- Fight is here, I need ammunition, not a ride, says Ukrainian President, rejects US offer to evacuate
- Russian troops stormed toward Ukraine’s capital early Saturday
- The assault represented Putin's boldest effort yet to redraw the world map
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in a new selfie video informed Ukrainian citizens that he is there in the country to fight Russian forces and hasn't left asking people not to believe in fake reports.
Zelenskyy also responded to US rejecting its offer to evacuate from the country saying he wants ammunition and not a ride. Zelenskyy's response came after he was asked to evacuate from Kyiv at the behest of the U.S. government but he turned down the offer.
Zelenskyy said in response, “The fight is here; I need ammunition, not a ride,” according to a senior American intelligence official with direct knowledge of the conversation, who described Zelenskyy as upbeat."
Invading Russian forces closed in on Ukraine’s capital on Saturday, in an apparent encircling movement after a barrage of airstrikes on cities and military bases around the country.
Meanwhile, Russian troops stormed toward Ukraine’s capital early Saturday, and street fighting broke out as city officials urged residents to take shelter.
The clashes followed two days of fighting that resulted in hundreds of casualties and pummeled bridges, schools and apartment buildings. U.S. officials believe Russian President Vladimir Putin is determined to overthrow Ukraine's government and replace it with a regime of his own.
The assault represented Putin's boldest effort yet to redraw the world map and revive Moscow’s Cold War-era influence. It triggered new international efforts to end the invasion, including direct sanctions on Putin.
(With inputs from AP)