Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced that 137 Ukrainians have been killed and 316 wounded after the first day of fighting, and he said Russians were targeting civilian areas, not just military sites. He addressed Russian President Vladimir Putin directly Friday, saying: “There are fights all over the country. Let’s sit down.”
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russia was ready to send a delegation to the Belarusian capital, Minsk, for talks with Ukraine. But Peskov said Putin would send his hawkish defense and foreign ministers and made it clear that Russia still insists on Ukraine’s “denazification and demilitarization,” meaning Kyiv’s capitulation.
President Biden is set to attend an emergency summit with NATO members Friday to discuss the invasion, which has interrupted decades of European peace and threatens to upend the post-Cold War security order.
Here’s what to know
- Ukraine’s Defense Ministry said saboteurs have reached an area several miles north of Kyiv, and it encouraged citizens to fight with molotov cocktails.
- Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has ordered about 7,000 U.S. service members to deploy to Germany in the coming days to help buttress NATO, according to a senior defense official.
- The U.S. will seek a condemnation of Russia at the United Nations Security Council on Friday, setting the stage for a Russian veto. The European Union approved a second round of sanctions against Russia on Friday.
UNDERSTANDING THE RUSSIA-UKRAINE CONFLICT
KHARKIV, Ukraine — There were loud booms just now in the center of Kharkiv, much closer than they had been in recent days. Four guys who had been walking on the street started running. One group of people in a long line for the pharmacy looked around confused before dispersing. It’s very snowy today. Smell of sulfur in the air. One upscale hotel told people to take shelter in its underground garage and handed out chairs. There are kids and pets and media crews in here.
Foreign correspondent based in Moscow