According to The Associated Press, Ukrainian Health Minister Viktor Lyashko said 57 Ukrainians have been killed as a result of Russia’s attack on the country, and 169 more have been wounded.
Earlier, Oleksii Arestovich, an advisor to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, said up to 10 civilians have been killed.
Ukrainian officials said they are fighting Russia on multiple fronts. Ukraine said Russia attacked the Chernobyl nuclear plant, which is about 80 miles north of Kyiv. Another advisor to Zelensky said Ukrainian forces lost control of the Chernobyl nuclear site after a “fierce battle” with Russian troops.
A Pentagon official told reporters that Russia has launched “more than 160 missiles” in airstrikes across Ukraine. The official said most of the missiles are “short-range ballistic missiles” but some medium-range and cruise missiles have also been launched.
Russia’s Defense Ministry has said the Russian military has taken out 74 “ground facilities” that belong to Ukraine’s military, including 11 airfields and 18 radar stations.
President Biden delivered remarks on the Russian attack on Thursday and announced new sanctions against Moscow. The Pentagon said he ordered 7,000 US troops to be deployed to Germany.
The Kremlin said it’s willing to negotiate terms of surrender with Kyiv and wants Ukraine to declare neutrality and promise not to host weapons in its territory, according to RT.
US military officials are telling the media that Russia’s offensive is the beginning of what will likely be a “multiple phased, large-scale invasion.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a “special operation” to “defend” people in the breakaway Donbas republics, which Russia recognized on Monday.