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Russian forces confronted stiff resistance from Ukrainians as their invasion of Ukraine continued over the weekend, with Russian forces affected by logistics issues, in line with analysts and the U.S. navy.
“They haven’t achieved what they meant on day 4” of the invasion, a senior U.S. protection official informed reporters on Sunday, with Ukrainians nonetheless accountable for all main cities.
Nevertheless, the state of affairs might shortly change as Russia had solely dedicated about two-thirds of its 150,000 to 190,000 service members who had been stationed round Ukraine as of Sunday, in line with the U.S.
In the meantime, representatives of Ukraine and Russia agreed to talks in Belarus on Monday.
In a speech, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy accused Russia of deliberately focusing on civilians and known as for a world tribunal to research.
“For the reason that first hours of the invasion, Russian troops have been hitting civilian infrastructure. They consciously selected techniques to destroy folks and every part that makes life simply regular,” Zelenskyy stated on Sunday.
Ukraine’s inside ministry said at the least 352 Ukrainian civilians had been killed, together with 14 kids, and one other 1,684 folks have been wounded. Russia has stated a few of its navy members have been killed however has not launched numbers, The Related Press reported.
In New York, the United Nations is about to convene an emergency session of its Normal Meeting on Monday for under the eleventh time in additional than 70 years. The emergency session permits all 193 members to debate and vote on a decision calling for Russia’s speedy withdrawal of troops from Ukraine.
And in Russia, President Vladimir Putin ordered what Russia calls its “deterrent forces” on alert, which incorporates nuclear weapons.
The European Union bans Russian flights and can ship weapons
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EU Fee President Ursula von der Leyen stated on Sunday that Russian-owned, Russian-registered and Russian-controlled plane wouldn’t be allowed in EU airspace.
“These plane will no extra be capable to land in, take off or overly the territory of the EU,” von der Leyen stated in a press release.
She additionally stated the EU would “finance the acquisition and supply of weapons and different tools” to Ukraine, whereas Germany, Denmark and Sweden over the weekend stated they’d ship weapons and tools to Ukraine.
The fee additionally introduced new sanctions on President Alexander Lukashenko’s regime in Belarus, which is a key ally of Russia.
The U.S. and allies ramp up monetary penalties for Russian banks
The U.S., Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the U.Okay. and the EU Fee additionally stated they’d minimize sure Russian banks from the SWIFT financial institution messaging system, which helps tens of millions of safe messages every day to facilitate financial institution transactions world wide.
“This may make sure that these banks are disconnected from the worldwide monetary system and hurt their capacity to function globally,” the nations stated in a press release on Saturday.
The listing of banks that shall be “de-SWIFTed” has not been finalized.
The nations additionally say they’re working to focus on Russia’s central financial institution with restrictions to restrict Russia’s use of $630 billion in overseas forex reserves that it might use to assist the ruble.
The U.S. and allies say they’ve now focused 10 of Russia’s greatest monetary establishments.
Protesters internationally stand with Ukraine
From Prague to New York Metropolis, Tel Aviv to Tokyo, Buenos Aires to Pretoria, protesters gathered over the weekend to point out their assist for Ukraine and to sentence Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Some 100,000 folks gathered in Berlin on Sunday in entrance of town’s Brandenburg Gate.
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In Russia itself, protesters risked arrest by gathering to voice their opposition to the invasion.
Over 5,900 folks in Russia have been detained over 4 days, in line with the human rights monitoring group OVD-Information.
Ladies and kids flee the struggle
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Grownup males beneath 60 have been banned from leaving the nation after Zelenskyy declared martial legislation and instituted a compulsory navy conscription.
So at border crossings, lengthy traces of ladies, kids and the aged are ready to flee Russia’s assaults. On the Medyka border crossing into Poland, a trickle of individuals got here by way of whereas tens of hundreds have been backed up behind them on the Ukrainian facet of the border.
As of Sunday, at the least 368,000 refugees had crossed into Poland, Hungary, Romania, Moldova and different nations, according to Filippo Grandi, the U.N. excessive commissioner for refugees.
Humanitarian businesses have warned that tens of millions might depart Ukraine, creating new refugee disaster.
In the meantime, Ukrainian males who had been residing overseas stood in line to return to fight for their country.
Lauren Frayer, Tom Bowman and Becky Sullivan contributed reporting.