Russia-Ukraine LIVE: 137 dead after Day 1 of fighting, says Ukraine Prez


Smoke rise from an air defence base in the aftermath of an apparent Russian strike in Mariupol, Ukraine (Photo: AP/PTI)

Smoke rise from an air defence base in the aftermath of an apparent Russian strike in Mariupol, Ukraine (Photo: AP/PTI)

Live news updates: Russia launched a wide-ranging attack on Ukraine on Thursday, hitting cities and bases with airstrikes or shelling, as civilians piled into trains and cars to flee. Ukraine’s government said Russian tanks and troops rolled across the border in a “full-scale war” that could rewrite the geopolitical order and whose fallout already reverberated around the world.

In unleashing Moscow’s most aggressive action since the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979, President deflected global condemnation and cascading new sanctions–and chillingly referred to his country’s nuclear arsenal. He threatened any foreign country attempting to interfere with “consequences you have never seen” the AP reported.

India’s Sensex crashed more than 2,700 points on Thursday–its biggest single-day plunge in about two years—joining a severe sell-off in global markets after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Investors were lost about Rs 13 trillion in the crash.

The Indian embassy in Ukraine on Thursday told Indian nationals that the schedule for special flights to Kyiv were cancelled as the country’s airspace was closed. “Alternative arrangements are being made for evacuation of Indian nationals,” the embassy said on Twitter.

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