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A legend’s salute: Zelensky raises his clench hand as he recognizes overwhelming applause in the wake of telling EU government officials ‘we are forfeiting our lives for opportunity’ in the midst of cases Belarus troops have entered Ukraine and enormous Russian escort snakes towards Kyiv

Volodymyr Zelensky conveyed a request to the European parliament to perceive Ukraine as a feature of the EU today
Ukraine has

‘demonstrated that we are your equivalents’,

Zelensky said, prior to adding that the EU ought to ‘demonstrate that you are next to us’ by conceding the country.

‘Without you, Ukraine will be separated from everyone else,’ he said

Raising a one-fisted salute and announcing ‘brilliance to Ukraine’, he was given long round of adulation by lawmakers
Zelensky was talking from Kyiv, which is looking down a 40-mile segment of Russian tanks and ordnance pieces
Came hours after Ukraine’s parliament cautioned Belarus has entered the conflict, with troops assaulting Chernihiv
Volodymyr Zelensky has today made an enthusiastic interest for Ukraine to be conceded to the EU as his nation bears an inexorably horrendous attack by Russia, raising a one-fisted salute and announcing ‘greatness to Ukraine’ as the European parliament gave him a long round of acclaim.
The Ukrainian president – who has turned into an image of boldness, self-restraint and insubordination lately – tended to parliamentarians in Brussels by means of video-interface from Kyiv, which is right now looking down a 40-mile guard of Russian tanks and cannons apparently purpose on encompassing and besieging the city into accommodation.
Zelensky encouraged the EU to perceive Ukraine as a part – a move sure to goad Vladimir Putin – saying his country has ‘demonstrated that we are your equivalents’ and it is currently time to

‘demonstrate that you are next to us’.

It came as Ukraine asserted that Belarusian soldiers have now entered the conflict, as Russia’s nearby partner fixes the noose.

‘I can never again make proper acquaintance or great evening on the grounds that consistently is the last day,’

he added. ‘Lives are being forfeited for values, for privileges, for opportunity, to have the very balance that you appreciate. We will win, I’m certain. I might want to hear you say that Ukraine’s decision to be important for Europe is additionally your decision. We need to be individuals from the EU. Without you, Ukraine will be distant from everyone else.’
His discourse came as a distinct difference to a pre-recorded message conveyed by Russian unfamiliar priest Sergei Lavrov to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva during which he endeavored to put the unfurling bloodletting on Kyiv – inciting many western negotiators to leave in a demonstration of fortitude.

There are fears that Russia is going to hugely move forward its attack on Ukraine remembering for its significant urban areas utilizing weighty and unpredictable bombardments, after endeavors at utilizing more-modern strategies yielded a progression of humiliating misfortunes for Putin’s powers in the initial days of the contention.

Moscow cautioned today that its powers are getting ready to strike what it called destinations having a place with Ukraine’s security administration and an extraordinary activities unit in Kyiv, raising feelings of dread the city could before long be hit.

Vadym Prystaiko, Ukraine’s envoy to the UK, said Russian powers may likewise attempt to start a food emergency by removing supplies to significant urban areas as pictures showed some store retires previously running void in the capital. He said the military might need to step in to guarantee everybody approaches food.

NATO boss Jens Stoltenberg today said Putin enjoyed ‘broke harmony in Europe’ with an attack ’empowered by Belarus’ while vowing to help Kyiv and protect ‘every last bit’ of a unified area should the Russian strongman’s sights meander outside Ukraine’s boundaries.

However, talking during a visit to the Lask airbase in NATO part Poland, Mr Stoltenberg rehashed that the collusion is ‘guarded’ and that no soldiers will be shipped off help Ukraine. ‘NATO won’t be important for the contention,’ he said.

Russia previously seemed, by all accounts, to be utilizing attack strategies somewhere else in Ukraine today as the city of Mariupol, in the south, went under ‘consistent shelling’ by Russian powers utilizing big guns, Grad rockets, and contender jets focusing on regular citizens regions, for example, schools and homes which had left some dead, including ladies and kids.

Capacity to the city, which is at risk for being encircled by Russian powers, has been cut – district head Pavlo Kyrylenko said Tuesday – yet it stays under Ukrainian control.

Kherson, one more key city situated in southern Ukraine with an extension over the Dnieper River, likewise went under siege by Russian powers today as rockets arrived close to non military personnel structures on the edges and troops were envisioned traveling through the roads.

