FROM- TOI| INDIAN EXPRESS

Russian President Vladimir Putin authorized troops to carry out a special military operation in the Donbass region of Ukraine. Witnesses account say that hours later, a massive explosion was heard near Kyiv’s main airport. Meanwhile, India evacuated 182 more nationals on a special flight from crisis-hit Ukraine.

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Ukraine has asked Turkey to close Black Sea waterways to Russia, says ambassador

Ukraine has asked Turkey to close the Bosphorus and Dardanelles straits to Russian ships and wants sanctions imposed on Moscow, Ukraine’s ambassador to Ankara said Thursday, after Russia launched air and ground assaults on its neighbour.

NATO member Turkey Ukraine, which shares a maritime Black Sea border with Ukraine and Russia, opposes sanctions but has called Russian steps against Ukraine unacceptable. Under a 1936 pact, Ankara has control over the straits and can limit warship passages if it is threatened or during wartime.

What is NATO doing?

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg has convened a meeting of NATO ambassadors to assess the invasion of Ukraine, which borders several NATO members.

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The meeting Thursday morning will address the situation in Ukraine and the consequences of Russia’s unprovoked attack. Earlier, Stoltenberg had already condemned Russia’s invasion. “Despite our repeated warnings and tireless efforts to engage in diplomacy, Russia has chosen the path of aggression,” Stoltenberg said.

10:43 (IST) Feb 24

Air raid sirens sound off in centre of Kyiv

10:32 (IST) Feb 24

Russian military moves into Ukraine; missiles, blasts hit multiple cities

10:28 (IST) Feb 24

Air India flight AI1947 is coming back to Delhi due to NOTAM (Notice to Air Missions) at, Kyiv, Ukraine.

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10:26 (IST) Feb 24

Ukraine President says we are strong, we are ready for anything, we will win.

Ukraine says a “full-scale invasion” has begun and warns citizens to hide in shelters to avoid possible missile attacks on Kyiv.

09:56 (IST) Feb 24

A special flight from Ukraine comprising Indian nationals including students lands in Delhi. Visuals from IGI Airport.

Ukraine’s Kyiv, Kharkiv hit by missile strikes

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Ukrainian military command centres in the cities of Kyiv and kharkiv have been attacked by missile strikes, the Ukrainska Pravda news website cited a Ukrainian interior ministry official as saying on Thursday. Reuters witnesses in Kyiv heard a series of explosions shortly after Russia announced a military operation in Ukraine.

Ukraine says passengers and staff evacuated from Kyiv airport

09:44 (IST) Feb 24

Ukraine will defend itself and will win. Putin has just launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Peaceful Ukrainian cities are under strikes. This is a war of aggression. The world can and must stop Putin. The time to act is now: Ukraine foreign minister