Russian troops move forward towards Kiev, the world is worried

Ukrainian military vehicles will pass the Independence Square in central Kiev on February 24, 2022.

At the dawn of the second day of the Russian attack on Ukrainian territory, the paintings drawn by various protagonists on Friday, February 25, seem worried.Air and ground attacks coordinated by Moscow and described as follows: “success” According to the Russian Defense Ministry, it has already killed dozens of people and is causing protests in the international community, especially in the West.

  • Where is the Russian invasion?

Two big explosions rang at dawn on Friday in the center of Kiev.According to Western military sources, the Russian army “Air superiority fighter” In Ukraine, intentionally approaching Kiev “Defeat the government” Establish a pro-Moscow government in place of Ukraine.

The Chernobyl power plant, the site of the worst nuclear accident in history in 1986, fell into the hands of Russian soldiers. Moscow troops also attacked the Antonov military airport in Gostmel, the gate of Kiev. The capital is subject to a curfew, and the fighting seems to have continued at the end of the day. This airport could be a meeting place for Russian troops if you want to surround the capital.

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  • Ukrainian President laments the isolation of his country

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky regrets in a video that Kiev found himself on Friday morning “Leave” Against the Russian army.

“Who is ready to fight us? I will not meet anyone. Who is ready to guarantee Ukraine NATO membership? Everyone is afraid.» »

Presidential directive ordered general mobilization of subjects Thursday evening “For conscription and reserves”Within 90 days, in all regions of the country.

Zelensky announced that at least 137 Ukrainians have died and 316 have been injured since the invasion of Russia began. He also noted that national communications appear to be working, and that cyberattacks that cripple them could come to the next stage of the attack.

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President Zelensky has declared that he does not want to leave Kiev. “According to the information we have, the enemy has identified me as target number 1 and my family has identified me as target number 2.”He added.

  • Part of the asylum population

From early Thursday, Kiev residents flocked to the subway or tried to leave the city for shelter. A family-filled car fleeing the capital caused huge traffic jams.

At the platform of the Kramatorsk station in the Donetsk region, we are waiting for the train to Kiev on February 24, 2022.

Ukrainian troops were everywhere on the eastern highway. Civil defense officials said civilian evacuation activities were hampered by artillery fires and inadequate communication.

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), about 100,000 people have fled their homes in Ukraine and thousands have left the country.

  • Western troops mobilized

To avoid the expansion of this conflict“Other European countries”German Prime Minister Olaf Scholz warned that NATO troops are on alert, with some troops to strengthen the eastern side of the alliance, including French President Emmanuel Macron, announced Thursday night. Will move to until Friday.

“France reassures NATO allies by sending a new delegation to Estonia within its enhanced forward presence, hoping to join the Baltic Sea security from March and accelerating its deployment in Romania. Will continue to play a role. “Declared the head of state at the end of an exceptional meeting of European Union (EU) leaders in Brussels, and on the eve of the NATO summit dedicated to the war in Ukraine.

U.S. defends “To every corner of NATO’s territory”, Guaranteed President Joe Biden. But he said they would not send troops to Ukraine. However, the Pentagon will send an additional 7,000 troops to Germany.

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Vladimir Putin will be in his country on Thursday “The world’s largest nuclear power”.. Jean-Yves Le Drian, French Foreign Minister, declared TF1 as follows: “” [le président russe] The Atlantic Alliance also needs to be understood [OTAN] It ’s a nuclear alliance. ”..

Not long after, during his night intervention, Emmanuel Macron found it useful to maintain a desire for dialogue with Moscow on Thursday to stop the attack in Ukraine. “Frank and direct quick exchange” With Vladimir Putin.

  • New sanctions on Russia

Twenty-seven EU member states have approved a series of new sanctions against Russia. It targets the financial, energy and transportation sectors. “Large results”According to their statement.

Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, elaborated on the steps following the European Council in four elements:

  • Finance (reducing access to major capital markets)
  • Energy (Russia’s oil export ban)
  • Aviation (Prohibition of selling all aircraft, spare parts and equipment to Russian airlines)
  • Technical (access to critical technology is restricted “Semiconductors, advanced technologies, etc.”)

These sanctions are not as advanced as some observers expect, and in particular Russia is not immediately excluded from the Swift banking network, allowing payments to be sent and received worldwide.

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On his side, Joe Biden will be Vladimir Putin “Paria on the international stage”, Imposed restrictions on the export of technical products to Russia. The second Russian embassy in Washington was banished and punished for the involvement of 24 Belarusian individuals and groups in the invasion of Ukraine.

The United States and Albania called for a UN Security Council resolution on a resolution condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on Friday, calling on the country to immediately withdraw its troops.

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As part of that, China, which maintains close ties with Moscow, said it continued. “From near” Asked for the situation “Binding of all parties”..

  • Rally in support of Ukraine

Demonstrations against the war took place in Moscow and St. Petersburg. According to the professional NGO OVD-Info, about 1,400 people have been arrested across Russia.

Rally in support of Ukraine is held all over the world in Warsaw, Prague and so on. In front of the Russian embassy in Berlin, the demonstrator put up the following sign. “Stop this madness and save your life, no more lies.”..

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In Paris, hundreds of people also gathered in front of the Russian embassy, ​​including candidates for the April presidential election, including ecologist Janic Jadot and former Justice Minister Christiane Taubila. According to the police station, about 2,800 demonstrators also gathered at Place de la République at the end of the day.

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World with AFP