The Washington Post quoted U.S. and Ukrainian officials as saying on February 26 that U.S. authorities were ready to help Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky leave Kyiv. But so far, Zelensky has refused to leave.
Russian troops stepped up their attacks on Friday, and Zelensky said at the time that he would remain in charge of his government despite the serious personal risk. "According to the information we have, the enemy has made me number one and my family number two. They want to destroy Ukraine politically by destroying the head of state," he told Ukrainians in his early morning address.