After initiating talks between adversaries Russia and Ukraine, Kyiv holds on for another day of complications and attacks on the capital. Officials from both countries are supposed to meet on Monday, as the military from both sides clashes in an unmatched battle. Talks can possibly do a huge amount of shift right now, as President Vladimir Putin has even looked towards a nuclear war amidst heightened tensions from Western countries.

The order to put his nuclear team on high alert came on Sunday as likely retaliation after “aggressive statements” from leaders in the West, after the invasion attack on Kyiv. Despite the two sides being highly imbalanced in terms of force, equipment, and soldiers in their military, dipped in favor of the Russian side, the Ukrainian forces have been aggressive in their defense so far, halting the occupying forces severely.

Remarks from the Russian President’s statement claimed, “Western countries aren’t only taking unfriendly actions against our country in the economic sphere, but top officials from leading NATO members made aggressive statements regarding our country.

As dawn came on Monday, loud blasts were once again heard in the capital of Ukraine, Kyiv, and its second-largest city, Kharkiv. According to Russian authorities, occupying forces trying to take over urban cities in Ukraine had largely been stopped by the Ukrainian army and people.

White House secretary Jen Psaki called Putin’s threat “manufactured” saying, “This is really a pattern that we’ve seen from President Putin through the course of this conflict, which is manufacturing threats that don’t exist in order to justify further aggression, and the global community and the American people should look at it through that prism.” She continued, “This is all a pattern from President Putin, and we’re going to stand up for it, we have the ability to defend ourselves, but we also need to call out what we’re seeing here from President Putin.”