Ukraine battle: Russian renews offensive ‘on all fronts’

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Volodymyr Zelensky has mentioned that Russia is making an attempt to erase Ukraine and its folks as Vladimir Putin’s invasion entered its seventh day at this time with renewed assaults on all fronts together with an anticipated assault on town which homes Europe’s largest nuclear energy plant.

Zelensky, who has change into an emblem of Ukrainian defiance and braveness because the battle started, advised his folks at this time that Russians ‘know nothing about our capital. About our historical past. But they’ve an order to erase our historical past. Erase our nation. Erase us all.’

The president, unshaven and sporting a military-style khaki T-shirt, mentioned the West’s response was not sufficient, calling for extra worldwide assist, together with backing Ukraine’s bid to affix the European Union. ‘This is not any time to be impartial,’ he added.

As he spoke, troops had been making ready barricades to defend town of Zaporizhzhia – together with establishing defences across the reactors of Energodar energy plant. Anton Gerashchenko, adviser to Ukraine’s inside ministry, known as on generals to bypass town whereas warning they might create a ‘new Chernobyl’ if the plant is broken.

‘Because of Putin’s insanity, Europe is once more on the point of a nuclear disaster,’ he wrote on Facebook. ‘The metropolis the place the biggest nuclear energy plant in Europe is situated is making ready for a battle with the invaders. 

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  • ‘There are virtually no areas left in Kharkiv the place an artillery shell has not but hit’: Interior Ministry official 
  • Joe Biden manufacturers Vladimir Putin a ‘dictator’ in his annual State of the Union deal with as he bans Russian plane from US airspace
  • Russia steps up its bombing marketing campaign and missile strikes, hitting Kyiv’s fundamental tv tower, two residential buildings in a city west of town and town of Bila Tserkva to the south of the capital
  • Russian forces push into the besieged Black Sea metropolis of Kherson within the south
  • Russian assaults depart Mariupol, one other Black Sea port additional to the west with out electrical energy
  •  More than 677,000 folks have fled Ukraine because the Russian invasion, the UN’s refugee company says
  • The UN’s International Court of Justice says it’s going to maintain public hearings on March 7 and eight over Ukraine’s allegations of ‘genocide’ by Russia
  • Russia blocks an impartial tv channel and a liberal radio station, tightening a digital media blackout
  • A string of Western firms announce they’re freezing or scaling again business with Russia
  • Russians race to withdraw money after the introduction of capital controls and because the ruble hits file lows 
  • Russian-owned Nord Stream 2 goes bancrupt after Germany halts the pipeline following Moscow’s invasion
  • Oil costs soar previous $110 a barrel, regardless of agreements to launch 60 million barrels from stockpiles
  • The World Bank prepares a $3-billion assist bundle for Ukraine, together with $350 million in instant funds  

‘An accident can occur like on the Chernobyl nuclear energy plant or the Fukushima nuclear energy plant. Russian generals – assume once more! Radiation doesn’t know nationalities, doesn’t spare anybody!’  

Meanwhile Sergey Lavrov, the Russian international minister, warned that – if a Third World War had been to start in Europe – it might be ‘nuclear and harmful’ in a thinly veiled menace for NATO to not become involved in Ukraine. 

Fighting was additionally underway in Ukraine’s second metropolis of Kharkiv after Russian paratroopers dropped in and attacked a navy hospital earlier than airstrikes concentrating on police, state companies and the safety service. Part of Karazin National University was on fireplace early Wednesday after a missile – seemingly supposed for the neighbouring police headquarters or inside ministry – struck the school’s division of sociology as an alternative. 

At least 21 folks have been killed an 112 wounded in shelling on Kharkiv within the final 24 hours, governor Oleg Synegubov mentioned, as an inside ministry official added: ‘There are virtually no areas left in Kharkiv the place an artillery shell has not but hit.’

The metropolis of Konotop, 150 miles to the north of Kharkiv, was despatched an ultimatum by Russian forces surrounding it on Wednesday – give up or be destroyed by artillery – as Putin’s males resort to siege ways. 

