RUSSIA-UKRAINE LIVE: Paratroopers land in Kharkiv after shelling

RUSSIA-UKRAINE LIVE: Paratroopers land in Kharkiv after shelling killed 21, Russian troops capture port city of Kherson, exodus from Kyiv as 80% of Putin’s invasion force now in Ukraine

Russian paratroopers landed in Kharkiv today while armed forces captured the southern city of Kherson and Ukrainians were desperately trying to flee Kyiv.

Fears are growing Russia could intensify bombing on the Ukrainian capital with a 40-mile convoy of tanks and other military vehicles amassed on its outskirts.

It comes after Ukrainian officials said Russian forces fired at the Kyiv TV tower and Ukraine’s main Holocaust memorial in an attack that killed five people.

About 80 per cent of Russian’s invasion force are now said to be in Ukraine, with as many as 15,000 troops – an entire Russian army division – bearing down on Kyiv.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will update MPs on his talks with allies in eastern Europe today as the UK piled more pressure on Russia over its Ukraine invasion.

But he ruled out Nato policing a no-fly zone over Ukraine during his trip to visit allies, saying shooting Russian planes out of the sky was not under consideration.

The Foreign Office is expected to announce further financial sanctions on Moscow banks and also ban all Russia-linked ships from docking at UK ports.

And Joe Biden warned Russia that Vladimir Putin ‘has no idea what’s coming’ as he accused the president of ‘underestimating’ western allies and Ukrainian people.

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