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Kyiv under siege, Ukraine appeals for ceasefire

Zelensky addressed the nation and also appealed to Russia for a ceasefire. He pleaded with Western allies to do more to stop the Russian assault. The explosion over the Ukrainian capital began at 4 am.

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Kyiv: Several explosions ripped through the Ukrainian capital Kyiv on Friday, even as President Volodymyr Zelensky appealed for immediate ceasefire.

Ukrainian officials said Russia has carried out missile attacks on the city, the BBC reported.

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At least one apartment building in the capital has been badly damaged and media reports said at least three people have been injured.

Zelensky addressed the nation and also appealed to Russia for a ceasefire. He pleaded with Western allies to do more to stop the Russian assault. The explosion over the Ukrainian capital began at 4 am.

The BBC confirmed the blast occurred in the Poznyaky neighbourhood. With Russian troops advancing into Kyiv, there were multiple reports of gunfires raging.

A tweet by BBC reporter said: “Two short bursts of small arms fire heard here in Kyiv… Impossible to know what it signifies, but rumours abound that Russian “saboteurs” are already operating inside the city.”

The Ukrainian army said armed forces were engaged in fighting on Kyiv outskirts in Dymer and Ivankiv, where a large number of Russian armoured vehicles have advanced.

An official Facebook page of the Ukrainian armed forces said forces “continued to resist” Russian forces northwest of the capital. The Ukrainian troops destroyed a bridge on the border of the Teteriv River to impede the further advancement of Russian, it said It added that troops were still holding on to an airfield on the outskirts of the city – which could become a springboard for the Russian army into Kyiv if Russian troops were to seize it, the BBC reported. 

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