Ukrainian forces slow Russian advance as the U.S. and its allies take action on Russian banks.
Through intense fighting in the streets of Kyiv and other cities on Sunday, Ukraine’s defense forces and civilian volunteers resisted Russia’s invasion for a fourth day, battling for control of the capital as international pressure mounted on Moscow and support for Kyiv’s besieged government grew.
Here are the latest developments:
Russian forces bombarded Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv, again on Saturday night, after a day of pitched fights around the city. Most of the more than 150,000 Russian troops who had massed around Ukraine are now fighting in the country, U.S. officials said.
The Biden administration and key European allies announced on Saturday that they would remove certain Russian banks from the SWIFT financial messaging system, essentially barring them from international transactions.
President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine tried to rally international support and said in a video that his country’s fighters had “withstood and successfully repelled enemy attacks.”
Russian forces have killed at least 198 people, including three children, and 1,115 people, including 33 children, have been wounded, according to the Ukrainian National Guard, and a U.N. official said more than 150,000 Ukrainian refugees had fled.