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Africans Trying to leave Ukraine – (screenshot)
(Via Independent) – Scores of African migrants (and students) in Ukraine are being blocked from fleeing to safety as Russian attacks continue to devastate the country, those trying to make border crossings have told The Independent.
Black people living in the region say they have been left to languish with some taking to Twitter in recent days to share accounts of abandonment.
Speaking to The Independent, Osarumen, a father-of-three, said he and his family members were waved away from the border on Saturday and told “No blacks.”
“Since then, I’ve been trying to get myself together and focus as normal but it’s been difficult,” he said.
“In all of my years as an activist, I have never seen anything like this. When I look into the eyes of those who are turning us away, I see bloodshot racism; they want to save themselves and they are losing their humanity in the process.
“I cannot imagine a scenario where white Ukranians would ever be denied asylum so how they’re treating us is unwarranted. It’s baseless. We are all escaping so let’s push a common thread.”
Osarumen, a Nigerian national who has lived in Ukraine since 2009, said he was currently stranded at a train station in Kyiv, the capital city, along with thousands of others and unsure of his next move.
Ukraine strikes back: Kyiv's troops have already shot down five Russian helicopters, destroyed dozens of tanks - and entire battalion 'surrenders'
A TOS-1 “Buratino” heavy flamethrower system firing at the 10th Anniversary International Exhibition of Arms, Military Equipment and Ammunition “Russia Arms Expo 2015 / Getty
CNN’s Frederik Pleitgen reports on the Russians moving a TOS-1 heavy flamethrower that shoots thermobaric rockets near
Kharkiv, Ukraine.The TOS-1 was designed to attack enemy fortified positions and lightly armored vehicles and transports, in open terrain in particular. First combat tests took place in 1988 and 1989 in the Panjshir Valley during the Soviet–Afghan War. The TOS-1 was shown for the first time in public in 1999 in Omsk.
US 'warns Ukraine there will be a full-scale Russian invasion in 48 hours': New reports says Putin's full attack is imminent as Kremlin promises 'painful' response to Biden's sanctions
By Thursday afternoon, battles were ongoing in Kyiiev, along the northern border with Belarus, in Luhansk and Donetsk in the east and around Kherson, the Dneiper River, and the port cities of Odessa and Mariupol in the south.
Few expect Ukraine to emerge victorious from what is almost certain to be a prolonged, bloody, and vicious war - but so far, Kyiv's forces have managed to inflict heavy losses on Putin's troops.
Here MailOnline takes a look at what losses Ukrainian forces have inflicted on Russia:
Few expect Ukraine to emerge victorious from what is almost certain to be a prolonged, bloody, and vicious war
At least 15 T-72 tanks were destroyed or damaged by the Ukrainian forces using the Javelin PTRK, an American anti-tank missile, nearly Glukhov in the country's east late this afternoon
Ukrainian forces have claimed to have shot out of the air at least four Russian KA-52 Alligator attack helicopters during a battle for Gostomel air base. A fifth helicopter (pictured) was forced to make an emergency landing at the field under heavy fire
An image captured near Kyiv shows what appears to be the wreckage of a downed Russian attack helicopter with a soldier parachuting out of it (to the left of the frame)
The attack has come to Ukraine on all fronts with bombs and missiles dropped on targets across the country in the early hours, followed by troop attacks from Crimea, the Donbass, Belgorod and Belarus as well as helicopter landings in Kyiv and at power plants on the Dnieper River. Chernobyl nuclear power plant has also fallen to Russian forces
'The President of Ukraine has been warned Russia will highly likely begin an invasion within 48 hours based on U.S. intelligence,' a U.S. official told the news outlet.
Meanwhile, Russia warned there would be a 'painful' response to sanctions imposed by the United States and its allies against Putin's inner circle as Ukrainian government websites and banks were down after a massive cyberattack.
Mykhailo Fedorov, Ukraine's Minister of Digital Transformation, said government websites are the result of a 'new mass distributed denial-of-service attack.'
It's unclear who is behind the cyber intrusion.
Ukraine's security council declared a nationwide state of emergency on Wednesday as Vladimir Putin boasted of the battle-readiness of Russia's armed forces and President Joe Biden warned of an impending full-scale invasion of the country.
Russian troops are on the move and have entered the eastern region of Ukraine that Russia has recognized as 'independent,' the Latvian prime minister told CNN.
'According to the information at my disposal, Putin is moving additional forces and tanks into the occupied Donbas territories,' Latvian Prime Minister Arturs Krišjānis Kariņš said. 'By any definition that's a crossing of a sovereign territory into a neighboring country.'
A fresh round of sanctions that struck at the heart of Putin's inner circle appear not to be working. Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs called them part of Washington's 'ongoing attempts to change Russia's course,' and added that the pressure will not prove to be a deterrence.
'There should be no doubt that sanctions will receive a strong response, not necessarily symmetrical, but finely tuned and painful to the American side,' the ministry said on Wednesday.
As Russia pulled its diplomats from Kiev, Zelensky called for even harsher sanctions and warned the 'future of European security is being decided now, here in Ukraine.'
Ukraine's security council has declared a nationwide state of emergency, a top security official has said, as Vladimir Putin (left) boasted of the battle-readiness of Russia's armed forces; Ukraine's Security Council secretary Oleksiy Danilov (above right)said that Ukraine would introduce a 30-day period of emergency in a ramping up of precautions as Russian troops and blood supplies headed to frontlines in what US officials said were 'plans for war'
Putin is thought to be planning a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, having recognised two areas in the east of the country as independent earlier this week. Rebels already hold part of that territory (in dark red) but Putin has recognised a much-wider region (shaded red) amid fears he will now try to seize it
Russia has up to 190,000 troops backed by tanks, artillery, fighter jets and bombers surrounding Ukraine from three sides, as the US warns of a full-scale invasion of the whole country including an attack on the capital, Kiev
Russian armored vehicles at the railway station in Rostov region, Russia
The Russian Embassy in Kiev where its flag does not appear to be flying amid reports Moscow has recalled its diplomats
The U.S. targeted with sanctions Alex Bortnikov, the head of Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (Russia's principal security agency); Putin's deputy chief of staff Sergey Keriyenko; and Promsvyazbank CEO Pyotr Fradkov
Russia's lap-dog parliament yesterday handed Putin the necessary authority to use the country's military abroad, paving the way for a full-scale invasion of Ukraine (file image, Russian troops on training exercises)
A U.S. F-35 fighter jet flies over the Eifel Mountains near Spangdahlem, Germany
Russia has for months been massing troops, tanks, and support vehicles (pictured) on the border with Ukraine and is now thought to have up to 190,000 men ready to attack the country
Russian armoured troop transports are pictured in an assembly area, amid fears they could soon roll across the border and into Ukraine - sparking the most-serious war in Europe for decades
Russia has alternately claimed to be staging routine training exercises in its border regions, withdrawing its forces and reinforcing its allies in the region - all of which has been dismissed by the West as pretense (pictured, a Russian soldier)
A Russian attack on Urkaine could start in the Donbass region (top right) with attempts to expand rebel-held areas, that could either be in coordination with or before a much wider assault on the entire country (top right). Should the fighting spill over Ukraine's borders, it could drag in NATO forces stationed in Europe (bottom centre)