Diary from Kyiv: When I wake, I ask my family, ‘Are you alive?’ | Russia-Ukraine war


Nowadays, there isn’t a place for ‘How are you?’ or ‘I’m doing OK’.

Zakhida Adylova, 35, is a language trainer and producer for a political discuss present who lives within the Ukrainian capital Kyiv.

She is a Crimean Tatar, a Muslim ethnic minority that was forcibly deported from their homeland, the Crimean Peninsula, to Uzbekistan in 1944 below orders from Joseph Stalin. In 1993, Zakhida returned from exile along with her household to Crimea, Ukraine. Then in 2014, she and her daughter have been pressured to depart their house in Crimea for Kyiv after Russia annexed the peninsula. Zakhida’s mom joined them a yr later. Immediately, the three are once more going through a Russian invasion, sheltering within the lavatory and hall of their condo. Zakhida has stored a diary for the reason that battle started. That is her account from as we speak.

Day 7: March 2, 2022 – ‘Please don’t ask me how I’m’

9am-11am: I proceed to speak in regards to the battle in Ukraine and the fact of the present scenario by way of interviews with worldwide media. Immediately, I spoke to the Australian Broadcasting Company after which to the Swedish radio station P3 Nyheter.

All of them ask me the identical questions. They ask me what I’m feeling and the way I’m.

These questions puzzle me lots. How do you suppose an individual feels in such circumstances?

Guys, the essential reality is that we’re not protected. There isn’t any place for “How are you?” or “What’s up?” or “OK” or “fantastic”.

Once I get up every morning, the primary query I ask my 11-year-old daughter Samira and my 75-year-old mom, Abibe, is, ” Are you alive?” Once I hear them reply I can exhale. A sigh of reduction.

Asking these of us in Ukraine how we’re doesn’t mirror our worries as a lot as possibly the query of whether or not we nonetheless exist.

So don’t ask these questions. Now we have stopped doing that. Nowadays, we greet one another by saying: “Glory to Ukraine.”

12pm: I get offended listening to about harmless Ukrainian residents dying (yesterday Russians fired rockets at Kyiv’s most important tv tower, killing no less than 5 civilians), infants being born in bomb shelters, and aged individuals not having the ability to entry medical care. And I additionally get offended seeing pets with collars who’ve been separated from their house owners roam the streets as stray animals looking for meals.

13.53pm: In my interviews, I’ve appealed to the worldwide hacker collective Nameless (the group declared cyberwar on Russia on February 24) to hack Russian state tv channels and present photos of the invasion.

These guys are glorious. Thanks, Nameless, for standing with Ukraine.

Victory is in unity. I have a good time this solidarity as we speak with my mother’s tasty do-it-yourself fried rolls.

Today, a celebration of solidarity with Zakhida's mother's fried rolls
Immediately, a celebration of solidarity with Zakhida’s mom’s fried rolls [Courtesy of Zakhida Adylova]

 

Empty shelves, spy hunt: Kyiv residents brace for Russian assault | Russia-Ukraine crisis News


Residents and servicemen alike hunt for Russian spies in Kyiv and supermarkets wrestle with logistics as a protracted Russian army convoy advances slowly in the direction of town.

The seventh day of Russia’s warfare on Ukraine started with the sounds of sirens warning of air raids once more on Wednesday morning whereas a lot of explosions and shelling incidents had been heard in a single day.

Maidan Nezalezhnosti, the enduring Independence Sq. in Kyiv, has been surrounded by barricades with sandbags and anti-tank Czech hedgehogs, as a 64km (40-mile) convoy of Russian tanks and different automobiles advances slowly in the direction of town.

Spanish ham, French cheese, Swiss chocolate and mangoes delivered straight from Thailand final week, simply earlier than the warfare, are left on the cabinets of Silpo, a grocery store chain, within the Pecherskyi district within the metropolis of practically three million individuals.

All the cheaper meals are gone. There isn’t a bread or greens, no oils of any form, and no meat or sausages.

“We’re anticipating a supply tomorrow, it’s not that simple logistically,” Konstantin, a cashier in a face masks adorned with a tiny Ukrainian coat of arms, advised Al Jazeera.

Not removed from Silpo, a dozen individuals stand patiently close to the doorways of a pharmacy. It snowed in Kyiv final evening, however the snow is melting, and the tweeting of birds will not be silenced by the standard drone of visitors.

People line up in front of a pharmacy in KyivFolks line up in entrance of a pharmacy in Kyiv [Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters]

“It’s one man out, one man in,” Leonid Goncharenko, a 79-year-old former firefighter, advised Al Jazeera, pointing on the doorways. He wants a number of drugs and drops for his diabetes and a coronary heart situation, and can wait patiently to get in.

Aside from the queues in entrance of grocery retailers and supermarkets, the streets are empty. Folks trickle out and in of the close by underground metro station-turned bomb shelter.

Teams of stern, gun-toting army officers in khaki uniforms and masks examine the identification of anybody getting into the station.

An analogous group of servicemen stops and checks every automotive and truck. Drivers and passersby eagerly present their ID playing cards, opening luggage and automotive boots.

“There are Russian spies working in Kyiv already, they spot the placement of strategic websites, we’ve got to seek out and detain them,” one of many servicemen advised Al Jazeera.

Nearly each house constructing has its personal chat room in WhatsApp or Viber, the place residents change information, suggestions and rumours.

An aged man sitting on a bench, a stranger knocking on someone’s door, a foreign-looking man taking photos – everybody seems to be suspicious, and teams of neighbours usually rush to such individuals asking what they’re doing within the neighbourhood.

“It’s our civil responsibility – to be vigilant,” Tetiana Dobuzhanska, 34, who lives in a five-storey constructing of the Pecherskyi district, advised Al Jazeera.

With extra reporting from Kyiv by Mansur Mirovalev

A single person is seen on a Kyiv streetNearly each house constructing has its personal chat room in Whatsapp or Viber, the place residents change information, suggestions and rumours [Mansur Mirovalev/Al Jazeera]

As he prepares for his next game, Utah State’s Max Shulga’s thoughts are with his family in Kyiv


The Ukraine native has been capable of keep contact with relations within the capital metropolis through the early days of the struggle

(Utah State Athletics) USU guard Max Shulga was born and raised in Kyiv, Ukraine. Because the Russian assaults on his nation escalate, the Aggie sophomore has been apprehensive for the security of his household nonetheless within the capital metropolis.

