Central Kyiv was engulfed in flames from shelling and gunfire erupted in the government compound as Russian troops closed in, but they were facing stiff resistance as the Ukrainian president declared “we will not lay down our arms.” gas”
Fierce fighting is raging in the streets of Kyiv with gunfire near the government compound as Russian troops close in – but Ukraine’s President says “we won’t lay down our arms” as people fight inch by inch soil.
Russian paratroopers have landed in large numbers on the outskirts of Kyiv and the army is attacking the city from all sides with Ukrainian warplanes fighting to repel them resulting in large numbers of casualties on both sides .
According to a witness, gunfire was heard near the Kyiv government area on Saturday morning, while residents were told to take shelter with buildings falling amid street battles and artillery barrages. ferocious attack from rockets.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy appeared in a new video on Facebook this morning from outside his Kyiv office with a calm expression and said he would not leave the city.
“We will not lay down our arms, we will defend our state,” he said.
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And he wrote: “Don’t believe (fake news)”.
Buildings and vehicles caught fire and lit up the night sky while the occasional firecracker could still be heard.
On Peremohy Avenue (Pobeda), a bridge near the Beresteyskaya metro station blew up and a video on Twitter showed a vehicle on fire.
It is home to a Ukrainian brigade, but it is unclear whether it was blown up by their troops or by the Russians.
Ukraine’s military said Russian troops also attacked a military base on Kyiv’s main avenue, but the attack was repulsed.
At the same time, fighting broke out near Beresteiska metro station, according to the Ukrainian government, just five miles from Maidan Square in central Kyiv.
Ukraine’s Defense Ministry claims that Russia “did not take over a single city” overnight – although it says the fight for Kyiv and Vasylkiv continues.
In a tweet at around 4:15 a.m. UK time, an official account of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense tweeted: “During the night, the Russian invaders did not take over a single city!”
But then, Russia’s Interfax agency, citing the Russian Defense Ministry, said it had captured the city of Melitopol in the Zaporizhzhya region, southeastern Ukraine.
The ministry also said Russia had used air and ship-based cruise missiles to carry out overnight air strikes on military targets in Ukraine.
Fighting is now being reported in the “inner ring” of the city in all directions, including at a military base in the west that has been repulsed by the Ukrainian army said in a morning Facebook post. early today.
Government authorities are warning Kyiv residents that there is street fighting with the Russian army and residents are asked to take shelter and avoid going near windows or balconies.
Ukraine’s Interfax agency said Russian troops were trying to capture one of the city’s power stations.
The people of Kyiv were asked by the Ministry of Defense to make petrol bombs to repel the invaders while the authorities were handing out rifles to anyone willing to use them.
“Ukraine’s fate is being decided right now,” Zelenskiy said Friday in a video address posted on his Telegram channel.
“Tonight, they will launch an attack. We must all understand what awaits us. We must endure the night.”
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The Air Force Command reported heavy fighting near the airbase southwest of the capital Vasylkiv, which it said was being attacked by Russian paratroopers.
It also said one of its warplanes shot down a Russian transport plane.
In another development in Ukraine, authorities said the cities of Sumy, Poltava and Mariupol were hit by Russian Kalibr cruise missiles launched from the Black Sea.
Fierce fighting is also breaking out near the southern Ukrainian cities of Mariupol, Kherson, Mykolaiv and Odessa, said an adviser to the Ukrainian president’s office.
“Heavy fighting is going on near Mariupol,” adviser Mykhailo Podolyak told a news conference. “But it is unlikely that Mariupol will surrender or be captured.”
Meanwhile, opposition is growing in Russia to the carnage in Ukraine.
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Communist MP Mikhail Matveev said: “I think the war should be stopped immediately.
“When I voted for recognition of the DPR/LPR, I voted for peace, not for war.
“Let Russia be a shield, keep Donbas from being bombed, but don’t let Kyiv be bombed.”
Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky is ready to discuss with Russia about neutrality and ensuring the country’s security, said Mikhail Podolyak, an adviser to the Ukrainian leader’s chief of staff.
“First of all, it will be a detailed conversation about peace and ceasefire,” he said.
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“Neutrality with an obvious security package is an option that will probably also be discussed.”
After weeks of warnings from Western leaders, Putin launched a three-pronged invasion of Ukraine from the north, east and south on Thursday, in an attack that threatens to disrupt the postwar European order. Cold painting.
“I once again appeal to servicemen of the armed forces of Ukraine: do not allow neo-Nazis and (Ukrainian extremist nationalists) to use their children, wives and your elders as human shields,” Putin said at a televised meeting with Russia’s Security Ministry. Council on Friday.
“Take power into your own hands.”
Mr. Putin has cited the need to “denuclearize” the Ukrainian leadership as one of the main reasons for his aggression, accusing the country of genocide against Russian-speaking people in eastern Ukraine. Kyiv and its Western allies deny the accusations as baseless propaganda.
Meanwhile, US President Joe Biden has directed the US State Department to release $ 350 million in military aid to Ukraine.
In a memo with Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Biden directed that $350 million allocated through the Foreign Assistance Act be designated for Ukraine’s defense.
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