– Ukraine orders public mobilization after Russian invasion
The first day of the Russian offensive in Ukraine, which began on Thursday, has already killed dozens. Explosions were heard in Kiev on Friday.
Ukrainian, Russian and Ukrainian forces announced a mass mobilization to contain a massive offensive launched by Vladimir Putin in a deadly battle against the gates of Kiev, with explosions erupting in the capital on Friday morning.
The day after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, two loud explosions were heard in the center of Kiev, an AFP journalist reported. On its Facebook account, the Ukrainian military noted that a “missile attack” had targeted Kiev, which had destroyed two of the aircraft. According to the city’s mayor Vitaly Klitschko, three people were injured when missiles fell on a residential area southeast of the Ukrainian capital, one of them seriously.
The advance of Russian forces raises fears of an attack and escalation of targeted attacks on Kiev and strategic and government targets. According to Western military sources, the Russian military closed Kiev, where a curfew was imposed, with the aim of “beheading” Ukraine and establishing a pro – Moscow government instead.
Governor of the Sumi (Northeast) region Serhiï Zhvytskiï – quoted by UNIAN – “The machines (Russian, note) left Sumi in the direction of Kiev, a lot of machines”. Ukraine’s Defense Ministry announced on Friday morning that it had launched a Russian missile attack on a border security unit in the Zaborizhia region, causing “deaths and injuries.”
“Behead the government”
In opposition to the Russian invasion, Volodymyr Zhelensky on Thursday evening ordered a general mobilization in 90 regions of Ukraine and the withdrawal of reservists within 90 days. The leader regretted that Ukraine had been “left alone” against the Russian military, while pointing out that the Atlantic Alliance would not send troops to support it.
NATO forces are on high alert and some sections are moving to strengthen the eastern part of the alliance. Atlantic Alliance summit dedicated to the crisis in Ukraine will be held on Friday via video conference
The summit of the Atlantic Alliance will be held on Friday via video conference. President Joe Biden has promised that the United States will protect “every inch of NATO territory.” But they will not send troops to Ukraine, he said. However, the Pentagon will send another 7,000 troops to Germany.
For its part, President Emmanuel Macron announced after an exceptional EU summit in Brussels that France would expedite the sending of NATO troops to Romania, a country bordering Ukraine. Must stop its attack with Moscow.
The invasion caused great consternation in the international community. The United States and Albania have called for a UN Security Council vote at 20:00 GMT (21:00 Swiss time) on Friday on a draft resolution condemning the invasion of Ukraine and calling on Russia to withdraw its troops immediately.
Joe Biden, the Kremlin’s master, has imposed restrictions on the export of technology products to Russia, becoming a “pariah in the international arena”. Leaders of 27 EU countries have simultaneously imposed “massive” sanctions on Russia in the energy, finance and transport sectors, but without removing it from the Swift banking network, making it possible to receive or disburse money globally. Moscow, for its part, promised a “tough” response to these actions.
At least 137 people have been killed on the Ukrainian side
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky on Friday drew the latest figures for the Ukrainian side: civilians and soldiers: at least 137 killed and 316 wounded. The Ukrainian military on Friday estimated Russian casualties with more than 30 tanks, about 130 armored vehicles, seven aircraft and six helicopters.
The UK Defense Ministry said in a statement that Russia was “unlikely to achieve its planned military objectives” on the first day of the attack, citing “fierce opposition” from Ukrainian forces.