Kharkiv, in the east, kept on being bombarded today with a huge rocket arriving before the non military personnel policy implementation building, leaving the inside intensely harmed. Somewhere around 10 individuals were killed and more than 20 were harmed in the assault, which came only a day after the city was hit by bunch bombs that killed something like 11 individuals and left handfuls more injured.
Ukraine’s representative to the UN later said that a thermobaric ‘vacuum bomb’ was likewise utilized on the nation, however didn’t saying precisely when or where.

President Volodymyr Zelensky earlier today marked the Kharkiv besieging a ‘psychological oppressor’ assault and marked Russia a ‘fear monger state’ while rehashing requires an atrocities examination. The central examiner of the International Criminal Court at The Hauge has said that a test will be laid out

‘straightaway’.

Philip Reeker, America’s Charge d’Affairs to the UK, cautioned independently that ‘middle age strategies are unquestionably what we can anticipate’ from Moscow’s powers going ahead.

‘[That is] precisely what President Putin and the Russian military have as a main priority,’ he added.

Sergey Shoigu, the Russian guard serve, said Tuesday morning that the intrusion will go on until ‘targets are met’ – which he said was to forestall Russia being compromised by the West.

In a troubling indication of the slaughter to come, he likewise cautioned that Ukraine’s military is involving regular citizens as human safeguards in what the future held endeavor to legitimize the passings of honest people as they increase throughout the next few days.

Ukraine war: The most recent
Russian armed force tells residents in Kyiv they can ‘openly leave’ as it traces of assaults on non military personnel regions
Russian powers shell Ukraine’s second city Kharkiv, killing something like 11 regular people in neighborhoods
Russian powers arrive at the southern city of Kherson close to Moscow-controlled Crimea
Kyiv says 352 regular citizens have been killed, including 14 kids, since the intrusion started last Thursday
Almost 520,000 individuals have escaped Ukraine over the most recent five days, the UN’s evacuee organization says,
Hague investigator Karim Khan says he is examining the ‘circumstance in Ukraine’, saying there is a ‘sensible premise’s to accept ‘atrocities and violations against humankind have been submitted’
Turkey blocks warships from the Bosphorus and Dardanelles waterway, restricting the development of Russian and other maritime resources by conjuring a 1936 arrangement
Moderators from Ukraine and Russia end a first round of talks with no forward leap. The two sides consent to lead a second round ‘soon’
In a call with French President Emmanuel Macron, Putin requests ‘disarmament and denazification’ of Ukraine
Top of UN’s nuclear guard dog ‘seriously worry’ that attacking Russian soldiers are working near Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine’s biggest thermal energy plant
Twitter and Facebook move to check the internet based presence of Russian state-connected media sources
Russia is removed from the 2022 World Cup and its groups suspended from all worldwide football contests ‘until additional notification’
Global Olympic Committee urges sports alliances to boycott Russian and Belarusian competitors
US moves to remove 12 individuals from Russia’s UN mission from America for being ‘insight agents’
US and Canada boycott all exchanges with Russia’s national bank in a phenomenal assent. EU adds more Putin partners to its assents boycott
Putin orders crisis capital controls and powers exporters to purchase rubles to set up his cash, which plunges by a fifth, arriving at record lows.
Administrators in customarily uncommitted Finland – which has a long boundary with Russia – are to discuss NATO participation
Disney and Sony Pictures stop the arrival of their movies in Russian films as a result of its intrusion of Ukraine

'Glory to Ukraine': Volodymyr Zelensky gives a one-fisted salute to the European parliament as he makes an impassioned plea to join the bloc as his country faces down an increasingly bloody Russian invasion
‘Glory to Ukraine’: Volodymyr Zelensky gives a one-fisted salute to the European parliament as he makes an impassioned plea to join the bloc as his country faces down an increasingly bloody Russian invasion

EU Commission President Ursula von Der Leyen applauds the end of Zelensky's speech, after he said that Ukrainians were sacrificing their lives for the freedoms that Europe represents

EU Commission President Ursula von Der Leyen applauds the end of Zelensky’s speech, after he said that Ukrainians were sacrificing their lives for the freedoms that Europe represents
Meanwhile, in Geneva, western diplomats walked out during a televised address by Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov as he sought to pin the blame for the conflict on KyivMeanwhile, in Geneva, western diplomats walked out during a televised address by Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov as he sought to pin the blame for the conflict on Kyiv
A convoy of Russian tanks, artillery pieces, fighting vehicles and support trucks now stretches all the way from Hostomel, on the outskirts of Kyiv, to the village of Prybirs’k some 40 miles away (part of the convoy is seen, right)
There are fears the purpose of the convoy (pictured) is to surround Kyiv, besiege it and bomb it into submission – mirroring tactics Russia used in Syria while fighting alongside the forces of Basahar al-Assad
A line of Russian vehicles is seen snaking its way via the town of Ivankiv towards Kyiv, around 40 miles to the south
Russian vehicles are seen to the southeast of Invankiv and heading towards Kyiv in this satellite image taken on Monday
A handout satellite image made available by Maxar Technologies shows part of a military convoy and burning buildings, northwest of Ivankiv
Footage shows fires outside Kyiv after reported military base attack

