Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has told the people of Kyiv that he and other members of his government “are here, we are fighting” and that they must “bear the night”.
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Multiple artillery explosions were heard in Kyiv with the President of Ukraine telling people to brace themselves, claiming it would be the night the Russians “attacked” the capital.
There have been reports of regular explosions emerging from the outskirts of Kyiv as Vladimir Putin’s troops advance on their key target of the city, and US officials say Russia’s initial target was “to decapitate”. ” government of President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.
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 repelled by the Ukrainian army said in a Facebook post earlier in the day. Saturday.
Ukraine’s Interfax agency said Russian troops were trying to capture one of the city’s power stations.
Kyiv residents were asked by the Defense Ministry to make petrol bombs to repel the invaders, and eyewitnesses on Friday night reported hearing salvoes and intense gunfire from the west side of the city.
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Zelenskiy filmed himself with aides on the streets of the capital, vowing to defend Ukraine’s independence.
“Tonight they will launch an attack. We must all understand what awaits us. We must endure tonight,” he said in a video address posted on his Telegram channel. . “Ukraine’s fate is being decided right now.”
“We are here, we are fighting,” he declared.
On Friday, Moscow said it had captured Hostomel airport northwest of the capital – a potential backstop for an attack on Kyiv that has occurred since Russian paratroopers landed there in the early hours. front of the war.
This could not be confirmed and Ukrainian authorities reported heavy fighting there.
Earlier on Saturday, the Ukrainian Air Force Command reported heavy fighting near the airbase in Vasylkiv, southwest of Kyiv, which it said was being attacked by Russian paratroopers.
It also said one of its warplanes shot down a Russian transport plane.
The mayor of Kyiv and its three million inhabitants, former world heavyweight boxing champion Vitali Klitschko, said Russian spoilers had entered the city. “The enemy wants to put the capital on his knees and destroy us,” he said.
At the same time, the governments of Russia and Ukraine have signaled they are open to negotiations even as the authorities in Kyiv urge citizens to help defend the capital against an onslaught by Russian forces during the European security crisis. Europe’s worst in decades.
Zelenskiy spokesman Sergii Nykyforov said Ukraine and Russia will consult in the next few hours on the time and place for the talks, said on social media, offering the first glimmer of hope in diplomacy since when the invasion begins.
The Kremlin earlier said it had offered to meet in the Belarusian capital Minsk after Ukraine expressed its willingness to discuss declaring itself a neutral country, but Ukraine had proposed Warsaw as the venue.
That, according to Russia’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov, led to a “pause” of contacts.
“Ukraine was and still is ready to talk about a ceasefire and peace,” Nykyforov said in a Facebook post. “We agreed to the proposal of the President of the Russian Federation.”
But US State Department spokesman Ned Price said Russia’s offer was an attempt to conduct diplomacy “before the barrel of a gun”, and that President Vladimir Putin’s military must stop bombing Ukraine if the country is serious about its threats. Negotiations.
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