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this is bbc news, the latest headlines. the moment a rocket hit an apartment block in ukraine's capital — as the russian military continues its assault. this is what kyiv woke up to this morning. all of this destruction is in a residential area in a european city, and there is a real sense now that nowhere in the capital is safe. 100,000 people have already fled to neighbouring countries. the eu calls for a number of banks
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to be re—removed from the swift banking system. we to be re-removed from the swift banking system.— to be re-removed from the swift banking system. we are resolved to continue imposing _ banking system. we are resolved to continue imposing massive - banking system. we are resolved to continue imposing massive gusts i banking system. we are resolved to i continue imposing massive gusts on pressure. continue imposing massive gusts on ressure. �* . continue imposing massive gusts on ressure. ~ ., ., ., pressure. ahead of that announcement, - pressure. ahead of that announcement, the - pressure. ahead of that - announcement, the chelsea pressure. ahead of that _ announcement, the chelsea owner and oligarch roman abramovich hands over control of his football club. and away from the front lines, international condemnation of russian invasion with protests taking place around the globe. hello and welcome to bbc world news. rockets and gunfire have continued to hit the ukrainian capital kyiv, the measures will block pressure's
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access to that swift banking system, access to that swift banking system, a measure of the growing anger at moscow's invasion of ukraine. let's take you through the major developers this hour. the capital kyiv is braced for another night of russian attacks. after forces failed to break through a curfew is in place until monday morning. those financial sanctions then and as well as restrictions on the swift banking system, the assets of some russian banks in europe will be frozen and they will be action against the assets of oligarchs. the number of ukrainians crossing into neighbouring countries is rapidly rising. more than 115,000 people have now entered poland. and chelsea football club's owner, russian owner, roman abramovich, may have taken a move to protect his assets from tighter sanctions. he has
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transferred stewardship of the club to its charitable foundation. meanwhile, on the ground in ukraine, russian troops are spreading out in parts of the north, the east, and the south, gaining territory, particularly in the east. so the mat you can see their shows just how much of ukraine is now in russian control. how international correspondent orla guerin is in kyiv with the latest. the rush to kyiv, a capital under attack. as we headed for the city this morning, there was little moving — apart from ukrainian troops. but the russians are watching from the skies, ready to strike, as they did here, just an hour outside the capital. well, this is what we've come across on the road to kyiv. this convoy was obviously travelling to the city to be part of the defence of kyiv. this is an air defence missile system. it was hit yesterday. the smoke is still rising here.
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deep bo0m and here, too, after an early—morning strike on a block of flats near kyiv�*s giuliani airport. the authorities here say it was a russian missile strike. and it killed two people. sirens wail. it could have been many more, but many locals had already fled or taken cover in shelters. yuri shevchuk, who lives nearby, says the west must help. i wanted to say for you, for your governments, that we are in need, urgently in need, as soon as possible, as much as possible, we are in need of anti—aircraft missiles, we are in need of anti—tank missiles, we need ammunition. is there any message that you would wish to send to president putin? i wanted to say to president putin that only one way for him — it's the way to hell.
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well, this is what kyiv woke up to this morning. all of this destruction is in a residential area in a european city, and there is a real sense here now that nowhere in the capital is safe. and so much of kyiv now looks like this. still standing but bracing for impact. ukraine's embattled president volodymyr zelensky took to the deserted streets shooting a selfie video to reassure his people. a city of almost 3 million people turned ghost town. "i am here," he said, "and we will not lay down our arms." far from it — we found ukrainians taking up arms, forming volunteer brigades to defend the city alongside the local police.
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this volunteer, who goes by the nickname molloy, said, "i don't want to live in russia, "and my brothers—in—arms don't want that either. "we will defend this city or i will die." the volunteers are looking for russian sabba tours, said to already be in the city. nearby, we met this lady come out walking her dog and venting her fury. "we demand an end to the war", she says. "we can do it with sanctions. we must isolate the aggressive country. it terrorises the whole world." this lady, who was taking the risk of walking her dog, with russian forces at the gates, some are still fleeing the capital. for now, the city remains in ukrainian hands, but the battle may be just beginning. orla guerin, bbc news, kyiv.
