ONLY A FEW hours after the invaders were sent packing from Kharkiv, they resumed their assault. And anyone who thought Vladimir Putin’s lyrical ramblings about Ukrainians and Russians being one people meant that his men would not kill Ukrainian civilians was sadly disabused. Early in the morning of February 28th Grad missiles rained down on Ukraine’s second city, killing at least nine civilians and injuring dozens, according to Kharkiv’s mayor.
Ukrainian guards fired warning shots to prevent a stampede at Kyiv’s central railway station, as thousands of people tried to force their way onto evacuation trains. As Russians approached Kyiv from the northeast and east, fears increased that it would fall on the second day of the attack. The Ukrainian government told its citizens to prepare homemade defenses, including Molotov cocktails, and enlist in the armed forces if they are able.