Wed. May 18th, 2022

Russian forces push toward Kyiv

A day after Russia invaded Ukraine, the Russian Defense Ministry said its forces had destroyed more than 70 military targets, including 11 airfields, a helicopter and four drones. Russian forces also captured the former nuclear power plant at Chernobyl, north of Kyiv, the site of the 1986 nuclear disaster. Explosions were reported in Kyiv, Kharkiv and elsewhere.

In a short video address, Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, said at least 137 Ukrainians had been killed so far. Russian saboteurs had entered Kyiv, the capital, he added. He said he feared that the country would not receive military assistance. President Biden has said that U.S. forces will not fight in Ukraine, but that additional troops will be deployed to Germany and NATO’s eastern flank to bolster defenses.

Thousands of Ukrainian civilians have fled the country’s cities, with buses and cars packed with family members, pets and personal belongings backed up for miles outside Kyiv. Anna, a resident of Chernihiv who was stuck in traffic, wiped away tears as she spoke to reporters for The Times. “I’m sorry, I fear for my kids,” she said.

Here are the latest maps of the invasion and the latest updates.

Aims: Zelensky described himself as “target No. 1” for Russian forces, followed by his family, but vowed to remain in the capital. “I am asking citizens of Kyiv to be vigilant and adhere to the rules of martial law,” he said. He disputed Russia’s claims that it was striking only military targets.

The case for war: For the second time in days, Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, addressed Russians about his aims in Ukraine. He portrayed the conflict as one waged against the West as a whole and argued that the West wanted to use Ukraine as a springboard to invade and destroy Russia.

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By Chala Dandessa

Name: Chala Dandessa. I was born in West Shewa Zone, Chobi District of Oromia Region, Ethiopia in 1989. Founder of Ethiopians Today Website Currently I am Lecturer at Jimma Teachers College. Peace and Unity for our country! https://ethiopianstoday.com

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