Ukraine’s embattled leader accused Russia of war crimes and “state terrorism” Tuesday after a fresh blast struck the heart of the country’s second-largest city, fueling fears civilians would face the brunt of an intensifying assault.
As the conflict escalated on its sixth day, increasingly heavy shelling hit major cities and a vast convoy of Russian forces threatened the capital, Kyiv.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy vowed to defend Kyiv and sought to rally both his country and the international community against what he called “outright, undisguised terror” from Moscow, in a video message posted on social media.
Global condemnation and crippling sanctions have left the Kremlin isolated in the wake of last week’s invasion, confronting a spiraling economy and dogged defense from Ukrainian forces. U.S. officials said they feared Russian President Vladimir Putin, frustrated by his military’s struggles, may see an escalation of violence as his only option.
Latest updates on Ukraine:
- Ukraine’s second-largest city, Kharkiv, was hit by intensifying shelling.
- A huge convoy of Russian forces approached Kyiv.
- Zelenskyy vowed to defend “the heart of our country.”
- U.S. officials said they feared a frustrated Putin may order escalation of violence.
- Moscow insisted Western sanctions won’t get it to change its approach toward Ukraine.