Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says Russian forces are still attacking Kyiv, despite being driven out of Irpin, a suburb northwest of the capital that has seen heavy fighting.
He says the Russians remain in control of northern suburbs and are trying to regroup after losing Irpin earlier today. He urges Ukrainians not to let up in the war.
“We still have to fight, we have to endure,” Zelensky says in his nighttime video address to the nation. “We can’t express our emotions now. We can’t raise expectations, simply so that we don’t burn out.”
Zelensky says the situation remains tense in the northeast, around Chernihiv, Sumy, Kharkhiv, and also in the eastern Donbas region and in the south around Mariupol, which remains blockaded by Russian troops.
The president says no humanitarian corridors could be opened today out of the besieged city.