Ukraine’s forces have put up stiff resistance in the face of the Russian advance, despite being significantly outgunned and outnumbered.
There had been little international expectation that the country’s military could severely deflect Putin’s invasion with such overwhelming odds, but that has not stopped determined opposition.
The onslaught of Russian tanks and missiles will force Europe’s leaders to reassess the continent’s security and address the nakedly aggressive despot on their doorstep.
Ben Farmer analyzes how, if Putin wins, a Cold War-style world order will wreak havoc with the West. In other developments:
In face of the conflict, the UK is sending further armed forces to Estonia “earlier than planned” to reinforce Britain’s Nato ally – but the defense minister James Heappey has warned against moving into Ukraine itself.
on this Chopper’s Politics podcast, the armed forces minister said Putin could deploy tactical nuclear weapons in Ukraine.
Labor MP Chris Bryant has vowed not to ease up on football’s billionaires Roman Abramovich and Alisher Usmanov until they denounce Putin.
There have been calls for Parliament to sit this weekend in order to accelerate the introduction of punitive measures, rather than MPs “weekending whilst Ukraine burns”.
Brussels and the US still refuse to block Russian access to the Swift scheme for international payments.
Ben Wallace suggested it was being resisted by the EU because it pays Russia for gas.
As the invasion goes on, stories are emerging of bold acts of heroism.
A Ukrainian woman telling a Russian soldier to put sunflower seeds in his pocket so that flowers will grow when he dies on Ukraine’s soil is among many extraordinary scenes of defiance from the front lines.
A more chilling video has emerged from Snake Island in the Black Sea, where an entire garrison of 13 Ukrainian border guards was killed after refusing to surrender to the Russian Navy.
Meanwhile, Russians have compared their president to the leader of Nazi Germany, scrawling “Adolf Putin” across buildings.
Former world heavyweight champions Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko, the latter the mayor of Kyiv, have also taken up arms.
Invasion of Ukraine: Comment and analysis
Sport briefing: Russian Grand Prix axed by F1
The 2022 Russian Grand Prix has been canceled in the wake of the Kremlin’s invasion of Ukraine, Formula One has announced. The race was scheduled to take place in Sochi in September but F1 said that it was “impossible” to hold the race “in the current circumstances”. It comes as this year’s Champions League final has been switched to Paris from St Petersburg, while governing body Uefa has also begun the process of ending its lucrative partnership with the Russian energy giant Gazprom, worth around £40m a year. Fans of Champions League holders Chelsea may want to read Sam Wallace’s piece on Roman Abramovich – the best-known man in ‘Londongrad’ – who still denies any Putin influence. Jason Burt says English football must rip away the secrecy over club owners.
Business briefing: Flow of Russian gas soars
A Russian investment bank has been suspended from trading on the London Stock Exchange after Boris Johnson imposed a fresh round of sanctions following the Kremlin’s invasion of Ukraine. The LSE said it had suspended the membership of VTB Capital, which is owned by one of Russia’s biggest lenders, with “immediate effect”. Petrol and diesel prices have hit a fresh record, while the cost of wheat emerged to the highest level since 2008. However, the amount of gas flowing to Europe from Russia through Ukraine has jumped by more than a third as the continent scrambles to secure energy from Putin amid soaring prices.
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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.