Russian state media ads banned by Facebook
Facebook’s parent company, Meta Platforms, is blocking Russian state media from running ads or monetizing its platform anywhere in the world.
“We also continue to apply the label to additional Russian state media,” its security policy chief, Nathaniel Gleicher, said Friday.
“These changes have already started and will continue over the weekend.”
Day is turning into Kiev, after a dramatic and violent night as Russian troops stormed the capital. There have been widespread reports of artillery fire and explosions from the east, west and south of the city, and Ukrainian armed forces claimed to have repulsed attacks by Russian troops on an army base near Vasilkiv and a major city street – Victory Avenue. Is. There have been reports of casualties but the Guardian has not got confirmed figures.
Residents have been asked to stay inside shelters, including underground metro stations and hotel basements.
The Kiev Independent reported airstrike sirens this morning in several Ukrainian cities, including Lviv, Lutsk, Uman, Vinnytsia and Rivne.
Oleksandr Sherba, former Ukrainian ambassador to Austria, shared the video purportedly from Odessa. The Guardian has not independently confirmed the footage, which was also shared by a Ukrainian news outlet.
The US is offering Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky help to evacuate him from Kiev to save his life from danger, but he has so far refused.The Washington Post reports.
Zelensky is determined to remain, despite the awareness that he is Russia’s “enemy No. 1” and his family is No. 2.
Citing US and Ukrainian officials, the Post reported that US intelligence agencies, including the CIA director, warned Zelensky of threats to his security for several weeks during a visit to Ukraine in January. It cited officials as saying intelligence at the time suggested that Russian hit teams may have already been in Kiev.
“We are making them aware not only of the threat of Russian aggression now a reality, but a threat to them personally,” said Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.), House Intelligence Committee chairman. , We are ready to help them in any way possible.
The battle is in the east, west and south of Kiev, According to several reports.
“It’s all happening within city limits now,” reports CNN’s Clarissa Ward, but it doesn’t seem to have reached the center.
“So far there are no signs of residential areas being targeted, but we are hearing a lot of explosions from many different directions,” she says.
The Interfax Ukraine news agency reports that Russian forces have attempted to attack the power-generating station, while the Ukrainian military says it has repelled an attack on a Kiev military base, according to Reuters.
The Ukrainian government also says it stopped a Russian advance down Peremohi Avenue – which runs beyond the Berestyska metro station, where heavy fighting has also been reported. The Guardian has not independently confirmed the reports.
The attack appears to be in line with Zelensky’s warning that tonight could see a Russian raid on the city. Three million people call Kiev home.
In an address to the nation on Friday, Zelensky said: “Tonight, they will launch an attack. We all must understand what awaits us. We have to endure this night,” he said. “The fate of Ukraine The decision is being taken now.”
Hello, this is Helen Davidson with our continuing coverage of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Here are some of the most recent developments:
- There have been explosions and fighting in the east, west and south of Kiev. Where the Russian attack in a siege continued through the night, clearly aimed at the capture of the city. Residents are taking shelter in shelters and underground stations. A woman has reportedly given birth at a station where she was sheltering along with other residents.
- “More than 50,000 Ukrainian refugees have fled their country in less than 48 hours – the majority in Poland and Moldova,” Filippo Grandi, the head of the UN refugee agency, said “many more people are moving towards its borders”.
- The Russian Defense Ministry claimed that its forces had taken control of the strategic Hostomel airfield in the northwest, While Russian tanks were filmed by locals in the morning in the Obolonsky district, about six miles north of the city center.
- Ukraine’s armed forces say they have thwarted Russian attacks on a military base and a major street in Kiev.
- Vladimir Putin urged the Ukrainian military to overthrow its leadership, Which he labeled as “a gang of narcissists and neo-Nazis who have lodged themselves in Kiev and taken the entire Ukrainian people hostage.”
- The US Defense Department said a Russian “amphibian attack” had been launched on Mariupol, A coastal city in southeast Ukraine.
- A report by the Reuters news agency suggested that it looked more likely Russia may be excluded from SWIFT global bank payment system A step that some countries were reluctant to take. Among other sanctions, the European Union and Britain have moved to freeze foreign assets of Vladimir Putin and his foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov – largely symbolic, but it Volodymyr Zelensky who said: “When bombs fall on Kiev, it happens in Europe, not just Ukraine. When missiles hit our people, they kill all Europeans.” gives.”
- NATO will deploy significant additional troops to countries in Eastern Europe that are part of the alliance, said its Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg. Britain’s ministers warned that there would be no force going to Ukraine itself to avoid an “existential” war between Russia and the West.
- The United Nations Security Council has voted on a resolution condemning the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Eleven member states voted for the resolution, three did not participate (China, India and the United Arab Emirates) and one voted against (Russia). Since Russia has a veto, the proposal was not upheld.
- The Council of Europe suspends Russia over its invasion of Ukraine, The 47-nation Council announced that Russia was suspended with “immediate effect” from the Committee of Ministers and Organization of the Parliamentary Assembly “as a result of the Russian Federation’s armed attack on Ukraine” on Friday.
- Russia will no longer be allowed to participate in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, Organizers say its inclusion “could discredit the competition”.