Social media videos show fighting on Ukraine streets

Kyiv, Ukraine (CNN)A miles-long convoy of Russian military vehicles is bearing down on the Ukrainian capital, new satellite imagery shows, as Moscow continues to ramp up its assault on Kyiv despite talks on Monday with Ukrainian representatives near the border with Belarus.

Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine has entered into its fifth day, with its troops facing determined resistance across the country, frustrating Moscow’s efforts to swiftly take control of key cities.
Talks between Russian and Ukrainian officials, which mark the two sides’ first public contact since the war began, got underway at 1 p.m. local (6 a.m. ET). Ukraine has demanded an “immediate ceasefire and withdrawal of Russian troops,” President Volodymyr Zelensky’s office said earlier Monday.

    Zelensky has downplayed the significance of the talks, which he is not attending in person. “I do not really believe in the result of this meeting, but let them try, so that no citizen of Ukraine would have any doubt that I, as president, did not try to stop the war when there was even a small chance,” he said Sunday,

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      But while Ukrainians have attached little hope in the talks yielding a pathway to peace, the opportunities to deescalate the conflict appear to be quickly shrinking.

      As NATO allies pledged increased weaponry and assistance to embattled Ukrainian forces and international sanctions on Russia begin to tighten, Putin on Sunday raised the stakes by ordering his country’s nuclear forces to be placed on high alert.
      Later on Sunday, Belarus renounced its non-nuclear status in a referendum, after the former Soviet nation became a launch pad for Russia’s invasion in Ukraine last week.
      The vote in favor of a new constitution could theoretically allow Russia to place nuclear weapons back in Belarus for the first time since the fall of the Soviet Union, when Belarus gave up its stockpile and became a nuclear free zone.
      Addressing journalists at a polling station in Minsk, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said he could ask Putin to “return the nuclear weapons” Belarus gave away if the West transfers any nuclear weapons to Poland or Lithuania.

      Delegates from Russia and Ukraine take part in talks on Monday.

      Ukrainian intelligence also indicated Belarus could be preparing to “participate directly” in the invasion of Ukraine, according to two sources close to the Ukrainian government. Lukashenko said last week that Belarusian troops could join the invasion “if it becomes necessary.”
      So far, despite being larger and far better equipped, Russia’s military has been unable to convert its numerical superiority into territorial gains, as ordinary Ukrainians and reservists join efforts to defend their families and homes.
      Ukraine said its air force shot down a cruise missile launched at the city from Belarus Sunday, and claimed a successful drone attack against against a Russian BUK surface-to-air missile system near the capital.
      But Western military assessments caution that Ukrainian forces cannot holdout indefinitely. On Sunday, new satellite images released by Maxar Technologies showed a Russian military convoy stretching at least three miles long on a road heading towards the Ukrainian capital. Maxar identified fuel, logistical trucks, tanks, infantry vehicles and self-propelled artillery moving in the convoy.
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      On Monday, it appeared the the bulk of Russian ground forces were more than more than 30 kilometers (about 19 miles) north of Kyiv, according to an intelligence update by the the UK’s Ministry of Defense. The advance of those troops was slowed by stiff Ukrainian resistance at the nearby Hostomel airfield, “a key Russian objective for day one of the conflict,” the ministry said.
      The Russian military announced what it described as an “open and safe” corridor for civilians to leave the capital on Monday, while repeating a baseless claim that the Ukrainian government was using residents as a “human shield.”
      And while Ukrainian troops appear to be holding ground in the country’s north, Russian forces have made some advances to the south. On Sunday Russian troops took control of Berdyansk — a port city of 100,000 people on Ukraine’s southern coast, and the site of a small naval base.
      The ongoing Russian assault has inflicted widespread suffering and casualties on the Ukrainian population, forcing at least 368,000 people to flee the country, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. The number of known civilians killed in Ukraine stands at 352, with 14 of those children, Ukraine’s Ministry of Interior said Sunday.
      Ukrain’e General Staff of the Armed Forces accused Russia of hitting civilian areas. “In violation of the norms of international humanitarian law, the occupiers have insidiously inflicted missile strikes on residential buildings in Zhytomir and Chernyhiv,” a statement said on Monday.
      CNN is unable to independently verify these claims.

