Zelensky accused Russia of attacking civilians and warned that Russian actions in Kyiv and other areas showed “the sign of genocide” that “would lead to an international tribunal” for the perpetrators. In video posted Sunday, he described the bombing of residential areas and civilian infrastructure, and said that there is “not a single object in the country” that Russia considers off-limits.
In the fourth day of fighting, Russian forces entered the country’s second-largest city, Kharkiv, leading to heavy street fighting and back-and-forth rocket firing, according to the British Ministry of Defense. Ukraine maintained control of the capital as air raid sirens sounded and residents sheltered underground.
The Kharkiv governor warned residents to stay off the streets. Local Telegram channels showed Russian troops and armored vehicles driving through the streets, within five miles of downtown. The message from Oleg Synyehubov on Facebook followed earlier government reports that Russian forces blew up a gas pipeline in the area.
Here’s what to know
- The Biden administration and its European allies vowed Saturday night to block the Kremlin’s access to its sizable foreign currency reserves in the West and to cut off Russian banks from the SWIFT messaging system, a network that connects banks around the world. The actions could send Russia’s financial market into free-fall and cripple the Kremlin’s ability to pay for its new war, which has intensified in recent days.
- Russian troops have moved into Ukraine from the north, south and east. Russian successes in the south contrast with difficulties to take Kyiv, which is resisting more than Russia was expecting.
- In response to a plea from a Ukrainian official, Elon Musk on Saturday tweeted that the Starlink Internet service that SpaceX provides from its orbital satellite constellation is up and running in the war-torn country and that more ground terminals are on the way.
UNDERSTANDING THE RUSSIA-UKRAINE CONFLICT