War in Ukraine: European airspace closed to Russian aircraft

France, in turn, closes its airspace to Russian aircraft. (© Illustration / Adobe Stock)

Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, said this Sunday, February 27, during a press conference: European airspace will now be closed to Russian aircraftincluding the private jets of the oligarchs.

Shortly before this, France also made this choice. The Minister of Transport announced this on Twitter: France, in turn, closes “its airspace to Russian aircraft and airlines from tonight.” “In the face of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the unity of Europe has become complete,” adds Jean-Baptiste Jebbary.

France is finally following its neighbors. Germany, Sweden, Belgium, Italy, Poland and even Estonia: many European countries in turn announced the closure of their airspace this Sunday.

In addition to this statement, Ursula von der Leyen argued that The European Union was going to buy weapons for the first time in its history and supply them to Ukraine.

fighting continues

Meanwhile, the battle for control of Kiev continues this Sunday, February 27, 2022. Westerners increase pressure on Moscow, exclusion of Russian banks from the Swift interbank platform and getting ready for delivery Ukraine more weapons.

On the fourth day of the offensive launched by Vladimir Putin, alarm sirens On the night from Saturday to Sunday, anti-aircraft bombs sounded again in Kyiv, the official Special Communications Service said, urging residents take refuge in the shelters of the capital.

Russian fire also hit the fence of the radioactive waste storage facility there, according to Ukrainian aid, cited by Interfax-Ukraine.

In Kharkov, the country’s second largest city, fighting continues, and this Sunday morning, February 27, Oleg Sinegubov reported that there had been a “breakthrough of the Russian enemy’s light equipment.”

Indeed, on Saturday afternoon, the Russian army was ordered to expand its offensive into Ukraine, confirming Kyiv’s refusal to negotiate. “All units have been ordered to launch an offensive in all directions,” the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement.

“Full control over Kharkov”

In Kharkiv, Ukrainian forces now claim full control of the city, located in the northeast of the country, according to Governor Oleg Sinegubov.

“Kharkiv is under our total control,” Mr. Sinegubov wrote on social networks, assuring that “enemies in the city are being eliminated.”

In the morning, a journalist fromAFP reported street fighting and saw Russian tanks abandoned or on fire.

Several countries, including Germany, Italy, the Scandinavian countries and Belgium, announced on Sunday, in turn, closing its airspace to Russian aircraft of which Paris learns “principle”. The day before, the West excluded Russian banks from the Swift interbank platform, in a decision Japan joined on Sunday, and announced it would supply Ukraine with more weapons.

Ukraine has applied to the International Court of Justice in The Hague with a demand to order Moscow to stop hostilities, said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Fights go on all over the place

Russian forces “continue the offensive to blockade Kyiv” “having completed the regrouping” on the northern front, for its part, the Ukrainian army approved on Saturday evening.

Fighting continues for control of the Vasilkov air base about 30 kilometers southwest of Kyiv, preventing firefighters from intervening to put out an important fire. a fire at an oil depot hit by a Russian missile at night near this city, said on Sunday at dawn the head of the administration of the Kiev region Alexei Kuleba.

This Sunday, February 27, the Kremlin assured that they were ready for negotiate with Ukraine, suggesting Gomel, Belarus as a meeting point. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky replied that he was ready for negotiations with Moscow, but not in this country.

The Kremlin, which says it wants to end the alleged “genocide” of Russians in Ukraine, on Sunday accused Ukraine of inability to “seize the opportunity” for negotiations after a new proposal to discuss in Belarus, from where Russia invaded its neighbor.

“Outcast”

The violence of the Russian intervention on Saturday pushed Westerners to accept new set of tougher sanctions : they decided, in particular,exclude many Russian banks from the Swift interbank platforman important cog in global finance, said the German government chairing the G7 forum.

An action that would “prevent banks from carrying out much of their global financial transactions and therefore Russian exports and imports will be blocked ” said Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission.

In addition, Western partners have decided further restricting the access of the Russian central bank to capital marketsand “paralyze the assets of the Russian Central Bank” to prevent Moscow from using them to finance the conflict in Ukraine, according to Ms von der Leyen.

New sanctions will finally come after Russian oligarchs and their families to prevent them from obtaining Western citizenship.

Russia is now “global economic and financial pariah”, in the face of the ruble in “free fall” and the task force will “hunt” for the “yachts, planes, luxury cars and luxury homes” of the Russian oligarchs, a senior American synthesized on Saturday evening.

“We appreciate your support and real help in these dark times. The Ukrainian people will never forget this! “, Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Chmygal responded on Twitter on Sunday.

“Signs of Resistance”

Violating their traditional policy of not exporting lethal weapons to conflict zones, Germany announced on Saturday the delivery of thousands of anti-tank grenade launchers to Kiev and 500 anti-aircraft missiles.

Washington, for its part, announced on Saturday it was sending $350 million worth of new military aid to Ukraine, and a senior Pentagon official told AFP that he sees “signs of viable Ukrainian resistance.”

“We think Russians are becoming increasingly frustrated that they have lost momentum in the last 24 hours, especially in northern Ukraine,” he added.

That Netherlands announced the delivery of 200 Stinger anti-aircraft missiles, Czech Republic said it was sending arms worth 7.6 million euros, while Belgium said it was supplying Kiev with 2,000 machine guns and 3,800 tons of fuel.

That France said on Saturday night that he “decided additional supply of defense equipment to the Ukrainian authorities and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Sunday that his government would provide Ukraine with “all possible lethal assistance.”

Moscow does not evaluate

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights listed on its website as of Saturday at least 64 civilian deaths and hundreds of thousands without water and electricity. This was announced by the Minister of Health of Ukraine Viktor Lyashko. at least 198 civilians, including three children, have died and 1,115 people have been injured since Thursday.

Dozens of Ukrainian soldiers have died in fighting across the country, according to the Ukrainian army, which also claims to have inflicted heavy losses on the Russian army. Moscow does not provide any information about its balance sheet.

Our army controls Kyiv and key cities around the capital “Vladimir Zelensky assured on Facebook on Saturday, arguing that “threw the plan” of Moscow. The President of Ukraine called on the population to take up arms and promised to stay in Kyiv.

Curfew until Monday

In the deserted capital, a curfew has been extended until 8:00 am Monday, and anyone on the street will be considered an enemy, the mayor, ex-boxer Vitali Klitschko, said.

From “sabotage squads” Moscow are in the city, but so far there are no regular formations of the Russian army, he said.

So far, the Russian Defense Ministry has not mentioned an attack on Kyiv, citing only the shelling of military infrastructure with cruise missiles, an offensive in the east, where the army supports the separatists in the territory of Donetsk and Luhansk, and in southern Ukraine. where Russian troops entered on Thursday from the Crimean peninsula, annexed by Moscow in 2014.

About 368,000 refugees

Some 368,000 refugees have fled the fighting in Ukraine for neighboring countries since Thursday, and the number “continues to grow,” the UN High Commissioner for Refugees said. There were about 156,000 people in Poland, and Germany made trains free for all Ukrainians arriving from that country.

With AFP

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