Russia launches largest air assault of Ukraine invasion: LIVE UPDATES


Ukraine asks Russian mothers to come get their sons captured in battle

The Ukraine Ministry of Defense posted on Facebook asking Russian mothers to collect their sons who have been captured in battle in Ukraine. 

The post included several multi-channel phone numbers and an email address through which they can contact Ukrainian authorities for more information. 

The ministry will also provide proof of captivity, but noted the mothers will need to find a way to get to Kyiv and proceeded to detail a very complex process by which they could reach the capital, which is under siege. 

“We, Ukrainians, unlike Putin’s fascists, do not fight with mothers and their captive children,” the message said. “We are waiting for you in Kyiv!”

Biden says Russia targeting civilian areas, US doing ‘everything we can’ to help Zelenskyy

President Biden
told reporters Wednesday that “it’s clear” Russia is targeting civilian areas, but he added that it is too early to say whether President Vladimir Putin’s military has committed war crimes.

As he left the White House to travel to Wisconsin, Biden said it is up to Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on whether he leaves the country or stays.

Biden said the U.S. is doing “everything we can to help him.”

Turkey says Russia has dropped request to send four warships to Black Sea

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu announced Wednesday that Moscow has dropped a request to send four warships to the Black Sea through the Turkish straits.

The Black Sea borders Ukraine and Cavusoglu said Moscow had agreed to a “friendly request” by Turkey, a NATO member.

Turkey — which has been trying to balance its close relations with both Ukraine and Russia — announced this week that it will implement an international convention that allows it to shut down the straits to warships belong to warring countries.

The convention provides an exception for warships returning to Black Sea ports they are registered with.

Cavusoglu said three of the Russian ships were not registered with Black Sea naval bases.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Ukraine military takes over ‘abandoned column of enemy equipment’

Ukraine’s military has said in a tweet that it is now in possession of military equipment that Russian forces have left behind.

“An abandoned column of enemy equipment in the area of ​​responsibility of one of the Ukrainian brigades will serve Ukrainian soldiers,” it said in a tweet. 

Russia-Ukraine war photos, videos show devastation as Putin regime amps up violence in urban areas

Disturbing photos and videos have emerged from Ukraine
on Wednesday as the largest city of Kharkiv continued to endure relentless shelling on the seventh day since Russian forces invaded.

The air assault on overpopulated urban areas of Ukraine continued even as Moscow said it would be ready to resume talks aimed at stopping the new devastating war in Europe.

In Kharkiv, with a population of about 1.5 million, at least six people were killed when the region’s administrative building on Freedom Square was hit with what was believed to be a missile. 

The Slovenian Foreign Ministry said its consulate in Kharkiv, located in another large building on the square, was destroyed. The attack on the square — the nucleus of public life in the city — was seen by many Ukrainians as brazen evidence that the Russian invasion
wasn’t just about hitting military targets. 

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Mariupol mayor: Our doctors are ‘fighting for the lives of [our] residents’

The mayor of Ukrainian port city Mariupol reported mass casualties on Wednesday as it suffers intense shelling from Russian forces. 

“The enemy occupying forces of the Russian Federation have done everything to block the exit of civilians from the city of half a million people,” Mayor Vadym Boichenko said in a live broadcast on Ukrainian TV, Reuters reported. No exact casualty toll was provided. 

Russia and Ukraine have been battling for seven days as of Wednesday, leaving hundreds of transport facilities, hospitals, kindergartens and houses destroyed. 

One hospital in Mariupol formed a makeshift maternity ward and bomb shelter in the basement as it comes under increasing attacks. 

“Today there are 128 people in our hospitals. Our doctors don’t even go home anymore. They are fighting for the lives of Mariupol residents,” Boichenko said.

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Russia warns a third World War would involve nuclear weapons

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Wednesday that if a third World War were to start, it would involve nuclear weapons and be destructive, Reuters reported, citing Russian state media. 

Lavrov also reportedly said that it would be a “real danger” if Kyiv obtained nuclear weapons.

Nearly 7,000 arrested in Russia for protesting war

Nearly 7,000 people have been detained in Russia since last Thursday for participating in anti-war demonstrations, according to OVD-Info, which describes itself as an “independent human rights media project dedicated to political persecution in Russia.”

The website estimated the exact number of detainees to be 6,852.

Russia claims to capture city of Kherson, but Ukraine denies

Russia on Wednesday is claiming to have captured the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson, which has around 250,000 residents, according to Reuters.

But an advisor to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy told the news agency that “the city has not fallen, our side continues to defend” and that street fighting is ongoing there.

Overnight, the regional governor of the area reportedly said Kherson was surrounded and under fire while Russian forces were looting businesses.

Mariupol mayor says his city has suffered mass casualties

The mayor of the port city of Mariupol in eastern Ukraine said Wednesday that a Russian military onslaught there has resulted in mass casualties, although he did not give a specific number, Reuters reports.

