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KYIV, Ukraine. — It’s day five of the Russian invasion in Ukraine and the next 24 hours will be crucial.

Russian troops are still trying to overtake the capital and are now advancing in the second-largest city. So far, at least 352 civilians have been killed including 14 children. It’s reported up to 400,000 people have escaped so far. The European Union closed airspace to Russian planes and is sending fighter jets to Ukraine.

Ukraine is demanding an immediate ceasefire and withdrawal of Russian troops. Delegations from both countries are meeting at the border with Belarus. Ukraine’s president is not among those in Ukraine’s delegation but is calling for the European Union to approve immediate membership.

He just gave another video address saying it’s only fair they be on equal footing.

In the meantime, around 4,000 U.S. Army troops deployed in Europe are having their tour of duty extended. While the amount of exact time is unknown, it is expected to be for several weeks.

This is part of America’s effort to reassure eastern European allies during the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine.  An Army spokesman said the troops will only be there for as long as they are needed.  Additional support troops will also see their tours extended as well.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has activated NATO’s Response Force for the first time in history because of the conflict. He added it was necessary to respond to a more aggressive Russia.  Stoltenberg also stated that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s latest move to put nuclear deterrent forces on “high alert” was only adding to the seriousness of the situation.

Russians protesting their country’s invasion of Ukraine continue to face arrest. Russian police arrested more than 2,000 demonstrators Sunday, bringing the total to more than 5,200 since the war started Thursday.  In neighboring Belarus, which has been providing support for the invasion, at least 440 protesters were detained in the capital Minsk.