Ukraine war: Russia escalates attacks on civilian areas as forces close on main cities

An armed man stands by the remains of a Russian military vehicle in Bucha, close to the capital Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, March 1, 2022.
An armed man stands by the remains of a Russian military vehicle in Bucha, close to the capital Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, March 1, 2022. Copyright AP Photo/Serhii Nuzhnenko
By Alasdair SandfordAlice Tidey with AP, AFP
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An airstrike hit a TV tower in Kyiv on Tuesday as Putin's forces targeted key infrastructure and warned residents to flee. Meanwhile civilians were killed in intensified shelling of Kharkiv.

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Russia escalated its attacks on Ukraine on Tuesday, unleashing a campaign of violence in urban areas as its forces closed in on the main cities. The long military convoy outside Kyiv continues to advance slowly on the capital.

Ukraine's second city Kharkiv saw more civilian casualties as Russian forces intensified their bombardment, hitting residential areas.

Ukrainian authorities said five people were killed in an airstrike on Kyiv's main TV tower, on the site of a World War II Holocaust memorial. "History repeating," said President Volodomyr Zelenskyy.

Russia says it plans to target key security infrastructure in the capital, warning residents to flee. Moscow has denied targeting civilian areas, despite mounting evidence to the contrary.

President Zelenskyy called on the European Union during an emotional address to MEPs to "prove that you are with us."

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