Ukraine news – live: Kiev says army is ready to take on Russia as US prepares sanctions

Ukraine news – live: Kiev says army is ready to take on Russia as US prepares sanctions

NewsWorldEuropeKyiv residents urged to seek immediate shelter and stay away from windows

‘We will give you arms’: Zelensky asks people to defend Ukraine during speech

President Volodymyr Zelensky said Ukraine’s armed forces had “derailed” Vladimir Putin’s plans to capture Kyiv.

Following intense fighting in Kyiv which saw an apartment building in the capital hit by a missile, president Zelensky remains defiant as he urged Ukrainians to defend the nation stating: “we will give you arms,” in a video address on Saturday.

“We’ve derailed their plan,” Mr Zelensky said. He added that Russians have deployed “missiles, fighters, drones, artillery, armoured vehicles, saboteurs, and airborne forces” against Ukraine and have hit “residential areas.”

Three children were among the 198 Ukrainians killed since Russia’s invasion began, Ukraine’s health minister said today.

Viktor Liashko said that 1,115 people were injured including 33 children, according to operation data.

“We have withstood and are successfully repelling enemy attacks. The fighting goes on,” Mr Zelensky said.

Russia were advancing on three Ukrainian cities on Saturday afternoon; Kyiv in the north, Kharkiv in the northeast and Kherson in the south.

The Kremlin’s website was down again on Saturday and a spokesperson said the site was being targeted by cyberattacks.

1645896098Germany approves military aid to Ukraine in policy shiftGermany has approved the delivery of 400 rocket propelled grenades from the Netherlands to Ukraine, the defence ministry has said – signifying a shift in policy following Berlin’s earlier refusal to send weapons to Ukraine.

“The approval has been confirmed by the chancellery,” a spokesperson for the defence ministry said on Saturday.

Holly Bancroft26 February 2022 17:21

1645895842Russian defence minister orders troops to resume offensive ‘in all directions’ In case you missed it…

The Russian Ministry of Defence has said that its troops will resume their offensive on Ukraine “in all directions”.

In a statement, spokesperson Major General Igor Konashenkov said: “After the Kyiv regime declared its readiness for negotiations [on Friday], active hostilities in the main directions of the operation were suspended.”

“After the Ukrainian side abandoned the negotiation process, today all units were ordered to continue their offensive in all directions in accordance with the operation plan.”

The advisor to Ukraine’s presidential office said on Saturday that Ukraine did not refuse negotiations. He said that the country was “for ceasefire negotiations, but no ultimatums”.

Holly Bancroft26 February 2022 17:17

1645895502Heaviest fighting in Ukraine is ‘in and around Kharkiv’, US defence official tells mediaThe heaviest fighting in Ukraine is “in and around Kharkiv”, a senior US defence official told media on Saturday.

CNN reported the official saying that the US saw “stiff resistance on the northern advance towards Kyiv” as well. The official added: “But the heaviest fighting we still assess is in and around Kharkiv.”

Kharkiv is in the northeast of Ukraine. An enormous column of tanks has also been seen moving towards the border near Kharkiv, in a CNN report.

Holly Bancroft26 February 2022 17:11

1645894712115,000 people cross from Ukraine to Poland since invasionThousands of Ukrainians are fleeing Kyiv on foot, as witnessed by The Independent, after all the cars got stuck in long queues to reach Poland.

Poland’s deputy interior minister, Pawl Szefernaker, has said that 115,000 people have crossed into Poland from Ukraine since the invasion began.

Filippo Grandi, the UN refugee chief, tweeted on Saturday: “More than 150,000 Ukrainian refugees have now crossed into neighbouring countries, half of them into Poland, and many to Hungary, Moldova, Romania and beyond.”

Watch The Independent’s footage from the border with Poland here:

Ukrainians flee Kyiv on foot as cars stuck in long queues to reach Poland

Holly Bancroft26 February 2022 16:58

1645894479Kremlin website being targeted by cyberattacks, spokesperson tells state mediaThe Kremlin website is being targeted by cyberattacks, spokerperson Dmitry Peskov told Russia’s state news agency TASS on Saturday.

“Attacks are ongoing,” Mr Peskov said. “[The website] often freezes”.

The hacking group Anonymous have claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Read the full story here:

Holly Bancroft26 February 2022 16:54

1645894323Woman gives birth in underground shelter in UkraineA woman in Ukraine has given birth while shielding from Russian bombardment in a subway station in Kyiv.

The 23-year-old welcomed baby Mia into the world just before 8:30pm on Friday, writes Lamiat Sabin.

Holly Bancroft26 February 2022 16:52

1645894140‘Tomorrow is too late’: Wladimir Klitschko calls on world to ‘stop Putin’ amid Russia’s invasion of UkraineFormer heavyweight boxing champion Wladimir Klitschko, whose brother Vitali is mayor of Kyiv, has called on European nations to stop Russian aggression now.

“In an hour or by tomorrow, it’s going to be too late,” he said in an impassioned video message. “Please get into action now. Don’t wait, act now. Stop this war.”

Read the full report by combat sports correspondent Alex Pattle here:

Holly Bancroft26 February 2022 16:49

1645893332Kremlin website down – Reuters The official website of the Kremlin, the office of President Vladimir Putin, was down again on Saturday.

Vistors to the page – at Kremlin.ru – were unable to load the site as usual, Reuters reported.

The website had had the same problems on Friday.

Internet tracking site, NetBlocks, said that various Russian government websites – including the Ministry of Defence – were not working on Saturday.

Holly Bancroft26 February 2022 16:35

1645892445Watch: Demonstrators in Istanbul protest against Russia’s invasion of UkraineDemonstrators in Istanbul protest against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

Thomas Kingsley26 February 2022 16:20

1645891545Watch: ‘Let’s defend Ukraine together!’ Ukraine Defence shares video of destroyed Russian tank’Let’s defend Ukraine together!’ Ukraine Defence shares video of destroyed Russian tank

Thomas Kingsley26 February 2022 16:05

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