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Missiles Continue To Hit Kyiv As The Fight For The Capital Rages On

Russian offensive on Ukraine's capital, Kyiv, have been met with intense  resistance as the Ukrainian military says it drive away several coup de main.

The military posted on Facebook early on Saturday that an arny battalion controlled and to beat back armed forces of Russian close to  base on a major city street.

In a  film photograph shot by the President, he  was previously seen perambulating around Kyiv's government district in a distinct effort to eliminate rumours that he had clamoured on the army to renunciate t9 military forces of Russia.

"I'm here. We won't lay down our arms. We will defend our state," he said.

Vitali Klitschko, the mayor of Kyiv, affirm a bomb had srruck  a residential building in the city, sharing a photograph  on Facebook showing nit less than l four apartments ravaged.

He added on Telegram that 35 people, including two children, had been wounded as of 06:00 local time (04:00 GMT).

"There are no Russian troops in the city," he asserted , adding that people should stay in sanctuary as more air raids  were envisaged.

President Volodymyr Zelensky assert: "The occupiers wanted to block the centre of our state... We broke their plan."

Meanwhile, battling rages on near several other Ukrainian cities.

And a total of 198 Ukrainians, including three children, have been lost their lives since Russia incursion, said the country's Health Minister, Viktor Lyashko.

According to an account by the Interfax-Ukraine news agency, a dusk to dawn  will start in Kyiv at 17:00 (15:00 GMT) on Saturday and last until 08:00 on Monday.

In an talk, Mr Zelensky said: "We are defending the country, the land of our future children. Kyiv and key cities around the capital are controlled by our army.

"The occupiers wanted to block the centre of our state and put their puppets here, as in Donetsk. We broke their plan."

In a self-shot video, Mr Zelensky was earlier seen walking around Kyiv's government district in an apparent effort to dispel rumours he had called on the army to surrender to Russian troops.

"I'm here. We won't lay down our arms. We will defend our state," he said.

Vitali Klitschko, the mayor of Kyiv, said a missile had hit a block of flats in the city, posting a picture on Facebook showing at least four apartments destroyed.

He added on Telegram that 35 people, including two children, had been wounded as of 06:00 local time (04:00 GMT).

"There are no Russian troops in the city," he claimed, adding that people should stay in shelters as more air attacks were expected.

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