Sunday, 26th February 2022, Russian forces blew up a gas pipeline near Kharkiv on Saturday, Ukraine reported. Meanwhile, the United States and a number of allies have praised a plan to limit Russia’s financial capabilities. Earlier in the day, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that Kyiv had repelled Russian attacks overnight and that his army was still in command of the capital. As Russian troops closed in, Ukraine said Russian missiles hit an apartment complex in Kyiv.
According to a senior US Defense official, Russia has seen stronger pushback from Ukrainian soldiers than it expected, but Moscow still has “considerable combat strength” at its disposal. According to the individual, who did not want to be identified, the US has signs that the battle in Ukraine is progressing “not quite the way that they [Moscow] had planned.” “Their [Russians’] impetus has slowed over the previous 24 hours, notably in Kyiv,” the diplomat said.
In the early hours of Saturday local time, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that a Russian assault on Kyiv was approaching. On Friday night, sounds of conflict could be heard from within the city. Russian armored battalions are approaching Kyiv from numerous directions in an attempt to encircle the capital, according to the UK ministry, but “continue to face significant resistance from the Ukrainian Armed Forces.” Despite Russian gains on Friday, Ukraine retains control of its “important cities,” according to the ministry.