Photo: Sergey Dolzhenko / EFE
Through Heavy fighting in the streets of Kiev and other cities on Sunday, Ukraine’s defense forces and civilian volunteers resisted Russia’s invasion for a fourth day, fighting for control of the capital as international pressure mounted on Moscow and support for the beleaguered government in Kiev grew, according to The New York Times.
Russian forces shelled Ukraine’s capital Kiev again on Saturday night, after a day of pitched fights in the city. Most of the more than 150,000 Russian troops that had massed around Ukraine are now fighting inside the country, US officials said.
Russia also unleashed a wave of attacks against Ukraine against airfields and fuel facilities. in what appeared to be the next phase of an invasion that has been held back by fierce resistance, according to The Associated Press.
The United States and the European Union responded with shipments of arms and ammunition to the outnumbered Ukrainians and powerful sanctions designed to further isolate Moscow.
Huge explosions lit up the sky early Sunday south of the capital Kiev. as people took refuge in houses, underground garages and subway stations in anticipation of a full-scale attack by Russian forces.
Flames rose into the pre-dawn sky from an oil depot near an airbase in Vasylkiv, where there has been heavy fighting, according to the city’s mayor. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s office said there was another explosion at Zhuliany civilian airport.
Russian forces killed at least 198 people, including three children, and injured 1,115 people, including 33 children.according to the Ukrainian National Guard, and a UN official said more than 150,000 Ukrainian refugees have fled.
Zelenskyy’s office also said that Russian forces blew up a gas pipeline in Kharkiv, the country’s second largest cityprompting the government to advise people to protect themselves from smoke by covering their windows with a damp cloth or gauze.
“We will fight as long as it takes to liberate our country,” Zelenskyy promised.
“The situation in Kiev is calm, the capital is completely controlled by the Ukrainian army and defense forces,” said Mykola Povoroznyk, the first deputy head of the Kyiv City State Administration, in a statement released shortly before 7 am Kiev time.
Russia suffered significant losses entering the fourth day of its war against Ukraine, and the Ukrainian Air Force said in a statement that over the course of Saturday it had shot down “at least” 11 helicopters, three Sukhoi Su-30 and two Sukhoi Su-25 fighter jets and a second giant Russian Il-76 transport plane. , which can carry a large number of airborne troops, according to POLITICO.
A Ukrainian citizen clashed with Russian soldiers when he saw an armored vehicle stopped on a rural road in the Sumy region, near the Russian border.
Hundreds of thousands of refugees in 4 days
More than 150,000 Ukrainian refugees have already crossed into neighboring countries, half of them to Poland and many to Hungary, Moldova, Romania and beyond, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said on Saturday.
Displacement in Ukraine is also growing, but the military situation makes it difficult to estimate numbers and provide aid.
As Russian troops besieged Kiev, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky appeared on camera Saturday to offer evidence of his continued presence in his country’s capital, praise his outgunned and outmanned army and appeal for international support.
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