Exiled Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya has said President Alexander Lukashenko would be committing "political suicide" if he involved Belarus's military in the war in neighbouring Ukraine
#UPDATE Kyiv urges West to increase military aid to Ukraine after pro-Kremlin authorities in 4 Moscow-held regions of Ukraine declare victory in annexation votes. "Ukraine calls on the EU, NATO and the Group of Seven to immediately and significantly increase pressure on Russia "
Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine marks a sharp rise in geopolitical risk for Europe. The latest ECB Blog post looks at how global stock markets have reacted to this, depending on their distance from Kyiv and the developments following the invasion.
I met with Ukraine’s economy ministers as part of our recent delegation to Kyiv. On financial support they reiterated the need for speed. Commitments are great. Delivery is better.
⚡️Ukraine’s Zelensky posts a new video of himself and his team outside the presidential administration in Kyiv’s government quarter after rumors in Russian media that he’d fled. “We are here. We are in Kyiv. We are defending Ukraine.”
Day 12 of Russia’s full-on invasion of Ukraine. Where’s President Zelensky? “I’m staying in Kyiv. In my office. I’m not hiding. And I’m not afraid of anyone.” The comic turned president has truly become a wartime leader.
Volunteer fighters armed with assault rifles patrolled central Kyiv on Friday, ready to defend their country. Follow live updates.