Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine, is in danger of falling within days, according to U.S. intelligence officials.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky highlighted the dangers he was facing in a video conference with EU leaders.
BREAKING: In a video conference call last night Ukraine President Zelensky told EU leaders: "This might be the last time you see me alive", two sources briefed on the call told me— Barak Ravid (@BarakRavid) February 25, 2022
He also acknowledged things were going to get much worse.
Zelensky: "This night will be difficult, very difficult. But the morning will come."— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) February 25, 2022
And so it did.
A new dawn is breaking in Ukraine now, and the nation is still kicking asses— Illia Ponomarenko (@IAPonomarenko) February 26, 2022
Even though street fighting is reportedly taking place.
KYIV, Ukraine (@AP) — Kyiv officials say street fighting is underway against Russian invaders, urge residents to seek shelter.— James LaPorta (@JimLaPorta) February 26, 2022
It was also revealed that Zelensky was given the option to evacuate from Kyiv at the behest of the U.S. government.
"The fight is here; I need ammunition, not a ride”
A senior US official with direct knowledge of the conversation also described Zelensky as upbeat.
Zelensky had previously debunked Russian propaganda that he has fled the capital Kyiv by defiantly posting a video of him and his team standing out on the city streets at night.
More recently, he posted yet another video of him debunking false rumours that Ukraine is laying down arms.
⚡️Zelensky posts another video filmed in central Kyiv.— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) February 26, 2022
"There's a lot of fake information online that I call on our army to lay down arms, and that there's evacuation," he said.
"I'm here. We won't lay down our arms. We will defend our state." pic.twitter.com/VKVY4XRUip
Не вірте фейкам. pic.twitter.com/wiLqmCuz1p— Володимир Зеленський (@ZelenskyyUa) February 26, 2022
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