According to further reports, the airborne troops of Russia have landed in Ukraine’s second-largest city of Kharkiv.
Amid relentless military aggression in the form of rocket attacks and shelling from the Russian side, Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelenskyy told the former that talks on ceasefire can only take place between the two nations if Russia stops bombing Ukraine.
Meanwhile, the Russian forces have upped the ante against Ukraine and are now focusing on strategic towns and most importantly ports like Odesa and Mariupol. According to further reports, the airborne troops of Russia have landed in Ukraine’s second-largest city of Kharkiv and Ukrainian forces are engaged in a battle with them.
President Zelenskyy also urged the NATO to impose a no fly zone to stop Russian fighter jets and said the move will help in curbing the Russian advance and not drag the alliance directly into war.
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“This is not about dragging NATO countries into war. The truth is everyone has long since been dragged into war and definitely not by Ukraine, but by Russia – a large-scale war is going on,” Zelenskiy said.
Speaking to Reuters and CNN, Zelenskky said, “It’s necessary to at least stop bombing people, just stop the bombing and then sit down at the negotiating table.” However, even as he was speaking, a Russian bomb hit a TV centre in Kyiv and killed at least five persons.
What US said and new sanctions
Earlier in the day, US President Joe Biden said Russian President Vladimir Putin will “pay a price” for the invasion. He also said that the US is banning Russia from its airspace and hailing the Ukraine defence, said the Russian forces “met a wall” in the country.
In another blow to Russia, US aeroplane manufacturer Boeing said it is suspending support for Russian airlines and its operations in Moscow amid a growing backlash to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. “”We are also suspending parts, maintenance and technical support services for Russian airlines,” the AFP quoted the company as saying.