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


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

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 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 had been compelled to depart their house in Crimea for Kyiv after Russia annexed the peninsula. Zakhida’s mom joined them a yr later. At the moment, the three are once more dealing with a Russian invasion, sheltering within the lavatory and hall of their condo. Zakhida has saved a diary because the battle started. That is her account from at the moment.

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 truth of the present scenario by interviews with worldwide media. At the moment, 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 assume an individual feels in such circumstances?

Guys, the essential reality is that we aren’t protected. There isn’t a place for “How are you?” or “What’s up?” or “OK” or “superb”.

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 aid.

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

So don’t ask these questions. We’ve got stopped doing that. Today, 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 fundamental tv tower, killing not less than 5 civilians), infants being born in bomb shelters, and aged folks not having the ability to entry medical care. And I additionally get offended seeing pets with collars who’ve been separated from their homeowners roam the streets as stray animals seeking 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 pictures of the invasion.

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

Victory is in unity. I have fun this solidarity at the moment with my mother’s tasty selfmade fried rolls.

Today, a celebration of solidarity with Zakhida's mother's fried rolls
At the moment, 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 battle with logistics as an extended Russian navy convoy advances slowly in 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 variety of explosions and shelling incidents have been heard in a single day.

Maidan Nezalezhnosti, the long-lasting 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 autos advances slowly in 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 almost three million folks.

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

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

Not removed from Silpo, a dozen folks stand patiently close to the doorways of a pharmacy. It snowed in Kyiv final night time, however the snow is melting, and the tweeting of birds is just not 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, informed Al Jazeera, pointing on the doorways. He wants a number of capsules and drops for his diabetes and a coronary heart situation, and can wait patiently to get in.

Apart 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 navy officers in khaki uniforms and masks test the identification of anybody coming into the station.

The same group of servicemen stops and checks every automotive and truck. Drivers and passersby eagerly present their ID playing cards, opening baggage and automotive boots.

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

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

An aged man sitting on a bench, a stranger knocking on any person’s door, a foreign-looking man taking footage – everybody seems to be suspicious, and teams of neighbours typically rush to such folks 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, informed Al Jazeera.

With further reporting from Kyiv by Mansur Mirovalev

A single person is seen on a Kyiv streetVirtually each house constructing has its personal chat room in Whatsapp or Viber, the place residents trade 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 in a position to preserve contact with relations within the capital metropolis through the early days of the battle

(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 anxious for the protection of his household nonetheless within the capital metropolis.

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

After experiencing so many various feelings in current 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 recognize all of the help,” 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 aspect of the town because the battle continues to escalate.

“There are quite a lot of feelings, blended feelings. After I’m calling my mother and father, I’m blissful to see them,” stated Shulga. “However on the identical time, I do know there are different folks, family members and random folks, dying there, preventing for our nation.”

Whereas Shulga makes an attempt to give attention to college and basketball, serving to the Aggies put together for video games and the upcoming Mountain West Convention event, his thoughts has been elsewhere.

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

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

“It’s clearly nerve-racking if you see stuff on the information,” he stated. “… Till your folks textual content you again to say every thing is nice, 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 blissful to see my household wholesome and secure, however on the identical time I’m mad all that is occurring and I can’t do nothing. I’m all the way in which right here,” he stated.

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

“It doesn’t really feel actual,” he stated. “To at the present time, it truthfully appears 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 it’s important to cope with it. We’re a really robust folks. Very patriotic. We are going to stand our floor till we fall principally.”

Shulga, although, doesn’t imagine that can occur.

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

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


A minimum of 5 folks have been killed after Russian forces fired on the foremost tv tower in Kyiv and the town’s foremost Holocaust memorial, Ukrainian officers stated, after Russia warned it will launch “high-precision” strikes on the Ukrainian capital.

Ukrainian authorities stated 5 folks have 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 house buildings.

A TV management room and an influence substation have been hit, and not less than some Ukrainian channels briefly stopped broadcasting, officers stated.

Later, the pinnacle of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s workplace, Andriy Yermak, stated on Fb {that a} “highly effective missile assault on the territory the place the (Babi) Yar memorial advanced is situated” was beneath approach.

“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 website of Babi Yar,” Zelenskyy wrote in a tweet.

