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Conte 'can't hide reality' after Spurs eliminated from FA Cup

Teenager Josh Coburn was the hero as Middlesbrough caused another upset in the FA Cup by beating Tottenham in the fifth round in a 1-0 overtime win. (Author: Gardener)

ConteAntonio Conte has vowed to keep working to improve Tottenham after the FA Cup shock Teenager Josh Coburn was the hero as Middlesbrough produced another FA Cup upset by beating Tottenham in the fifth round with a 1-0 win defeated in overtime. Boro sat out Manchester United on penalties at Old Trafford in the fourth round and continued in style to beat Spurs, with 19-year-old Josh Coburn deciding the tie in the 107th minute. The Championship side were consistently the better side, booking their place in the quarter-finals and ensuring Spurs end another season without a trophy after a pathetic performance on Teesside. "Today we're talking about a defeat," said Spurs head coach Antonio Conte after the end. How the teams lined up | Match StatisticsFA Cup Results | FA Cup games Who knows how Conte will react further to this loss as their inconsistency continues to hamper any progress and this result could have implications for his long term future as well as that of Harry Kane whose desire to win silverware has consistently not will be met Spurs. Only a strong Premier League result and late promotion to the top four can save this season, but that looks far-fetched judging by this evidence. Ryan Sessegnon charged down the left but his cross was intercepted by Harry Kane waiting to intervene and then Boro defender Dael Fry produced a fine tackle to thwart Dejan Kulusevski after slamming into the area from the other flank had stormed. It was another breakthrough on the right that gave Tottenham their best chance in the 39th minute when Kulusevski freed Matt Doherty and the Irishman got the ball in front of goalkeeper Joe Lumley, who sped out of his net but his shot was on an open goal unpredictable and flew over. Doherty had another chance shortly after, but he dragged a shot wide from the edge of the area as Spurs tried to take control. Boro got off to a good start in the second half and should have taken the lead in the 55th minute, but Matt Crooks, one of the heroes of the Manchester United win, put a free header from Jonny Howson's corner over the bar when he had it should bury . Spurs offered a response when Eric Dier forced Lumley into a good save from a 25-yard free-kick before Spurs thought they had taken the lead from the corner. Both sides had chances to win it in regulation time when Howson headed over the goal from a corner after Isaiah Jones charged into the box and fired straight at Hugo Lloris, while Son headed an injury-time chance straight at Lumley than he should have scored. The hosts sensed another upset and had Tottenham on the rack for the first 15 minutes of added time. McNair shot just wide and Marcus Tavernier found space at the far post but shot straight at Lloris and Spurs survived. But it was only a matter of time before Boro received her reward and Coburn wrote his name in folklore. He was brought in on the bottom right while Emerson Royal held him to the side and shot past Lloris to set off crowd scenes of celebration on the Riverside. It was nervous in the end as Lumley somehow fended off a deflected attempt from Dier, but they held on to complete a famous night. Disappointed Conte at missed chances and Spurs inconsistency Tottenham manager Antonio Conte: “We missed a good chance to go through to the next round and play in the quarter-finals of an important competition like the FA Cup. For the final there is certainly a disappointment result. I think that kind of game, especially when you play away, against a team that plays in the [Championship], you have to know the level of difficulty.” Because of this, we had to try – in a sporting way – to kill the opponents quickly . We had chances to score, but didn't take them. In the end, Middlesbrough won the game and deservedly advanced to the next round. "Today we're talking about a loss. The last game we won. The last game we won. Two games ago we lost. Two games ago we lost. Three games ago we won. Three games ago we won.Middlesbrough boss Chris Wilder: "In the first 15 to 20 minutes we gave the ball away cheaply, but after that we grew into it and built up a little bit of momentum. But I found that, especially in the second half, we played the found the right balance."We created some really big chances and I would have been disappointed for the whole football club [if we hadn't won] because I think we created enough to put our noses forward. Follow." Tottenham Hotspur with Sky Sports Follow every' Tottenham game in the Premier League this season with our live blogs on Sky Sports website and app and see match highlights k shortly after full-time for free. Do you want the Tottenham news? Bookmark our Tottenham news page, see Tottenham fixtures and the latest Tottenhams View Tottenham results, goals and videos, follow Premier League standings and see which Tottenham games are streaming live on Sky Sports. Get all this and more - including notifications sent straight to your phone - by downloading the Sky Sports Scores app and set Tottenham as your favorite team. 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Blinken calls strike at Holocaust memorial in Kyiv 'appalling'

Russia has stepped up the war effort, and President Putin has ordered his country's deterrent forces - including nuclear weapons - to be placed on high alert. Follow here for live news updates from on the ground in Ukraine. (Author: Gardener)

KyivWhat we're reporting on Rockets fell at a maternity hospital, a Holocaust memorial and near a TV tower in Kyiv after the Russian military warned of "high-precision strikes." Ukraine has denied that Russian troops have taken the southern city of Kherson. US President Joe Biden condemned the Russian invasion and pledged solidarity with the Ukrainian people in his State of the Union address on Tuesday evening. According to the United Nations, more than half a million refugees fled Ukraine during the Russian invasion. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a tweet on Tuesday that he was "appalled" by the rocket attack near the Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial in Kyiv, where tens of thousands of Jews were massacred in the Holocaust. We condemn this brutal war against Ukraine," he wrote. The Holocaust memorial was hit by a rocket, Ukrainian authorities said on Tuesday. "Putin is trying to distort and manipulate the Holocaust in order to stage an illegal invasion of a sovereign democratic Landes is absolutely abhorrent," said Natan Sharansky, the website's advisory board chairman. He added that it was "symbolic" that the attack took place, in which an estimated 70,000 to 100,000 people were shot by the Nazis. It's 7:30 a.m o'clock in Kyiv. Here's the latest on Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Almost a week since Russia began its invasion, President Vladimir Putin's forces have occupied several border regions of Ukraine and are stepping up attacks on Kyiv. Here's what you need to know : Biden's speech: US President Joe Biden condemned Russia's invasion in his State of the Union address Tuesday night, in which he sat gt that the US would close its airspace to Russian planes and launch an investigation into Russian oligarchs. But he reiterated that the US would not send troops to Ukraine. Kyiv struck: The Ukrainian capital came under rocket fire on Tuesday, hitting a Holocaust memorial and a maternity hospital hours after the Russian military warned of "precision strikes" and told nearby civilians to flee. Cities Overwhelmed: Russian forces also attacked other key cities, increasing the bombardment of Ukraine's second largest city, Kharkiv, in the northeast and breaching a heavily contested port city in the south. The Russian military appears to have taken the center of Kherson, a strategically important city north of the Crimean peninsula. Crimea has been held by Russia since its annexation in 2014. Death toll: The United Nations said at least 136 people, including 13 children, have been killed in Ukraine since the invasion began, although the true figure is likely much higher. Ukraine's Interior Ministry reported higher figures on Sunday, saying 352 civilians had died and 1,684 injured since the Russian invasion. Zelenskyy to CNN: In an exclusive interview with CNN and Reuters, from a bunker, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy urged President Biden to deliver a strong and "useful" message about the Russian invasion during his State of the Union address. Asked if he thinks Ukraine is wasting its time talking to Russia, he said, "We'll see." Separately, Zelenskyy made an impassioned plea to European leaders on Tuesday that he Grant Ukraine immediate EU membership. Russia-Ukraine Talks: Officials from both countries met on Monday for the first time since the invasion began. Russian state media reported that a second round of talks will be held on Wednesday, but Ukrainian officials are yet to confirm. South Korea to ban 7 Russian banks under international sanctions South Korea will ban financial transactions with seven major Russian banks and their subsidiaries as part of its economic sanctions against Russia. The country's Treasury Department released a detailed sanctions plan on Tuesday after consulting with the US Treasury Department. The seven Russian banks are Sberbank, VEB, PSB, VTB, Otkritie, Sovcom and Novikom. The ban follows the US grace period for sanctions and exceptional transactions will be allowed for agriculture, Covid-19 drugs and energy support. The ministry "strongly recommended" local public and financial institutions to stop investing in Russian government bonds issued after Wednesday. South Korea will also "immediately" block Russian banks from the global SWIFT payment system once the European Union finalizes its detailed plan, the ministry added. Biden on new measures: Putin has "no idea what's coming" US President Joe Biden has on Tuesday condemned Russian President Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine - and warned of further measures to punish Russia. "Tonight I say no more to the Russian oligarchs and corrupt leaders who have extorted billions of dollars from this violent regime," Biden said during his State of the Union address, announcing a new task force under the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate Russian oligarchs." We join forces with our European allies to find and seize their yachts, their luxury apartments and their private jets. The US is also closing its airspace to Russian planes, joining a number of countries that have taken similar measures over the past week to "further isolate Russia," Biden said. Then he added, referring to Putin: "He has no idea what's coming." "Putin has unleashed violence and chaos. But while he can make gains on the battlefield -- he's going to pay a sustained heavy price in the long run," Biden said. Biden tells Americans 'now is the hour' for US to save democracyUS President Joe Biden gave an upbeat note in the packaging of his first State of the Union address, citing the reaction of the American people and lawmakers in the chamber In his speech, which focused on the war in Ukraine before turning to domestic political challenges, Biden said the American people were ready for the task ahead of him of keeping the world united in the face of autocracy. "Now is the hour, our moment of responsibility, examination of r Esolve and conscience, of history itself. Our future is forged," Biden concluded. We will pass the test. As tough as those times were, I am more optimistic about America today than I have ever been in my life.” Standing ovation: Speaking to political leaders in Washington, Biden began his State of the Union address with a clear message to the world: The West is unanimous in its response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine and condemns the Russian leader for his aggression. Just before the speech began, Biden encouraged everyone in attendance to show that support with a loud standing ovation, saying the US and its allies have "an unwavering resolve that liberty will always triumph over tyranny." has pushed the world's democracies to strengthen their resolve to counter the rising autocracies. “Six days ago, Russia's Vladimir Putin tried to shake the foundations of the free world because he thought he could make them bow to his menacing ways. But he miscalculated badly,” Biden said. “He thought he could roll to Ukraine and the world would turn. He met the Ukrainian people.” He added: “Let each of us in this room tonight send an unequivocal signal to Ukraine and to the world Strike in town west of Kyiv shreds several blocks of flatsA Russian military strike ripped through two blocks of flats on Tuesday destroyed in Borodyanka, about 50 kilometers from the center of Kiev. (From Facebook) A Russian military strike in the small Ukrainian town of Borodyanka on Tuesday destroyed two blocks of flats, videos posted on social media showed. Borodyanka, some 50 kilometers from central Kiev, is the latest civilian area to come under a hail of Russian munitions as President Vladimir Putin's forces advance on the capital. CNN cannot verify whether there were any casualties or deaths in the military strike in Borodyanka. CNN has reached out to Ukraine's Interior Ministry for comment but has yet to receive a response. Borodyanka's videos were geolocated and their authenticity verified by CNN. "Look what's happening," shouts a man in video taken shortly after the military strike, while smoke still billows nearby and the bombed-out apartment complexes are in view. "They bomb everything." Videos showed a restaurant on the first floor of the complex being reduced to rubble. Additional videos show the extent of the destruction, with the ground behind the complex littered with burning cars. Parts of the residential buildings have collapsed, with significant parts of the facades missing. A nearby playground is on fire, and the swing benches and slides are littered with debris and splintered trees. "A plane flew by twice and dropped three or four bombs here," says another man in one of the videos. My God!” Up front, near the restaurant's destroyed walls, another video shows the roadway strewn with debris and the bent metal frame of a vehicle. "The Russian world has come to us," says a man in the video. "Just look at what they did." A rocket hit a private maternity hospital near Kyiv in Ukraine on Tuesday, according to the Facebook post of Adonis maternity hospital chief Vitaliy Gyrin. “A rocket hit the maternity hospital. All were evacuated,” Gyrin wrote on his Facebook page. Gyrin also specifically asked people not to come to the clinic: "The most important thing is that you don't come to get someone from here now. That's for sure.” Gyrin also posted photos on his Facebook page showing the damaged building of Adonis Clinic President of Ukraine Andriy Yermak. The memorial is located near the Kiev TV tower, which was also damaged on Tuesday. CNN's Matthew Chance was interviewing Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy when Yermak Zelenskyy announced that the Holocaust memorial had been hit. The Babyn Yar Holocaust memorial has since released a statement confirming that the memorial was attacked by Russian forces. According to a statement, the chairman of the memorial's advisory board, Natan Sharansky, said: "Putin is trying to distort and manipulate the Holocaust to justify an illegal invasion of a sovereign democratic country. It is symbolic that he is beginning to attack Kyiv by bombed the site of Babyn Yar, the Nazis' biggest massacre." The statement continues: "We remind the Russian leadership that Kyiv, Kharkiv, Kherson, Mariupol and other Ukrainian cities last suffered massive bombing by Nazi Germany during World War II were, now they burn under the blows of Putin's army, under the false and insolent narrative of 'denazification' of Ukraine and its people.” By CNN's Niamh Kennedy in London and James Frater in Hungary The European Parliament adopted a resolution on Tuesday adopted, calling on the institutions of the European Union to “Hi "To work on" granting Ukraine the status of an EU candidate country, it said in a statement. The resolution, which also called on the EU to impose "tougher sanctions" on Russia, was adopted by 637 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs). She "strongly condemned Russia's illegal invasion of Ukraine and called on the Kremlin to stop all military activities in the country." Members also stressed that EU financial sanctions against Russia should go further, stating that "all Russian banks should be excluded from the European financial system and Russia should be excluded from the SWIFT system". “While MEPs welcome the swift passage of EU sanctions, they want to see broader restrictive measures aimed at strategically weakening Russia's economy and industrial base. New EU investments in Russia and new Russian investments in the EU should be banned,” the press release reads. Lawmakers pushed for the extension of a range of sanctions, including the SWIFT ban on Belarus in exchange for its "direct support of the Russian invasion of Ukraine". They also urged EU countries to send Ukraine "expeditious defense weapons, in line with Article 51 of the UN Charter, which allows for individual and collective self-defense." Finally, all sanctions against those responsible for "high-level corruption" in Russia and Belarus, including oligarchs and officials, should be passed "quickly," it said. EU countries operating residency permits, or golden visas as they are commonly known, should “review all beneficiaries of such residency status and revoke those attributed to Russian high net worth individuals and their families, particularly those associated with sanctioned individuals and companies are. "

