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Images: Road fighting in Kharkiv as Kyiv cash tries to hold off Russian invasion in Ukraine

In a dramatic escalation of East-West tensions in excess of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, President Vladimir Putin purchased Russian nuclear forces set on higher inform Sunday in reaction to what he identified as “aggressive statements” by main NATO powers.

The directive to put Russia’s nuclear weapons in an improved point out of readiness for start raised fears that the crisis could boil around into nuclear warfare, regardless of whether by style or oversight.

Putin’s stage is “potentially placing in perform forces that, if there’s a miscalculation, could make points a lot, much more harmful,” said a senior U.S. protection formal, talking on issue of anonymity.

Meanwhile, street preventing broke out in the metropolis of Kharkiv, as air-raid sirens as soon as all over again sound in the money city of Kyiv.

Ukrainian troopers walk past particles of a burning military truck on a street in Kyiv, Ukraine, Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022. Russian troops stormed toward Ukraine’s funds Saturday, and road combating broke out as metropolis officers urged inhabitants to choose shelter. (VFAB Image/Efrem Lukatsky) 
A few and their pet dogs sit in a lodge underground parking turned into a bomb shelter in the course of an air raid warn in Kyiv, Ukraine, Sunday, Feb. 27, 2022. Terrified men, girls and kids sought protection inside of and underground, and the governing administration managed a 39-hour curfew to retain people off the streets as more than 150,000 Ukrainians fled to neighboring nations and the United Nations warned the number could expand to 4 million if fighting escalates.(VFAB Photograph/Vadim Ghirda) 
Ukrainian troopers take positions outside a armed forces facility as two cars burn up, in a avenue in Kyiv, Ukraine, Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022. Russian troops stormed towards Ukraine’s money Saturday, and avenue preventing broke out as metropolis officials urged citizens to choose shelter. (VFAB Photo/Emilio Morenatti) 
A soldier’s helmet with a bullet gap close to particles of burning armed service trucks, in a road in Kyiv, Ukraine, Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022. Russian troops stormed toward Ukraine’s funds Saturday, and road preventing broke out as metropolis officials urged inhabitants to take shelter. (VFAB Photograph/Efrem Lukatsky) 
Members of civil defense put together Molotov cocktails in a property in Kyiv, Ukraine, Sunday, Feb. 27, 2022. A Ukrainian official suggests avenue battling has damaged out in Ukraine’s next-largest city of Kharkiv. Russian troops also place escalating stress on strategic ports in the country’s south next a wave of assaults on airfields and gas amenities somewhere else that appeared to mark a new phase of Russia’s invasion. (VFAB Image/Efrem Lukatsky) 
Ukrainian troops inspect the web site next a Russian airstrike in Kyiv, Ukraine, Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022. (VFAB Image/Vadim Ghirda) 
Police detain a demonstrator all through an motion versus Russia’s attack on Ukraine in St. Petersburg, Russia, Sunday, Feb. 27, 2022. Protests against the Russian invasion of Ukraine resumed on Sunday, with people getting to the streets of Moscow and St. Petersburg and other Russian cities for the 3rd straight day inspite of mass arrests. (VFAB Picture/Dmitri Lovetsky) 
A Russian armored staff provider burns amid harmed and abandoned mild utility vehicles following combating in Kharkiv, Ukraine, Sunday, Feb. 27, 2022. The town authorities said that Ukrainian forces engaged in battling with Russian troops that entered the country’s 2nd-greatest city on Sunday. (VFAB Image/Marienko Andrew) 
A pair embrace prior to the lady boarding a teach carriage leaving for western Ukraine, at the railway station in Kramatorsk, eastern Ukraine, Sunday, Feb. 27, 2022. The U.N. refugee agency claims approximately 120,000 men and women have so considerably fled Ukraine into neighboring countries in the wake of the Russian invasion. The quantity was heading up rapid as Ukrainians grabbed their possessions and rushed to escape from a deadly Russian onslaught. (VFAB Photograph/Andriy Andriyenko) 
Associates of civil protection put together Molotov cocktails in a yard in Kyiv, Ukraine, Sunday, Feb. 27, 2022. A Ukrainian formal states avenue combating has damaged out in Ukraine’s next-greatest town of Kharkiv. Russian troops also put escalating force on strategic ports in the country’s south following a wave of assaults on airfields and fuel facilities in other places that appeared to mark a new section of Russia’s invasion. (VFAB Photo/Efrem Lukatsky) 
Ukrainian troopers inspect a ruined armed service car just after combating in Kharkiv, Ukraine, Sunday, Feb. 27, 2022. The town authorities mentioned that Ukrainian forces engaged in combating with Russian troops that entered the country’s next-biggest metropolis on Sunday. (VFAB Photo/Marienko Andrew) 
Border law enforcement force an elderly lady in an business chair right after fleeing with family the conflict from neighbouring Ukraine, at the Romanian-Ukrainian border, in Siret, Romania, Sunday, Feb. 27, 2022. Considering the fact that Russia introduced its offensive on Ukraine, far more than 200,000 people today have been pressured to flee the place to bordering nations like Romania, Poland, Hungary, Moldova, and the Czech Republic — in what the U.N. refugee company, UNHCR, stated will have “devastating humanitarian consequences” on civilians. (VFAB Image/Alexandru Dobre) 
Armed civil protection gentlemen pose for a photograph although patroling an vacant avenue because of to curfew in Kyiv, Ukraine, Sunday, Feb. 27, 2022. Ukrainian authorities say that Russian troops have entered Ukraine’s second-largest city of Kharkiv. Russian troops also put expanding tension on strategic ports in the country’s south pursuing a wave of attacks on airfields and gas amenities somewhere else that appeared to mark a new period of Russia’s invasion. (VFAB Photo/Efrem Lukatsky) 
A youngster suggests goodbye to a relative seeking out the window of a train carriage waiting around to leave Ukraine for western Ukraine at the railway station in Kramatorsk, japanese Ukraine, Sunday, Feb. 27, 2022. The U.N. refugee company claims just about 120,000 folks have so far fled Ukraine into neighboring nations in the wake of the Russian invasion. The amount was going up speedy as Ukrainians grabbed their possessions and rushed to escape from a fatal Russian onslaught. (VFAB Image/Andriy Andriyenko) 

 

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