Live: Russians hit 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, AP reported.

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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07:53

Here are the key points to know:

    Russian troops entered into Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city on the fourth day of their invasion in the country, with officials urging residents to take shelter.

    Air raid sirens are reported to be heard in Kyiv, but the capital remains under Ukrainian control.

    Civilian deaths were reported due to Russian shelling on Saturday.

    Russia closes airspace to several EU countries in retaliation. Finland is the latest EU country to close their airspace to Russian planes.

    Russian banks will be removed from the SWIFT international payments system, EU chief Ursula von der Leyen said on Saturday evening.

08:27

Street fighting in Kharkiv after Russian troops enter city

There is fighting in Kharkiv between Ukrainian forces and Russian troops, an AFP journalist reported, after officials said Russian forces had entered the city.There has been sporadic gunfire and explosions through the largely deserted city as residents shelter in their homes.08:20

Finland latest European country to close airspace to Russian planes

Finland is the latest European country to close its airspace to Russian planes, the transport minister announced.

The country shares a more than 1,000km-long border with Russia.

08:02

Russian units surround two cities in southern Ukraine, state media reports

Russian units are surrounding two southern Ukrainian cities: Kherson and Berdiansk, Russian media outlet Tass reported, citing the country’s defence ministry.

The Russians also took control of an airfield near Kherson, they said.07:49

Shelling in Sumy region kills 7-year-old, official says

A 7-year-old child was killed after shelling reportedly hit a kindergarten, an official in the Sumy region, Dmytro Zhyvytskyy, said.

He said that six people were killed and 55 were injured due to shelling in Okhtyrka on Saturday.

“In some places there are destroyed gas pipelines, but the gas leak has been stopped,” Zkyvytskyy added in a Facebook post.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, Oleh Sinehubov, 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.

Additional sources • AP, AFP

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