Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Saturday refuted reports that the country’s army will disarm and surrender.
“We will not lay down any weapons, we believe in our army and our country. We will protect it. Glory to Ukraine!” Zelensky said, adding that he did not leave Kyiv, which was under heavy shelling overnight, the Xinhua news agency reported.
Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said that at least 35 Kyiv residents, including two children, have been injured in clashes with Russian forces or shelling.
Ukrainian Health Minister Viktor Liashko said that 198 Ukrainians, including three children so far, have lost their lives in Russia’s operation against Ukraine.