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ukraine's president blood zelensky has urged resistance. and as our eastern europe correspondent sarah rainsford reports from dnipro, people from all walks of life, are answering the call. this was saturday in dnipro. women making molotov cocktails in the park. housewives, businesswomen and lawyers, all now preparing for the defence of their city. arina is an english teacher in normal life. nobody thought this would be how we would spend our weekend. nobody thought, but now we're doing this, and it seems like the only important thing to do now. we can'tjust live our ordinary life, even if we are safe, so we have to do something. these are scenes unimaginable to most in europe.
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they were unthinkable here, too, until now. but these women say sitting home doing nothing would be even scarier. it suddenly feels like this whole city has sprung into action. people are donating whatever they can, for soldiers and for those forced to flee here from the fighting, but also for if this strategic city comes under siege itself. and men and women are signing up for weapons, ready to fight against troops sent by president putin. he really believed that he can take ukraine and to make from ukraine, russia. it's fake and we don't believe in it and we're really angry. dnipro is already feeling the cost of this war, taking the casualties from other cities. people are bringing all sorts of things now
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to this military hospital. they're bringing syringes, they're bringing medicines, they're bringing bandages, because they know that the staff here are under real pressure now. this place is already full. there's already 400 injured soldiers here. they are used to war here in the east, but sergei tells me this is intense, with hundreds of injured soldiers brought in every day. translation: before, | we used to know exactly where the fighting was happening and we could prepare for the wounded before they got here. now, there's a constant flow. the city is coping, everyone rallying round. but the mood in dnipro has darkened today. the pressure on everyone is increasing. sarah rainsford, bbc news, dnipro. the head of the eu commission as you
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have underlying, praised the resistance by the ukrainian army and population and she outlined new measures in response to the russian invasion. she said new financial sanctions on pressure would explain how the eu, us, and their allies have agreed to cut off a number of russian banks from the main international payment system, swift. the european union and its partners are working to cripple putin's ability to fine and his war machine. i will now propose to eu leaders the following measures, first, we commit to ensuring that a certain number of russian banks are removed from swift. this will ensure that these banks are disconnected from the international financial system and harm the ability to operate globally. swift is the world's dominant global internet payment system. cutting banks. them from
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conducting most of their financial transactions worldwide and effectively block russian exports and imports. second, we. putin from using his war chest. we will paralyse the assets of pressure's central bank, this will freeze its transactions and it will make it impossible for the central bank to liquidate assets. and, finally, we will work to prohibit russian oligarchs from using their financial assets on our markets. all of these measures will significantly harm putin's ability to fine and his war. that was ursula von der leyen, watching that press conference was our europe editor katia adler. the eu, which
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our europe editor katia adler. tue: eu, which does our europe editor katia adler. tte: eu, which does not have a reputation for acting swiftly in normal times, made up of 27 individual countries, but the aggression of pressure in ukraine is deftly focusing minds here so as you der leyen was referring to how the eu is working on now it's third sanction packaging a week. she was talking about really targeting pressure's ability to front its military action in ukraine, and she was saying that there is now an agreement amongst all european union member states, remember that some of them are rather lacking on the idea of rejecting pressure from swift, that is the international financial transactions network, particularly italy, germany, hungary, these are countries with very close ties with pressure, business ties, reliant on gas suppliers, but everybody said —— is agreed, but italy targeting russian banks and also to focus very
