On Sunday, Russian soldiers stormed Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city, engaged in urban fighting and blowing up a gas pipeline. According to Ukrainian sources, Russian reconnaissance soldiers in Tigr-M armored vehicles infiltrated the city’s northern areas early Sunday. According to the Wall Street Journal, Ukrainian forces could repel a Russian tank attack earlier this week.
Oleh Synehubov, the city’s governor, stated that Ukrainian forces were engaged in urban fighting and urged civilians to remain in bunkers until Ukrainian military forces “liquidated the enemy.” Russian soldiers assaulted airfields and fuel facilities in other news while Ukrainian forces defended Kyiv, the capital.
Moreover, in Vasylkiv, Ukraine, residents spent another night in bomb shelters and cellars as explosions rocked the city. A pair of explosions were heard shortly before 1 a.m. local time, one near the Zhuliany airport and the other at oil storage. Residents in Kyiv have been instructed to stay indoors until Monday morning while authorities seek Russian infiltrators who battled with Ukrainian forces.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the Ukrainian military has intercepted a ballistic missile fired towards Kyiv from Belarus. One kid was killed and many others were injured when a Russian airstrike targeted Okhmatdyt, a children’s hospital in downtown Kyiv.
Furthermore, Russian armor is making its way into the Chernobyl nuclear-disaster exclusion zone as the Russian military moves closer to Kyiv. According to the UN, at least 240 civilians have been killed or injured due to the assault, which began on Thursday. The UN cautioned that the death toll might be “much higher.”
According to Ukrainian authorities, Russia was caught aback by the country’s display of defiance. “Tough times are ahead,” Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov predicts. “However, they are no longer the only ones who believe in their triumph.” He claims that Ukraine was now getting the inconceivable help three days ago.
The US and its European allies want to deactivate “chosen” Russian banks from the international SWIFT payment system. They are part of an economic sanctions escalation against Moscow in reaction to the invasion of Ukraine. According to the US Secretary of State, the US will provide up to $350 million in new military aid to Ukraine.