Ukraine declared a state of emergency on Wednesday and told its citizens in Russia to immediately come home, while Moscow began evacuating its Kyiv embassy and the West responded with further sanctions, in the latest ominous signs of an all-out Russian military onslaught. Read about the day’s events as they unfolded on our liveblog below.
The White House said US President Joe Biden has no intention of sending troops to fight in Ukraine
Ukraine’s parliament on Wednesday imposed a national state of emergency aimed at helping forge a response to the threat of a Russian invasion.
Joe Biden said in a statement Wednesday that his administration will impose sanctions on Nord Stream 2 AG, the company in charge of building Russia’s Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.
European Union leaders will hold an emergency summit on Thursday to discuss what to do next over Russia’s recognition of two breakaway regions in eastern Ukraine.
Ukraine is coming under a “massive” cyberattack, a senior minister said on Wednesday, with the main websites of the government and foreign ministry refusing to open.
Russia began evacuating diplomatic staff from Ukraine, a day after lawmakers in Moscow granted President Vladimir Putin to use force abroad.
Ukraine’s parliament on Wednesday approved imposing sanctions on 351 Russians.
Ukraine has called up reservists and urged its citizens to leave Russia immediately. Ukraine’s parliament has also approved a draft law allowing citizens to carry firearms.
The EU slapped a first, limited round of sanctions on Russia, blacklisting more politicians and banning trade between the EU and two breakaway regions, Donetsk and Luhansk, in eastern Ukraine.
Biden also announced the first tranche of sanctions against Russia for “the beginning of a Russian invasion of Ukraine” and promised that more would follow if Moscow moves further into the country.
Germany halted the Nord Stream 2 Baltic Sea gas pipeline project, designed to double the flow of Russian gas direct to Germany.
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(FRANCE 24 with REUTERS, AFP and AP)