KYIV – A missile struck a Kyiv apartment building on Saturday in Ukraine. Civilian volunteers wore canary yellow armbands after taking up arms in Kyiv’s streets against Russian troops in uniform and Russian operatives in civilian clothes.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky asked allies to cut Russia from the SWIFT international electronic bank payment system, and asked Germany and Hungary to show “courage.” His office later reported the Russians blew up a gas pipeline in Kharkiv, the country’s second-largest city.
“The real fighting for Kyiv is ongoing,” Zelensky said in a video message after declining a U.S. offer to evacuate.
After German officials announced the support of some SWIFT restrictions and the delivery of more weapons and supplies to Ukraine, the U.S., the European Union, and the United Kingdom agreed to cut some Russian banks out of SWIFT.
Dmitry Medvedev, Russia’s deputy head of the security council chaired by Putin, wrote on Russian social media that the U.S. and the European Union sanctions showed “political impotence.”
In Lviv, a city in western Ukraine, a crowded train arrived every hour. There were mostly women and children. Some were carrying their pets. Long lines of cars clogged border crossings. According to the United Nations, nearly 120,000 civilians had fled Ukraine as of Friday.
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