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Russian troops arrive in Kyiv when Ukraine’s leader asks for help

People sing the national anthem of Ukraine in protest against Russia’s military action in Ukraine, outside the Russian delegation to the United Nations in New York City, USA, February 24, 2022. REUTERS / Jeenah Moon

February 25, 2022

by Natalia Zinets

KYIV (Reuters) – Missiles hit the Ukrainian capital on Friday as Russian forces pushed for their advance, and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy called on the international community to do more, saying sanctions announced so far were not enough.

Airstrikes swept over a city of 3 million people, some of whom were sheltered in subway stations, a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin launched an invasion that has shocked the world. A Ukrainian official said a Russian plane had been shot down and crashed into a building.

A senior Ukrainian official said Russian troops would enter an area just outside the capital, Kyiv, later on Friday, and that Ukrainian troops were defending positions on four fronts despite being more numerous.

It is estimated that about 100,000 people fled when explosions and gunfire erupted in major cities. Dozens have been killed. Russian troops seized a former nuclear power plant in Chernobyl north of Kyiv as they made their way to the city from Belarus.

US and Ukrainian officials say Russia is aiming to capture Kyiv and overthrow the government, which Putin sees as a puppet of the United States.

Zelenskiy said he understood that Russian troops were approaching him but promised to stay in Kyiv.

“(The enemy) has marked me as the number one target,” Zelenskiy said in a video message. “My family is the second target. They want to destroy Ukraine politically by destroying the head of state.

“I will stay in the capital. My family is also in Ukraine. ”

Russia began its invasion of land, air and sea on Thursday in the wake of Putin’s declaration of war, the largest attack on a European country since World War II.

Putin says Russia is carrying out a “special military operation” to prevent the Ukrainian government from committing “genocide” – an accusation that the West calls a frivolous fabrication. He says Ukraine is an illegal state where land historically belongs to Russia, a view that Ukrainians see as an attempt to destroy more than a thousand years of its history.

Putin’s full goals remain unclear. He has said he does not intend to plan an occupation, only to disarm Ukraine and remove its leaders. But after telling Ukrainians that their state is illegal, it is difficult to see how he could simply force a new leader and withdraw. The Russians have not given the name of a person they consider acceptable and no one has come forward.

The British said that Moscow’s goal was to conquer all of Ukraine and that the army had not achieved its main objectives on day one because it did not expect the Ukrainians to resist.

“It is clearly our view that Russia is going to invade all of Ukraine,” US Secretary of Defense Ben Wallace told Sky.

“Contrary to Russia’s strong claims – and indeed President Putin’s view that the Ukrainians would somehow be liberated and would rush to his cause – he is completely wrong and the Russian military has failed to establish its main body on day one. objective. “

Ukrainians were distributing unconfirmed footage on Friday of a Russian warship ordering Ukrainian troops to surrender at a Black Sea base. Ukrainians respond: “Russian warships, go to hell. Zelenskiy said the 13 men had been killed in the Russian offensive and would be honored after the death.

Ukrainian troops shot down an enemy plane over Kyiv early Friday, which then crashed into a residential building and set it on fire, Interior Minister Anton Herashchenko said.

It was unclear whether the plane was manned or whether it could be a missile. Authorities in Kyiv said at least eight people had been injured in the crash.

“HORRIBLE”

“Russia’s catastrophic rocket attacks on Kyiv,” Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba wrote on Twitter. “The last time our capital suffered such a thing was in 1941 when the German Nazis attacked it.

Authorities said heavy fighting was raging in the northeastern city of Sumy.

A border post in the southeastern part of the country had been hit by missiles, killing and wounding border guards, and airstrikes were heard over the western city of Lviv.

Asked if he was concerned about Zelenskiy’s security, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told CBS: “To the best of my knowledge, President Zelenskiy is still in Ukraine in office and of course we are concerned about the safety of all our friends. in Ukraine – officials and others. ”

REPAIRS BUILD

A democratic nation with 44 million people, Ukraine declared independence with the collapse of the Soviet Union and has recently stepped up its efforts to join the NATO-EU military alliance, hopes that anger Moscow.

Western countries have introduced financial sanctions in Moscow that are considered much stronger than previous measures, including blacklisting banks and banning the import of technology. However, they stopped forcing Russia out of the SWIFT system for international bank payments and withdrew strong words from Kyiv, saying that the most serious steps should be taken now.

The UN Security Council will vote on Friday on a draft resolution condemning the invasion and calling for an immediate withdrawal from Moscow, although Moscow will certainly use its veto power. China, which signed a friendship agreement with Russia three weeks ago, has refused to describe Moscow’s actions as an invasion.

Russia is one of the world’s largest energy producers and both Ukraine and Ukraine are among the major exporters of grain. War and sanctions will disrupt economies https://graphics.reuters.com/RUSSIA-UKRAINE/zgpomzbjmpd/graphic.jpg worldwide.

Oil and grain prices have risen sharply. Stock markets around the world, many of which fell on Thursday when news of the war broke out, were mainly recovering on Friday.

(Reports by Natalia Zinets in Kyiv, Aleksandar Vasovic in Mariupol and Reuters bureauRit by Stephen Coates and Peter GraffEditor by Robert Birsel)



Russian troops arrive in Kyiv when Ukraine’s leader asks for help

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