Ukraine says 198 civilians killed in Russian invasion as fighting ensues on streets of Kyiv
Ukraine’s health ministry said on Saturday that 198 civilians, including three children, have so far been killed in the Russian invasion. Meanwhile, fierce fighting erupted in Kyiv earlier in the morning, hours after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy urged his citizens in a video message to prepare for Russians “storming” the capital.
A missile also struck a residential building in Kyiv, but Russia claimed its overnight strike was against military infrastructure and not civilians. No casualties were immediately reported.
The Ukrainian president dismissed rumours that he asked the army to surrender to Russian forces.
Meanwhile, Russia vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution on Friday that would have deplored Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine. Eleven member states voted for the resolution, while India, China, the United Arab Emirates abstained from the vote.