What’s happened in Ukraine so far

If you’re just joining our live coverage of the Russian invasion of Ukraine – welcome! Here’s a recap of what you’ve missed so far:

  • Russia’s state-owned energy company Gazprom cut off supplies to Poland and Bulgaria in a retaliatory move after both countries refused to pay in roubles
  • The move was condemned widely by political leaders – including Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky – as blackmail, which the Kremlin denied. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said it showed Russia was “unreliable” as an energy partner, and the White House said Russia was almost weaponising energy supplies
  • Vladimir Putin issued a new threat to the West, saying any country that sets out to intervene in Ukraine will face a ‘lightning-fast‘ military response. It comes after Western countries have ramped up support for Ukraine in the past days
  • In the clearest indication yet of the UK’s aims for the conflict, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said Russian forces must be pushed out of the whole of Ukraine. Speaking in London, she said a victory for Ukraine would be a strategic imperative for the West
  • Zelensky claimed Russian special services were behind a series of explosions in Transnistria – a breakaway territory in Moldova bordering Ukraine and controlled by Russia. The region has seen a number of apparent attacks in the last few days
  • UN Secretary General António Guterres is in Kyiv to meet President Zelensky for talks. He’s been in Moscow already this week for a meeting with President Putin

With that, this is Vikas Pandey in Delhi and Zubaidah Abdul Jalil in Singapore handing over the Live Page to our colleagues Jeremy Gahagan and Leo Sands in London.

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