Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky vows to hold firm as 2,000 civilian deaths blamed on Russian invasion
Ukrainian President Voldymyr Zelensky promised on Wednesday that Russia would not overthrow his government inand civilians with missiles, but with the pressure of unprecedented international sanctions on Moscow mounting day by day, this increasingly looked like Vladimir Putin’s strategy.
Zelensky said nearly 6,000 members of the Russian invasion force have been killed since Putin launched his unprovoked attack.A week ago. Ukraine’s state emergency service, meanwhile, said more than 2,000 civilians had been killed since the Russian invasion began, and a government official said there were at least 21 children. among the dead.
Putin’s forces continue to slowly push into Ukrainian territory, but after seven days of war Russia has yet to take full control of any major Ukrainian city. Russian officials have claimed ‘full control’ of Kherson, on the southern coast, but Ukrainian and American officials have denied the claim, with an adviser to Zelensky saying that ‘the city has not fallen, our side continues to defend itself “.
US officials have said a massive column of Russian troops and weapons currently about 20 miles north of Kiev could move to encircle the capital in a week and then seize it in a month.
But Russia’s ranged war – an increasingly ruthless barrage of heavy artillery hitting major population centers – is already taking a heavy toll on Ukrainian civilians. Nearly 700,000 have fled their homes to neighboring countries. Tens of thousands more continue to wait in long border lines, frozen with children and pets, fleeing a Russian attack that the United States said Wednesday was expected to worsen.
In his first State of the Union address on Tuesday evening, Presidentwith the people of Ukraine and lambasted Putin, whom he vowed he would “pay a high price in the long run” for his decision to unleash “violence and chaos” on his neighbours.