Russian invasion of Ukraine escalates with missile attacks and street fighting in Kyiv

KyivUkraineThe head of diplomacy said on Saturday morning that his country’s capital “survived another night” under Russian onslaught, as the president released a video reassuring his nation that he was still there. President Volodymyr Zelensky’s message – shot outside on a cellphone, clearly in the capital of Kiev – was a clear refutation of rumors that he could evacuate and reports that the United States had advised him to flee, CBS News’ Haley Ott reports.

“There’s a lot of fake news on the internet that I’ve called on the military to drop and there’s an evacuation going on,” Zelensky told his country. “I am here, and I will not give up. We will continue to defend our country. Our weapon is the truth, and the truth is that we will defend our country, our land, our children. And we will all defend That’s all I want to tell you: Glory to Ukraine.

Russia’s attack on Ukraine intensified overnight. President Vladimir Putin’s army has launched coordinated artillery and missile attacks, targeting key sites in Kiev and other cities in an invasion the Russian leader says he ordered to ‘liberate’ the neighboring country of a “neo-Nazi” regime.

His attack prompted widespread international condemnation and a dramatic show of unity from the West, with significant economic sanctions, a flood of cash and military aid for Kiev, and a build-up of NATO military forces in Eastern Europe.

But street fighting erupted in Kyiv overnight as Russian forces moved closer to capturing the capital – part of an effort, according to the United States and Ukraine, to overthrow the government of Zelensky and install a regime that will bow to the Kremlin.

As CBS News senior foreign correspondent Holly Williams reports, the fate of the country hangs in the balance.

Russian military intervention in Ukraine continues
Firefighters work near a damaged building in Kiev which was recently hit by shelling during the Russian military intervention in Ukraine, February 26, 2022.

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