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much on russian central bank, making it difficult to get money off the globalfinancial it difficult to get money off the global financial markets, it difficult to get money off the globalfinancial markets, notjust global financial markets, not just european globalfinancial markets, notjust european financial markets and capital markets as well. also, she said the eu would be targeting individuals and entities that are helping pressure in its aggression in ukraine. we have heard talk over the last day or two that the eu was to introduce a separate sanctions package against belarus, for example, and again ursula von der leyen underlined that all of the measures being taken by the eu are done together, and with consultation with the other western allies and definitely at the moment, whichever country i am calling, i am told the prime minister, or in the case of france, the president, as consul on the phone at the moment with other eu leaders but also borisjohnson in the uk, and joe biden in the us as well. as i say, this aggression in ukraine is definitely focusing minds
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and causing action, including germany, rather historically in the words of the chancellor, a watershed moment, it has decided to send weapons directly to ukraine, of course, traditionally, germany, because of its role in the second world war, has been very wary about military involvement in conflicts. just to pick up on that point about germany and this unprecedented move, katia, really, in terms of the signal and the message it is sending, what will it say to president putin?— sending, what will it say to president putin? ~ ., ., ., president putin? well, what all of the eu is saying. _ president putin? well, what all of the eu is saying, and _ president putin? well, what all of the eu is saying, and we - president putin? well, what all of the eu is saying, and we had - president putin? well, what all of the eu is saying, and we had this| the eu is saying, and we had this from the eu commission chief that you have underlying as well when she was talking about those measures was that this is a clear message to vladimir putin that western allies are united and i do not want him to be able to what he says trying to do to ukraine, it is a message of solidarity with ukraine as well. as we have heard, president zelensky of
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ukraine, he has been appealing to western powers for long time now, do something, it is notjust about words, it is at deeds as well. poland, close neighbour of russia, the prime minister of poland was in berlin today, really ratcheting up the pressure on berlin as well, not just words, action, and that is now what we are seeing. whether all of this, economic hits and so on, in the short—term is able to stop vladimir putin in his tracks, that is not clear at this moment at all. but i think we have a meeting, a virtual meeting of eu foreign ministers tomorrow and they will be talking about coordinating, sending military supplies to ukraine about sending financial aid to the ukrainian military as well as humanitarian assistance for those in ukraine and of course those fleeing ukraine and of course those fleeing ukraine to neighbouring countries, poland, romania, and hungary as well, what we are seeing, which is unprecedented, is those countries that have often been a bit softer on
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russia and closer to russia, particularly hungry, we heard from hungarian prime minister saying and then i will lunge —— under no illusions, we stand with the west and as a nato member, this is war. the ukrainian former minister of financejoins us now. first the ukrainian former minister of finance joins us now. first off, the ukrainian former minister of financejoins us now. first off, i wonder if i can get your reaction to this third tranche of sanctions that were announced this evening. let this third tranche of sanctions that were announced this evening. let me 'ust sa were announced this evening. let me just say that — were announced this evening. let me just say that some _ were announced this evening. let me just say that some of _ were announced this evening. let me just say that some of the _ were announced this evening. let me just say that some of the worst - just say that some of the worst bombing of the past few days is happening right now in kharkiv and it makes these sanctions that much more. we made major progress today with the announcement of select banks being moved from swift, select progress with some restrictive measures on the central bank of russia, but i will tell you that we
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still need more, we need more and we need it more swiftly. let’s still need more, we need more and we need it more swiftly.— need it more swiftly. let's start off with one _ need it more swiftly. let's start off with one of _ need it more swiftly. let's start off with one of the _ need it more swiftly. let's start off with one of the comments i need it more swiftly. let's start i off with one of the comments that ursula von der leyen mentioned, she said some of these measures would paralyse russia's central bank, would they?