U.S. says Kyiv ‘could well be under siege’ as Russian forces close in on Ukrainian capital | CBC News

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  • Explosions heard in Kyiv, as U.S. says capital might already be beneath siege.
  • Ukrainian president orders ‘full navy mobilization’ to counter assault. 
  • United Nations refugee company estimates 100,000 folks have fled houses in Ukraine.
  • U.S. President Joe Biden says NATO will meet on Friday to ‘map out subsequent steps on Russia,’ as Prime Minster Justin Trudeau says Canada will impose stricter sanctions, prioritize immigration functions for Ukrainians who wish to come to Canada.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky vowed on Friday to remain in Kyiv as his troops battled Russian forces who had been advancing towards the capital within the greatest assault on a European state for the reason that Second World Battle.

Scores of Ukrainians, civilians and repair members alike, had been killed within the first full day of combating, and Kyiv gave the impression to be more and more threatened. Zelensky mentioned the federal government had data that “subversive teams” had been encroaching on town, and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken mentioned Kyiv “might properly be beneath siege.”

Explosions had been heard within the capital within the early hours of Friday and air raid sirens wailed over town of three million folks as Russia continued its assault. 

U.S. Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin informed lawmakers on a telephone name that Russian mechanized forces that entered from Belarus had been about 32 kilometres from Kyiv, based on an individual accustomed to the decision.

Natali Sevriukova subsequent to her condominium on Friday following a rocket assault in Kyiv, Ukraine. (Emilio Morenatti/The Related Press)

Anton Herashchenko, an adviser to the inside minister, mentioned Ukrainian forces downed an enemy plane over Kyiv within the early hours of Friday, which then crashed right into a residential constructing and set it on fireplace. It was unclear whether or not the plane was manned.

Herashchenko wrote on on the spot messaging service Telegram {that a} nine-storey residential constructing was on fireplace.

He mentioned the sequence of explosions had been the sounds of air defences firing on the plane.

Folks relaxation within the Kyiv subway, which is getting used as a bomb shelter, on Thursday. Russia has launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, unleashing airstrikes on cities and navy bases and sending troops and tanks from a number of instructions in a transfer that would rewrite the world’s geopolitical panorama. (Emilio Morenatti/The Related Press)

A missile strike hit a Ukrainian border publish within the southeastern area of Zaporizhzhya, killing and wounding some guards, the border guard service mentioned on Friday.

The area has no land border with Russia, which launched a navy operation towards Ukraine on Thursday, however is positioned on the coast of the Azov Sea which the neighbours share.

WATCH | Why Putin selected now to assault Ukraine: 

Why did Putin assault Ukraine now?

Worldwide safety skilled Kimberly Marten explains why she would not purchase Russian President Vladimir Putin’s rationalization for going into Ukraine and gives what she sees as extra believable causes. 1:29

Russia launched its invasion by land, air and sea on Thursday following a declaration by President Vladimir Putin that he was launching a “particular navy operation.” An estimated 100,000 folks fled as explosions and gunfire rocked main cities. Dozens have been reported killed.

One senior U.S. defence official described the day’s assault as the primary salvo in a possible multi-phase invasion aimed toward seizing key inhabitants centres and “decapitating” Ukraine’s authorities.

A girl holds her daughter as they sit at a basement used as a bomb shelter within the Ukrainian capital. (Emilio Morenatti/The Related Press)

“[The] enemy has marked me down because the No. 1 goal,” Zelensky warned in a video message. “My household is the No. 2 goal. They wish to destroy Ukraine politically by destroying the pinnacle of state.”

“I’ll keep within the capital. My household can also be in Ukraine.”

After Russian President Vladimir Putin declared conflict in a pre-dawn televised tackle, explosions and gunfire had been heard all through the morning in Kyiv, a metropolis of three million folks.

By dusk in Ukraine, an image was rising of fierce combating throughout a number of fronts.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy speaks in Russian throughout an tackle in Kyiv Thursday on this nonetheless picture taken from video. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Service by way of REUTERS)

Zelensky mentioned in that very same video tackle that 137 “heroes,” together with 10 navy officers, had been killed, and 316 folks wounded. The lifeless included all border guards on the Zmiinyi Island within the Odesa area, which was taken over by Russians.

Zelensky mentioned regardless of Russia’s declare it’s attacking solely navy targets, civilian websites even have been struck.

“They’re killing folks and turning peaceable cities into navy targets,” he mentioned. “It is foul and can by no means be forgiven.”

