Ukrainian forces hold Kyiv as talks with Russia are scheduled

KYIV, Ukraine—Russian and Ukrainian officials have prepared to meet for the first talks since Moscow began its invasion four days ago as Ukraine’s defenders clung to the capital, Kyiv, and repelled Russian troops in urban fighting in its second largest city, Kharkov.

In a sign of growing tensions with the West over Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the country’s nuclear deterrent forces to be put on alert.


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