Where is the Ukrainian President?

In a video purporting to show Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky on the streets after allegedly shutting down an escape offer from the Biden government, Zelensky announced he is still in Kyiv (Kiev).

He is Still There

In response to reports he was being evacuated from Kyiv, due to a Russian attack, Zelensky uploaded a clip to his Twitter page account, claiming that the reports were false

Zelensky’s footage was released mere hours after the media reported that US President Joe Biden’s office had ordered Zelensky to leave the city.

“The struggle is here. I need ammo, not a ride,” the Ukrainian president responded, as per the news agency, quoting a “senior American intelligence source with firsthand knowledge of the exchange.”

However, Russia claims that Zelensky has fled Kyiv towards Lvov (Lviv) in western Ukraine, saying the films published by the Ukrainian president were shot before he left Kyiv.

“Zelensky swiftly fled Kyiv,” the President of the State Duma — Russia’s lower house — Vyacheslav Volodin announced on Saturday morning, as per Russian state news organization Sputnik.

“He was not in Ukraine’s capital yesterday. He fled to the town of Lviv with his retinue, in which he and his associates were given a place to stay.”

As of six local times on Saturday, 35 persons had been wounded in fighting between Ukrainian forces against “sabotage groups” in Kyiv’s outskirts, according to the city mayor and world heavyweight champion boxer, Vitali Klitschko.

Since Russian President Vladimir Putin started a “full-scale” assault of Ukraine, 198 civilians have been murdered, notably three children, according to Health Minister Viktor Liashko.

The minister of health went on to say the conflict had injured 1,115 individuals, including 33 children.

What are the Casualty Numbers?

Russia has been tight-lipped on casualties.

Although Mykhailo Podoliak, an adviser to the Ukrainian presidential office, stated on Saturday morning that 3,500 Russian troops had been killed.

“As of this afternoon, 3,500 people have indeed been slain and just over 200 detainees have been seized,” he claimed.

So according to Nataliya Vasilyeva of the Daily Telegraph’s Moscow bureau, the secretary for Russia’s Defense Ministry, Igor Konashenkov, asserts that Russian forces have damaged over 100 Ukrainian military sites so far.

Konashenkov stated publicly this morning that 87 Ukrainian tanks, seven planes, and nine helicopters had been eliminated.

Moscow also claims that 14 military airbases, 19 command centers, and 24 missile defense systems have been damaged or destroyed.

“Russian troops are undertaking all necessary steps to safeguard the safety of civilians,” the spokesman added, reiterating Russia’s claim that they have not been targeting civilians.

The Ukrainian government, for its part, has announced that it will file an appeal with the International Court of Justice (ICJ), accusing Moscow of “war crimes” in connection with Friday’s reported shelling of a kindergarten.