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"If we can survive Stalin, we can survive Putin"

Russia has stepped up the war effort, and President Putin has ordered his country's deterrent forces - including nuclear weapons - to be placed on high alert. Follow here for live news updates from on the ground in Ukraine. (Author: Gardener)

PutinWhat we're reporting on Rockets fell at a maternity hospital, a Holocaust memorial and near a TV tower in Kyiv after the Russian military warned of "high-precision strikes." Russia appears to have taken the southern city of Kherson after days of heavy fighting and shelling. US President Joe Biden condemned Russia's invasion and pledged solidarity with the Ukrainian people during his State of the Union address on Tuesday night - and reiterated that the US will not send troops to Ukraine. More than half a million refugees fled Ukraine during the Russian invasion, according to the UN. Ukraine's youngest MP: "If we can survive Stalin, we can survive Putin" Sviatoslav Yurash, Ukraine's youngest MP, told CNN on Tuesday that he and other Ukrainians are determined to continue fighting Russia's attack on the capital Kyiv. "My great-grandfather survived Stalingrad, so I think we can survive whatever they throw at us," he said from Kyiv. "We had an unfortunate, tragic, incredible history in the 20th century. So if we survive Stalin, we can survive Putin." Attack. Money, for example, has no real value in times of war - meaning people trade goods instead, he said. So he and his team spend their time organizing supplies, distributing food, providing weapons and medicine, and "trying to be useful in defending our capital," he said. Russia is trying to destroy our nation and we will not allow it,” he said, appalled by reports that Russian bombs have fallen near the Babyn Yar memorial site, killing more people where tens of thousands of Jews were massacred in the Holocaust. We condemn this brutal war against Ukraine,” he wrote. The Holocaust memorial was hit by a rocket, Ukrainian authorities said on Tuesday. said Natan Sharansky, chairman of the site's advisory board. He added it was "symbolic" that the attack took place, in which an estimated 70,000 to 100,000 people were shot by the Nazis. It's 7:30 am in Kyiv. Here's the latest on Russia's invasion of UkraineAlmost a week since Russia began invading, President Vladimir Putin's forces have seized several border regions of Ukraine and are stepping up attacks on Kyiv. Here's what you need to know:Biden's speech: US President Joe Biden condemned the Russian invasion of his state Tuesday night's Union speech, in which she said the US would close its airspace to Russian planes and launch an investigation into Russian oligarchs, but he reiterated that the US would not deploy troops ps to Ukraine. Kiev struck: The Ukrainian capital came under rocket fire on Tuesday, with a Holocaust memorial and a maternity hospital hours after the Russian military warned of "high-precision strikes" and civilians nearby had asked to flee were hit. Cities Overwhelmed: Russian forces also attacked other key cities, increasing the bombardment of Ukraine's second largest city, Kharkiv, in the northeast and breaching a heavily contested port city in the south. The Russian military appears to have taken the center of Kherson, a strategically important city north of the Crimean peninsula. Crimea has been held by Russia since its annexation in 2014. Death toll: The United Nations said at least 136 people, including 13 children, have been killed in Ukraine since the invasion began, although the true figure is likely much higher. Ukraine's Interior Ministry reported higher figures on Sunday, saying 352 civilians had died and 1,684 injured since the Russian invasion. Zelenskyy to CNN: In an exclusive interview with CNN and Reuters, from a bunker, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy urged President Biden to deliver a strong and "useful" message about the Russian invasion during his State of the Union address. Asked if he thinks Ukraine is wasting its time talking to Russia, he said, "We'll see." Separately, Zelenskyy made an impassioned plea to European leaders on Tuesday that he Grant Ukraine immediate EU membership. Russia-Ukraine Talks: Officials from both countries met on Monday for the first time since the invasion began. Russian state media reported that a second round of talks will be held on Wednesday, but Ukrainian officials are yet to confirm. South Korea to ban 7 Russian banks under international sanctions South Korea will ban financial transactions with seven major Russian banks and their subsidiaries as part of its economic sanctions against Russia. The country's Treasury Department released a detailed sanctions plan on Tuesday after consulting with the US Treasury Department. The seven Russian banks are Sberbank, VEB, PSB, VTB, Otkritie, Sovcom and Novikom. The ban follows the US grace period for sanctions and exceptional transactions will be allowed for agriculture, Covid-19 drugs and energy support. The ministry "strongly recommended" local public and financial institutions to stop investing in Russian government bonds issued after Wednesday. South Korea will also "immediately" block Russian banks from the global SWIFT payment system once the European Union finalizes its detailed plan, the ministry added. Biden on new measures: Putin has "no idea what's coming" US President Joe Biden has on Tuesday condemned Russian President Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine - and warned of further measures to punish Russia. "Tonight I say no more to the Russian oligarchs and corrupt leaders who have extorted billions of dollars from this violent regime," Biden said during his State of the Union address, announcing a new task force under the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate Russian oligarchs." We join forces with our European allies to find and seize their yachts, their luxury apartments and their private jets. We come for your ominous gains," he said. The US is also closing its airspace to Russian planes, joining a number of countries that have taken similar measures over the past week "to further isolate Russia," Biden said. Then he added, referring to Putin: "He has no idea what's coming." "Putin has unleashed violence and chaos. But while he can make gains on the battlefield -- he will pay a sustained heavy price in the long run," Biden said. Biden is telling Americans "now is the hour" for the US to embrace democracy Save his first State of the Union address, in which he cited the response of the American people and lawmakers in the House of Representatives to Russia's invasion of Ukraine as reason to be hopeful at a critical moment focused on the war in Ukraine Before turning to domestic challenges, Biden said the American people are ready for the task ahead of them to keep the world united in the face of autocracy."Now is the hour, our moment of responsibility. Ours." Test of resolve and conscience, of history itself. Our future is forged," Biden concluded. We will complete the T est exist. As tough as those times were, I am more optimistic about America today than I have ever been in my life.” Standing ovation: Speaking to political leaders in Washington, Biden began his State of the Union address with a clear message to the world: The West is unanimous in its response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine and condemns the Russian leader for his aggression. Just before the speech began, Biden encouraged everyone in attendance to show that support with a loud standing ovation, saying the US and its allies have "an unwavering resolve that liberty will always triumph over tyranny." has pushed the world's democracies to strengthen their resolve to counter the rising autocracies. “Six days ago, Russia's Vladimir Putin tried to shake the foundations of the free world because he thought he could make them bow to his menacing ways. But he miscalculated badly,” Biden said. “He thought he could roll to Ukraine and the world would turn. He met the Ukrainian people.” He added: “Let each of us in this room tonight send an unequivocal signal to Ukraine and to the world Strike in town west of Kyiv shreds several blocks of flatsA Russian military strike ripped through two blocks of flats on Tuesday destroyed in Borodyanka, about 50 kilometers from the center of Kiev. (From Facebook) A Russian military strike in the small Ukrainian town of Borodyanka on Tuesday destroyed two blocks of flats, videos posted on social media showed. Borodyanka, some 50 kilometers from central Kiev, is the latest civilian area to come under a hail of Russian munitions as President Vladimir Putin's forces advance on the capital. CNN cannot verify whether there were any casualties or deaths in the military strike in Borodyanka. CNN has reached out to Ukraine's Interior Ministry for comment but has yet to receive a response. Borodyanka's videos were geolocated and their authenticity verified by CNN. "Look what's happening," shouts a man in video taken shortly after the military strike, while smoke still billows nearby and the bombed-out apartment complexes are in view. "They bomb everything." Videos showed a restaurant on the first floor of the complex being reduced to rubble. A line of people, wrapped in thick coats, ran away. Additional videos show the extent of the destruction, with the ground behind the complex littered with burning cars. Parts of the residential buildings have collapsed, with significant parts of the facades missing. A nearby playground is on fire, and the swing benches and slides are littered with debris and splintered trees. "A plane flew by twice and dropped three or four bombs here," says another man in one of the videos. My God!” Up front, near the restaurant's destroyed walls, another video shows the roadway strewn with debris and the bent metal frame of a vehicle. "The Russian world has come to us," says a man in the video. "Just look at what they did." A rocket hit a private maternity hospital near Kyiv in Ukraine on Tuesday, according to the Facebook post of Adonis maternity hospital chief Vitaliy Gyrin. “A rocket hit the maternity hospital. All were evacuated,” Gyrin wrote on his Facebook page. Gyrin also specifically asked people not to come to the clinic: "The most important thing is that you don't come to get someone from here now. That's for sure.” Gyrin also posted photos on his Facebook page showing the damaged building of Adonis Clinic President of Ukraine Andriy Yermak. The memorial is located near the Kiev TV tower, which was also damaged on Tuesday. CNN's Matthew Chance was interviewing Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy when Yermak Zelenskyy announced that the Holocaust memorial had been hit. The Babyn Yar Holocaust memorial has since released a statement confirming that the memorial was attacked by Russian forces. According to a statement, the chairman of the memorial's advisory board, Natan Sharansky, said: "Putin is trying to distort and manipulate the Holocaust to justify an illegal invasion of a sovereign democratic country. It is symbolic that he is beginning to attack Kyiv by bombed the site of Babyn Yar, the Nazis' biggest massacre." The statement continues: "We remind the Russian leadership that Kyiv, Kharkiv, Kherson, Mariupol and other Ukrainian cities last suffered massive bombing by Nazi Germany during World War II were now burning under the beatings of Putin's army, under the false and impertinent narrative of the 'denazification' of Ukraine and its people.”

