Russia pressed its offensive on Ukraine on the outskirts of the capital on Friday after launching airstrikes on cities and military bases and sending troops and tanks from three sides, which could rewrite a global post-Cold War security order .
Explosions and gunshots were reported in Kiev before dawn as Western leaders scheduled an emergency meeting and Ukraine’s president called for international help to stop an attack that would destroy his democratically elected government. could collapse, cause mass casualties and damage the global economy. The United Nations said 25 civilians were killed. The military said Friday that Russian spies and saboteurs had been spotted on the outskirts of Kiev, and police told people not to leave the metro station as shots were fired in the area. Elsewhere in Kiev, soldiers set up defensive positions on bridges, and armored vehicles rolled down the streets while residents stood restlessly in the doors of their buildings. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Kiev could be “siege” by what US officials believe is a brazen attempt by Russian President Vladimir Putin to establish his rule.
People take refuge in the basement of a building, while the sound of sirens strikes new in the city of Kiev
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky called on global leaders to call for sanctions imposed by Western allies and even severe sanctions for defense aid. “If you don’t help us now, if you fail to provide powerful aid to Ukraine, tomorrow war will knock at your door,” said the leader, who broke diplomatic ties with Moscow, declaring martial law. and ordered full military mobilization. Will last 90 days.
Zelensky said he is the number 1 target for the attacking Russians but plans to stay in Kiev. He said that 137 “heroes”, including 10 military officers, were killed, and one of his advisers said that about 400 Russian forces were killed. The Kremlin accepted Kiev’s offer to hold talks, but this appeared to be an attempt to squeeze concessions from Zelensky rather than a diplomatic solution.
Putin waved the nuclear sword
Putin has warned in a speech that if anyone tries to use military means to block Russia’s takeover of Ukraine, he has weapons available. “As far as military matters are concerned, even after the disintegration of the USSR and the loss of a great deal of its capabilities, today’s Russia remains one of the most powerful nuclear states,” Putin said in his pre-invasion address early Thursday. Is.”
“Furthermore, it has a definite advantage over many state-of-the-art weapons. In this context, one should have no doubt that any potential aggressor would suffer defeat and that a direct attack on our country would have ominous consequences. Only one By suggesting a nuclear response, Putin played down the troubling possibility that the current fighting in Ukraine could eventually turn into a nuclear confrontation between Russia and the United States.
Hungary captures Ukrainian refugees fleeing the attack
Hungary has provided temporary legal protection to Ukrainians fleeing Russian aggression, as countries in Eastern Europe prepare for the arrival of refugees across its borders. Hungary, which borders Ukraine to the west, has in the past taken a tough stand against all forms of immigration. It has controversially refused to accept refugees and asylum seekers from the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
United Nations gives $20 million
The United Nations announced on Thursday that it is immediately allocating $20 million to enhance UN humanitarian operations in Ukraine following Russia’s invasion. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced that the United Nations and its humanitarian allies are “committed to living and delivering to people in Ukraine in their times of need … no matter who or where they are.” “As the death toll rises, we are seeing pictures of fear, anguish and terror in every corner of Ukraine,” he said. “People – innocent people everyday – always pay the highest price.”
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