Day five of the Russian intrusion saw an escalation in fighting, even as Russian and Ukrainian representatives held their first face-to-face talks since the dispute began.
Russia is becoming more separated, with President Putin's announcement that he had actually put Russia's nuclear forces on "special" alert triggering extensive alarm.
The Kremlin on Monday stated that Russia's relocation was triggered by comments from UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss and others, something dismissed by the British foreign office.
Russia accused of shelling suburbs
On the ground, lots of people were killed on the 5th day of the Russian intrusion as the city of Kharkiv was struck by heavy rocket fire, according to Ukrainian officials.Videos on social networks revealed rockets landing all over Kharkiv, Ukraine's second city, which has a population of 1.4 million. Hundreds were also reported injured.
Russia has actually previously rejected targeting suburbs.
Meanwhile, Russian and Ukrainian representatives held talks in Belarus. Expectations for an immediate resolution were not high before the conference and after several hours the talks ended, with reports that a 2nd round could happen in the coming days.
As night fell air raid sirens were once again heard in Kyiv and homeowners needed to nestle in the middle of reports of new Russian attacks on the borders of the capital. Satellite images exposed a long convoy of Russian military vehicles heading south towards Kyiv.
' The war has united people as never ever prior to'
Underground and above ground in central Kyiv, increasingly more life has actually been slowing to a stop.The underground metro now just runs a train every hour or 2 and carriages are half empty. On the other hand, people continue to use the stations, deep below the city, as bomb shelters.A few of individuals out on the streets today were Russian-speakers, individuals Russia has accused Ukraine of persecuting.
Tamara speaks great Ukrainian however from her words I can tell her native language is Russian. She says she and her partner are from Kharkiv, a primarily Russian-speaking city in east Ukraine. Russian weapons has hit it greatly today.
She speaks about the tremendous sense of unity, assistance and care amongst Ukrainians and get into tears.A young man approached me with a black AK-47 on his shoulder and a yellow band around his ideal arm - a symbol that he is a civilian volunteer. He is called Artem and uses Russian and Ukrainian blended in his discussion.Artem said that as a Russian-speaker, he 'd never come across any problems in Ukraine before the invasion.
" This war has unified people as never ever in the past," he stated.
A huge refugee crisis
The United Nations' refugee firm says half a million people have now left Ukraine to neighbouring nations. The BBC's Jeremy Bowen saw queues of about a mile (1.6 km) at one of the many border crossings into Poland. He states people are travelling on foot along with in cars and trucks and coaches, and many of those being given the border are kids.
More than 100,000 people are likewise displaced within Ukraine, according to the UN.The BBC's Fergal Keane witnessed angry scenes at Lviv station as desperate households attempted to board trains, with pushchairs raised over the heads of the crowd to the platforms.
Russia's interest rate doubled
Russia doubled its interest rate to 20% as sanctions triggered its currency to plunge in value.The collapse in value of the Russian rouble wears down the currency's buying power and might eliminate the savings of regular Russians.
" There are no dollars, no roubles - absolutely nothing! Well, there are roubles however I am not interested in them," a man queuing at an ATM in Moscow informed the BBC.
There were worries of a possible run on banks in the country, after long lines were seen at atm along with in some food stores.Regardless of the monetary hit the Kremlin stated Russia will "ride out" financial sanctions.
Acts of defiance, bravery - and sabotage
Since the invasion started, videos from social networks have actually showed Ukrainians standing up to Russian soldiers.
Some have angrily faced soldiers while others have actually tried to stop tanks from getting in inhabited areas.Other have used up arms to try to help defend their country. One MP, Lesia Vasylenko, informed the BBC that her father-in-law has trained her to utilize an AK-47
And in the very various area of the Spanish island of Majorca, a Ukrainian sailor confessed attempting to sink a private yacht owned by the head of a Russian state arms company. He informed a judge that it remained in retaliation for attacks in Ukraine and that he was sorry for nothing.