(UPDATED 11:41AM) Disaster Averted at Ukrainian Nuclear Power Plant, War Grinds to A Slow Destructive Crawl
Russian President Putin announced the invasion of Ukraine late Wednesday night, and immediately followed it with action. The following is a summary of incidents, numbers and breaking news on the war.
This article will be updated throughout the day as information becomes available.
11:41pm: Ukraine is enacting a heavy toll on Russia with a third Russian Fighter Jet downed today.
11:03am: Picture evidence from Ukraine indicated that two Russian SU-25 fighter jets were shot down today:
10:37am: According to the Ukraine Military, Russia exhausted most of its operational reserve in Ukraine.
Russia has begun transferring troops from its Southern and Eastern Military Districts to replenish its ranks, according to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
10:35am: Updates from Sen. Marco Rubio:
I can’t emphasize enough how much #Putin & his risk calculus have changed. He will push Belarus into war, use chemical or biological weapons, slaughter millions & impose Stalinist restrictions in #Russia to avoid humiliation or the perception that he was forced to back down. It would be a catastrophic mistake to make decisions based on the #Putin of the past. The sense of grievance, the suspicions, the hubris of viewing himself as #Russia the obsession with control, have all gotten worse & he will do things now he would have never done before. There will be a steady increase of internal restrictions in #Russia over the next few days. In less than a week Russians will be living under Stalin era rules.
10:30am: General Update:
- The fire at the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear power plant has been put out without any dangerous radiation leakage. The plant remains under Russian control.
- Ukraine had halted an advance on the city of Mykolayiv after local authorities said Russian troops had entered.
- On Friday, the Russian authorities shut down foreign broadcasters including the BBC, Voice of America and Deutsche Welle. Independent Russian broadcasters, TV Dozhd (Rain) and Ekho Moskvy radio, were shuttered on Thursday.
- Ukrainian security forces have reported that three assassination attempts on the Ukrainian president have been thwarted.
- The U.S. arm of Russian state-backed media outlet RT will be effectively shutting down effective immediately, as sanctions gut the ability to operate.
- The Russian forces around Kyiv remain bogged down, and little change has taken place on the front.
Updates from 3/3/22
9:18pm: The Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant is presently the sight of a battle. The following is an update from Sen. Marco Rubio:
Russian soldiers have breached the main building of the #Zaporizhzhia nuke plant in #Ukraine. Active firefight is going on inside a facility that is already on fire and controls 6 reactors.
Firefighters unable to fight the fire because they are in the middle of a combat zone. Like most nuke plants the one in #Ukraine under attack is built to withstand a direct hit from an airplane crash The problem is a loss of power or a shell draining the pools used to store spent fuel.
If that fuel isn’t cooled it can melt & release large amounts of radioactivity. Second Ukraine official just now says reactor was “hit” & is inactive with fuel inside but that its the admin building which is on fire. He had received no information about elevated radiation levels. Says meltdown unlikely but leak is possible. No other verified info available
3:12pm: Russian and Ukrainian negotiators have agreed on the creation of humanitarian corridors for the evacuation of civilians from combat areas in Ukraine, Ukrainian presidential advisor Mykhailo Podolyak said Thursday.
1:58pm: As per Sen. Marco Rubio “The chances of #Belarus joining in the invasion of #Ukraine are very high and (in my opinion) near certain.”
1:55pm: Ukraine and Russia agreed to hold a third round of talks soon, as Ukraine did not receive the results it had counted on.
12:12pm: Germany and Norway break from tradition and export lethal arms to Ukraine.
11:26am: Ukrainian official says ceasefire talks with Russia started.
11:00am: General Update:
- Major General Andrei Sukhovetsky, deputy commander of the 41st Combined Arms Army of the Central Military District, has been killed in the war in Ukraine, according to Newsweek, citing Russian news sources.
- Ukraine Says 34 Civilians Killed in Kharkiv Region bombardments
- No Water or Power in Mariupol as Russian Soldiers besiege the city
- According to the hacking collective Anonymous, information warning Ukraine of an assassination plot against President Volodymyr Zelenskiy was leaked from the Russian Federal Security Service.
- Music streaming giant Spotify has become the latest company to take significant steps against Russia, closing its Russia-based office on Wednesday and removing Russian state-sponsored content from its service.
- The US has delivered hundreds of Stinger anti-aircraft missiles to Ukraine for the first time over the last few days, including over 200 on Monday, a US official said.
- The United Nations revealed on Wednesday that the death toll of civilians in the ongoing war between Ukraine and Russia is estimated at more than 2,000.
- The Un also claimed that around 1 Million refugees have also fled Ukraine.
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