Russia’s invading forces are trying to knock down vital Ukrainian infrastructure around cities like Kyiv and Kharkiv, whose capital city is under intense shelling.
A mushroom cloud obscures the sky after an explosion at a gas pipeline near a Ukrainian city.
Russian forces are suspected of targeting infrastructure near key cities as they continue their brutal and bloody invasion.
Tonight, the cloud was seen near Kharkiv, the country’s second largest city, east of the capital, Kyiv.
Cities like Kharkiv and Kyiv are expected to come under intense pressure from the Kremlin’s military overnight.
In the capital, residents were armed with AK-47s and encouraged to create Molotov cocktails (petrol bombs) to be able to repel the invaders.
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has rejected offers from Western allies to flee Kyiv and has pledged to fight with his countrymen against Russian forces.
The British Ministry of Defense said that the Russian forces “did not achieve the progress they had planned”.
“They are suffering from logistical challenges and strong Ukrainian resistance,” a short statement was released on Twitter.
Tonight it was also reported that an oil depot in Vasylkiv, a city in the Kyiv region, was hit by a Russian missile.
Local media reported that both city mayor Nataliia Balasynovych, as well as Ukrainian government adviser Anton Gerashenko, confirmed the attack.
Footage on social media showed massive flames rising from the station.
People living nearby have been asked to close their doors and windows to avoid the pungent and possibly dangerous smoke.
Armed Forces Minister James Heappey said the Russian advance had been temporarily halted – and denied Moscow’s claims that it had captured the southeastern city of Melitopol.
Meanwhile, President Zelensky also held a speech at dawn to tell EU leaders: “This may be the last time you see me alive”.
He added: “The occupiers wanted to blockade the center of our state … we broke their plan.
“We will fight as long as we liberate the country.”
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