Putin’s forces additionally claimed to have captured Kherson, a significant industrial centre within the south, in a single day although the mayor remained defiant – posting on Facebook: ‘We are nonetheless Ukraine. Still agency.’ Mariupol, additionally within the south, got here beneath renewed shelling as Russian forces attempt to encompass it.

In Zhytomyr, a metropolis to the west of Kyiv, airstrikes hit the headquarters of the ninety fifth Ukrainian armed forces brigade whereas additionally damaging a hospital, leaving two folks lifeless. The metropolis of Bila Tserkva, some 50 miles south of Kyiv, was additionally hit in a single day. 

Ukraine’s armed forces mentioned Wednesday morning that Russia is ‘making an attempt to advance in all instructions’ however are ‘being resisted all over the place and struggling losses’. It estimates that 5,840 Russian troops have been killed thus far – although that determine can’t be verified. 

Despite the near-universal condemnation of the battle internationally, a brand new state ballot in Russia taken over the weekend confirmed assist for Putin has risen from round 60 per cent to 70 per cent because the week earlier than.

Russia additionally launched a recruitment drive for extra mercenary troopers in state media, with newspaper Novaya Gazeta operating adverts providing soldiers-for-hire £1,760 a month in a drive for the ‘recruitment of individuals for cover within the close to overseas’. 

Since Russian troops rolled into Ukraine final week to attain Putin’s mission of overthrowing Zelensky’s pro-Western authorities, a whole lot of civilians have been reported killed.

Russian forces have carried out a large bombing marketing campaign and encircled city centres, however Ukraine insists no main metropolis has but been overtaken.

‘Russian airborne troops landed in Kharkiv… and attacked an area hospital,’ the Ukrainian military mentioned in a press release on messaging app Telegram. ‘There is an ongoing combat between the invaders and the Ukrainians.’

Russia hit a residential constructing within the metropolis on Tuesday killing eight folks, drawing comparisons to the massacres of civilians in Sarajevo within the Nineties and condemnation for what Zelensky known as a ‘battle crime’.

A fireplace broke out on Wednesday within the barracks of a flight college in Kharkiv following an airstrike, based on Anton Gerashchenko, adviser to the Ukrainian Interior Minister.

‘Practically there aren’t any areas left in Kharkiv the place an artillery shell has not but hit,’ he was quoted as saying in a press release on Telegram. 

Part of the Karazin National University campus within the metropolis of Kharkiv is destroyed after being struck by a Russian missile which was seemingly supposed for a close-by police or inside ministry constructing

Firefighters battle to place out a blaze in Kharkiv as town got here beneath renewed airstrikes at this time, with an official saying there may be nearly no space of town left that has not been hit

Firefighters try and put out the burning sociology division of Karazin National University which was hit by a strike seemingly supposed for close by authorities buildings

Rubble litters the streets of the Ukrainian metropolis of Kharkiv after an early-morning missile strike by Russia

Ukrainian troopers had been this morning establishing defensive positions round Europe’s largest nuclear plant, at Zaporizhzhia, as Russian forces ready to assault town – warning of ‘disaster’ if the plant is hit

Civilians assist assemble makeshift barricades across the nuclear energy plant at Zaporizhzhia to cease Russia capturing it

Ukraine’s navy mentioned Russia at this time renewed its assault ‘on all fronts’, with paratroopers touchdown in Kharkiv, tanks and vehicles rolling into the centre of Kherson, and strikes in Mariupol and Zhytomyr

A convoy of Russian autos is seen parked alongside a residential road in an unknown space of Ukraine, in footage launched by Russia’s armed forces on Wednesday

Russian vehicles are pictured parked up within the centre of Kherson, in Ukraine’s south, after Moscow’s forces rolled into town

Russian armoured autos and vehicles are pictured rolling by means of the centre of Kherson, as Moscow claimed to be answerable for town however Ukraine mentioned it nonetheless holds key authorities buildings

Ukrainian emergency service personnel carry a physique of a sufferer out of the broken City Hall constructing following shelling in Kharkiv, Ukraine

This {photograph} taken on February 26, 2022 exhibits a Russian Armoured personnel provider (APC) burning throughout combat with the Ukrainian armed forces in Kharkiv

Damaged residential buildings are pictured in Irpin, to the west of Kyiv, after an in a single day bombardment by Russian forces

Kharkiv, a largely Russian-speaking metropolis close to the Russian border, has a inhabitants of round 1.4 million.

