As the Russian invasion of Ukraine continues into its second week, the civilian death toll is rising, with several towns in dire need of supplies after Russian troops broke promises to maintain evacuation corridors. If you’re just logging in, here’s the latest:
Zelensky’s warning: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky appeared in his Kyiv office in a video released on Monday, in which he applauds the military’s efforts and says he will continue talks with Russia.
In a separate ABC World News Tonight interview with David Muir on Monday, Zelensky warned that the war would not end in Ukraine.
“Everyone thinks we’re a long way from America or Canada,” he said. “No, we are in this zone of freedom. And when the limits of rights and freedoms are violated and trampled on, then you must protect us. Because we will come first. You will come second. Because the more this beast eats, he wants more, more and more.”
Evacuation corridors: Several attempts to evacuate civilians during temporary ceasefires have failed, with Western leaders accusing Russian forces of continuing to target pre-approved routes.
On Sunday, a Russian strike hit an evacuation crossing point outside Kiev, killing eight people, including two children, who were trying to flee the invasion.
On Monday, Ukraine’s UN ambassador accused Russia of blocking attempts to evacuate civilians, adding it was “appalling” that Russian troops opened fire on evacuees after the two countries have assigned certain roads to be used as evacuation corridors.
Almost all of the routes offered by Russia out of Ukraine lead to Russia or its close ally, Belarus, which Ukrainian authorities have described as unacceptable.
Russia on Tuesday proposed another temporary halt to its attack on five cities – Kiev, Chernihiv, Sumy, Kharkiv and Mariupol – to allow civilians to flee. Ukraine has not yet officially responded.
The military showdown: Russia’s attacks intensified on Monday, although the main advance towards Kiev by Russian forces remains “blocked”, according to a senior US defense official. The official did not have an update on the distance between a large Russian military convoy and downtown Kiev.
Russia has already committed “nearly 100%” of the combat power that was staged on Ukraine’s border and in Belarus, a senior US defense official said on Monday.
The United States announced on Monday that 500 additional American troops would be deployed to Europe to bolster NATO’s flank, including in Poland, Romania, Germany and Greece. These are intended to support US forces already in Europe, US officials said. The Biden administration has repeatedly said it will keep US troops out of the conflict.
Victims and refugees: United Nations officials say more than 1,200 civilian casualties have been recorded in Ukraine, with at least 406 people killed – although they say it is difficult to identify the true number of dead and injured. CNN cannot independently verify the number of victims.
More than 1.7 million people have fled Ukraine since the start of the war, with the UN warning the number could reach five million.