A Russian missile hit an apartment building near Kyiv’s Zhuliany airport, on Saturday morning on the third day of the Russian attack against Ukraine.
The pictures show a hole covering at least five floors that were blasted into the side. Authorities say the number of casualties is “being specified” while an evacuation is underway.
In one room, a camera recorded the explosion. pic.twitter.com/vHd4PkT7ln
— NEXTA (@nexta_tv) February 26, 2022
Missile attacks against Kyiv as Russian ground forces close in
Before dawn Friday, explosions lit up the sky above the capital as Russia targeted the city with missile strikes, according to a Ukrainian government adviser.
A CNN team reported hearing two large blasts in central Kyiv and a third loud explosion in the distance, followed by at least three more explosions to the south-west of the city a few hours later.
“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 via text message Friday.
A section of the Prospekt Peremohy highway near central Kyiv turned into a warzone last night, with one video showing fires alight along the key road running east-west from the city’s center
Проспект перемоги зараз. Київ pic.twitter.com/KGQO3eKSqR
— Мілітарний (@mil_in_ua) February 26, 2022
According to media reports, the footage was recorded near the capital’s Beresteiska metro station, just 4km (2.5 miles) from the building housing Ukraine’s Ministry of Defence.
Earlier this morning, the Ukrainian Armed Forces said in another Facebook post that there were “heavy battles ongoing” in one part of the city, adding that “active combat” was taking place in some streets.
Russia would try to storm Kyiv
This came hours after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky warned that Russia would try to “storm” Kyiv. According to the Associated Press in response to a US request to evacuate Kyiv, Ukraine’s Zelensky said he needed “ammunition, not a ride.”
On Saturday morning Zelensky posted a video highlighting his defiance against the Russian invaders:
“We are here with our weapons. Our weapons are our truth. Our truth is that this is our land and our country,” he said.
Ukraine mobilizes citizens of Kyiv, hands out riffles
Ukraine’s Minister of Defense had issued a call for civilians between 18 and 60 to take up arms to help defend the country, but on Friday, as Russian troops got closer to the center of the city, he asked anyone over the age of 18 to volunteer.
The government has also banned men between the ages of 18 and 60 from leaving Ukraine.