Kyiv endured another night of bombing on Monday before satellite images revealed the huge column of tanks headed for the city, with Putin’s men trying to cut off the capital and bomb it into submission

As Kyiv prepares for a dramatic escalation in bloodshed, Kherson, Kharkiv and Mariupol all came under shelling attack by Russian forces as Putin looks to achieve victory by brute forces after more-sophisticated tactics failed
People walk by a damaged vehicle and an armored car at a checkpoint in Brovary, outside Kyiv
A volunteer of Ukraine’s Territorial Defense Forces walks by a damaged armored vehicle at a checkpoint in Brovary, Kyiv
A man reacts inside a vehicle damaged by shelling, in Brovary, outside Kyiv
Members of an Ukrainian civil defense unit pass new assault rifles to the opposite side of a blown up bridge on Kyiv’s northern outskirts, where fighting with Russian forces has been taking place

Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch both said that Russian forces appeared to have used widely banned cluster munitions, with Amnesty accusing them of attacking a preschool in northeastern Ukraine while civilians took shelter inside.

Oksana Markarova, Ukraine’s ambassador to the United States, told reporters after meeting with members of the U.S. Congress that Russia had used a thermobaric weapon, known as a vacuum bomb, in its invasion of her country.

‘They used the vacuum bomb today,’

Markarova said after a meeting with lawmakers. ‘…The devastation that Russia is trying to inflict on Ukraine is large.’

A vacuum bomb, or thermobaric weapon, sucks in oxygen from the surrounding air to generate a high-temperature explosion, typically producing a blast wave of a significantly longer duration than that of a conventional explosive and is capable of vaporizing human bodies.

There has been no official confirmation that thermobaric weapons have been used in the conflict in Ukraine. CNN reported that one of its teams had spotted a Russian thermobaric multiple rocket launcher near the Ukrainian border early on Saturday afternoon.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said she had seen reports but did not have confirmation that Russia had used such weapons.

‘If that were true, it would potentially be a war crime,’

she told a press briefing, noting that there are international organizations that would assess that and President Joe Biden’s administration ‘would look to be a part of that conversation.’

The Russian embassy in Washington did not respond to requests for comment.

Markarova said Ukraine was working actively with the Biden administration and Congress to obtain more weapons and tougher sanctions.

‘They should pay, they should pay a heavy price,’

she told reporters after leaving the meeting.

One lawmaker who attended the meeting, Democratic Representative Brad Sherman, said the Ukrainians had asked for a U.S.-enforced no-fly zone over Ukraine but that he felt that was too dangerous because it could provoke conflict with Russia.

Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab has warned that Russian President Vladimir Putin could retaliate with increasingly ‘heavy-handed tactics’ if his invasion of Ukraine faces further hitches.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: ‘We can expect, for every stutter and stumble, him to try and come back for even more heavy-handed tactics, but that is a sign that the initial phase at least – and this is going to be a long haul – has not lived up to his expectations.’

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has thanked the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for their support amid the Russian invasion.

‘Olena and I are grateful to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge that, at this crucial time, when Ukraine is courageously opposing Russia’s invasion, they stand by our country and support our brave citizens,’ he tweeted.

‘Good will triumph.’

Amnesty International said international humanitarian law prohibits the use of inherently indiscriminate weapons such as cluster munitions. Launching indiscriminate attacks that kill or injure civilians constitutes a war crime.

As the bloodshed ramps up, the Kremlin has found itself increasingly isolated by tough economic sanctions that have sent its currency plummeting.

After a first, five-hour session of talks between Ukraine and Russia yielded no stop in the fighting, both sides agreed to another meeting in coming days. Ukraine’s embattled president, however, said he believed the stepped-up shelling was designed to force him into concessions.

‘I believe Russia is trying to put pressure (on Ukraine) with this simple method,’

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said late Monday in a video address. He did not offer details of the talks that took place Monday, but he said Kyiv was not prepared to make concessions ‘when one side is hitting another with rocket artillery.’

