– The struggle for control of Kiev is intensifying
The Ukrainians are currently resisting the Russian offensive in Kiev, but fear a major Russian offensive to seize the capital.
The Ukrainian military said on Saturday that it had repulsed an attack by Russian troops on one of Kiev’s main arteries, following a dramatic call a few hours later by President Volodymyr Zhelensky.
The Ukrainian military said in a statement on its Facebook account that the attack on Victory Avenue, one of the capital’s main arteries, had been “repelled”. He went with the news with a photo showing a large haze rising in the middle of a town at midnight, Kiev fearing a major attack by the Russian army to capture the city.
“Tonight, they will try to capture,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky said in a video address aired a few hours ago on the president’s website on Friday evening.
“We can not lose capital. I address our guards, men and women on all fronts: tonight, the enemy will use all their forces to break through our defenses in the worst, most severe and most inhumane way possible,” he added. First Russian troops entered the north of the Ukrainian capital on Friday. Killed the people there.
In a separate statement, the Ukrainian military reaffirmed that the Russians were “trying to land paratroopers” and that “tough fighting” had continued in Vasilkiv, thirty kilometers southwest of Kiev. He said Ukrainian forces had destroyed a Russian SU-25 helicopter and ground attack aircraft near separatist areas in the east, and a Russian IL-76 transport aircraft near Vasilkiv.
Russian veto at the UN
The aftermath of Thursday’s attack, ordered by Russian President Vladimir Putin, is already underway. The UN reported that about 100,000 people had already been displaced and 50,000 had fled Ukraine, which failed to condemn Moscow on Friday.
Russia has vetoed a Security Council resolution condemning its “occupation”, although it is supported by a majority of countries. “The world is with us, the truth is with us, victory is ours!” The President of Ukraine tweeted after the referendum.
The Atlantic Alliance, for its part, has begun to use elements of its reactionary force to deal quickly with any eventuality.
Under further pressure, Western nations, including the United States, imposed sanctions on Vladimir Putin and his foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, a rare and very symbolic fact. It is an act that was immediately recognized by Russian diplomacy as a “complete disability” and an indication that relations with the West are nearing a “point of no return”.
Vladimir Putin seems to be more determined than ever to continue his offensive until regime change in Ukraine. On Friday, he described members of the Ukrainian presidency as “drug addicts” and “neo-Nazis.”