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Scoop of the day: USA, UK ask citizens to leave Ukraine

Scoop of the day: USA, UK ask citizens to leave Ukraine

Foreigners asked to leave Ukraine

The USA, the UK, Norway, the Netherlands, Montenegro, Latvia, Estonia, Japan and South Korea have advised their citizens not to travel to Ukraine or leave it now due to the threat of Russian invasion.


Ukraine has asked the Russian Federation to provide detailed explanation on military activity in the areas adjacent to Ukraine's territory and in the temporarily occupied Crimea, Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has said.

"We officially invoked the risk reduction mechanism in accordance with Section II of the Vienna Document, and addressed the Russian Federation accordingly... According to the provisions of the Vienna Document, the Russian Federation has to identify the exact areas where the military activity will be conducted, the dates for its completion, as well as the names, subordination, number of military formations and the types of armaments and military equipment involved," Kuleba said.

Russia has two days to prepare a response.

Normandy meeting

The political advisers to the Normandy Four leaders failed to adopt a joint document following the talks in Berlin on 10 February, the head of the Ukrainian delegation, Andriy Yermak, has said.

"Today we have not been able to agree any joint document. Indeed, these negotiations lasted almost nine hours today. But I would like to say that it would be very good, if for the second meeting in the Normandy format after a long break we could also agree on something. There is such a desire, but today it happened as it happened. We continue to work. I think we will meet again very soon. The Ukrainian side is looking forward to a constructive dialogue. Everyone has confirmed today that we have the Minsk agreements, they need to be implemented," Yermak said at a press conference following the negotiations.

NSDC meeting

The National Security and Defence Council (NSDC) has held a meeting in Kharkiv. According to Secretary Oleksiy Danilov, it discussed risks to maritime navigation in Ukraine, the issue of Ukraine receiving international military, financial and technical assistance since 2014, formation of territorial defence units and their strength. It also discussed Ukraine's maritime security strategy.

The NSDC also updated the list of organizations that will be subject to personal sanctions. The list was expanded to include Vitryna TV LLC and a group of companies - Nasha Praga, Nash 24, and Nash 365 – subordinated to NASH.

"Restrictive sanctions have been imposed against Nasha Praga, Nash 24, Nash 365 and the company which, as far as we are informed, is the owner of all these companies. Which is located in Cyprus in the city of Limassol," Danilov said.

Territorial defence

The strength of Ukraine's Territorial Defence Forces must be increased to two million, the secretary of the National Security and Defence Council (NSDC), Oleksiy Danilov, has said. Today the commander-in-chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, Lt-Gen Valeriy Zaluzhnyy, said that the Territorial Defence Forces needed one and a half to two million "fairly motivated citizens who want to protect their homes, families and country".

By the end of March, the Territorial Defence Forces plan to recruit up to 70% of the required strength.

Ukraine to take part in NATO mission in Iraq

Ukraine will send a contingent to Iraq to take part in a NATO mission, the secretary of the National Security and Defence Council, Oleksiy Danilov, said.

"We will send a small contingent there to perform tasks not related to the military component," Danilov stressed.

Press tour to Donbas

Representatives of foreign media from nine countries visited the Joint Forces Operation area, the JFO press centre said on Facebook.

Journalists from Albania, Belgium, Georgia, Greece, Latvia, Luxembourg, Northern Macedonia, Portugal and Serbia visited Donbas.

The press tour was organised by JFO Command together with the Ukrainian Press Academy and with the assistance of the Luhansk civil-military administration and the US embassy in Ukraine.

The HQ said that the journalists were shocked to see the devastation caused by the Russian occupying troops.

Olympic protest

Skeleton racer Vladyslav Heraskevych, who won Ukraine's first Olympic licence in this sport in 2018, made a political statement at the Beijing Olympics.

Heraskevych showed a placard to the TV camera that read "No [to] war in Ukraine". It happened after the third race.

The International Olympic Committee said that they would not punish Heraskevych.


Units of radio-electronic equipment used in the aircraft of the Su family, mostly used in Russia, have been stolen from one of the shops of the Kyiv Radar plant in the early hours of 9 February, the press service of the state-owned Ukroboronprom concern said today.


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