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    Russia and Ukraine have accused each other on Thursday of shelling the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant, as fears rise over another nuclear catastrophe 37 years on from Chernobyl. Both Moscow and Kyiv said there were five rocket strikes near a radioactive material storage area at the plant, Europe's biggest nuclear facility which has been a focus of renewed fighting in recent days.  Ukraine's nuclear agency Energoatom said later there had been fresh Russian shelling near one of the plant's six reactors that had caused 'extensive smoke' from a grass fire and 'several radiation sensors are damaged'.  The plant, which is in Russian hands, is on the south bank of the River Dnipro which divides the warring armies and where some of the fiercest fighting is raging. Ukraine has accused Moscow of basing hundreds of soldiers and storing arms there.  Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has warned Russia could cause an incident 'even more catastrophic than Chernobyl' - a reference to the nuclear disaster in then Soviet Ukraine in 1986. United Nations chief Antonio Guterres also said in a statement that continued hostilities...
    President Volodymyr Zelensky accused Russian forces of shelling their own positions around the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Station, risking a nuclear catastrophe. Russia denies the accusations, pointing at Ukraine for shelling the plant. Ukraine has previously accused Russia of turning the plant into a military base, using the threat of nuclear disaster as a shield, and it has justified previous attacks against the area near the reactor as directed against legitimate military targets. The newest accusation is the first time Ukraine has accused Russia of shelling its own positions in and around the plant. Armed Russian servicemen stand atop their military vehicles near the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Station. AP "Today, the occupiers created another extremely risky situation for the whole of Europe — they fired at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant twice in a day. This is the largest nuclear power plant in our continent, and any shelling of this object is an open and brazen crime, an act of terror. Russia should be held responsible for the very fact of creating a threat to the nuclear...
    At least forty Ukrainian prisoners of war have been killed in a Russian detention camp, with the warring countries accusing the other of carrying out the deadly attack. Russian forces accused Kyiv of targeting the Olenivka prison in Donetsk overnight using US-supplied HIMARS rocket systems in a strike which also injured 75. But Ukraine said Putin's men carried out 'targeted artillery shelling' in a bid to both accuse Ukraine of war crimes and hide any evidence of their torture and mass executions in the prison. The Kremlin's defence ministry said this morning that eight employees at the detention centre were also injured. Denis Pushilin, leader of the Donetsk separatists, put the death toll at 47 people. Territorial defence forces of the separatist statelet said that 53 people died. Ukrainian servicemen fire an M777 howitzer in Kharkiv Region in northeastern Ukraine today A residential house burns after a Russian military strike, as the attacks on Ukraine continue in the town of Bakhmut Firefighters extinguish a fire in a shelled house in Bakhmut as Russia and Ukraine continue to trade blows A...
    (CNN)Russian and Ukrainian authorities on Friday traded accusations over a purported strike on a prison in separatist-held eastern Ukraine that Russia says resulted in the death of at least 40 prisoners.CNN could not immediately verify the allegations. Brief clips of video aired on Russian networks and by social media channels in Donetsk show extensive destruction to a building and several bodies, but the location could not be independently verified.The Olenivka prison near Donetsk has been used to house many of the Ukrainian soldiers who surrendered at the Azovstal plant in Mariupol several months ago.In a statement, the Russian defense ministry said "the Kyiv regime deliberately carried out a bloody provocation.""The pre-trial detention center in the area of ​​the settlement of Yelenovka (Olenivka), which contains Ukrainian military prisoners of war, including militants of the Azov formation, was hit by a missile attack from the American HIMARS multiple launch rocket system."Read MoreThe ministry claimed that "40 Ukrainian prisoners of war were killed and 75 were wounded. In addition, eight employees of the isolation ward received injuries of varying severity."The Russian defense ministry...
    KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine denies shelling a prison holding Ukrainian POWs, accuses Russia of attacking to hide its abuses there. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine say that at least 40 Ukrainian prisoners of war captured during the fighting for Mariupol have been killed by Ukrainian shelling. Daniil Bezsonov, a spokesman for the Russia-backed separatists in the Donetsk region, said that at least 40 Ukrainian prisoners of war were killed and 130 were injured Friday when Ukrainian shelling hit a prison in the town of Olenivka. The Ukrainian troops were taken prisoner after the fierce fighting for Ukraine’s Azov Sea port of Mariupol, where they holed up at the giant Azovstal steel mill for months. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    First Lady Jill Biden traveled to Romania Friday carrying five gallons of ketchup on board Executive One Foxtrot after hearing that the military base she was visiting was running out.  Biden brought Heinz ketchup - a condiment created in her home state of Pennsylvania - to Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base, her spokesman confirmed to DailyMail.com. Her visit to 'MK base,' as it's called, marked the first of a four-day Mother's Day weekend tour of Romania and Slovakia, which will put the first lady face-to-face with Ukrainian refugees.  First Lady Jill Biden serves meals to U.S. servicemembers stationed at the Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base in Romania on Friday  First Lady Jill Biden greets American servicemembers during her Friday visit to Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base, the first stop on her four-day trip to Romania and Slovakia First Lady Jill Biden cuts into a three-tiered American flag cake prepared for her during Friday's visit to Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base in Romania On base, the first lady - sporting a Beau Biden Foundation ballcap and a black mask - served mac and cheese and potatoes to U.S. troops, as American personnel has...
    Eight civilians were killed in Russian shelling in eastern Ukraine on Sunday as Moscow's forces push deeper into the eastern Donetsk region, the regional governor said. Russia's military leaders are pouring troops and equipment into the east of Ukraine in an attempt to force a bloody victory there after they abandoned plans to blitz through Ukraine's north and seize Kyiv earlier in the war. The town of Lyman, located a mere 15 miles from the Donetsk region's northernmost city of Slovyansk and 30 miles from the city of Izyum in the Kharkiv region, was the site of five of the civilian deaths. 'On May 1, four civilians were killed in Russian shelling in the Donetsk region, all in Lyman. Eleven other people were injured,' governor Pavlo Kyrylenko said on Telegram, later adding another person died of his injuries. Ukrainian media organisation Ukraine Now reported the attacks came as part of a consolidated Russian shelling offensive targeting Ukrainian military positions along the eastern front in Lyman, Severodonetsk, Slovyansk, Popasna and Kurakhiv over the weekend. Another three people were killed in shelling on...
    She suffers constant nightmares that Russian troops are seizing her home city – but Katrin Kravtsov previously never thought she would see the day when she would leave her beloved Mykolaiv. However, the 37-year-old mother-of-one decided that enough was enough when shelling hit her neighbourhood late on Tuesday. Katrin and husband Alexey live in a modest one-bedroom flat in a Soviet-era apartment block.  The couple and their six-year-old son Maxim spent Tuesday night in their hallway by the door – ready to run for their lives in case of another attack. It came as speculation mounts that Russia – as part of its masterplan to seize the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine – is plotting to take this port city on the Black Sea and force the region to hold a bogus breakaway referendum. Such a move would create a massive land corridor under Kremlin rule. Alexey Kravtsov, 38, along with his wife Katrin, 37 and son Maxim, 6, prepare to leave their home in the residential Ingulskii district of Mykolaiv for the safety of Odessa Mrs Kravtsov said: 'I...
    By The Associated Press The governor of the Kharkiv region says seven people, including a seven-month-old child, were killed in shelling of a residential neighborhood in the city. Oleh Sinehubov said Friday in a Telegram post that 34 other people were wounded. Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city, has been heavily hit by shelling and rocket attacks during the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The city’s position about 40 kilometers (25 miles) south of Russia and 160 kilometers (100 miles) north of the separatist eastern regions of Ukraine gives it significant strategic importance. ___ KEY DEVELOPMENTS IN THE RUSSIA-UKRAINE WAR: — Police: More than 900 civilian bodies found in Kyiv region — ‘We pray for you’: Ukrainian Jews mark Passover, if they can — Ukraine’s port of Mariupol holds out against all odds — War Crimes Watch: The woman who would make Putin pay — Ukrainian mom’s pain at watching daughter’s burial on phone — Go to https://apnews.com/hub/russia-ukraine for more coverage ___ OTHER DEVELOPMENTS: A senior U.S. defense official says the U.S. believes the Russian guided-missile cruiser that sank Thursday in the northern...
