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Moscow steps up assault on residential areas, Biden closes U.S. airspace to Russian planes

As Russia intensifies its military campaign, some civilians in Kyiv are taking up arms. Others are preparing food. Everyone is doing something to help. (Video: Whitney Shefte, Jorge Ribas/The Washington Post, Photo: Heidi Levine for The Washington Post/The Washington Post)
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DNIPRO, Ukraine — With a massive convoy of Russian troops idling just 20 miles north of central Kyiv and shelling intensifying from the capital to cities across Ukraine, Moscow appeared to escalate its attacks on residential areas Tuesday, with videos and social media posts documenting the devastation and fierce fighting.

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Moving quickly into the Ukraine crisis at the beginning of his speech, Biden declared, “American diplomacy matters. American resolve matters.” Russian President Vladimir Putin “thought the West wouldn’t respond,” Biden said as he launched into the measures he and the rest of the West have taken to isolate Russia. “He thought he would divide us at home,” Biden said amid frequent interruptions for standing ovations across the aisle. “But Putin was wrong.”
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As Biden announced a Justice Department task force to go after Russian oligarchs, he used language quite similar to what one of the most hawkish Republicans in Congress said: “We are joining with our European allies to find and seize your yachts, your luxury apartments, your private jets,” Biden said Tuesday. Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) last week noted that imposing sanctions on oligarchs is quite bipartisan and said: “I want to see cops go in and take apartments, fine art, and seize yachts from a bunch of thugs and crooks.”