Explosions were heard in Kyiv as Ukraine’s Interior Ministry announced the Russian military had begun firing missiles at residential areas while a Russian jet was reportedly shot down.
Explosions were heard in Kyiv with the night sky lit up as a Russian jet was believed to have been shot down over the Ukrainian capital while Russian troops were closing in.
Ukraine’s Interior Ministry said missile attacks had begun on residential areas of Kyiv.
One of the rockets was said to have been shot down, setting the city ablaze with flames, but some reports say it was a Russian SU27 jet.
Footage on social media showed a large flash of light possibly from the Russian jet, which crashed to the ground in Kyiv, in the early hours of Friday morning.
Two explosions heard in Kyiv were also reported by the Interfax-Ukraine news agency.
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Similar sounds were heard a day earlier when, according to Ukrainian officials, a military base in Brovary, a town near Kyiv, was hit by a Russian cruise missile on Thursday, causing 6 people were killed.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Friday vowed to stay in Kyiv as his troops battle Russian invaders advancing on the capital in the biggest assault on a European country since World War I. two.
There was fierce fighting on many fronts after a large-scale land, sea and air assault by the Russian military following Vladimir Putin’s announcement of an invasion in eastern Ukraine.
Russian forces captured the former Chernobyl nuclear power plant on the route between Belarus and Kyiv, an adviser to the President of Ukraine said.
People have taken shelter in underground supermarkets in cities across the country from shelling while millions are also heading for the border with Poland.
Zelenskiy said that 137 civilians and military personnel were killed and 316 wounded.
An estimated 100,000 people fled as explosions and gunfire rocked major cities.
U.S. and Ukrainian officials say Russia aims to capture Kyiv and overthrow a government that Putin sees as an American puppet.
“The enemy has marked me as the number one target,” Zelenskiy warned in a video message. “My family is number
two goals. They want to destroy Ukraine politically by destroying the head of state.
“I will stay in the capital. My family is also in Ukraine.”
Mr. Putin said that Russia was carrying out “a special military operation” to prevent the Ukrainian government from committing genocide against its own people – an allegation that the West calls baseless. He also said that Ukraine is an illegitimate country whose lands formerly belonged to Russia.
When asked if he was concerned about Zelenskiy’s safety, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told CBS: “To the best of my knowledge, President Zelenskiy is still in Ukraine after his duties and of course we worry for the safety of all our friends. in Ukraine – government officials and others.”
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