      New satellite images show a more than three-mile-long Russian military convoy on a roadway that heads toward the capital city.

      Russian Central Bank raises interest rates

      The Russian currency, the ruble, plunged nearly 30% on Monday, as markets began to assess the impact of sanctions imposed by the US and NATO allies.
      The Moscow stock exchange was not opened on Monday, the Russian central bank said in a statement. The bank earlier announced that it would raise its key interest rate from 9.5% to 20%, warning that “external conditions for the Russian economy have drastically changed.”
      As Moscow scrambled to prevent a meltdown of its economy, analysts warned that the turmoil could lead to a run on Russian banks, as savers try to secure their deposits and hoard cash.
      It comes after unprecedented sanctions on Russia by the US, European Union, UK and Canada, which agreed over the weekend to expel some Russian banks from SWIFT, a global financial messaging service, and “paralyze” the assets of Russia’s central bank.
      From the removal of Russian liquor and other products from shelves around the US and Canada, to several European countries refusing to play Russia in international football matches, support for Ukraine against the Russian invasion is growing.
      European Union Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said in an interview Sunday the bloc wanted Ukraine to join: “They’re one of us,” she said. Ukraine is not an official candidate for EU accession and joining is a complex and lengthy process.

      A couple embraces at a railway station in Kramatorsk, Ukraine, on Sunday, February 27. The woman was about to board a train heading west.

      The lifeless body of a 6-year-old girl, who <a href="" target="_blank">according to the Associated Press</a> was killed by shelling in a residential area, lies on a medical cart at a hospital in Mariupol, Ukraine, on February 27. The girl, whose name was not immediately known, was rushed to the hospital but could not be saved.

      Satellite images show significant damage to part of an aircraft hangar at the Hostomel Air Base outside Kyiv, Ukraine, on February 27. The world's largest aircraft, the Antonov AN-225 Mriya, was destroyed by a Russian attack on the airport, <a href="" target="_blank">according to Ukraine government officials.</a>

      People wait on a platform inside the railway station in Lviv, Ukraine, on February 27. Thousands of people at Lviv's main train station attempted to board trains that would take them out of Ukraine.

      A Russian armored vehicle burns after fighting in Kharkiv, Ukraine, on February 27. Street fighting broke out as Russian troops entered Kharkiv, Ukraine's second-largest city, and residents were urged to stay in shelters and not travel.

      Local residents prepare Molotov cocktails in Uzhhorod, Ukraine, on February 27.

      Cars line up on the road outside Mostyska, Ukraine, as people attempt to flee to Poland on February 27.

      Ukrainian troops in Kyiv escort a prisoner February 27 who they suspected of being a Russian agent.

      Ukrainian forces patrol mostly empty streets in Kyiv on February 27. Mayor Vitali Klitschko <a href="" target="_blank">extended a citywide curfew</a> until Monday morning.

      Ukrainian service members take position at the Vasylkiv Air Base near Kyiv on February 27.

      A woman sleeps on chairs February 27 in the underground parking lot of a Kyiv hotel that has been turned into a bomb shelter.

      An explosion lights up the sky to the south of Kyiv early on February 27. <a href="" target="_blank">That and another large explosion</a> appeared to have been around Vasylkiv, which has a large military airfield and multiple fuel tanks and is about about 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) south of Kyiv.

      Ukrainian service members take cover in a shelter at the Vasylkiv Air Base near Kyiv on Saturday, February 26.

      A damaged residential building is seen in Kyiv on February 26.

      People in Kyiv run for cover during shelling on February 26.

      An apartment building in Kyiv is seen after it was damaged by shelling on February 26. The outer walls of several apartment units appeared to be blown out entirely, with the interiors blackened and debris hanging loose.

