President Volodymyr Zelensky allegedly turned down President Joe Biden’s offer to move safely out of his country as Russian forces entered the Ukrainian capital.
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According to US officials, the Ukrainian president told the US “I need ammunition, not a ride” when he turned down their offer for a safe route out of the country.
Speaking in the early hours of Friday morning, President Zelensky declared he was the ‘number one target’ of his enemy Russia, who he claimed would kidnap and kill him to overthrow Ukraine’s political system.
But the defiant Zelensky remained in Kyiv with his officials, ordering all combat-age men to stay with him as he delivered the weapons to the public.
Now, he is said to have even turned down calls from the US government for them to evacuate him to ensure his safety, telling them “the fight is here”.
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“The fight is here; I need ammunition, not a ride,” he said, according to a senior US intelligence official with direct knowledge of the conversation.
The official also described the Ukrainian leader as an optimist and explained that US President Joe Biden had tried to provide Zelensky with a safe route to leave his country.
Russian troops landed in Kyiv overnight as they advanced from three sides from Friday in the early hours of Saturday morning (February 26).
Explosions were heard throughout the capital as troops moved in, and President Zelensky warned his people to prepare to defend the city.
Overnight, Zelensky warned that this was the night the Russian military would “attack” the city, while American officials suggested that Putin’s aim was to “behead” the Ukrainian government.
The fighting had spread to the inner circle of the city as videos emerged of residential buildings being hit by rockets near Kyiv airport.
Ukraine’s Interfax agency said Russian troops were trying to capture one of the city’s power stations.
The unprovoked invasion of neighboring Ukraine by Russian forces under President Vladimir Putin has sparked bloodshed and chaos.
With Putin’s troops shelling cities across Ukraine and the nation’s troops vowing to fight to the death to protect their lands, observers fear the death toll will be huge.
So far, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky has confirmed that 137 civilians and military personnel was killed on the country on the first day of the invasion of Russia.
In a speech to his people, Mr. Zelensky revealed another 316 was wounded in the fighting.
The death toll is expected to rise on the night of February 25, Ukraine Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Maliar announced almost 3,000 Russian soldiers died in the first two days of the deep invasion
She wrote in a post on Facebook that the “army of the aggressor country suffered the following losses (estimated) as of 3 p.m. Friday”, before listing “up to 80” tanks; 516 “armored combat vehicles of all kinds”; 10 aircraft; Seven helicopters and 2,800 “special personnel” that Russia claims are among the losses Russia has suffered.
Meanwhile, the official Twitter page of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine stated in a tweet that “today the number of losses from the occupying forces of the Russian Federation is more than 1 thousand.”
These claims have yet to be independently verified.
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.
Zelensky and his right hand man gathered in the streets to shoot a short clip showing him on the streets of Kyiv ready to fight.
He told the world: “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 my Telegram channel. “Ukraine’s fate is being decided right now.”
His message continued: “We are here, we are fighting.”
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.
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Elsewhere, the Kremlin attempted to capture Mariupol, an important shipping port that supplied goods like wheat and barley to the Mediterranean countries.
Russian forces are closing in on the port in an attempt to strangle Ukraine’s economy.
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