Ukraine-Russia war, the latest news: Putin launches a total assault, gas pipelines and oil deposits destroyed

Of Francesco Battistini, Lorenzo Cremonesi, Andrea Nicastro, Paolo Foschi and Online Editorial

The news on the war, live: Putin intensifies military operations, intense bombing on Kiev and other cities, but the advance of the troops has met with more resistance than expected. The West launches very tough sanctions against Russia

Russia And Ukraine I’m al fourth day of war. Moscow troops have intensified attacks on all open fronts, from the Black Sea to the capital Kiev, although various intelligence sources advance doubts about the effectiveness of the advance
(here an analysis by Andrea Marinelli and Guido Olimpio on ongoing military operations). Among the causes of the difficulties encountered by the Russians, also the resistance opposed by the Ukrainian army, but also by the volunteers (here the reportage by Andrea Nicastro from the south of Ukraine
).
• The armed forces have instead announced that 37,000 Ukrainian volunteers have already enlisted to fight against Russian troops. Over 120,000 Ukrainians have already sought refuge abroad. The situation of refugees is already dramatic, but the number of people fleeing is destined to grow exponentially (here the reportage from Leopoli by Lorenzo Cremonesi).


• The UN released an initial report on civilian victims of combat and air and missile strikes: the deaths among the civilian population are at least 64, 240 injured. The figure is probably underestimated due to the difficulty of gathering information in many areas of the country.
• Russia is increasingly isolated in the international community: the United States, Canada, the European Union and Great Britain have tightened sanctions, announcing the exclusion of Moscow from the swift system for banking transactions (here the study by Claudio Del Frate and Danilo Taino who explain the effects of this measure on the Russian economy
). The European Union has also come up with a plan to deal with the repercussions of the possible blocking of gas supplies from Russia (here the article by Francesca Basso
)
• The first effects of the sanctions, however, are starting to be felt. A Russian commercial ship was blocked in the English Channel, while the Chelsea boss was de facto forced to leave the management of the prestigious English football club. According to international observers, only the beginning of the great difficulties that Russia will face. US sources have announced that it will now begin the hunt for all the assets of the Russian oligarchs, including yachts, real estate and businesses. Or the third world war, or the sanctions: these are the words of Joe Biden (here the article by Giuseppe Sarcina
).
• On the dramatic day of bombing by Russian forces, eight Greeks from the diaspora were reportedly killed in Ukraine on Saturday. This was reported by the Greek Foreign Ministry that the Russian Ambassador summoned tomorrow
in Athens.

Italy has decided to
send planes and men to Romania, to strengthen NATO’s eastern flank, but from all over Europe weapons are also arriving in Ukraine and other aids (here the article by Guido Olimpio).

The reasons for the crisis
are explained in
this deepening

Here is an interview with former world chess champion Garry Kasparov: For Putin, this war may be the end, but you must act.

6.58 am – A Russian attack blew up a gas pipeline in Kharkiv. The Kharkiv gas pipeline, in the north-eastern part of Ukraine, was destroyed and bombed by Russia in the night. The facility, considered strategic for the supply of gas in a large area of ​​the country, was hit repeatedly, according to reports from local sources, during the attacks that went on for many hours.

6.25 am – Toxic smoke alarm after the bombing of the Vasylkiv oil depot

Following of the Russian bombing of the Vasylkiv oil depot, at the gates of Kiev, the city authorities have warned that the burning site emits toxic fumes and invited the residents, mostly already in the shelters, to close the windows. The Ukrainian media reported it. The fire is also visible from Kiev, about 40 km away. Emergency services cannot put out the flames due to enemy fire and environmental disaster is feared.

6.01 am – Alarm sirens sound in Rivne and Lutsk, in the north-west of Ukraine

Alarm sirens rang out in two cities in northwestern Ukraine, Rivne and Lutsk, just before 6am local time. The BBC reports. Citizens were invited to go to a shelter.

