Missiles Hit Gas Pipeline in Kharkiv and Oil Depot in Kyiv in the Ongoing Wave of Attacks

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Missiles Hit Gas Pipeline in Kharkiv and Oil Depot in Kyiv in the Ongoing Wave of Attacks

Thu, 03/03/2022 - 09:56
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The flag of Russia and Ukraine painted on a concrete wall with soldiers' shadows (© Shutterstock/Tomas Ragina)
The flag of Russia and Ukraine painted on a concrete wall with soldiers' shadows (© Shutterstock/Tomas Ragina)

Russia's military on Sunday, February 27, hit an oil depot in Kyiv, and one of the critical gas pipelines in Kharkiv in a massive explosion took over the usually quiet city south of Kyiv. The Ukrainian government urged its residents to hunker down in homes, subway stations, and underground garages to protect themselves from the smoke following the strike.

In anticipation of fierce attacks by the Russian forces, the Ukrainian government extended its curfew, which was set to extend through Monday morning. According to Ukraine's President, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, another explosion was reported at civilian Zhuliany Airport.

Russian forces also attacked a gas pipeline in Kharkiv city, forcing the government to advise the city residents to cover their windows with gauze. The military confrontation in the city intensified following Russia- Separatists in Luhansk said that a Ukrainian missile had blown up a fuel terminal in Rovensky, prompting the massive attacks in what they viewed as a retaliatory measure.

"We will fight for as long as needed to liberate our country," said Volodymyr.

Following the conflict and subsequent attacks, over 500,000 Ukrainians have fled to Poland and other neighboring countries to seek refuge. It is believed that Russia's President's goal was to overthrow the government of Ukraine and install his regime.

However, more countries are stepping in to assist Ukraine fight for its liberation. Germany has send missiles and anti-tank weapons to Ukraine to help the country defend its airspace against the Russians' warplanes.

The US, UK, EU and other nations like Japan have send billions of USD in material and financial support to help Ukraine. According to government sources the people of Ukraine have supported their armed forces with donations nearly reaching  the 100 million mark. Around the world dozens of humanitarian organisations have started fundraisers to support the Ukraine.

"The speed of the Russian advance has slowed, likely as a result of acute logistical difficulties and strong Ukrainian resistance," said Britain's Ministry of Defense in a statement, adding that it is not known how much territory Russian forces have captured.

The "International Legion of Territorial Defense of Ukraine", a Ukranian army unit for volunteers from around the globe, has exceeded the number of 1000 volunteers on March 2, 3 days after it's formation.

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