There was no fast touch upon the allegations from Russia. The nation’s defence ministry stated earlier that Russian troops would perform an assault on what they stated was the infrastructure of Ukraine’s intelligence companies in Kyiv and urged residents residing 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]

“As a way to suppress info assaults on Russia, the technological infrastructure of the SBU [Ukraine’s Security Service] and the 72nd foremost PSO [Psychological Operations Unit] centre in Kyiv will likely be hit with high-precision weapons,” defence ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov stated.

“We name on … Kyiv residents residing 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 beneath heavy bombardment all through the Monday evening and into Tuesday morning.

Russian shelling struck central Kharkiv’s Freedom Sq. simply after dawn Tuesday, badly damaging a regional administration constructing and another buildings, and killing not less than six folks and injuring dozens of others, Ukrainian officers stated.

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 stated it had put out 24 fires in and round Kharkiv brought on by shelling, and it had disabled 69 explosive gadgets.

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 a whole lot of preventing within the south, within the space close to Mariupol, and that’s getting fiercer on a regular basis,” Simmons stated.

“And persons are coping with an enormous explosion, and numerous rocket assaults, in Kharkiv,” he added.

The UN estimates that 12 million folks in Ukraine will want aid and safety, whereas it projected that greater than 4 million Ukrainian refugees might 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 pictures 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 stated the Russian advance on the capital has stalled as its forces wrestle with primary logistics challenges, together with shortages of meals and gasoline, with some models showing to be gripped by low morale.

“One motive why issues seem 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,” stated 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 trip on high 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 advised reporters that it was unclear whether or not the convoy itself had stalled, but it surely was not making a lot progress.

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

Amid heavy Russian shelling, ladies in a maternity hospital have 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 stated Russia should “first cease bombing folks” earlier than peace talks may make any headway.

Setting out his situations for additional talks with Russia, Zelenskyy advised Reuters and CNN in a joint interview, “It’s essential to not less than 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 stated there was no clear affirmation from Ukraine if it would attend talks scheduled on Wednesday on the Belarus border, in response to Russia.

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

“However many analysts right here [in Moscow] imagine so long as the 2 sides are in a position to sit down collectively, there’s a risk that they may discover a approach 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 had been heartbroken to depart Kyiv, a metropolis they’ve come to like over the past 4 years. After not leaving their flats for 5 days and sleeping final evening in a bomb shelter, they had been hoping to discover a prepare that will 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 individuals like them.

Close by, Molvina, a mom of two daughters, ages 10 and 5, wept on the ground of the worldwide corridor of the prepare station. Together with their small terrier Kompot, named after the do-it-yourself fruit juice that’s common 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. “Every part we have now is right here now.”

All she may handle to take had been three small baggage of possessions and the canine.

“We hope we might 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, individuals 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 sizzling water to maintain individuals heat whereas they waited.



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


A girl 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 for the reason that 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 seek 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 conflict in generations.

With the Kremlin more and more remoted by robust financial sanctions which have tanked the ruble forex, 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, no less than six individuals had been killed when the area’s Soviet-era administrative constructing was hit. Explosions tore by residential areas, and a maternity ward relocated to an underground shelter.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy known as the focused assault on Kharkiv’s primary sq. “frank, undisguised terror,” blaming a Russian missile and calling it a conflict crime. “No one will forgive. No one will overlook. … 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 consider that right this moment we’re exhibiting everyone that’s what we’re … We have now confirmed that, at least, we’re the identical as you.”

Along with the strikes on cities, stories have emerged that Moscow has used cluster bombs on three populated areas. If confirmed, that might characterize a worrying new degree of brutality within the conflict — and will result in even additional isolation in Russia.


We’re preventing additionally to be equal members of Europe. I consider that right this moment we’re exhibiting everyone that’s what we’re … We have now 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 world squeeze of Russia’s economic 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 navy targets — regardless of proof documented by AP reporters of shelling of houses, colleges 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 high Kremlin official warned that the West’s “financial conflict” towards 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 each side agreed to a different assembly in coming days.

All through the nation, many Ukrainian civilians spent one other evening 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 greater.

“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 have now babies, aged individuals and admittedly talking it is vitally scary.”


We have now babies, aged individuals and admittedly talking it is vitally scary.

