Russia targets civilian population in Ukrainian capital, Zelensky asks Congress for military aid

As the Russian invasion of Ukraine intensifies, incessant shelling is directed against the civilian population of the capital kyiv.

Severe damage was reported after rockets, missiles and bombs were launched in the area. Residential neighborhoods and even hospitals have all been targeted, including a maternity hospital. The country’s leaders expect the onslaught to escalate.

CBN News Senior International Correspondent George Thomas is in Kyiv and described the destruction firsthand. “The latest report from the Pentagon is that the Russians have launched over 900 missiles since the start of the war,” Thomas said. “One of these missiles hit this multi-storey building on the west side of Kyiv, you can still see the smoke billowing.”

“It happened yesterday and all the surrounding buildings as well,” Thomas continued. “You can see their windows were blown out, even in that apartment building over there. What you see today is that because the Russians failed in those many days to surround and capture kyiv completely, they go after civilian targets instead.”

The mayor of kyiv has imposed a curfew across the province. No one is allowed to leave their homes before 7 a.m. Thursday for fear that the next few hours will be the most dangerous for the city.

In the south, the fighting is becoming increasingly desperate. A recent report from a Ukrainian regional official said the Russians are holding 500 hostages in a hospital in Mariupol.

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Ukrainian President Zelenskyy addressed the US Congress in a virtual speech on Wednesday, thanking the United States for its assistance and asking for more support. “We need you right now,” Zelenskyy said. “I ask you to do more.”

“I say to President Biden: you are the leader of the nation. I wish you to be the leader of the world. To be the leader of the world means to be the leader of peace,” Zelenskyy said.

Zelenskyy has previously pleaded with the United States to help create a no-fly zone in Ukraine to stop Russian airstrikes. But Biden has refrained from providing a no-fly zone or authorizing the transfer of military aircraft that Poland is trying to provide Ukraine. Biden says he just wants to avoid a direct confrontation with Russia.

With reports that Russian troops are in low morale due to their lack of progress, Zelenskyy said Russia’s demands in the peace talks seem “more realistic.” But US State Department officials urge caution. “We have yet to find a Russian interlocutor able or willing to negotiate in good faith, and certainly not in the context of de-escalation,” said Ned Price, spokesman for the US State Department.

On Tuesday, the leaders of three European Union countries, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovenia, met Zelenskyy in Kyiv in a bold show of support in the face of danger.

Biden will travel to Europe in the coming days to meet with NATO allies. Biden said: “We will keep the pressure on Putin’s crumbling economy – isolating him on the world stage. That’s our goal, to make Putin pay the price, weaken his position while strengthening the hand of the Ukrainians. on the battlefield and the negotiating table.”

And in Russia, 15,000 people were arrested for protesting the war in Ukraine. A Russian TV producer who was arrested after protesting the war on a LIVE broadcast has been fined and released after a 14-hour interrogation. The Kremlin called his protest hooliganism.

Meanwhile, three million people have fled the war, creating the biggest refugee crisis in Europe since World War II.

CBN’s Operation Blessing is on the border welcoming refugees with gift bags filled with snacks, hygiene items and other supplies.

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And from a warehouse on the Polish side of the border, they’re packing up trucks full of essential supplies and shipping them to Ukraine.

“These products will be a real blessing for Ukrainians who really need them right now because there is a shortage in stores,” said CBN Europe regional director Mark Dijkens. “We have teams ready in Ukraine to distribute these goods. So it’s amazing how God is bringing these strategic places and people together to help make this happen.”

Meanwhile, President Biden is expected to announce $800 million in new military aid to Ukraine. He will travel to Brussels next week for the NATO summit on deterrence and defense efforts against Putin’s war.

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Christi C. Elwood