Fighting intensifies around kyiv, two journalists killed

Russian forces continue their attacks on Ukrainian towns amid mounting casualties. The Ukrainian President is once again appealing for international assistance.

Russian troops shelled neighborhoods around kyiv.

Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said the people were ready to fight, adding that what the Russians are doing to Ukrainian civilians is an international criminal matter.

Kyiv’s mayor imposed a 35-hour curfew and urged all residents to find safe shelter.

Doctors and students at a makeshift hospital in a bomb shelter do what they can to provide emergency care.

The fighting has now claimed the lives of two other journalists. They were working with US network Fox News when their vehicle came under fire just outside the capital.

As the Russians continue to advance, NATO says it is watching.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said: “When we see more military activity, when we actually see fighting taking place near NATO borders, there is always a risk of incidents and accidents.

Stoltenberg added that the alliance will meet next week in Brussels.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has long pushed for NATO membership, which Russia vehemently opposes.

On Tuesday, he admitted the offer was unrealistic. Zelenskyy said: “It is clear that Ukraine is not a member of NATO. We have heard for years about open doors, but we have already heard that we will not be able to join. That is the truth and it is necessary to admit it.”

But Zelenskyy said NATO must declare a no-fly zone to protect its citizens, 3 million of whom have so far been forced to flee and seek refuge in neighboring countries.

Leaders of three Central European countries – Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovenia – traveled to Kyiv to meet Zelenskyy and show their support.

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said the European Union should quickly grant Ukraine candidate status and invite it to join.

Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala said: “The main message of our mission is to say ‘you are not alone, our countries are with you'”.

Zelenskyy called the visit a “powerful show of support.”

The visit came as Ukrainian and Russian negotiators remain deadlocked in ceasefire talks. The teams will meet for a third consecutive day.