Meanwhile, US President Joe Biden branded Vladimir Putin a ‘dictator’, warning the sanction marketing campaign to cripple Russia’s economic system would escalate and its oligarchs had been being focused.

In Biden’s first State of the Union deal with, he hailed the resolve of the Western alliance and voiced solidarity with Ukraine as lawmakers within the US Congress gave a standing ovation to the Ukrainian folks.

‘A Russian dictator, invading a international nation, has prices all over the world,’ Biden advised lawmakers in his annual State of the Union deal with, promising ‘sturdy motion to verify the ache of our sanctions is focused at Russia’s economic system.’  

Biden, who had earlier spoken with Zelensky on the telephone, introduced new measures in opposition to Russia and its rich elite with a brand new process power to go after the ‘crimes’ of Russian oligarchs.

‘We are coming on your ill-begotten positive factors,’ he mentioned, prompting the uncommon sight of members of each events standing to applaud.

‘And tonight I’m saying that we’ll be a part of our allies in closing off American air area to all Russian flights – additional isolating Russia and including an extra squeeze on their economic system.’

The US chief mentioned Putin’s aggression was ‘premeditated and completely unprovoked’ – however hailed the resolve of the Western alliance in responding with brutal sanctions.

‘(Putin) thought he may divide us right here at house,’ Biden mentioned. ‘But Putin was fallacious. We are prepared.’

He repeated his dedication that no American troops can be despatched to Ukraine to confront the invading forces.

A scarcity of will to ship international troops into battle has given Russia area to press on with its assault on Ukrainian cities.

A strike on the principle TV tower in Kyiv killed 5 folks Tuesday and knocked out some state broadcasting, Ukrainian officers mentioned, however left the structure intact.

Fresh explosions had been heard late Tuesday in Kyiv and Bila Tserkva, 50 miles (80 kilometres) to the south, based on native media.

News shops additionally reported Russian missiles damaging residential buildings and a hospital in Zhytomyr, citing the most important transport hub’s mayor Sergei Sukhomline. 

The stays of a destroyed Russian navy convoy are seen on a road in Bucha, to the south of Kyiv, on Wednesday morning

An armed man stands by the stays of a Russian navy car in Bucha, near the capital Kyiv, Ukraine

A civilian trains to throw Molotov cocktails within the metropolis of Zhytomyr, 80 miles to the west of Kyiv, as Russian forces advance

Civilians prepare to throw Molotov cocktails to defend town, as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues, in Zhytomyr

A Ukrainian soldier trains civilians to make use of Molotov cocktails within the metropolis of Zhytomyr on Tuesday

Soldiers are seen round piles of sand used for blocking a street in Ukrainian capital, Kyiv

Ukrainian forces are pictured on the streets of Kyiv because the inhabitants prepares for an assault by Russian forces

Soldiers are seen round piles of sand used for blocking a street in Ukrainian capital, Kyiv

Police officers take away the physique of a passerby killed in yesterday’s airstrike that hit Kyiv’s fundamental tv tower

olice officers study the our bodies of passersby killed in yesterday’s airstrike that hit Kyiv’s fundamental tv tower

Police officers stand guard on the website of yesterday’s airstrike that hit Kyiv’s fundamental tv tower

A fighter of the Ukrainian Territorial Defence Forces, the navy reserve of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, stands guard on the underground crossing and subway entrance within the heart of Kyiv

The International Criminal Court has opened a battle crimes investigation in opposition to Russia. Ukraine says greater than 350 civilians, together with 14 youngsters, have been killed within the battle. 

The Ukrainian Ministry of Defence additionally mentioned in a single day that it feared an assault from Belarus over its northern border.

‘Belarusian troops have been placed on excessive alert and are concentrated in areas closest to the border with Ukraine,’ the ministry mentioned Tuesday in a press release on Facebook.

Ukrainian intelligence famous ‘important exercise’ of plane within the border space, it mentioned.

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko mentioned Tuesday he had ordered extra troops to the south of the nation, the Belta information company reported.

