Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky today assured that he had “broken the plan” of Russia on the third day of the invasion of his country, asking the Russians to tell Vladimir Putin to stop the war.
“We maintained our position and managed to repel enemy attacks. Fighting continues in many towns and regions of the country, but (…) it is our army that controls Kiev and the main towns around the capital” , Zelensky said in a video posted on Facebook. .
On Thursday, Russia launched a military offensive in Ukraine, with ground forces and bombing targets in several cities, which has already left at least 198 dead, including civilians, and more than 1,100 injured, in Ukrainian territory, according to Kiev. . The UN has reported 120,000 displaced since the first day of fighting.
Russian President Vladimir Putin says the ‘special military operation’ in Ukraine aims to demilitarize the neighboring country and is the only way for the country to defend itself, with the Kremlin saying the offensive will last as long as necessary .
The attack was condemned by the international community in general and led to emergency meetings of several governments, including the Portuguese, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the EU and of the United Nations Security Council, with the approval of massive sanctions against Russia. .