Thousands of civilians took up arms to help defend the capital along with the military, keeping control of the city overnight.

On the third day of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war to overthrow the elected government of Ukraine, defending forces fought fiercely to protect their homeland.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who has been posting videos regularly from the capital, recorded a new video address from the street outside the presidential headquarters in Kyiv. He urged the Ukrainian people to keep fighting, denying Russian reports that he had surrendered.

“Truth is on our side. This is our land, our country, our children, and we will keep defending them all,” he said. “Glory to Ukraine.”

If Ukrainian resistance manages to draw out a long war, or forces Putin to concede without achieving his goals, it could threaten both Putin’s hold on Moscow and his attempt to restore Russia to global power status.

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