Latest Ukraine-Russia news: Zelensky tells citizens ‘we will give arms’ as children are killed in ongoing war

Chaos on Polish border as families with children flee Ukraine amid Russian invasion

Three children were among 198 Ukrainians killed since the start of the Russian invasion, Ukraine’s health minister said today.

Viktor Liashko said 1,115 people were injured, including 33 children, according to data from the operation.

“I never thought I would be looking for medical armor,” Mr. Liashko said.

It comes as fierce street fighting against Russian troops is underway in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, as officials have urged residents to take shelter immediately.

In a video message, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called on citizens to defend the nation in the face of attacks on the capital.

“Anyone who wants to defend our country, please come and we will give you weapons,” he said.

Kiev was hit by two missiles in the southwestern areas of the city center.

One of the missiles hit a residential building, but Mr. Zelensky remained defiant, saying: “We resisted and successfully repelled the enemy attacks. The fighting continues. »

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Tens of thousands of Ukrainians seek safety in Poland

Scenes of chaos fill the border between Ukraine and Poland as tens of thousands of families desperate to escape the Russian invasion try to get to safety.

In images captured byThe Independents Foreign correspondent Bel Trew, long lines of cars – carrying families and the few possessions they have recovered from the conflict – can be seen stretching out in the dark in sub-zero temperatures.

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Watch: Chaos on the Polish border as families with children flee Ukraine amid Russian invasion

Chaos on Polish border as families with children flee Ukraine amid Russian invasion

Thomas KingleyFebruary 26, 2022 12:40 p.m.

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Russia bans more airlines from airspace

Russia has banned airlines from Bulgaria, Poland and the Czech Republic from flying to and over its territory in response to similar measures by those countries, Russia’s civil aviation authority said on Saturday.

Earlier this week, Russia banned all British airlines from its airspace in retaliation for London’s banning of flights to Britain by Russian airline Aeroflot.

Zoe TidmanFebruary 26, 2022 12:37

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Estonia bans all Russian airlines from its airspace

Estonia has announced that it is banning all Russian airlines from its airspace in response to the Kremlin’s decision to invade Ukraine.

Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas wrote on Twitter: “Estonia bans Russian airlines from our airspace. We invite all EU countries to do the same. There is no place for the planes of the aggressor state in democratic skies.

Thomas KingleyFebruary 26, 2022 12:30 p.m.

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Japan considers sanctions

Japan plans to deploy economic sanctions against Belarus for its alleged role in helping Russia invade Ukraine, officials said.

Zoe TidmanFebruary 26, 2022 12:25 p.m.

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Exclusive: Boris Johnson urged to expel Russian ambassador to UK over Ukraine invasion

Boris Johnson is being urged by opposition parties in Westminster and a senior Tory MP to expel the Russian ambassador to the UK following the Kremlin’s bloody invasion of Ukraine.

As Vladimir Putin’s military offensive entered its third day, Ukraine’s foreign minister called on his allies to “completely isolate” Moscow through a series of measures, including the expulsion of ambassadors.

Dymtro Kuleba, who posted an image of a residential block damaged by missile fire, said: “Kiev, our splendid and peaceful city, survived another night under attack from Russian ground forces, missiles.”

Our political correspondent, Ashley Cowburnhas the full report below:

Thomas KingleyFebruary 26, 2022 12:20 p.m.

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Kiev gets a new curfew

The mayor of Kyiv on Saturday extended the curfew in the Ukrainian capital, which is under intense Russian attack, for a third day as Moscow forces press their invasion of Ukraine.

The extended curfew will last from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. daily to ensure more effective defense of the city and the safety of its residents, Mayor Vitaly Klitschko wrote on Twitter, as gunfire, Explosions and sirens sounded in the capital.

The previous curfew in Kiev, a city of three million people, lasted from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.

Zoe TidmanFebruary 26, 2022 12:17

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Polish national team captain reflects on Ukrainian-Russian crisis

The Poland men’s national team captain has weighed in on his side’s decision not to face Russia in their World Cup qualifier.

Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski says the decision is the right one.

“I cannot imagine playing a match with the Russian national team in a situation where armed aggression in Ukraine continues. Russian footballers and fans are not responsible for this, but we cannot claim that it nothing happens.”

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Watch: Ukrainian man filmed trying to block Russian military convoy

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Greek Prime Minister tells Ukraine’s Zelenskiy he is ready to provide help

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis called Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Saturday, saying Greece favored the toughest European Union sanctions against Russia after his attack and stood ready to provide assistance.

The Greek Health Ministry is sending medicines and medical supplies to Ukraine, Mitsotakis’ office said.

Greek embassy staff and its ambassador in Kyiv, who left the city on Friday by car for security reasons, crossed the Moldovan border safely, the ambassador himself and ministry officials said. Foreign Affairs.

Consulates in Mariupol will remain open to assist Greek citizens and expatriates, they added.

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Thomas KingleyFebruary 26, 2022 11:55 am

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