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3rd World War Is On: Russia Invades Ukraine by Helen Regan, Steve George, Rob Picheta and Jeevan Ravindran, CNN

What exactly does Putin want in Ukraine?

Tensions in Europe have run high in recent weeks on Western fears Russia may invade neighboring Ukraine, which Moscow denied is its intention. President Vladimir Putin has said some of its troops were returning to base after exercises near Ukraine and that his country does not want a war in Europe. But why has Russia amassed thousands of troops and weapons at its borders? The Guardian’s Moscow correspondent Andrew Roth looks at what Putin wants in Ukraine – and why now.

What we’re covering here

  • Massive explosions lit up the night sky near the Ukrainian capital Kyiv and street fighting broke out in the center of the second biggest city Kharkiv early Sunday, as Ukrainian forces attempt to hold back the Russian onslaught. 
  • The White House, along with several EU nations, announced the expulsion of certain Russian banks from SWIFT, the high-security network connecting thousands of financial institutions around the world.
  • Russia is encountering “stiffer than expected” resistance from the Ukrainian military as well as unexpected difficulties supplying its forces, two senior US officials with direct knowledge told CNN.
  • More than 150,000 people have fled Ukraine since Russia’s assault began Thursday, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said Saturday.
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