The Ukraine story is developing and ongoing, with over 500,000 fleeing their homes and unconfirmed counts of dead and wounded. Here are some of the latest updates:
- Delegates from Russia and Ukraine sat down Monday for the first direct negotiations since the invasion began. Russian shelling continued through the hours-long meeting.
- Satellite images show a 40-mile convoy of Russian troops heading into Kyiv.
- The United Nations General Assembly met Monday for a rare emergency meeting to address humanitarian needs in Ukraine.
- Ukrainian President Zelenskyy officially applied for membership in the European Union. The next steps will take time.
- Switzerland is no longer Switzerland, breaking its neutral status to adopt EU sanctions against Russia. Same for Sweden.
- It’s looking more and more likely that Belarus will join Russia in this fight. The U.S. has suspended operations at their embassy in Belarus.
- The internet is fighting back: Facebook and Twitter have removed anti-Ukrainian disinformation campaigns, Twitter is labeling all links to Russian state media websites, and Google and YouTube are not running ads from Russian state media outlets.
- The alcohol is fighting back: Ontario liquor control board banned all Russian-made products and U.S. governors in Ohio, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and Utah have ordered boycotts of all Russian-style vodkas in a largely symbolic show of support.
- CNN has a list of global sanctions on Russia so far. The vodka boycott did not make the list.