Senior officials said Kiev residents spent the early hours of Saturday sheltering inside their homes from street fighting and shelling, but Ukrainian authorities were still in control of the capital until morning.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky began the night with a grim warning that people should prepare for the storming of Russia’s capital. But as dawn broke, the president apparently posted a video of himself on the streets of the capital to show he remained in office.
Kiev Mayor Vitali Klitschko said Saturday morning that the night was “difficult” but that “there are no Russian forces in the capital.” He added that 35 people, including two children, were injured during the night.
James Hebey, the junior British defense minister, said that “isolated pockets of Russian special forces and paratroopers” were in the city, but that the bulk of Russian troops did not enter it. Sky News.
Klitschko added that movement within the city will be restricted throughout the day due to roadblocks, and urged people to stay in shelters to protect against possible air strikes.
“It will be difficult, but we must resist – with us the army and territorial defense,” Klitschko said. We have justice.
“Kiev, our wonderful, peaceful city, experienced another night of attacks,” Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba. to publish on Twitter.