Max Shulga seemed up into the stands and noticed a sea of yellow and blue.

After experiencing so many various feelings in latest days, the Utah State College basketball took a second to cherish the one he felt as the coed part contained in the Spectrum honored him with the colours of his nation’s flag.

“I loved that second and I respect all of the assist,” Shulga stated.

Because the world watches the Russian assaults on Ukraine, few in Utah are watching extra carefully than Shulga. Born and raised within the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, Shulga’s household has been hunkered down on the north facet of the town because the struggle continues to escalate.

“There are lots of feelings, combined feelings. After I’m calling my mother and father, I’m glad to see them,” stated Shulga. “However on the similar time, I do know there are different folks, kin and random folks, dying there, preventing for our nation.”

Whereas Shulga makes an attempt to concentrate on faculty and basketball, serving to the Aggies put together for video games and the upcoming Mountain West Convention match, his thoughts has been elsewhere.

(Wade Denniston | Utah State Athletics) The Utah State scholar part honors guard Max Shulga throughout a latest recreation. Shulga was born and raised in Kyiv, Ukraine. Because the Russian assaults on his nation escalate, the Aggie sophomore has been apprehensive for the security of his household nonetheless within the capital metropolis.

He has been reaching out to different Division I basketball gamers from Ukraine to examine in on them. He has been capable of talk together with his circle of relatives through FaceTime and textual content messages.

“It’s clearly nerve-racking while you see stuff on the information,” he stated. “… Till your folks textual content you again to say every thing is sweet, you’re clearly nervous about it.”

Shulga lived in Kyiv till he was 13 earlier than leaving the town to proceed his basketball profession. He has performed for Ukraine’s U18 and U20 groups. And the guard is now in his second season at Utah State in Logan.

“I’m glad to see my household wholesome and protected, however on the similar time I’m mad all that is happening and I can’t do nothing. I’m all the best way right here,” he stated.

Shulga grew up conscious of the tensions between Ukraine and Russia. However for the USU sophomore, the thought of a struggle in his house nation was nearly unthinkable.

“It doesn’t really feel actual,” he stated. “To at the present time, it actually looks like a online game. Me personally, I felt like our humanity grew out of declaring wars and stuff. That was up to now. However clearly it’s an actual factor now and you must cope with it. We’re a really powerful folks. Very patriotic. We are going to stand our floor till we fall principally.”

Shulga, although, doesn’t consider that may occur.

“I simply wish to say that we’re going to win,” he stated. “We’re going to face via these powerful first days however I hope and I do know it’ll go smoother. We’ll find yourself successful.”

Deadly blast at Kyiv TV tower as Russia warns Ukrainian capital | Russia-Ukraine crisis News


At the very least 5 folks have been killed after Russian forces fired on the major tv tower in Kyiv and the town’s major Holocaust memorial, Ukrainian officers mentioned, after Russia warned it could launch “high-precision” strikes on the Ukrainian capital.

Ukrainian authorities mentioned 5 folks had been killed and 5 others wounded within the assault on the TV tower, situated a few miles from central Kyiv and a brief stroll from quite a few condominium buildings.

A TV management room and an influence substation had been hit, and at the least some Ukrainian channels briefly stopped broadcasting, officers mentioned.

Later, the top of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s workplace, Andriy Yermak, mentioned on Fb {that a} “highly effective missile assault on the territory the place the (Babi) Yar memorial complicated is situated” was underneath manner.

“To the world: what’s the level of claiming ‘by no means once more’ for 80 years, if the world stays silent when a bomb drops on the identical web site of Babi Yar,” Zelenskyy wrote in a tweet.

There was no fast touch upon the allegations from Russia. The nation’s defence ministry mentioned earlier that Russian troops would perform an assault on what they mentioned was the infrastructure of Ukraine’s intelligence providers in Kyiv and urged residents dwelling close by to go away.

A blast is seen in the TV tower, amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine, in Kyiv, UkraineA blast is seen within the TV tower, amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine March 1, 2022 [Carlos Barria/Reuters]

“With a view to suppress data assaults on Russia, the technological infrastructure of the SBU [Ukraine’s Security Service] and the 72nd major PSO [Psychological Operations Unit] centre in Kyiv will probably be hit with high-precision weapons,” defence ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov mentioned.

“We name on … Kyiv residents dwelling close to relay nodes to go away their houses,” Konashenkov added.

Assault on Kharkiv

Within the nation’s northeast, a residential space within the metropolis of Kharkiv lay in ruins after a constructing was struck. The second-largest metropolis in Ukraine was got here underneath heavy bombardment all through the Monday night time and into Tuesday morning.

Russian shelling struck central Kharkiv’s Freedom Sq. simply after dawn Tuesday, badly damaging a regional administration constructing and another constructions, and killing at the least six folks and injuring dozens of others, Ukrainian officers mentioned.

It was the primary time the Russian army hit the centre of the town of 1.5 million folks, although shells have been hitting residential neighborhoods in Kharkiv for days.

The Ukrainian emergency service mentioned it had put out 24 fires in and round Kharkiv attributable to shelling, and it had disabled 69 explosive units.

Al Jazeera’s Andrew Simmons, reporting from the town of Lviv, in western Ukraine, says there’s a sense of “dread” sweeping throughout the nation.

“We’re listening to of loads of combating within the south, within the space close to Mariupol, and that’s getting fiercer on a regular basis,” Simmons mentioned.

“And individuals are coping with a large explosion, and plenty of rocket assaults, in Kharkiv,” he added.

The UN estimates that 12 million folks in Ukraine will want reduction and safety, whereas it projected that greater than 4 million Ukrainian refugees may have assist in neighbouring nations within the coming months.

