Russian tanks have been seen rolling through the capital of Ukraine, Kyiv on Friday, the second day of Russia’s invasion.
Social media videos are showing what appears to be Russian tanks driving through Obolon, an area just north of Kyiv’s city center.
Later, Ukraine’s defense ministry confirmed that Russian forces had infiltrated the residential district.
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Ukraine’s Defense Ministry asked residents not to leave their houses and to start preparing Molotov cocktails. The district is approximately 10 km (six miles) from central Kyiv.
The Ukrainian interior ministry is posting instructions how to make a Molotov cocktail pic.twitter.com/UppDyrfGMV
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Ukraine‘s military chief Valerii Zaluzhnyi said Friday that the country’s army was successfully resisting Russian forces advancing from the north.
Zaluzhnyi said Ukrainian forces had been able to repel the breakthrough of Russian troops in the Chernihiv area north of the capital, Kyiv.
“Enemy vehicles were forced to retreat from Chernihiv in the direction of Sedniv and from Horodnya to Semenivka,” he said.
However, it appears Russian forces are consolidating their positions to the northwest of Kyiv after taking the airbase at Hostomel on Thursday.
Gunfire in central Kyiv. Very tense moments. Russians are in the city.
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Earlier a series of explosions have rocked Kyiv in the early hours of Friday.
“Strikes on Kyiv with cruise or ballistic missiles continued,” Anton Gerashchenko, adviser to the Head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine told reporters.
There are unconfirmed reports coming in that the city’s air defense stopped an air raid by intercepting a number of missiles and downing an enemy aircraft.
An official with the Ukrainian interior ministry said an aircraft had crashed in the Darnytskyi district of Kyiv. Meanwhile, local reports say a nine-storey residential building is on fire in Kyiv.