      People in Kyiv take cover as an air-raid siren sounds February 26 near an apartment building <a href="" target="_blank">that was damaged by shelling.</a>

      A police vehicle patrols the streets of Kyiv on February 26.

      Ukrainian troops inspect a site following a Russian airstrike in Kyiv on February 26.

      Following a national directive to help complicate the invading Russian Army's attempts to navigate, a road worker removes signs near Pisarivka, Ukraine, on February 26.

      A man kneels in front of a Russian tank in Bakhmach, Ukraine, on February 26 as Ukrainian citizens attempted to stop the tank from moving forward. <a href="" target="_blank">The dramatic scene</a> was captured on video, and CNN confirmed its authenticity. The moment drew comparisons to the iconic <a href="" target="_blank">"Tank Man" of Tiananmen Square.</a>

      Members of the Territorial Defense Force — Ukraine's military reserve — prepare to defend Kyiv on February 26.

      Ukrainian service members collect unexploded shells after fighting with advancing Russian troops in Kyiv early on February 26.

      People in Kyiv board a train heading to the west of the country on February 26. Kelly Clements, the United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees, <a href="" target="_blank">told CNN</a> that more than 120,000 people had left Ukraine while 850,000 were internally displaced.

      Ukrainian service members look for and collect unexploded shells after  fighting in Kyiv on February 26.

      Smoke and flames are seen near Kyiv on February 26. <a href="" target="_blank">Explosions were seen</a> and heard in parts of the capital as Ukrainians battled to hold back advancing Russian troops.

      Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky <a href="" target="_blank">posted a video to Facebook</a> on Friday, February 25, vowing to defend his country as he stood on a Kyiv street with other leaders of his administration. "We are all here," he said. "Our military are here. Citizens and society are here. We are all here defending our independence, our state and it will remain so. Glory to our defenders! Glory to our women defenders! Glory to Ukraine!"

      The body of a Russian soldier lies next to a Russian vehicle outside Kharkiv on February 25.

      A woman weeps in her car after crossing the border from Ukraine into Sighetu Marmatiei, Romania, on February 25.

      A Ukrainian soldier sits injured from crossfire inside Kyiv on February 25.

      A child from Ukraine sleeps in a tent at a humanitarian center in Palanca, Moldova, on February 25.

      A firefighter walks between the ruins of a downed aircraft in Kyiv on February 25.

      <a href="" target="_blank">Newly married couple</a> Yaryna Arieva and Sviatoslav Fursin pose for photo in Kyiv on February 25 after they joined the Territorial Defense Forces, a branch of Ukraine's armed forces that is comprised mostly of volunteers.

      Members of the Ukrainian National Guard take positions in central Kyiv on February 25.

      People walk past a residential building in Kyiv that was hit in an alleged Russian airstrike on February 25.

      The body of a school employee, who according to locals was killed in recent shelling, lies in the separatist-controlled town of Horlivka in Ukraine's Donetsk region on February 25.

      Kyiv residents take shelter in an underground parking garage on February 25.

      In this handout photo from the Ukrainian government, firefighters respond to the scene of a residential building on fire in Kyiv on February 25. Anton Gerashchenko, adviser to the Head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, said the city had been hit by <a href="" target="_blank">"cruise or ballistic missiles."</a>

      A wounded woman stands outside a hospital after an attack on the eastern Ukrainian town of Chuhuiv, outside of Kharkiv, on Thursday, February 24.

      The body of a rocket remains in an apartment after shelling on the northern outskirts of Kharkiv on February 24.

      A boy plays with his tablet in a public basement used as a bomb shelter in Kyiv on February 24.

      A man mourns after an airstrike reportedly hit an apartment complex in Chuhuiv on February 24.

      Rescuers work at a crash site on February 24 after a Ukrainian military plane fell and caught fire outside of Kyiv, according to the Ukrainian State Emergency Service. The cause of the crash wasn't indicated.

