Ukraine: Putin dares West to defeat Russia on battlefield, US-China relations complicated by Russia support

Russian President Vladimir Putin challenged Western nations by suggesting his invasion of Ukraine is far from over, Russian state media RIA Novosti reported Thursday.

"Today we hear that (the West wants) to defeat us on the battlefield," Putin said, according to RIA Novosti. "Well, what can I say? Let them try."

Russia's president accused Western allies of fueling the hostilities, charging that “the West wants to fight us to the last Ukrainian.”

“It’s a tragedy for the Ukrainian people, but it looks like it’s heading in that direction,” Putin said.

“Everybody should know that largely speaking, we haven’t even yet started anything in earnest,” he added.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Twitter Saturday the U.S. will give Ukraine an additional $360 million in humanitarian aid to support refugees

The extra aid comes a day after the Pentagon said it would send another $400 million in weapons and spare parts to Ukraine

Civilians in Ukraine's capital, Kyiv, are receiving military training in hopes of bolstering the city's defenses against Russia.

More than 50,000 explosives already have been defused in and around Kyiv, the region's military administration said Saturday.

Nearly 30 villages in the Kyiv region, making up more than 70 square miles of land, have been swept for explosives which were defused when found.