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Fury over Russian attack on Ukraine nuclear plant

New Delhi:
Russian forces seized Europe’s biggest nuclear power plant in southeastern Ukraine in heavy fighting but a huge blaze on the site was put out. Russian forces also bombarded Ukraine’s capital Kyiv and surrounded several other cities.

Here are the top 10 updates on this big story

  1. The capital Kyiv remains under Ukrainian control as does Kharkiv in the east despite heavy Russian bombardment. Russian forces have seized Kherson in the south and have encircled urban centers in the region.

  2. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, leading his country’s battle against the Russian invasion, will address the US Senate on Saturday. Zelensky will speak to senators via Zoom in the morning Washington time at the request of Ukraine.

  3. Russian President Vladimir Putin Friday signed into law a bill introducing jail terms of up to 15 years for fake news about the Russian army, as Moscow pushes forward with its invasion of Ukraine.

  4. The UN Security Council will also hold an emergency meeting on Monday on the humanitarian crisis triggered in Ukraine by the Russian invasion and discuss a possible draft resolution

  5. Volodymyr Zelensky lashed NATO on Friday for ruling out a no-fly zone over his country saying the Western military alliance knew further Russian aggression was likely.

  6. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Friday that the suffering of Ukrainians will likely die but defended the West’s focus on sanctions and limited military support as an effective way to stop Russia’s invasion.

  7. Over 1.2 million refugees have fled Ukraine in the week since Russia’s invasion, around half of them into Poland, according to the UN refugee agency.

  8. The United States is weighing whether Russia has committed war crimes but has not yet made any conclusions, the White House said on Friday, adding Moscow’s attack on a nuclear power plant in Ukraine was the “height of irresponsibility.”

  9. Moody’s Investors Service on Friday joined other ratings agencies, downgrading Ukraine’s debt to Caa2 from B3 due to the worsening crisis following Russia’s invasion. The move follows similar moves by Fitch and S&P Global Ratings last week,

  10. Russia on Friday blocked Facebook, curbed Twitter and moved to impose harsh jail terms over “fake news” about its army as Moscow seeks to squelch dissent about its invasion of Ukraine

  11. Bloomberg News announced Friday it was temporarily suspending the work of its Ramadan in Russia after the passage of legislation that criminalizes independent reporting.

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