Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine is in its fourth day, and with it the sovereign state’s second-largest city.
The fighting between the sides in Kharkiv comes as Ukraine has “engaged the remnants of Russian irregular forces” in its capital, Kiev, according to the British defense.
Meanwhile, British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has warned that there could be a conflict between Russia and NATO if Vladimir Putin is not arrested in Ukraine.
Street fighting erupted in Ukraine’s second-largest city on Sunday and Russian troops put increasing pressure on strategic ports in the country’s south following a wave of attacks on airfields and military facilities. fuel elsewhere which seemed to mark a new phase of the Russian invasion.
The Ministry of Defense tweeted an intelligence update on the situation in Ukraine, stating: “Ukrainian forces have engaged remnants of Russian irregular forces in the city of Kyiv for the second night in a row, fighting has been intense. a lower intensity than the previous evening.
“After encountering strong resistance at Chernihiv, Russian forces are bypassing the area in order to prioritize the encirclement and isolation of Kyiv.
“Intensive exchanges of rocket artillery overnight were followed by heavy fighting between Russian and Ukrainian forces in Kharkiv.
“Russian forces continue to advance into Ukraine from multiple axes but continue to encounter strong resistance from the Ukrainian Armed Forces.”
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Ukraine’s ambassador to the UK, Vadym Prystaiko, told the BBC’s Sunday Morning program: “We’re holding on. It’s only been four days. I think we’ll hold on as long as necessary.”
He said “we have friends, we have support”, adding that he thinks Russia has “miscalculated”.
Mr Prystaiko said: “They came with 150,000 soldiers. It is absolutely not enough.”
Foreign Minister Liz Truss has warned that an emboldened Russian leader could pose a risk to NATO territories if Russia is not stopped in Ukraine, which is not a member of the military alliance.
“This long-standing conflict is about freedom and democracy in Europe,” she said.
“If we don’t stop Putin in Ukraine, we’re going to see others threatened – the Baltics, Poland, Moldova, and that could end in a conflict with NATO.
“We don’t want to go there. That’s why it’s so important that we make the sacrifices now.
“Yes, there will be an economic cost here in Britain, there will be a cost in terms of access to the oil and gas markets. I strongly believe that the British public understands the price we will pay if we do not resist not to Putin now.”
Following its gains on the ground, Russia sent a delegation to Belarus for peace talks with Ukraine, according to the Kremlin.
However, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky suggested other locations, saying his country did not want to meet in Belarus as it served as an invasion base.
He also said that Russia should be expelled from the United Nations Security Council.