Fighting intensifies around Ukraine as Russian forces blow up gas pipeline in Kharkiv

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This article was updated at 9:13 a.m. Brussels time.

Invading Russian forces penetrated Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city, where there were reports of mounting civilian casualties on Sunday as fighting intensified across the country.

The Russians also ramped up their attack on Kyiv with continued heavy bombardments, but Ukrainian troops mounted a fierce defense and retained control of the capital, where residents took refuge and braced for inevitable street battles.

The incursion into Kharkiv, reported by the regional governor, suggested the city could soon fall, allowing Russian forces to push south. Russian troops have also made advances near Mariupol, a city on

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