Six days into the invasion, the Russian military’s movements have been stalled by fierce resistance on the ground and a surprising inability to dominate the airspace. Many Ukrainian civilians, meanwhile, spent another night huddled in shelters, basements or corridors.

‘I sit and pray for these negotiations to end successfully, so that they reach an agreement to end the slaughter,’

said Alexandra Mikhailova, weeping as she clutched her cat in a shelter in Mariupol. Around her, parents tried to console children and keep them warm.

The Kremlin has twice in as many days raised the specter of nuclear war and put on high alert an arsenal that includes intercontinental ballistic missiles and long-range bombers. Stepping up his rhetoric, President Vladimir Putin denounced the United States and its allies as an ’empire of lies.’

The Kremlin has twice in as many days raised the specter of nuclear war and put on high alert an arsenal that includes intercontinental ballistic missiles and long-range bombers. Stepping up his rhetoric, President Vladimir Putin denounced the United States and its allies as an ’empire of lies.’

Supermarket shelves have started to run empty in Kyiv as the city is slowly encircled and besieged by Putin's forces

Supermarket shelves have started to run empty in Kyiv as the city is slowly encircled and besieged by Putin’s forces

A woman looks at empty shelves that typically contain in Kyiv, as Russia's invasion of Ukraine continues

A woman looks at empty shelves that typically contain in Kyiv, as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues

Kupyansk protesters stare down Russian car moments after mobbing it
A view of empty shelves in a local grocery in Kyiv, Ukraine, as Russian tightens the noose around the capital
A view of empty shelves in a local grocery in Kyiv, Ukraine, as Russian tightens the noose around the capital
A photo shows empty shelves at a market due to the problems in food stocks, in Ukrainian capital Kyiv

A photo shows empty shelves at a market due to the problems in food stocks, in Ukrainian capital Kyiv
Russian troops advance on foot within Crimean city of Kherson
Houses destroyed as a result of shelling by the Russian army in Bucha, Kyiv
Military equipment destroyed during the hostilities with the Russian army in Bucha
Military equipment destroyed during the hostilities with the Russian army in Bucha, Kyiv
Burned bits of polystyrene litter the road - evidence that homemade Molotov cocktails were used against Russian military vehicles during fighting in Bucha, near Kyiv

Burned bits of polystyrene litter the road – evidence that homemade Molotov cocktails were used against Russian military vehicles during fighting in Bucha, near Kyiv

Western ambassadors and diplomats walk out while Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov's pre-recorded video message is played to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva

Western ambassadors and diplomats walk out while Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s pre-recorded video message is played to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva

Meanwhile, an embattled Ukraine moved to solidify its ties to the West by applying to join the European Union – a largely symbolic move for now, but one that won’t sit well with Putin, who has long accused the United States of trying to pull Ukraine out of Moscow’s orbit.

A top Putin aide and head of the Russian delegation, Vladimir Medinsky, said that during the first talks held between the sides since the invasion, the envoys ‘found certain points on which common positions could be foreseen.’ He said they agreed to continue the discussions in the days ahead.

As the talks along the Belarusian border wrapped up, several blasts could be heard in Kyiv, and Russian troops advanced on the city of nearly 3 million. The convoy of armored vehicles, tanks, artillery and support vehicles was 17 miles (25 kilometers) from the center of the city and stretched about 40 miles, according to satellite imagery from Maxar Technologies.

People in Kyiv lined up for groceries after the end of a weekend curfew, standing beneath a building with a gaping hole blown in its side. Kyiv remained ‘a key goal’ for the Russians, Zelenskyy said, noting that it was hit by three missile strikes on Monday and that hundreds of saboteurs were roaming the city.

‘They want to break our nationhood, that’s why the capital is constantly under threat,’ Zelenskyy said.

Messages aimed at the advancing Russian soldiers popped up on billboards, bus stops and electronic traffic signs across the capital. Some used profanity to encourage Russians to leave. Others appealed to their humanity.

‘Russian soldier – Stop! Remember your family. Go home with a clean conscience,’ one read.

Video from Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-biggest city, with a population of about 1.5 million, showed residential areas being shelled, with apartment buildings shaken by repeated, powerful blasts.

Authorities in Kharkiv said at least seven people had been killed and dozens injured. They warned that casualties could be far higher.

‘They wanted to have a blitzkrieg, but it failed, so they act this way,’ said 83-year-old Valentin Petrovich, who watched the shelling from his downtown apartment. He gave just his first name and his patronymic, a middle name derived from his father’s name, out of fear for his safety.