A view of the central square following shelling of the City Hall building in Kharkiv, UkraineA view of the central sq. following the shelling of the Metropolis Corridor constructing in Kharkiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, March 1, 2022 [Pavel Dorogoy/AP Photo]

Advance on Kyiv

In Kyiv, Russia warned residents to flee their houses as satellite tv for pc photographs taken on Monday confirmed a Russian army convoy north of Kyiv that stretches for about 40 miles (64 kilometres), considerably longer than the 17 miles (27 km) reported earlier within the day.

Nonetheless, a US defence official mentioned the Russian advance on the capital has stalled as its forces battle with fundamental logistics challenges, together with shortages of meals and gasoline, with some items showing to be gripped by low morale.

“One cause why issues look like stalled north of Kyiv is that the Russians themselves are regrouping and rethinking and making an attempt to regulate to the challenges that they’ve had,” mentioned the official, talking on situation of anonymity, the Reuters information company reported.

Ukrainian servicemen ride on top of an armored personnel carrier speeding down a deserted boulevard during an air raid alarm, in KyivUkrainian servicemen experience on prime of an armoured personnel service dashing down a abandoned boulevard throughout an air raid alarm, in Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, March 1, 2022 [Vadim Ghirda/AP Photo]

The official informed reporters that it was unclear whether or not the convoy itself had stalled, nevertheless it was not making a lot progress.

In the meantime, within the southern port metropolis of Mariupol, Russian assaults critically wounded a number of folks, the AP information company reported.

Amid heavy Russian shelling, girls in a maternity hospital had been compelled to remain within the improvised bomb shelter within the basement.

Negotiations prospects

Talking in a closely guarded authorities compound in Kyiv, Ukraine President Zelenskyy mentioned Russia should “first cease bombing folks” earlier than peace talks might make any headway.

Setting out his circumstances for additional talks with Russia, Zelenskyy informed Reuters and CNN in a joint interview, “It’s essential to at the least cease bombing folks, simply cease the bombing after which sit down on the negotiating desk.”

Talks started on Monday with Ukraine calling for a right away ceasefire and the withdrawal of Russian forces.

Al Jazeera’s Dorsa Jabbari talking from Moscow mentioned there was no clear affirmation from Ukraine if it’s going to attend talks scheduled on Wednesday on the Belarus border, in keeping with Russia.

“There hasn’t been large expectations out of those talks to start with,” she mentioned.

“However many analysts right here [in Moscow] imagine so long as the 2 sides are capable of sit down collectively, there’s a risk that they may discover a manner out of it,” Jabbari added.

Ukrainians Are Desperately Trying To Flee Kyiv As The Russians Advance: “It’s An Absolute Nightmare”


Emmanuel and Sylvester, IT professionals from Nigeria, mentioned they have been heartbroken to go away Kyiv, a metropolis they’ve come to like over the last 4 years. After not leaving their flats for 5 days and sleeping final night time in a bomb shelter, they have been hoping to discover a practice that may take them west, the place they might cross into the EU and catch a flight house.

“My mom instructed me she would kill me earlier than [Putin] if I didn’t go away,” Emmanuel mentioned.

They selected to attempt to attain Hungary, they mentioned, after studying reports that Ukrainian police and border guards have harassed Nigerian residents making an attempt to flee, and that Polish authorities are denying entry to folks like them.

Close by, Molvina, a mom of two daughters, ages 10 and 5, wept on the ground of the worldwide corridor of the practice station. Together with their small terrier Kompot, named after the home made fruit juice that’s fashionable on this a part of the world, she hoped they’d be capable of make it to Poland.

“We don’t know what to do after that,” she mentioned. “All the things we now have is right here now.”

All she may handle to take have been three small luggage of possessions and the canine.

“We hope we can be again quickly. We will be again quickly,” she mentioned defiantly.

She mentioned she left Georgia for Ukraine after Russia invaded her house nation in 2008. She spent the final 14 years constructing a brand new life, solely to have Putin destroy it but once more.

Behind her, folks queued on the worldwide room’s France café, which generally serves buttery croissants and steamy cappuccinos. On Tuesday, it offered easy Lipton tea in plastic cups and slices of white bread. Round 2:30 p.m., the tea ran out, so the café handed out scorching water to maintain folks heat whereas they waited.



Russia pummels Ukraine’s No. 2 city and convoy nears Kyiv


A lady holds her new child child inside a basement used as a bomb shelter on the Okhmadet youngsters’s hospital in central Kyiv, Ukraine, Monday, Feb. 28, 2022. Explosions and gunfire which have disrupted life because the invasion started final week appeared to subside round Kyiv in a single day, as Ukrainian and Russian delegations met Monday on Ukraine’s border with Belarus. It is unclear what, if something, these talks would yield. Terrified Ukrainian households huddled in shelters, basements or corridors, ready to search out out. (AP Photograph/Emilio Morenatti)

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KYIV, Ukraine — Russian strikes pounded the central sq. in Ukraine’s second-largest metropolis and different civilian targets Tuesday and a 40-mile convoy of tanks and different automobiles threatened the capital. Ukraine’s embattled president accused Moscow of resorting to terror techniques to press Europe’s largest floor warfare in generations.

With the Kremlin more and more remoted by robust financial sanctions which have tanked the ruble foreign money, Russian troops superior on Ukraine’s two greatest cities on Day 6 of an invasion that has shaken the twenty first century world order. In Kharkiv, a strategic jap metropolis with a inhabitants of about 1.5 million, a minimum of six individuals had been killed when the area’s Soviet-era administrative constructing was hit. Explosions tore via residential areas, and a maternity ward relocated to an underground shelter.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy known as the focused assault on Kharkiv’s major sq. “frank, undisguised terror,” blaming a Russian missile and calling it a warfare crime. “No one will forgive. No one will neglect. … That is state terrorism of the Russian Federation.”

In an emotional attraction to the European Parliament later, Zelenskyy stated: “We’re preventing additionally to be equal members of Europe. I imagine that at the moment we’re exhibiting all people that’s what we’re … We’ve confirmed that, at least, we’re the identical as you.”

