President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine announced that “Russian forces infiltrated Kiev” a day after the start of the Russian military operation.
“We are left alone to defend our country,” Zelensky said in a video address posted to the Ukrainian presidency. “Who is ready to fight with us? I don’t see anyone.”
The Ukrainian president stressed that he will remain in the capital. “I will stay in the capital. My family is also in Ukraine. Who is ready to guarantee Ukraine’s membership in NATO? Everyone is afraid,” he said, at a time when the Western military alliance indicated that it would not send troops to support Ukraine.
On Thursday, Zelensky said that at least 137 Ukrainians were killed on the first day of the Russian operation, and 316 others were wounded in the fighting.
Zelensky added that Russian troops resumed military operations for the second day at 4:00 AM Ukrainian time.
In international reactions, South Korea said it would not impose sanctions on Russia, while the European Union announced a new sanctions package targeting Russia’s oil sector, and Canada imposed sanctions on the Russian Central Bank. In response to the Western sanctions targeting Russia’s international trade, India announced it was engaging in talks with Moscow to start a new system of direct commerce in India’s rupee currency.