Ukrainians battle in east as Russian columns advance toward capital

As Russian troops continued pressing their offensive Friday, intense fighting also rages in the country’s east.

Russian troops have entered the city of Sumy near the border with Russia that sits on a highway leading to Kyiv from the east. The regional governor, Dmytro Zhivitsky, says Ukrainian forces fought Russian troops in the city overnight, but other Russian convoys kept rolling west toward the Ukrainian capital.

People take shelter at a building basement while the sirens sound announcing new attacks in the city of Kyiv, Ukraine, on Friday, February 25, 2022. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

“Military vehicles from Sumy are moving toward Kyiv,” Zhivitsky says. “Much equipment has passed through and is heading directly to the west.”

Zhivitsky adds that another northeastern city, Konotop, was also sieged. He urged residents of the region to fight the Russian forces.

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