The EU, an organization which describes itself as a “peace project”, opts to send weapons to another country. EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen called it a “watershed moment”.
The EU will close its airspace to Russian airlines, fund arms supplies to Ukraine, and ban pro-Kremlin media following after a weekend of fierce fighting, the continuing assault on Ukraine from Russia.
Intense fighting continued through the weekend, with Russian forces targeting cities in Ukraine, but ultimately failing to hold the key city of Kharkiv, in the northeast of the country, and it’s second largest
However, the assault from Russia continues from almost all directions, and Kremlin forces were said to be making better progress from the south, besieging the port cities of Kherson and Berdyansk, on two parts of the Black Sea
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced plans to meet a Russian delegation on the Ukrainian-Belarusian border after talks with Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko although no timeline was offered and the situation is vexed, given Belarusian support for Putin’s invasion
Earlier, the Ukrainian government said it had petitioned the International Court of Justice to bring charges against Russia for its invasion
European and US allies accused the Kremlin of ratcheting up tensions further after President Putin put Russian nuclear defences on “special alert”
Residents in the capital city of Kyiv remain under curfew as it braces for further assault, with reports of more Russian troops headed to the city
Russians are braced for financial chaos ahead of markets opening on Monday after tough sanctions were announced over the weekend that would freeze Russian banks out of the international financial system.