    THE stadium of West Ham star Andriy Yarmolenko's boyhood club in Ukraine has been left destroyed by Russian shelling. Hammers star Yarmolenko grew up in the city of Chernihiv after his parents moved there from Leningrad. 6Desna's stadium has been destroyed by Russian shellingCredit: REX FEATURES 6The stand has been destroyedCredit: REX FEATURES 6A massive crater has been left on the pitchCredit: REX FEATURES 6Desna play in the Ukrainian Premier LeagueCredit: REX FEATURES 6Yarmolenko was given compassionate leave by West Ham when Russia invaded his homeland The Ukraine international started his professional career at Desna Chernihiv. Yarmolenko then went on to play for Dynamo Kyiv, Borussia Dortmund and West Ham. But the Ukrainian Premier League side have shared heartbreaking images of the 12,000-seater Yuri Gagarin Stadium, built under the Soviet regime in 1936, decimated by Russian shelling. It is highly unlikely the ground will be used for football in the near future, with the stands reduced to rubble and the pitch littered with holes and craters. READ MORE IN FOOTBALLFAN CLASH Mason Greenwood jeered by fan as...
    By The Associated Press MARIUPOL, Ukraine — Shelling by Russian forces of Ukraine’s key port of Mariupol on the Sea of Azov has collapsed several humanitarian corridors and made conditions seldom right for people to leave. It was not clear Saturday how many people remained trapped in the city, which had a prewar population of 430,000. Ukrainian officials have put the number at about 100,000, but earlier this week, British defense officials said 160,000 people remained trapped in the city. Ukrainian troops have refused to surrender the city, though much of it has been razed. Resident Sergey Petrov said Saturday that recently two shells struck around him in quick succession, but neither exploded upon landing. He was in his garage at the time and said his mother later told him, “I was born again.” “A shell flew in and broke up into two parts but it did not explode, looks like it did not land on the detonator but on its side," he said. He added that when another shell flew in and hit the garage, "I am in...
    By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Russian ships in the Sea of Azov have been shelling Mariupol from offshore over the last 24 hours, a senior U.S. defense official said Tuesday. The official said that there are about seven Russian ships in that area, including several warships, a minesweeper and a couple landing ships. By contrast, the official said the U.S. did not see indications that ships in the Black Sea were firing on Odesa, as they had done days ago. The officials said the U.S. assesses that the Russians have about 21 ships in the Black Sea, including about a dozen surface combatant warships and some landing ships that carry troops. According to the official, Russian ground forces are still largely stalled outside Kyiv – with troops still about 30 kilometers (19 miles) northeast of the city, and 15 kilometers (9 miles) northwest of the city. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to provide the U.S. military assessment. More broadly, the defense official said the U.S. continues to see Russia struggling to get food and fuel to its...
    By The Associated Press The latest developments on the Russia-Ukraine war: KYIV, Ukraine — Seven Ukrainian civilians, including a child, died when Russia shelled a humanitarian convoy of refugees and forced them to turn back, Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense said. The seven were among hundreds of people who tried to flee the village of Peremoha, 20 kilometers (12 miles) northeast of Kyiv. An unknown number of people were wounded in the shelling, the report added. Moscow has said it would establish humanitarian corridors out of conflict zones, but Ukrainian officials have accused Russia of disrupting those paths and firing on civilians. On Saturday, Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said just nine of 14 agreed-upon corridors were open on Saturday, and that about 13,000 people were evacuated on them around the country. At least 2.5 million people have fled Ukraine since the Russian invasion 17 days ago, according to the United Nations Refugee Agency. ___ Sergiy Stakhovsky is a recently retired professional tennis player from Ukraine who has left his wife and three young children at home in Hungary to...
