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© Reuters. General view of Kyiv after Russian President Vladimir Putin authorized a military operation in eastern Ukraine, February 24, 2022. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

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(Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden was to say in a speech on Tuesday night that Russia President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine was “premeditated and unprovoked.” Meanwhile, Russia told Kyiv residents to flee their homes and rained rockets on the city of Kharkiv. The World Bank is preparing a $3 billion support package for Ukraine.

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* Russian ambassador to the United Nations Gennady Gatilov said Moscow sees no desire on the part of Ukraine to find a legitimate and balanced solution to the problems.

* G7 will impose further sanctions on Russia including seeking to freeze and seize assets of Russian elites.

* A U.S. official said an armoured Russian column bearing down on Kyiv was stalled due to food and fuel shortages.

* U.S. President Biden and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy discussed how the United States and its allies are working to hold Russia accountable including with sanctions.

* Americans’ approval of Biden’s handling of the Ukraine crisis rose in a Reuters/Ipsos poll, and 71% of respondents believed the United States should provide Ukraine with weapons. U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said his party largely supports Biden on Ukraine.

* Russia said it would retaliate over the U.S. expulsion of 12 of its diplomats at the United Nations for alleged spying.

* U.S. officials are confounded by Russia’s restraint so far in use of its air power against Ukraine.

* The World Court will on March 7-8 hear Ukraine’s case seeking a halt to Moscow’s military actions.

* Ukrainian cyber resistance group plans digital attacks against critical Russian infrastructure such as railways and the electricity grid.

* The United States and 30 countries agreed to release 60 million barrels of oil from their strategic reserves to stabilize global energy markets.

* Russia, which describes its assault as a special operation, not an invasion seeking territory, said it was placing temporary curbs on foreign investors seeking to exit Russian assets.

* More companies including Apple (NASDAQ:), Ford Motor (NYSE:) and shipping line Maersk reduced or suspended operations in Russia.

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* “Putin’s war was premeditated and unprovoked. He rejected efforts at diplomacy. He thought the West and NATO wouldn’t respond. And, he thought he could divide us here at home,” Biden was to say in Tuesday’s State of the Union address. “Putin was wrong. We were ready.”

* “I can see that Russia will not stop, so I must stop them,” said Andrew Muzyka, a web developer waiting with dozens of men to buy guns in Lviv, Ukraine.

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