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Russian troops ordered to resume offensive “from all sides”

Russian troops have been ordered by President Putin to advance into Ukraine “from all sides”.

The Ukrainian capital Kiev imposed a general curfew after Russian troops withdrew from fighting in the city.

Ukrainian officials reported that 198 people were killed, including three children; 1,115 were injured when explosions reverberated in Kiev.

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Baby girl born in the subway

When the bombs exploded on top of the capital, thousands of civilians fled underground to bunkers, cellars and train stations.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced that a girl had been born on the subway, saying the birth showed that “the enemy has no chance”.

Some talked about a horror night.

“At night it was more than an hour with huge explosions, it was very stressful,” said Yulia Snitko, a pregnant 32-year-old who spent the night in the basement of her apartment building in Kiev, fearing preterm labor.

“When I realized what was going on, I was shaking.”

Thousands of refugees have traveled by train to the Polish border town of Przemysl.

“We don’t want to run from country to country and ask for support, but this time support is really needed,” said one refugee, Anna. AFP

Ukraine ‘rejected’ talks

Moscow said it fired cruise missiles at military targets and would “develop the offensive from all sides” after accusing Ukraine of “rejecting” talks.

But on day three of the Russian invasion, the defiant Zelenskyy vowed that his country would never yield to the Kremlin, while Washington said the invading force was “lacked of momentum”.

The Ukrainian army said it stopped an attack on the capital but fought against Russian “sabotage groups” that had infiltrated the city.

“We will only do one thing and say, we will fight until we liberate our country,” Zelenskyy said.

Zelenskyy also said Ukraine had “derailed” Moscow’s plan to overthrow him, while urging the Russian people to pressure their president to stop the attack.

Russia’s large-scale invasion

The Pentagon estimates that half of the invasion force that Russia has built up on Ukraine’s borders in recent months is now in the country.

But in the past 24 hours there has been a “lack of momentum, especially in the northern parts of Ukraine” and the Russian military still had not gained air superiority over the country, the official said.

Putin ignored the warnings of the West and unleashed a large-scale invasion that has forced nearly 116,000 people into neighboring countries, according to the UN refugee agency.

It is estimated that tens of thousands more are internally displaced in Ukraine, with many heading for the western parts of the country less affected by fighting.

Global protests call on Putin to end attacks

Pro-Ukraine protests erupted around the world as thousands showed their solidarity.

Zelenskyy has also asked UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to strip Russia of its vote on the UN Security Council as punishment for the invasion.

He had previously thanked “partners” for sending weapons and equipment, including ex-communist Eastern European countries and Britain, while Washington announced $350 million ($5.3 billion) in new military aid.

In a key U-turn, Berlin said it will send Kiev 1,000 anti-tank weapons and 500 Stinger missiles, reversing its long-standing policy of not exporting weapons to war zones.

Germany also announced that it is working on it restrict Russia’s access to global SWIFT payments which would cripple Russia’s trade with most of the world, despite previously resisting the move over concerns that Russia could halt gas supplies.

compiled by Narissa Subramoney† additional reporting by AFP.

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