Ukrainian forces keep grip on Kyiv despite Russian onslaught

  • The aftermath of a rocket strike to a residential building in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022. (Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

  • The aftermath of a rocket strike to a residential building in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022. (Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

  • The aftermath of a rocket strike to a residential building in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Saturday. (Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

  • A rocket strike hits a residential building in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022. (Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

  • Firefighters take a break after working inside a building that was hit by a rocket, destroying several floors of homes in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Saturday. (Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

KYIV, Ukraine — As a tense Ukraine awaited daylight early today local time, military forces and thousands of armed volunteers fought fiercely to protect their capital against Russian troops after a day of explosions and gunfire that shook parts of the city, leaving a missile-hit high-rise tower partially destroyed and residents crowded into subway stations for shelter.