      Sviatoslav Fursin, left, and Yaryna Arieva kneel during <a href="" target="_blank">their wedding ceremony</a> at the St. Michael's Cathedral in Kyiv on February 24. They had planned on getting married in May, but they rushed to tie the knot due to the attacks by Russian forces. "We maybe can die, and we just wanted to be together before all of that," Arieva said.

      Ukrainian service members sit atop armored vehicles driving in eastern Ukraine's Donetsk region on February 24.

      People in Kyiv try to board a bus to travel west toward Poland on February 24.

      US President Joe Biden arrives in the East Room of the White House to <a href="" target="_blank">address the Russian invasion</a> on February 24. "Putin is the aggressor. Putin chose this war. And now he and his country will bear the consequences," Biden said, laying out a set of measures that will "impose severe cost on the Russian economy, both immediately and over time."

      Smoke rises from a military airport in Chuhuiv on February 24. <a href="" target="_blank">Airports were also hit</a> in Boryspil, Kharkiv, Ozerne, Kulbakino, Kramatorsk and Chornobaivka.

      People seek shelter inside a subway station in Kharkiv on February 24.

      Russian military vehicles are seen at the Chernobyl power plant near Pripyat, Ukraine, on February 24. Russian forces have <a href="" target="_blank">seized control of the the plant,</a> the site of the world's worst nuclear disaster, according to the agency that manages the area.

      Firefighters attempt to extinguish a fire after a reported strike in Chuhuiv on February 24.

      People wait after boarding a bus to leave Kyiv on February 24.

      Ukrainian President Zelensky holds an emergency meeting in Kyiv on February 24. <a href="" target="_blank">In a video address,</a> Zelensky announced that he was introducing martial law. He urged people to remain calm.

      Police officers inspect the remains of a missile that landed in Kyiv on February 24.

      A staff member of a Kyiv hotel talks on the phone on February 24.

      Smoke rises from an air defense base after an apparent Russian strike in Mariupol on February 24. A CNN team in Mariupol reported hearing <a href="" target="_blank">a barrage of artillery.</a>

      People wait in line to buy train tickets at the central station in Kyiv on February 24.

      A long line of cars is seen<a href="" target="_blank"> exiting Kyiv</a> on February 24. Heavy traffic appeared to be heading west, away from where explosions were heard early in the morning.

      A photo provided by the Ukrainian President's office appears to show an explosion in Kyiv early on February 24.

      People in Moscow watch a televised address by Russian President Vladimir Putin as he <a href="" target="_blank">announces a military operation</a> in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine on February 24. "Whoever tries to interfere with us, and even more so to create threats to our country, to our people, should know that Russia's response will be immediate and will lead you to such consequences as you have never experienced in your history," he said.

      <a href="" target="_blank">An emergency meeting of the UN Security Council</a> is held in New York to discuss the crisis on Wednesday, February 23. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres told Russian President Vladimir Putin to stop "attacking Ukraine" and to give peace a chance.

      A convoy of Russian military vehicles is seen February 23 in the Rostov region of Russia, which runs along Ukraine's eastern border.

      Ukrainian soldiers talk in a shelter at the front line near Svitlodarsk, Ukraine, on February 23.

      Smoke rises from a damaged power plant in Shchastya that Ukrainian authorities say was hit by shelling on Tuesday, February 22.

      A damaged house is worked on after shelling near the Ukrainian front-line city of Novoluhanske on February 22.

      Mourners gather at a church in Kyiv on February 22 for the funeral of Ukrainian Army Capt. Anton Sydorov. The Ukrainian military said he was <a href="" target="_blank">killed by a shrapnel wound</a> on February 19 after several rounds of artillery fire were directed at Ukrainian positions near Myronivske.

      Ukrainian soldiers pay their respects during Sydorov's funeral in Kyiv on February 22.

      A sign displays conversion rates at a currency exchange kiosk in Kyiv on February 22. <a href="" target="_blank">Global markets tumbled</a> the day after Putin ordered troops into parts of eastern Ukraine.

      Russian howitzers are loaded onto train cars near Taganrog, Russia, on February 22.