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Fighting intensifies as the Russian column heads for Kyiv

Plus: Russia stepped up shelling on Tuesday in Kharkiv, Ukraine's second largest city, bombing civilian targets there (Author: Gardener)

RussianThe Russian military convoy, seen north of Kyiv, stretches from nearby Antonov Airport south of the city to the northern end of the convoy near Prybirsk (a distance along the road of approximately 40 miles). Russia's war against Ukraine is now in its sixth day, with a kilometer-long convoy of Russian tanks and armored vehicles approaching the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv and ground fighting intensifying. Russia stepped up shelling on Tuesday in Kharkiv, Ukraine's second largest city, shelling civilian targets there. The death toll rose and reports surfaced that more than 70 Ukrainian soldiers were killed after Russian artillery recently hit a military base in Okhtyrka, a town between Kharkiv and the capital Kyiv, in a position to rule the skies. There are mounting fears that Vladimir Putin could become even more ruthless and unleash a world-changing war as Russia becomes increasingly isolated in underground subway stations, basements and other shelters under an avalanche of Western sanctions. Read the latest news on the Russia-Ukraine conflict on today's live blog. Here are the most compelling images as the Russian invasion continues: A satellite image from Planet Labs PBC Wednesday morning appears to show Russian planes stationed at the Luninets airbase in Belarus, some 50km north of the Ukrainian border. An explosion is seen, then smoke billows from the main television tower in Kyiv after a Russian missile attack on the Ukrainian capital's television center. Ukrainian Air Force pilot Colonel Oleksandr Oksanchenko was killed when his jet was shot down over Kyiv by a Russian surface-to-air missile, according to Ukraine's Defense Ministry. Newborns are cared for in a makeshift perinatal center in the basement of the medical complex in Saltivka, a residential neighborhood in Kharkiv. Up to 20 nets are completed daily, which are then rolled up before shipping to cover Ukrainian military equipment. Pro-Russian separatists can be seen next to an abandoned tank on a road between the separatist-controlled settlements of Mykolaivka (Nikolaevka) and Buhas (Bugas) as Russia's invasion of Ukraine in the Donetsk region continues. A view of a military facility destroyed by recent shelling on March 1 in the town of Brovary, outside of Kyiv. A view of a military facility destroyed by recent shelling on March 1 in the town of Brovary, outside of Kyiv. A gunman stands next to a barricade during an air raid on Kyiv's central Maidan Square. A view shows the area near the regional administration building in central Kharkiv... ...as paramedics exit the damaged administration building which city officials said was attacked by the Russians. ... and people clearing the rubble in front of the damaged building after the rocket attack. Newborn twin brothers sleep in a basement used as a bomb shelter at the Okhmadet Children's Hospital in central Kyiv. People tend to a wounded woman after Russian shelling in Kharkiv. People tend to a wounded woman after Russian shelling in Kharkiv. A Ukrainian family enjoys a meal on a refugee resettlement train February 28 in Przemysl, Poland. This video shows another Russian air raid on a building in Kharkiv. A refugee child fleeing Ukraine makes a love heart with his hands while waiting for transport at the Nyugati train station in Budapest, Hungary. An ambulance is seen through the damaged window of a bullet-hit vehicle in Kyiv A striking picture from Kyiv on Monday shows an ambulance seen through the damaged window of a bullet-hit vehicle. Refugees wait for passport control after arriving on a train from Kyiv at Przemysl Central Station in Poland. Mothers and their newborns are living underground while medical workers continue to be cared for at Kyiv's Okhmadyt Hospital. The interior of a wrecked Russian Tigr-M vehicle on a street in Kharkiv. A satellite image shows Russian ground forces north-east of Ivankiv towards Kyiv in Ukraine. A view of an explosion after vehicles carrying allegedly Russian Buk missile systems were hit by a drone on a road near Malyn, Zhytomyr region, Ukraine on February 27. A young mother holds her newborn baby in a basement used as an air raid shelter at the Okhmadet children's hospital in central Kyiv. Cars are stopped at a roadblock set up by civil defenders on a road leading to central Kyiv. An injured child receives treatment after being injured in a car during Russian attacks in Kyiv on February 28. A Russian tank burns in Kharkiv, Ukraine. Ukrainian forces fighting on roads north of Kharkiv A Ukrainian soldier approaches a wrecked Russian vehicle north of Kharkiv. A fighter of the Ukrainian Territorial Defense examines the destroyed Russian infantry fighting vehicle after the firefight a destroyed Russian infantry mobility vehicle GAZ Tigr after the battle in Kharkiv. A Russian T-27 tank burns after being hit by an NLAW anti-tank missile on the southeastern H-12 road to the town of Sumy minutes before crossing into Poland. A woman and child are among thousands of people who have besieged Lviv train station to seek safe passage to Poland. Refugees crossing the border from Ukraine arrive at Przemyśl railway station in Poland. A refugee boy who fled the conflict cries at the train station after arriving in Zahony, Hungary, on Sunday. A woman assesses the damage to a home in Donetsk after a shelling. Anna Semyuk, 33, hugs her son after a stranger brought her children across the border and protected them as they fled Ukraine and arrived in Hungary. Anna Semyuk, 33, hugs her son after a stranger brought her children across the border and protected them as they fled Ukraine and arrived in Hungary. Ukrainian troops escort a man they believe to be a Russian agent in Kyiv. Ukrainian soldiers take position in front of a military installation as two cars burn on a street in Kyiv. A soldier's helmet with a bullet hole near debris of burning military trucks on a street in Kyiv. People duck for cover as an air raid siren sounds near an apartment building damaged by recent shelling in Kyiv. Two people were killed after a Russian missile left this apartment building in Kyiv with a huge hole. Welcome to the world, baby Mia, born in a subway station when bombs were falling in Kyiv. A woman clears debris at a damaged apartment building on Koshytsa Street, a suburb of the Ukrainian capital, where a military shell allegedly fell on Friday. Ukrainian soldiers in a defensive position north of Kharkiv. Ukrainian troops search for duds after fighting with Russians in Kyiv. Ukrainian military volunteers receive weapons at a weapons warehouse in Fastiv. Ukrainian soldiers take up positions in downtown Kyiv and under a bridge as Russia advances its invasion of Ukraine into the outskirts of the capital. A woman and her son look out from an evacuation train from Kyiv to Lviv at the main train station in the Ukrainian capital. Ukrainian citizens will arrive in Poland by train on Friday. Natali Sevriukova next to her apartment building after a rocket attack on the city of Kyiv in the early hours of Friday. A Ukrainian firefighter walks among fragments of a crashed plane in Kyiv on Friday. Helena, 53, was injured by broken glass from a falling mirror after an airstrike hit an apartment complex outside Kharkiv. A burning Russian armored personnel carrier is seen near Hlukhiv in the Sumy region of Ukraine. A Ukrainian soldier lies injured on the side of the road near Bakhmut in eastern Ukraine. Ukrainian forces detain soldiers from the self-proclaimed Lugansk People's Republic captured in an attack on the town of Schast'ye, near the eastern Ukrainian city of Lugansk. Ukrainian military equipment burns outside of Mariupol after an airstrike.

