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UPDATE : “Massive” shelling continues to rock Kharkiv

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Buildings on fire in Kharkiv, Ukraine, on March 2.

Authorities said central parts of Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city, continued to be subjected to “massive shelling and bombing” on Wednesday morning, while firefighting is “underway.”

“As a result of enemy missiles hitting, administrative buildings collapsed with subsequent fires,” regional emergency services said. 

At least four people were killed and nine were injured, while 10 were rescued from the rubble, emergency services said.

Kremlin sees all the countries that sanction Russia as “de facto unfriendly”

Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said that the Russian government would consider all countries that introduce sanctions on the country to be “de facto unfriendly.”

In a conference call with reporters, Peskov said, “Judging by the measures that many countries are taking against us, they are now all de facto unfriendly. Whether they are on the list or not.

“In this case, the list is secondary. But the response to these unfriendly, hostile actions, must be analyzed, no one is going to shoot ourselves in the foot to harm someone. We do what we need to, what suits us, and we’re doing it with a sober head.”

The Russian government last year published a list of “unfriendly” countries. According to Russian state news agencies, there were two countries initially placed on the list — the United States and the Czech Republic.

The news comes as countries around the world are imposing fresh sanctions against Russia over its invasion of Ukraine.

The European Union, United States, United Kingdom, Japan, Switzerland, Australia and Taiwan all hit Moscow with new injunctions over the weekend, condemning the military incursion that unfolded Saturday across the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv.

Nuclear plant workers block access to Russian forces

Hundreds of workers and local people have blocked an access road to a Ukrainian nuclear power plant near the southeastern town of Enerhodar, as Russian forces advance in the area.

Videos posted to the Facebook page of the local authority showed a large crowd carrying Ukrainian flags blocking the road Wednesday morning.

Garbage trucks were also being used to block the thoroughfare.

Dmytro Orlov, mayor of Enerhodar, said on his Facebook page: “We conveyed the position of our city and its residents that the ZNPP [Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant] is under reliable protection, that its workers and residents of Enerhodar are under Ukrainian flags.”

“All municipal services are working in emergency mode. Nobody is going to surrender the city. People are determined,” Orlov added.

Russia informed the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that its military forces have taken control of the territory around the Zaporizhzhia plant, Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said Tuesday.

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