      People who left a separatist-held region in eastern Ukraine watch <a href="" target="_blank">an address by Putin</a> from their hotel room in Taganrog, Russia, on Monday, February 21. Putin blasted Kyiv's growing security ties with the West, and in lengthy remarks about the history of the USSR and the formation of the Ukrainian Socialist Soviet Republic, he appeared to cast doubt on Ukraine's right to self-determination.

      <a href="" target="_blank">Putin signs decrees</a> recognizing the Donetsk People's Republic and the Luhansk People's Republic in a ceremony in Moscow on February 21. Earlier in the day, the heads of the self-proclaimed pro-Russian republics requested the Kremlin leader recognize their independence and sovereignty. Members of Putin's Security Council supported the initiative in a meeting earlier in the day.

      Protesters demanding economic sanctions against Russia stand outside the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kyiv on February 21. Only a small number of protesters showed up to demonstrate.

      Activists hold a performance in front of the Russian embassy in Kyiv on February 21 in support of prisoners who were arrested in Crimea. They say the red doors are a symbol of the doors that were kicked in to search and arrest Crimean Tatars, a Muslim ethnic minority.

      Ukrainian servicemen shop in the front-line town of Avdiivka, Ukraine, on February 21.

      People lay flowers at the Motherland Monument in Kyiv on February 21.

      A local resident shows the depth of a crater from shelling in a field behind his house in the village of Tamarchuk, Ukraine, on February 20.

      Ukrainian service members are seen along the front line outside of Popasna, Ukraine, on February 20.

      People evacuated from the pro-Russian separatist regions of Ukraine are seen at a temporary shelter in Taganrog, Russia, on February 20.

      Anastasia Manha lulls her 2-month-old son Mykyta after alleged shelling by separatists forces in Novohnativka, Ukraine, on February 20.

      A Ukrainian soldier stays on position on the front line near Novohnativka on February 20.

      A couple arrives at the city council to get married in Odessa, Ukraine, on February 20. As Ukrainian authorities reported further ceasefire violations and top Western officials warned about an impending conflict, life went on in other parts of the country.

      Ukrainian Interior Minister Denys Monastyrskiy, left, visits soldiers at a front-line position in Novoluhanske on February 19. Minutes after he left, <a href="" target="_blank">the position came under fire.</a> No one was injured.

      A woman rests in a car near a border checkpoint in Avilo-Uspenka, Russia, on February 19.

      Residents of the breakaway Donetsk state sign up for evacuation to Russia on February 19. <a href="" target="_blank">The evacuation orders were given by pro-Russian separatist leaders</a> in eastern Ukraine's breakaway regions, who claimed they were necessary because of an imminent offensive by the Ukrainian army. Ukrainian officials repeatedly denied any such plans and accused the separatists of launching a "disinformation campaign."

      A Ukrainian service member walks by a building on February 19 that was hit by mortar fire in the front-line village of Krymske, Ukraine.

      Fighter jets fly over Belarus during a joint military exercise the country held with Russia on February 19.

      Ukrainian soldiers stand guard at a military command center in Novoluhanske on February 19.

      People sit on a bus in Donetsk on February 18 after they were ordered to evacuate to Russia by pro-Russian separatists.

      The remains of a military vehicle are seen in a parking lot outside a government building following an explosion in Donetsk on February 18. Ukrainian and US officials said the vehicle explosion was <a href="" target="_blank">a staged attack</a> designed to stoke tensions in eastern Ukraine.

      A memorial service and candlelight vigil is held at the St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery in Kyiv on February 18. They honored <a href="" target="_blank">those who died in 2014</a> while protesting against the government of President Viktor Yanukovych, a pro-Russian leader who later fled the country.

      A kindergarten that officials say was <a href="" target="_blank">damaged by shelling</a> is seen in Stanytsia Luhanska, Ukraine, on February 17. No lives were lost, but it was a stark reminder of the stakes for people living near the front lines that separate Ukrainian government forces from Russian-backed separatists.

