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