    A UKRAINIAN granddad has been pictured hugging his cat outside his destroyed house after five of his family members were killed in a Russian airstrike. Heartbroken, the man revealed his disabled 12-year-old daughter, wife, mother-in-law, two sons-in-law, and his wife's friend were all killed in the blast that hit their village of Markhalivka, southwest of Ukraine's capital Kyiv. 10A granddad cradles his cat after losing five relatives in a suspected Russian airstrike 10Igor Mozhayev, 54, was at home and buried under rubble after the blastCredit: Getty 10His house was flattened in shelling in the village of Markhalivka, near KyivCredit: Rex Igor Mozhayev, who is 54, told CNN that two of his grandchildren, aged seven and eight, survived the attack, as well as his cat Marsik. His daughter Masha, 12, who had disabilities and used a wheelchair, was one of the victims of the airstrike which hit the village six miles from Kyiv last Friday. Pictured around the rubble of his former house, Christmas decorations, a schoolbag, toys, and family photos were scattered. As a bulldozer rumbled nearby, Igor picked up...
    VLADIMIR Putin's missiles have pounded Kharkiv in another night of heavy shelling amid the White House's warnings of biological weapons. Horror images show the aftermath of another night of airstrikes and shelling by the Russians. 5Footage believed to have been filmed in Kharkiv shows shelling in the city 5Kharkiv was hit by heavy shellingCredit: Getty 5A maternity ward was destroyed in MariupolCredit: Facebook An alarming video shows a shopping centre in the besieged city entirely destroyed with soldiers trying to walk through the rubble. Unverified footage, believed to have been filmed on Wednesday, appeared to show heavy shelling in the city with civilians running to safety. The attack comes just hours after a maternity hospital was bombed in Mariupol, leaving seventeen people wounded. Harrowing images showed expectant mums and staff evacuating the building after the airstrike that was carried out during an agreed ceasefire. Read more on UkraineDOUBLE DOWN Live updates as Putin 'angry & frustrated' by Ukrainian resistance to invasionMISSILE HELL Russia 'has used terrifying thermobaric weapons' capable of ‘exploding’ lungs President Volodymyr Zelensky branded the attack an "atrocity"...
    A RED Cross aid mission was reportedly hit by a Russian bomb in the besieged city of Mariupol while victims are buried in mass graves. Two bombs were dropped in the attack on the International and the Ukrainian Committees of the Red Cross, according to unconfirmed reports. 8Civilians fleeing Irpin todayCredit: Getty 8Ukrainians fleeing Irpin near KyivCredit: AP 8The aftermath of Russian shelling in KharkivCredit: AFP 8A ten-year-old girl was shot dead in front of her uncle 8 A number of residential buildings and a shopping centre were destroyed as the number of casualties is yet unknown. Despite Russian and Ukrainian officials agreeing to establish "humanitarian corridors" to allow civilians out of some cities, Russia has been accused of shelling evacuation routes as it breaches humanitarian ceasefire for the fourth day. The Ukrainian defence ministry said Russian forces "launched an attack right at the humanitarian corridor" and "did not let children, women and elderly people leave the city." It comes as the city's Deputy Mayor said authorities are burying the dead they can reach in mass graves. Serhiy Orlov was...
    LVIV, Ukraine (AP) — Safe corridors intended to let Ukrainian civilians escape the Russian onslaught could open Tuesday, Kremlin officials said, though Ukrainian leaders greeted the plan with skepticism since prior efforts to establish evacuation routes crumbled over the weekend amid renewed attacks. With the invasion well into its second week, Russian troops were making significant advances in southern Ukraine but stalled in some other regions. Soldiers and volunteers fortified the capital, Kyiv, with hundreds of checkpoints and barricades designed to thwart a takeover. A steady rain of shells and rockets fell on other population centers, including the Kyiv suburb of Bucha, where the mayor reported heavy artillery fire. “We can’t even gather up the bodies because the shelling from heavy weapons doesn’t stop day or night,” Mayor Anatol Fedoruk said. “Dogs are pulling apart the bodies on the city streets. It’s a nightmare.” In one of the most desperate cities, the encircled southern port of Mariupol, an estimated 200,000 people — nearly half the population of 430,000 — were hoping to flee, and Red Cross officials waited to hear...
