Zelenskyy will lobby Joe Biden, NATO for more support; Russian forces target Kyiv, Chernihiv, Sumy, Kharkiv, Mariupol; Focus on gold and Brent prices

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Live updates from the Russia-Ukraine war:

The Russian-Ukrainian war has entered its second month with the US-led West meeting in Brussels on Thursday to agree to bolster their forces in Eastern Europe and increase military aid to the Ukraine. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has urged people around the world to take to the streets in solidarity with his country, where thousands have been killed, millions have become refugees and cities have been pulverized since Russian President Vladimir Putin launched his invasion on February 24. Ukrainian officials say they repelled the invaders in other areas, notably around the capital Kyiv, thwarting Russian hopes of a quick victory. Zelenskiy, who will address NATO and EU summits via video conference, said he expected “serious action” from Western allies. He reiterated his call for a no-fly zone, although Western leaders dismissed this as a move that would drag them directly into war.

After four weeks of conflict, Russia has failed to capture any major cities and, with its ground advances seemingly stalled, has engaged in aerial bombardment of cities, causing a humanitarian crisis. The Kremlin denies targeting civilians.

The Chief of Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces said Thursday that Russia is still trying to resume offensive operations to capture the cities of kyiv, Chernihiv, Sumy, Kharkiv and Mariupol.

International sanctions have frozen Russia from world trade. But the biggest loophole is an exception for its energy exports. Some EU member states are resisting calls to ban Russian oil and gas because they rely heavily on it.

First post: STI

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