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Ukrainian forces continued to defend the capital Kyiv on the fourth day of fighting with Russia until Russian troops penetrated the second largest city in Ukraine Kharkiv and blew up a gas pipeline.
“The light equipment of the Russian enemy invaded Kharkiv, including the city center,” said the governor of the region Oleg Sinegubov. according to Reuters. “Ukraine’s armed forces are destroying the enemy. We ask the civilians not to come out. “
Russian troops reportedly blew up the pipeline on Sunday as well This was reported by the Ukrainian state agency. The video, published by adviser to the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Anton Gerashchenko, shows tanks moving through the city in eastern Ukraine.
Explosions lit up the sky on Sunday near Kiev, where rockets hit the town of Cornflower and caused a fire at an oil depot in the village of Kryachki, according to the mayor of the city.
At least 64 civilians have been killed since Russia entered Ukraine last week, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. reported Saturday. The office added that the figure is probably “much higher”.
Thousands were left without electricity and water due to damaged infrastructure, and hundreds of homes were damaged or destroyed, the UN said.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (Refugees) said on Sunday that 368,000 Ukrainians had fled the country. The number is expected to continue to grow.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Friday rejected a US proposal to evacuate Kyiv. On Sunday morning, he announced that Ukraine had filed a lawsuit against Russia in the International Court of Justice and called for depriving Russia of the right to vote as a member of the UN Security Council.
“Russia must be held accountable for manipulating the concept of genocide to justify aggression. We ask for an urgent decision ordering Russia to stop military activity now and we expect that the trials will start next week, ”Zelensky wrote on Twitter.
Russia has sent a delegation to Belarus for peace talks with Ukraine, the Kremlin reports. But the President of Ukraine suggested other places, saying that his country does not want to meet in Belarus because it served as a platform for invasion.
“We are fighting, fighting for our country, fighting for our freedom, because we have the right to do so,” Zelensky said. “Last night was difficult – more shelling, more bombing of residential areas and civilian infrastructure. There is not a single object in the country that the occupiers would not consider as an acceptable object. “
Russian President Vladimir Putin, meanwhile, is allegedly “angry” and “angry” that his military invasion of Ukraine is not going as smoothly as he had hoped. European Union an official who said he had read a report by Ukrainian intelligence. Putin is allegedly watching the invasion of Ukraine from his “lair in the Urals.”
Fox News independently did not confirm the authenticity of the intelligence report.
The Associated Press and Fox News House Calicchio contributed to this report.