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The latest developments on Ukraine-Russia tensions after Russia launches military operation against Ukraine
Russian and Ukrainian forces clashed in the Ukrainian capital on Saturday as authorities urged citizens to help defend the city from advancing Russian forces in the worst European security crisis in decades.
Heavy, frequent artillery fire and intense gunfire, apparently some distance from the city centre, could be heard, a Reuters witness in Kyiv said. The Ukrainian military said Russian troops attacked an Army base on a main avenue but the assault was repelled. Gunfire was heard near government buildings in the city centre, the witness said.
“The fate of Ukraine is being decided right now,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Friday in a video posted on his Telegram channel.
The Air Force command reported heavy fighting near an air base at Vasylkiv southwest of the capital, which it said was under attack from Russian paratroopers. It also said one of its fighters had shot down a Russian transport plane.
Kyiv residents were told by the Defence Ministry to make petrol bombs to repel the invaders. Some families cowered in shelters afraid of more Russian missiles. Hundreds of thousands who have left their homes to find safety, according to the United Nations’ aid chief.
India and China abstained from voting on aUnited Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution on Ukraine. Russia, a permanent member of the Security Council and its president for this month, is vetoed the resolution.
India has carried out a round of evacuation of its nationals stranded in Ukraine. The first batch of Indian students left Chernivtsi in a bus for the Ukraine-Romania border. The Embassy of India in Kyiv announced that the evacuation was being organised with the joint effort of the Indian embassies in Romania, Hungary, and Poland.
World leaders have imposed sanctions against Russia, after Mr. Putin declared war on Ukraine. The conflict began escalating on February 21, 2022, after Russian President Vladimir Putin recognised separatist regions in eastern Ukraine and deployed troops in a peacekeeping role.