War in Ukraine: Fighting continues, Ukrainian president warns

It is the second day of Russia’s massive offensive against neighboring Ukraine. Fighting continues in the capital and Russian forces are advancing.

No.We cannot lose capital. I address our defenders, men and women from all angles: Tonight, the enemy will use all their forces to break through our defenses in the worst, most severe and most inhumane way. They will try to capture Kiev tonight, ”Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky said in a video conference on the president’s website.

Further explosions were heard following the capture of a nearby air base by Russian forces in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev.

Russia threatens Finland and Sweden

Russia threatened Finland and Sweden with “military consequences.” The Russian government has explained in a tweet that the Finnish government’s commitment to military policy is a key factor in ensuring security and stability in northern Europe.

The head of the UN refugee agency said on Friday that more than 50,000 Ukrainians had fled their country within 48 hours of the start of the Russian invasion, which estimated the 100,000 people displaced in Ukraine on Thursday. Many are heading towards the border.

Russia hopes that relations with the West will not “go back”.

A Russian diplomatic spokesman said on Friday that relations between Moscow and the West were close to an “irreversible point” in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and massive sanctions against Russia.

“The truth is, we are close to where the point of return begins,” Maria Zakharova told Russian television.

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The Ukrainian president on Friday called the European response to the Russian invasion “too slow” and called for all retaliation to be “on the table.” “If you’re too slow to help Ukraine, how are you going to defend yourself?” Volodymyr Zhelensky said in a new speech. It should be on the table because it is a threat to all of us, all over Europe, ”he added.

The Europeans were called to fight

The president also called on war-experienced Europeans to go to Ukraine to defeat the invading Russian army. “If you have war experience (…) you can come to our country to defend Europe,” Zhelensky said.

Yesterday, the President announced a general military mobilization in Ukraine. Ukrainian men between the ages of 18 and 60 cannot leave the country and cross the border.

Belgium will accept its responsibilities and make troops available to the NATO Response Force (NRF), its organization announced on Friday that it had approved the deployment.

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