Russia invades Ukraine: All Updates
Russia launched the Ukraine operation: Here are all the updates.
Russian President Putin announced that they have decided to take a military operation.
In his speech, Putin said, “Modern Russia, established after the collapse of the Soviet Union, is the greatest power in the world. No one should doubt that this will lead to the defeat of the aggressors. All Ukrainian soldiers who laid down their arms will be able to reunite with their families without any hindrance. All responsibility for the spilled blood rests with the conscience of the Kiev regime. will be,” he said.
The developments since the beginning of the military operation in the region are as follows:
The Pentagon announced that they will deploy 7,000 additional troops to Europe, upon the instruction of US President Biden.
US President Joe Biden announced the new sanctions and export restrictions that they will apply against Russia.
The Office of the President of Ukraine announced that the Russian army has captured Chernobyl.
Russia is not yet disconnected from SWIFT.
The list of sanctions agreed upon by Western countries does not exclude Russia from the international interbank system SWIFT, as the Ukrainian authorities insisted .
Biden said at the briefing that Russia’s disconnection from SWIFT “is not yet the position that the rest of Europe wants to take.”
He stressed that the sanctions imposed on Russian banks “have the same consequences, and perhaps more serious than [disconnection from] SWIFT.”
According to a number of Western media outlets, Germany, Italy, Hungary and Cyprus opposed Russia’s disconnection from SWIFT.
In a statement made by the Russian Ministry of Defense, it was noted that the entry of Russian troops into the city of Kherson made it possible to reopen the North Crimean Canal and restore water supply to the peninsula.
Britain announced new sanctions against Russia. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has stated that the UK will exclude Russia from the world economy.
Officials of the Donetsk People’s Republic announced that the Ukrainian army opened more than 10 shots at a large number of settlements in an hour.
President of Ukraine Zelensky announced that Ukraine has offered to return to the path of peace.
Ukrainian lawmakers urged Ukrainian President Zelensky to ‘start negotiations with Russian President Putin immediately’
Spokesperson of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Maria Zakharova, made statements about Russia’s operation in Ukraine.
Stating that the USA has cut off the dialogue with Russia, Zaharova stated that the war in Ukraine has been going on for eight years and that the current actions of Russia are an attempt to end the war.
In the capital of Ukraine, Kiev, the mayor announced that a curfew was declared in the city.
It was recorded that the control of Antonov Airport, which is approximately 40 km from Kiev, Ukraine, was seized by the Russian Airborne Troops.
Iranian Foreign Minister Hussein Emir Abdullahiyan stated that the situation in Ukraine was caused by NATO provocations and called for focusing on the solution of the problem through political and democratic means.
A bomb hit a Turkish ship flying the Marshall Islands flag in the Black Sea.
The General Directorate of Maritime Affairs announced that the ship, which was hit off the coast of Odessa, Ukraine, damaged the hold of the ship Jupiter, belonging to YA-SA Shipping, departing from Odessa and heading towards Romania.
Russia announced that since the start of the military operation against Ukraine, 70 military targets, including 11 airports, have been hit.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu warned the Russian army to “treat the Ukrainian soldiers with respect”. In a statement made by the Russian Ministry of Defense, it was announced that the Russian Armed Forces shot down a military helicopter of the Ukrainian army and 4 Bayraktar TB-2 type unmanned aerial vehicles in Donbass.
The Ministry stated that Su-25 warplanes also crashed in Donbass due to technical failure, and the pilot survived.
“Special operations in Ukraine are being conducted to prevent a global war, not to start a war,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement. The Russian Government also stated that they are prepared against the sanctions of the West and said, “Russia has sufficient financial resources to ensure the stability of the financial system in the face of sanctions and external threats.”
Bayraktar alone does not work!