He mentioned Putin’s intention was to destroy his state and ordered a full navy mobilization that can final 90 days.

Smoke rises from the territory of the Ukrainian Defence Ministry’s unit in Kyiv Thursday. (Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters)

An adviser to the Ukrainian presidential workplace mentioned Russian forces had captured the previous Chernobyl nuclear energy plant, simply 90 kilometres north of the capital.

There was additionally combating at Hostomel Airport, simply outdoors Kyiv, the place Russian paratroopers landed. A Ukrainian official later mentioned the airfield had been recaptured, whereas a senior U.S. defence official mentioned Russian forces had been advancing nearer to Kyiv.

Folks board a Kyiv-bound practice in Kramatorsk, the Donetsk area, Jap Ukraine, Thursday. (Vadim Ghirda/The Related Press)

Heavy exchanges of fireplace had been additionally happening within the areas close to Sumy and Kharkiv within the northeast and Kherson and Odesa, residence to Ukraine’s most vital seaport, within the south.

The freeway heading west out of Kyiv was choked with visitors throughout 5 lanes as residents fled, afraid of bombardments whereas caught of their vehicles.

WATCH | What it was like in Kyiv as we speak: 

The scene on the streets of Kyiv as assault continues

Freelance reporter Jessica Golloher describes what it was like on the streets of Kyiv Thursday, because the Russian assault on Ukraine continued and other people fled the capital metropolis. 1:59

Blinken mentioned in tv interviews that he was satisfied that Russia was intent on overthrowing the Ukrainian authorities, telling CBS that Putin needs to “reconstitute the Soviet empire” and that Kyiv was already “beneath menace, and it might properly be beneath siege.”

Fearing a Russian assault on the capital metropolis, hundreds of individuals went deep underground as night time fell, jamming Kyiv’s subway stations.

The UN Excessive Fee for Refugees mentioned an estimated 100,000 Ukrainians had fled their houses and that a number of thousand crossed into neighbouring nations, primarily Romania and Moldova.

The day started with missiles raining down on Ukrainian targets and authorities reporting columns of troops pouring throughout Ukraine’s borders from Russia to the east and Belarus to the north, and touchdown on the southern coast from the Black Sea and Azov Sea.

“Russia has launched into a path of evil, however Ukraine is defending itself and will not quit its freedom, it doesn’t matter what Moscow thinks,” Zelensky said on Twitter.

Calling on Ukrainians to defend their nation, he mentioned arms could be given to anybody ready to struggle. He additionally urged Russians to take to the streets to protest towards their authorities’s actions.

“What we’ve heard as we speak aren’t simply missile blasts, combating and the rumble of plane. That is the sound of a brand new Iron Curtain, which has come down and is closing Russia off from the civilized world,” Zelensky mentioned.

In his tackle, Putin mentioned he had ordered “a particular navy operation” to guard folks, together with Russian residents, subjected to “genocide” in Ukraine — an accusation the West calls baseless propaganda.

“And for this we’ll try for the demilitarization and denazification of Ukraine,” Putin mentioned.

On this picture produced from video launched by the Russian Presidential Press Service, Vladimir Putin addressees the nation in Moscow. Putin solid apart worldwide condemnation and sanctions and warned different nations that any try and intervene with the invasion o Ukraine would result in ‘penalties you could have by no means seen.’ (Russian Presidential Press Service/The Related Press)

After referring earlier in his speech to Russia’s highly effective nuclear arsenal, he additionally warned: “Whoever tries to hinder us … ought to know that Russia’s response might be instant. And it’ll lead you to such penalties that you’ve by no means encountered in your historical past.”

French Overseas Affairs Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian later mentioned Putin ought to perceive that NATO was additionally a nuclear alliance.

WATCH | See among the injury accomplished in early assaults on Ukraine: 

Uncooked video of assaults, aftermath in Ukraine

Video from Ukraine, the place officers say Russian forces are hanging from the north, east and south. 0:58

Biden, Trudeau toughen sanctions

U.S. President Joe Biden known as the Russian motion an “unprovoked and unjustified assault.” Saying Putin “selected this conflict” throughout a day briefing from the White Home, he mentioned Russia “will bear the implications” of latest sanctions.

The sanctions goal Russian banks, oligarchs and high-tech sectors, Biden mentioned, with U.S. allies blocking property of 4 giant Russian banks, imposing export controls and sanctioning oligarchs. He held off imposing among the most extreme sanctions, together with slicing Russia out of the SWIFT cost system, which permits for the switch of cash from financial institution to financial institution across the globe, or concentrating on Russia’s vitality sector.