The Russian military has denied targeting residential areas despite abundant evidence of shelling of homes, schools and hospitals.

Fighting raged in other towns and cities. The strategic port city of Mariupol, on the Sea of Azov, is ‘hanging on,’ said Zelenskyy adviser Oleksiy Arestovich. An oil depot was reported bombed in the eastern city of Sumy.

Russian artillery hit a military base in Okhtyrka, a city between Kharkiv and Kyiv, and more than 70 Ukrainian soldiers were killed, the head of the region wrote on Telegram. Dmytro Zhyvytskyy posted photographs of the charred shell of a four-story building and rescuers searching rubble.

In a later Facebook post, he said many Russian soldiers and some local residents also were killed during the fighting on Sunday. The report could not immediately be confirmed.

Despite its superior military strength, Russia still lacked control of Ukrainian airspace. This may help explain how Ukraine has so far prevented a rout.

In the seaside resort town of Berdyansk, dozens of protesters chanted angrily in the main square against Russian occupiers, yelling at them to go home and singing the Ukrainian national anthem. They described the soldiers as exhausted young conscripts.

Kharkiv was struck by more Russian rockets on Tuesday morning, with one striking outside the civilian public administration building which was heavily damaged in the blast. The rocket can be seen a split second before it slams into the building, triggering a massive blast
The rocket caused huge damage to the building and threw up a huge plume of smoke in the aftermath of the explosion

This image, posted by the State Emergency Service of Ukraine, shows the square outside the administrative building covered in rubble following the rocket attack

A view shows the regional administration building following the Russian rocket attack in central Kharkiv, Ukraine, March 1, 2022

A view shows the regional administration building following the Russian rocket attack in central Kharkiv, Ukraine, March 1, 2022
Building destroyed by bomb in Kharkiv’s central square
Rescue workers and medics are pictured close to the regional administration building in central Kharkiv, picking their way through the debris following the explosion
Rescue workers and medics are pictured close to the regional administration building in central Kharkiv, picking their way through the debris following the explosion
The bombardment of Kharkiv continued Tuesday morning with a rocket landing just in front of the civilian public administration building, destroying the road outside and blowing the windows out of the building itself. Footage from inside shows the building was heavily damaged, with ceilings collapsing and rubble strewn around
Rescuers and civilians carry injured out of shelled Kharkiv buildings
‘Frightened kids, frightened looks. They want to eat,’ Konstantin Maloletka, who runs a small shop, said by telephone. He said the soldiers went into a supermarket and grabbed canned meat, vodka and cigarettes.

‘They ate right in the store,’

he said.

‘It looked like they haven’t been fed in recent days.’

For many, Russia’s announcement of a nuclear high alert stirred fears that the West could be drawn into direct conflict with Russia. But a senior U.S. defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the United States had yet to see any appreciable change in Russia’s nuclear posture.

As far-reaching Western sanctions on Russian banks and other institutions took hold, the ruble plummeted, and Russia’s Central Bank scrambled to shore it up, as did Putin, signing a decree restricting foreign currency.

But that did little to calm Russian fears. In Moscow, people lined up to withdraw cash as the sanctions threatened to drive up prices and reduce the standard of living for millions of ordinary Russians.

In yet another blow to Russia’s economy, oil giant Shell said it was pulling out of the country because of the invasion. It announced it will withdraw from its joint ventures with state-owned gas company Gazprom and other entities and end its involvement in the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project between Russia and Europe.

The economic sanctions, ordered by the U.S. and other allies, were just one contributor to Russia’s growing status as a pariah country.

Russian airliners are banned from European airspace, Russian media is restricted in some countries, and some high-tech products can no longer be exported to the country. On Monday, in a major blow to a soccer-mad nation, Russian teams were suspended from all international soccer.

In other developments:

– The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court said he will open an investigation soon into possible war crimes and crimes against humanity in Ukraine.

– Cyberattacks hit Ukrainian embassies around the world, and Russian media outlets.

– The United States announced it is expelling 12 members of Russia’s U.N. mission, accusing them of spying.

The U.N. human rights chief said at least 102 civilians have been killed and hundreds wounded – warning that figure is probably a vast undercount – and Ukraine’s president said at least 16 children were among the dead.

More than a half-million people have fled the country since the invasion, another U.N. official said, many of them going to Poland, Romania and Hungary.

Among the refugees in Hungary was Maria Pavlushko, 24, an information technology project manager from a city west of Kyiv. She said her father stayed behind to fight the Russians.

‘I am proud about him,’ she said, adding that many of her friends were planning to fight, too.

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