Along with the strikes on cities, reviews have emerged that Moscow has used cluster bombs on three populated areas. If confirmed, that may signify a worrying new stage of brutality within the warfare — and will result in even additional isolation in Russia.


We’re preventing additionally to be equal members of Europe. I imagine that at the moment we’re exhibiting all people that’s what we’re … We’ve confirmed that, at least, we’re the identical as you.

–Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Ukrainian President


Already, with Western powers sending weapons to Ukraine and driving a worldwide squeeze of Russia’s financial system, President Vladimir Putin’s choices have diminished as he seeks to redraw the worldwide map — and pull Ukraine’s western-leaning democracy again into Moscow’s orbit.

The Kremlin denied Tuesday that it has used such munitions and insisted once more that its forces solely have struck army targets — regardless of proof documented by AP reporters of shelling of properties, faculties and hospitals.

Unbowed by Western condemnation, Russian officers upped their threats of escalation — days after elevating the specter of a nuclear assault. The Russian protection minister vowed Tuesday to press the offensive till it achieves its targets, whereas a prime Kremlin official warned that the West’s “financial warfare” in opposition to Russia might flip right into a “actual one.”

A primary spherical of talks Monday between Ukraine and Russia yielded no cease within the preventing, although either side agreed to a different assembly in coming days.

All through the nation, many Ukrainian civilians spent one other night time huddled in shelters, basements or corridors. Greater than a half-million individuals have fled the nation, and the U.N. human rights workplace stated Tuesday that it has recorded the deaths of 136 civilians, together with 13 youngsters. The true toll is probably going far larger.

“It’s a nightmare, and it seizes you from the within very strongly. This can’t be defined with phrases,” stated Kharkiv resident Ekaterina Babenko, taking shelter in a basement with neighbors for a fifth straight day. “We’ve babies, aged individuals and admittedly talking it is extremely scary.”


We’ve babies, aged individuals and admittedly talking it is extremely scary.

–Ekaterina Babenko, Kharkiv resident


A Ukrainian army official stated Belarusian troops joined the warfare Tuesday within the Chernihiv area, with out offering particulars. However simply earlier than that, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko stated his nation had no plans to hitch the struggle.

The precision bombing of Kharkiv’s Freedom Sq. — Ukraine’s largest plaza, and the nucleus of public life for town — was a turning level for a lot of Ukrainians, brazen proof that the Russian invasion wasn’t nearly hitting army targets but additionally about breaking their spirits.

The strike blew out or shattered home windows and partitions of buildings that ring the large central sq., which was piled excessive with particles and mud. Inside one constructing, chunks of plaster had been scattered, and doorways, ripped from their hinges, lay throughout hallways.

“Individuals are below the ruins, we now have pulled out our bodies,” stated Yevhen Vasylenko, consultant of the Emergency Conditions Ministry in Kharkiv area. Along with the six killed, he stated 20 had been wounded within the strike.

Regional administration chief Oleh Sinehubov stated that a minimum of 11 individuals had been killed and scores of others had been wounded the day earlier than, throughout Monday’s shelling of town.

A view shows the area near the regional administration building, which city officials said was hit by a missile attack, in central Kharkiv, Ukraine, Tuesday.
A view reveals the realm close to the regional administration constructing, which metropolis officers stated was hit by a missile assault, in central Kharkiv, Ukraine, Tuesday. (Photograph: Vyacheslav Madiyevskyy, Reuters)

One after the opposite, explosions burst via a residential space of Kharkiv in a single video verified by AP. Within the background, a person pleaded with a lady to go away, and a lady cried.

Decided for all times to go on regardless of the assaults, hospital employees transferred a Kharkiv maternity ward to a bomb shelter. Amid makeshift electrical sockets and mattresses piled up in opposition to the partitions, pregnant girls paced the crowded area, accompanied by the cries of dozens of newborns.

Russia’s targets in hitting central Kharkiv weren’t instantly clear. Western officers speculated that it’s attempting to drag in Ukrainian forces to defend town whereas a bigger Russian drive encircles Kyiv. They imagine Putin’s total purpose is to overthrow the Ukrainian authorities and set up a pleasant one.

Zelenskyy stated Russia was utilizing the strikes to place stress on his authorities. He didn’t supply particulars of the talks between Ukrainian and Russian envoys, however he stated Monday night time that Kyiv was not ready to make concessions “when one facet is hitting one other with rocket artillery.”

In the meantime, Russian troops superior towards Kyiv, a metropolis of almost 3 million. The convoy of armored automobiles, tanks, artillery and assist automobiles was 25 kilometers (17 miles) from the middle of town and stretched about 65 kilometers (40 miles), in keeping with satellite tv for pc imagery from Maxar Applied sciences.

In a worrying growth, Human Rights Watch has stated it documented a cluster bomb assault outdoors a hospital in Ukraine’s east in latest days. Native residents have additionally reported using the munitions in Kharkiv and the village of Kiyanka close to the northern metropolis of Chernihiv, although there was no impartial affirmation.

The Worldwide Prison Court docket chief prosecutor has stated he plans to open a Ukraine investigation and is monitoring the battle.

Flames shot up from a army base northeast of Kyiv, within the suburb of Brovary, in footage taken from a automobile driving previous. In one other video verified by AP, a passenger pleads with the driving force, “Misha, we have to drive rapidly as they will strike once more.”

And Ukrainian authorities launched particulars and images of an assault Sunday on a army base in Okhtyrka, a metropolis between Kharkiv and Kyiv, saying greater than 70 Ukrainian troopers had been killed together with some native residents. The assault couldn’t be instantly confirmed.

The Russian army’s actions have been stalled by fierce resistance on the bottom and a stunning lack of ability to dominate Ukraine’s airspace.

Ukrainians used resourcefulness to attempt to cease the Russian advance: On a freeway between Odesa and Mykolaiv in southern Ukraine, residents piled tractor tires crammed with sand and topped with sandbags to dam Russian army convoys. In Kyiv, sandbags had been heaped in entrance of doorways and home windows of Metropolis Corridor.

