Ukraine’s armed forces say the Russian military seeks to control two cities close to the capital and then tries to invade it. Zelensky says sanctions against Moscow are insufficient.
Russian military close to invading Kiev, says Ukraine
Zelensky: Sanctions are insufficient
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01:30 – Russian military close to trying to invade Kiev, says Ukraine
Ukraine’s military said in a statement on Monday that the Russian military was preparing to invade Kiev.
According to the statement, the Russian military would first try to take full control of the cities of Irpin and Bucha, which are close to Kiev.
Kremlin forces were “trying to gain a tactical advantage by reaching the eastern outskirts of Kiev, through the Brovarsky and Boryspil districts,” according to the Ukrainian bulletin.
Vadym Denysenko, adviser to Ukraine’s Interior Ministry, said that “a large amount of Russian military equipment and soldiers are concentrated in the vicinity of Kiev”, quoted by the Ukrayinska Pravda newspaper.
“We assess that the battle for Kiev will be a key battle that will be fought in the coming days,” he said. (dpa)
22:30 – Zelensky: sanctions are insufficient
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Sunday in a video speech that the sanctions currently imposed by several countries on Russia are not enough.
“The audacity of the aggressor is a clear signal to the West that the sanctions imposed on Russia are not enough,” he said.
The statement came after Russia announced it would attack a Ukrainian military and industrial complex and urge employees in military industries to quit their jobs.
“I don’t hear a single world leader react to that,” Zelenski said. He also called for a “court” to be set up to judge Russia for its actions.
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