EXPLOSION was heard in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, amid fears Russian troops have now broken into the city.
Explosions were heard throughout the city of 2.9 million people, with video showing the night sky lit up by Russian attacks.
Ukraine’s Interior Ministry announced that a Russian plane was shot down over the city.
Anton Gerashchenko said: “According to information from the combat forces, the enemy plane was shot down by the Ukrainian Air Defense Forces and crashed in the Darnytskyi district.
He also shared a series of photos of a nine-story apartment block on fire to his Telegram account.
“Attacks on Kyiv with cruise or ballistic missiles continue,” he wrote.
“I heard two loud bangs just now.”
However, conflicting accounts claim that the downed plane was a Ukrainian plane, shot down by a Russian surface-to-air missile.
The mayor of Kyiv, Vitali Klitschko, announced that three civilians were injured in the explosion, two of them seriously.
Multiple reports suggest that Russian forces will arrive in Kyiv at 3 a.m. local time (1 a.m. GMT).
The sky above the city was quiet for a while but just after 4:20 a.m. local time (2:20 GMT) loud explosions were heard.
Unconfirmed reports claim Kyiv’s air defenses were involved in intercepting Russian missiles in the city.
US Senator Marco Rubio said at least “three dozen rockets” were fired at Kyiv over a 40-minute period.
Journalist Neil Hauer shared a video that he claims shows a Russian jet being shot down in Kyiv.
Eastern European source Nexta posted a photo on Twitter showing the aftermath of the rubble falling on a residential area of the city.
Darnytskyi is a large district in the southeast of Kyiv, between the city center and Boryspil International Airport.
The Guardian’s Luke Harding also shared a photo of the aftermath of an explosion in Kyiv.
He said that the last match was between Poznjaky and Kharkivska.
The Ukrainian government said a Ukrainian jet, an SU-27, was shot down in a separate incident.
Separate air raid sirens were sounded in the major Ukrainian cities of Kharkiv, Chernihiv and Odessa, raising fears of a large coordinated attack on several population centers.
Attacks on Kyiv by cruise or ballistic missiles have just continued
A spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry announced that 83 of Ukraine’s ground military infrastructure had been disabled, Russian state news agency TASS quoted.
It comes shortly after Ukrainian forces appear to have won a major victory with the successful recapture of Kyiv’s Antonov airport, 20 miles northwest of the city.
US officials say they fear the city will fall within four days and the government of President Voldymyr Zelenskyy will be overthrown within a week.
President Zelenskyy earlier announced that 137 people had died in the first day of fierce fighting and vowed to stay in his country until the bitter end.
“They are killing people and turning peaceful cities into military targets,” he said.
“It’s foul and will never be forgiven.”
He also accused the West of abandoning its country and letting them fight Vladimir Putin “alone”.
“The enemy marks me as target number 1, and my family as target number 2 … I am staying in Kyiv,” he said.
Earlier, Zelenskyy signed a new general mobilization decree, because Ukraine’s border guards banned men aged 18 to 60 from leaving the country under martial law.
US President Joe Biden will hold an emergency summit with other NATO member leaders at 9 a.m. Eastern time (2 GMT) to discuss the crisis.
On Thursday, the Russian military took control of the former nuclear power plant at Chernobyl, raising concerns about the potential for a deadly radioactive leak.
That same day, a former senior US intelligence official told Newsweek: “After the air and artillery are over and the real ground war begins, I think Kyiv will fall in just a few days. next.
“The army could last a little bit longer but this won’t last.”
A source close to the Ukrainian government said they agreed the capital would be besieged within the next four days, but claimed the government would not collapse.
The Interior Ministry said about 10,000 assault rifles were given to civilians in Kyiv to fight the invaders.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/4768170/russia-ukraine-news-kyiv-attack-explosion-war/ The plane was shot down in a fireball over Kyiv as Putin launched a new wave of attacks on the Ukrainian capital