In spite of reports of fierce resistance by Ukrainian military, Russian troops have captured Kharkiv, the second largest city of Ukraine, after multiple attacks on the country’s oil facilities.
It was learnt Russian troops blown up Oil terminal and gas pipelines belonging to Ukrainian government on Sunday night.
There was reported huge fire emanating from the explosion which caused panic in the country.
However, the country’s president Zelenskiy urged all foreign citizens to join in Ukraine war against Russia
According to the AFP: “Oil terminal near Kyiv and gas pipeline in Kharkiv on fire,
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“Russia is bombarding residential areas Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Sunday, AFP reports.
But warned “we will fight as long as it takes to liberate the country”.
In an address posted online, Zelenskiy said: “The past night in Ukraine was brutal, again shooting, again bombardments of residential areas, civilian infrastructure.”
“Today, there is not a single thing in the country that the occupiers do not consider an acceptable target. They fight against everyone. They fight against all living things – against kindergartens, against residential buildings and even against ambulances.”
He said Russian forces were “firing rockets and missiles at entire city districts in which there isn’t and never has been any military infrastructure”.
“Vasylkiv, Kyiv, Chernigiv, Sumy, Kharkiv and many other towns in Ukraine are living in conditions that were last experienced on our lands during world war two.”
Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy makes a statement in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Sunday.
Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy makes a statement in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Sunday. Photograph: Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Reuters
Zelenskiy urged world leaders to strip Russia of its voting power on the UN Security Council and added: “Russia’s criminal actions against Ukraine bear signs of genocide”.
Finland will close its airspace to Russian planes, joining a raft of other European countries.
Finland “is preparing to close its airspace to Russian air traffic”, transport minister Timo Harakka wrote on Twitter. Finland shares an 800-mile border with Russia.
Other countries including Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany and Poland have blocked airspace to Russian flights, provoking huge detours. On Saturday, Lithuania said it will block Russian flights, cutting a quick route from Russia’s Kaliningrad enclave to Ukraine.