[LIVE] War in Ukraine: sanctions against Russia are getting tougher

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, February 25, 2022. The next day, she announced on behalf of the EU a new round of sanctions against Russia.

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Fourth day of the Russian military invasion in Ukraine Thursday, February 24.

Heavy fighting takes place in the capital, but Kiev offers certain resistance and seems to slow down the Russian advance.

On the European side, Ukraine's allies are increasing both material and financial support and economic sanctions against increasingly isolated Russia. 


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The main points:

Fighting continues in Kiev

, mainly on its outskirts.

The Ukrainian head of state, who called himself Moscow's "number one target", is still present in the capital, under curfew.

General mobilization has been decreed on the Ukrainian side.

On the Russian side, the Ministry of Defense announced in a press release that it had given the order to “

 expand the offensive


► The latest provisional report shows 

198 civilians killed

 and 1,115 injured.

Cohorts of displaced people are on the roads of Ukraine and 115,000 have found refuge in Poland, according to a new report from the Polish authorities.

► Several European countries along with the United States, Canada and the European Commission have announced the exclusion of several Russian banks from

the Swift interbank network

 as well as sanctions targeting the foreign currency reserves of the

Russian central bank


Since the beginning of the offensive, several sets of sanctions have already been decided by the West.

► A NATO summit was held on Friday.


We are deploying the Reaction Force for the first time as part of collective defense to avoid overflows on Alliance territory

 ,” said Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General, after the meeting.

France will deploy " 

more than 1,500 French soldiers directly involved in missions to strengthen NATO's posture on the eastern flank

 ", according to the French general staff to AFP.

Times are given in Universal Time (UT)

11:33 p.m. (February 26): 

Ukraine says it is grateful for the latest round of financial sanctions imposed on Russia by Western powers, Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmygal wrote on Twitter on Sunday.

 We thank our friends for their commitment to excluding certain Russian banks from the Swift interbank network

” and “ 

crippling Russia's central bank holdings

 ,” he said.


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