The President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, assured this Saturday that the country’s army had done «derail» the Russian attack plan for the capital, Kiev, against which Russia used «everything» to assault it, such as fighters, saboteurs and airborne troops.
“I can start with the good news: we have resisted and are successfully repelling enemy attacks. The fight continues in many cities and regions of our country. Kiev and the key cities around the capital are controlled by our Army », he pointed out in a new speech.
“The occupiers wanted to blockade the center of the country and put (pro-Russian) puppets here, as in Donetsk. We have derailed their idea, they got no advantage over us.”
“The real battle for Kiev continued. The enemy used everything against us: fighters, saboteurs, landing troops. The invaders hit residential areas, trying to eliminate power installations. His tactics are very viles,” the Ukrainian president noted.
“We have resisted,” said the president in a new video published on his social networks and in which he also warned that “battles continue in many cities.” “We know that we defend the country, the homeland, the future of our children,” he said, according to local agencies.
“Special attention to Kiev. The capital is not to be missed! On all fronts tonight, the enemy will use all available forces to break our resistance. Tonight it will be essential for us again,” warned the Ukrainian president several hours ago.
As reported by the newspaper The Kyiv Independent, There were about 50 explosions and machine gun fire near the city zoo, and around the Beresteiska metro area, at the intersection of Peremohy Avenue. In addition, the aforementioned newspaper reported that at least 60 Russian saboteurs had been killed in Kiev, according to the adviser to the Minister of the Interior, Viktor Andrusiv.
The governments of United States and United Kingdom They consider that the Russian military offensive on Ukraine has slowed down and is advancing at a slower pace than expected, apparently due to the difficulty they are experiencing in key areas such as Kiev.
“They have met more resistance than expected», explained a spokesman for the US Department of Defense in a meeting with journalists. Thus, the Russian troops are not advancing as much as “it was believed” at the beginning, according to the transcript released by the Pentagon of this meeting.
The British Ministry of Defense, for its part, has also pointed out in a balance of the situation published this Saturday that the advance «temporarily slowed down as a result of logistical difficulties and strong Ukrainian resistance».
London considers that Kiev continues to be “the priority objective” of the offensive, which began on Thursday morning, after the president of Russia, Vladimir Putinorder a “special operation” that was theoretically aimed at responding to the escalation of tensions in eastern Ukraine.
However, the Russian forces may not yet have unleashed their full potential. the ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskyhas estimated that there are already 100,000 Russian troops in Ukraine, while the United States estimated that they had stationed near the borders before the invasion more than 150,000.
The Russian Ministry of Defense has given an order this Sunday to resume the offensive «in all directions», after the Kremlin reported an alleged pause ordered by Putin to give dialogue with Kiev a chance.