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Ordinary citizens in Ukraine arming themselves to defend their country

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Men and women are in a long queue waiting for their turn to get arm weapons in their effort to defend themselves and their country against Russian attacks in Ukraine.

Many people in Kyiv are getting ready for street battles for the first time. They believe that with more Ukrainians getting armed, will have their chance for their people to have better sleep at night.

Computer programmer, actor, ordinary housewife, and many more are getting weapons to fight the Russian invaders.

Even the former Miss Grand Ukraine Anastasia Lenna is ready to protect her country by joining the military.

Incumbent Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy chose to stay in his country and rejecting US offer to brimg him to safety. Zelenskyy joined the Ukrainian troops to defend their land.

More and more civilians are evacuating and found themselves snucking in an underground crossing for their families’ safety from attacks.

Meanwhile, US President Joe Biden on Thursday unveiled new, “devastating” sanctions on Russia meant to punish the country for its full-scale invasion of Ukraine, calling out Russian President Vladimir Putin for his aggression.

Political analysts say that Putin wants to put Ukraine under its control and not to be able to make its own independent foreign policy decisions. The attack in Ukraine by Russian fighters began on February 24, 2022, hitting several Ukrainian cities.

The Ukrainian government has imposed mandatory military service on all men between the ages of 18 to 60.

Putin claimed his goal was to protect people subjected to bullying and genocide and aim for the “demilitarisation and de-Nazification” of Ukraine.

The Russian president’s decision to deploy large numbers of troops to eastern Ukraine has already triggered new Western sanctions on Russia. A full invasion could lead to land warfare on a scale Europe hasn’t seen since World War II, a bloody and devastating conflict for Russians and Ukrainians alike.

Putin’s clearest answer yet came in a speech delivered on Monday. He believes that Ukraine is an illegitimate country that exists on land that’s historically and rightfully Russian: “Ukraine actually never had stable traditions of real statehood,” as he puts it.

The armed conflict began in February 2014 in the wake of Euromaidan, centred on the status of Crimea and parts of the Donbas, which are internationally recognised as part of Ukraine. The conflict had included the Russian annexation of Crimea (2014), the Donbas War (2014–present), naval incidentscyberwarfare, and political tensions.

After a number of blasts Friday night and early Saturday in and around the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, the city has had a lull for the last 45 minutes. As of 5 a.m. local time, the city has been quiet with no explosions heard or seen by CNN reporters on the ground.

Earlier Saturday between 2 to 4 a.m., CNN teams reported hearing loud explosions to the west and south of the city, with the sky lit up with a series of flashes. Shortly after, videos from eyewitnesses showed explosions to the city’s northwest.

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