Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy says almost 140 civilians and military personnel have been killed. Several hundred civilians have been injured. That is just day One, of Putin’s assassination of a brother people. Putin says Ukraine is an illegitimate state carved out of Russia.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy says 137 civilians and military personnel have been killed on the first day of the Russian invasion of his country, so far. It can also be added that several hundred civilians have been injured. The death toll is expected to rise.
“They’re killing people and turning peaceful cities into military targets. It’s foul and will never be forgiven,” Zelenskiy said.
The president said all border guards on Zmiinyi (Snake) Island in the Odesa region were killed. All of them will be posthumously awarded the title of Hero of Ukraine, he said.
The president also lamented that his country had been “left alone” to fight Russia. “Who is ready to fight alongside us? I don’t see anyone.”
In the Russian media, Putin’s aggression is portrayed as a precision war with attacks solely on military targets. That is not the case. The number of civilian deaths is rising every hour.
Russian missiles pounded Kyiv on Friday, families cowered in shelters. “Shots and explosions are ringing out in some neighbourhoods. Saboteurs have already entered Kyiv,” said the city’s mayor, former world heavyweight boxing champion Vitali Klitchko.
U.S. officials believe Russia’s initial aim is to “decapitate” Zelenskiy’s government. Zelenskiy said he knew he was “the number one target” but would stay in Kyiv.
Putin says Ukraine is an illegitimate state carved out of Russia.