Live: Russians attack Ukrainian fuel facilities, troops enter Kharkiv

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Ukrainian soldiers take positions outside a military facility after an explosion in Kyiv, Ukraine, Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022.

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Russia forces targeted air fields and fuel facilities as attacks continued in Ukraine overnight.

The Ukrainian president’s office said Russian forces blew up a gas pipeline in Kharkiv, the country’s second-largest city while there were flames an an oil depot near an air base in Vasylkiv, near the capital.

Ukrainian officials said Russian troops entered Kharkiv, with people urged to stay sheltered underground in basements and metro stations. Ukrainian forces continued to have control of capital city Kyiv.

Western countries announced on Sunday that they would remove “selected Russian banks” from SWIFT in an effort to cut the country off from the international financial banking system.

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07:37

A woman killed after residential building hit by shelling in Kharkiv, Ukrainian internal affairs ministry says

An elderly woman was killed on Saturday night after a 9-storey residential building was hit in Kharhiv, Ukrainian authorities said.

About 60 people were hiding in the basement of the building and none of them were injured, they added.

07:32

Ukrainian defence minister praises war effort, says without this Europe won’t be safe

Ukrainian defence minister Oleksii Reznikov praised his armed forces for their efforts to fight the Russian invasion.

“Where are all those who promised to capture Kyiv in 72 hours?” Reznikov asked in a long Facebook post.

“There are still many challenges ahead. But we are not the only ones who believe in our victory now,” he said.

“Without this army and our people, Europe will never be safe. Without us, Europe simply will not exist,” he added.07:09

Kyiv remains under Ukrainian control, official says

Capital city Kyiv remains under Ukrainian control, said the deputy head of the city’s state administration, Mykola Povoroznyk.

“The situation in Kyiv is calm. The capital is completely controlled by the Ukrainian army and defence,” Povoroznyk wrote on social media.
He added that there were several clashes overnight.06:56

Kharkiv residents urged not to leave shelters after Russian troops enter city

There was a breakthrough of the Russian army’s equipment in Kharkiv, Oleg Sinegubov, head of the regional state administration said.

He warned residents not to leave shelters.

Kharkiv is Ukraine’s second-largest city located in the northeast of the country.06:45

Russia closes airspace to planes from several EU countries

Russia is closing its airspace to planes from Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Slovenia, a move that comes as Moscow’s ties with the West plunge to new lows over its invasion of Ukraine, AP reports.

Russia’s state aviation agency, Rosaviatsiya, announced early on Sunday that the measure was taken in retaliation for the four nations closing their airspace for Russian planes.

06:39

Elon Musk deploys SpaceX’s Starlink Internet satellites over Ukraine

SpaceX’s Starlink satellites have now been deployed over Ukraine with more on the way, according to the company’s billionaire CEO Elon Musk, after a call for help from the country’s vice prime minister on Saturday.

Mykhailo Fedorov, who is also Ukraine’s Minister of Digital Transformation, tweeted Musk requesting that SpaceX switch on its Starlink broadband satellites to supplement the country’s Internet services which have been disrupted during Russia’s ongoing invasion.

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06:36

Ukrainian PM ‘grateful to partners’, following new sanctions

06:35

Russian forces blow up gas pipeline, Ukrainian president’s office says

The Ukrainian president’s office said Russian forces blew up a gas pipeline in Kharkiv, the country’s second-largest city.

The State Service of Special Communication and Information Protection warned that the explosion, which it said looked like a mushroom cloud, could cause an “environmental catastrophe” and advised residents to cover their windows with damp cloth or gauze and to drink plenty of fluids, AP reports.

06:33

EU imposes new sanctions, blocking Russian banks from Swift

Russian banks will be removed from the SWIFT international payments system, says EU chief Ursula von der Leyen.

She said the move would “stop them from operating worldwide and effectively block Russian exports and imports”.

Read the full story here.

06:18Hello. This is Euronews reporter Lauren Chadwick. We’re covering Russia’s war in Ukraine live. Follow for live updates.

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