But forces of Belarus, an in depth ally of Russia, wouldn’t be participating within the assault on Ukraine, he added.

In southern Ukraine, town of Mariupol on the Azov Sea was left with out electrical energy after Russian bombardment, whereas Kherson on the Black Sea reported Russian checkpoints encircling town.

In a key victory for Moscow, Russia’s defence ministry mentioned its troops had linked up with pro-Moscow insurgent forces from jap Ukraine alongside the Azov Sea coast. 

Russia has defied worldwide bans, boycotts and sanctions to press forward with an offensive it says is geared toward defending Ukraine’s Russian audio system and toppling the management.

In response, extra Western firms have withdrawn from initiatives in Russia, deepening the financial toll on Moscow that noticed the ruble collapse this week.

Apple, ExxonMobil and Boeing introduced Tuesday in speedy succession steps to withdraw or freeze business in Russia.

The strikes adopted earlier bulletins by Disney, Ford and Mastercard amongst others.

The invasion has despatched international markets right into a spiral, with crude surging previous $110 a barrel Wednesday and equities sinking.

On prime of sanctions, Germany has promised arms for Ukraine, whereas the EU mentioned, in a primary, that it’s going to purchase and provide arms to the nation.

Zelensky has reiterated an pressing attraction for Ukraine to be admitted to the European Union. 

More than 660,000 folks have fled overseas, the UN refugee company mentioned, and as battles rage for management of main cities many extra are anticipated to observe.

Residents of capital Kyiv are crammed into makeshift bomb shelters awaiting their very own combat, with a large Russian navy convoy stationed simply north of town.

Teacher Irina Butyak, 38, has spent two days within the basement of her house block sheltering with some 20 folks.

‘We have prepare tickets for western Ukraine for tomorrow,’ she advised AFP as air raid sirens blared instantly overhead.

‘I do not assume we are going to make the prepare.’

A view of smoke from inside a broken gymnasium following shelling in Kyiv, Ukraine

An area resident stands on a destroyed armoured car, as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues, within the city of Bucha

A view exhibits a destroyed constructing in a residential space, as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues, within the metropolis of Zhytomyr

A destroyed armoured car, with the letter ‘V’ painted on its turret, is seen on a road, as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues, within the city of Bucha

Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky accused Russia of battle crimes on Monday after Vladimir Putin’s forces launched what had been believed to be cluster and vacuum bomb assaults on the fifth day of their invasion. Above: Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second metropolis, coming beneath heavy assault on Monday

Kharkiv and Ukraine flags are pictured hanging from a blown out window of the executive constructing after the Russian rocket assault in an emblem of defiance

The bombardment of Kharkiv continued Tuesday morning with a rocket touchdown simply in entrance of the civilian public administration constructing, destroying the street exterior and blowing the home windows out of the constructing itself. Footage from inside exhibits the constructing was closely broken, with ceilings collapsing and rubble strewn round

Rescue employees and medics are pictured near the regional administration constructing in central Kharkiv, selecting their method by means of the particles following the explosion

This picture, posted by the State Emergency Service of Ukraine, exhibits the sq. exterior the executive constructing lined in rubble following the rocket assault

A view exhibits the regional administration constructing following the Russian rocket assault in central Kharkiv, Ukraine, March 1, 2022

People assist a wounded lady within the aftermath of a Russian shelling in Kharkiv, Ukraine, on Tuesday morning after Ukrainian President Zelensky declared Russia a ‘terrorist state’ over the assault

The faces of Putin’s victims: A 19-year-old biathlete, an anesthesiologist and two women aged six and 10 are among the many 352 civilians – together with a minimum of 13 youngsters – killed throughout Russia’s invasion of Ukraine 

As Russia continues its invasion of Ukraine, the tales and images of these killed have began to point out the human toll taken by battle.

Ukraine’s inside minister reported 352 civilians lifeless and over 1,600 injured this previous Sunday, a mere 4 days after the invasion started.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Liz Throssell mentioned they’ve solely been capable of ‘cross-check’ 136 lifeless, together with 13 youngsters, however acknowledged the toll ‘is more likely to be a lot increased.’

