Top 5 Current Affairs
India is taking all steps to ensure the safe return of around 18,000 Indians, including students from Ukraine, after the closure of the Kiev International Airport due to bombings by Russia.
- On the morning of 24 February, Russia invaded Ukraine and heavy explosions were reported in several Ukrainian cities, including the capital Kiev. According to the adviser to the Ukrainian presidential office, more than 40 Ukrainian soldiers were killed and several dozen wounded. Ukraine has also said that about 50 Russian occupants have been killed.
- India is taking all steps to ensure the safe return of around 18,000 Indians, including students from Ukraine. As the airspace in Ukraine remains closed following the bombing of the Kiev International Airport, the Indian Embassy in Ukraine is considering activating alternative arrangements for the evacuation of Indian nationals. The Ministry of External Affairs has set up a 24×7 control room in Delhi to assist students and other Indian nationals in Ukraine amid the Russia-Ukraine conflict.
- The US president on February 22 announced new sanctions against Russia and called Russia’s move into eastern Ukraine “the beginning of a Russian offensive”. US President Joe Biden announced that the US would impose full blockade sanctions on two large Russian financial institutions: the VEB and his military bank.
- NATO is a military alliance formed in 1949 by 12 countries including the US, UK and Canada. It was formed after World War II to counter the threat by the Soviet Union. The NATO coalition has a total of 30 member states and under its collective security system, an armed attack on one member state would be considered an armed attack on all.
- Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a special military operation as early as February 24, 2022. Ukraine later said a full-scale offensive by Russia was underway. Russia says it has destroyed Ukraine’s airbase and air defense.