Ukrainian prospects and companions to maintain their apps safe, together with helping customers migrate any on-premises infrastructure into AWS to stop bodily or cyberattacks from disrupting companies, and offering malware intelligence and safety instruments.

“For a number of weeks, we’ve got been partnering intently with Ukrainian IT organizations to fend off assaults and dealing with organizations in Ukraine, and world wide, to share real-time, related intelligence,” AWS stated late Friday. “As this exercise has ramped up, our groups and applied sciences detected the threats, discovered the patterns and positioned remediation instruments immediately into the palms of consumers.”

Bloomberg, CNN, BBC, CBS cease journalists reporting in Russia

With Putin on Friday enacting a brand new legislation that punishes individuals who unfold “false info” in regards to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, information organizations together with the BBC, CNN, CBS and Bloomberg have stopped their journalists from reporting inside Russia. The legislation carries a sentence of as much as 15 years in jail.

“The change to the felony code, which appears designed to show any unbiased reporter right into a felony purely by affiliation, makes it unimaginable to proceed any semblance of regular journalism contained in the nation,” stated Bloomberg’s editor-in-chief, John Micklethwait.

TikTok to label Russian state-controlled content material

TikTok stated Friday that it will start warning viewers when movies are posted by Russian state-controlled media accounts. The labels will likely be added within the coming days to the underside of movies, just like different TikTok banners.

Russia blocks Fb

The Russian authorities stated it can block access to Facebook in the country in response to the social community limiting accounts of some state-controlled media. The transfer escalates a choice by Russia’s communications regulator on Feb. 25 to partially restrict access to Fb. 

In a statement posted to Twitter, Fb govt Nick Clegg stated the social community would work to revive entry. 

“Quickly thousands and thousands of peculiar Russians will discover themselves lower off from dependable info, disadvantaged of their on a regular basis methods of connecting with household and buddies and silenced from talking out,” Clegg stated. “We are going to proceed to do all the things we are able to to revive our companies so they continue to be out there to individuals to soundly and securely categorical themselves and manage for motion.”

Microsoft stops gross sales in Russia

Microsoft suspended sales of its products and services in Russia, the corporate stated in a weblog publish Friday.

“We proceed to work proactively to assist cybersecurity officers in Ukraine defend against Russian attacks, together with most just lately a cyberattack towards a serious Ukrainian broadcaster,” firm President Brad Smith wrote.

Google pauses all promoting in Russia

Google suspended advertising on search, YouTube and show advertising and marketing in Russia. It adopted Russian web watchdog Roskomnadzor accusing the Google-owned YouTube of running campaigns to misinform Russians in regards to the invasion.

Ukraine’s greatest nuclear plant seized by Russian forces

Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear energy plant, the biggest in Europe, was seized by Russian forces, in line with Ukraine’s state nuclear regulator. 

A hearth broke out in a close-by coaching constructing amid the assault, however did not have an effect on the reactor buildings. There are no signs of elevated radiation levels around the plant, in line with the Worldwide Atomic Vitality Company.

The US Embassy in Ukraine known as the assault on the nuclear energy plant a “battle crime.”

Thursday, March 3

Airbnb suspends operations in Russia and Belarus

Airbnb is halting all operations in Russia and Belarus, the home-sharing firm’s CEO and co-founder, Brian Chesky, stated in a tweet Thursday.

It’s going to block calendars from accepting new bookings in these nations till additional discover, along with limiting these customers from making new reservations as company, the corporate advised CNBC.

Intel halts shipments to Russia

Intel has suspended all shipments to its prospects in Russia and Belarus, it introduced Thursday. 

“We are going to proceed to face with the individuals of Ukraine and the worldwide group in calling for a right away finish to this battle and a swift return to peace,” Intel stated in a press release. The Intel Basis has raised greater than $1.2 million for aid by means of an worker donation and matching marketing campaign.

Russia blocks entry to app shops, social media, Western information websites

Russia has blocked access to several big app stores and Western information organizations resembling BBC and Deutsche Welle, in addition to social media websites together with Fb and Twitter, in line with Der Spiegel reporter Mathieu von Rohr, who tweeted the information Thursday.

US publicizes extra sanctions on Russian oligarchs

The US stated it is sanctioning an expanded list of Russian elites and their members of the family which have supported Russian President Vladimir Putin. The sanctions will freeze the property of the people and goal their “yachts, luxurious residences, cash, and different ill-gotten positive aspects,” stated the White Home. 

The Division of State can also be imposing visa restrictions on 19 Russian oligarchs in addition to 47 members of the family and shut associates. 

