UK support for Ukraine
The UK is unwavering in its support for Ukraine’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity, Ambassador James Kariuki said at the UN Security Council meeting on Ukraine.
"Any Russian invasion or act of aggression against Ukraine would be a gross breach of international law and Russia’s commitments under the Charter […] There should be no doubt about how costly such a miscalculation would be for Russia, or how devastating it would be for the people of Ukraine, whose only provocation is to want a democratic future for their country," he said.
Envoy says Putin will not stop in Ukraine
Ukraine's ambassador to the USA, Oksana Markarova, told CBS News: "If Ukraine will be further attacked by Russia, of course they will not stop in Ukraine- after Ukraine. So that's why it's in the interest of Europe and all democratic world to help us to defend ourselves, but also to show that the international rule of law still works.
President Joe Biden is close to publicly naming his ambassador to Ukraine, but his administration is still waiting on formal approval from the Ukrainian government, US and Ukrainian sources told CNN.
Biden has selected Bridget Brink, the current US ambassador to Slovakia, but hasn't officially nominated her yet because the Ukrainian government hasn't signed off, according to a source familiar.
Australians advised to leave Ukraine
Ambassador Bruce Edwards advised Australians not to travel to Ukraine due to the risk of armed conflict.
"Dependants of our embassy staff have departed. We urge Australians in Ukraine to depart now by commercial or other privately available transport options. Services could be suspended at short notice," he tweeted.
Meanwhile, Sweden decided not to withdraw its embassy staff.
Poland has decided to provide defensive weapons to Ukraine amid aggression by the Russian Federation, the head of the Polish National Security Bureau, Pawel Soloch, has said, according to Polish Radio.
According to him, Polish President Andrzej Duda supported the idea of providing military support to Ukraine after consultations with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenski and the government.
"A decision has been taken to transfer defence ammunition to Ukraine to be used for defence and not for attack. This decision is being worked out by the defence minister," Soloch noted.
Petro Poroshenko, Ukraine's fifth president and a European Solidarity MP, has arrived for questioning at the State Bureau of Investigation as a suspect in a case of treason and financing of the self-proclaimed Luhansk and Donetsk republics The politician refused to testify and left after less than half an hour, an LB.ua correspondent has reported.
Prosecutor-General Iryna Venedyktova has signed a suspicion notice for Servant of the People MP Serhiy Kuzmin, who was exposed by the National Anticorruption Bureau for taking bribes.
"The MP is suspected of committing a crime using his official powers and influence. We are talking about offences in the medical sector," the prosecutor-general said.
Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) counterintelligence agents have exposed members of a network of Russian special services. A malefactor from Kharkivn recruited by the DPR MGB was gathering information on the latest Ukrainian weapons systems to hand over to Russia, the SBU said.
According to the SBU, the agent was to collect data on the locations and movements of law-enforcement units, as well as other security data. The information he obtained was transmitted via electronic channels to representatives of the so-called DPR special services and Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) officers.
Former police colonel Yuriy Holuban has been detained in the case of preparation for mass unrest in Ukraine, a source in the law-enforcement agencies told RBC-Ukraine.
The day before, Interior Minister Denys Monastyrskyy said that a group of people who were planning to organize mass unrest in the country had been detained. According to him, the riots were to take place in the capital, as well as in Sumy, Chernihiv, Cherkasy and Poltava regions.
Holuban served in units of the Interior Ministry and the Security Service of Ukraine before 1994, took part in the antiterrorist operation in Donbas, and was commander of a special-purpose police company in Donetsk Region.
In 2017, the former head of the DPR's Vostok brigade, Oleksandr Khodakovskyy, said that Holuban had fought in the ranks of illegal armed formations against the Ukrainian army and security services in 2014. Holuban denied this. The SBU opened a criminal case against him on charges of treason.