The facility is believed to have been deliberately targeted by bombers in an attempt to cut off fuel supplies to Ukraine as the deadly fireball rose into the sky while Russia celebrated the frontal strike.
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The sky above Ukraine tonight was filled with a devastating fireball as Russian missiles strategically targeted a fuel depot.
Frightened families watch in horror in the village of Kulinichi, near the city of Kharkiv in eastern Ukraine.
Deadly fireballs rose into the air as Vladimir Putin celebrated a head-on hit. There were also reports of multiple explosions nearby as terror enveloped the area.
The facility is believed to have been targeted by bombers in an attempt to cut off fuel supplies to Ukraine.
The attack came as Putin’s army descended on the capital Kyiv, with soldiers and civilians preparing for battle from the streets.
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The fireball could be seen for miles around as fears of casualties grew following the hellish scenes in Kulinichi.
Volodymyr Zelensky, President of Ukraine, said he expected Russian troops to attack Kyiv this evening.
He declared: “The enemy will use all force at his disposal to break our resistance. Evil, harsh and not human. Tonight they will storm Kyiv.”
Putin’s latest attack comes just hours after worried Ukrainian officials warned Russia could target pipelines that transit natural gas to Europe.
Previously, Russia was accused of bombing a kindergarten when the heartbreaking scene appeared.
Terrifying video emerged showing a kindergarten, dubbed Sunshine Nursery, surrounded by bodies in the city of Okhtyrka, eastern Ukraine.
The bodies of two adults appeared to be lying in a pool of blood, with others crouched beside them.
The clip follows footage showing a Russian attack on a cancer center on the premises of a hospital in Melitopol.
Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said Russain’s shelling of a hospital was “beyond evil”.
Kuleba accused Russia of war crimes following earlier reports of attacks on orphanages and nurseries.
He promised Ukraine would send evidence of the attacks to The Hague.
More than 50,000 desperate Ukrainians have fled in the past 24 hours.
The unprovoked invasion of neighboring Ukraine by Russian forces under President Vladimir Putin has sparked bloodshed and chaos.
With Putin’s troops shelling cities across Ukraine and the nation’s troops vowing to fight to the death to protect their lands, observers fear the death toll will be huge.
So far, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky has confirmed that 137 civilians and military personnel was killed on the country on the first day of the invasion of Russia.
In a speech to his people, Mr. Zelensky revealed another 316 was wounded in the fighting.
The death toll is expected to rise on the night of February 25, Ukraine Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Maliar announced almost 3,000 Russian soldiers died in the first two days of the deep invasion
She wrote in a post on Facebook that the “army of the aggressor country suffered the following losses (estimated) as of 3 p.m. Friday”, before listing “up to 80” tanks; 516 “armored combat vehicles of all kinds”; 10 aircraft; Seven helicopters and 2,800 “special personnel” that Russia claims are among the losses Russia has suffered.
Meanwhile, the official Twitter page of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine stated in a tweet that “today the number of losses from the occupying forces of the Russian Federation is more than 1 thousand.”
These claims have yet to be independently verified.
Many are seeking refuge by moving east, as Russian shelling continues into cities around the country.
The earlier shocking scene showed a mass of panicked civilians screaming in terror as they desperately tried to flee from the Russian army’s advances.
Footage, set in the bustling capital Kyiv, showed crowds lining up to enter a train station and screaming as gunfire broke out.
Women and children screamed as flames ignited automatically across the platform over the heads of hundreds of people desperately trying to board the train.
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