    The latest round of talks between Russian and Ukrainian officials netted no major breakthroughs, though there were some "small positive" signs of progress on the humanitarian front, an adviser to Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky said Monday afternoon. A Kremlin aide said the third meeting between the two countries had "failed to live up to our expectations" but added that both sides are committed to more talks. President Joe Biden wrapped up a 90-minute video conference with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and French President Emmanuel Macron, who has been in regular contact with Russian President Vladimir Putin and is urging him to ease the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine. The White House was tight-lipped about what specifically was discussed but said the Western world leaders shared intelligence and observations about recent interactions with Putin and top Ukrainian officials. The news of the meeting came shortly after reports emerged that the mayor of Hostomel, a small town near the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, was shot and killed while distributing bread and medicine to those in need. A...
    By YURAS KARMANAU LVIV, Ukraine (AP) — The humanitarian crisis in Ukraine deepened Monday as Russian forces intensified their shelling and food, water, heat and medicine grew increasingly scarce, in what the country condemned as a medieval-style siege by Moscow to batter it into submission. A third round of talks between the two sides ended with a top Ukrainian official saying there had been minor, unspecified progress toward establishing safe corridors that would allow civilians to escape the fighting. Russia’s top negotiator said he expects those corridors to start functioning Tuesday. But that remained to be seen, given the failure of previous attempts to lead civilians to safety amid the biggest ground war in Europe since World War II. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s forces continued to pummel cities with rockets, and fierce fighting raged in places. In one of the most desperate cities, the encircled southern port of Mariupol, an estimated 200,000 people were hoping to flee, and Red Cross officials waited to hear when a corridor would be established. The city is short on water, food and power, and...
    By YURAS KARMANAU LVIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian forces stepped up shelling of cities in Ukraine’s center, north and south, a Ukrainian official said, as a second attempt to evacuate besieged civilians collapsed. With the Ukrainian leader urging his people to take to the streets and fight, Russian President Vladimir Putin shifted blame for the war to Ukraine, saying Moscow’s invasion could be halted “only if Kyiv ceases hostilities.” The outskirts of Kyiv, Chernihiv in the north, Mykolaiv in the south, and Kharkiv, the country’s second-largest city, faced intense shelling late Sunday, presidential adviser Oleksiy Arestovich said. Heavy artillery hit residential areas in Kharkiv and shelling damaged a television tower, according to local officials. The attacks dashed hopes that more people could escape the fighting in Ukraine, where Russia’s plan to quickly overrun the country has been stymied by fierce resistance. Russia has made significant advances in southern Ukraine and along the coast, but many of its efforts have become stalled, including an immense military convoy that has been almost motionless for days north of Kyiv. Food, water, medicine and...
    MARIUPOL, Ukraine (AP) — A pale, bloodied child, her pajama pants adorned cheerfully with unicorns, is rushed into a hospital, her mother wailing in terror. New mothers nestle infants in makeshift basement bomb shelters. A father collapses in grief over the death of his teen son when shelling ravages a soccer field near a school. These scenes unfolded in and around the Azov Sea port of Mariupol in southern Ukraine over the past week, captured by Associated Press journalists documenting Russia’s invasion. With nighttime temperatures just above freezing, the city was plunged into darkness late in the week as the battle knocked out most phone services and raised the prospect of food and water shortages. Without phone connections, medics did not know where to take the wounded. Russia has made significant gains on the ground in the south in an apparent bid to cut off Ukraine’s access to the sea. It also has taken the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, about 270 kilometers (168 miles) northwest of Mariupol. Capturing the city could also allow Russia to build a land corridor...