Past sanctions, Biden mentioned the U.S. won’t ship troops into Ukraine to struggle the Russians however will deploy extra forces to Germany to bolster the North Atlantic Treaty Group.

“NATO is extra united and extra decided than ever,” he mentioned. “There is not any doubt, little question, that america and each NATO ally will meet our Article 5 commitments, which says an assault on one is an assault on all.”

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in the meantime, mentioned Canada may also impose extra sanctions on Russia, concentrating on 58 folks and entities related to the nation, together with members of Russia’s elite and their households, the paramilitary group referred to as the Wagner Group and main Russian banks.

Throughout a briefing from Ottawa, he mentioned Canada might be prioritizing immigration functions for Ukrainians who wish to come to Canada and is launching a devoted phone line for anybody who has any pressing questions on the method.

He additionally mentioned Canada has organized for the secure passage of any Canadian residents, everlasting residents and their households nonetheless in Ukraine by means of land borders with Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Moldova.

The physique of a rocket is caught in a flat after latest shelling on the northern outskirts of Kharkiv, Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine on Thursday, forcing many to flee. (Sergey Bobok/AFP/Getty Photographs)

Police and safety personnel examine the stays of a shell on a avenue in Kyiv. (Sergei Supinsky/AFP/Getty Photographs)

A person and lady stand subsequent to fragments of navy tools on the road within the aftermath of an obvious Russian strike in Kharkiv. (Andrew Marienko/The Related Press)

A resident of Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest metropolis and the closest massive metropolis to the Russian border, mentioned home windows within the condominium blocks close to him had been shaking from fixed blasts.

Blasts may very well be heard within the southeastern port of Mariupol, close to a entrance line held by Russian-backed separatists in Jap Ukraine. Native authorities mentioned 26 folks had been being handled for wounds in hospital after an jap district of the port was shelled, and “an try by Russian troops to interrupt by means of” into town was thwarted.

A Ukrainian armoured column headed alongside the highway, with troopers seated atop turrets smiling and flashing victory indicators to passing vehicles, which honked their horns in help.

Firefighters work on the website of a broken residential constructing in Kiev on Friday, as seen on this nonetheless picture taken from video. (Ukrainian Ministry of Emergencies/Reuters TV)

‘We’re going into hiding’

Within the close by city of Mangush and metropolis of Berdyansk, folks lined up all through the day for money and gasoline. Civilians from Mariupol had been seen packing baggage.

“We’re going into hiding,” mentioned a middle-aged lady in a gray sweater.

Preliminary experiences of casualties had been sporadic and unconfirmed. Ukraine reported not less than eight folks killed by Russian shelling and three border guards killed within the southern Kherson area.

WATCH | The CBC’s Margaret Evans experiences from the streets of Kyiv, whereas Briar Stewart particulars the state of affairs in Russia from Rostov-on-Don: 

CBC Information on the bottom in Ukraine and Russia

Because the Russian invasion of Ukraine begins, the CBC’s Margaret Evans experiences from the streets of Kyiv, whereas Briar Stewart particulars the state of affairs in Russia from Rostov-on-Don. 9:17

Nonetheless, an adviser to Ukraine’s president says about 40 folks have been killed thus far within the Russian assaults. Oleksii Arestovich mentioned Thursday that a number of dozen folks have been wounded. He did not specify whether or not the casualties included civilians.

Russia’s Defence Ministry mentioned it had destroyed 83 land-based Ukrainian targets and achieved all of its objectives, based on Interfax information company.

Smoke rise from an air defence base within the aftermath of an obvious Russian strike in Mariupol in southeast Ukraine. (Evgeniy Maloletka/The Related Press)

Ukrainian residents relaxation in a short lived shelter in Przemysl, Poland, after arriving by practice from Kyiv. Poland, Hungary and Slovakia all noticed Ukrainians crossing the border into their nations as they fled the Russian invasion. (Omar Marques/Getty Photographs)

The pinnacle of the United Nations refugee company is warning of “devastating penalties” from Russia’s navy motion in Ukraine and calling on neighbouring nations to maintain their borders open for folks fleeing the combating.

In a televised declaration of conflict within the early hours, Putin mentioned he had ordered “a particular navy operation” to guard folks, together with Russian residents, subjected to “genocide” in Ukraine — an accusation the West calls absurd propaganda.

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Virtually the entire world — however not China — condemned the assault and threatened to hit Russian elites with — within the phrases of the European Union president — “large and focused sanctions.”

