Russian invasion of Ukraine latest news and live updates

Ukraine’s President, Volodymyr Zelensky, said Thursday morning that his country’s vastly outnumbered defense forces had maintained their lines against the Russian invasion during another night of air strikes.

“They wanted to destroy us many times. They couldn’t. We’ve been through a lot! And if someone thinks that after overcoming all this Ukrainians will be terrified, broken or surrender – he knows nothing about Ukraine“He has nothing to do in Ukraine. We have nothing to lose but our freedom,” Zelensky said in the last video message.


Ukrainians stand firm against the Russian invasion

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Zelensky said his country receives more weapons and other supplies daily from its international allies. Whereas the Biden administration, while unwilling to send US troops or aircraft to directly assist non-NATO Ukraine, does supply the country with many of the country’s weapons. A US official confirmed to CBS News Wednesday that 200 Stinger anti-aircraft missiles were among the items delivered to Ukraine, and that hundreds more were sent — all part of a $350 million military support package.

But the United States and NATO refused to impose a no-fly zone over Ukraine, as requested by Ukrainian leaders, deeming the possibility of direct fire between NATO and Russian planes too risky. So Ukraine was left to put up with a devastating Russian air attack, and while a second round of direct talks between the Russian and Ukrainian delegations was expected this week, America’s ambassador to the United Nations warned on Wednesday that Russia appeared to be “preparing to increase the brutality of its campaign.”

Already more than a million people have fled the country. The UN human rights office says 227 civilians have been killed and 525 wounded. Ukrainian officials put the civilian death toll at more than 2,000, including 21 children. Russia has confirmed military losses, saying nearly 500 of its soldiers were killed, but Zelensky says Putin’s forces have lost more than 9,000 soldiers. Ukraine has not disclosed its military casualty figures.

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