Russia pushed its assault of Ukraine to the borders of Kyiv on Friday, unleashing airstrikes on towns and military posts and pouring troops and tanks in from three directions in an offensive that might rewrite the entire post-Cold War security system.
It was unclear how far Russian forces had moved at the time. Officials in Ukraine claimed some success in repelling attacks, but combat continued near the capital. Skirmishes on the outskirts of the city revealed that small Russian troops were testing Ukrainian positions in order to pave a way for the major forces.
According to Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitchsko, a missile struck a high-rise structure in the area’s southwestern outskirts. He shared a photo of a large hole inside one side of the structure, which had damaged residences on multiple stories. There was no information on casualties right away.
Minimum 198 Ukrainians, including 3 kids, have already been murdered as a consequence of Russia’s assault of Ukraine, the director of the Ukrainian Health Ministry was cited as claiming on Saturday by the Interfax news agency. According to him, 1,115 individuals were injured, including 33 children. It wasn’t clear whether he was merely talking about civilian fatalities.
The street battle has erupted between Ukrainian and Russian soldiers in the capital, Kyiv, which has been shaken by heavy explosions and gunfire overnight.
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenkskyy had also stated that he would not succumb and will fight to preserve his nation. The Russian army announced it had taken charge of the Ukrainian city of Melitopol and was targeting the government’s army facilities with cruise missiles launched from the sea and air.
The US has announced sanctions against Russian President Vladimir Putin as well as Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Internet access in Ukraine has already been severely harmed by the Russian invasion, notably in the nation’s southern and eastern regions, wherever combat has been intense, according to the network blockage monitoring service NetBlocks.