Data on the role played by SİHA Bayraktars in the latest Russia-Ukraine crisis is not yet available. However, it is known that the TB2s, which were operationally supplied to the Ukrainian Air Force, were previously used in the eastern regions in crisis. It is understood that the Russian Armed Forces, which had previously encountered TB2s in the Syria, Libya and Karabakh Wars and were unexpectedly adversely affected, directly intervened in this issue in the Ukraine operation. It is also confirmed that TB2 SİHAs, which are dependent on the ground command-control and radar system for their activities, are not a force that can stand alone against an integrated attack by a modern army, unlike the relatively low-level combats they were involved in before – until the contrary information comes.
A massive explosion occurred as a result of the Russian attack on the air base in Melitopol.
NATO planes can’t fly over Ukraine
With the launch of military action against Ukraine, Russia declared that the airspace of this country was closed to all kinds of flights. According to unconfirmed information, the Russian Air Force, which caused large-scale casualties to the Ukrainian air defense systems, is seen as the ruler of the Ukrainian skies. In this environment, NATO intelligence planes, which were performing aerial reconnaissance missions, especially in the eastern regions, until a few days ago, cannot use the Ukrainian airspace.
The embargo will not affect the Russian defense industry in the short term
The effects of the escalation with Russia’s military action against Ukraine and the embargo, which is on the agenda during the crisis, on the Russian defense industry are also being evaluated. According to the authorities, it is stated that this industrial branch, which has been operating under an embargo to a certain extent since the Crimean Crisis that broke out in 2014, is prepared for the new situation and that there is no negative impact in the short term.
The Ministry of Emergencies of Ukraine announced that a plane belonging to the Armed Forces of Ukraine crashed in the Kiev region, 10 of the 14 people on board died.
The reason for the crash has not been disclosed yet.
It is stated that the town of Hostomel in Kiev was attacked and operated by a Russian helicopter.
It was stated that a helicopter was damaged during the operation, while the Ukrainian border guards passed the information that “Russian helicopters attacked the military airport near Kiev”. On the other hand, it is claimed that explosion sounds are coming from Kiev.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg made a statement after the Russian operation. We thought war of this magnitude was gone. NATO made decisions. Stoltenberg said, “We are applying economic sanctions on Russia with our allies. Thus, we will impose heavy sanctions on Russia. NATO is already supporting Ukraine. We will continue to stand together. We condemn the invasion of Russia. Our allies will stand together,” Stoltenberg said.
According to the news of Reuters, in the statement made by the Ukrainian Presidential adviser, it was stated that more than 40 Ukrainian soldiers lost their lives and dozens of wounded.
President of Ukraine Zelensky said, “We distribute weapons to anyone who can handle a weapon. “We want everyone who can join the military to come,” he said. “Ukraine is being attacked from the air, from the north to the south,” Zelenskiy said. Zelensky also stated that Ukraine has cut off all diplomatic relations with Russia.
Donetsk People’s Republic. He announced that three settlements were bombed by the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
A Ukrainian warplane entered Romanian airspace. F-16 planes under the NATO force in Romania took off, forcing the plane to make an emergency landing. The pilot was detained.
Kılıçdaroğlu said, “A country with nuclear power is putting its military forces into a country without nuclear power, and the whole world is watching. What will Turkey do? Security Summit meeting. Convene the Parliament urgently,’ he said.
Moldovan President Maia Sandu announced that the Moldovan government will ask the parliament to declare a state of emergency in the country due to the situation in Ukraine. The President of Lithuania, Nauseda, announced that he signed the decree declaring the state of emergency in the country and sent it to the parliament for approval.
Lukashenko: Belarusian troops do not take part in the Russian special operation in Ukraine
Vaysl Bodnar, Ukraine’s Ambassador to Ankara, claimed that ‘there are serious losses in the Russian army’. Noting that they expect support from Turkey, Bodnar said, “We conveyed our official request to the Turkish side regarding the closure of the airspace and the Dardanelles and Bosphorus for Russian ships.”
Borell, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, said: ‘The darkest hours for Europe since World War II. “It will be the toughest sanctions in history,” he said.
The adviser to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine said that 8 people were killed and 9 people were injured in Russia’s operations.
