Civilians take up arms in Ukraine, Russia’s attack on Kiyv continues

Ukraine president: Russia blows up gas pipeline in Kharkiv

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky denied Russian reports of a Ukrainian surrender on Saturday, as civilian volunteers took up arms in Kyiv’s streets against Russian troops in uniform and civilian clothes.

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.

Kyiv residents braced Saturday for another night sheltering underground, as Russian troops closed in on Ukraine’s capital.

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.

Tens of thousands of Ukrainians are abandoning their homes to flee from Russian troops.

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Refugees fleeing conflict in neighboring Ukraine arrive to Przemysl, Poland, Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek) (Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)
Sisters wait at a checkpoint run by local volunteers after arriving from Ukraine, crossing the border in Beregsurany, Hungary, Saturday, Feb 26, 2022. Hungary has extended legal protection to those fleeing the Russian invasion. (AP Photo/Anna Szilagyi) (Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)
A Ukrainian soldier runs holding his weapon outside a military facility, in Kyiv, Ukraine, Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022. Russian troops stormed toward Ukraine's capital Saturday, and street fighting broke out as city officials urged residents to take shelter. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti) (Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)
Civilian Members of a territorial defense unit fit their weapons to repel the Russian attacking forces in Kyiv, Ukraine, Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022. Russian troops stormed toward Ukraine's capital Saturday, and street fighting broke out as city officials urged residents to take shelter. (AP Photo/Mikhail Palinchak) (Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)
Ukrainian refugees walk along vehicles lining up to cross the border from Ukraine into Moldova, at Mayaky-Udobne crossing border point near Mayaky-Udobne, Ukraine, Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits) (Copiright 2022 The Associated Press.)
A mother hugs her daughter at a checkpoint run by local volunteers after arriving from Ukraine, crossing the border in Beregsurany, Hungary, Saturday, Feb 26, 2022. Hungary has extended legal protection to those fleeing the Russian invasion. (AP Photo/Anna Szilagyi) (Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)
An Ukrainian soldier walks through debris following a Russian airstrike in Kyiv, Ukraine, Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda) (Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)
Refugees fleeing conflict in neighboring Ukraine arrive to Przemysl, Poland, Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek) (Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

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Sanela Sabovic joined Local 10 News in September 2012 as an assignment editor and associate producer. In August 2015, she became a full-time reporter and fill-in traffic reporter. Sanela holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications with a concentration in radio, television and film from DePaul University.

The Emmy Award-winning journalist joined the Local 10 News team in 2013. She wrote for the Miami Herald for more than 9 years and won a Green Eyeshade Award.