–Ekaterina Babenko, Kharkiv resident


A Ukrainian navy official stated Belarusian troops joined the conflict 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 navy targets but additionally about breaking their spirits.

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

“Individuals are below the ruins, we have now 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 no less than 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 exhibits the world 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 by a residential space of Kharkiv in a single video verified by AP. Within the background, a person pleaded with a lady to depart, 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 towards the partitions, pregnant ladies 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 tug in Ukrainian forces to defend town whereas a bigger Russian pressure encircles Kyiv. They consider Putin’s general objective is to overthrow the Ukrainian authorities and set up a pleasant one.

Zelenskyy stated Russia was utilizing the strikes to place strain on his authorities. He didn’t provide particulars of the talks between Ukrainian and Russian envoys, however he stated Monday evening that Kyiv was not ready to make concessions “when one aspect 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 help automobiles was 25 kilometers (17 miles) from the middle of town and stretched about 65 kilometers (40 miles), based on satellite tv for pc imagery from Maxar Applied sciences.

In a worrying improvement, Human Rights Watch has stated it documented a cluster bomb assault exterior a hospital in Ukraine’s east in current 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 unbiased 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 navy 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 motive 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 navy 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 navy’s actions have been stalled by fierce resistance on the bottom and a shocking incapability 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 navy 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 degree. 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 forex.

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 residing for thousands and thousands of peculiar 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 all over the world

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


A girl reacts to sirens asserting 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 autos, as talks geared toward stopping the preventing 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 dwelling.

For the second day in a row, the Kremlin raised the specter of nuclear struggle, asserting 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 sit down effectively 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, stated that the primary talks held between the 2 sides for the reason that invasion lasted practically 5 hours and that the envoys “discovered sure factors on which widespread positions might be foreseen.” He stated 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 might be heard in Kyiv, and Russian troops superior on town of practically 3 million. The huge convoy of armored autos, tanks, artillery and assist autos was 17 miles (25 kilometers) from the middle of town, in line with satellite tv for pc imagery from Maxar Applied sciences.

Folks in Kyiv lined up for groceries after the top 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 site 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 dwelling 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 might be seen.

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

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

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

The Russian army has denied focusing on residential areas regardless of plentiful proof of shelling of houses, faculties 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)

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

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

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

“They ate proper within the retailer,” he stated. “It seemed 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,” stated Alexandra Mikhailova, weeping as she clutched her cat in a shelter in Mariupol. Round her, mother and father tried to console kids and maintain them heat.

For a lot of, Russia’s announcement of a nuclear excessive alert stirred fears that the West might be drawn into direct battle with Russia. However a senior U.S. protection official, talking on situation of anonymity, stated the USA 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 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 residing 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 economic system, oil large Shell stated it’s pulling in another country due to the invasion. It introduced it’ll withdraw from its joint ventures with state-owned fuel firm Gazprom and different entities and finish its involvement within the Nord Stream 2 pipeline venture 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 international locations, and a few high-tech merchandise can now 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 Legal Courtroom stated he’ll open an investigation quickly into doable struggle crimes and crimes in opposition to humanity in Ukraine.
  • Cyberattacks hit Ukrainian embassies world wide, 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. Basic Meeting opened its first emergency session in many years, with Meeting President Abdulla Shahid calling for an instantaneous 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 stated 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 stated at the very least 16 kids had been among the many useless.

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

Among the many refugees in Hungary was Maria Pavlushko, 24, an data know-how venture supervisor from a metropolis west of Kyiv. She stated her father stayed behind to struggle the Russians.

“I’m proud about him,” she stated, including that lots of her associates had been planning to struggle too.

The negotiators at Monday’s talks met at a protracted 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 in search of within the talks, or from the struggle itself, although Western officers imagine he desires to overthrow Ukraine’s authorities and change it with a regime of his personal, reviving Moscow’s Chilly Conflict-era affect.

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

Nonetheless, in an interview with Euronews on Sunday, EU Fee chief Ursula von der Leyen stated: “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 Prepare dinner and others world wide

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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 instructor 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 residence in Crimea for Kyiv after Russia annexed the peninsula. Zakhida’s mom joined them a yr later. Right now, the three are once more going through 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 soar off the bed and rush to the window. However outdoors every little thing is silent. There is no such thing as a one on the road.

