Ukraine war: More victims in Kharkiv shelling as Russia sets sights on Kyiv infrastructure

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Firemen work inside the regional administration building in the city's central square of Kharkiv, Ukraine, after Russian shelling, March 1, 2022.

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Ukrainian authorities have reported more civilian casualties in Kharkiv as Russian forces intensify their bombardment of the country’s second city Kharkiv. Residential areas have been hit.

A convoy of Russian armoured vehicles, tanks, artillery and support vehicles stretching about 65 kilometres continues to advance towards Kyiv. Moscow says it plans to target key security infrastructure, warning civilians living nearby to leave.

Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelenskyy called on the European Union during an emotional address to MEPs to “prove that you are with us.”

See the latest updates in our live blog below:

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Key things to know on Tuesday

    Ukraine’s President Zelenskyy was given a standing ovation by MEPs as he called on the EU to “prove that you will not let us go”, saying Ukrainians are fighting for rights, freedoms and survival”.The Russian defence ministry has warned it plans to target key security infrastructure in Kyiv, warning civilians living nearby to leave. A long armoured convoy continues to approach the capital.Russian intensified shelling of Ukraine’s second city has caused more casualties. Authorities said at least 10 were killed when the largest public square was hit by a missile, Zelenskyy calling the attack a war crime. Explosions tore through residential areas, with eight people reportedly killed in another airstrike.  Vladimir Putin’s forces pressed their attack on other towns and cities across the country, including the strategic ports of Odesa and Mariupol in the south.The UN says more than 660,000 refugees have fled Ukraine in six days and numbers are growing “exponentially”. EU diplomats and their partners at two UN conferences walked out as the Russian foreign minister addressed them by videolink. Sergei Lavrov again called for “security guarantees” from NATO.

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Boris Johnson taken to task by Ukrainian journalist

Ukrainian journalist Daria Kaleniuk was overcome with emotion as she questioned UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson  in a briefing during his visit to Poland, over Britain’s plans to help Ukraine on Monday.

She urged Britain and NATO allies to enforce a no-fly zone over her country to protect people from Russia’s bombardment.

“You are talking about the stoicism of the Ukrainian people but Ukrainian women and children are in deep fear because of bombs and missiles coming from the sky,” she said.

“We are asking for a no-fly zone,” she added, “NATO is not willing to defend, because NATO is afraid of the World War III. But it is already started.”

Johnson said the implication of that would be that the UK forces would be engaged in a direct combat with Russians.

“That is not something we can do and that have envisaged,” Johnson said.

Johnson said the the UK was the first European country to offer military assistance, also “doing everything we can to tighten the economic noose around the Putin regime.”

“And I have to tell you, I think that it will work,” Johnson said.

Watch the full exchange here:

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Kharkiv: Eight more killed in strike on residential area — Ukrainian authorities

At least eight people were killed and six injured on Tuesday by an airstrike on a residential area in the eastern city of Kharkiv, which has been under assault from Russian forces, Ukrainian authorities said.
“Eight people died, six were injured and 38 people were rescued” after “an airstrike”, the Ukrainian emergency service said on Facebook, posting photos of rescuers working in a damaged building.Earlier, on Tuesday morning, the bombardment of Kharkiv’s central square left at least 10 dead and 20 injured, according to Ukrainian rescuers, who released images of victims extricated from the rubble of the local government headquarters.
At least 11 people were killed in the city on Monday. (AFP)16:22

European Human Rights Court calls on Moscow to avoid targeting civilians

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), called upon by Kyiv, has called on Russia to refrain from attacking civilians and civilian targets.”The Court has decided to indicate to the Government of Russia to refrain from military attacks against civilians and civilian objects, including residential premises, emergency vehicles and other specially protected civilian objects such as schools and hospitals, and to ensure immediately the safety of the medical establishments, personnel and emergency vehicles within the territory under attack or siege by Russian troops,” it said.16:11

Scholz: ‘Ukraine is literally fighting for survival’

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Tuesday called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to stop the fighting in Ukraine immediately, withdraw his troops and return to dialogue.

Scholz said after meeting Luxembourg’s prime minister in Berlin that “the bloodshed must come to an end — Vladimir Putin is assaulting the Ukrainian people.”

The chancellor pointed to the economic effects of sanctions that have already been imposed on Russia and said that more will follow. He didn’t give details.

Scholz deflected a question about whether NATO should respond to Putin’s decision to put Russia’s nuclear forces on high alert, saying that the focus needs to be on stopping fighting that is likely to get worse.

He said that “Ukraine is literally fighting for survival” and reports of large-scale Russian troop movements suggest that “this will be a very, very dramatic time.”

Scholz added: “The pictures we have lamented so far … will only be the beginning of what is probably still coming.” (AP)

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Ukrainian foreign minister appeals for more European help

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‘6,000 arrests’ in Russia during protests over Ukraine war, says human rights group

Demonstrators in Russia have been prepared to risk being taken away by police on a daily basis since Putin’s forces invaded Ukraine last Thursday.Defying crackdowns by police, demonstrators marched in cities across Russia on Monday in protest against the invasion of Ukraine.Footage from Moscow showed police detaining several protesters.Read more here:

‘More than 6,000 arrests’ in Russia during protests over Ukraine war

Russia, like the rest of Europe, has also seen regular protests about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. 15:21

Russian army ‘ready to target Ukrainian security infrastructure in Kyiv’

Moscow says the Russian army is planning to strike infrastructure belonging to the Ukrainian security services in Kyiv and on Tuesday called on civilians living nearby to flee.
“In order to stop the computer attacks against Russia, strikes with high-precision weapons will be carried out against technological infrastructures of the SBU (Ukrainian Security Service) and the main centre of the Psychological Operations Unit in Kyiv”, said Russian Defence Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov.
“We call on… Kyiv residents living near broadcast centers to leave their homes,” he added.
These declarations come at a time when the Russian forces are stepping up their efforts to seize the capital.
A Russian armoured convoy several tens of kilometres long is approaching Kyiv from the northwest, according to satellite images published overnight from Monday to Tuesday. (AFP)15:12Good afternoon. This is Alasdair Sandford, taking over our live blog until later on tonight.

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