The Ukrainian capital, Kiev, is under the control of President Volodymyr Zhelensky’s government, despite a Russian missile attack.
Zhelensky says Ukrainians are fighting Russian forces in Kiev, in Odessa in the south and in Kharkiv in the northeast.
“The occupiers wanted to block the center of our state,” the president said, “and we have thwarted their plan.”
However, as the Russians approached the capital, Kiev residents were told to stay home until Monday morning.
The United Nations says at least 198 Ukrainians have been killed so far in the invasion, and more than 120,000 have fled the country in the past 48 hours.
Ukraine says 137 civilians and soldiers have been killed, and Russia has not acknowledged the deaths of Russians.
The slow move to block Russia from the Swift system is gaining momentum
Since the German government softened its position, moves to expel Russia from the SWIFT, the major global banking institution, have gained momentum.
Many countries, including the United Kingdom, have called for Russia to be banned from the SWIFT system, which makes it possible to move money across borders.
Germany’s change of heart paves the way for further sanctions against Russia in the wake of its occupation of Ukraine.
So far, Germany has argued that Russia’s expulsion of Swift would greatly damage Western economies and cause far more suffering to ordinary Russians than to the government.
France detains cargo ship carrying Russian flag suspected of violating sanctions on Ukraine
The ship “Baltic Leader” was carrying new cars from Rouen in northwestern France to St. Petersburg, Russia.
The U.S. Treasury said the ship was owned by a subsidiary and imposed sanctions Promsvyazbank, one of the authorized financial institutions of Russia.
Sandbags and Molotov cocktails: Kiev prepares to face the Russians
Nick Peck – Kiev – Ukraine
We have seen men wearing jeans and sneakers take their stand: luxury protection is not possible by camouflage persons in this critical moment. Temporary barriers have been set up.
A tractor and a delivery truck were positioned at strategic angles to prevent incoming attack.
In other cities, steel workers are said to have set up their own defenses and barricades. Workers in a garment factory usually make sandbags.
Across the country, patriotic Ukrainians are weaving their own stories and hoping that their joint efforts will succeed in countering Moscow’s military might.
All of this is urgent, and the question is when it will be able to confront the advancing Russian forces head-on – which many fear.
24 hour queue
On the borders of Moldova – and on the borders of four other countries on the border with Ukraine – mothers and grandmothers safely dragged their bags and dragged their children to unknown places. Men are not allowed to join them – they have to be behind to fight.
After waiting in line for more than 24 hours at the Ukrainian border, Anna Balanga arrives at the crossing point – her little yellow car is packed with bags, and her six-year-old granddaughter sings to herself in the back seat.
Anna’s quiet smile collapsed as she began to speak to the BBC. In tears Malka described leaving her husband to defend her homeland.
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