Ukraineâ€™s president used a televised address in the early hours of Tuesday to accuse Russia of wrecking peace talks and has ruled out making any territorial concessions.
Zelenskiy added Ukraine was committed to peace and diplomacy after Russia formally recognised two Russian-backed separatist regions as independent on Monday evening.
Zelenskiy said â€œwe are not afraidâ€ after Russia officially recognised two breakaway regions of eastern Ukraine as independent.
The president said Ukraine was expecting â€œclear and effectiveâ€ steps from its allies to act against Russia and called for an emergency summit of the leaders of Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France.
Welcome to our rolling updates of developments in the Ukraine-Russia crisis. Iâ€™m Samantha Lock and Iâ€™ll be bringing you all the latest updates in what promises to be another very busy day ahead.
Here are the main developments so far:
- The United States and allies such as the UK and France will announce new sanctions against Russia on Tuesday, the US ambassador to the UN has said. it was not clear what the extent of the sanctions would be. Earlier on Monday Joe Biden banned trade between the US and breakaway regions in eastern Ukraine.
- The move follows Russiaâ€™s decision to recognise the breakaway regions of Ukraine, Luhansk and Donetsk, as independent states and send â€œpeacekeepingâ€ troops into the areas. Russian president Vladimir Putin said Ukraine has nuclear weapons and is being heavily influenced by the west.
- A fiery emergency meeting of the UN security council on Monday night in New York saw western governments line up to condemn Russia for â€œescalatingâ€ the crisis. US envoy Linda Thomas-Greenfield described Putinâ€™s claim that the troops were â€œpeacekeepersâ€ as â€œnonsenseâ€. Britainâ€™s representative said Russiaâ€™s actions showed â€œblatant contempt to international lawâ€.
- Ukraineâ€™s president Volodymyr Zelenskiy used a televised address in the early hours of Tuesday to accuse Russia of wrecking peace talks and has ruled out making any territorial concessions. He said Ukraine was â€œnot afraid of anything or anyoneâ€.
- British prime minister Boris Johnson is set to chair a meeting of the UKâ€™s emergency committee Cobra on Tuesday morning to discuss the latest developments in Ukraine.
- Russia has acquired the right to build military bases in Ukraineâ€™s two breakaway regions under treaties signed by Putin with their separatist leaders, Reuters is reporting.
- The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe said Russiaâ€™s move was a breach of international law and fundamental OSCE principles and runs counter to the Minsk agreements.
- All US state department personnel are now out of Ukraine, having relocated to a hotel in Poland, US secretary of state Antony Blinken has announced.