Sunday (February 27) marks the fourth day of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. As the conflict intensifies, Russian troops invaded Kharkov, Ukraine’s second-largest city, on Sunday. Emphasizing the relevance of the Russian invasion from a geography point of view, Uday Kotak, the CEO of Kotak Mahindra Bank, stated in a Twitter post, “Ukraine-Russia conflict emphasizes that geography matters.”
Mr Kotak went on to emphasize the “challenges”.
“For India, with China on one side and Pakistan on the other, both nuclear weapons, our reliance on Russian military equipment, and the US far away, we have challenges,” he wrote.
Finally, he called it self-reliance, or ‘atmanirbhar’. “One thing this war certainly teaches: be Atmanirbhar!” He wrote.
Here’s the tweet:
Ukraine Russia conflict emphasizes that geography matters. For India, with China on one side and Pakistan on the other, both nuclear weapons, our reliance on Russian military equipment, and the US far away, we have challenges. One thing this war certainly teaches: be Atmanirbhar!
— Uday Kotak (@udaykotak) February 27, 2022
Earlier on Sunday, Oleg Sinegubov, head of Kharkiv’s regional state administration, said in a Facebook post that “light vehicles of the Russian enemy penetrated the city of Kharkiv”, adding that “Ukrainian forces are taking out the enemy”.
On Saturday (February 26), Western allies agreed on a new round of financial sanctions against Russia in response to the invasion of Ukraine, including the removal of several Russian banks from the SWIFT interbank system.
The White House said in a joint statement that the group of world powers is determined to “impose charges on Russia that will further isolate Russia from the international financial system and our economies.”
As Ukrainian soldiers fight back against the Russian advance, Western diplomats say there is a genuine desire to ensure that Russian President Vladimir Putin pays the highest possible price for the invasion.
Russia invaded Ukraine on February 26. In recent days, Russian forces have shelled Ukrainian cities with artillery and cruise missiles and even attacked the Ukrainian capital Kiev from all sides.
On Sunday, Ukraine rejected Russia’s accusations that it refused to negotiate a ceasefire, but said it was unwilling to accept “unacceptable terms” after the Kremlin accused Ukraine of prolonging the conflict.