Russiaʼs President Vladimir Putin on Feb. 24 at 5 a.m. declared war on Ukraine, calling it «a special military operation» to protect Russia from NATO. Russian forces launched a land, sea and air invasion and started shelling Ukraineʼs cities, destroying infrastructure and killing civilian people
03:00 p.m. Kharkiv is under severe shelling. Russia hits the city with heavy rocket-propelled grenade launchers and aircraft. «Their task, as far as we understood, is to psychologically break Kharkiv and commit terror,» said Oleksiy Arestovych, advisor to the head of the presidentʼs office. Russian shells hit local school, the building near Kharkiv City Council and Kharkiv TV tower (it remained undamaged).
02:40 p.m. Over 2,000 civilian Ukrainians died since the beginning of war on Feb. 24, according to State Emergency Service.
02:00 p.m. Nearly 86% of Ukrainians want Ukraine to be part of the European Union, while 76% believe that Ukraine should be a NATO member, according to a recent poll by the Rating group.
10:15 a.m. Dozens of Japanese citizens are applying to join the Ukrainian army, according to Reuters. Among them are 50 fighters of the Japanese Self-Defense Forces and two veterans of the French Foreign Legion.
The Embassy of Japan in Ukraine said that it will only accept citizens who have experience in the Japanese military or have undergone special training
08:51 a.m. As of 8:00 a.m, March 2, the hottest regions in Ukraine are Kherson, Sumy, Volnovakha, Mariupol, Kostyantynivka and Kharkiv. Either the battle is still ongoing there or they were attacked during the night.
In Kharkiv, for instance, the shelling of residential neighborhoods lasted all night. There are casualties.
08:47 a.m. The Ministry of Finance launches a fundraising campaign called «Send Putin to Jupiter». Its goal is to raise money to support the Ukrainian army.
08:41 a.m. In Moscow, police detained two women and their young children, who came to lay flowers near the Ukrainian embassy, holding placards saying «No to War.»
08:26 a.m. Itʼs the 7th day of Russiaʼs war in Ukraine and Russian troops are trying to advance in all directions, but face strong resistance from the Ukrainian military, suffer losses. Russia also continues to launch missile and bomb strikes in Ukraine to intimidate the civilian population, according to General Staff of Ukraineʼs Armed Forces.
08:25 a.m. As a result of the Russian airstrike in Zhytomyr, 2 people were killed and 16 others were injured; 10 civilian houses were destroyed; 12 people, including 6 children, were rescued from the basements of dilapidated private houses.
08:20 a.m. Russiaʼs largest bank Sberbank is leaving the European market, following the US and EU sanctions. «The groupʼs subsidiaries have faced an abnormal outflow of funds and a threat to the security of employees and branches,» the bank said in a statement.
08:10 a.m. Ford suspends Russian operations following the invasion of Ukraine. It is also making a $100,000 donation to assist displaced Ukrainian citizens and families.
08:00 a.m. The shelling started in the southeastern city of Mariupol on the morning of Mach 2. The maternity hospital was hit by the Russian army, the city council reports.
07:49 a.m. U.S. airplane manufacturer Boeing announced it is suspending parts, maintenance and technical support for Russian airlines as well as major operations in Moscow as a result of Russia’s war in Ukraine.
05:50 a.m. Ukrainian tennis star Elina Svitolina pledges to donate the prize money to the Ukrainian army.
05:48 a.m. Exxon Mobil to exit Russia, leaving $4 bln in assets.
05:18 a.m. Russian military has entered Kherson – they had occupied the railway station and the river port, according to Kherson mayor Ihor Kolikhaev. The power lines in the city are damaged, some local shops have food shortages. «People are very scared, they are hiding in their homes, in bomb shelters,» Kolikhaev said.
05:00 a.m. Boeing stops serving Russian airlines, while American Express ends cooperation with Russian banks.
04:47 a.m. Vladimir Putin signs a decree to prohibit leaving Russia with more than $10,000 in foreign currency.
04:17 a.m. The U.S. closes its airspace to Russian aircraft, according to its President Joe Biden.
04:00 a.m. Canada shuts ports to Russian ships over the invasion of Ukraine.
03:15 a.m. Since the beginning of the war, 80,000 people have returned to Ukraine, most of them are men. They are arriving to join the Armed Forces or territorial defense forces, according to the State Border Guard Service.
02:50 a.m. IMF and World Bank have prepared a $4.4 billion aid package in response to Ukraine’s appeals for emergency financial support. The first $350 million could arrive next week, followed by $200 million for health and education. An additional $2.2 billion will be allocated between now and the end of June; $1.4 billion for Ukraine if agreed upon at a meeting next week.
02:43 a.m. Nearly 128 civilians were wounded in heavy shelling by Russian forces in Mariupol.
01:49 a.m. Russian troops fired a cruise missile at an apartment building nearby Zhytomyr’s Pavlusenko hospital. Two people were killed and three injured.
Rescue crews are searching through for survivors and extinguishing fires. The missile was aimed at the base of Zhytomyr’s 95th Brigade, according to Adviser to the Interior Minister Anton Herashchenko.
01:30 a. m. Russian troops fired at the National Air Force University named after I. Kozhedub near Kharkiv. The number of victims is currently unknown.