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Artillery strikes continue in Ukraine, US sends troops to NATO border

US troops transferring to Grafenwoehr military base to bolster NATO efforts in Eastern Europe as the Russian invasion of Ukraine continues, stand in formation at Albrecht Duerer Airport in Nuremberg , Germany, March 1, 2022. REUTERS/Andreas Gebert

By The Associated Press

Russian strikes pounded the central square of Ukraine’s second-largest city and other civilian targets, and a 40-mile convoy of tanks and other vehicles threatened the capital.

Ukraine’s embattled president on Tuesday accused Moscow of using terror tactics to start Europe’s biggest ground war in generations. With the Kremlin increasingly isolated by harsh economic sanctions that have sent the rouble plummeting, Russian troops have advanced on Ukraine’s two largest cities. In the strategic district of Kharkiv, explosions tore through administrative buildings and Soviet-era residential areas across the region on day 6 of an invasion that rocked the 21st century world order.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg meets Polish President Andrzej Duda at Lask Air Base in central Poland for talks on eastern flank security as Russia wages war on the Ukraine, just across the eastern border from Poland. Stoltenberg and Duda shook hands early Tuesday at the 32nd Tactical Air Base in Lask, where Polish and NATO fighter jets, including F-16s, are based.

The United States recently reinforced the eastern flank of NATO territory with some 5,000 additional troops.