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Russian paratroopers attack Kharkiv as a plan to assassinate Zelenskyy has been foiled

Ukraine-Russia news - live: Russian paratroopers attack Kharkiv as plan to assassinate Zelenskyy thwarted - Russian convoy stretching 40 miles slowly advances towards Ukrainian capital (Author: Gardener)

RussianFive people have died in a Russian airstrike that damaged Kyiv's TV tower, Ukrainian officials said, as Moscow urged residents of the capital to flee alleged "high-precision strikes". Five people have died in a Russian airstrike that damaged Kyiv's TV tower, Ukrainian officials said, as Moscow urged residents of the capital to flee alleged "high-precision strikes". Ukraine's Interior Ministry said TV stations would not broadcast for a while after the explosion in Shevchenkivsky district, which happened near a memorial commemorating the victims of Babyn Yar, one of the largest single massacres of Jews during the Nazi Holocaust . Ukraine's Interior Ministry said TV stations would not broadcast for a while after the explosion in Shevchenkivsky district, which happened near a memorial commemorating the victims of Babyn Yar, one of the largest single massacres of Jews during the Nazi Holocaust . The country says its armed forces thwarted an assassination plot by an elite Chechen special forces unit against President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. The country says its armed forces thwarted an assassination plot by an elite Chechen special forces unit against President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. The head of Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council, Oleksiy Danilov, claimed members of Russia's Federal Security Service briefed Ukrainian officials on the plan and claimed they did not support the war. The head of Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council, Oleksiy Danilov, claimed members of Russia's Federal Security Service briefed Ukrainian officials on the plan and claimed they did not support the war. Fresh explosions and air raid sirens were reported in Kyiv on Tuesday night as the invasion neared its seventh day, amid growing fears that Vladimir Putin's invasion could intensify. Fresh explosions and air raid sirens were reported in Kyiv on Tuesday night as the invasion neared its seventh day, amid growing fears that Vladimir Putin's invasion could intensify. 05:52 , Arpan Rai EV charging stations in Russia have been hacked by a Ukrainian company that helped build them. The messages left by the hackers read: "Putin is a D***head". Social media users said the chargers were disabled, after which they showed pro-Ukrainian messages. "Honor to Ukraine / Honor to Heroes / Putin is an idiot / Death to the enemy," the message said. Biden berates Russian “dictator” Putin in his State of the Union address 05:17 Arpan Rai Joe Biden berates Russian “dictator” Vladimir Putin for invading Ukraine in an unprovoked action and the effectiveness of American diplomacy and the NATO alliance underestimated. They keep moving, and the costs and threats to America and the world keep mounting,” Mr. Biden said when delivering his first State of the Union address. "That's why the NATO alliance was formed, to ensure peace and stability in Europe after World War II." Mr. Biden drew historical parallels to Mr. Putin's actions with other authoritarians. 'Putin was wrong': Biden calls out 'dictator' in State of the Union address 04:08 , Arpan Rai Ukrainian tennis player Elina Svitolina beat Russian player Anastasia at the Monterrey Open on Tuesday and vowed to give her prize money to Ukraine donate army. "I was on a mission for my country," Svitolina said, speaking about her accomplishments during an on-site interview. 03:43 , Arpan Rai The death toll in Ukraine after Thursday - the day the Russian invasion began - has reached 136, the United Nations said on Tuesday. She added: "These are only the casualties that we have been able to cross-check and the actual number of casualties is likely to be much higher." Nearly 400 civilians, including 26 children, were injured, Ms Throssell said. A majority of the casualties were caused by the use of explosive weapons with a wide impact range, including heavy artillery fire and multiple missile systems and airstrikes. Surreal clip of Volodymyr Zelensky in TV comedy about random president resurfaces amid invasion 03:34 , Josh Marcus Social media users are again sharing a surreal video of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky from when he was just a comedian was who played a random president on TV. The video comes from the satirical show Servant of the People, in which a history teacher becomes President of Ukraine after his secretly taped tirade about corruption went viral. In it, Mr. Zelensky characterizes himself as receiving a call from Angela Merkel, who informs him that Ukraine has been admitted to the European Union. pic.twitter.com/1XvBYWlMxg – Vera Bergengruen (@VeraMBergen) March 2, 2022In the real world, the European Parliament has backed Ukraine as an EU candidate, The Independent has reported. European Parliament says Ukraine should become official candidate for EU membership ICYMI: 'My goal was not to die': Ukrainian refugees flee to Hungary as Russia's war worsens 03:24 , Josh Marcus On the third day of the war the bombings became overwhelming, and Vera Rudova concluded that it was time to leave Kyiv, the city where she had lived her whole life. "It was my last chance to get out," she said. The 31-year-old Ukrainian stylist boarded what she said was the last train from Kyiv and made her way from station to station across the vast Ukrainian countryside, squeezing into the trains, first towards Lviv and the Polish border, and then in towards the Hungarian border before finally arriving in Budapest on Tuesday afternoon. "My goal was just not to die and to be safe," she told The Independent as she rested outside Budapest's Nyugati train station, which has been transformed into a makeshift humanitarian aid center for thousands of Ukrainians and others, escaping the invasion of Russia. The Independent's Borzou Daragahi had this news from the front lines of the wartime migration crisis in Ukraine. "My goal was not to die": Ukrainian refugees flee to Hungary as Russia's war worsens "We come for your ominous gains," Biden tells Russian oligarchs during State of the Union 02:54, Josh Marcus benefits President Biden the State of the Union address to reiterate his pledges to crack down on Russian oligarchs linked to the Kremlin, part of his administration's broader response to the invasion of Ukraine. The Justice Department is "assembling a special task force to prosecute the crimes of Russian oligarchs," Biden said, adding that European allies would also join efforts to track down yachts, jets and other luxury goods bought with dirty money . "We come for your ill-gotten gains," Mr. Biden said. A number of Russian yachts have sailed to distant waters ahead of likely prosecution in connection with Ukraine, The Independent reported. Why Biden is against a 'no-fly zone' over Ukraine 01:54 , Josh Marcus The United States has enforced three no-fly zones in short history of military tactics; in Libya, Iraq and Bosnia. Ukraine will not be fourth if Joe Biden holds his ground. The President has so far rejected direct appeals from Volodymyr Zelenskyy and increasing political pressure from retired generals and soon-to-be retired congressmen to "control the skies". Danger for Russian aircraft from the NATO alliance. The intended target group is Vladimir Putin, whose nuclear arsenal poses a greater threat than either Muammar Gaddafi or Saddam Hussein, with or without his alleged weapons of mass destruction. Read more about Justin Vallejo's coverage for The Independent below. Why Biden is against a 'no-fly zone' over Ukraine Ukrainian ministry trolls Russia with fundraiser to 'send Putin to Jupiter in a rocket' 01:24 , Josh Marcus Ukraine may have introduced a former comedian as president in a humorous new campaign to to draw attention to Russia's invasion and to raise funds for reconstruction. Deputy Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov took to Twitter on Tuesday to announce a fundraiser to "send Putin to Jupiter on a rocket." “Everyone wants Putin to die. Until that happens, let's give Ukrainians and the whole world a unique opportunity: send Putin to Jupiter," he wrote on Twitter, alongside a picture of the Russian leader in a cartoon rocket. All funds go to restoring the destroyed infrastructure!” Everyone wants Putin to die. Until that happens, let's give Ukrainians and the whole world a unique opportunity: send Putin to Jupiter. https://t.co/rgovgICteq pic.twitter.com/hFi5i9wdvy— Mykhailo Fedorov (@FedorovMykhailo) March 1, 2022The campaign has raised more than $2 million for the Ukrainian government, it claims. 00:46 , Josh Marcus A Ukrainian MP slams Joe Biden for sparing Vladimir Putin's energy sector from sanctions and says the US cares more about the price of gas than the number of people killed in the war with Russia . Oleksandra Ustinova launched a media blitz with CBS, MSNBC and Fox News ahead of the president's State of the Union address to urge a stronger response, including tougher sanctions and a "no-fly zone" over Ukraine. "So let's be honest about it. You care if you pay 50 cents more on your gas prices or how many people are dying in Ukraine," she said during an appearance on Fox News. Biden 'ready to respond directly' if bombs fall in Ukraine as he speaks 00:44, Josh Marcus Joe Biden is reportedly ready to respond directly if bombs fall in Ukraine during his State of the Union address. Aware of the potential for a literal "split-screen" moment, where TV channels could choose to broadcast his speech alongside events in Ukraine, the President has been working to include the latest news from Kyiv or others "The 9 p.m. ET speech will take place around the same time that shelling and strikes usually begin in the early hours of the morning in Ukraine," CNN said Tuesday ahead of the president's second address to both houses of Congress and official his first State of the Union address. The Independent is following this story in detail. Biden 'ready to respond directly' if bombs fall in Ukraine as he speaks The other refugees: US restarts Iraqi visa program for former allies 00:34 , Josh Marcus Refugees fleeing Russian invasion of Ukraine have "The United States has quietly resumed a program for another vulnerable population: Iraqis who served alongside US interests during the American occupation have an opportunity to seek refuge in the United States," the State Department said Tuesday in an explanation. The opportunity to emigrate to the US would be welcome news for the many Ukrainians displaced by the war. Read more about The Independent's Refugees Welcome campaign, which aims to help people fleeing violence and persecution in Ukraine. At least two dead in airstrikes near a hospital, Ukrainian officials claim from Kyiv. The true number of the attack was not yet known as scores of rescuers worked to clear the debris and extinguish fires after the attack, which took place around 10:15 p.m. local time, the government said. The blast also damaged windows in the city hospital building, and people are likely trapped in the rubble of the damaged apartment buildings, the ministry said on Telegram. Hellish scenes from the Ukrainian city of Zhytomyr west of Kyiv after a Russian attack there. Apparently suspicion of an air attack or a cruise missile. pic.twitter.com/Cx4R43ERPT — Patrick Reevell (@Reevellp) March 1, 2022

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Live updates Russia invades Ukraine

Russia has stepped up the war effort, and President Putin has ordered his country's deterrent forces - including nuclear weapons - to be placed on high alert. Follow here for live news updates from on the ground in Ukraine. (Author: Gardener)