Russia, Ukraine comply with ‘humanitarian corridors’ to permit civilians to evacuate

After a second spherical of talks on Thursday, the Ukrainian and Russian delegations agreed to restricted cease-fires in some native areas of Ukraine to create “humanitarian corridors” that will allow civilians trapped by the battle to flee, reported The Washington Submit. The cease-fires will reportedly solely be in place alongside evacuation corridors and for restricted occasions. 

“The principle problem that was resolved at the moment is the problem of saving individuals, civilians, who discovered themselves within the zone of navy clashes,” Russian presidential aide Vladimir Medinsky stated, in line with the Submit. 

The delegations have reportedly agreed to convene a 3rd assembly. 

Wednesday, March 2

BMW, Ford, GM pull again from Russia

Automakers together with BMW, Ford and GM have introduced plans to cut back their operations in Russia. BMW stated Wednesday it can cease native manufacturing in Kaliningrad and halt exports to Russia. Ford is suspending its operations in Russia “efficient instantly, till additional discover.”

They comply with GM on Monday saying it would suspend business in Russia, whereas Honda has additionally reportedly suspended Russian exports. Mazda additionally plans to.

Tesla superchargers made free for these fleeing Ukraine

Electrical automobile house owners leaving Ukraine can use Tesla superchargers for free in Trzebownisko, Poland; Košice, Slovakia; Miskolc, Hungary; and Debrecen, Hungary, a report Wednesday stated. There are round 30,000 EVs in Ukraine, in line with the Kyiv Independent.

Ukraine and Russia to enter second spherical of talks 

Delegations from Ukraine and Russia are planning to satisfy for his or her second round of talks on Wednesday, in line with The New York Occasions, citing Zelenskyy adviser Oleksiy Arestovych.

EU bans Russian state-run information businesses in Europe

The European Union on Wednesday prohibited state-controlled news outlets Russia Today and Sputnik from broadcasting and publishing inside Europe.

“We’re witnessing large propaganda and disinformation over this outrageous assault on a free and unbiased nation,” European Fee President Ursula von der Leyen stated in a press release.” We won’t let Kremlin apologists pour their poisonous lies justifying Putin’s battle or sow the seeds of division in our Union.”

Learn extra: Russia’s Ukraine War Raises Specter of an Online Splinternet

Tuesday, March 1

Biden publicizes ban on Russian plane in US airspace

US President Joe Biden introduced throughout his first State of the Union handle that Russian aircraft would be prohibited from entering US airspace in an effort to extend the strain on Russia to withdraw its troops from Ukraine. The US joins Canada and the European Union in banning plane owned or registered by Russians from flying throughout its borders.

“Tonight, I am saying that we are going to be a part of our allies in closing off American air area to all Russian flights, additional isolating Russia and including extra squeeze on their financial system,” the president stated.

The ban will reportedly be enforced from 6 p.m. PT on Wednesday.

Google provides refugee sources

Google on Tuesday added an SOS alert on Search throughout Ukraine to level individuals looking for evacuation info to UN sources for refugees and asylum seekers. The search large stated it is also upping its account safety protections and eradicating misinformation, whereas Google Pay “might develop into unavailable in sure nations.”

Snapchat halts advertisements throughout Russia and Ukraine

Snapchat stopped all advertising running in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus on Tuesday, in addition to halting promoting gross sales to Russian and Belarusian entities.

“We don’t settle for income from Russian state-owned entities,” Snap stated, however the Snapchat app stays reside in Ukraine, Russia and Belarus as a result of Snap stated it is “an essential communications device for household and buddies.”

Biden and Zelenskyy talk about sanctions, protection

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and US President Joe Biden spoke once more Tuesday. “Simply had a dialog with @POTUS. The American management on anti-Russian sanctions and protection help to Ukraine was mentioned,” Zelenskyy tweeted. “We should cease the aggressor as quickly as potential. Thanks on your assist!”

Apple stops promoting merchandise in Russia

Apple halted online transactions in Russia and exports to its Russian companions, along with together with limiting Apple Pay transactions within the nation, it stated Tuesday. The corporate additionally disabled some options of Apple Maps in Ukraine to guard civilians.

“We’re deeply involved in regards to the Russian invasion of Ukraine and stand with the entire people who find themselves struggling because of the violence,” it stated in an e-mailed assertion. “We’re supporting humanitarian efforts, offering support for the unfolding refugee disaster, and doing all we are able to to assist our groups within the area.”

