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As Russia invades Ukraine, intense fighting continued Monday in several areas as Russian president Vladimir Putin sought to install a puppet regime to take over.

Meanwhile, several hundred thousand Ukrainian refugees fled to Poland. The U.S. imposed sanctions on Russia’s central bank assets. Thousands of civilians stayed to fight the Russians alongside the Ukrainian military.

Here’s the latest from several news sources across the country.

Community conversations about the Russian invasion of Ukraine

Locally, we wondered how people felt about the potential for the war to escalate, especially with some having families in the military.

What are people most concerned about with the Russian invasion of Ukraine?

Answer in the comments section below.

Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.