According to Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko, 35 people, including two children, were injured in the clashes. There is no major military presence on the streets of the city for now, but groups of saboteurs remain active, he said.
Mr. Klitschko did not specify whether the wounded were all civilians or not.
In Kiev, heavy fighting continues. Ukrainian army repels Russian saboteursthe Ukrainian Special Communications Service said at around 5:30 a.m. local time on Saturday.
A Russian missile heavily damaged a large apartment building, the state emergency service said on Saturday. Russia had recently announced that it had fired cruise missiles on the third day of its invasion of Ukraine.
The missile hit the building between 18and and 21and floors, said the Ukrainian service, adding that an evacuation was
In progress. The projectile caused no casualties, according to an adviser to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine.
Exchanges of gunfire also took place near the seat of government, according to testimonies collected by Reuters. Other people on the spot reported hearing shellfire falling on the town.
Ukrainian forces claim to have successfully repelled attacks targeting a Kiev military base and a hydroelectric power station north of the city.
The Ukrainian army also reported
violent fighting 30 kilometers southwest of the capital, where the Russians
try to land paratroopers.
Violent clashes elsewhere in the country
Fighting continued to rage on other fronts. The Russian army has taken control of the city of Melitopol, located in the south-east of the country, according to statements by the Ministry of Defense of Russia quoted by Interfax.
The Ukrainian General Staff reported that Russian planes dropped bombs on the cities of Sumy, Poltava and Mariupol and their surroundings. The latter would be the theater
intense fightingaccording to the office of the President of Ukraine.
Also according to the country’s armed forces, Russia has also fired cruise missiles from the Black Sea targeting military infrastructure.
Zelensky will not lay down his arms
In a video released early Saturday morning, the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, insisted that he has no intention of surrendering.
” I’m here. We are not going to lay down our arms and we are going to defend our country. »
On Friday, Vladimir Putin called on the Ukrainian army to dislodge its president and take power.
It seems to me that it will be easier to negotiate between you and mehe underlined when the Kremlin expressed its desire to launch negotiations in Minsk, Belarus.
Belarus, located in the north of Ukraine, is one of the crossing points through which the Russian army entered Ukraine.