Russia-Ukraine war: 22 dead from Russian strike on Ukraine’s Chernihiv

Death toll from Russian strike on northern Ukraine city of Chernihiv rose to 22, AFP reported. 

(Shelling in Chernihiv during Russian invasion: Reuters)

New Delhi: The Russian troops on Thursday (IST) seized one of Ukraine’s strategically significant cities Kherson, reported New York Times citing Ukrainian officials.

Apart from this, the needless invasion by Russia of Ukraine also resulted in the seizure of two Ukrainian seaports Wednesday and pressed their bombardment of the country's second-biggest city, while the huge armoured column threatened Kyiv appeared stalled outside the capital.

Meanwhile, India said it has "not received any reports of any hostage situation regarding any student"; takes note of  cooperation of the Ukrainian authorities in helping students get out

India has once abstained from voting on the UN General Assembly resolution brought against the Russian aggression. So far, three flights out of the 15 schedules for the next 24 hours under the Operation Ganga mission have arrived.

Thanks for staying with Zee News for the latest updates on the Russia-Ukraine war.

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03 March 2022
23:02 IST

Indian Air Force's C-17 aircraft carrying 210 Indian citizens from Ukraine, lands at Hindan airbase near Delhi from Bucharest in Romania. 

22:40 IST

Vladimir Putin says Ukraine and Russia are 'one people'. Putin says Russia's military advance in Ukraine 'going to plan'. (AFP)


22:10 IST

Death toll from Russian strike on northern Ukraine city of Chernihiv rises to 22: official (AFP)

21:47 IST

Operation Ganga carries on. 18 flights coming in today, tweets External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar. 

21:00 IST

President Zelensky says if Ukraine falls, Baltic states 'next', calls on West to increase military aid. (AFP)

20:53 IST

Nine dead after Russian forces strike northern Ukrainian city of Chernihiv: governor (AFP)

20:04 IST

We urge immediate cessation of violence and an end to hostilities. No solution can ever arrive at the cost of human lives. Dialogue and Diplomacy are the only solutions for settling differences and disputes: India at 49th UN Human Rights Council Session

We are deeply concerned over the safety&security of thousands of Indians stranded in Ukraine. We're working together with neighbouring States for their evacuation. We call for respect & protection of human rights of people in Ukraine: India at 49th UN Human Rights Council Session (ANI)

19:59 IST

Ukraine Parliament approves law to allow seizure of assets owned by Russia or Russia citizens in Ukraine: Reuters

19:58 IST

Direct talks between Russian and Ukrainian representatives are underway on Belarusian territory. We hope that they bring about an end to this situation, restore peace in Donbass and enable all people in Ukraine to return to peaceful life: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia (ANI)

18:48 IST

French President Macron believes 'worse is to come' in Ukraine after Putin call. (AFP)

18:42 IST

Mariupol mayor says Russian forces attempting 'blockade' of Ukraine port city (AFP)

17:49 IST

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday told his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron that the goals of Russia's operation in Ukraine - its demilitarization and neutral status - will be achieved in any case, the Kremlin said: Reuters

Putin said that any attempts by Kyiv to delay negotiations would result in Moscow adding more items to its list of demands: Reuters

17:49 IST

IAEA passes resolution calling on Russia to 'immediately cease actions' at Ukraine nuclear sites. (AFP)

17:07 IST

Heightened nuclear threat levels over Ukraine underline 'gravity of the risks to all of humanity': UN rights chief Bachelet (AFP)

17:04 IST

Ikea suspends Russia, Belarus operations, affecting 15,000 employees. (AFP)

17:03 IST

Governor of Ukraine's Kherson Region says Russian Forces have control of Regional Administration Building (in Kharkiv): Reuters 

16:34 IST

French Prez Macron held new 90-minute call with Russian Prez Putin: Elysee 

15:36 IST

Ukraine is able to launch counter-attacks against invading Russian forces even as it defends itself, a military adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said. (Reuters)

15:20 IST

Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov accuses Western politicians of considering 'nuclear war', which is 'not in the heads of Russians' (AFP)

15:03 IST

First four IAF C-17 aircraft under #OperationGanga evacuated 798 Indian nationals using airfields in Romania, Hungary and Poland. They also supplied 9.7 tons of relief material: Indian Air Force (ANI)

Three more IAF C-17 have taken off for Romania, Hungary and Poland today. Video of a C-17 taking off from Budapest, Hungary: Indian Air Force 

14:38 IST

Russian forces disable radio, TV centre in Kyiv

Russian forces with high-precision weapons have disabled a reserve radio and television centre in Kyiv, spokesman of the Defence Ministry in Moscow Igor Konashenkov claimed on Thursday.