DirecTV removes RT America programming

Satellite tv for pc TV supplier DirecTV will no longer carry RT America, certainly one of Russia’s state-controlled worldwide tv networks, within the US, DirecTV stated Tuesday. 

“We’re accelerating this year’s contract expiration timeline and can now not supply their programming efficient instantly,” DirecTV stated in a press release. “We felt it vital to maneuver the timeline up from mid-year following the devastating latest occasions in Ukraine.”

Fb is demoting Russian state media content material

Meta stated Tuesday that it is demoting content shared on Fb and Instagram by Russian state-controlled media retailers. Meta can also be making the content material tougher to seek out and labeling it on each platforms. “This hyperlink is from a writer Fb believes could also be partially or wholly beneath the editorial management of the Russian authorities,” the label says.

Ukrainian president requires his nation to be admitted into EU 

Zelenskyy implored lawmakers to grant European Union membership to Ukraine, in an emotional video conference address to the European Parliament.

“The EU will likely be a lot stronger with us. We now have proven our energy and that we’re equals,” he stated, as previously reported by the BBC. “In your facet, you may show to us that you’re by our facet, that you’ll not quit on us.”

YouTube blocks Russian state media channels

YouTube blocked channels related to Russian state-controlled media retailers RT and Sputnik, guardian firm Google stated.

“It’s going to take time for our techniques to completely ramp up,” Google’s European department stated in a tweet. “Our groups proceed to watch the state of affairs across the clock to take swift motion.”

Monday, Feb. 28

Fb to limit some Russian state media throughout the EU

Meta, the guardian firm of Fb, will limit access to RT and Sputnik throughout the European Union. 

“We now have obtained requests from a variety of Governments and the EU to take additional steps in relation to Russian state managed media. Given the distinctive nature of the present state of affairs, we will likely be limiting entry to RT and Sputnik throughout the EU at the moment,” stated Nick Clegg, who oversees international affairs at Meta, in a tweet. 

Clegg did not specify when these new restrictions would begin. Fb beforehand restricted entry to a number of accounts, together with from Russian state-controlled media, in Ukraine after a request from the federal government there.

Twitter to label tweets that hyperlink to Russian state media

Twitter on Monday began adding labels to tweets that shared hyperlinks to Russian state-backed media websites and can also be taking steps to scale back their unfold on the social community. The label reads “This Tweet hyperlinks to a Russia state-affiliated media web site” and hyperlinks to a Twitter help center page on authorities and state-affiliated media accounts. 

“For the reason that invasion, we have seen greater than 45,000 Tweets a day sharing hyperlinks to Russian state-affiliated media retailers,” stated Yoel Roth, Twitter’s head of website integrity, in a series of tweets explaining the corporate’s choice. “Whereas we have labeled the accounts of lots of of worldwide state media retailers for years, Tweets sharing their content material lacked seen context.”

Twitter stated it will roll out the labels to different state-affiliated media retailers within the coming weeks. 

Ukrainian and Russian delegations finish preliminary talks

Ukraine and Russia despatched delegations to neighboring Belarus to enter the primary talks because the Russian invasion started, the Washington Post and New York Times reported. The talks reportedly lasted virtually 5 hours and extra are anticipated within the coming days. 

The delegations “recognized a variety of precedence matters on which particular options have been outlined,” stated Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak, in line with the Washington Submit. No particular decision was reached and either side will reportedly return to their nations for consultations. 

Sunday, Feb. 27

Google Maps reside visitors knowledge briefly disabled in Ukraine

Google Maps instruments providing reside details about visitors situations and exercise in shops and eating places have been temporarily disabled in Ukraine, the search large confirmed to CNET by way of e mail.

The choice to disable these options was apparently made to guard native customers’ security after session with Ukrainian regional authorities, as beforehand reported by Reuters.

Meta restricts some Russian accounts in Ukraine

The enormous social community stated it had restricted access to some accounts in Ukraine, together with some belonging to Russian state media organizations. Meta took the transfer on the request of the Ukrainian authorities. It is also contemplating related requests from different nations.

The corporate had beforehand established a middle staffed with native Russian and Ukrainian audio system to watch the platform. It additionally expanded its fact-checking functionality and prevented Russian state media accounts from working advertisements, successfully demonetizing them. 

Elon Musk prompts Starlink in Ukraine amid web disruption

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk stated Saturday that the corporate’s Starlink satellite internet service is active in Ukraine and that extra terminals are being despatched to the nation as invading Russian troops disrupt web entry. Musk’s actions have been in response to a plea from a senior Ukrainian authorities official for him to supply extra Starlink stations to the nation. The satellite-based service gives a substitute for land-based techniques that may usually be tough to deploy in distant areas or weak to interruption by navy motion or pure catastrophe.

