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Catch all updates on the Russia-Ukraine crisis

  • In a major development Ukrainian parliament has voted to allow its citizen to carry firearms while acting in self-defence amid growing concerns of a Russian invasion

  • Further Russia has started evacuating Diplomatic staff from its Ukraine embassy. Moreover, the Russian parliament has allowed Putin to use force outside Russia

  • Japan, the EU, US have imposed limited sanctions against Russia. Germany has stopped the work of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline

  • Ukraine will introduce a nationwide state of emergency in which special restrictions will apply in order to keep the country calm and protect its economy amid fears of a Russian invasion. Some lawmakers have urged the government to impose martial law - a move that could trigger a response from Russia. However, officials said no such decision had been taken yet.

  • Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey could not abandon its ties with Russia or Ukraine, and he criticised Western diplomatic efforts with Moscow as achieving little

  • Further, China said the US is creating 'fear and panic' over Ukraine.

  • Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said in a tweet. "Now the pressure needs to step up to stop Putin. Hit his economy and cronies. Hit more. Hit hard. Hit now."

  • Russia on Wednesday welcomed India's "independent position" on the Ukraine crisis and said its views on the issue at the UN Security Council was reflective of the special and privileged strategic partnership between the two countries