He said the centre had been used by the Security Service of Ukraine for "psychological operations", reports Xinhua news agency.

13:42 IST

Russians approach Odessa, says Ukraine

The Ukrainian Defence Ministry on Thursday announced that Russian ships and rocket boats were approaching the country`s third-largest city of Odessa located on the northwestern shore of the Black Sea.

"In the waters of the Black Sea, we are observing a landing detachment of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, consisting of four large landing ships accompanied by three rocket boats, advancing towards Odessa," the Ministry said in a statement.

13:36 IST

Shashi Tharoor lauds Centre for foreign policy amid Ukraine crisis

Excellent meeting of Consultative Committee on External Affairs this morning on Ukraine. My thanks to Dr S Jaishankar and his colleagues for a comprehensive briefing and candid responses to our questions and concerns. This is the spirit in which foreign policy should be run, said Congress leader Tharoor.

13:36 IST

IAF to operate 3 more flights to neighbourhoods of Ukraine to evacuate Indian citizens

13:00 IST

Operation Ganga

9 IAF flights, carrying more than 200 passengers each, have left Hungary so far.

Five more flights are expected to leave for India from Hungary on Thursday.


12:47 IST

Germany to supply more ammo to Ukraine

Germany will deliver 2,700 more anti-air missiles to Ukraine, reported AFP News Agency quotes Govt Source.

12:14 IST

Crude oil prices soar amid Russia-Ukraine war

Brent crude topped $117 per barrel and is now up almost 20% on the week, while everything from coal to natural gas and aluminium is on fire as Western nations tighten sanctions on Russia, reported Reuters.

11:50 IST

Nepal urges India to evacuate its citizens from Ukraine

Nepal requests India to evacuate its nationals from war-torn Ukraine and New Delhi has responded positively to the request.


11:44 IST

19 IAF flights to bring back 3,726 Indians from Ukraine today

The IAF and Indian carriers will operate 19 flights to bring back 3,726 Indians from Ukraine's neighbouring countries to India on Thursday, Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia said.

Under Operation Ganga, eight flights of the IAF, Air India and IndiGo will operate from the Romanian capital Bucharest to India on Thursday, he said on Twitter.
The Indian Air Force (IAF) is using its C-17 military transport aircraft for this evacuation operation.

11:39 IST

US may push to end Russia's status as a permanent UNSC member

The US State Department may try to find a way to boot Russia from its permanent seat on the UN Security Council (UNSC), shaking up the international body's balance of power amid outrage over the war in Ukraine, RT reported.

Washington is "investigating the prospects" of expelling Russia as one of the five permanent Security Council members, Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman told American lawmakers on Wednesday.

11:37 IST

Union Minister Kiren Rijiju interacts with stranded students in Slovakia

Union minister Kiren Rijiju interacts with a group of Indian students evacuated from Ukraine before their departure to India from Kosice, Slovakia.

11:27 IST

EAM S Jaishankar to brief a parliamentary committee amid Ukraine crisis

External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar will brief the committee of Parliament meeting amid the Russia-Ukraine crisis.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi arrived at the Ministry of External Affairs to attend the Consultative Committee of Parliament on External Affairs.

11:07 IST

Lawyer approaches SC regarding evacuation of Indians from Ukraine

A lawyer approaches Supreme Court seeking directions to Govt of India for the evacuation of Indian students stranded in Ukraine.

A bench headed by CJI Ramana says that the Government of India is doing its work to evacuate Indians.

Meanwhile, Chief Justice of India NV Ramana said, "We sympathise with the students, we are feeling very bad. But can we direct Russia's President Putin to stop the war?" Court seeks Attorney General KK Venugopal's assistance.

11:06 IST

Over 3,500 Indians to come home today from Ukraine

Under Operation Ganga, 3726 Indians will be brought back home today on 8 flights from Bucharest, 2 flights from Suceava, 1 flight from Kosice, 5 flights from Budapest and 3 flights from Rzeszow, said Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya M. Scindia.

10:50 IST

Operation Ganga flights

IAF is operating three more flights to various locations in the neighbourhood of Ukraine to evacuate Indian citizens: Indian Air Force spokesperson

10:18 IST

Union ministers welcome Indian students from Ukraine

Union Ministers Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Virendra Kumar welcome Indians on their return from war-torn Ukraine via Budapest.

10:09 IST

OSCE member dies during shelling in Ukraine

The Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe says one of its members died during shelling in the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv.