UkraineWhat we're reporting on Rockets fell at a maternity hospital, a Holocaust memorial and near a TV tower in Kyiv on Tuesday, after the Russian military warned of "high-precision strikes." US President Joe Biden condemned Russia's invasion and pledged solidarity with the Ukrainian people during his State of the Union address on Tuesday night - and reiterated that the US will not send troops to Ukraine. More than half a million refugees fled Ukraine during the Russian invasion, according to the UN. Biden on new measures: Putin has 'no idea what's coming' US President Joe Biden on Tuesday condemned Russian President Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine - and has warned of further measures to punish Russia for billions of dollars from this violent regime blackmailed, no more,” Biden said during his State of the Union address when he announced a new task force under the US Department of Justice to investigate Russian oligarchs. “We join our European allies to find them and seize their yachts, their luxury apartments and their private jets. The US is also closing its airspace to Russian planes, joining a number of countries that have taken similar measures over the past week to “further isolate Russia,” Biden said, referring to Putin: “He has no idea , what's coming." "Putin has unleashed violence and chaos. But while he can make gains on the battlefield -- he will pay a sustained heavy price in the long run," Biden said. Biden is telling Americans "now is the hour" for the US to embrace democracy Save his first State of the Union address, in which he cited the response of the American people and lawmakers in the House of Representatives to Russia's invasion of Ukraine as reason to be hopeful at a critical moment focused on the war in Ukraine Before turning to domestic challenges, Biden said the American people are ready for the task ahead of them to keep the world united in the face of autocracy."Now is the hour, our moment of responsibility. Ours." Test of resolve and conscience, of history itself. Our future is forged," Biden concluded. We will complete the T est exist. As tough as those times were, I am more optimistic about America today than I have ever been in my life.” Standing ovation: Speaking to political leaders in Washington, Biden began his State of the Union address with a clear message to the world: The West is unanimous in its response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine and condemns the Russian leader for his aggression. Just before the speech began, Biden encouraged everyone in attendance to show that support with a loud standing ovation, saying the US and its allies have "an unwavering resolve that liberty will always triumph over tyranny." has pushed the world's democracies to strengthen their resolve to counter the rising autocracies. “Six days ago, Russia's Vladimir Putin tried to shake the foundations of the free world because he thought he could make them bow to his menacing ways. But he miscalculated badly,” Biden said. “He thought he could roll to Ukraine and the world would turn. He met the Ukrainian people.” He added: “Let each of us in this room tonight send an unequivocal signal to Ukraine and to the world Strike in town west of Kyiv shreds several blocks of flatsA Russian military strike ripped through two blocks of flats on Tuesday destroyed in Borodyanka, about 50 kilometers from the center of Kiev. (From Facebook) A Russian military strike in the small Ukrainian town of Borodyanka on Tuesday destroyed two blocks of flats, videos posted on social media showed. Borodyanka, some 50 kilometers from central Kiev, is the latest civilian area to come under a hail of Russian munitions as President Vladimir Putin's forces advance on the capital. CNN cannot verify whether there were any casualties or deaths in the military strike in Borodyanka. CNN has reached out to Ukraine's Interior Ministry for comment but has yet to receive a response. Borodyanka's videos were geolocated and their authenticity verified by CNN. "Look what's happening," shouts a man in video taken shortly after the military strike, while smoke still billows nearby and the bombed-out apartment complexes are in view. "They bomb everything." Videos showed a restaurant on the first floor of the complex being reduced to rubble. A line of people, wrapped in thick coats, ran away. Additional videos show the extent of the destruction, with the ground behind the complex littered with burning cars. Parts of the residential buildings have collapsed, with significant parts of the facades missing. A nearby playground is on fire, and the swing benches and slides are littered with debris and splintered trees. "A plane flew by twice and dropped three or four bombs here," says another man in one of the videos. My God!” Up front, near the restaurant's destroyed walls, another video shows the roadway strewn with debris and the bent metal frame of a vehicle. "The Russian world has come to us," says a man in the video. "Just look at what they did." A rocket hit a private maternity hospital near Kyiv in Ukraine on Tuesday, according to the Facebook post of Adonis maternity hospital chief Vitaliy Gyrin. Much damage has been done, but the building stands. All were evacuated,” Gyrin wrote on his Facebook page. Gyrin also specifically asked people not to come to the clinic: "The most important thing is not to come now to get someone from here. That's for sure.” Gyrin also posted photos on his Facebook page showing the damaged Adonis Clinic building. Airstrikes targeting Kyiv on Tuesday hit the city's Babyn Yar Holocaust memorial site, according to the head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Andriy Yermak. The memorial is located near the Kiev TV tower, which was also damaged on Tuesday. CNN's Matthew Chance was interviewing Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy as Yermak Zelenskyy announced that the Holocaust memorial had been destroyed. The Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial has since released a statement confirming that the memorial was attacked by Russian forces. According to a statement, the chairman of the memorial's advisory board, Natan Sharansky, said: "Putin's attempt to distort and manipulate the Holocaust to justify an illegal invasion of a sovereign democratic country is absolutely despicable." It is symbolic that he begins attacking Kyiv by bombing the site of Babyn Yar, the Nazis' largest massacre.” The statement continues: “We remind the Russian leadership that Kyiv, Kharkiv, Kherson, Mariupol and other Ukrainian cities, recently victims of massive bombing by Nazi Germany during World War II, now burn under the blows of Putin's army, under the false and outrageous narrative of 'denazifying' Ukraine and its people.” By CNN's Niamh Kennedy in London and James Frater in Hungary - The European Parliament on Tuesday adopted a resolution calling on European Union institutions to "work towards" granting Ukraine candidate country status, it said in a statement 637 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) voted in favour. It "strongly condemns Russia's illegal invasion of Ukraine and calls on the Kremlin to halt all military activities in the country." Members also stressed that EU financial sanctions against Russia should go further, stating that "all Russian banks "While welcoming the swift introduction of EU sanctions, MEPs want to see broader restrictive measures aimed at strategically weakening Russia's economy and industrial base. In particular, the import of the most important Russian export goods such as oil and gas should be restricted, it is said. New EU investments in Russia and new Russian investments in the EU should be banned,” the press release reads. Lawmakers pushed for the extension of a range of sanctions, including the SWIFT ban on Belarus in exchange for its "direct support of the Russian invasion". of Ukraine.” They also called on EU countries to send Ukraine “expeditious defense weapons, in line with Article 51 of the UN Charter, which allows for individual and collective self-defense.” "High-level corruption" in Russia and Belarus, including oligarchs and officials, should be cleared "quickly," said to be attributed to Russian wealthy individuals and their families, particularly those linked to sanctioned individuals and companies." "With US "Defensive Posture Satisfied" The top general who oversees US nuclear weapons and nuclear capabilities said Tuesday he was "satisfied" with the US defense posture at the moment amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine and President Vladimir's recent announcement Putin that he has put his country's deterrent forces on high alert.US Strategic Command Admiral Charles Richard made the comments during a House Armed Services Committee hearing.He told lawmakers he stayed in Nebraska to ensure he was "ours." Assess defensive posture and be satisfied with it in can". Assistant Undersecretary for Defense Policy Sasha Baker said the Department of Defense "is pleased with our strategic defense stance," echoing Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin's earlier statements. Britain imposes new sanctions on Moscow and bans Russian ships from British ports The UK on Tuesday introduced new sanctions against Russia, including a ban on ships with Russian connections from calling at British ports, the government said in a statement. "The ban on Russian ships leaving British ports and new economic sanctions on key Russian financial institutions, including the central bank, in close coordination with our allies, will weaken Russia's economy and help Putin lose," said British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss. Additional economic measures, "including against Russia's central bank and state sovereign wealth fund, also mean that most of Russia's financial system" is now affected by British sanctions, the statement said. As of Tuesday, "I am instructing all UK ports to turn away any ship flagged, registered, owned or operated by Russia," UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said Biden administration to respond to the growing refugee crisis resulting from the Russian invasion. The recent resettlement of Afghan evacuees has raised some expectations among Ukrainians in the US, who are dying to have their families with them. While most of the Ukrainian refugees are headed to other parts of Europe, officials in the Biden administration are preparing to send money to help with the cause in the absence of an influx of refugees heading to the US in the immediate future. More than half a million people are already pouring into neighboring countries, including Poland, Moldova and Slovakia, in what the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has said could become "Europe's biggest refugee crisis of this century". Countries in the region have become the first destination for those desperate to seek refuge. This is in contrast to the evacuation from Afghanistan last summer, when the US took in thousands of Afghans who had worked for or on behalf of the US for decades. long war. The Biden administration has made a series of arrangements to relocate more than 76,000 Afghans after the fall of Kabul in August. So far it is unclear whether these powers, such as humanitarian probation and special refugee designations, will be extended to Ukrainians in a similar way. A Foreign Ministry spokesman said the government is working with European allies and partners, as well as international organizations and non-governmental organizations "to support internally displaced people in Ukraine and those who may be seeking safety in neighboring countries." Prior to the conflict in Ukraine, there had already been a steady flow of Ukrainian refugees to the United States for the past few years. Dmytro, a Ukrainian citizen, arrived in the US and resettled in Michigan just weeks ago. "It's quite stressful to understand that the country you left isn't essentially the same country and it's only been three weeks," he told CNN through an interpreter. CNN agreed to only identify him by his first name due to security concerns for his family, who are still in Ukraine.

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Conte explains 'strategy' behind interviews as ex-Spurs boss delivers exit verdict

Antonio Conte's time at Tottenham was already box-office entertainment, but doubts have been cast as to whether he will continue beyond his current one (Author: Gardener)

ConteAntonio Conte's time at Tottenham has already been box-office entertainment but doubts have been cast as to whether he will stay beyond his current contract. Conte replaced Nuno Espirito Santo in November and it's been a rollercoaster ride. Results have been very mixed, ranging from a win over Man City to losing to Burnley just days later. Former Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood attended the talkSPORT breakfast to offer his thoughts on the current manager. "The interview was incredible," said Sherwood. "I love him, he's such a box office hit. He's someone that you, and I work in TV now, will always give you something to talk about. “His emotions are so high and low. They've seen them score against Man City and he cuddles with anyone who wants a cuddle. “Then the next game against Burnley, it's the worst squad of players he's ever had. "He's a good manager at the right time for Tottenham. They're in that position because they don't have the consistency, they don't know how to win right now and he's trying to instill that mentality in them. “The longer he's been with the football club, the more he'll embed it in them. “He only has one year left after this season. “Can I see them win the FA Cup after this season? Sherwood also believes Conte will not renew his current contract, which expires at the end of next season. He added: "He wants to win. So does Tottenham and Daniel Levy, he also wants to win. He signed an 18-month contract and I'm sure Tottenham wanted to keep him longer. "It's hard to replace. If I'm Kane and Antonio Conte encourages me to stay another year, I'd say, 'I don't want to be at the club any longer than you. I think that's realistic if he's there for the rest of next season, will this will be the distance he will travel. Conte himself addressed the comments he made after his side's defeat by Burnley and insisted there was always strategy behind his dramatic press conferences. "I think you have to understand when there's strategy or not, and not just an emotional moment," he said. "It's not right to stay here and explain why I speak like this and after three days I spoke differently. Perhaps I can explain to you that behind every press conference there is a strategy, not an emotional moment. "I understood that this is the right moment, after losing four games in five and winning the game against Manchester City three days ago, to send the right message, a clear message to myself, the club and also the players. "We have to know that we are here to enjoy football, to improve at the same time, to demand 100 per cent commitment and desire from us and also to underline that a team like Tottenham does not exist to lose four games in five . "If someone understood that my words came from an emotional moment, no. At that moment I sent a certain message to the entire environment and it has happened in the past when I wanted to push the situation and the environment in the same direction because I see that we can do better, not because it it's an emotional moment because there's a strategy behind it."