Within the face of that Ukrainian resistance and crippling Western sanctions, Putin has put Russia’s nuclear forces on excessive alert — together with intercontinental ballistic missiles and long-range bombers — in a stark warning to the West and a sign of his readiness to escalate the tensions to a terrifying new stage. However a senior U.S. protection official, talking on situation of anonymity, stated the US had but to see any considerable change in Russia’s nuclear posture.

Western nations have elevated weapons shipments to Ukraine to assist its forces defend themselves — however have up to now dominated out sending in troops.

As far-reaching Western sanctions on Russian banks and different establishments took maintain, the ruble plummeted, and Russia’s Central Financial institution scrambled to shore it up, as did Putin, signing a decree proscribing overseas foreign money.

However that did little to calm Russian fears. In Moscow, individuals lined as much as withdraw money because the sanctions threatened to drive up costs and cut back the usual of dwelling for tens of millions of atypical individuals.

The financial sanctions, ordered by the U.S. and different allies, had been only one contributor to Russia’s rising standing as a pariah nation.

Russian airliners are banned from European airspace, Russian media is restricted in some international locations, and a few high-tech merchandise can now not be exported to the nation. Worldwide sports activities our bodies moved to exclude Russian athletes — within the newest blow Tuesday, Russians had been barred from worldwide ice skating occasions.

Contributing: Robert Burns, Eric Tucker, Francesca Ebel, Josef Federman, Andrew Drake, Lorne Cook dinner, different AP journalists from around the globe

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Russian forces shell Ukraine’s No. 2 city and menace Kyiv


A girl reacts to sirens saying new assaults exterior a grocery store in central Kyiv, Ukraine, Monday. Ukraine moved to solidify its bond with the West on Monday by making use of to affix the European Union. (Emilio Morenatti, Related Press)

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KYIV, Ukraine — Russian forces shelled Ukraine’s second-largest metropolis on Monday, rocking a residential neighborhood, and closed in on the capital, Kyiv, in a 17-mile convoy of lots of of tanks and different automobiles, as talks geared toward stopping the combating yielded solely an settlement to maintain speaking.

Amid ever-growing worldwide condemnation, Russia discovered itself more and more remoted 5 days into its invasion, whereas additionally dealing with unexpectedly fierce resistance on the bottom in Ukraine and financial havoc at house.

For the second day in a row, the Kremlin raised the specter of nuclear struggle, saying that its nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missiles, submarines and long-range bombers had all been placed on excessive alert, following President Vladimir Putin’s orders over the weekend.

Stepping up his rhetoric, Putin denounced the U.S. and its allies as an “empire of lies.”

In the meantime, an embattled Ukraine moved to solidify its ties to the West by making use of to affix the European Union — a largely symbolic transfer for now, however one that’s unlikely to take a seat nicely with Putin, who has lengthy accused the U.S. of making an attempt to drag Ukraine out of Moscow’s orbit.

A high Putin aide and head of the Russian delegation, Vladimir Medinsky, mentioned that the primary talks held between the 2 sides because the invasion lasted practically 5 hours and that the envoys “discovered sure factors on which frequent positions may very well be foreseen.” He mentioned they agreed to proceed the discussions within the coming days.

People lie on the floor in the improvised bomb shelter in a sports center, which can accommodate up to 2,000 people, in Mariupol, Ukraine,  Sunday.
Folks lie on the ground within the improvised bomb shelter in a sports activities middle, which might accommodate as much as 2,000 individuals, in Mariupol, Ukraine, Sunday. (Picture: Evgeniy Maloletka, Related Press)

Because the talks alongside the Belarusian border wrapped up, a number of blasts may very well be heard in Kyiv, and Russian troops superior on the town of practically 3 million. The huge convoy of armored automobiles, tanks, artillery and help automobiles was 17 miles (25 kilometers) from the middle of the town, in response to satellite tv for pc imagery from Maxar Applied sciences.

Folks in Kyiv lined up for groceries after the tip of a weekend curfew, standing beneath a constructing with a gaping gap blown in its facet.

Messages aimed on the advancing Russian troopers popped up on billboards, bus stops and digital visitors indicators throughout the capital. Some used profanity to encourage Russians to go away. Others appealed to their humanity.

“Russian soldier — Cease! Keep in mind your loved ones. Go house with a clear conscience,” one learn.

Video from Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-biggest metropolis, with a inhabitants of about 1.5 million, confirmed residential areas being shelled, with house buildings shaken by repeated, highly effective blasts. Flashes of fireside and grey plumes of smoke may very well be seen.

Footage launched by the federal government from Kharkiv depicted what gave the impression to be a house with water gushing from a pierced ceiling. On the flooring sat what appeared like an undetonated projectile.

Authorities in Kharkiv mentioned at the very least seven individuals had been killed and dozens injured. They warned that casualties may very well be far increased.

“They needed to have a blitzkrieg, but it surely failed, so that they act this manner,” mentioned 83-year-old Valentin Petrovich, who watched the shelling from his downtown house and gave simply his first title and his Russian-style center title out of worry for his security.

The Russian army has denied focusing on residential areas regardless of ample proof of shelling of houses, colleges and hospitals.

People wait in a queue outside a supermarket in central Kyiv, Ukraine, Monday.
Folks wait in a queue exterior a grocery store in central Kyiv, Ukraine, Monday. (Picture: Emilio Morenatti, Related Press)

Combating raged in different cities and cities throughout the nation. The strategic port metropolis of Mariupol, on the Sea of Azov, is “hanging on,” mentioned Zelenskyy adviser Oleksiy Arestovich. An oil depot was reported bombed within the jap metropolis of Sumy.

Within the seaside resort city of Berdyansk, dozens of protesters chanted angrily in the primary sq. towards Russian occupiers, yelling at them to go house and singing the Ukrainian nationwide anthem. They described the troopers as exhausted younger conscripts.

“Frightened youngsters, frightened seems to be. They need to eat,” Konstantin Maloletka, who runs a small store, mentioned by phone. He mentioned the troopers went right into a grocery store and grabbed canned meat, vodka and cigarettes.

“They ate proper within the retailer,” he mentioned. “It appeared like they have not been fed in latest days.”

Throughout Ukraine, terrified households huddled in a single day in shelters, basements or corridors.