Maryna Fenina was killed while getting supplies for her family, the group said in a news release Wednesday.

Fenina worked with the organization's monitoring mission in Ukraine.

10:07 IST

Proud to be an Indian, says a student who came back from Ukraine

Indian govt took prompt action to evacuate the stranded Indian students in Ukraine. Proud to be an Indian, said a student who came from Ukraine.

Indian students stranded in Kyiv and Kharkiv need to be evacuated as soon as possible, said the Indian students stranded in Ukraine as he reached Delhi airport earlier on Thursday.

09:49 IST

US looking at whether to apply or waive sanctions on India under CAATSA

The Biden administration is looking whether to apply or waive sanctions on India for its purchase of the S-400 Triumf missile defence system from Russia, under Countering America`s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), said US diplomat Donald Lu said on Wednesday (local time).

Lu`s remarks came as India drew criticism from US lawmakers, both Republicans and Democrats, at a hearing on the "US relationship with India" for being among 35 nations that abstained Wednesday from a UN vote to rebuke Russia`s invasion.


09:45 IST

Russian troops enter Kherson port

Russian troops were in the centre of the Ukrainian port of Kherson on Thursday after a day of conflicting claims over whether Moscow had captured a major urban centre for the first time in its eight-day invasion.

Russia`s defence ministry said it had captured Kherson on Wednesday but an adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy responded that Ukrainian forces continued to defend the Black Sea port of about 250,000 people

09:32 IST

At least one million fled Ukraine amid war: UN

The UN refugee agency said on Thursday that at least one million people have now fled Ukraine since Russia's invasion less than a week ago, an exodus without precedent in this century for its speed.

09:18 IST

Kerala govt arranges conveyance for students coming from Ukraine

The state govt has arranged three flights to bring back students arriving in Delhi from Ukraine today. Bus services will be arranged from Kochi Airport to Thiruvananthapuram and Kasargod. NORKA teams deployed in all four airports in the state to help Ukraine returnees: Kerala CMO

08:59 IST

Indian student receives warm welcome

An Indian student receives a warm welcome from her parents and relatives upon her safe return to the country from war-torn Ukraine, at Delhi airport.

08:21 IST

Operation Ganga is processing successfully: MoS Defence Ajay Bhatt

We are taking care of every student returning from Ukraine. Our four Union ministers are taking care of every aspect of evacuation operations in different neighbouring countries of Ukraine, said MoS Defence, Ajay Bhatt.

07:53 IST

US to impose new sanctions on Russia

The United States is preparing a sanctions package targeting more Russian oligarchs as well as their companies and assets, two sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday, as Washington steps up pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin over Moscow`s invasion of Ukraine.

06:48 IST

Second Operation Ganga flight reaches India

The second Indian Air Force flight with 220 Indian nationals reached the Hindon airbase in Ghaziabad on Thursday morning (IST).

06:46 IST

China asked Russia to delay Ukraine's invasion until after Olympics

Senior Chinese officials told senior Russian officials in early February not to invade Ukraine before the end of the Winter Olympics in Beijing, the New York Times reported, quoting Biden administration officials and a European official who cited a Western intelligence report.

06:45 IST

Restrictions against Russian cats

The Federation Internationale Feline (FIFe), an international cat fancier society, has imposed restrictions on cats bred in Russia in response to Moscow's military operation in Ukraine.

The NGO, FIFe Executive Board, in a statement, said that it is "shocked and horrified" that the army of the "Russian Federation invaded the Republic of Ukraine and started a war."

06:44 IST

US calls Russia's 'human shied' claim misinformation

After Russia claimed that Ukraine is using Indian students as human shields, the US Department of State on Wednesday (local time) said that they have not seen any verified report of such incidents and these activities are commonly used in Russian disinformation.

"We have seen no verified reports of these incidents, and these types of reports about using civilians as human shields are commonly used in Russian disinformation," a US Department of State spokesperson told ANI.

06:35 IST

Air raid alerts in Ukraine

Alerts were issued in Kyiv and Kyiv Oblast, Mykolaiv, Lviv, Zhytomyr, Ivano-Frankivsk, Chernihiv and Chernihiv Oblast, Volyn Oblast, Cherkasy Oblast, Kirovohrad Oblast, Poltava Oblast, Khmelnytskyi Oblast, Zaporizhzhia and Odes, reported Kyiv Independent.

06:26 IST

Another Operation Ganga flight arrives

An evacuation flight carrying around 200 Indian citizens stranded in Ukraine reached Delhi from Romania on Thursday.