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he City of Kyiv was braced for Russian attacks as heavy armoury was positioned nearer the Ukrainian capital and diplomatic appeals for a ceasefire from Germany and France were rejected by Vladimir Putin.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky estimates 1,300 Ukrainian troops have been killed in the first 17 days of the Russian invasion as the body count piles up.

Western intelligence services suggest that 6,000 Russian troops have been killed although the Ukrainians estimate higher losses.

President Emmanuel Macron of France and German Chancellor Olaf Schulz both asked the Kremlin for a ceasefire in calls with Vladimir Putin but Macron’s office said there was no indication given that Russia would cease its onslaught.

Meanwhile defences in Kyiv were being strengthened with tanks traps placed near the city perimeter as the population vowed to fight on. Clashes have continued on the outskirts with British intelligence reporting that the bulk of Russian forces are within 25km of the centre.

Military experts suggest that the the re-deployment of some units, caught on satellite images, suggest that Russian forces may be plotting to encircle the city.

An intelligence report said: “This (move) is likely to support a Russian attempt to encircle the city. It could also be an attempt by Russia to reduce its vulnerability to Ukrainian counter attacks, which have taken a significant toll on Russian forces.”

Ukrainian officials also fear the Russians may be preparing to launch a large-scale assault but have vowed to fight on.

Presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak said the the capital was “a city under siege but ready to fight.” He added: Kyiv will stand until the end.”

Humanitarian corridors had been set up from Mariupol, Sumy and towns and villages outside the capital Kyiv but shelling meant limited numbers were able to escape.

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