Saturday, Feb. 26

US, allies to expel some Russian banks from SWIFT funds system

Considerably ramping up sanctions, the US, UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and the European Fee stated Saturday that they’ve dedicated to “guaranteeing that chosen Russian banks are eliminated” from the Society for Worldwide Interbank Monetary Telecommunication messaging system. Tens of millions of monetary messages and cash switch orders are despatched over SWIFT by banks worldwide, together with the US Federal Reserve System, the Financial institution of England and the European Central Financial institution. The allies stated the transfer will be sure that the affected Russian banks “are disconnected from the worldwide monetary system,” harming “their ability to operate globally.”

Social media websites tamp down on advertisements

Google-owned YouTube reportedly prohibited Russian state-owned media outlet RT and different Russian channels from creating wealth off of advertisements on the video website. Fb had made an identical transfer on Friday, banning Russian state media from working advertisements or monetizing on its platform. It adopted up Saturday with a weblog publish in regards to the invasion-related steps it is taking, together with increasing its third-party fact-checking capacity in Russian and Ukrainian.

Twitter, in the meantime, had stated Friday that it was “temporarily pausing advertisements in Ukraine and Russia to make sure crucial public security info is elevated and advertisements do not detract from it.” On Saturday, it stated “we conscious that Twitter is being restricted for some people in Russia and are working to maintain our service secure and accessible.”

Russian advance slows 

A Pentagon official stated Russian forces have been “more and more pissed off by their lack of momentum,” The New York Occasions reported Saturday, as outgunned Ukrainian forces held on to the capital, Kyiv, in a single day amid what a variety of information retailers characterised as intense road combating.

Britain’s ministry of protection cited “sturdy Ukrainian resistance” and logistical troubles because the causes of the slowdown, the Occasions stated, whereas the Kremlin asserted that Russian President Vladimir Putin had ordered a pause Friday to permit for potential negotiations with Ukraine.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy continued his requires the nation to “stand firm” as Russian forces push in from the north, from Crimea within the south and from the east by means of Donetsk, Kharkiv, Luhansk and Sumy.

Friday, Feb. 25

Meta halts Russian state media advertisements 

The Fb proprietor said late Friday it was “prohibiting Russian state media from working advertisements or monetizing on our platform anyplace on the planet.” 

The transfer adopted a partial block on entry to Fb in Russia after the nation’s communications regulator claimed the social community had censored some Russian media. 

US and EU personally sanction Putin

The European Union and the USA agreed to personally sanction Putin and Russian International Minister Sergei Lavrov on Friday.

“Following a phone name dialog President Biden held with European Fee President Ursula von der Leyen and in alignment with the choice by our European allies, the USA will be a part of them in sanctioning President Putin and International Minister Lavrov and members of the Russian nationwide safety staff,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said throughout a press briefing Friday afternoon.

Psaki added that the secretary of the Treasury may also impose “full blocking sanctions on the Russian Direct Investment Fund — a state owned monetary entity that capabilities as a sovereign wealth fund, which is meant to draw capital into the Russian financial system in high-growth sectors.”

Russian forces attain Kyiv

Russian troops reportedly reached Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital, early Friday morning. CBS Information reported explosions and gunfire within the metropolis. 

Zelenskyy posted a video of himself and different authorities officers. He stated they have not fled town and are defending Ukraine.

Zelenskyy talks with Biden

Ukraine’s president stated he spoke with Biden on Friday, tweeting that they mentioned “strengthening sanctions, concrete protection help and an anti-war coalition.”

Earlier Friday, a Kremlin spokesperson reportedly stated Putin was willing to negotiate with Ukraine, however later feedback by the Russian chief forged doubt on peace talks, in line with The New York Occasions.

Thursday, Feb. 24

Ukraine loss of life toll reaches 137

Not less than 137 individuals have been killed on the primary day of Russia’s assault, Zelenskyy stated. 

“Peaceable Ukrainian cities are beneath strikes,” International Minister Dmytro Kuleba wrote on Twitter, calling the Russian navy actions “a full-scale invasion.” 

“It is a battle of aggression,” Kuleba stated.

Russia seizes Chernobyl

Russian forces took management of the Chernobyl nuclear energy website by Thursday afternoon, according to the Related Press. 

“It is a declaration of battle towards the entire of Europe,” Zelenskyy said on Twitter. 

Extra sanctions hit Russia

Biden gave an address later Thursday, saying the US would lower off Russian banks and cease Russia’s means to finance and construct its navy. 