    (CNN)Three schools shelled, one of them with a gaping hole on the side of the building. Multiple rockets raining on panicking shoppers outside a supermarket. People walking through a park forced to rush to safety as shells explode around them.These were some of the attacks that residents of Kharkiv, Ukraine's second-largest city, endured in recent days as Russian forces targeted residential areas, hitting civilian infrastructure such as schools, shops, hospitals, apartment blocks and churches.CNN has geolocated and verified 13 incidents involving civilians over the past three days, as attacks intensified on Kharkiv, a city of about 1.5 million people. following Ukraine's resistance.Most of the attacks took place in the northeastern part of Kharkiv in the residential area of Saltivka. But other districts in the northwest, southeast and southwest of the city were also affected. The city's Freedom Square, the center of public life in Kharkiv, was hit with was believed to be a cruise missile, an adviser to Ukraine's interior minister said.In 24 hours, 34 civilians were killed and 285 injured -- including 10 children -- in the Kharkiv region,...
    Britain’s Independent Television News (ITV), documented the harrowing aftermath of the overnight Russian shelling of a small Ukrainian village on Thursday morning. The shelling of Yakivlivka left at least four people dead and decimated the town’s infrastructure and homes. “This is a normal Ukrainian village, which has been smashed to smithereens for no reason that I can see of,” ITV correspondent Dan Rivers said, reporting live from the scene. “There is no obvious military target here. There is no garrison of troops. There is no significant infrastructure,” Rivers added. “It just seems to be a normal Ukrainian village that has paid the price of this war.” #Russia “decimated” & “smashed to smithereens” the village of Yakivlivka overnight — “for no obvious reason,” per @danriversitv:pic.twitter.com/Eey5SSKM19 — Charles Lister (@Charles_Lister) March 3, 2022 ITV reported on its website that Rivers spoke to a woman named Natasha, who was “sheltering nine people in her home, including young children, when the shelling hit.” “Shockwaves from the blast ripped through every room – lacerating those inside with glass,” ITV reported. “There are all...
    RUSSIAN forces have allegedly been indiscriminately shelling the Ukrainian port of Mariupol, home to almost 450,000 people, for the past day, with unconfirmed reports claiming hundreds have been killed. Mariupol's mayor accused the Russians of carrying out "genocide" on his city, while his deputy claimed an entire neighbourhood home to 130,000 people has been flattened. 6The aftermath of shelling in Mariupol 6A makeshift bomb shelter has been built in a sports centre in the cityCredit: AP 6Mariupol has already seen heavy shelling since the war beganCredit: Reuters Footage reportedly filmed in the city appears to show gun battles between Ukrainian and Russian forces on Wednesday. The city lies in a key location, between the annexed Crimean Peninsula where a number of Russian forces are based, and the pro-Russia breakaway provinces of Luhansk and Donetsk. Mariupol has reportedly been under continuous fire for the past 14 hours, according to the city government. A maternity hospital and dozens of residential buildings have been severely damaged, while a school and a migrant shelter were destroyed. Unconfirmed reports claim hundreds have been killed in uninterrupted hours...
    Russian paratroopers landed in Kharkiv today while armed forces captured the southern city of Kherson and Ukrainians were desperately trying to flee Kyiv. Fears are growing Russia could intensify bombing on the Ukrainian capital with a 40-mile convoy of tanks and other military vehicles amassed on its outskirts. It comes after Ukrainian officials said Russian forces fired at the Kyiv TV tower and Ukraine's main Holocaust memorial in an attack that killed five people. About 80 per cent of Russian’s invasion force are now said to be in Ukraine, with as many as 15,000 troops - an entire Russian army division - bearing down on Kyiv. Prime Minister Boris Johnson will update MPs on his talks with allies in eastern Europe today as the UK piled more pressure on Russia over its Ukraine invasion. But he ruled out Nato policing a no-fly zone over Ukraine during his trip to visit allies, saying shooting Russian planes out of the sky was not under consideration. The Foreign Office is expected to announce further financial sanctions on Moscow banks and also ban all...
