Russian forces have taken over the Ukrainian city of Kherson, local officials confirmed late Wednesday, the first major urban centre to fall since Moscow invaded a week ago. One million people have fled Ukraine in the week since Russia launched its invasion, the swiftest refugee exodus this century. Follow our live blog for the latest developments.
- In a news conference with foreign journalists, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said he believed some foreign leaders were preparing for war against Russia and that Moscow would press on with its military operation in Ukraine until "the end".
- Russian forces have taken over the Ukrainian city of Kherson, local officials confirmed late Wednesday, the first major urban centre to fall since Moscow invaded a week ago.
- One million people have fled Ukraine in the week since Russia launched its invasion, the United Nations said, amounting to the swiftest refugee exodus this century.
- Russian and Belarusian athletes will not be able to compete at the Winter Paralympics in Beijing, the International Paralympic Committee said on Thursday, a day after they announced that athletes from the two countries would be allowed to participate as neutrals, since “athletes were not the aggressors”.
- The UN General Assembly voted on Wednesday to reprimand Russia for the invasion. The resolution was supported by 141 of the assembly's 193 members.
- Russia’s defence ministry said 498 Russian soldiers have died and another 1,597 were wounded in Ukraine since the invasion began last week. Ukrainian military officials put the Russian toll much higher: 7,000 Russian servicemen killed and hundreds taken prisoner.
- The UN human rights office said 227 civilians were killed and 525 others were injured in Ukraine between February 24 to March 1. These are confirmed cases; the real death toll was “considerably higher”.
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(FRANCE 24 with REUTERS, AFP and AP)