— paralyse russia's central bank, would they? paralyse russia's central bank, would the ? ~ , would they? well, i sadly hope so but from the _ would they? well, i sadly hope so but from the announcement - would they? well, i sadly hope so | but from the announcement today, would they? well, i sadly hope so - but from the announcement today, we don't yet know exactly what the language means. restrictive measures on the use of reserves, tied to sanctions, banks is what i am assuming. it is not completely clear and not a full blanket set of sanctions and we also don't know the effective date. i am hoping the effective date. i am hoping the effective date. i am hoping the effective date is today but we don't know. ~ ., ., , ., , effective date is today but we don't know. ., ., , ., know. what does it actually take to fli that know. what does it actually take to flip that switch _ know. what does it actually take to flip that switch on _ know. what does it actually take to flip that switch on a _ know. what does it actually take to flip that switch on a swift? - know. what does it actually take to flip that switch on a swift? who - flip that switch on a swift? who does it? my _ flip that switch on a swift? �*w�*trr does it? my understanding flip that switch on a swift? two does it? my understanding is flip that switch on a swift? “£9�*tr> does it? my understanding is there is a vote that occurs and again president biden and the uk and the eu had it all come to an agreement
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before they could make the announcement today. the before they could make the announcement today. before they could make the announcement toda . , _, ,., announcement today. the second point we heard about — announcement today. the second point we heard about is _ announcement today. the second point we heard about is the _ announcement today. the second point we heard about is the sale _ announcement today. the second point we heard about is the sale of _ we heard about is the sale of citizenship.— we heard about is the sale of citizenship. we heard about is the sale of citizenshi. ., , ., citizenship. how right is that? i think it is quite _ citizenship. how right is that? i think it is quite right _ citizenship. how right is that? i think it is quite right but - citizenship. how right is that? i think it is quite right but i - citizenship. how right is that? i think it is quite right but i have | think it is quite right but i have to say that i find that to be you know, something that should have been done at least in 2008 when they invaded georgia, but then in 2000 and more teen when the kremlin invaded ukraine and annexed crimea and invaded donbas, it is great they. issuing these so golden passports, i wish they could take them away from the people they gave them away from the people they gave them too over the past seven years of war. , ., , , them too over the past seven years ofwar. , ., _ i. ., them too over the past seven years ofwar. , ., , , ., ., «9 of war. obviously, you have worked in government. _ of war. obviously, you have worked in government. removal— in government. removal of the swift service for a country, which is what they have done, what will that mean? they have only removed it for select banks and we don't yet know which select banks, they have not removed it from the full financial system.
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if they had done that, that would mean a paralysis in all the messaging of transactions. clearly, they have left out some banks, we don't know which are in and which are out. �* ., ,., ., .,, are out. another point that was brou . ht are out. another point that was brought up _ are out. another point that was brought up was _ are out. another point that was brought up was to _ are out. another point that was brought up was to impose - are out. another point that was - brought up was to impose restrictive measures to prevent russia deploying its international reserves. how much of a hit is that?— of a hit is that? again, this is what we were _ of a hit is that? again, this is what we were all— of a hit is that? again, this is what we were all hoping - of a hit is that? again, this is what we were all hoping for. of a hit is that? again, this is i what we were all hoping for and of a hit is that? again, this is - what we were all hoping for and this is the beginning of sanctions on the central bank of russia, which is critical. it is the achilles“ heel of the financial system but what we don't know is that language is very specific, restrictive measures, they did not say they were freezing, employing full out sanctions on the central bank so we are all guessing what this restrictive measures would be, it sounds like it is tied to previous sanctioned banks which means that the central bank would not be able to move its reserves,
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theoretically, into banks that were having trouble because they were previously sanctioned but we are guessing at that until we get more detail. , . ~ , guessing at that until we get more detail. , x' , ., . . , detail. very quickly, the oligarchs and how this _ detail. very quickly, the oligarchs and how this will _ detail. very quickly, the oligarchs and how this will hit _ detail. very quickly, the oligarchs and how this will hit them. - detail. very quickly, the oligarchs and how this will hit them. surelyj and how this will hit them. surely theyjust and how this will hit them. surely they just listen to and how this will hit them. surely theyjust listen to president putin, theyjust listen to president putin, they are not going to put on him, are they? t they are not going to put on him, are the ? ~ are they? i disagree, i think the more unhappy _ are they? i disagree, i think the more unhappy they _ are they? i disagree, i think the more unhappy they are - are they? i disagree, i think the more unhappy they are the - are they? i disagree, i think the | more unhappy they are the more influence they have. hopefully the removal of assets and family visas and their ill gotten gains as reported will be a major influence because people need to stop this war now. �* ., because people need to stop this war now. �* . ., now. ok, we'll leave it there for now, now. ok, we'll leave it there for now. thank _ now. ok, we'll leave it there for now, thank you _ now. ok, we'll leave it there for now, thank you for _ now. ok, we'll leave it there for now, thank you for your - now. ok, we'll leave it there for now, thank you for your insight. formerfinance minister now, thank you for your insight. former finance minister of ukraine, thank you. now, the russian owner of the chelsea football club says he is passing stewardship of the club to its charitable foundation, he is alleged to have close links to that may putin and his finances have come under intense scrutiny. lizzie
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agreement use has more. this raises more questions than it answers. he says i have always taken... i am giving the care of chelsea fc to the charitable foundation. we don't know whether he has done to help himself chelsea or both, we don't know if it is a permanent or temporary arrangement, there we can assume it is a temporary one. we don't know if this will change anything in terms of leadership or whether it will affect the loans given to chelsea by mr abramovich and those loans that he has owned chelsea over the 20 years as up to £1.5 billion. there is speculation this week since his name has been linked with obviously with vladimir putin and the subsequent conflict going on in ukraine is that if they were sanctions which froze mr abramovich“s assets, and he then
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called in those loans, that would effectively bankrupt chelsea so we don't know whether this will affect them but we assume he will not call in those loans. we don't know this means he is not selling the club but we will assume this means he is not selling the club. we can't really say anything for sure because michael richards, the former england defender, called it coded statement. it raises more questions than it answers but mr abramovich has had a wonderful time whilst owning chelsea. he has been the most successful, certainly he has won everything possible that he could own, surely one of the most successful football owners in history. chelsea have won five premier league titles, two europa league titles, five champion lease, and it could be for because chelsea tomorrow are playing liverpool in the league cup at wembley final and it will be interesting to see what the players wear because they have been several shows of solidarity
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today in the premier league with players with placards, ukrainian players with placards, ukrainian players hugging before the game from opposing teams, will the chelsea players wear anything with regard to what is going on in ukraine again we can assume not but it is very difficult to give you any actual facts because we just don't know at this stage. it is a very rare thing to hearfrom abramovich, we haven't seen at chelsea for months, we very rarely hear from seen at chelsea for months, we very rarely hearfrom him seen at chelsea for months, we very rarely hear from him so to have their statement in itself was a surprise to all of us and doesn't really tell us that much at this stage. president biden has been speaking at the ukraine crisis, saying that bellamy putin has deeply miscalculated and that his actions have only served to unify opinion against him. earlier we heard from jane 0“brien about what help the us government was helping to provide to ukraine. the government was helping to provide to ukraine. ., , government was helping to provide to ukraine. .,, , ..,
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ukraine. the most significant thing toda is ukraine. the most significant thing today is the — ukraine. the most significant thing today is the fact _ ukraine. the most significant thing today is the fact that _ ukraine. the most significant thing today is the fact that they - ukraine. the most significant thing today is the fact that they are - today is the fact that they are authorising what has been described as an unprecedented third round of emergency security assistance using special presidential powers known as the presidential drawdown authority. this totals $350 million of military assistance that has been described by the state department as a package which includes further lethal defence assistance to address armoured airborne and other threats. and it brings now to a total of more than $1 billion of military assistance given by the us to ukraine over last year. interestingly, i have been speaking to a former commander of the us army in europe who was actually in kyiv about three weeks ago and he said that what the ukrainians are desperate for is air defence systems, mobile weaponry that they can bring down drones and