    RUSSIAN tanks and troops are advancing on the city of Kyiv, with terrified citizens forced to take shelter in underground stations and basements. Vladimir Putin's tanks are less than 20 miles from Ukraine's capital, as thousands try desperately to escape to the west and flee the onrushing army. 19Russian tanks and soldiers are less than 20 miles from the Ukrainian capital KyivCredit: Cover Images 19Kyiv is under curfew as the Russian onslaught approachesCredit: Getty 19Desperate citizens have sheltered in metro stations under Kyiv to escape the shellingCredit: Getty 19Thousands are fleeing Kyiv to the west as Russian troops approachCredit: / BEEM 19Russian tanks have stormed the former Chernobyl nuclear power plantCredit: Twitter 19Workers at Chernobyl have reportedly been taken hostageCredit: Twitter 19Video showed a huge explosion as Melitopol airbase came under attackCredit: Twitter Ukrainian government sources have claimed 18 Russian Ilyushin Il-76 planes have left the western Russian city of Pskov heading for Kyiv. The country's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Russia had captured an airfield near Kyiv. If the city falls, Western leaders fear large-scale civilian casualties in the city...
    REPORTS of explosions heard in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol add to the ever-growing fears that a Russian invasion may soon become a reality. Residents in the city located in south Eastern Ukraine say they were woken up around 3:30 in the morning by blasts near the Russian border. 1Explosions could be heard in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol Video shows plumes of smoke rising into the sky, however, it’s unconfirmed if it was the result of shelling. The explosions came hours after the US warned the Ukrainian government that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s troops are “ready to go now” with an invasion. Around 80 percent of Russian soldiers have assembled around the country in attack positions. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that “everything seems to be in place” for a full-scale attack on Ukraine if Russia decides to move forward. Blinken clarified to NBC Nightly News that he can’t “put a date or an exact time on” when Russia will exactly carry out the invasion but said that Russia has “positioned its forces at the final point of...
    A CNN reporter took cameras on a heart-wrenching tour of a home in the Donbas region of Eastern Ukraine that was reportedly damaged by alleged Russian shelling amid the Russia-Ukraine conflict. On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin recognized the Donbas, in addition to the Luhansk region, as independent. Both regions consist of pro-Russian separatists. Since Putin’s announcement, Russian troops have moved into the Donbas in what has been viewed by the United States as an invasion. Sanctions against Russia from the United States, the European Union and others have since been announced. During Wednesday’s New Day, CNN senior international correspondent Sam Kiley reported from a home in Novoluhanske, which he said is almost 500 yards from “the front line” of the Ukraine-Russia border, where as many as 190,000 Russian troops have been stationed on the Russia side. Walking next to the home, Kiley pointed out “remains of a piano.” Going into the damaged house, Kiley said that the family of three that lived there wasn’t “in these rooms when the shells struck. They’re right next door in their outside kitchen.” Kiley...
    Ukraine's interior minister and a group of journalists came under a terrifying burst of shellfire from pro-Russian militants today.  Denys Monastyrsky, and several deputies (MPs), were on a tour of the Ukrainian front line, hosted by the government to show the international media that nearly all the bombardments were coming from the rebel side, when a salvo of mortars, followed by artillery, landed only 300m away from them. As they ran for the cover of their cars and the army's armoured vehicles, Radio Liberty's Ukrainian service correspondent Maryan Kushnir, who filmed the clip, could be heard shouting: 'Lie down, lie down,' then 'run, run!....to the car, to the car!' A breathless Kushnir says to the camera: 'Right now, we're with the minister of internal affairs and they started shooting with mortars, as you can see.  'That's the situation, we are being evacuated..we have hidden behind a shelter.' Then another voice is heard shouting: 'Down! There! Lie Down! Bursting there, quickly! Going out!' No-one was hurt in the incident and the officials fled to a bomb shelter before leaving the area. ...
    KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Shells struck by the hundreds along the tense front lines in eastern Ukraine, drones monitoring a fragile cease-fire lost their way when the GPS signal they rely on was jammed, and then the cellphone network went dark. In a sliver of land where pro-Russian separatists have battled for years against Ukrainian government forces, a group of international monitors tasked with keeping the peace reported more than 300 explosions in 24 hours ending Thursday, around four times as many as an average day over the past month. As the world warily watches Russian troops massing near Ukraine’s borders for signs they’re preparing to invade, Western officials have warned that the spark could come from the volatile east: Repeatedly in recent weeks, the U.S. has said the simmering conflict there could provide cover or an excuse for Russia to roll across the border. The village of Stanytsia Luhanska suffered more than its share of explosions on Thursday. One shell crashed into a kindergarten, blasting a hole in the wall that sent soccer balls flying off the classroom shelves...
