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Inside Ukraine’s capital Kiev, the city glowed red as Russian missiles hit military targets in the suburbs with explosions that could be felt in the city center
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Russian President Vladimir Putin today launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine after months of tension and escalation in the region.
It was a moment that many feared and led to dozens of world leaders issuing statements condemning the decision, promising more sanctions and tough action in response. .
When Russia launched a missile attack on the capital Kiev, the city was “red in flames” as thousands of people took shelter deep in the city’s metro network or tried to flee the city.
Heartbreaking photos emerge from the Ukrainian capital showing the bloody damage the invasion has suffered.
Russia targeted military installations on the outskirts of the city with explosions so loud that they could be felt deep in the city center.
Mirror’s chief correspondent Andy Lines, who was in Kiev, described the “surreal” situation he observed unfolding in the city on the brink of invasion.
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He was in Kiev when the missile hit and described what he saw.
“On the horizon, I could see a very large red and orange glow that was worrisome as a Russian missile hit its target.
“There was a huge explosion that I could feel as I stood outside the hotel in central Kyiv. Between two o’clock this morning, I heard between 15 and 20 explosions in the distance.
“Russia has targeted military facilities on the outskirts of the city.
“As dawn broke, sirens sounded all over Kyiv warning people of impending attacks.
‘But some passengers carried on as if it were normal business’
“Two elderly women walking their dogs stopped to chat in the church square, while a military helicopter hovered overhead.
“It’s totally surreal.”
Shortly after the attack was announced, in a chilling warning to the West, Russian President Vladimir Putin declared that anyone trying to interfere in the attack would “face consequences greater than any other.” any consequences you’ve faced in history.”
Shortly after his first speech, Russia launched missiles at several Ukrainian cities and landed troops on the country’s southern coast.
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy quickly declared martial law in all territories.
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Video shows people’s cars fleeing the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, while others take shelter in basements from the sounds of distant explosions.
Russian special forces and paratroopers are said to have arrived at the city’s Boryspil airport, amid fierce fighting.
Cruise and ballistic missiles are destroying military infrastructure and important strategic facilities, according to unofficial Russian sources.
US President Joe Biden condemned Russia’s military action as “unprovoked and unjustified”.
Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo condemned Russia’s attack on Ukraine as “Europe’s darkest hour since World War II”.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that Putin has “chosen a path of bloodshed and destruction and Britain and its allies will respond ‘definitively'”.
He added that he was “appalled by the appalling events”.
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The Prime Minister said on Twitter: “I am appalled by the appalling events in Ukraine and I have spoken with President Zelenskyy to discuss next steps.
“President Putin has chosen the path of bloodshed and destruction by launching this unprovoked attack on Ukraine.
“The UK and our allies will respond decisively.”
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