Explosions could be heard in 키예프 early Friday local time. Many Ukrainians had rushed to leave the capital Thursday.
“Russian mechanized forces, which came in from Belarus, 아르 20 miles outside of Kyiv,” Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told lawmakers Thursday night, 에 따르면 reporting from Axios. Austin added that the military is looking into ways to provide Ukrainian forces with more equipment, including ammunition.
Kyiv residents reported loud explosions, 그만큼 Kyiv Independent reported. Ukrainian forces might have shot down a Russian missile in the capital, according to the Ukrainska Pravda news outlet.
Ukraine’s foreign minister, Dmytro Kuleba, noted that the last time foreigners attacked Kyiv took place in 1941.
“Horrific Russian rocket strikes on Kyiv. Last time our capital experienced anything like this was in 1941 when it was attacked by Nazi Germany,” Kuleba said. “Ukraine defeated that evil and will defeat this one. Stop Putin. Isolate Russia. Severe all ties. Kick Russia out of [어디에나].”
Russian shelling outside Kyiv had already done significant damage.
The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense claimed that Russia had lost an estimated seven aircraft, six helicopters, 이상 30 tanks and 800 군대, as of 3 오전. 금요일. It was not clear what Russia’s take is on the number of casualties it has incurred.
Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko reported that three people were injured, one in critical condition, as a result of a rocket explosion in a residential building.
The Kyiv Independent posted photos of the destruction.
Russian forces were attacking through three corridors, the official said in a report the Department of Defense released Thursday.
There was also fighting around Kharkiv, the country’s second-largest city located near the border with Russia in the east.
Russian forces also attacked from the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea in southern Ukraine, which Russia illegally seized in 2014. The Pentagon report stated that those three “axes” were designed to take key population centers.
이것은 발전하는 이야기입니다. 업데이트를 다시 확인하세요.. 폭스 뉴스’ David Aaro contributed to this report.