“Putin’s aggression towards Ukraine will find yourself costing Russia dearly economically and strategically,” Biden stated.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson additionally stated Thursday that Russian banks would face a full asset freeze, and he banned Russia’s nationwide airline, Aeroflot, from touchdown within the UK. Britain prolonged sanctions to Belarus for aiding within the Russian invasion.

Biden, G7 condemn Russia

Following a gathering Thursday, the leaders of the Group of Seven nations — Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US — issued a joint assertion condemning Russia.

“President Putin has chosen a premeditated battle that may carry a catastrophic lack of life and human struggling,” Biden stated in a press release. “Russia alone is chargeable for the loss of life and destruction this assault will carry.”

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg stated Russia’s actions are “an act of aggression towards a sovereign, unbiased and peaceable nation.” He added, “it is a deliberate, cold-blooded and long-planned invasion.”

Russia invades Ukraine

Russia invaded Ukraine at round 4:30 a.m. native time Thursday, with Russian forces launching assaults from the nation’s japanese border with Ukraine, from the north in Belarus and from the south in Crimea. 

Zelenskyy declared martial legislation in Ukraine.

Putin repeated discredited claims of violence towards ethnic Russians in Ukraine to justify the invasion.

Nations in Central Europe, together with Poland, Hungary and Slovakia, ready to obtain an inflow of refugees.

Wednesday, Feb. 23

Zelenskyy appeals for peace

Zelenskyy made a plea for peace Wednesday in a last-minute effort to keep away from battle.

“The individuals of Ukraine and the federal government of Ukraine need peace,” Zelenskyy stated. “But when we come beneath assault, if we face an try to remove our nation, our freedom, our lives and lives of our kids, we’ll defend ourselves. Once you assault us, you will notice our faces, not our backs.”

Ukrainian banks and authorities hit by suspected cyberattack

A number of Ukrainian authorities web sites went offline Feb. 23 as the results of a mass distributed denial of service assault, in line with the top of the Jap European nation’s Ministry of Digital Transformation. Some banking web sites have been down as properly, Mykhailo Fedorov stated on Telegram.

DDoS assaults cripple websites by overwhelming them with a flood of requests to serve up net pages.

Tuesday, Feb. 22

First sanctions

The European Union on Tuesday agreed to a package of sanctions against Russia, focusing on banks that fund the nation’s navy operations and banning commerce between the EU and the 2 breakaway areas in japanese Ukraine, whereas Germany halted approval of the Nord Stream 2, a pure gasoline pipeline working from Russia to Germany. 

Biden on Tuesday stated the US will present defensive help to Ukraine and reinforce NATO allies. The Pentagon put 8,500 US troops on excessive alert to bolster NATO’s response drive.

Monday, Feb. 21

Putin acknowledges breakaway areas as unbiased

Putin on Feb. 21 acknowledged two Moscow-backed areas in japanese Ukraine — Donetsk and Luhansk — as independent entities and ordered the deployment of Russian forces to “preserve the peace.” In a prolonged televised handle about his choice, Putin additionally aired historic grievances and made baseless claims of Ukrainian aggression, as reported by The New York Occasions. 

Friday, Feb. 18

US blames Russia for cyberattacks

On Feb. 18, US officers stated they consider Russia was chargeable for cyberattacks towards Ukraine’s banks and military earlier this month. They have been the most recent in a string of digital incursions that’ve been blamed on Russia, together with assaults that defaced authorities web sites and planted harmful malware on Ukrainian pc networks.

“This latest spate of cyberattacks in Ukraine are in line with what a Russian effort would appear to be, and laying the groundwork for extra disruptive cyberattacks accompanying a possible additional invasion of Ukraine sovereign territory,” stated Anne Neuberger, deputy nationwide safety adviser, during a briefing at the White House

Monday, Jan. 10

US pushes again on Russia’s safety calls for

On Jan. 10, US and Russian officers met for strategic stability talks in Geneva. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman stated each nations shared considerations, however the US was agency that it will “not enable anybody to slam closed NATO’s open door coverage.”

The assembly got here after the US and NATO in December rejected a Russian proposal that known as for “a Chilly Warfare-like safety association,” according to The New York Occasions, together with calls for for “ironclad” ensures that Ukraine and Georgia by no means develop into members of NATO. 

NATO, or the North Atlantic Treaty Group, is a navy alliance amongst two nations in North America and 28 in Europe. The admission of both Ukraine or Georgia would enhance NATO’s presence alongside Russia’s border. 

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