‘Russian ground forces entered Ukraine’
AFP claimed that Russian ground forces had entered Ukraine, claiming that it was based on the Ukrainian border guards.
Lugansk People’s Republic announced that two Su-24 fighter jets belonging to the Ukrainian army were shot down near the settlements of Smeloye and Stepovoye.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called on Western countries to close their airspace.
On the other hand, in the capital Kiev, it was recorded that the people began to evacuate the city. Traffic is congested in Kiev.
Environmentalists in the Netherlands demonstrated at the airport
Environmental groups in the Netherlands organized a demonstration by entering the area where private jets are parked at Eindhoven Airport to draw attention to air, noise and environmental pollution.
The demonstrators who participated in the protest organized by the environmental group “Extinction Rebellion” jumped from the fences around Eindhoven Airport and entered the area where private jets were parked.
After the Royal Netherlands Police blocked the progress of the demonstrators, the activists started a sit-in in the area they were in.
Environmentalists, who wanted to reduce the number of flights at Eindhoven Airport, called for compliance with climate targets.
The demonstrators carried banners that read: “Reduce flights”, “Our border is the earth, not the sky”, “Climate justice” and “Tax frequent flyers”.
When the group of about 200 people, surrounded by the police, did not leave the airport, the police detained the demonstrators and ended the protest.
The Royal Police said in a statement on Twitter that the number of activists detained was 104.
SUSTAINABILITY EFFECT IN THE AIRPORT’S RESPONSE
In a written statement, Eindhoven Airport CEO Roel Hellemons emphasized that the highest possible effort is being made to be more sustainable.
“We recognize the urgency of the situation and share the view that the aviation industry, like other industries, should quickly become more sustainable.” In the statement, it was stated that airline companies are encouraged to use newer and modern aircraft.
In the statement, it was noted that the number of daily flights from Eindhoven Airport, which has flights to 80 destinations, will not be increased.
Rotterdam architecture month will be celebrated with a festival as participation is free
The city of Rotterdam will host a free festival this summer on three floating barges in Maashaven in honor of Rotterdam Architecture Month.
Holland; It is known for its extensive and varied festivals celebrating everything from music, theatre, dance, flowers, art and food. The country is preparing to add a new and unique event to its festival calendar this year.
Rotterdam Architecture Month celebrates and explores the future of architecture in the city. It is thought that the festival, which is held every year in June and lasts for a month, will affect its participants this year as it does every year. Organizers announced that this year’s celebration will be a floating festival.
This year’s theme for 2023 Rotterdam Architecture Month will be the Natte Stad (“Wet City”), which focuses on the city’s surroundings. For this reason, the idea of a floating festival is considered to fit the theme.
The floating festival, which will take place in Maashaven, will consist of three large barges, each with a different theme and focus. On a barge, visitors can enjoy the greenery in a temporary park and immerse themselves in conferences, discussions, movies and other events; another barge will be reserved for urban sports such as free running and calisthenics. The barges will be linked by a footbridge, which the organizers describe will function as a “long vantage point” that “provides an unmatched view of Maashaven and the rest of the city and showcases the possibilities of the water.”
The organizers note that the location of the festival center not only bridges the gap between the various development projects being built in and around Maashaven, but also helps showcase some of the innovative solutions currently being used by the municipality, designers and architects to tackle water and climate change challenges.
Special application for the week of museums in the Netherlands
It has been announced that you can lend your museum card (Museumkaart) to anyone you want and visit museums with someone else’s museum card during the 1-7 April Museum Week.
This application was announced with the emphasis that museums are for everyone.
According to the statement, it will not be checked whether the cards shown while entering the museums during the Museum Week belong to the visitor, but all visitors will have to show the museum card at the entrance. Only one visitor will be accepted per card.
You can check the conditions on the website www.museum.nl to share your museum card or visit museums by borrowing someone else’s museum card between 1-7 April.
