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Ukraine Says 137 Killed In Russia Attack; Missiles Hit Kyiv

Russia-Ukraine Crisis: US and Ukrainian officials say Russia aims to capture Kyiv and topple the government.

Two loud blasts were heard in central Kyiv early Friday, news agency AFP reported early Friday morning. Ukraine’s army said that Russia fired on civilian areas of Kyiv but that Ukraine’s air defence systems repelled “two deadly gifts”, according to a post on its verified Facebook page.

“Horrific Russian rocket strikes on Kyiv,” Ukraine Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba posted on Twitter after explosions were heard in the capital before dawn. “Last time our capital experienced anything like this was in 1941 when it was attacked by Nazi Germany. Ukraine defeated that evil and will defeat this one.”

The attack of Ukraine has welcomed extreme financial assents on Russia. In a discourse from the White House, US President Joe Biden said four additional banks – – including the two greatest, Sberbank and VTB – – would be hit with sanctions by Western approvals. Likewise, send out controls slapped on delicate parts will “remove the greater part of Russia’s cutting edge imports.” The punishments will be serious, and will lastingly affect Russia’s economy, Mr Biden said.

The US President confirmed that for now there was no attempt to put sanctions directly on Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is widely reported to have amassed a huge, secret fortune during his two decades in power.

The Western coalition has however decided against the much talked about move to cut Russia from the SWIFT international payments system despite a plea from Ukraine. The move which would have essentially crippling its banking sector could not take place as the Western coalition could not come to an agreement, Mr Biden said.