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New information continues to be released regarding the ongoing military operations involving Russia and Ukraine, and the international response. According to recent reports, Russian forces continue to advance into Ukraine, and missiles stuck a nine-storey building in Ukraine’s capital, Kiev, which reportedly sustained heavy damaged after an air craft was shot down. According to reports, 150 people were evacuated from the building; however, officials reported approximately eight casualties after the building was struck by debris and set ablaze.Ukraine’s Military Chief Valerii Zaluzhnyi reported that Ukrainian forces had been able to repel the advancement of Russian troops toward Kiev in the north area of Chernihiv due to an airborne assault carried out by Ukrainian troops, which dismantled a bridge over the Teteriv River at Ivankiv. However, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry reported that gunfire has been heard near Kiev and Russian reconnaissance troops recently entered Obolon, which is just a few miles from Kiev’s center with Russian forces actively consolidating their positions northwest of the capital. Additionally, Ukraine's nuclear agency reported increased radiation levels from the site of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, which was captured and is currently being occupied by Russian forces. Moreover, officials stated that Russian soldiers are still holding the staff of the power plant hostage.

According to reports, U.S. President Joe Biden stated that U.S. troops would not get involved in the fighting prevailing in Ukraine, even though he deployed an additional 7,000 soldiers to Germany to defend North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) allies. Officials stated that the Ukrainian government is urging all Ukrainian citizens to “take up arms and fight.” According to reports, lines of civilians have been forming at the National police headquarters in Ukraine to obtain firearms and weapons and citizens have been reportedly leaving the police station with assault rifles and ammunition. According to reports, these individuals are heading towards the northern district of Obolon, where fighting has been reported.

Officials have been warning civilians in Kiev and the surrounding areas to seek shelter or evacuate, and an estimated 100,000 people have fled and some sheltered in subway stations and subway cars to avoid missile strikes. According to reports, the U.S. estimated that Russia has already fired more than 160 missiles into Ukraine, largely striking military infrastructure. Reports have indicated that more than 130 people, civilians and soldiers, have been killed; however, there has been no confirmed number of those wounded. In recent reports, the international community has condemned Russia’s attack on Ukraine, and few leaders are seeking to impose tougher sanctions. Federal U.S. law enforcement and Intelligence agencies have warned that the ongoing conflict and subsequent sanctions from the U.S. and other G7 nations have led to an increase in cyberattacks targeting U.S. interests, likely carried out by Russian actors or sympathizers. Additionally, authorities warn of possible protest events in major cities across the U.S., as well as the potential for impromptu actions in response to the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine. Reports are also emerging the Kiev is vulnerable to collapse as early as this weekend.

The situation is extremely fluid and details are subject to change.

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