Residential areas in Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city, have been hit by Russian shells, and satellite imagery has shown a massive 40-kilometer column of Russian tanks and vehicles on Tuesday moved to the capital of Ukraine Kiev, when the war in Ukraine was on its sixth day.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky called the attack on the main square of Kharkiv “open, undisguised terrorism” and a war crime.
“No one forgives. Nobody will forget, – said Zelensky. “This is state terrorism of the Russian Federation.”
Monday’s long talks aimed at ending the war only agreed to continue talks. Zelensky said the intensified shelling was aimed at forcing him to make concessions.
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Kharkiv Mayor Igor Terekhov said on Tuesday that his government remained under control, but said the city was surrounded by Russian troops.
“Military equipment and armored vehicles are coming from different directions,” he said The Washington Post in a telephone interview.
Terekhov said that among the buildings that came under fire were the government building and the Opera and Ballet Theater. He said transformer stations were also hit by artillery, causing most of the city to be shut down. According to him, the shelling stopped efforts to provide the city with food and medicine.
“There are casualties, and now there are, of course, many more, after the night and morning shelling,” he told the Post. “The situation is quite serious.”
►The movement of the Russian military was stopped by fierce resistance on the ground and a strange inability to dominate the airspace. As a result, Russia is also becoming increasingly isolated international condemnation and potentially devastating economic sanctions.
►Zelenski, speaking in the European Parliament on Tuesday, said that his country is fighting “to be equal members of Europe:“ I believe that today we show everyone what we are. … We have proved that at least we are the same as you. “
►The United States and the European Union have taken steps to remove Russian banks from the SWIFT networkwhich allows settlements between financial institutions, and limit Russia’s use of its massive foreign exchange reserves.
►The Russian currency depreciated by about 30% against the US dollar, as a result of which the ruble became less than a penny.
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More than 70 Ukrainian servicemen were killed in an attack by Russian artillery on a military base in the city of Okhtyrka, located between Kharkiv and Kyiv, the head of the region wrote in the Telegram. Dmitry Zhivitsky published photos of a burnt-out four-story house and rescuers looking for blockages. In a later Facebook post, he said many Russian soldiers and some residents were also killed during Sunday’s fighting. The message cannot be confirmed immediately.
Earlier on Monday, Russian troops shelled Ukraine’s second-largest city, hitting a residential area as they approached the capital Kyiv in a 40-kilometer column containing hundreds of tanks and other military equipment.
– Selina Tebar
Walt Disney Co., Sony Pictures Entertainment and Warner Bros. join the list of companies that will take revenge on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine. Disney is suspending production of theatrical films in Russia, including Pixar’s upcoming “Red” in response to the attack, the company said in a statement Monday. The company said it was working with NGOs to provide assistance and other humanitarian assistance to refugees.
WarnerMedia postpones Batman release in Russia. The film starring Robert Pattinson was scheduled for Thursday in Russia. “We will continue to monitor the situation as it develops,” Warner Bros. said in a statement. “We hope for a speedy and peaceful solution to this tragedy.”
Sony Pictures is also suspending scheduled movie theaters in Russia, including the upcoming release of Morbius, due out in early April.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected, and we hope that this crisis will be resolved soon,” a Sony Pictures spokesman told USA TODAY.
Mastercard announced on Monday that it was blocking “several financial institutions from the Mastercard payment network” as a result of sanctions imposed on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine. The U.S. financial services company said in a statement that it will continue to work with regulators to stay on track and is actively monitoring and preparing to respond to cyberattacks. The financial corporation also said it was donating $ 2 million to humanitarian aid.
The US and the EU have imposed sanctions on senior Kramin officials and the Russian elite, and have taken steps to remove Russian banks from the SWIFT network, which allows payments to be made between financial institutions.
– Selina Tebar
Contributed by: Associated Press