4.54 – Ukrainian army claims the destruction of a convoy of Chechen troops
The Ukrainian army destroyed a Chechen special forces convoy, named `Kadyrovites after the Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, in Hostomel, about 40 km from Kiev. This was reported by local media, citing the confirmation of the bureau. According to Channel 24 sources, the Ukrainian army blew up a group of 56 Russian tanks which also contained General Magomed Tushayev, commander of the 141st Chechen Guard Motorized Regiment who was killed.


3.36 am – Kiev, radioactive waste disposal site hit
Russian forces hit a radioactive waste disposal site in Kiev. The Kyiv Independent reports. According to a first report by the National Nuclear Regulatory Authority of Ukraine, there are no threats to people outside the health protection zone. The Ukrainian State Emergency Service then specified that the bombing of the radioactive waste disposal site in Kiev did not lead to the depressurization of the storage of radioactive substances. The Kyiv Independent reports, stating that the site’s fence was hit while the building remained intact.




3.25 am – Other Russian tanks and rocket launchers enter Ukraine
CNN reports it showing images of Russian heavy vehicles passing the last check point near Belgorod, in Russia, before entering Ukrainian territory near Kharkiv.

3.15 am – A building in Kharkiv hit, a woman killed
A nine-story building in Kharkiv was hit by a Russian missile: a dead woman and 20 other people were evacuated. This was reported by the Ukrainian state emergency service, covered by the Ukrainian media. Another 60 residents of the building had taken refuge in the basement and none of them were injured.


2.58 am – Ukraine, at least 64 civilians killed since the beginning of the war


First civilian death toll, there are also 240 injured since Thursday, the day of the start of the Russian invasion. This was reported by the United Nations, adding that the real death toll could be much higher.

2.04 – 37,000 volunteers have already been enrolled to fight against the Russians

The number of volunteers who joined the Ukrainian Territorial Defense Forces rose to 37,000. The commander of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, Valery Zaluzhny, reports on Facebook.

2.01 – Kiev, citizens invited to close the windows
The Kiev administration, according to local media, has invited citizens to stay indoors with the windows locked or to spend the night in shelters

.

1.53 – Trump: Putin is playing Biden like a drum
Putin is playing Biden like a drum, not a nice thing to watch. This was stated by the former president of the United States, Donald Trump, on the stage of the CPAC about the latest developments in Ukraine.


1.48 – Trump: Putin smart, our leaders are stupid
Vladimir Putin decided on his ruthless invasion after seeing the withdrawal from Afghanistan: Putin smart, smart, and our leaders are stupid. Donald Trump said this when speaking at the conservative conference and calling Russia’s attack on Ukraine an assault on humanity. It would have been easy for me to put an end to what is happening, to this farce, adds Trump, speaking of his affinity with Putin.

1.42 – Trump: we will save Ukraine from destruction
Our movement is strong and growing. We will save our country from destruction. This was stated by Donald Trump, speaking at the conference of conservatives. The former US president talks about the fascist left, the radical left that has lost its credibility and whose policies don’t work.

1.32 am – A Russian attack blew up a gas pipeline in Kharkiv
The Kyiv Independent reports showing a video of the explosion and flames of the Special Communications Service of Ukraine. The northeastern city of the country has been under heavy bombing for hours.

00.59 – Ukraine thanks the US, Canada, the EU and the UK for the new sanctions
Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyha thanks his friends from the USA, France, Germany, Italy, Canada and the United Kingdom on Twitter for their commitment to remove several Russian banks from Swift, the paralysis of the assets of the Russian Central Bank, the ban on Russian oligarchs from use their financial assets on the Euro-Atlantic markets.

00.57 am – Oil depot near Kiev bombed
The Vasylkiv oil depot, about 40 km south of Kiev, in flames. According to the mayor of the town, Natalia Balasynovych, the city and the airport have suffered heavy bombing from Russian missiles, reports the Kyiv Independent. According to CNN, the two large explosions that lit up the sky in Kiev a little while ago would have occurred right around Vasylkiv.


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