KYIV, Ukraine (AFP) – On Wednesday, Russian forces announced the conquest of a Ukrainian port while Russian and Ukrainian troops fought for control of another major centre, and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky declared Moscow sought to “obliterate” his country.

On the seventh day of the invasion, the Russian army announced that it had gained control of the Black Sea port of Kherson in southern Ukraine, as the war escalated.

According to Ukrainian soldiers, Russian paratroopers also landed in Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city, causing street skirmishes.

Ukraine’s leader said a strike on a television mast in the capital Kyiv on Tuesday highlighted Russia’s danger to Ukrainian identity, after Washington labelled Russian President Vladimir Putin a “dictator.”

Five individuals were murdered in the attack on the Babi Yar tower, which was the site of a Nazi slaughter that killed over 33,000 people, the most of them were Jews.

“They have no idea what our capital is like. Regarding our past. However, they have been given orders to obliterate our past. Remove our nation off the map. Delete all of us, “In a video, Zelensky stated.

The 44-year-old, who is Jewish himself, asked Jews all across the world to speak out.

“I’m now speaking to all Jews throughout the world. Don’t you see what’s going on? That is why it is critical that millions of Jews all around the world do not keep silent at this time “he stated

“Nazism emerges from the shadows. So make a racket over civilian deaths. Scream over the assassinations of Ukrainians.”

More than 350 people have been murdered in the fighting, including 14 children, according to Ukraine, and the International Criminal Court has begun a war crimes investigation against Russia.

On Tuesday, US President Joe Biden delivered his first State of the Union speech, warning that the sanctions campaign aimed at crippling Russia’s economy will increase and that its billionaires would be targeted.

As members of the US Congress offered a standing ovation to the Ukrainian people, Biden praised the Western alliance’s commitment and expressed support with them.

“A Russian tyrant invading a foreign nation has global implications,” Biden told legislators, vowing “strong action to ensure that the pain of our sanctions is focused at Russia’s economy.”

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