“I sit and pray for these negotiations to finish efficiently, in order that they attain an settlement to finish the slaughter,” mentioned Alexandra Mikhailova, weeping as she clutched her cat in a shelter in Mariupol. Round her, mother and father tried to console youngsters and maintain them heat.

For a lot of, Russia’s announcement of a nuclear excessive alert stirred fears that the West may very well be drawn into direct battle with Russia. However a senior U.S. protection official, talking on situation of anonymity, mentioned the US had but to see any considerable change in Russia’s nuclear posture.

As far-reaching Western sanctions on Russian banks and different establishments took maintain, the ruble plummeted, and Russia’s Central Financial institution scrambled to shore it up, as did Putin, signing a decree proscribing international foreign money.

However that did little to calm Russian fears. In Moscow, individuals lined as much as withdraw money because the sanctions threatened to drive up costs and scale back the usual of dwelling for thousands and thousands of extraordinary Russians.

Russian forces shell Ukraine's No. 2 city and menace Kyiv
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In one more blow to Russia’s financial system, oil large Shell mentioned it’s pulling in another country due to the invasion. It introduced it would withdraw from its joint ventures with state-owned gasoline firm Gazprom and different entities and finish its involvement within the Nord Stream 2 pipeline undertaking between Russia and Europe.

The financial sanctions, ordered by the U.S. and different allies, had been only one contributor to Russia’s rising standing as a pariah nation.

Russian airliners are banned from European airspace, Russian media is restricted in some nations, and a few high-tech merchandise can not be exported to the nation. On Monday, in a serious blow to a soccer-mad nation, Russian groups had been suspended from all worldwide soccer.

In different developments:

  • The chief prosecutor of the Worldwide Felony Court docket mentioned he’ll open an investigation quickly into doable struggle crimes and crimes towards humanity in Ukraine.
  • Cyberattacks hit Ukrainian embassies all over the world, and Russian media shops.
  • The US introduced it’s expelling 12 members of Russia’s U.N. mission, accusing them of spying.
  • The 193-nation U.N. Normal Meeting opened its first emergency session in many years, with Meeting President Abdulla Shahid calling for a right away cease-fire and “a full return to diplomacy and dialogue.”
People wait in a queue outside a supermarket in central Kyiv, Ukraine, Monday.
Folks wait in a queue exterior a grocery store in central Kyiv, Ukraine, Monday. (Picture: Emilio Morenatti, Related Press)

The U.N. human rights chief mentioned at the very least 102 civilians have been killed and lots of wounded — warning that determine might be an enormous undercount — and Ukraine’s president mentioned at the very least 16 youngsters had been among the many useless.

Greater than a half-million individuals have fled the nation because the invasion, one other U.N. official mentioned, lots of them going to Poland, Romania and Hungary.

Among the many refugees in Hungary was Maria Pavlushko, 24, an info know-how undertaking supervisor from a metropolis west of Kyiv. She mentioned her father stayed behind to battle the Russians.

“I’m proud about him,” she mentioned, including that lots of her pals had been planning to battle too.

The negotiators at Monday’s talks met at an extended desk with the blue-and-yellow Ukrainian flag on one facet and the Russian tricolor on the opposite.

However whereas Ukraine despatched its protection minister and different high officers, the Russian delegation was led by Putin’s adviser on tradition — an unlikely envoy for ending a struggle and maybe an indication of how critically Moscow took the talks.

It wasn’t instantly clear what Putin is looking for within the talks, or from the struggle itself, although Western officers imagine he needs to overthrow Ukraine’s authorities and change it with a regime of his personal, reviving Moscow’s Chilly Warfare-era affect.

At this stage, Ukraine is a few years away from reaching the requirements for attaining EU membership. Any addition to the 27-nation bloc have to be authorized unanimously by its members, and Ukraine’s deep-seated corruption might make it exhausting for the nation to win acceptance.

Nonetheless, in an interview with Euronews on Sunday, EU Fee chief Ursula von der Leyen mentioned: “We wish them within the European Union.”

Contributing: Ellen Knickmeyer, Eric Tucker, Robert Burns, Hope Yen, James LaPorta, Francesca Ebel, Josef Federman, Andrew Drake, Mstyslav Chernov, Nic Dumitrache, Lorne Cook dinner and others all over the world

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Diary from Kyiv: ‘I’m staying in my home no matter what happens’ | Russia-Ukraine crisis


Zakhida Adylova, 35, is a language trainer and producer for a political speak present who lives within the Ukrainian capital Kyiv.

She is a Crimean Tatar, a Muslim ethnic minority that was forcibly deported from their homeland, the Crimean Peninsula, to Uzbekistan in 1944 underneath orders from Joseph Stalin. In 1993, Zakhida returned from exile together with her household to Crimea, Ukraine. Then in 2014, she and her daughter had been compelled to go away their house in Crimea for Kyiv after Russia annexed the peninsula. Zakhida’s mom joined them a yr later. Right this moment, the three are once more dealing with a Russian invasion. Right here is Zakhida’s account of the 5 days for the reason that battle started.

Day 1: Thursday, February 24, 2022 – ‘Take your loved ones and run’

6:20am: I wake to the sound of my daughter screaming. The battle has begun, she shouts.

With trembling legs and my coronary heart in my throat, I leap off the bed and rush to the window. However outdoors the whole lot is silent. There is no such thing as a one on the road.

I frown at her. “What are you speaking about, Samira? Who instructed you that the battle had began?”

Unable to get by to me, a household good friend had known as my daughter.

I verify my telephone and see many missed calls and messages.

“Take your loved ones and run to the bomb shelter,” Alex, a navy officer and trusted good friend, had texted.

My coronary heart sank.

When, three days earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin had recognised the areas of Luhansk and Donetsk as impartial states, I had felt that battle was coming, however I’d hoped I used to be fallacious.

6:36am: In a panic, 11-year-old Samira begins packing her garments and toys. My 75-year-old mom Abibe, who lives with us, appears pale. I really feel confused, uncertain of what to do. However then I bear in mind listening to from different Crimean Tatars about an air raid shelter on the mosque. It’s a 15-minute stroll away, so I resolve to take my daughter and mom there.

