The Russian troops in Ukraine are continuing with their military operation. Russia continues with its bombardments in the country despite facing isolation on the world stage. According to reports, Russian troops have seized Ukraine’s Kherson, a strategically important city. Earlier, it took control over the Melitopol city of Ukraine. Stay tuned for live updates!
Russia Ukraine War Updates
Russian troops grab control of first Ukrainian city Kherson
Eight days after Russia’s invasion started in Ukraine, Russia has declared victory over Kherson. Kherson, which is regarded as a strategically important centre, has a population of over 300,000 people, and its capture may give Russia control of a large portion of the southern coastline, allowing forces to head west towards the port city of Odessa.
Russia keeps India’s tricolour on Soyuz rocket but removes flags of US, UK and Japan
In the midst of the ongoing conflict with Ukraine and the resultant sanctions, Russian personnel covered the flags of the United States, the United Kingdom, and Japan on their space rockets, but left the Indian Tricolor intact. Japan, the United States, and the United Kingdom have all slapped economic sanctions on Russia, whereas India has remained silent on Moscow’s conduct.
Oil depot in Chernihiv caught fire after shelling in city
An oil depot caught fire after shelling in Ukraine’s northern city Chernihiv. After being shelled by Russians, the footage shows clouds of black smoke emitting from the oil depot. According to reports, six 5,000 cubic meter fuel tanks are on fire.
Germany to ship 2,700 anti-aircraft missiles to Ukraine
In the midst of the intensifying war between Russia and Ukraine, Germany will deliver 2,700 anti-aircraft missiles to Ukraine in order to strengthen the Ukrainian army. The weapons would come from Soviet-controlled East Germany’s military storage, which was reunited with West Germany after the collapse of the Berlin Wall in 1989.
IPC bans Russian and Belarusian athletes from Beijing Winter Paralympics
Amid Russia’s continuous attacks on Ukraine, International Paralympic Committee has decided to ban Russian athletes from Beijing Winter Paralympics which is taking place from March 4. IPC has also banned Belarusian athletes because it is supporting Russia in this crisis. IPC said the reason behind banning athlete entries from RPC and NPC Belarus is in order to preserve the integrity of these Games.
Vladimir Putin’s wax statue removed from Grevin Museum in Paris, Zelenskyy might take his place
Following Vladimir Putin’s escalating attacks in Ukraine, the director of the Grevin Museum chose to remove a wax statue of Putin. The director said the museum has never showcased dictators like Hitler and will not represent Putin too. His statue was created in 2000 but will be moved to a warehouse now until further notice. He added that Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy might be a contender for the spot in the museum.
S-400 training exercises start in Novosibirsk region of Russia
As Moscow intensified its attacks on Ukraine, soldiers of the S-400 Triumf anti-aircraft missile systems began practicing combat training tasks to detect and destroy a simulated enemy in the Novosibirsk region of Russia.
India to send medicines, blankets and relief supplies to Ukraine
The Embassy of India in Ukraine in Warsaw, Poland in a tweet stated that India is sending humanitarian aid including medicines, blankets, tarpaulin, and relief supplies to Ukraine.
19 evacuation flights to bring back 3,726 Indians today, says Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia
IAF and Indian carriers will bring back 3,726 nationals stranded in Ukraine. 19 evacuation flights will be sent to Ukraine under Operation Ganga. Indians will be brought back home on 8 flights from Bucharest, 2 flights from Suceava, 1 flight from Kosice, 5 flights from Budapest, and 3 flights from Rzeszow, said Civil aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scindia.
PM Modi to participate in virtual Quad summit today
The External Affairs Ministry announced on Thursday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend a virtual meeting with his counterparts from Australia, Japan, and the United States in order to exchange views and assessments about important developments in the Indo-Pacific.
India-Canada ties: India asks Canada to withdraw 40 diplomats by October 10
Canada has currently a total of 62 diplomats in India. New Delhi has instructed Canada to decrease the number to 41 at their high commission.
India has asked Canada to withdraw around 40 diplomats by October 10 as the diplomatic row between the two nations over Ottawa’s allegations of New Delhi’s involvement in the killing of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Canada. According to reports India has threatened to remove the diplomatic immunity of any candian diplomat if they remained in India after October 10.
Canada has currently a total of 62 diplomats in India. New Delhi has instructed Canada to decrease the number to 41 at their high commission. Boehm said PM Justin Trudeau does not expect to back down. He added India sees Canada as an easy mark. He said India is aware of Ottawa’s limited capacity to retaliate because of the presence of a minority government in Canada.
