Russian troops have completely surrounded the southern Ukrainian cities of Kherson and Mariupol, while the country’s second largest city, Kharkiv, continued to come under intense shelling.
The eastern city — which lies just 25 miles from the Russian border — has already seen some of the bloodiest fighting of the war as Moscow renewed its offensive last night with a barrage of strikes.
Meanwhile, Putin’s troops continue to close in on the capital Kiev, even as Vladimir Putin’s hopes for a quick takeover of the country have been dashed.
Kiev’s mayor, former world heavyweight boxing champion Vitali Klitschko, said Russia was gathering its forces “closer and closer” to the city after a 40-mile-long convoy of military vehicles was held up Wednesday about 20 miles northwest of the capital.
In a statement, Ukraine’s emergency services said more than 2,000 Ukrainians were killed in the Russian invasion that began last Wednesday, although independent confirmation of those numbers is so far impossible.
The country’s ombudswoman said 21 children had been killed and 55 injured since the invasion began, Reuters reported.
The strike hit Kiev’s main television tower as well as a Holocaust memorial for Babyn Yar, where more than 30,000 Jews were killed in the space of two days in 1941.