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Gunfire Reported As Russian Forces Enter Kyiv

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Reports of gunfire in central Kyiv emerged Friday morning as Russian military forces entered Ukraine’s capital city, inching closer towards the government’s seat of power after the city faced heavy bombardment early in the morning and rocket strikes hit civilian buildings.


Key Facts


  • The Ukrainian Defense Ministry confirmed that Russian forces have entered Kyiv’s Obolon district, a suburb on its northwest.

  • The ministry urged citizens to report the movement of Russian equipment and attack them with molotov cocktails if possible.

  • Forbes Ukraine reports that Russian troops tried to disguise themselves as Ukrainian soldiers—dressing up in their uniform and using captured military equipment—but were detained and shot.

  • Police in Kyiv have told people to not exit the subway station in the city center—where is being used for shelter—as there was gunfire taking place outside, the Associated Press.

  • Earlier on Thursday night, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned that Kyiv “could well be under siege” by the Russian military soon.


Crucial Quote


With its advance into Kyiv, the Russian military is getting closer to the Ukrainian government’s seat of power and possibly the country’s president Volodymyr Zelenskyy. In video address earlier on Friday, Zelenskyy said he and his family are still in Ukraine and added: “According to our information, the enemy marked me as the number one target. My family is the number two goal. They want to destroy Ukraine politically by destroying the Head of State.”


Key Background


Early on Friday, Kyiv came under heavy bombardment as Russian troops attempted to advance into the city from the north. Interior ministry adviser Anton Gerashchenko said that Kyiv had been hit by Russian “cruise or ballistic missiles,” on Friday and shared several photos of residential buildings on fire. Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba tweeted about “horrific Russian rocket strikes on Kyiv” and compared the situation to the 1941 invasion of the country by Nazi Germany.

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