Putin’s deadly shelling of Kyiv – city emerges from night of ‘Nazi’ bombardment
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Ukrainian's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has said the Russian attack on Kyiv in the early hours of the morning (February 25) was on par with the shelling the city took from the Nazis in World War Two.
In the dead of night, air raid sirens rang out across the city as a devastating number of Russian rockets flew into the city, flattening buildings and ruining homes.
Many Ukrainians from the capital fled underground into bomb shelters and remain tightly compressed together as the city is battered.
Pictures from inside the shelters show people on top of each inside the shelters, crammed into sleeping bags.
In response, Kuleba tweeted that the “horrific rocket strikes” were comparable to the city’s 1941 shelling by Nazi Germany.
“Last time our capital experienced anything like this was in 1941 when it was attacked by Nazi Germany,” he tweeted.
“Ukraine defeated that evil and will defeat this one. Stop Putin. Isolate Russia. Severe all ties. Kick Russia out of (everywhere).”
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Due to the nature of the attack on the built-up city, many residents were able to film the missiles ripping through the city.
As the explosives detonated, the deadly aftermath became apparent as plumes of smoke rose above the capital.
In one dramatic episode, a jet was reportedly shot down over the city causing a building to be set alight.
There have been conflicting reports, though, whether the plane that was brought down was Ukraine or Russian.
The Ukraine army has said that it is currently fighting Russian forces outside of Kyiv.
Following on from the start of the invasion yesterday, it will raise fears that Kyiv might fall into Russian hands as soon as today.
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In more sobering news, Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy has confirmed that 137 people have been killed in the conflict so far.
In a national address early this morning, the president said at least 137 Ukrainians had been killed and 316 injured, including one child among the dead.
Mr Zelensky also confirmed he was still in Ukraine in a secret location.
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