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7 key developments happening in the Ukraine / Russia conflict today

Demonstrators carry flag and sign march during a rally in support of Ukraine in Santa Monica, California, on February 27, 2022. - Dressed in the blue and yellow of Ukraine's flag hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets worldwide Sunday denouncing Russia's invasion of its neighbor. From Berlin to Baghdad, from Washington to Saint Petersburg, demonstrators chanted "shame" against Russian President Vladimir Putin while others waved banners with slogans like "Putin murderer" or "stop the monster." Photo by RINGO CHIU / AFP.

Demonstrators carry flag and sign march during a rally in support of Ukraine in Santa Monica, California, on February 27, 2022. - Dressed in the blue and yellow of Ukraine's flag hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets worldwide Sunday denouncing Russia's invasion of its neighbor. From Berlin to Baghdad, from Washington to Saint Petersburg, demonstrators chanted "shame" against Russian President Vladimir Putin while others waved banners with slogans like "Putin murderer" or "stop the monster." Photo by RINGO CHIU / AFP.

Published Feb 28, 2022

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1 - The United Nations reported that two civilians were killed in Ukraine including seven children.

2 - The UN Human Rights Council voted on Monday to hold an urgent debate about Russia's deadly invasion of Ukraine at Kyiv's request, amid widespread international condemnation of Moscow's attack.

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Ukraine's request to hold an urgent debate at the council in Geneva was supported by 29 of the council's 47 members, with five voting against, including Russia and China, and 13 abstentions.

Before the vote, Ukraine's ambassador in Geneva, Yevheniia Filipenko, described Russia's actions as an attack on the wider international community.

3 - Ukraine leader Volodymyr Zelensky urged Russian soldiers to lay down their arms.

4 - Volodymyr Zelensky demanded 'immediate' EU membership for Ukraine

5 - Europe's stock markets sank Monday after world powers imposed fresh sanctions on Russia over its invasion of Ukraine, while President Vladimir Putin put nuclear forces on a higher alert.

In early deals, London's FTSE 100 index of top companies shed 1.4 percent to 7,384,68 points.

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BP's share price slumped 6.0 percent after the British energy giant signalled its exit from Russia.

6 - Italy on Monday "strongly recommended" Italian citizens leave Russia by any commercial means possible after the European Union shut its airspace to Russian aircraft over Moscow's invasion of Ukraine.

The EU closed its airspace Sunday after many of its 27 member states, including Italy, individually announced intentions to prohibit Russian planes from entering or flying over their countries.

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"In view of this measure and possible further restrictions in the next few hours, it is strongly recommended that compatriots present in the country on a temporary basis... make timely arrangements to return to Italy," the foreign ministry said.

"Tourists, students, business travellers and the like" should return "by the commercial means still available".

Italy also recommended that "all travel to the Russian Federation be postponed".

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Canada and Britain have also closed their airspace to Russian aircraft.

In tit-for-tat punitive measures, Russia has also been shutting its airspace to various European carriers.

7 - The ruble collapsed against the dollar and the euro on the Moscow Stock Exchange on Monday as the West punished Moscow with new sanctions over the Kremlin's invasion of Ukraine.

AFP

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