Inside 20 minutes, the three of us are dressed and have packed one backpack every. In mine, I put vital paperwork, underwear, a t-shirt, my laptop computer, a small medical equipment and a few money.

6:56am: Exterior, persons are speeding in all instructions carrying baggage and backpacks. Some get in vehicles, others wait on the bus cease. I attempt to get a Bolt or an Uber however there are none out there. So we take a tram to the mosque and on the best way, I learn the information on my telephone. Russian troops have attacked navy institutions from the north, east and south concurrently. All I can suppose is that I’ve to guard my household.

However once we arrive on the mosque, there may be solely a guard there. It’s closed and there’s no bomb shelter, he tells me. Pissed off, we stroll away. The subsequent day I discover out that he was fallacious – the mosque is sheltering individuals. However by then, it’s too late. With damaged hopes, we’ve got already returned house.

On the best way again, I devise a brand new plan: Within the case of a severe assault, we are going to go to the metro station.

In the meantime, my ideas drift again to 2014, when Russian troops invaded my homeland. I escape in a chilly sweat on the reminiscence of the tanks getting into Simferopol, of the hundreds of males – each pro-Ukrainian and pro-Russian – chanting their battle cries close to the Verkhovna Rada (the now-dissolved parliament) of Crimea.

With the annexation of Crimea, I had fallen asleep in Ukraine and woken the following day in Russia. It was my worst nightmare. I fled to Kyiv however felt as if my coronary heart had been torn from my physique. Right this moment appears like groundhog day. I want I may get up and neglect this nightmare. However this nightmare is actuality.

10am: Again in our flat on the bottom ground of an outdated five-storey constructing in a busy residential space close to the US embassy, I  shut all of the home windows and rapidly discover an emergency information on-line. My mom and daughter assist me flip our hall right into a bomb shelter by placing pillows and blankets on the ground.

11am: I begin work. I work at a political speak present on YouTube and we’re resulting from have a stay present tonight. I’m liable for the visitor audio system, together with Lech Wałęsa, the previous president of Poland, and John Bolton, the previous US nationwide safety adviser.

1pm: I document a brief video to placed on Fb. With a trembling voice, I sing the nationwide anthem. It’s a technique to carry spirits and unite individuals.

I proceed working whereas Samira watches movies on YouTube and Abibe reads official Ukrainian web sites for updates. My telephone rings with calls from buddies in Crimea, Romania, Lithuania, the US, Israel, Turkey, and different locations. They’re all anxious about us and I discover myself reassuring them – explaining that our armed forces are the very best and our defenders are ready to present their lives to guard us.

6pm: A Russian DDoS cyberattack has broken the sign to broadcast our present so we should cancel it. Nonetheless, I end my interview with John Bolton and transcribe it. He says that if we are able to take away Russian air superiority, the Ukrainian armed forces on the bottom can have a significantly better likelihood in opposition to the forces crossing the border.

11:30pm: I make my daughter and mother sleep within the hall. They’re outraged however, understanding how cussed I’m, they settle for it. I watch over them as they sleep and pay attention for noises outdoors. Once I ultimately go to sleep at 3am, I’m quickly woken by the sound of bombing in Vyshgorod, to the north of Kyiv. It’s the first time I’ve ever heard bombing.

Day 2: Friday, February 25 – ‘It’s unimaginable to go away’

6:59am: I wake to a telephone name from a good friend in Crimea who’s anxious about me. Crimean Tatars know what it means to be persecuted and have sympathy for Ukrainians. Many wish to know find out how to assist so I present my good friend with details about petitions and methods to donate to the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU).

A sense of frustration and worry washes over me. I bear in mind my final session with my psychologist who I go to due to the trauma of getting to go away my homeland. Don’t panic, I inform myself. And for the primary time, I let myself cry.

10am: An air raid warning sounds. Samira goes to the hall and covers herself with blankets. My mother does the identical. However I freeze and start nervously wanting on-line for updates. A former scholar calls me from Slovakia. He’s anxious and presents us his house in case we resolve to evacuate. He’s additionally anxious about his household within the southern Ukrainian metropolis of Melitopol, the place civilians are hiding in basements and bomb shelters because of the fierce combating.

11am: I am going out to purchase some bread, however the retailers are both closed or empty. I attempt near 10 shops and ultimately be part of a protracted queue at a small grocery store that’s nonetheless open. However all of a sudden the air raid warning goes off. Some depart the queue, others keep in line as if nothing has occurred. I discover a place to shelter by the shop however after 5 minutes, I run house.

4pm: I am going out to search for groceries once more. I anticipate an hour to enter one retailer. There are about 25 individuals forward of me and about 50 behind me. However there may be barely something left and I’m solely capable of purchase some bananas, a few bars of chocolate and a packet of crackers.

Zakhida Adylova, a Ukrainian woman with short, dark hair, shows Friday's purchase - a kilo of bananas, 2 chocolate bars and a packet of crackersAll Zakhida may discover in the best way of meals on Friday was a kilo of bananas, 2 chocolate bars and a packet of crackers [Coutesy of Zakhida Adylova]

6pm: I return house from the shop, exhausted and upset.

The one excellent news comes by way of movies on Telegram chats exhibiting troopers defending Ukraine.

11pm: I sing the nationwide anthem with my daughter and mother. It makes us really feel higher. I put up quick movies on Instagram and Fb with updates for buddies overseas. Many supply to host me and my household, however it’s unimaginable to go away. The roads have been bombed and the petrol stations are empty.

It’s time to guard my women once more as they sleep within the hall.

Day 3: Saturday, February 26 – ‘House candy house’

7am: I’m so exhausted that I don’t hear my alarm. The primary telephone name of the day is from my 51-year-old brother Erfan who lives on the opposite facet of the Dnieper River in Kyiv about 12km away from us. When the battle began, he closed his small café serving Crimean Tatar delicacies and instantly joined a Territorial Defence unit.

In a single day, the Russians have bombed an space close to our house.

We are actually so used to the air raid warnings that our responses have develop into automated. We now not panic; we simply lay on the ground and pray.

