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Russia presses its invasion into the heart of Ukraine, taking aim at Kyiv

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Saturday pressed the world to help his country beat back a Russian invasion, even as those forces closed in on the capital city of Kyiv from various directions overnight in their effort to take the city. Despite international condemnation of Russia’s strike against its smaller neighbor, Russia pressed on with the attack, with airstrikes on cities and military bases in the predawn hours. However, it was not immediately clear how far Russian troops had advanced. Ukrainian officials reported some success in fending off assaults, but fighting persisted near Kyiv. Skirmishes reported on the edge of the city suggested that small Russian units were probing Ukrainian defenses to clear a path for the main forces. The U.S. government urged Zelenskyy early Saturday to evacuate Kyiv but he turned down the offer, an official told the Associated Press. The official quoted Zelenskyy as saying that “the fight is here” and that he needed anti-tank ammunition but “not a ride.” 

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