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

Unable to get via to me, a household pal 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 pal, 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 improper.

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 determine 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 essential paperwork, underwear, a t-shirt, my laptop computer, a small medical package and a few money.

6:56am: Outdoors, individuals are speeding in all instructions carrying baggage and backpacks. Some get in automobiles, others wait on the bus cease. I attempt to get a Bolt or an Uber however there are none accessible. So we take a tram to the mosque and on the way in which, I learn the information on my telephone. Russian troops have attacked navy institutions from the north, east and south concurrently. All I can assume 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. Annoyed, we stroll away. The subsequent day I discover out that he was improper – the mosque is sheltering individuals. However by then, it’s too late. With damaged hopes, we have now already returned residence.

On the way in which again, I devise a brand new plan: Within the case of a critical 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 get away in a chilly sweat on the reminiscence of the tanks coming into Simferopol, of the 1000’s 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 subsequent 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 now appears like groundhog day. I want I may get up and overlook this nightmare. However this nightmare is actuality.

10am: Again in our flat on the bottom ground of an previous 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 on account of have a stay present tonight. I’m accountable 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 solution 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 one of the best and our defenders are ready to offer 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 may have a a lot better likelihood towards the forces crossing the border.

11:30pm: I make my daughter and mother sleep within the hall. They’re outraged however, figuring out how cussed I’m, they settle for it. I watch over them as they sleep and hear for noises outdoors. Once I finally 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 pal 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 pal 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 residence in case we determine 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 preventing.

11am: I am going out to purchase some bread, however the outlets are both closed or empty. I strive near 10 shops and finally be part of an extended queue at a small grocery store that’s nonetheless open. However instantly 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 residence.

4pm: I am going out to search for groceries once more. I look ahead to 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 in a position to 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 way in which of meals on Friday was a kilo of bananas, 2 chocolate bars and a packet of crackers [Coutesy of Zakhida Adylova]

6pm: I return residence from the shop, exhausted and disenchanted.

The one excellent news comes by way of movies on Telegram chats displaying 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 provide 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 – ‘Dwelling candy residence’

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 residence.

We at the moment are so used to the air raid warnings that our responses have turn out to be automated. We now not panic; we simply lay on the ground and pray.

Samira has realized to differentiate 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. Pals overseas proceed to supply me a spot to remain.

“When you have the chance 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 must be right here to combat.

I can’t shoot a gun, however I’m able to inform the reality. My weapon is my phrases. I do my greatest to put up every 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 intervals, my mother manages to slide into the kitchen and rapidly put together some meals.

She cooks do-it-yourself 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 cover within the rest room however my mother decides to remain within the hall. I put blankets and pillows inside the tub and inform Samira to get inside.

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

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 in the course of the previous few days, however I really feel completely different at the moment. Yet another day of resisting the Russian invasion has made us stronger, extra constructive and extra united.

A social media put up from a pal in Odesa makes me smile. Among the many troopers defending Ukraine are individuals of various sexes and sexual orientations, nationalities, and non secular 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 determine to play the sport Dobble. She beats me 10 instances in a row. So, I’m going to be extra attentive. I really feel pleased to see her stunning smile. She is my angel.

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

6pm: I sit within the hall and browse in regards to the rallies for peace which can be being held around the globe and in regards to the sanctions towards 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 assist we’re receiving.

Day 5: Monday, February 28

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

We didn’t begin this battle, however we have now no selection 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 1000’s of Ukrainians flee, one Utahn is ready out the assault in his condominium.

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

In a telephone 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 just a little bit like an previous ‘Twilight Zone,'” Anderson stated, describing the eerily empty streets exterior his condominium constructing. A four-lane street that’s often full of automobiles creeping from gentle to gentle is extensive 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 condominium constructing and shutting down.

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

“You will hear a bunch of computerized stuff happening, a number of explosions, they usually’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 always 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 suppose Russia needs to occupy Kyiv.

“I feel they simply need to do away with 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, known as the House Guard, dealing with off with the Russians. “I do not suppose 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 incredible metropolis.”

Anderson didn’t suppose the airports would shut so quick and that might be an issue for him. “I do not need to say I acquired 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 needed to go to Poland, it will be an incredible 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 only a few days,” Anderson stated.

Folks requested him if he needed to affix them fleeing 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 quick hazard.

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