Throssell added that one other 400 folks – together with 26 youngsters – have been wounded from the preventing.

Yevgeny Malyshev, a 19-year-old Ukrainian biathlete, was reported lifeless from a battle within the metropolis of Kharkov

Marina Kalabina, an anesthesiologist within the Kyiv area, died beneath the sort of shelling of Russian troops that Throssell talked about

10-year-old Polina was placed on show as one of many first victims of the invasion. She and her mother and father had been shot lifeless by a Russian sabotage and reconnaissance group which opened fireplace on their household automobile, Kyiv’s deputy mayor Volodymyr Bondarenko mentioned.

She blames using explosives with large affect areas and shellings from heavy artillery for a lot of the demise, in addition to a number of launch rocket methods and airstrikes.

Reports are beginning to floor figuring out a few of these killed because the invasion heads into its second week.

Yevgeny Malyshev, a 19-year-old Ukrainian biathlete, was reported lifeless from a battle within the metropolis of Kharkov. He reportedly stop the nationwide staff two years in the past to affix the armed compelled.

Marina Kalabina, an anesthesiologist within the Kyiv area, died beneath the sort of shelling of Russian troops that Throssell talked about.

A Ukrainian policeman named Oleg Fedko lost 5 members of his family amid Russian motion from Crimea, based on Sky News.

Fedko’s household – together with a 6-year-old daughter named Sofia, a child named Ivan, his spouse Irina, father Oleg and mom Anna – all had been killed.

The household was making an attempt to flee in a pair of vehicles when the assaults got here on them on the outskirts of Kherson, based on a Ukrainian information outlet.

Israeli DJ Roman Brodsky was killed in a case of mistaken id at a Ukrainian test level, believing him to be Chechen. His father nonetheless blames ‘dictator’ Putin

Medics carry out CPR on a lady on the metropolis hospital of Mariupol, who was injured throughout shelling

A girl reacts as paramedics carry out CPR on a lady who was injured throughout shelling, at metropolis hospital of Mariupol, jap Ukraine, Sunday, Feb. 27, 2022. The woman didn’t survive

Medical employees put together to function on folks injured by shelling in a residential space, at a maternity hospital transformed right into a medical ward in Mariupol

A woman across the age of 10 named Polina was shot lifeless making an attempt to flee along with her household, based on iNews, along with her youthful brother and sister so badly injured they needed to be taken to an intensive care.

She and her mother and father had been fatally shot by a Russian reconnaissance group which opened fireplace on their automobile, based on Kyiv deputy mayor Volodymyr Bondarenko, who shared her picture as one of many first victims of the invasion.

Among the youngsters lifeless embrace a 6-year-old present in her unicorn pajamas along with her mom lined in blood.

In Okhtyrka, 7-year-old Alisa Hlans was one in every of six kindergartners who had been killed in an assault on her college final Friday.

Roman Brodsky, an Israeli DJ, was killed by Ukrainian troops in a case of mistaken id, nonetheless, his household nonetheless blames Putin, a person they name ‘Dictator.’

Brodsky, a father of two, was making an attempt to drive to Moldova to flee again to Israel.

His father mentioned: ‘They thought he was Chechen or one thing’ and opened fireplace by mistake.

Russia’s escalating assaults on populated city areas of Ukraine left rubble and wreckage in streets and plazas because the invasion claimed new victims throughout the nation. The central sq. in Ukraine´s second-biggest metropolis was hit with what was believed to be a missile, leaving the huge space piled excessive with particles.

Hospitals raced to deal with victims of the bombardment at the same time as moms and kids sheltered of their basements. While the preventing in Ukraine raged, the demise toll remained unclear.

At the border, anguished households mentioned goodbye as ladies and kids fled whereas many males returned to combat. More than 675,000 folks have escaped to neighboring nations because the Russian invasion started – a quantity that may solely develop, based on the U.N. refugee company.

Oncology sufferers maintain up sheets of paper with the phrases ‘Stop War’ at a basement used as a bomb shelter on the Okhmadet youngsters’s hospital in central Kyiv

An oncology affected person rests on a coach subsequent to his mom

Ambulance paramedics transfer a stretcher with a person injured by the shelling in a residential space