On Saturday night, Ukraine was said to have been attacked by a Russian attack across the country. Here are the four main points of the night.
As Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky warned on Friday night: The Russians attacked with full force on Saturday night.
This is the most important thing that happened.
1. Hard fighting in Kiev
Another dramatic night ended in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev. Residents spend the night in shelters with the occasional sound of plane alarms, explosions and gunfire.
Fighting in Kiev continues in several districts and in metro stations. The Kiev Independent at 03.40 local time reported more than 50 explosions and strong machine-gun fire.
Among other things, it is said that the CHP-6 power plant was attacked.
Early on Saturday, fighting broke out again in Kiev. Residents are told to seek refuge and stay away from windows.
The Ukrainian army announced that it repelled a Russian attack on Saturday evening on one of the main roads in the capital, Kiev.
Russia attacked a Ukrainian military unit stationed on Peremohi Street in Kiev. The Ukrainian army wrote on its official Facebook page that the attack was repelled.
Attacks across the country
Russia is attacking cities across Ukraine, according to Kiev Independent journalist Oleksiy Sorokin. They come with tanks, ground forces and missiles.
In the early hours of Saturday morning, the Russian authorities reported that the city of Melitipol in southern Ukraine had been captured. He writes for Reuters, which was quoted by the Russian Interfax agency. There have been tough fights there in the past two days. Ukraine denies that the city has been captured.
The plane alarm went off on Saturday morning in a number of cities across Ukraine.
Reuters reported that there were matches in Mariupol, Kherson, Mykolaiv and Odessa. They quoted the President’s Adviser, Mikhailo Podolak. The Ukrainian defense also reported heavy fighting in the city of Vasiklev, about 30 km south of Kiev.
According to the Ukrainian authorities, Russia has not taken any new cities. This is in contrast to what Russia was saying about Melitopol early Saturday.
The most difficult battles continued in Kiev. Among other things, the Ukrainian Air Force was said to have shot down two Russian combat aircraft. The Kiev Independent newspaper reported early Saturday night.
In addition, a Russian column of six military vehicles was said to have been destroyed by the Ukrainian defense.
Ukrainian authorities have reported that at least 3,000 Russian soldiers have been killed. This is difficult to verify, and the Russian authorities have not announced figures for military casualties.
– We stop their forces by all available means. The armed forces and the civilian population control Kiev.
This was stated by Oleksiy Danilov of the Security Council of Ukraine, according to the Ukrainian newspaper lb.ua.
4. The president refused to evict
He writes that the United States is ready to evacuate President Zelensky Washington Post.
Refusal. Zelensky himself said that the Russians ranked him as the number one target, and his family is next.
According to the president, the fate of the city is now decided. He said this in a Facebook video early Saturday morning.
– We don’t want to lay down arms, we want to defend our country, says the president.
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