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198 Civilians Killed By Russian Forces: Ukraine Health Minister

Kyiv: The Ukraine Health Minister said that 198 civilians have been killed amid the Russian invasion and more than 1,000 others have been wounded. Health Minister Viktor Lyashko said Saturday that there were three children among those killed. His statement was unclear whether the casualties included both military and civilians.

He said another 1,115 people, including 33 children, were wounded in the Russian invasion that began Thursday with massive air and missile strikes and troops forging into Ukraine from the north, east and south.

Prime Minister of Italy, Mario Draghi in a phone conversation has supported Russia’s disconnection from SWIFT, the provision of defense assistance. Ukraine must become part of the EU: Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

Amid the Russian invasion, the internet connection has been badly affected, particularly in the southern and eastern parts of the country where fighting has been heaviest, internet blockage observatory NetBlocks said on Saturday.

France is ready to supply weapons and military equipment to Ukraine. Ukraine Minister of Foreign Affairs Dmytro Kuleba said, “Spoke with my French counterpart, France supports banning Russia from SWIFT. I urged to immediately introduce the third package of EU sanctions to stop the Russian invasion. France is also ready to supply weapons and military equipment to help Ukraine defend itself.”

Czech Republic has also approved their plan to send more arms to Ukraine.

UK Ministry of Defence said, “Russian forces have continued their advance on Kyiv with the bulk of their forces now 30km from the centre of the city. The Ukrainian Armed Forces continue to put up staunch resistance across the country.”

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