“The enemy occupying forces of the Russian Federation have done everything to block the exit of civilians from the city of half a million people,” Mayor Vadym Boichenko reportedly said.

Ukraine claims more than 2,000 civilians have been killed in conflict

Ukraine’s State Emergency Service said Wednesday that more than 2,000 civilians have been killed in Russia’s invasion, although the number could not be verified, the Associated Press reports.

China is ‘big winner’ of Russia-Ukraine war, former FBI agent who worked in China says

China may emerge as the primary beneficiary of the Russia-Ukraine war, a former FBI special agent who worked on China and North Korea told Fox News Digital.

“Ultimately, China is the big winner in the Russia-Ukraine War,” Steve Gray, a former FBI special agent who is running for Congress in New Jersey’s 4th Congressional District, said.

“They’ll be the primary beneficiary of the sanctions against Russia, the yen will benefit from the decline of the ruble, and they have been given a case study of what the world’s response would look like if they were to invade Taiwan.”

“It would not be surprising at all to learn that this is shaping up exactly as China planned,” Gray, who spent 10 years working as a supervisory special agent focused on China and North Korea, added.

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Ukrainian resident warns Russia doesn’t ‘care about their people’ as 40-mile convoy nears Kyiv

Melaniya Podolyak joined ‘Fox & Friends First’ to discuss what life is like on the ground in Ukraine amid the Russian invasion.

Russian forces continue hammering major Ukrainian cities on seventh day of battling

Russian forces have increased their attacks on crowded Ukraine urban areas, including bombing a TV tower in the capital of Kyiv and continued shelling in Kharkiv. 

An airstrike on Tuesday targeted Kyiv’s central TV broadcasting antenna, which temporarily knocked out broadcasting capabilities and left at least five people dead, according to Ukrainian officials. Wednesday marks the seventh day of battling between the two nations. 

The destruction also extended to the Holocaust memorial site Babi Yar in Kyiv. 

“This is beyond humanity,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Wednesday, according to a translation. “Such missile strike means that, for many Russians, our Kyiv is absolute foreign. They know nothing about our capital, about our history. They have orders to erase our history, our country and all of us.”

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Russian military launches airstrikes on Kharkiv, Ukraine

Four people gave been killed and nine have been injured so far in airstrikes targeting the city of Kharkiv on Wednesday, Ukraine’s state emergency service says.

One of the strikes hit the regional police and intelligence headquarters, blowing off its roof and setting the top floor on fire. Pieces of the five-story building were strewn across adjacent streets, according to videos and photos released by the emergency service.

In Wednesday’s strikes, four people died, nine were wounded and rescuers pulled 10 people out of the rubble, the service also said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

UN: 136 civilians killed in Ukraine so far, including 13 children

The United Nations said Wednesday that 136 civilians have been killed in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, including 13 children.

An additional 400 have been injured, but numbers are expected to rise.

“Most of these casualties were caused by the use of explosive weapons with a wide impact area,” said Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights spokesperson Liz Throssell. “This includes shelling from heavy artillery and multiple launch rocket systems and airstrikes.”

Pope Francis thanks Poland for opening its borders to Ukrainians

Pope Francis told his Wednesday general audience that he is “profoundly grateful” for Poland’s gestures of solidarity with Ukraine during the ongoing invasion.

“You are the first ones who have supported Ukraine opening your borders, your hearts, the doors of your homes to the Ukrainians who are escaping the war,” Francis said. “You are generously offering everything necessary so that they can live in a dignified way despite the dramatic moment.”

The Pope’s weekly appointment coincided with Ash Wednesday, which Francis has designated as a day for fasting and prayers for peace in Ukraine.


The Associated Press contributed to this report.

China won’t sanction Russia, vows to keep ‘normal economic, trade and financial exchanges’

China’s bank regulator said Wednesday that Beijing won’t join the United States and European governments in imposing financial sanctions on Russia.

China is a top buyer of Russian oil and gas and is the only major government that has refrained from criticizing Moscow’s attack on Ukraine, according to the Associated Press.

Beijing disapproves of sanctions, which it believes lack a legal basis and “will not have a good effect,” said Guo Shuqing, the chairman of the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission.

“We will not join such sanctions, and we will keep normal economic, trade and financial exchanges with all the relevant parties,” Guo added at a news conference. “We disapprove of the financial sanctions.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Russia claims to capture area around Ukraine’s largest nuclear plant

The International Atomic Energy Agency announced Wednesday that it has received a letter from Russia suggesting its military has taken control of the area around Ukraine’s largest nuclear power plant.

The letter says personnel at the Zaporizhzhia plant continued their “work on providing nuclear safety and monitoring radiation in normal mode of operation” and that “radiation levels remain normal.”

Zaporizhzhia is the largest of Ukraine’s nuclear sites, with six out of the country’s 15 reactors.