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helicopters with. so if this assistance is what it says it is then that is very significant indeed but of course getting ed there remains a problem. this general told me it is becoming increasingly difficult to deliver. russia is moving to block ground roots, vertically from poland, and of course the us can't vertically from poland, and of course the us can“tjust fly military aircraft in ukrainian space at the moment. many of the ukrainians we see leaving the country are heading for poland where reception centres have been set up along the border. the polish government has denounced what it describes as russia's aggression and says 115,000 people have already fled ukraine. since vladimir putin ordered his invasion. an arrival from next door but which is now another world. the overnight train from kyiv pulled into eastern poland today, carrying europe's neighbours,
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seeking safety from russia's bombs. it took us 52 hours to get here. kateryna leontieva and her daughter came from kharkiv in eastern ukraine as the missiles rained down on her city. how did it feel having to leave your homes? i don't know yet. i'm, yeah... like tears are just coming, you know? i think i didn't feel anything then and i'm starting to realise. yeah. but i hope it's just a short time and we will be back soon. the 19th—century train station at przemysl is now a modern refugee reception centre. those arriving welcomed with open arms before travelling on around poland and europe. among them, irene and her children. her husband left behind to defend their homeland. they want to stay there to fight because they are heroes.
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how do you feel about your husband being there now? i'm afraid. i'm afraid but we believe that everything will be all right. we want to return soon and we are praying for them. poland has become a vital lifeline in and out of ukraine, welcoming those fleeing and sending ammunition and supplies back to those who are remaining. as europe's newest war prompts europe's freshest refugee crisis, it's now poland and no longer the mediterranean that's on the humanitarian front line. for irene and herfamily, anotherjourney now starts — on to relatives in italy. homes, people, livelihoods, are being uprooted — scenes europe thought were confined to the past. mark lowen, bbc news, przemysl, eastern poland. protest in support of ukraine have been taking place around the world.
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in the uk, some draped themselves in the blue and yellow colours of the ukrainian flag. there were protests in several cities and in london outside the russian embassy. chanting: stop putin now! stop putin now! _ their country is fighting for its future. the morale of the ukrainian army is extremely high. we are here supporting them, praying for them, and hoping for them to return home safely. they're losing contact with family and friends in the war zone. my dad is still spending all the time in the bomb shelter and people are dying there. for now, all they can do is protest. russian mothers, please notify — be notified that your sons are in ukraine and they are dying there. with several thousand at this westminster demonstration, ukrainians have been leading the way, and russians. we are absolutely devastated and shocked, it's really... it's the state of shame. we've been in a state of shame since thursday. we are hopeless, don't know what to do because it's - entirely against, like, _
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all the values of my generation. at the russian embassy, no arrests for those chalking their messages on the walls outside. but in russia itself, protesting without permission is usually banned. more campaigners were taken away by police today. people have been taking to the streets across the world. this was milan... ..and thisjapan — a protest in hiroshima. but uk for ukraine is already a message attracting large numbers here, boosting protests in central manchester today. there were vigils in glasgow and inverness. and there was a little girl's message... you do that yourself? yeah. ..in gloucester. so this protest is deeply personal for many of the people here. but it's also very political. there's a feeling that britain has done its bit so far but it's just the start — much more is needed. to paralyse their financial
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infrastructure. the second is a total embargo of russian oil, to also completely paralyse their energy sector as well. and there was a message from both sides — please, stop. a feeling like you're fighting with yourself and, like, with your friends and with your brothers, so it's... i'm sorry. sjust s just recap on the sjust recap on the main points of our top story this hour and as rockets and gunfire have continued to hitch the ukrainian capital kyiv, the united states, britain, europe and canada have announced new financial sanctions against russia. the measures will block russia's access to the swift banking system, measure the growing anger at the invasion of ukraine. let's remind you of the major developers that have taken place in the last hour. the ukrainian capital kyiv is braced for another night of russian assault
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