Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy vowed to defend Ukraine “until the end” in an address to his nation.
Zelenskyy called on Russian people to oppose the war and invited all who want to defend Ukraine to his country.
He said they stood upright against Russia’s attacks and successfully repulsed them, and denied the reports that he has left the capital Kiev.
“We know that we are defending our homeland, our land, and our children. Kiev and key cities around the capital are controlled by our army,” said Zelenskyy.
“The invaders wanted to block the center of our state and put their puppets there, as in Donetsk. We ruined their plans,” he added.
Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine entered its third day with the latest reports indicating clashes between Russian and Ukrainian troops in Kiev streets.