Russia and Ukraine: Volodymyr Zelensky Says He’s the Number One Target

Volodymyr Zelensky, the president of Ukraine, said on Friday that he would stay in Kyiv, even though he said that Russian intelligence said that he was “enemy number 1.” Zelensky said that at least 137 people from Ukraine were killed and 316 were injured. Around 100,000 people fled as explosions and gunfire rocked major cities across the United States.

Ukraine’s Defense Ministry said on Friday that more than 1,000 Russian soldiers have been killed in the conflict so far, and that this number is likely to rise. According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, “We have not had so many casualties in any of our armed conflicts since the beginning of our history.”

But in a video message, Zelensky said, “The enemy has chosen me as its number one target. I’m not safe.” My family is number two on the list. “I’m going to stay in the capital.” My family is also there.

Blinken told CBS that “to the best of my knowledge, President Zelensky is still in Ukraine at his job.” “Of course, we’re worried about the safety of all our friends in Ukraine, including government officials and others,” he said.

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After Russia bombed the city of Kyiv, Ukraine, this is a residential building. Reuters has a picture.

As the Ukranian leader, he also made his thoughts on the West’s actions very clear. Our country is under attack this morning. Just like yesterday, the most powerful country in the world watched from a distance, he said in a Facebook video.

Sanctions and military moves

  • The United States, Britain, Japan, Canada, Australia, and the European Union on Thursday added more sanctions against Russia, on top of the ones that were put in place earlier this week. The goal is to keep the country’s banks, government, and elite from being able to use the global financial system.
  • Russia’s richest people were already feeling the squeeze from rising tensions between the country and Ukraine.
  • After Vladimir Putin made the decision to invade Ukraine, their net worth went down a lot more. More money was lost in less than 24 hours than they had up until that point this year.
  • People who work for social media companies said that Ukraine users should be safe. Meta Platforms, which owns Facebook, has set up a special operations centre to keep an eye on the conflict in Ukraine.
  • Users in the country can now lock their social media profiles for safety, a company official said in tweets on Thursday.

Earlier this week, Twitter gave advice on how to protect your account from being hacked, keep your tweets private, and close your account. The company put the safety tips on Twitter in English, Russian, and Ukrainian. Ukraine is a democratic country with 44 million people. It is Europe’s second-largest country by area, after Russia. Russia doesn’t like that it wants to join NATO and the European Union. When the Soviet Union broke up, it voted to become an independent country.

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  • A train station in Przemysl, Poland, was filled with people fleeing the Ukraine conflict on Friday. They arrived at the station from Ukraine.
  • On Friday, Russian forces moved in on the Ukrainian capital after a barrage of airstrikes hit cities and military bases all over the country. It looked like they were encircling the city.
  • Angry civilians woke up on the second day of Russia’s invasion in Ukraine and saw artillery shells rain down on some residential buildings outside of Kyiv.
  • Spokeswoman Shabia Mantoo said that more than 100,000 people were thought to have left their homes in Ukraine and that “up to 4 million people” could flee if the situation gets worse.
  • Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia, said in a speech that if anyone tries to stop him from taking over Ukraine with military force, he has the weapons to do so.

In either case, Vladimir Putin’s words brought back the idea of nuclear war, either by accident or mistake.

After Ukraine closed its airspace, the airline industry turned its attention to Russia. This is a sign that the conflict is having a bigger impact on the global aviation industry.