At least 13 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed since the Russian-led invasion of Ukraine, President Volodymyr Zelensky has said. He told reporters at a news conference in Kiev that Russian troops had been killed ten times more. Hundreds of Russian troops have surrendered. However, the BBC could not verify his claims from neutral sources.
Intense fighting continues in the suburbs of the Ukrainian capital Kiev. Russian troops continue to fire, while Ukrainian troops continue to fire back. News from the BBC
Ukrainian military officials are concerned that the Russians are trying to encircle the city and are preparing to launch a major offensive at any moment. But President Zelensky says Russian troops are suffering. He says Russia has never suffered such a military loss in decades. He claims that Russia’s 31 armored battalions no longer have the capability to fight.
It is not possible to verify his claims in a neutral way. Meanwhile, efforts are being made to evacuate the stranded people from various besieged cities.