In response to the invasion of Ukraine, the country has claimed that Russia has begun to build a military strike force intended towards President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's hometown of Kryvyi Rih.

Since the invasion of Ukraine, NATO has come closer to the most substantial expansion of the alliance in decades. 

On Wednesday, both the U.S. Senate and the Italian parliament accepted Finland and Sweden's membership in the alliance.  A NATO membership must be ratified by all 30 member states, and an attack on one member is an attack on all.

As a result of Russia's attack on Ukraine on Feb. 24, Finland and Sweden have been repeatedly warned against joining the Northeren alliance.

The 30 NATO countries that signed the admission protocol last month will be able to join the U.S.-led nuclear-armed organization if the decision is ratified by the alliance's members.

Ukraine rejected former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's claims that Russia desired a "negotiated solution" to the five-month conflict, stating that any talks would be reliant on a Russian ceasefire and army departure.

In March, tentative attempts at peace talks failed. The South China Morning Post said on Thursday that Ukraine was attempting to speak "directly" with Chinese leader Xi Jinping in an effort to stop the conflict.

Zelenskiy urged China to utilize its political and economic sway over Russia to end the war, as reported by SCMP. 

Ukraine stated on Wednesday night that Russia was involved in significant military action in the country's east, northeast, and south, and that Moscow may be preparing new offensive operations in the south. 

Dmytro Zhyvytsky, the governor of the border district of Sumy, reported that 55 missiles were fired at three towns by Russian soldiers on Wednesday. 

No injuries were reported, however residential and business properties were damaged.

In the largest conflict in Europe since World War II, numerous towns and cities have been destroyed, and thousands of civilians have been slaughtered. Ukraine and its supporters in the West accuse Russian forces of committing war crimes.

The conflict has precipitated a worldwide energy and food catastrophe. Ukraine and Russia produce over one-third of the world's wheat, and Russia is Europe's primary energy source.

The deal between Moscow and Kyiv, negotiated by the United Nations and Turkey, to allow the safe transit of grain ships from Ukraine has been hailed as a rare diplomatic victory in the conflict.