Bloesem Park in Amsterdam heralds spring
Cherry Blossom Park (Bloesempark), located in Amsterdamse Bos in Amstelveen, has turned pink thanks to the cherry blossoms that herald spring.
The largest Japanese community in the Netherlands resides in Amstelveen in the Amsterdam region, as most of the international companies are located in Amstelveen.
According to Japanese tradition, families celebrate the Cherry Blossom Festival (Hanami Matsuri) every spring. In this festival, a picnic is held under the cherry trees with families and friends. The festival continues during the flowering period of the trees, the festival lasts for 10-14 days as long as the weather permits.
The trees that bloom in March or April also herald the beginning of the festival. The spring festival kicked off this week, with the trees blooming in the park in Amsterdamse Bos.
The cherry trees in Amstelveen were donated by the Japanese Women’s Club (JWC) in 2000. There are female names on every tree in the park. 200 of the trees bear the names of Japanese women, and the other 200 bear the names of Dutch women.
200,000 euro reward for reporting the Netherlands’ most wanted drug smuggler
The Netherlands’ most wanted drug trafficker, Jos Leijdekkers, is suspected of being in hiding in Turkey.
The reward for those who will contribute to the capture of the gang leader, also known as “Bolle Jos”, has been increased to 200 thousand Euros.
Jos’s mother and sister, and recently his father, were detained on the charge of “providing assets with illegally collected income” and were released pending trial. A large number of precious jewels were seized during a search of the family’s homes and workplaces.
Jos, on the other hand, had left the country some time ago with some members of his gang. Jos is suspected of hiding in Turkey. Travels of family members to Turkey in the last August and December reinforce this suspicion.
Temporary lease agreements may be banned in the Netherlands
Temporary leases can be lifted for most people in the Netherlands due to a bill passed by parliament.
Since 2016, landlords have been allowed to offer one- or two-year contracts to tenants to make property rentals more attractive. This meant that tenants were repeatedly evicted after two years and had to either look for a new home or pay a very high rent increase. But a growing number of lawmakers said they were concerned that limited-term contracts would put tenants in a difficult position and exaggerate rental prices.
“In 2016, temporary contracts were offered with the thought that more rental properties would be available, but it was not thought that this would become the norm,” said Henk Nijboer, a housing spokesperson for Labor Party PvdA.
The bill, which will be discussed in parliament on Thursday evening, is expected to achieve a majority when it is put to a vote next month, despite the opposition of Mark Rutte’s party, the VVD.
Documentation supporting the members’ bill states that although residents are constitutionally entitled to affordable housing, there is a shortage of approximately 300,000 housing units in the Netherlands. A reference by Companen is also cited in these documents, which reveals that one-third of new private tenants sign short-term contracts.
The new bill will include exceptions, such as if the landlord works abroad temporarily or wants to move back home, and temporary student rooms.
Antwerp city of Belgium became the city where cocaine is used most widely in Europe
The annual wastewater analysis of the European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) revealed that Antwerp, Belgium, is the most widely used city of cocaine in Europe this year as well.
Researching drug use rates by analyzing European wastewater each year, the EMCDDA took samples to measure the use of cocaine, amphetamine, methamphetamine, ectasy, ketamine and cannabis in 104 cities in March and April 2022.
Accordingly, cocaine use was particularly high in cities in Belgium, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain.
Compared to the rates in 2021, it was found that cocaine use increased in 38 cities in 2022.
The city of Antwerp, in the Flemish region of Belgium, topped the list of cities with the highest traces of cocaine in wastewater.
Antwerp was followed by cities such as Amsterdam in the Netherlands, Tarragona in Spain, Brussels in Belgium and Zurich in Switzerland.
While the average daily amount of cocaine residues in wastewater in Antwerp was 2 thousand 381 milligrams, it was measured as 1161 in Tarragona, Spain, 1142 in Amsterdam, 985 in Brussels and 931 in Zurich.
In January, Belgium and the Netherlands seized a total of 160 tons of cocaine, approximately 110 tons in Antwerp and around 50 tons in Rotterdam, as a result of their cooperation in the fight against international drug trafficking.
