Russian troops enter Ukraine’s second city

Russian troops enter Ukraine’s second city


Published: 13:07 27 February 2022   Updated: 14:00 27 February 2022

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Russian troops have entered Ukraine’s second city Kharkiv and fighting was underway on Sunday, the head of the regional administration said on the fourth day of Moscow's invasion of the pro-Western country. 

"The Russian enemy's light vehicles broke into the city of Kharkiv," governor Oleg Sinegubov said in a Facebook post. "The Ukrainian armed forces are eliminating the enemy." 

He asked citizens to go out and fight.

Meanwhile, a blast was heard after air raid siren in the capital Kyiv, where President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said Ukrainian forces were resisting a Russian advance. 

Russian missiles hit the Ukrainian town of Vasylkiv southwest of the capital, Kyiv, setting an oil terminal ablaze, the town's mayor said on Sunday. 

The US, Britain, Europe and Canada moved to block Russia's access to the SWIFT international payment system as part of another round of economic sanctions against Moscow. 

Germany approved the delivery of 400 anti-tank rocket launchers to Ukraine in a U-turn from its longstanding policy of banning weapon exports to conflict zones, rooted in part in its own history of warfare on the European continent. 

The Elysee Palace announced that France would take action against Russian disinformation and send defensive weapons to Ukraine. President Emmanuel Macron also discussed Minsk's role in the conflict with Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko. 

More than 50,000 Ukrainians have fled, mostly to Poland and Moldova, according to the UN. - France 24, AFP