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(NEW YORK) – Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “special military operation” in neighboring Ukraine began Feb. 24, with Russian forces invading from Belarus in the north and Russia in the east. Ukrainian troops offered “fierce resistance”, according to US officials.

The Russian military has since launched a large-scale ground offensive in the disputed Donbass region of eastern Ukraine, capturing the strategic port city of Mariupol and securing a coastal corridor to the Crimean peninsula annexed to Moscow.

Here’s how the news evolves. All times Eastern:

June 26, 3:32 p.m.

Ukrainian forces attack Russian-controlled oil rig

A Russian-controlled oil rig in the Black Sea came under Ukrainian bombardment on Sunday, the second attack in a week, Russian media TASS reported.

A Crimean emergency services spokesman said no one was injured in the attack on the platform operated by oil and gas company Chernomorneftegaz.

Russian-backed officials seized the Chernomorneftegaz oil rigs from Ukraine’s national gas operator Naftogaz as part of Moscow’s annexation of the Crimean peninsula in 2014, according to Reuters.

This is the second attack in a week on the same Chernomorneftegaz oil rig.

On June 20, Ukrainian forces shelled the platform in the Black Sea, injuring three of the 109 people on the drilling platform at the time, according to Crimean officials. Seven people are still missing, officials said.

More than 90 people were evacuated from the platform after the previous attack and 15 people had remained on site to monitor operations, Sergey Aksyonov, the governor of Russian-controlled Crimea.

June 26, 2:43 p.m.

250 civilians evacuated from Severodonetsk chemical plant

About 250 Ukrainian civilians were evacuated from a chemical plant where they sought refuge in the besieged city of Severodonetsk in eastern Ukraine, an official said.

Rodion Miroshnik, ambassador of the Luhansk People’s Republic to Russia, said the civilians were safely evacuated from the Azot chemical plant in Severodonetsk.

“Soldiers of the LPR people’s militia evacuated around 250 other people, including young children, from the premises of the Severodonetsk Azot plant,” Miroshnik said on social media on Sunday.

He added that the evacuation came a day after around 200 civilians were evacuated from the chemical plant.

After months of heavy fighting, Russian troops took full control of Severodonetsky over the weekend, according to Oleksandr Striuk, head of the city’s military administration.

June 26, 2:35 p.m.

1 killed, 6 injured in missile strike on Kyiv

One person was killed and six others injured, including a child, following a Russian missile strike in the Ukrainian capital on Sunday, officials said.

The Russian shelling of Kyiv hit a residential building in the city, according to Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko.

Klitschko said at least six people were injured in the attack, including a 7-year-old girl. He said the girl was undergoing surgery on Sunday for non-life-threatening injuries.

Klitschko said the girl’s mother was also injured in the attack.

A missile strike occurred in the Shevchenkivskyi district near central Kyiv, officials said.

June 26, 7:11 a.m.

No more ‘barbarism’ from Russia, says Biden on Kyiv strike

President Joe Biden said on Sunday the early morning Russian missile strikes on Kyiv were an act of “barbarism”.

As Biden stood alongside German Chancellor Olaf Scholz at the official G7 welcoming ceremony, ABC News’ Karen Travers asked if he had a reaction to the strikes in a residential area.

“Yeah, it’s more of their barbarism,” Biden said.

A missile hit an apartment building in Shevchenkivskyi, near central Kyiv, on Sunday morning, killing at least one and trapping others in the rubble, local officials said.

-Sarah Kolinovsky of ABC News

June 26, 05:03

US to ban Russian gold imports

The Biden administration and other G7 leaders will announce an import ban on Russian gold on Sunday.

“This is a key export, an alternative revenue stream for Russia, in terms of being able to transact in the global financial system,” a senior administration official told reporters during a briefing. conference call on the G7 summit in Germany. step cuts off that capability and again, is a continuing illustration of the kinds of actions the G7 can take collectively to continue to isolate Russia and cut it off from the global economy.

The Treasury Department is expected to issue an official notice on Tuesday.

Gold is Russia’s second largest export after oil and an important source of revenue, but much of Russia’s gold export has already been effectively interrupted by banks, refiners and shippers. Sunday’s move marks Russia’s formal separation from the global gold market.

The United States and the United Kingdom are participating in Sunday’s announcement, but it is unclear whether all G7 countries will participate in the initiative. A Biden administration official tried to downplay concerns about possible disunity among G7 member states, instead moving to a talking point about efforts to cut off all financial avenues for Russia.

Pressed on whether Russia could continue to export gold through a country that does not participate in the ban, officials insisted that the ban would be effective.

“We will continue to identify where escape as a risk continues to take action to block these buffers, an official said. seek to engage with the financial system, by virtue of all the other avenues that are now cut off to them.

-Sarah Kolinovsky of ABC News

June 26, 3:30 a.m.

Russian strike traps Kyiv woman in rubble

Rescuers in Kyiv are working to free a woman from the top floor of a residential building hit by a Russian strike on Sunday morning.

An adviser to the Home Secretary told ABC News the woman, who is in her 30s, is alive and trapped in the rubble.

At least one civilian was killed in Sunday’s strike, local officials said. At least one other, a young girl, was rescued from the building in Shevchenkivskyi, a central neighborhood moments from the city’s historic center.

-Tom Sufi Burridge of ABC News

June 26, 2:55 a.m.

Missiles hit residential area in central Kyiv

A series of Russian missiles struck a residential area in Kyiv, Ukraine on Sunday morning, local officials said.

“Friends! Search and rescue operations are underway at a residential building in Shevchenkivskyi district where a missile was hit,” Mayo Vitaliy Klychko said on Telegram. “There are people under the rubble. Some residents have been evacuated, two victims have been hospitalized. Rescuers continue to work, doctors are on site.”

At least one residential building appears to have had sections of its facade sheared off, photos from the scene showed. Emergency responders could be seen working on the upper floors of the building as smoke rose into the morning sky.

“Several explosions in the Shevchenkivskyi district,” Klychko said. “Paramedics and rescue workers on site. Residents are rescued and evacuated to two houses.”

At least one missile was shot down by Ukrainian air defenses, Oleksiy Kuleba, head of the Kyiv regional administration, said on Telegram.

“The remnants of the missile fell on the outskirts of one of the villages in the area,” Kuleba said.

-Natalia Kushnir of ABC News

June 24, 9:01 a.m.

Ukrainian forces withdraw from Severodonetsk

Ukrainian forces plan to withdraw from the city of Severodonetsk after weeks of fighting.

The local governor said Friday morning “it doesn’t make sense” to keep the city and “the number of people killed will increase every day”, in a statement on Telegram.

The city faced heavy rocket bombardment and street-to-street fighting between Ukrainian and Russian troops for weeks.

Ukrainian officials said nearly 90% of buildings in Severodonetsk have been destroyed.

It is believed that 8,000 civilians remain. At one point, hundreds of civilians took shelter in a chemical plant.

-Joe Simonetti of ABC News

June 23, 2:58 p.m.

Ukraine obtains candidate status for EU membership

The European Council has granted Ukraine and Moldova candidate status for EU membership, European Council President Charles Michel tweeted.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy hailed the announcement on Twitter, calling it a “unique and historic moment”, adding that “Ukraine’s future is within the EU”.

It could take years for Ukraine to become a member of the EU. Five other countries which have obtained candidate status are currently negotiating their accession to the EU: Albania, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey.

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