    The Prime Minister and several government ministers have labelled Russia’s claims surrounding shelling that struck, among other locations, a school in Ukraine a “false flag operation” intended to discredit Ukraine. A “Kindergarten” junior school in Stanytsia Luhanska, Ukraine, was struck by shellfire that impacted several villages and towns near the Donbas region in Eastern Ukraine on Thursday morning. According to the Ukranian government, as of Thursday afternoon, there had been “42 cases of shelling” recorded which had not caused any deaths, but had seen buildings damaged and seen several people injured, including at least four civilians and one soldier. In military parlance, “shelling” is understood to be a concentration of indirect artillery fire intended to impact a wide area, rather than directed fire attempting to destroy a particular target. Generally, it involves explosive ordinance, or shells fired in a barrage. Solderis survey a crater from an artillery shell that landed near a school in Vrubivka in the Luhansk region, eastern Ukraine, Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda) The Russian government provided their own take on events, saying in a release...
    UKRAINE accused pro-Russian forces of shelling a kindergarten in a sick “false flag” bid to trigger war yesterday. Pictures circulated on social media showed what appeared to be a shell hole through the wall of a yellow-painted nursery classroom in strife-torn Luhansk, eastern Ukraine. 6Ukrainian officials claim pro-Russian forces bombed a nursey in LuhanskCredit: Reuters 6Two teachers were reportedly injured in the blastCredit: Reuters 6Reports of shelling flooded across Luhansk The blast appeared to have scattered masonry around children’s toys and footballs in the room close to a cot and a kiddie’s climbing ladder. Tots escaped injury but two teachers were reported to have suffered cuts and bruises in the blast on the “contact line” between the forces in the village of Stanytsia Luhanska. Reports of shelling flooded in during the course of the morning across Luhansk. Unverified pictures showed a secondary school apparently hit in Vrubivka on the Ukrainian side of the frontline. A shell-hole was seen in the playground after a blast was said to have erupted as 30 students and 14 staff members were in the school....
    A Ukrainian serviceman on the front line in Donetsk region on February 19, 2021. – Anatolii Stepanov/AFP The Kremlin yesterday warned the frozen war in eastern Ukraine was on the brink of dangerous escalation as Moscow and Kyiv blamed one another for a recent surge in violence. Dmitry Peskov, Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, on Thursday accused Kyiv’s forces of shelling in breach of the ceasefire agreement and entering areas where they were not meant to be. Ukraine accused pro-Russian forces, which are widely believed to be under Russian command, of shelling its troops to provoke retaliation. Mr Peskov said Russia, which officially denies deploying its own troops to the area, was using its influence to restrain pro-Russian forces and called on France and Germany to do the same for Ukraine “We also hope all our partners… will pay attention to the growing tension on the contact line and will use their influence to prevent this escalation from crossing a dangerous line,” Mr Peskov said. “A red line would be the resumption of full-scale hostilities,” he said. Russia and Ukraine have been...
    YEREVAN – Reports of renewed shelling on Monday challenged the new cease-fire in the conflict over the separatist territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, where heavy fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces has raged for over three weeks. Saturday's truce was the second attempt to try to end the fighting that has killed hundreds since Sept. 27, when clashes resumed in a conflict that has simmered for decades. A cease-fire brokered by Russia earlier this month quickly frayed as both sides blamed each other for repeated violations. Azerbaijan on Monday morning accused Armenian forces of firing at its positions in the Azerbaijani regions of Tovuz, Dashkesan and Goygol that lie outside of the conflict zone. Azerbaijani officials also said three villagers and a reporter were wounded in the Agdam region of Azerbaijan, which they said was being shelled throughout the day, along with the Terter region. The state-run Armenian Unified Infocenter said Azerbaijan shelled the town of Martuni and several villages in Nagorno-Karabakh overnight, and the Nagorno-Karabakh military said Azerbaijan resumed shelling in some areas. Separately, Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev...
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