Russian troops pressed in the direction of Ukraine’s capital on Saturday, after an evening of explosions and street fighting that despatched Kyiv residents looking for shelter underground.
The nation’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy refused an American provide to evacuate, insisting that he would stay. “The combat is right here,” he mentioned.
It was not instantly clear how far Russian troops had superior. Ukrainian officers reported some success in heading off assaults, however preventing continued close to the capital. Skirmishes reported on the sting of town prompt that small Russian models had been probing Ukrainian defences to clear a path for the primary forces.
Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko mentioned a missile hit a high-rise building on town’s southwestern outskirts. He posted a picture exhibiting a gaping gap on one aspect of the constructing that ravaged flats on a number of flooring. There was no fast phrase on casualties.
Saturday’s road clashes adopted two days of large air and missile strikes that Russian officers mentioned focused Ukrainian navy amenities as their floor troops moved in from the north, east and south. The assault pummelled bridges, colleges and residence buildings, and resulted in hundreds of casualties.
Ukraine’s well being minister reported on Saturday that 198 individuals have been killed and greater than 1,000 others wounded because the Russian invasion began on Thursday.
Well being Minister Viktor Liashko mentioned the demise toll included three youngsters. His assertion didn’t make it clear whether or not the figures included each navy personnel and civilians.