Russian forces ‘caught off guard’
The Russian military is encountering strong and broad resistance and may have been caught off guard by the level of pushback from Ukrainian fighters as the Russian invasion enters day four, reports Al Jazeera.
Russian troops entered Ukraine’s second-largest city, Kharkiv, while thousands of citizens spent another night in shelter, Sky News reports.
Ukraine’s chief prosecutor Iryna Venediktova said Russian forces were unable to take Kharkiv, about 40 kilometers from the Russian border, and a fierce battle was underway, according to the ‘Associated Press.
Ukraine’s health ministry said 198 Ukrainians, including three children, were killed in various attacks.
Early on Sunday, the Ukrainian president’s office reported an explosion in Kharkiv and said Russian forces had blown up a gas pipeline, Voice of America reported.
The blast could cause an “environmental disaster”, he said, urging residents to cover their windows with a damp cloth or gauze and drink plenty of fluids.
Bombings were reported in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, which has been held by Russian-backed separatists since 2014.
The State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine has confirmed that missiles hit a radioactive waste disposal site.
On Facebook he said: “On February 27, 2022 at 01:20 Kyiv time, following the massive bombardment of Kyiv with all types of anti-aircraft weapons and missiles at the disposal of the Russian Federation, the missiles hit the radioactive waste disposal site of the Kyiv branch of the specialized state enterprise “Radon”.
He added: “Due to the mass shootings, which are still ongoing, it is currently not possible to assess the extent of the destruction.
“The automated radiation monitoring system has failed. But surveillance cameras recorded the falling missiles.
“Assessment of the radiation situation will be carried out by handheld devices after filming is complete,” Sky News reports.
According to Al Jazeera, Western allies have pledged to provide military aid to Ukraine.
Germany will send Ukraine 1,000 anti-tank weapons and 500 Stinger surface-to-air missiles “as soon as possible”, and the French presidential office has said France will send defensive weapons and fuel.
The Netherlands also announced that it would send anti-tank weapons to Ukraine, the defense ministry said.
The Dutch government will provide 50 Panzerfaust-3 anti-tank weapons and 400 rockets, the ministry said in a letter to parliament.
The Netherlands is also considering jointly with Germany sending a Patriot air defense system to a NATO battlegroup in Slovakia, he added.
The United States and its Western allies are still able to deliver weapons to the country to bolster Ukraine’s military, and Washington plans to send more in the coming days, a defense official said, Voice reported. of America.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced that Washington would provide $350 million in additional military equipment to Ukrainian forces.
“The anti-war coalition is working,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy tweeted.
According to reports, 3,500 Russian soldiers were killed or injured. Source: VOA/Sky News/Al Jazeera