      Children play on old Soviet tanks in front of the Motherland Monument in Kyiv on February 16.

      Ambassadors of European countries lay roses at the Wall of Remembrance in Kyiv on February 16. The wall contains the names and photographs of military members who have died since the conflict with Russian-backed separatists began in 2014.

      US troops walk on the tarmac at the Rzeszów-Jasionka Airport in southeastern Poland on February 16. US paratroopers landed in Poland as part of a deployment of several thousand sent to bolster NATO's eastern flank in response to tensions with Russia.

      A 200-meter-long Ukrainian flag is unfolded at the Olympic Stadium in Kyiv on February 16 to mark a "Day of Unity," an impromptu celebration declared by President Volodymyr Zelensky.

      Travelers wait in line to check in to their departing flights February 15 at the Boryspil International Airport outside Kyiv. US President Joe Biden<a href="" target="_blank"> urged Americans in Ukraine to leave the country,</a> warning that "things could go crazy quickly" in the region.

      A Ukrainian serviceman carries an anti-tank weapon during an exercise in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine on February 15.

      A location of Oschadbank, a state-owned bank, is seen in Kyiv on February 15. The websites of Oschadbank and PrivatBank, the country's two largest banks, <a href="" target="_blank">were hit by cyberattacks that day,</a> as were the websites of Ukraine's defense ministry and army, according to Ukrainian government agencies.

      A woman and child walk underneath a military monument in Senkivka, Ukraine, on February 14. It's on the outskirts of the Three Sisters border crossing between Ukraine, Russia and Belarus.

      F/A-18E and 18F Super Hornets are seen on the flight deck of the USS Harry S. Truman, an American aircraft carrier in the Adriatic Sea on February 14. The Truman was on its way to the Middle East in mid-December, but the Pentagon <a href="" target="_blank">decided to keep it in Europe</a> as tensions began to escalate.

      Ukrainian service members talk at a front-line position in eastern Ukraine on February 14.

      Members of Ukraine's National Guard look out a window as they ride a bus through the capital of Kyiv on February 14.

      Satellite images taken on February 13 by Maxar Technologies revealed that dozens of helicopters had appeared at a previously vacant airbase in Russian-occupied Crimea.

      The Russian navy's diesel-electric Kilo-class submarine, Rostov-on-Don, moves through Turkey's Bosphorus Strait en route to the Black Sea on February 13.

      US soldiers and military vehicles are seen at a military airport in Mielec, Poland, on February 12. The White House approved a plan for the nearly 2,000 US troops in Poland <a href="" target="_blank">to help Americans who may try to evacuate Ukraine,</a> according to two US officials familiar with the matter.

      An anti-war demonstration takes place in Kyiv's Independence Square on February 12.

      Pro-Russian separatists observe the movement of Ukrainian troops from trenches in Ukraine's Donbas area on February 11.

      Ukrainian service members unpack Javelin anti-tank missiles that were delivered to Kyiv on February 10 as part of a US military support package for Ukraine.

      Ukrainian service members walk on an armored fighting vehicle during a training exercise in eastern Ukraine's Donetsk region on February 10.

      The EU threw its support behind the country, committing for the first time in its history to finance the purchase and delivery of weapons and equipment to a country under attack. That includes $450 million to provide arms and lethal assistance to Ukraine and $50 million in non-lethal assistance, top diplomat Josep Borell said.
      Russia’s invasion and aviation bans are creating huge no-go areas in the sky, with the EU the latest to close its airspace to Russian planes, including the private jets of oligarchs, following similar moves by the Canada and the UK.
      Meanwhile, the UK said it will provide an additional $53 million in humanitarian aid to Ukraine and British leaders plan to introduce legislation in Parliament aimed at clamping down on Russian money laundering and fraud.

        And Australian travel bans and targeted financial sanctions against Putin and senior members of his government went into effect Monday, the country’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed in a statement.
        South Korea and Singapore on Monday also announced new sanctions on Russia
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