The Zelensky regime also called for an embargo on oil trade, a ban on Russian ships entering European ports, and a denial of foreign ships entering Russian ports.
In the early hours of Friday, international attention continued to focus on the incidents that took place in Zaporizhzhia, the largest nuclear power plant in Ukraine. Below are the main developments of the Russia-Ukraine conflict as they happen.
Ukraine Requests Fighter Jets from The West. Ukraine's Foreign Affairs Minister Dmytro Kuleba called on Western countries to provide Ukraine with fighter jets immediately. He also called on the European Union (EU), the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom to impose a "fourth round" of new, tougher sanctions against Russia.
Among other things, the Ukrainian diplomat called for an embargo on oil trade, a ban on Russian ships entering European ports, and a denial of foreign ships entering Russian ports. These requests occurred during the EU Foreign Ministers Council's virtual meeting, in which NATO Secretary Jens Stoltenberg and representatives of the U.S., Canada, and the United Kingdom also participated.
China will not broadcast the Premier League this weekend. Premier League matches will not be broadcast in China due to plans by English teams to show messages supporting Ukraine. The iQiyi Sports platform, which owns the broadcasting rights of the English league, announced that it will not broadcast the next matches, in which team captains are expected to wear armbands with the Ukrainian flag.
Premier League officials also announced plans for stadium screens to display messages supporting the Zelensky regime and invited fans to hold "a moment of reflection and solidarity" before the kick-off of all matches.
The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) will meet over attack on Ukrainian nuclear power plant. The UNSC will hold an emergency meeting to deal with the military incidents that occurred at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant on Thursday night. The meeting was requested by the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Ireland, Norway, and Albania.
Currently, the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant is controlled by the Russian army. Rafael Grossi, the director of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), confirmed that there are no radioactive leaks in the Ukrainian plant.
Russian Military Operation To Last Until Goals Achieved. During a phone conversation on Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin confirmed to Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko that the military operation will continue until all its objectives are achieved.
“Lukashenko expressed support for the actions of the Russian side. The two presidents also discussed the second round of negotiations between representatives of Russia and Ukraine held in Belarus the day before and agreed to maintain contacts,” agency AA reported.
According to Kremlin data as of Friday, Russian troops have attacked 1,812 Ukrainian military targets, 62 planes, 635 tanks, and 67 vehicles since the start of the special operation.
Ukrainian authorities discriminate against Africans and Asians. Human rights defenders denounced that the Ukrainian authorities are discriminating against people who try to cross the border and leave the country. Boarding services on buses and trains are prioritizing white people and Ukrainian women and children.
Meanwhile, citizens of countries such as Morocco, India, Nigeria, Uganda and Tunisia are waiting for hours without being able to leave Ukraine. People of African or Asian descent claim that authorities asked them to get off trains and buses to "make room" for Ukrainians.
#Ukraine map March3. Shows #Russian troops advance in southwest in direction of Voznesensk region & DPR Militia & Ru forces have now met up as the fighting in Mariupol and Kharkov continues. Ukrop forces are facing an encircling Cauldron on the eastern front Remember #Debaltseve pic.twitter.com/mdhnoCxGOy— davie ewan macdonald (@escalatorover) March 4, 2022
Russia denounces sabotage attempt at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant. Russia's Defense Ministry spokesperson Igor Konashenkov denounced that a group of "Ukrainian nationalists" set fire to the training complex and opened fire at soldiers guarding the plant on Thursday night.
“Russian personnel used small arms to suppress the attack. No heavy weapons were used because of the potential danger to the plant,” Konashenkov said, as reported by agency AA.
Rebuffing the information spread from the Zelensky regime, the Russian military also clarified that his country's troops had taken over the plant and its nearby territory since Feb. 28.
European Federation of Academies of Sciences suspends Russia and Belarus. The Berlin-based European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities (ALLEA) decided to suspend the participation of the academies of Russia and Belarus.
The ALLEA Council adopted this extraordinary measure arguing the "duty" to uphold fundamental values and the need to express the "moral indignation" of the scientific community at the Russian military operations in Ukraine. The European Federation, however, praised "the courage" of Russian and Belarusian scholars who have spoken out against the conflict.
Zelensky asks for more sanctions against Russia. After the fighting around the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called on citizens to take to the streets to protect the nuclear sites. He described Russia as a "terrorist state" and called for "an immediate tightening of sanctions" against that country.
European stock markets open at lower prices. On Friday morning, the operations of the main European stock markets reflected the influence of the latest events in the Russia-Ukraine conflict. "London's benchmark FTSE 100 index fell 0.6 percent... Frankfurt's DAX index shed 1.4 percent... and the Paris CAC 40 lost 1.2 percent," Stock Market Today reported.
Russia restricts access to media on the Internet. Communications regulator Roskomnadzor restricted access to the websites of the Russian-language editions of the BBC (U.K.) and Deutsche Welle (Germany). Restrictions were also applied to the independent site Meduza and Radio Svoboda.