Ukraine war: Huge Russian convoy advances on Kyiv as Moscow sanctions begin to bite

This satellite image provided by Maxar Technologies shows the northern end of a convoy at the southeast of Ivankiv, north west of Kyiv, Ukraine, Monday Feb. 28, 2022.
This satellite image provided by Maxar Technologies shows the northern end of a convoy at the southeast of Ivankiv, north west of Kyiv, Ukraine, Monday Feb. 28, 2022. Copyright Satellite image ©2022 Maxar Technologies via AP
Copyright Satellite image ©2022 Maxar Technologies via AP
By Euronews with AFP, AP
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A 25-kilometre military convoy closed in on Kyiv on Monday night, after intensified shelling of Ukraine's second city Kharkiv. More global sanctions have left Moscow increasingly isolated.

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Russian forces closed in on the capital, Kyiv, on Monday night in a 25-kilometre convoy of hundreds of tanks and other vehicles. 

The number of civilian casualties continues to rise as Russian forces bombard Ukrainian cities, and the UN says half a million people have now fled abroad.

The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court says he plans to open an investigation “as rapidly as possible” into possible war crimes and crimes against humanity in Ukraine.

Monday saw a series of intensified sanctions and bans on Russian economic and sporting activity, leaving Vladimir Putin increasingly isolated on the world stage.

See our blog below for a summary of Monday's updates:

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