Headline RoundupFebruary 25th, 2022

Kyiv, Capital City of Ukraine, Under Attack By Russian Forces

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Kyiv, the capital city of Ukraine, came under multiple missile strikes Friday morning as Ukrainian citizens brace for battle against Russian forces who continue to advance through the country.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky confirmed that Russian "enemy sabotage groups" have entered Kyiv and urged Ukrainians to defend the country. According to the Ministry of Defense, 18,000 assault rifles paired with ammunition have been distributed among citizens in the capital city. Authorities have also advised residents to "stay away from the windows" and keep all lights off in their houses to protect themselves against Russian missiles. Despite Zelensky's claims and video evidence, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov denied that the country was targeting civilian structures and claimed "Ukrainians will have the chance to freely choose their future" once they are "liberated from this burden." Although top U.S. officials are saying Russian forces have lost some momentum, the Biden administration warned Congress late Thursday that Kyiv could "fall quickly."

Many outlets across the political spectrum have highlighted sentiments of "disbelief, determination and raw anger" from the Ukrainian people. Left-rated outlets were more likely to highlight how the Biden administration has not yet announced any special visa waivers for Ukrainian refugees looking to reside in the U.S. Some right-rated outlets highlighted warnings from House Republicans that said the "U.S. will need to get involved" if Russia begins to invade NATO countries.

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