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5 talking points in the FA Cup as Man City and Palace progress but Spurs are eliminated

Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace were all in FA Cup action on Tuesday night, with all three meeting lower-tier opponents in the round of 16 (Author: Gardener)

the FA CupManchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace were all in FA Cup action on Tuesday night, with all three meeting lower-tier opponents in the round of 16, but Tottenham are out after a humiliating defeat by Middlesbrough. It was an outstanding night in the FA Cup as three Premier League teams were in action. City started first and took a while to get into the game but goals from Riyad Mahrez and Jack Grealish in the second half meant there was no excitement at Peterborough. Crystal Palace will also join them in the last eight after eventually beating Stoke City in a 2-1 win at home. Spurs were sent into extra time by a resilient Middlesbrough only to be the victim of the night's only shock when Josh Coburn whipped home for the hosts from close range. The full-back was pictured in tears ahead of Saturday night's game against Everton before kick-off and on Tuesday emotions ran high again over the Russian invasion of Zinchencko's home country. "Our captain decided to give him the armband to show how important the situation is and we all support this gesture to represent his country," said the City coach. Many had advised City to fight back against a side who have scored more than 70 goals in all competitions this season and are currently bottom of the championship. However, the reigning Premier League champions struggled to beat their opponents and failed to create many meaningful chances in the opening 45 minutes. This was by no means a weakened or under-represented City side, the most expensive footballer in British history, Jack Grealish, was one of many stars presented to the visitors. The £100m man scored his first goal of the competition midway through the second half. Grealish snagged a delightful chipped through ball from his England international Phil Foden to bring his performance home. Josh Coburn was the hero for Middlesbrough Chris Wilder's side fell on penalties at Old Trafford in the last round and put on a similarly spirited performance at home to Spurs. Both in the 90 minutes and in extra time, the champion team had numerous chances to win the game. At times Conte's side clung on as Middlesbrough put immense pressure on their top-flight opponents. In the end, justice was served as Wilder's men defeated a Premier League side for the second consecutive year thanks to an emphatic 107th-minute effort from youthful sub Josh Coburn. Antonio Conte selected a full-strength Spurs side for the trip to Middlesbrough Tottenham Hotspur boss Antonio Conte didn't take his foot off the gas when it came to his team selection for the trip to Middlesbrough. Conte's recent comments have raised doubts about his future but he would have hoped a victory at Riverside would help quell any talk of a possible exit. However, the Spurs could hardly convince and were probably the second best for long stretches of the game. Middlesbrough undoubtedly had the better chances throughout the game, missing two glorious opportunities from corners. Patrick Vieiras Palace are just one game away from a date at Wembley After beating Stoke City at home in the round of 16, Palace are just one game away from a semi-final to be played under the iconic archway. Vieira enjoyed a glittering relationship with the competition as a player at Arsenal and got his last kick as a gunner who eventually secured his fourth FA Cup. Palace took the lead just after half-time through Cheikhou Kouyate only to be regained five minutes later when Josh Tymon equalized for the Potters. Jairo Riedewald proved a hero for the hosts late at Selhurst Park as he sealed Palace's progression in the 82nd minute. Vieira has guided the club to the quarter-finals for the first time since the 2018/19 season and is hoping he can deliver a shock to get his hands on the FA Cup again in May.

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FA Cup fifth round result, final score and reaction tonight

Middlesbrough vs Tottenham LIVE: FA Cup fifth round result, final score and reaction tonight - Relive all the action as Antonio Conte's side were eliminated from the FA Cup (Author: Gardener)

