No fewer than 137 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed by Russian invaders since Thursday February 24.
This was revealed by the Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky who said 316 soldiers have been also wounded since the Russian invasion began early on Thursday.
Zelensky in a video message posted on his Facebook page also said other states were “afraid” to support Ukraine’s accession to NATO.
The country’s Interior Ministry of Defense also announced on Thursday that all Ukrainian men ages 18 through 60 will be barred from leaving the country.
The message reads:
“The State Border Guard Service of Ukraine reports that due to the imposition of martial law in Ukraine, the departure of a certain category of citizens from Ukraine is temporarily restricted.
“In particular, male citizens of Ukraine aged 18 to 60 are prohibited from leaving Ukraine.
“Such a rule will apply for the period of martial law. We ask citizens to take this information into account.”
This follows the Ukrainian government’s decision to give firearms to any citizens who wants to fight Russian troops.
Zelensky announced on Thursday morning that he would give weapons to anyone who wanted to defend the country from the full-scale Russian invasion that was launched during the early morning hours, which came at approximately the same time that Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that a “special military operation” was underway.