UKRAINE UPDATE: 2:00 pm est

BLOG NOTES: 2:00

CNN

  • Rusia is trying to keep Western countries from fleeing the country.  https://www.cnn.com/2022/03/01/investing/russia-economy-capital-controls/index.html
  • “Capital controls” are designed to stop the exodus, announced by Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin.  Companies would be prevented from selling Russian assets.
  • BP announced it was planning to exit its 20% stake in Russia’s biggest oil company, Rosneft.  Shell has followed suit.
  • A French company announced it would not provide new capital for Russian projects.
  • Norway’s $1.3 trillion sovereign wealth fund will divest shares in 47 Russian companies as well as Russian government bonds.
  • Richard Haas joins the “Putin is a madman” narrative CREATED BY THE NEWS ANCHORS.  “He may not be rational” Haas says about Putin.  Based on what evidence?  Then, absurdly, Haas says:  “You have to be really careful about assumptions.” 
  • The ruble plunged by about 25% on Monday.  It has lost half its value since the invasion began.
  • Russians have raised interest rates to 20% and prevented the stock market from opening for a second day.
  • 1:15 PM (EST)
  • Commentator: “This is the battle of Berlin.”

FOX

  • Ukrainian member of parliament thanks the west and asks for more equipment.  “We will resist with everything we have.”
  • (Note: Democrats won’t even prosecute Trump, et. al.)
  • Shelling in downtown Kharkiv.
  • 677,000 new estimates of refugees.

Ukraine World News  www.ukraineworld.org

  • Ukrainian intelligence reporting that Russia is planning to organize a provocation to justify further Belarusian participation in the invasion.
  • Ukrainian government saying it may resort to a preventive strike on Belarus to keep it from participating in the invasion.
  • Note: Kyiv Indepenent is also carrying the same story from above.

Twitter

  • NEXTA TV is reporting that Canada will ban Russian ships from entering its ports and territorial waters as of next week.

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