Cocaine seized at the port of Antwerp this year was the highest ever, after 89.5 tonnes in 2021.
Tomorrow at Eindhoven Airport, there will be actions of climate activists
People who were supposed to be at Eindhoven Airport on Saturday may be disturbed by the actions of climate activists.
As a result, it may be more difficult to reach the airport. Climate action group Extinction Rebellion’s show is expected to begin by 13:30 noon. It is planned to be on the boulevard, next to the terminal.
The airport advises passengers to prepare well for their travels and to follow the website for up-to-date flight information. Extinction Rebellion expects about five hundred performers.
A spokesperson for the group said in a statement that participants can try to enter the airport area, as they did at Schiphol Airport last November. Protesters then jumped over the fence and chained themselves to private planes. “But to be honest, I don’t think it’s very wise. This is military territory.”
The action group wants, among other things, Eindhoven Airport to stop polluting the environment, cancel unnecessary flights and give flights a fair price.
Fatboy branded electric blankets recalled in the Netherlands
NVWA announced that some of the electric blankets belonging to the Dutch firm Fatboy were overheated and were recalled on the grounds that there was a risk of ignition.
The Dutch Food and Consumer Goods Safety Authority, NVWA, has warned consumers about the Fatboy brand “Hotspot” blankets. In the NVWA warning, it was stated that the blankets were overheated and the heating mechanism inside the blankets could catch fire.
NVWA; advised that consumers who have purchased the product before should never use the blankets. The Fatboy company, on the other hand, stated that the blankets with the code numbers specified in the warning published on its website were recalled as a precaution.
In the company statement, it was stated that the heating equipment of the blankets without the lot number on them and the blankets with the lot number 20022519, 2002520 or 2002593 were recalled.
According to the company statement, consumers who have blankets with or without a printed lot number, have to remove the heating component inside the blanket and send it to the company. After this process, the purchase price will be refunded to the consumer.
You can remove the heating assembly inside the blanket as follows:
Unplug the blanket from the outlet
Open the Velcro part, disconnect the wires and remove with the red label
After disconnecting, the battery can be easily separated
Remove the black charging cable with magnetic charging point
remove the adapter
Pack the red-labeled cables, battery, charging cable, and adapter in a box or sturdy envelope and ship to Fatboy.
If you purchased the product on the website of Fatboy, fill out the form on this link.
For products purchased from other sites, fill out the form on this link.
Veiligheidswaarschuwing Fatboy Hotspot blanket. Het is mogelijk dat het verwarmingselement in de Hotspot Blanket van deze batches plaatselijk oververhit raakt en ontbrandt. Gebruik dit product niet!https://t.co/jNop7vEgnf pic.twitter.com/QssTWQ1Irk
— Nederlandse Voedsel- en Warenautoriteit (@_NVWA) March 21, 2023
A warning was made in the Netherlands not to use it for an antifreeze brand
A brand of antifreeze used for vehicle windows during the winter months is recalled because it contains more methanol.
More excessive amounts of methanol were found in a brand of washer antifreeze used to clean car windows in the Netherlands. The company recalls its products, which are sold in 2 and 5 liter drums.
In the statement made by Power Oil, it was stated that more than normal toxic methanol was detected in Power Winter antifreezes, and the products were recalled due to this substance, which would be harmful to health.
In the company statement, it was stated that the products to be recalled were 2 and 5 liter drums with the barcode number 8717953205629.
Power Oil pointed out that there are two versions of this product with the same barcode, and emphasized that the recall only applies to cans with blue caps.
The products recalled in the statement; It was stated that from September 2022 until 7 March 2023, sales were made at gas stations in the regions of Overijssel, Gelderland, Friesland, Zuid Holland, Limburg, Groningen, Noord Holland and Zeeland.
In the company statement; A call was made that the products contain toxic methanol at a level that users may face the risk of blindness and death, and that the products should not be used.