Ukraine, a democratic nation of 44 million folks with greater than 1,000 years of historical past, is Europe’s greatest nation by space after Russia itself. It voted overwhelmingly for independence after the autumn of the Soviet Union and goals to affix NATO and the European Union, aspirations that infuriate Moscow.

A girl hugs her son after crossing the Hungarian-Ukrainian border in Beregsurány, Hungary, on Thursday. (Bernadett Szabo/Reuters)

Putin, who denied for months that he was planning an invasion, has known as Ukraine a man-made creation carved from Russia by its enemies — a characterization Ukrainians name surprising and false.

Whereas many Ukrainians, notably within the east, communicate Russian as a local language, nearly all determine themselves as Ukrainian.

There was additionally some dissent in Russia. Police detained more than 1,700 people participating in anti-war rallies in 54 cities, and authorities threatened to dam media experiences carrying “false data.”

‘We’re afraid of bombardments’

In Kyiv, some individuals who selected to remain stood in lengthy strains outdoors banks and retailers, hoping to withdraw cash and top off on provides. However others packed baggage and suitcases and seemed for a approach out of town — by bus, automotive or airplane.

Queues of individuals waited to withdraw cash and purchase provides of meals and water in Kyiv. Site visitors was jammed going west out of town of three million folks, towards the distant Polish border. Western nations have been getting ready for the probability of a whole bunch of hundreds of Ukrainians fleeing an assault.

By mid-morning, visitors was at a standstill on the four-lane important highway to the western metropolis of Lviv. Vehicles stretched again for dozens of kilometres, Reuters witnesses mentioned.

A view reveals the Ukrainian State Border Guard Service website broken by shelling in Kyiv area, Ukraine, on this handout image launched February 24, 2022. (Press service of the Ukrainian State Border Guard Service/Handout/Reuters)

Oxana, caught in a visitors jam together with her three-year-old daughter within the again seat, mentioned she was fleeing “as a result of a conflict has began. Putin has attacked us.”

“We’re afraid of bombardments,” she mentioned. “Inform them: ‘You’ll be able to’t do that.’ That is so scary.”

PHOTOS | Some persons are speeding to get out of Kyiv and different cities, whereas others scramble for key provides:

“Russia has attacked Ukraine,” NATO Secretary Basic Jens Stoltenberg mentioned at a briefing on Thursday, noting that Putin’s invasion had “shattered” peace on the continent.

“It is a brutal act of conflict. Our ideas are with the courageous folks of Ukraine.”

“This hideous and barbarous enterprise of Vladimir Putin should finish in failure,” British Prime Minister Boris Johnson informed Parliament, saying measures concentrating on banks, members of Putin’s closest circle and super-rich Russians who take pleasure in high-rolling London life.

Britain may also ban the export of a variety of high-tech merchandise, together with semiconductors, to Russia and prohibit the nation’s flagship airline, Aeroflot, from touchdown at U.Ok. airports. The slate of sanctions comes days after Johnson was criticized for performing too cautiously in response to Russian aggression earlier this week.

WATCH | ‘It is a brutal act of conflict,’ NATO chief says of Russian invasion: 

‘It is a brutal act of conflict,’ NATO chief says of Russian invasion

Calling it a ‘grave second for the safety of Europe,’ NATO Secretary Basic Jens Stoltenberg condemned Russia’s assault on Ukraine and known as on the nation to stop navy motion. 5:17

French President Emmanuel Macron mentioned France and its European allies did the whole lot to attempt to head off the assault. He mentioned that they are going to present “no weak point” of their response, noting that sanctions might be “proportionate” to Russia’s navy operations, concentrating on its financial system and its vitality sector.

In a televised tackle on Thursday, Macron known as Russia’s assault a “turning level in European historical past” and mentioned that consequently, “there might be profound penalties for our continent and adjustments in our lives.”

“We’ve tried the whole lot to keep away from this conflict, however it’s right here and we’re prepared,” Macron mentioned.

LISTEN | What Vladimir Putin’s feedback about Ukraine’s historical past imply for different former Soviet republics: 

The Present15:02What Vladimir Putin’s feedback about Ukraine’s historical past imply for different former Soviet republics

Earlier this week, Putin claimed Ukraine isn’t just a neighbouring nation, but additionally an integral a part of Russian historical past, tradition and non secular continuum. We talk about Ukraine’s roots and the implications of Putin’s tackle for different former Soviet republics with Paul D’Anieri, a professor of political science on the College of California Riverside — and the writer of Ukraine and Russia: From Civilized Divorce to Uncivil Battle. 15:02

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