tonightMiddlesbrough vs Tottenham LIVE: FA Cup Fifth Round result, final score and reaction tonight Teenager Josh Coburn was the hero as Middlesbrough produced another upset in the FA Cup by beating Tottenham in the fifth round with a 1-0 win defeated in overtime. Boro sat out Manchester United on penalties at Old Trafford in the fourth round and continued in style to beat Spurs, with 19-year-old Josh Coburn's goal in the 107th minute deciding the tie. The Championship side were consistently the better side, booking their place in the quarter-finals and ensuring Spurs end another season without a trophy after a dismal performance at Teesside. Middlesbrough now meet Manchester City and Crystal Palace in the quarter-finals after both Premier League teams each have their own wins. 90' - Goalless as Boro and Spurs go into extra timeFT - Middlesbrough throws Spurs out of FA Cup after extra time 22:47, Michael Jones teenager Josh Coburn was the hero as Middlesbrough produced another upset in the FA Cup by beating Tottenham with a 1-KO beat 0 victory in overtime in the fifth round. Boro knocked out Manchester United on penalties at Old Trafford in the fourth round and continued in style to beat Spurs, with 19-year-old Josh Coburn's goal in the 107th minute deciding the tie. The Championship side were consistently the better side, booking their place in the quarter-finals and ensuring Spurs end another season without a trophy after a pathetic performance on Teesside. Middlesbrough beat Tottenham 22-41 from FA Cup after extra time, Michael Jones Speaking to BBC Sport at the end of the game, an absolutely delighted Josh Coburn gave his first reaction to Middlesbrough's brilliant win by saying: Speechless. It doesn't get any better than this against a Premier League side at Riverside Stadium. “I hit as hard as I could and luckily it went in. Hopefully we can continue like this and get another great team in the next round.” Middlesbrough knocks Tottenham out of the FA Cup after extra time 22-38, Michael Jones It's another season without a trophy for Tottenham. Middlesbrough knocks Tottenham out of the FA Cup 22-32 after extra time, Michael Jones Substitute Josh Coburn's winning goal put Middlesbrough ahead in the second half of extra time. 22:25, Michael Jones 120+3 minutes: Middlesbrough did it! They beat Manchester United in the fourth round and beat Tottenham in the fifth round! What a Night for the Men by Chris Wilder. 22:23, Michael Jones 120 min: Save! The ball hits Crooks and is deflected towards the near post where Lumley falls to his left and pushes him wide of goal! There are three extra minutes to play. 22:21, Michael Jones 117 mins: Three minutes to play and Jonny Howson being replaced by Sol Bamba for Middlesbrough. 22:19, Michael Jones 114 mins: Jonny Howson wins the ball deep in his own half, stopping Tottenham from whipping a cross into the box before clearing his lines with a big hoof on the pitch. 22:16, Michael Jones 111 mins: Less than 10 minutes to play and Tottenham are behind the Championship side. Middlesbrough manages the game well, keeping the ball away from Spurs and maintaining possession. 22:10, Michael Jones 107 min: Is that the winning goal?! Substitute Josh Coburn shoots the ball past Hugo Lloris! A throw-in sends the ball down the right wing to Isaiah Jones. He passes to Coburn, who puts the ball to Matt Crooks before sprinting to the right side of the box. Crooks shoves the ball back to him and Emerson Royal plays it on the opposite side of the box. Coburn controls the ball and then shoots a right footed shot into back net. 22:08, Michael Jones Kick-off: 15 minutes to penalties. Lee Peltier replaces Paddy McNair for Middlesbrough and Sergio Reguilon replaces Dejan Kulusevski for Spurs. 22:06, Michael Jones 105+1 mins: Kulusevski brings the ball to the right and fires into the box before picking Son in the six-yard area. He chops off a shot on goal, but somehow Lumley stops him on the line. After a boring 90 minutes, the first half of extra time brought the game to life and it is very surprising that the game is still scoreless. 22:03, Michael Jones 105 minutes: Middlesbrough are now banging on the door. Howson laces a shot high and wide from long range before Jones lobs in a cross from the right and selects Tavernier at the back post. He has his first attempt on goal but is thwarted by Lloris' outstretched leg! Tottenham is here at sea. 22:01 , Michael Jones 102 mins: Nice play by Middlesbrough to get the ball into Tottenham's final third. They hurl the ball quickly across the field and hand it to Bola, who carries it to the left side of the box. He shoves a pass into the six-yard box, but a swinging Crooks fails to get the ball and Lloris goes low to smother it. 21:58, Michael Jones 99 mins: Isaiah Jones and Ben Davies argue deep in Middlesbrough's half on Tottenham's left. Jones pushes Davies off the ball and kicks it at him, allowing the home side to win a goal kick. Paddy McNair is off the ball but it appears to be just a breather as he quickly bounces back to his feet and signals the dugout he's fine to play on. 21:55, Michael Jones 96 mins: Josh Coburn and Marc Bola are brought on by Chris Wilder to give Middlesbrough some fresh legs. 21:52, Michael Jones 93 mins: Tottenham put the ball in the box and it falls nicely for Son, who keeps to the side. He tries to volley the ball as it comes over his left shoulder, but he misses his kick and Lumley catches it. Howson drives the ball down the right wing for Middlesbrough and finds Balogun in the box with a cross. Balogun lashes a header at goal but puts the attempt straight into Lloris' hands. 9.50pm, Michael Jones kicks off: Dejan Kulusevski initiates extra time for Tottenham. Another 30 minutes to decide who will reach the FA Cup Quarter-Finals. The Spurs work the ball into the last third and pass it to Kane. He puts the ball down to Kulusevski, who swoops in from the left and drills a low shot into Lumley, but the keeper smashes it wide! 21:45 , Michael Jones 90+3 mins: No late drama at Riverside Stadium and this FA Cup fifth round tie goes into overtime. 21:42, Michael Jones 90 mins: Jonny Howson has a great chance to win it for Boro! He takes a corner unmarked in the box but nods his headshot wide of the back post! Three minutes of stoppage time. 21:40, Michael Jones 87 min: Close! Son Heung-min swings a corner into the box and Eric Dier heads over the bar! Save! At the other end of the field, Marcus Tavernier drives through the middle of Tottenham's half and then slides a ball into the right side of the box for Isaiah Jones. He drills a low left shot on goal but Hugo Lloris leaps low left and palms it clear! 21:37, Michael Jones 84 mins: Tottenham's changes have put them slightly higher on the pitch but they still find it difficult to play through Middlesbrough. 21:36, Michael Jones 81 mins: Steven Bergwijn and Emerson Royal came on for Tottenham, replacing Matt Doherty and Ryan Sessegnon. He starts a move by passing the ball to Harry Kane before continuing his run into the box. Kane passes it back and Bergwijn shifts in front of McNair and puts the ball in the six-yard box. He prepares a right-footed shot, but McNair dives in front of him and blocks the attempt! 21:32, Michael Jones 78 minutes: Howson steals the ball from Son in the middle of the field and carries the ball into the last third of Tottenham. He passes it far to Crooks, who plays it in Sporar. Sporar twists the ball into the box to set Balogun up for a first shot, but his shot goes over the bar! 21:29, Michael Jones 75 mins: Middlesbrough wins a free-kick down the left wing which is swung deep into the box where Hugo Lloris comes in and claims the ball. Tottenham need to up the tempo if they want to win this game. 21:26, Michael Jones 72 mins: Marcus Tavernier chases a boro clearance but Eric Dier has too much of a lead and calmly returns the ball to Hugo Lloris. The first change of the game sees Duncan Watmore being substituted by Chris Wilder to be replaced by Arsenal loanee Folarin Balogun. 21:24, Michael Jones 69 mins: Matt Crooks tries a long ball down the right, but flips it over and makes the ball a goal kick. Manchester City scored twice to drive past Peterborough and Jario Riedewald struck a late winner for Crystal Palace against Stoke. 21:20, Michael Jones 66 mins: Tottenham are looking a little frustrated out there. Middlesbrough haven't let them play the ball to the strikers and are quick over them when the ball comes. 21:17, Michael Jones 63 mins: Isaiah Jones cuts in from the right wing and brings the ball over the front edge of the penalty area. Harry Winks tries to nod the ball, gives Jones a shove in the process and ends up fouling the Middlesbrough man. Jonny Howson takes the free kick and shoots it around the Tottenham wall but can't get enough curl on his shot to put it back in the right post. 21:14, Michael Jones 60 min: Everything is happening here now. Paddy McNair brings down Ben Davies and is cautioned, then Cristian Romero arrives and starts with the Middlesbrough defender before Jonny Howson intervenes. Eric Dier takes that set piece and rolls a nice shot into the top right corner, but Joe Lumley is nice over to sweep it wide. Son Heung-min lashes the resulting corner into the box and the ball is thrown into the six-yard box. It falls to Harry Kane, who turns a right footed shot into the net only to be flagged for offside by the assistant referee! 21:10, Michael Jones Jairo Riedewald put Palace back in front against Stoke. This game goes into the last 10 minutes so it looks like Crystal Palace are going into the Quarterfinals. 21:08, Michael Jones 57 min: Oh Matt Crooks, you have to score! Middlesbrough wins a corner which Jonny Howson swings in from the left. Crooks runs from deep and jumps for the flank, he is unmarked but doesn't get the ball and sends a strong header from the six yard box just over the bar! It was the best chance of the game so far. 21:06, Michael Jones 54 minutes: penalty call! Duncan Watmore does brilliantly keeping the ball just outside the Tottenham box under pressure from three defenders. He turns it towards goal and slides a pass into the box for Isaiah Jones. He sprints in from the right and falls to the ground as Ryan Sessegnon runs after him to fend him off. 21:03, Michael Jones 51 minutes: Harry Kane is over the free kick, which is just to the left of the "D" in the best shooting range. He tries to curve one around the wall and stick it in the far top corner but slips just as he is about to shoot and drags the ball straight into the Middlesbrough wall to the delight of Boro fans. 21:01, Michael Jones 48 minutes: Dejan Kulusevski gets the ball right in the Middlesbrough half. Jonny Howson goes with him and the two come shoulder to shoulder before Kulusevski goes down just outside the penalty area, giving Tottenham a free-kick. 20:57, Michael Jones kicks off: The home team resumes play at the Riverside. A reminder that if the game ends in a tie after 90 minutes, tonight's tie will be decided by extra time and penalties rather than a replay. 20:50 , Michael Jones Nothing to separate the teams at half time. Tottenham's Matt Doherty had the best chance of the half but failed to convert from outside the box after taking the ball around goalkeeper Joe Lumley. 20:47, Michael Jones 58 mins: Five minutes after Palace took the lead at Selhurst Park, Josh Tymon equalized for Stoke! Romaine Sawyers drives the ball into the box from the right and drills a low pass across the six yard box where Tymon taps in at the far post. 20:44 , Michael Jones 45+1 minutes: With those goals coming elsewhere, the game reached halftime at Riverside. No shots on goal here from either team. Good first half for Middlesbrough who kept Tottenham very calm. 20:43, Michael Jones 67 mins: Jack Grealish gives the visitors a second goal against Peterborough. 20:41 , Michael Jones Palace take the lead against Stoke courtesy of Cheikhou Kouyate! 20:38, Michael Jones 60 mins: Riyad Mahrez scores the first goal of the night on the hour as Manchester City take the lead over Peterborough. It's a classic Mahrez goal, cutting in from the right and rolling a left-footed shot into the bottom corner. 20:36, Michael Jones 39 min: Chance! Harry Kane gets the ball in his own half and lets the runners bomb forward on the counterattack. Kane switches it to the right channel for Matt Doherty. Joe Lumley comes flying out of the box but Doherty takes control of the ball and smashes it around the keeper. Doherty is pretty far from goal but has an open net in front of him and hooks his shot high and wide! 20:33 , Michael Jones 36 min: Almost 10 minutes until half time and there was only one shot in the entire first half. 20:30, Michael Jones 33 min: Almost! Paddy McNair shoots a long ball over the top and feeds Isiah Jones behind Ben Davies on the right. He sprints towards the penalty area, but the rebound takes the ball away from him. Hugo Lloris is sharp off his line and he plucks the bouncing ball out of the air and smothers it right in his own box. 20:25 , Michael Jones 30 min: Every now and then the game opens up and Middlesbrough gets a chance to fly up the pitch. Jonny Howson is the instigator this time with a driving run through the middle. He tries to play in Andraz Sporar but his pass is intercepted by a backtracking Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg. 20:23, Michael Jones 27 min: Almost! Dejan Kulusevski is shoved into the right side of the Middlesbrough box and weaves his way around Paddy McNair. He rolls the ball onto his left foot and appears poised to shoot, only for McNair to slide in with a perfectly timed challenge, knocking the ball away from Kulusevski without fouling the Tottenham striker. 20:21 , Michael Jones 24 min: Crystal Palace vs Stoke went into half-time without a goal. Pep Guardiola made some changes to his team at the break against Peterborough, with John Stones and Aymeric Laporte coming on for the second half. Duncan Watmore gets the ball on the way into the box and passes it to Andraz Sporar. He shoots, but his attempt is blocked in the box and Tottenham work the ball away. 20:18, Michael Jones 21 mins: Eric Dier hovers a long diagonal ball down the field as Ryan Sessegnon runs in early from behind Middlesbrough right-back. He tries to bring the ball down in the penalty area but the offside flag goes up. Bear in mind there is no VAR tonight as the game is not being played at a Premier League ground. 20:15, Michael Jones 18 mins: Paddy McNair brings the ball forward from deep in the Middlesbrough half and wins a free-kick after an enthusiastic tackle from Kulusevski. Joe Lumley pumps the set piece to the other end of the field and Tottenham recapture the ball. Isiah Jones presses downfield on the right and tries to knock the ball off Ben Davies, forcing him back into the last third before conceding a free-kick. 20:12, Michael Jones 15 mins: Dael Fry, Harry Kane and Anfernee Dijksteel all jump on the same air ball as it falls in the Middlesbrough half. 20:09, Michael Jones 12 mins: Tottenham are slowly taking control of the game as they maintain possession and try to play Son Heung-min and Dejan Kulusevski into small gaps. A ball of air comes down the left for Son but it's equalized step by step by Dijksteel and the Middlesbrough defender holds it back long enough for Joe Lumley to fly into his area and kick the ball back onto the pitch. 20:05 , Michael Jones 9 mins: Peterborough v Manchester City has reached half time with the game scoreless and there was also no goal in the game between Crystal Palace and Stoke. Back at the Riverside, Ryan Sessegnon cruises up the inner left channel. Heading into the area, he shrugs off Anfernee Dijksteel before throwing a pass at Harry Kane. However, Dael Fry squeezes in front of the Tottenham striker and works the ball clear. 20:02, Michael Jones 6 mins: Middlesbrough sends the ball to Marcus Tavernier down the left wing and he whips a teasing cross into the Tottenham box but fails to pick a team-mate and Spurs nod the ball clear. The home team started confidently, they pass the ball well and aren't afraid to get stuck in midfield. 19:58, Michael Jones 3 mins: Tottenham wins an early corner that Son Heung-min pins just before Harry Winks. He rolls a cross into the box from a more favorable angle and tries to pick out Harry Kane but Middlesbrough managed to work it off the near post. 19:56 , Michael Jones Kick-off: Dejan Kulusevski opens the game at Riverside Stadium. Middlesbrough pushes the pitch up, forcing the ball down the right wing before regaining possession in midfield. 19:52 , Michael Jones As a coach, Antonio Conte has lost just one of his 11 domestic cup appearances against lower-tier opponents, winning eight and drawing two. 19:47 , Michael Jones Tottenham have not made it past the fifth round of the FA Cup since the 2017/18 season but they have reached the last four in each of the last four seasons. 19:43 Michael Jones Antonio Conte shared his thoughts with BBC Sport ahead of kick-off, saying his team was ready for tonight's game and aiming to win the competition this year. He said: We're in a good moment despite losing to Burnley, but we put in a good performance - to win against Manchester City and Leeds you have to give us the right confidence. Tonight is another competition, an important competition and an important trophy. “We are ready to play a good game. For every team it has the same meaning, it's a trophy and the difficulty at this moment to win a trophy in England, there are maybe the best teams in the world and to lift the trophy you have to beat them. "We have to become a stable team and that's why we have to approach every game in the same way, to try to get three points, to get the best result. We don't play alone, there are opponents who have the same idea.” 19:40 , Michael Jones Replays included Tottenham have never lost to Middlesbrough in the FA Cup. They have won four and drawn two of the six games played between the teams. 7:37pm, Michael Jones Antonio Conte says his team will need to look to their recent performances in tonight's FA Cup game and instill a winning mentality if they are to reach the quarter-finals of the competition. He said: Our performance (at Leeds) was good but don't forget that it was the same against [Man] City and going into the Burnley game we arrived with a lot of confidence and you know very well what happened. "That's what we have to learn about this kind of situation. Yes, we have to be confident because we're in a good moment of form, but at the same time we have to fight to get to the next round. “We have to prepare seriously for this game because we want to go through. Of course we have to show great will, great will to win our tackles, win second balls and play attractive football, but at the same time play with great character, great personality, great passion.” 19:33 , Michael Jones Middlesbrough has only one thing in all competitions of their last 13 meetings with Tottenham, drawing four and losing eight. That win was a 2-1 win on the opening day of the 2008/09 Premier League season. The teams last met in the third round of the 2019-20 FA Cup, where Tottenham advanced after a replay. 19:25 , Michael Jones Each of the FA Cup fifth round matches will be played during the week to ease the congestion in matches caused by the coronavirus pandemic. As in the previous rounds, there are no replays, the games go straight to overtime and penalties if necessary. Peterborough versus Manchester City is already underway and Jack Grealish is close to scoring after storming down a keeper clearance and seeing his block bounce just wide. Crystal Palace vs Stoke starts in just under 10 minutes. Middlesbrough v Tottenham: Wilder hopes 'old clichés' will work for Boro 19:19 , Michael Jones Middlesbrough boss Chris Wilder is hoping some of football's oldest clichés will work in his team's favor tonight as they look to create another cause upset in the FA Cup by beating Tottenham Hotspur. All we can do is control what we're doing and I expect a fabulous performance from the team, incredibly supported by a huge, passionate support that will be right behind the players.” 19:14, Michael Jones In 24 previous FA Cup games, Tottenham's Harry Kane has netted 16 times, surpassed only by Sergio Aguero (20) since his debut in the competition in 2012. 19:07 , Michael Jones Tottenham boss Antonio Conte spoke about the difficulty of winning games in England, regardless of which tier of the football pyramid the opponent comes from. At his pre-match press conference, Conte spoke of not underestimating the Championship side tonight and judging by the looks of Tottenham's starting XI he is not. You know very well that every game in England is difficult, especially in this competition when you're away against Middlesbrough, who are having a good season in the league. "Middlesbrough are a good team. If you can win against Manchester United - not to mention Middlesbrough eliminated United from this competition and they are one of the best sides in this league - it means they have important value. Because of that it will be very important not to underestimate our opponents and the difficulty of this game.” 19:02 , Michael Jones Chris Wilder makes just one change to the Middlesbrough team who lost to Barnsley in the Championship at the weekend . Matt Crooks replaces James Lea Siliki. Antonio Conte names an unchanged Tottenham starting XI from the side that beat Leeds United 4-0 last Saturday. It's a strong line-up and Conte will want to take his side as competitively as possible this season. 18:56 , Michael Jones Your team meets @Boro tonight! 👇 pic.twitter.com/EJ1AJ3DMHm - Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) March 1st, 2022 Middlesbrough vs. Tottenham: Roads to fifth round 18:49 , Michael Jones Middlesbrough has already been involved in two exciting duels in the FA Cup this season. They almost squandered a two-goal advantage against Tier Two's Mansfield Town in the third round after Oliver Hawkins and Rhys Oates leveled the home side five minutes from time, but Boro was beaten by an injury-time winner before one of his own Elliott Hewitt saved goal. Chris Wilder's men dug in at Old Trafford in the fourth round. Manchester United fired 30 shots at them but managed to score just once, which wasn't enough to win the game after Matt Crooks equalized in the second half. The tie went into a shootout with Anthony Elanga missing Man Utd's eighth penalty to send Middlesbrough through. Tottenham's two FA Cup games this season both ended 3-1. They came from behind against Morecambe of League One in the third round and scored three goals in the final 15 minutes at Tottenham Hotspur's stadium after Anthony O'Connor's put the visitors ahead in the first half. Brighton gave Spurs a more even game, however. Two goals within the first 30 minutes meant Antonio Conte's men were always in control of the game and although Yves Bissouma threatened a Seagulls comeback just after the hour mark, Harry Kane only ended the game three minutes later. Elsewhere in the FA Cup 18:43 , Michael Jones While we await team news, let's take a look at what's happening elsewhere in the FA Cup. As well as Middlesbrough's game against Tottenham, there are two more games tonight. Peterborough hosts Manchester City at 19:15 before Crystal Palace play Stoke. This game starts in just under an hour at 7:30 p.m. Boro vs. Spurs is the last game to start tonight and the game at Riverside Stadium kicks off at 19:55. 18:37 , Michael Jones Middlesbrough has been in an indifferent form since knocking Manchester United out of the FA Cup in the last round. They have played five league games with two wins, two losses and one draw. Last time out, Boro lost three goals in the space of an hour against Barnsley and failed to salvage a result despite two second-half goals from Andraz Sporar and Liam Kitching. Tottenham come into the game with a 4-0 win over Leeds in which Harry Kane once again stole the show. Spurs have lost three and won two of their five Premier League games since beating Brighton in the last round of the FA Cup and are poised for a run for Champions League spots. 18:33 , Michael Jones Matt Crooks has served a two-game suspension and should return to Middlesbrough's starting XI but Marc Bola is definitely out with a knee injury. Riley McGree missed Middlesbrough's game against Barnsley at the weekend with a tight calf and is doubtful for tonight's game but Arsenal loanee Folarin Balogun is pushing for a starting spot. For Tottenham, Rodrigo Bentancur misses the game with an ankle problem, while Oliver Skipp and Japhet Tanganga will be doubtful. Perhaps I can explain to you that behind every press conference there is a strategy, not an emotional moment. "I understood that this was the right moment, after four defeats in five games and three games won against Manchester City, to send the right message, a clear message to myself, the club and also the players."