Trudeau is the leader of the Liberal Party. He shares power with Canadian Sikh leader and Indian origin Jagmeet Singh who is the head of the New Democratic Party in Canada. India had previously said it wanted an equal number of diplomats posted in the country and Canada. At the High commission in Delhi Canada has many diplomats compared to what India has in Ottawa.
Diplomatic crisis between Canada and India emerged after Canadian PM Justin Trudeau said the Canadian agencies have been actively pursuing credible allegation of a potential link the killing of Hardeep Singh Nijjar and the Indian government. India had stated Nijjar as a terrorist in 2020. India rejected Canada’s allegations and called them motivated and absurd.
Hardeep Singh Nijjar was the chief of the banned Khalistan Tiger Force (KTF). He was shot dead outside a Gurudwara in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada in the month of June. Ottawa expelled an Indian official over the case. India in response expelled a Canadian diplomat. Visa services were also expelled by the Indian government for Canadian citizens.
Earthquake of 6.2 magnitude on Richter scale shakes up Delhi-NCR, North India
Reports said the tremors were felt acutely by people residing in high rises and many fled by staircase to the groundfloor and were awaiting more aftershocks.
Strong tremors lasting almost a minute rocked parts of Delhi-National Capital Region, and several northern states after a 6.2 magnitude earthquake at its epicentre hit Nepal.
Reports said the tremors were felt acutely by people residing in high-rises and many fled by staircase to the groundfloor and were awaiting more aftershocks. Similar sights were visible in the region’s office districts. The tremors were also felt in parts of Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand just after 2.45 pm. According to the Delhi Disaster Management Authority website, “Delhi is located in zone IV which has fairly high seismicity where the general occurrence of earthquakes is of 5-6 magnitude, a few of magnitude 6-7 and occasionally of 7-8 magnitude. Delhi thus lies among the high-risk areas.” The site adds that Delhi and the union territory region has already seen five earthquakes of the 5.5 to 6.7 scale since 1720.
There has been no report of damage to life and property as of now and reports are awaited on the situation in Nepal. Seismologists said the epicentre was 5 km underground in Bhatekhola in Nepal. The Himalayan country has already faced a massive quake on April 25, 2015 of 7.8 magnitude. Some 9,000 people died and injured more than 20,000.
According to the National German Research Centre for Geo sciences has said that magnitude 5.6 earthquake struck Nepal region. According to National Siesmological Centre an earthquake measuring 5.3 magnitude hit western parts of Nepal. No loss of property or life has been reported.
The earthquake was recorded with epicenter at Talkot area of Bajhang district, 700 km west of Kathmandu. Two earthquakes of magnitude 4.6 and 6.2 on the Richter scale jolted Nepal. The two tremors were felt within half an hour time. Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya came out of Nirman Bhawan with others, as strong tremors hit different parts of North India.
Watch: Nitin Gadkari takes a test drive on hydrogen bus in Prague
In the video Gadkari is seen seated on the bus while officials surround him standing. One of the officials asked about the distance the bus can cover in a single charge. Gadkari said the visit is part of India’s commitment to eco friendly and sustainable transportation solutions.
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari is currently on an official visit to the Czech Republic. He took a test drive in a hydrogen bus. Nitin Gadkari took to X (formerly Twitter) and shared a video of the bus ride. In the video Gadkari can be seen surrounded by a group of officials.
In the video Gadkari is seen seated on the bus while officials surround him standing. One of the officials asked about the distance the bus can cover in a single charge. Gadkari said the visit is part of India’s commitment to eco friendly and sustainable transportation solutions. The video is captioned Hydrogen buses are a beacon of hope in India’s fight against environment degradation and carbon emissions. The buses will pave a greener and cleaner future.
The union minister posted a series of photographs on X, which showed the Gadkari’s test drive. Hydrogen fuel celled powered buses use air and hydrogen to generate electricity. It is a more environment friendly and sustainable mode of public transportation.
Gadkari arrived in the Czech Republic on October 1. He received a warm welcome at the Prague airport. He also participated on the ministerial session on road safety at the 27th World Road Congress in Prague. The Minister reaffirmed India’s dedication to achieving road safety targets which are outlined in the Stockholm Declarartion.
Nitin Gadkari has clearly advocated asserting that advancements and transition to green fuel. This will reduce the cost of electric vehicles when compared to petrol run vehicles within a span of two years. Variety of comments started coming on X (formerly twitter). One social media user said all school and state run buses would be run on hydrogen in the coming days. One X User was asked about the mass production of hydrogen cars. One user said the video was highly inspiring.