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In an address to Ukrainians, Zelensky did not specifically say Russian forces had entered Kyiv, but his reference to “sabotage groups” was interpreted as a sign that the city was in peril. He also said the country has been left to fight alone by NATO despite appeals for help from the alliance. But he remained defiant and urged Ukrainians to fight on.
President Biden has announced sweeping sanctions against Russia for its full-scale attack, saying in a Thursday White House address that the aggression “cannot go unanswered.” The sanctions, coordinated with allies, target Russia’s elites, its largest state-owned banks and companies throughout its economy.
A senior U.S. defense official said Russia’s moves were “clearly designed to take key population centers” and topple Ukraine’s democratically elected, pro-Western government.