Already, Russia has seized control
of the decommissioned Chernobyl nuclear power plant, scene of the world’s worst nuclear disaster in 1986.

The IAEA says that it has received a request from Ukraine to “provide immediate assistance in coordinating activities in relation to the safety” of Chernobyl and other sites.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Russia pushes Ukraine war into 7th day

Ukraine reporting nearly 6,000 dead Russian soldiers

Zelenskyy condemns Russian destruction of Holocaust memorial

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy condemned the Monday Russian airstrike that took out the Holocaust memorial site Babi Yar in the capital city of Kyiv in a news conference Tuesday, calling the destruction “beyond humanity.”

“This is beyond humanity,” Zelenskyy said, according to a translation from the Associated Press. “Such missile strike means that, for many Russians, our Kyiv is absolute foreign. They know nothing about our capital, about our history. They have orders to erase our history, our country and all of us.”

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Russia to resume peace talks with Ukraine Wednesday evening

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov says a Russian delegation is ready to resume talks Wednesday evening with Ukrainian officials, according to the Associated Press.

This will be the second meeting between the two countries after delegations previously met in Belarus.

Ukraine government shows photos of destroyed Russian tanks

Russia bombs Holocaust memorial site Babi Yar where more than 30,000 Jews were murdered

Moldova welcomes Ukrainian refugees, offers them jobs

Tens of thousands of Ukrainian refugees fleeing for their lives have arrived in Moldova, a country on Ukraine’s southern border.

Ukrainian refugees are reportedly being offered jobs in a wide array of fields, including as teachers, construction workers, in the country’s burgeoning information technology sector and in the service industry.

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President Zelenskyy speaks out as Russia-Ukraine war intensifies

‘147 hours of defense’: Ukrainians holding strong while Russian forces struggle

The death toll keeps rising, and so does the exodus

Fox News correspondent Benjamin Hall has the latest developments from Lviv, Ukraine.

Rep. Waltz on Russia’s nuclear capabilities

Rep. Waltz: Here’s how Zelenskyy and his country can win

Rep. Michael Waltz weighed in on the Ukraine-Russia war and how the smaller country could emerge victorious.

“Whether Ukraine’s forces can withstand Russia’s sheer military numbers remains to be seen, but there are three key components that will lead to a successful Ukrainian resistance: the will to fight, a sanctuary, and arms and other supplies for guerilla warfare,” he said.

And, “President Biden must make clear that the United States will continue to stand with the freedom-loving Ukrainian people should their country be overtaken by Russian forces not just with words but bullets.”

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Putin could launch revenge attacks against US: expert

Cyberwarfare between Russia and Ukraine began well before the first bullets were fired, a cybersecurity expert and former senior CIA official told Fox News.

He also warned that Russian President Vladimir Putin could launch cyberattacks against America’s supply chain in response to economic sanctions.

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Oil prices surge toward $110 per barrel

Oil prices continue to rise as Russia’s attack on Ukraine rages on.

Oil surged another $5 per barrel on Wednesday despite an agreement from the United States and other major governments to release supplies from strategic stockpiles aimed at calming market anxiety. (READ MORE)

Ukraine raises $270 million in war bonds

On Tuesday, the Ukrainian government issued war bonds to fund their defense against a Russian invasion, raising about 8.1 billion hryvnia (or $270 million).

“The proceeds from the bonds will be used to meet the needs of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and to ensure the uninterrupted provision of the state’s financial needs under the war,” Ukraine’s finance ministry said.

Sen. Rubio says Russia has launched airborne attack on Kharkiv

Western companies severing ties with Russia

United States companies have cut ties with Russia over its invasion of Ukraine:

BP announced Sunday that it is exiting its stake in Russian oil giant Rosneft. Shell followed suit on Monday, announcing that it was ending its relationship with Gazprom.

Google, TikTok, YouTube, DirecTV, and Meta, have restricted access to RT America, a Russian state-owned media outlet.

Warner Bros, Disney, and Sony Pictures are all halting the release of upcoming films in Russia. 

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Biden praises Zelenskyy during State of the Union

During the State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Biden said Ukrainian President Voldymyr Zelenskyy “inspirers the world.”

“Six days ago, Russia’s Vladimir Putin sought to shake the very foundations of the free world, thinking he could make it bend to his menacing ways. But he badly miscalculated. He thought he could roll into Ukraine and the world would roll over,” Biden said. “Instead, he met with… a wall of strength he never anticipated or imagined. He met the Ukrainian people and President Zelenskyy.”

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Ukraine receives $34M in cryptocurrency donations

A cryptocurrency-tracking firm says Ukraine has received $33.8 million in digital currency such as bitcoin and ether as they continue to fight off a Russian invasion.

The sum from 30,000 unique donations comes after Ukraine issued a plea for contributions last week, the Associated Press reported.




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