Updates for Feb. 28 have been continued here.
On Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin sent troops into neighboring Ukraine under the guise of a “special military operation.” Despite condemnation from the international community, Putin pushed forward vowing “consequences you have never seen” for nations that choose to interfere.
Events of the invasion have played out in real time on social media platforms. Sources on the ground in Ukraine are reporting live on Twitter. Military Times is chronicling these accounts and will continue to provide live updates throughout the weekend from trusted sources. You can find previous updates from Thursday and Friday as well.
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While this would be a more official entry of Belarus into the conflict, reports since the beginning of the invasion Wednesday night noted Russian missiles being launched from the Belarusian border and Belarusian forces mobilizing and assisting Russian troops in Ukraine, notably the Chernobyl area.
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While Ukraine still awaits the delivery of recently-announced fighter jets from the European Union, the U.S. has announced they will be giving nearly nearly $54 million in humanitarian assistance to those affected by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Nearly $26 million will come from the Department of State and $28 million from the U.S. Agency for International Development.
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As justification for invading Ukraine, Russia made claims that the nation had committed genocide in the Donbass region--Ukraine filed a suit against Russia at the U.N.’s highest court Sunday, rejecting Moscow’s claim and asking judges to order an immediate halt to Russian military operations.
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A lot of people around the world want to fight along side Ukraine. Efforts are underway to make that happen.
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A shipment of arms and ammunition sent to Ukraine from NATO nations.
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Kharkiv has seen some of the toughest fighting in the war so far.
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Germany changes course and announces it will start sending weapons to aid Ukrainians in their fight against the Russian invasion.
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John Spencer, the chair of urban warfare studies at the Modern War institute shares his advice on how to fight in Kyiv.
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Belarusian fighters have been joining Russian efforts in the invasion of Ukraine, with the nation first allowing Russia to launch from their borders.
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Four employees have volunteered to fight while another, who has prior medical training, has set off to join Ukrainian forces as a medic.
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Ukrainians continue to flee the country, with Poland, Moldova, Romania and other Baltic neighbors recording refugees in the tens of thousands looking to escape the Russian invasion.
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“Today, as Ukraine fights with courage and pride against Russia’s brutal and unprovoked assault, I have authorized, pursuant to a delegation by the President, an unprecedented third Presidential Drawdown of up to $350 million for immediate support to Ukraine’s defense,” Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, said in the press briefing. “This brings the total security assistance the United States has committed to Ukraine over the past year to more than $1 billion.”
Countries from around the world continue to offer Ukraine military aid in the form of supplies, as Ukrainian officials remain steadfast in their calls for foreign military intervention.
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President Biden will be giving the State of the Union speech on Tuesday, Mar. 1.
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The battle for Ukraine presses on as death tolls continue to rise on both sides.
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Heavy fighting has reportedly moved from the outskirts of the capital into its main streets as day three of the Russian invasion continues.
“Make peace, or make him disappear.”
Even the Sopranos want a piece of Putin. Silvio Dante (a/k/a Stevie Van Zandt) suggests a GoFundMe to put out a contract on Vlad.
Calls thus for from Zelensky to mediate the conflict have gone unanswered.
Three UN Security Council members send a strong message by abstaining on a resolution condemning Russia’s invasion.
A Russian transporter is taken out by Ukrainian air defense.
Reuters reports China’s stance on the situation with Ukraine.
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky seeks prayers for armed forces on what he expects to be a long night.
Bloomberg reports that the White House has requested billions in aid for Ukraine.
Rachel is a Marine Corps veteran, Penn State alumna and Master's candidate at New York University for Business and Economic Reporting. She has also written for VTDigger and New York Magazine, and previously worked as the Early Bird Brief Editor for Defense News and Military Times.
Sarah Sicard is a Senior Editor with Military Times. She previously served as the Digital Editor of Military Times and the Army Times Editor. Other work can be found at National Defense Magazine, Task & Purpose, and Defense News.