Updates on Russia-Ukraine crisis

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– The second round of talks between Russia and Ukraine may take place on March 2. 

– Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Tuesday said he is ready to negotiate with Russian President Vladimir Putin over the Ukraine crisis.

– Russian troops have reportedly landed in Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second most populous city.

– U.S. President Joe Biden announced that the U.S. is closing its airspace to all Russian flights and reiterated the U.S. will not deploy troops to Ukraine, during his first State of the Union address on Tuesday.

– More than half a million refugees have fled Ukraine, according to the UN.

– The IMF and the World Bank pledged a $3 billion package in financial aid to Ukraine.

– Ukraine’s EU membership application has been registered and the EU is considering Ukraine’s candidacy.

TIMELINE 22:52, 02-Mar-2022 Ukraine confirms participation in talks with Russia: report

The Ukrainian delegation confirmed its participation in the talks on Wednesday evening with Russia, Belarusian state news agency Belta reported.

22:39, 02-Mar-2022 Ukraine’s Kharkiv region announces curfew

A curfew in the Kharkiv region was announced from 7 p.m. Wednesday to 7 a.m. Thursday Moscow time, the Kharkiv Regional State Administration reported.

22:25, 02-Mar-2022 Russian delegation leaves for negotiation site

The Russian delegation left for the negotiation site on Wednesday for the second round of Russia-Ukraine peace talks, RT reported.

The first round of negotiations concluded Monday in Belarus with no clear breakthrough. 

21:52, 02-Mar-2022 Ukraine has enough funds for current spending, finance minister says

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Ukraine’s finance minister said his country has enough funds to cover all current spending. What’s the reality on the ground? And how hopeful are Ukrainians about the second round of talks?

21:51, 02-Mar-2022 A total of 19 countries supply weapons to Ukraine: FM

A total of 19 countries supplied weapons to Ukraine and more than 1,000 volunteers from abroad have so far signed up to fight on Ukraine’s side, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said during a news briefing on Wednesday.

21:17, 02-Mar-2022 Belarus: No additional restrictions on passage of people and vehicles

The State Border Committee of Belarus stated on Wednesday that the information about the ban on leaving the country for men from 18 to 60 years old is false.

Belarus has not introduced any additional restrictions on the passage of people and vehicles, the statement added.

20:58, 02-Mar-2022 Kharkiv police department building on fire after missile strike

A regional police department in Kharkiv was engulfed in flames on March 2 following a missile strike on Ukraine’s second-largest city. 

Firefighters were seen battling the blaze as part of the structure collapsed. It was not immediately clear if there were any casualties in the strike on the police station.

At least 21 people were killed and 112 wounded in shelling in Kharkiv in the last 24 hours, regional governor Oleg Synegubov said on Wednesday.