Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy implored people in the capital of Kyiv to brace for an all-out Russian assault overnight, and as a result of intense resistance from the Ukrainian military and civilians\u0026nbsp;alike, they were able to fend off the invading army, though fighting continues throughout the country on Saturday morning.\r\n\r\n\u0022The invaders wanted to block the center of our state and put their puppets here... We broke their plan.\u0022\r\n\r\nJust after midnight, Zelenskyy warned that Russian President Vladimir Putin\u0026#039;s forces would storm Kyiv in \u0022vile, cruel, and inhuman\u0022 fashion, according to a translation by Max Seddon, the\u0026nbsp;Moscow bureau chief at\u0026nbsp;Financial Times.​​​\r\n\r\n\u0022We have to persevere tonight,\u0022 said Zelenskyy. \u0022The fate of Ukraine is being decided right now. The night will be hard, very hard, but there will be a morning.\u0022\r\n\r\nAfter another excruciating night spent in bomb shelters, basements, and subway stations, the residents of Kyiv awoke with the city still in the hands of mayor Vitali Klitschko and the Ukrainian government still under Zelenskyy\u0026#039;s control.\r\n\r\nSeveral apartment units were destroyed by Russian missiles, and at least 35 people, including two children, had been wounded as of 6:00 a.m. local time, according to Klitschko.\r\n\r\nRescue workers evacuate a wounded person after a missile struck a residential building during Russia\u0026#039;s military assault on Kyiv, Ukraine on February 26, 2022. (Photo: Ukraine Emergency Service/Handout/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)\r\n\r\nThe mayor added that while \u0022there are no Russian troops in the city,\u0022 people should remain underground as additional air attacks are expected. He has imposed a curfew from 5 p.m. local time Saturday until 8 a.m. on Monday amid ongoing street fighting in the capital.\r\n\r\nAs the BBC reported:\r\n\r\n\r\nAccording to a report by the Interfax-Ukraine news agency, Kyiv officials put out a statement asking people to stay in shelters and to stay away from windows if they were at home.\r\n\r\nBut Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Oleksiy Danilov told Ukrainian news site Lb.ua that the army was \u0022in control\u0022 of the situation.\r\n\r\n\u0022We are stopping the horde using all means available. The army servicemen and citizens are in control of Kyiv,\u0022 said Mr. Danilov.\r\n\r\n\r\nAccording to BBC correspondent Paul Adams, \u0022The Ukrainian army said it had repelled an attack along one of the main roads in the west, early [Saturday] morning. And it says it\u0026#039;s managed to prevent a Russian attempt to land airborne troops at an airport south of Kyiv—even saying a large plane carrying troops had been shot down.\u0022\r\n\r\nIn a video recorded Saturday morning from the empty streets of Kyiv\u0026#039;s government district and shared on Twitter, Zelenskyy countered rumors that he had directed the army to surrender to Russian troops.\r\n\r\n\u0022I\u0026#039;m here. We will not lay down any weapons. We will defend our state,\u0022 he said.\r\n\r\nAccording to the New York Times, \u0022Reports on Friday from the Ukrainian military and the United States and its allies indicated that Ukrainian troops were fighting fiercely, slowing the Russian advance.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022Civilians were also volunteering to defend the country,\u0022 added the newspaper, which interviewed several residents who have taken up arms.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nIn an address to Ukrainians on Saturday morning, Zelenskyy said that \u0022we are defending the country, the land of our future children.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022Kyiv and key cities around the capital are controlled precisely by our army,\u0022 the president added. \u0022The invaders wanted to block the center of our state and put their puppets here like in Donetsk. We broke their plan.\u0022\r\n\r\nMeanwhile, fighting continues throughout Ukraine, where Russia is being condemned for alleged war crimes.\r\n\r\nThe U.S. and its Western allies have moved to impose harsher\u0026nbsp;sanctions\u0026nbsp;on Russia—including directly targeting the assets of Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov—but Zelenskyy continues to urge all European Union members, including current holdouts Germany and Hungary, to disconnect Russia from the SWIFT international banking system.\r\n\r\nAs of Saturday afternoon, Germany had reportedly expressed its willingness to restrict Russia\u0026#039;s use of the global financial transactions network, though officials in the country advocated for \u0022targeted\u0022 measures to \u0022limit the collateral damage\u0022 they say is likely to ensue.\r\n\r\nFor the first time in history, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) on Friday\u0026nbsp;activated\u0026nbsp;parts of its Response Force, and\u0026nbsp;Western governments have also\u0026nbsp;vowed\u0026nbsp;to increase weapons shipments to Ukraine.\r\n\r\nViktor Liashko, Ukraine\u0026#039;s health minister,\u0026nbsp;said\u0026nbsp;Saturday morning that\u0026nbsp;198 Ukrainians, including three children, have been killed so far, and more than 1,100 people, including 33 children, have been wounded.\r\n\r\nUnited Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees, Kelly Clements, told CNN on Saturday morning that more than 120,000 people had fled Ukraine \u0022to all of the neighboring countries,\u0022 though the U.N.\u0026#039;s estimate\u0026nbsp;quickly increased to more than 150,000 refugees displaced since Thursday.\r\n\r\n\u0022The reception that they are receiving from local communities, from local authorities, is tremendous,\u0022 said Clements. \u0022But it\u0026#039;s a dynamic situation, we\u0026#039;re really quite devastated obviously with what\u0026#039;s to come, and we would say that up to four million people could actually cross borders, if things continue to deteriorate, which they have until now.\u0022\r\n\r\nThis post has been updated with details about Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko\u0026#039;s curfew order, Germany\u0026#039;s shifting position on restricting Russia\u0026#039;s access to the SWIFT interbank payment system, and a new estimate of the number of Ukrainian refugees.