Samira has realized to tell apart between the sound of bombs and weapons. She names what she hears and it distracts her from her worry.

8am: I proceed texting my buddies overseas and kinfolk in Crimea. Mates overseas proceed to supply me a spot to remain.

“You probably have the likelihood to get to Romania, my household can host you!” says one.
However I’m not escaping.

I’m livid. Ukrainians are livid. I despise Russia for invading our homeland, for finishing up an invasion based mostly on lies. I cannot flee. I’m fed up with having to cover in my very own nation.

I have to be right here to battle.

I can’t shoot a gun, however I’m able to inform the reality. My weapon is my phrases. I do my finest to put up day by day updates on social media. However when there may be bombing, the web connection turns into weak and I can’t add something.

Throughout calm durations, my mother manages to slide into the kitchen and rapidly put together some meals.

She cooks selfmade pita bread in a pan, some spaghetti with cheese and sausages, however I haven’t acquired an urge for food. I lie and inform her that I’ve already had breakfast. She leaves a plate of meals on the ground, our improvised desk, within the hall the place we spend most of our time.

Plat bread made in a panZakhida’s mother Abibe cooks meals when it’s calm outdoors [Courtesy of Zakhida Adylova]

10am: The air raid warning sounds. A brand new assault.

My daughter and I disguise within the lavatory however my mother decides to remain within the hall. I put blankets and pillows inside the bathtub and inform Samira to get inside.

A few of my buddies who’re sheltering within the metro ask us to affix them there as it’s speculated to be safer. However I’m so fed up with hiding that I’ve determined to remain house it doesn’t matter what. House candy house.

9pm: I sit on the toilet ground and browse Al-Fatihah. My mom and Samira learn the Quran with me.

Day 4: Sunday, February 28 – ‘Resisting has made us stronger’

7:44am: The air raid warning wakes me. Nothing a lot has modified through the previous few days, however I really feel completely different at this time. Yet one more day of resisting the Russian invasion has made us stronger, extra constructive and extra united.

A social media put up from a good friend in Odesa makes me smile. Among the many troopers defending Ukraine are individuals of various sexes and sexual orientations, nationalities, and spiritual beliefs, completely different pores and skin colors and languages, she writes. However all of us are collectively, standing shoulder to shoulder. We’re Ukrainians even when we’re completely different.

2pm: My daughter and I resolve to play the sport Dobble. She beats me 10 occasions in a row. So, I’m going to be extra attentive. I really feel joyful to see her lovely smile. She is my angel.

Dobble tokensZakhida and Samira play Dobble to go the time [Courtesy of Zakhida Adylova]

6pm: I sit within the hall and browse in regards to the rallies for peace which might be being held around the globe and in regards to the sanctions in opposition to Russia. My buddies proceed to ship us hugs and phrases of encouragement. I have no idea whether or not I’ll nonetheless be alive in a few hours, however I’m crying now, not due to the invasion however due to all of the help we’re receiving.

Day 5: Monday, February 28

Final night time, there was a lot bombing that the home windows and doorways had been shaking. However I’m smiling at this time as a result of I’m alive and my household is secure and sound.

We didn’t begin this battle, however we’ve got no alternative however to win it.

Utahn in Kyiv shares concerns as Russian invasion continues


Former Utahn David Anderson, who labored as a Division of Protection contractor in Iraq, Afghanistan, and different conflict zones, resides in Kyiv the place he retired a 12 months in the past. (David Anderson)

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SALT LAKE CITY — Because the assault on Kyiv continues, and tens of hundreds of Ukrainians flee, one Utahn is ready out the assault in his condo.

He can hear gun battles and explosions miles away, however proper now, there aren’t any Russian troops exterior his window.

In a cellphone interview, David Anderson stated he doesn’t concern for his security, however he does concern for the way forward for Ukraine. He admitted some would possibly name him naïve, however he is spent loads of time in conflict zones as a former Division of Protection contractor.

“It is a bit of bit like an previous ‘Twilight Zone,'” Anderson stated, describing the eerily empty streets exterior his condo constructing. A four-lane street that’s often full of automobiles creeping from gentle to gentle is broad open, with no automobiles to be seen, he stated.

“That is how empty the streets are.”

Cabinets are additionally emptying out within the retailer in his condo constructing and shutting down.

Anderson lives in southwest Kyiv, which he stated is about six miles from the principle assault on the town to the north. He hears the conflict in spurts.

“You may hear a bunch of automated stuff occurring, a number of explosions, and so they’re within the distance,” he stated.

However, he stated, these noises of conflict are too far-off to see any flashes of sunshine.

“The motion I hear consistently is within the distance,” Anderson stated. “This a part of city would solely be affected, I feel, if there was an occupied scenario.”

He doesn’t assume Russia needs to occupy Kyiv.

“I feel they only wish to eliminate the western-friendly authorities and put in their very own and get out of city.”

He is impressed by the armed resistance from Ukrainian reserves, referred to as the House Guard, going through off with the Russians. “I do not assume they deliberate on this a lot resistance,” he stated

Anderson lived in Utah on and off as an grownup. He labored as a Division of Protection contractor in Iraq, Afghanistan, and different conflict zones earlier than retiring in Kyiv a 12 months in the past.

After visiting Kyiv, he stated, “It is like, holy cow, that is such an ideal metropolis.”

Anderson didn’t assume the airports would shut so quick and that may very well be an issue for him. “I do not wish to say I bought caught right here, however I used to be fairly shocked on how briskly I could not get out.”

Airports are closed. Trains are nonetheless operating, however they’ve began excluding males, and he is OK with that.

“Even when I wished to go to Poland, it will be an ideal effort,” he stated.

For now, he is taking life in Ukraine each day. He began stocking up on requirements a number of weeks in the past.

“In anticipation that this might go on greater than just some days,” Anderson stated.

Individuals requested him if he wished to affix them fleeing the town and he stated no.

“I am too curious and too pigheaded to be pushed out,” he stated.

Proper now, Anderson has water, electrical energy and Web, and doesn’t really feel like he is in fast hazard.

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