By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent Worthy News
Minsk gave the green light after the increasingly isolated Russian President Vladimir Putin put forces possessing nuclear weapons on high alert, further threatening the West.
The nuclear threats came as the Russian invasion into Ukraine met fierce resistance. Ukraine’s army said Monday it remained in control of Kyiv after reports that hundreds of Russian mercenaries had tried to kill the president and his government in the capital.
Ukrainian troops desperately tried to hold on to the capital as Russia shelled the northern city of Chernihiv all night, Ukraine’s State Emergency Service said.
Blasts were also heard before dawn in Kyiv and second city Kharkiv, Ukrainian officials said.
President Volodymyr Zelensky warned that the next 24 hours – the fifth day of the Russian invasion – would be “crucial” for Ukraine.
However, authorities successfully managed to prevent attacks on the president and other officials by some 400 members of the Wagner Group, a Russian paramilitary force, sources said.
Yet more troubles were underway with the U.S. warning rust Belarus is preparing to send soldiers into Ukraine to support the Russian invasion as soon as Monday.
As the invasion escalated, the Russian rouble plunged to a new low against the dollar in the wake of severe sanctions, as analysts warned of a possible run on Russia’s banks.
Western allies agreed to ban Russia from the international SWIFT payment system, further increasing uncertainty among Russians.
EU members state also approved taking in Ukrainian refugees and bypassing the usual asylum application process. The United Nations was to hold an emergency special session on Monday involving all 193 member countries.
The war has claimed hundreds of Ukrainian lives and the lives of thousands of Russian soldiers, authorities say, though these figures were difficult to verify.
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