Ukraine invasion latest update: Russian paratroopers attack Kharkiv as plot to assassinate Zelensky foiled

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At least 21 have died and 112 have been injured after a bombardment on Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city, as Russian paratroopers attacked the city overnight, marking a week-long Russian invasion of the country.

Heavy gunfights broke out between Ukrainian and Russian troops while a military hospital was attacked in Kharkiv, officials said.

Meanwhile, a 40-mile chain of Russian armored military vehicles, tanks and towed artillery is advancing towards Kiev, stoking fears of a full-scale assault on the capital.

Fresh explosions and air raid sirens were heard across the city on Tuesday night, even as Joe Biden rallied support during his State of the Union address for Ukraine against Vladimir’s military offensive Putin and warned that the Russian leader had “no idea what is coming.” .

Calling Mr Putin a “dictator”, Mr Biden said that “when dictators don’t pay the price for their aggression, they cause more chaos”.

Meanwhile, the Moscow Stock Exchange remained closed for the third day in a row as Russia faces the heat of global sanctions aimed at driving down the value of the rouble.

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Arpan RaiMarch 2, 2022 07:02

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Massive explosion in Kharkiv leaves 21 dead and 112 injured

A Russian shelling has left at least 21 dead and 112 injured in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv in the past 24 hours, Ukrainian regional governor Oleg Synegubov said today.

Kharkiv was hit by Russian missiles, damaging residential areas and the regional administration building.

It is the second day in a row that Kharkiv has faced deadly attacks from Russia.

Arpan RaiMarch 2, 2022 06:50

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Russian paratroopers attack a military hospital in Kharkiv

Russian paratroopers parachuted into Kharkiv in the early hours of Wednesday, Ukraine’s security chief said today.

The paratroopers engaged in heavy fighting with Ukrainian forces as they closed in on the weakened Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city.

They also raided the Northern Region Military Medical Center Hospital, launching violent attacks, officials said.

Arpan RaiMarch 2, 2022 06:33

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Russian electric vehicle charging stations hacked with message ‘Putin is a skull’

Charging stations for electric vehicles in Russia have been hacked by a Ukrainian company that participated in their construction.

The messages left by the hackers read: “Putin is a *** head”.

Social media users said the chargers were disabled, after which they posted pro-Ukrainian messages.

“Glory to Ukraine / Glory to the heroes / Putin is leading a *** / Death to the enemy,” the post reportedly read.

The Independent’s Graeme Massie has the full story here:

Arpan RaiMarch 2, 2022 05:52

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The Moscow Stock Exchange remains closed today

The Moscow Stock Exchange will not see trading today as Russia’s central bank kept markets suspended for a third straight day.

Markets were closed on Monday after the ruble hit historic lows amid the heat of international sanctions imposed by Western countries.

However, a limited range of operations will be allowed for the first time this week, the central bank announced today.

Arpan RaiMarch 2, 2022 05:38

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Biden calls Russian ‘dictator’ Putin in State of the Union address

Joe Biden has called out Russian “dictator” Vladimir Putin for invading Ukraine in an unprovoked action, underestimating the effectiveness of US diplomacy and the NATO alliance.

“Throughout our history, we have learned this lesson: when dictators do not pay the price for their aggression, they cause more chaos. They keep moving, and the costs and threats to America and the world keep mounting,” Biden said during his first State of the Union address.

“This is why the NATO Alliance was created to ensure peace and stability in Europe after the Second World War.”

Mr. Biden has historically drawn parallels between the actions of Mr. Putin and other authoritarians.

“He thought the West and NATO wouldn’t respond, and he thought he might divide us at home,” he said. “Putin was wrong, we were ready”.

Arpan RaiMarch 2, 2022 05:17

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US stands with Ukrainian people, says Biden

Shortly after the State of the Union address, Joe Biden shared a photo of himself leading a standing ovation for Ukrainians in the face of the Russian invasion.

“The United States of America stands with the people of Ukraine,” he wrote.

Mr Biden had led the ovation earlier in the day for showing US support for Kiev which has been beleaguered by Russia for a week now.

He called the actions of his Russian counterpart an “unprovoked and premeditated invasion”.

Arpan RaiMarch 2, 2022 04:38

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Ukrainian tennis star wins against Russian player and promises money for the country’s army

Ukrainian tennis player Elina Svitolina won against Russian player Anastasia at the Monterrey Open on Tuesday and has pledged to donate her prize money to the Ukrainian military.

Svitolina put her hand to her heart and waved to the crowd after winning the first round match.

“I was on a mission for my country,” Svitolina said, speaking in an on-court interview about her performance.

It was a very special match for me and a moment here… I’m in a very sad mood, but I’m happy to play tennis here, she said.

She also wore blue and yellow – the colors of the Ukrainian flag – on the pitch for the game.

Arpan RaiMarch 2, 2022 04:08

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Joe Biden trades Ukraine’s symbolic yellow and blue tie for State of the Union

In a symbolic gesture, Joe Biden donned a yellow and blue striped tie as he attended a phone call with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky.

But later, in a change of attire, he switched to a plain Democratic blue for delivering his State of the Union address at the United States Capitol.

Justin Vallejo has the full story here:

Arpan RaiMarch 2, 2022 03:53

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13 children killed in Ukraine since Russian invasion

The death toll in Ukraine after Thursday – the day Russia launched the invasion – reached 136, the United Nations said on Tuesday.

It’s also 13 children, said Liz Throssell, spokeswoman for the UN high commissioner for human rights.

She added: “These are only the casualties we were able to cross-check, and the true toll will likely be much higher.”

Nearly 400 civilians, including 26 children, were injured, Ms Throssell said.

The majority of casualties were caused by the use of explosive weapons with a wide impact area, including heavy artillery shelling and multiple rocket launcher systems and airstrikes.

Arpan RaiMarch 2, 2022 3:43 a.m.

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