Russian-Ukrainian Crisis Live: Russian strikes on Kiev overnight | NATO allies prepare for next steps | The President of Ukraine believes that he is currently the number one target for Russia

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba tweeted shortly before 4 a.m. on Friday that “terrible missile strikes” were inflicted on Kiev.

US President Joe Biden confirmed that the leaders of 30 NATO allies will meet on Friday as they are under pressure to go even further than already announced sanctions against the Kremlin after what Boris Johnson called “a dark day in the history of our country”. continent”.

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Boris Johnson said Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “disgusting and barbaric gamble” “must end in failure.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said yesterday that Russian President Vladimir Putin had “chosen the path of bloodshed and destruction” in his attack on Ukraine and that the UK and its allies would respond “strongly” and made a televised statement after meeting with Cobra.

Boris Johnson said that “this disgusting and barbaric undertaking by Vladimir Putin must end in failure.”

The Prime Minister said: “I am proud that the UK has done everything in our power to help Ukraine prepare for this onslaught and we will do our best to offer more help while our brave friends defend their homeland.”

According to him, the British Ambassador continues to work from the embassy in Lviv.

He said the G7 agreed to work in unity to “maximize the economic price that Putin will pay for his aggression”, saying that this should include “ending Europe’s collective reliance on Russian oil and gas, which has served too long to strengthen Putin.” .

In a statement following a conference call by the heads of leading industrial powers, including Boris Johnson, they called on President Putin to withdraw his troops.

This happened when the President of Ukraine declared martial law, and the Russian military said they were targeting Ukrainian air bases and other military installations, not populated areas.

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the Kremlin “must face the most severe consequences” for its “unprovoked aggression” in Ukraine and that Putin must “feel the wrath of the democratic world” after Russia launched a “full-scale invasion” of Ukraine.

She tweeted: “The overnight events in Ukraine – however expected – are horrendous and horrifying. The Kremlin must face the most severe consequences of this unprovoked aggression. And the world should stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine #StandWithUkraine.”

“With this package, we will target strategic sectors of the Russian economy, blocking their access to Russia’s key technologies and markets.”

The Prime Minister of Ireland condemned the “outrageous” actions of Russia in Ukraine and promised tough new sanctions from the EU.

At a specially convened press conference in government buildings, Michael Martin called Russia’s actions “an outrageous and moral violation of the most fundamental and basic principles of international law.”

He said that the EU would impose “tough” sanctions against the Russian leadership.

You can follow updates on our live blog.

Last update: Friday, February 25, 2022, 07:37

UEFA will confirm on Friday that this season’s Champions League final will no longer be held in St. Petersburg, the PA news agency has learned.

Russia’s overnight invasion of Ukraine forced European football’s governing body Thursday to start drawing up contingency plans for the May 28 showcase event.

UEFA President Alexander Čeferin has called an extraordinary meeting on Friday at which the 68,000-strong Gazprom Arena is expected to be denied the right to host the final due to Russian attacks.

A Defense Ministry statement after 1 a.m. said: “The Ukrainian Armed Forces have reportedly halted Russia’s advance on Chernihiv. Probably fighting continues on the outskirts of the city.

“It is unlikely that Russia has achieved the planned military objectives of the first day. Ukrainian forces put up fierce resistance in all directions of the Russian offensive.

A Defense Ministry statement after 1 a.m. said: “The Ukrainian Armed Forces have reportedly halted Russia’s advance on Chernihiv. Probably fighting continues on the outskirts of the city.

“It is unlikely that Russia has achieved the planned military objectives of the first day. Ukrainian forces put up fierce resistance in all directions of the Russian offensive.

The President of Ukraine believes that he is now the number one target for Russia. He says that he is not going to leave Kiev, where he is in government quarters.

The new strikes on Kiev come amid warnings that Russian troops are closing in on the capital as NATO allies prepare to determine the West’s next moves against the Kremlin.

Edinburgh University ordered exchange students studying in Russia to leave the country

The University of Edinburgh has told its students who are currently studying in Russia to leave.

The university has several students who are part of exchange partnerships and has called on those in Russia to leave the country after Vladimir Putin’s troops invaded Ukraine.

The university did not specify how many students would be affected by the move, but say it has a duty to protect student welfare.

The Prime Minister apologized and made amends after referring to Alex Salmond as a “former leader of the Scottish Nationalist Party”.

Alba MP Neil Hanvey (Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath) told the prime minister that he was still “hoping for a diplomatic solution” in Ukraine.

He added: “However, my party and I condemn the escalation of Russian aggression. This is a changing and evolving situation and we are now in uncharted territory.

“I can tell the House of Representatives that while there are calls here for Alex Salmond to stop broadcasting on Russia Today, talks are apparently going on in the background and I can confirm that he is suspending broadcasts.”

Ukrainians’ UK visas will be temporarily extended or changed following Russia’s invasion of their home country, Home Secretary Priti Patel has confirmed.

Those with a work, study or visitor visa will be able to extend their holiday in the UK or, in some cases, change the type of visa they hold without having to leave the country.

Ms Patel said: “We stand shoulder to shoulder with Ukraine in the face of this unprovoked and anti-democratic act of Russian aggression.

“I immediately ordered changes to our visa policy to provide reassurance to our Ukrainian friends and colleagues living, working and studying in the UK.”

LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 24: Ukrainians demonstrate outside Downing Street against the recent invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022 in London, England. Overnight, Russia launched a large-scale attack on Ukraine, with bombings reported in several cities and far beyond the restive eastern regions held by Russian-backed rebels. European governments have reacted with massive condemnation and promises of new sanctions. (Photo by Jeff J. Mitchell/Getty Images)

Conservative former Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said that while the sanctions are “highly welcome,” they “cannot be just economic measures.”

Mr Hunt told MPs: “Does the Prime Minister agree that the international order envisioned by the Atlantic Charter of 1941 has been the most successful in the history of freedom and democracy, and as one of the architects of that order we have a special responsibility? protect him?

“While today’s sanctions are welcome, they cannot be just economic measures. We need a fundamental review of our military capabilities, including a revision of the comprehensive review, the assumptions of which may now be out of date.”

Boris Johnson responded: “The due diligence begins with the statement that the most important area of ​​national security is the Euro-Atlantic regions, and this remains fundamental, and that is why we continue to invest in NATO.

“We are NATO’s second largest sponsor, but he is right about what is at stake. It’s about the whole idea of ​​that wonderful thing that so inspired some of us when we were young, about a Europe whole and free, about that fantastic revolution that happened in 1989 and 1990 when communism fell.

“It was a great moment for humanity and we must not let it slip through our fingers.”

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