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Tor cave oldie! Vardy is the Premier League's top scorer over 30

Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has scored more Premier League goals than any other player since turning 30. Here are 10 of his best hits. (Author: Gardener)

VardyThere was a time when a player's best days were supposedly behind them in their late 20s. Tell that to Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy, who turned 35 in January and made more history on Tuesday when he became the top-scoring player in the Premier League after turning 30. Many supposed "veterans" bucked the trend and held up well into the mid-1930s. Vardy is a great example of this 'late peak' of his career, having only turned professional football in his mid-20s and not making his top-flight debut for Leicester until August 2014 aged 27 years and 232 days. The evergreen forward quickly made up for lost time, firing the Foxes to a famous league title in 2015/16 and then winning the Premier League Golden Boot in 2019/20, the same season he also aged the famous '100 Club' joined of 33. Vardy was the 29th member to join a club that also includes Ian Wright. The Arsenal star is the only other centurion to have made his top-flight debut later in his career; As a 26-year-old, he helped Crystal Palace rise in 1989 before joining the Gunners two years later. In fact, it was Wright's long-standing record that Vardy broke on Tuesday as he scored Leicester's second win at Burnley. The former England international has scored a phenomenal 94 top flight goals since the start of his fourth decade, more than any player since the league was formed in 1992/93. To put Vardy's performance in further context, the next highest active player on the list is Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who scored 36 goals for Arsenal after turning 30 in June 2019. However, that could be as many as he gets when he joined Barcelona in February, where he has already scored four La Liga goals. As always, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have the last words when it comes to goals: Messi has scored 127 league goals since entering his 30s in June 2017, while Ronaldo has scored a staggering 196 since turning 30 on February 5, 2015 Has. Vardy's performance, however, further cements his status as one of the Premier League's all-time top scorers. Manchester United, September 2014) Vardy, 27, needed all three games to open his Premier League account by scoring Leicester's fourth goal in a dramatic 5-3 win over United. The Red Devils actually won 3-1 after an hour of play, only for the Foxes to come up with four late goals in just 25 minutes of the second half to steal the win. Vardy fought his way back five yards into the Baggies' half and stormed through an entire half of the pitch before firing a low finish past the keeper. The goal also secured an important 3-2 injury-time win as the Foxes continued to battle relegation who slipped bottom in the league with just seven games remaining. Leicester eventually stayed (quite comfortably in the end) and the next season they won the league. 3. The Streak: Goals in 11 consecutive Premier League games (vs Manchester United, November 2015) After showing brilliant form early in Leicester's title-winning campaign, Vardy entered uncharted territory with 13 goals in 11 consecutive Premier League games a single season - a streak never surpassed before or since. The record-breaking goal came 24 minutes after Game No. 11, which opened the game in a 1-1 draw at King Power Stadium. Undoubtedly the most spectacular goal Vardy has scored came against Liverpool when the Leicester striker snapped a long ball over the top and released it with a first thunderclap from outside the box. Leaders Foxes won 2-0 at the King Power, with Vardy scoring both goals, the first being so good a local brewery even named a new beer after it. Vardy continued his impeccable record against the so-called 'Big Six', scoring his first-ever Premier League hat-trick in a stunning 4-2 win over Pep Guardiola's City. Look out for Vardy's second goal, marked by a wonderfully subdued assist from Riyad Mahrez - a superb example of the two's telepathic partnership at its finest. Vardy, a regular thorn in United's side, scored again against the Red Devils in a 2-2 draw at the King Power. Aged 30, it was the forward's 50th Premier League goal and made him the first Foxes player to achieve that tally in just 124 Premier League games. That ball from Route One over the top, ending with a silky over-the-shoulder volley in the bottom corner, was named Premier League Goal of the Month. Using the tried and true formula that has served him well over the years, Vardy charges a high through ball here and lobs a signature lob over the advancing keeper. Vardy's Premier League goals Nos. 100 and 101 came in a comprehensive 3-0 win over Palace; the first a simple tap-in and the second a cheeky chip.

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