Ukraine crisis: Kyiv residents seek underground shelter

Ukraine crisis: Kyiv residents seek underground shelter

After nighttime blasts and street fighting, Russian troops pushed toward the Ukrainian capital and sent Kiev residents to seek underground shelter. The country’s leader refused to clear a US offer, insisting he would stay. “The fight is here,” said President Volodymyr Zelensky. It was not immediately clear how far the Russian army had advanced. Ukrainian officials reported some success in stopping the attacks, but fighting continued near the capital. Reported skirmishes on the edge of the city suggested that small Russian units were trying to clear the way for the main forces.

Russia claims that its attack on Ukraine is aimed only at military targets, but civilians have been killed and wounded during Europe’s largest ground war since World War II. A missile struck a high-rise apartment building on the city’s southwestern outskirts near one of Kiev’s two passenger airports, Mayor Vitaly Klichsko said, leaving a jagged hole of devastated apartments on several floors. A rescue worker said six civilians were injured. The conflict has already driven hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians out of their homes. UN officials said more than 120,000 Ukrainians have left the country for the country and other neighboring countries. Ukraine’s Health Minister Viktor Lyashko said a total of 198 Ukrainians, including three children, had died since the Russia-Ukraine crisis. Along with this, he also said in a Facebook post that 1,115 Ukrainians were injured in the three days of fighting. He said that of the total number of injured, 33 were children.

Ukrainian MP takes up arms

A photo posted on Twitter by Ukraine’s MP Kira Rudik holding Kalashnikov herself went viral. Rudik, who is also the leader of the Voice party of Ukraine, is among Ukrainians who have decided to take matters into their own hands in the face of Russian aggression. “I learn to use Kalashnikov and prepare to take up arms. It feels surreal, because just a few days ago it would never have crossed my mind. Our #women will protect our earth just like our #men,” Kira Rudick wrote on Twitter. The Ukrainian MP further said that she wants to stay in Kiev. Rudick said his partner and most of his friends have also taken up arms to defend themselves.

Number of Ukrainians killed since the crisis

Number of Ukrainians left the country

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