Cruise missile hits Ukrainian airport as Russian attack helicopters circle Kiev – Reuters

Footage from Ukraine shows the impact of Russian air assaults overnight and this morning, including missile and helicopter strikes in areas near the capital Kiev

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Ukraine: Large explosion as a missile hits Ivano-Frankivsk airport

A missile was filmed hovering in the sky before hitting an airport in Ukraine as Russia’s air assault on the country intensifies.

Footage taken from a vantage point close to Ivano-Frankivsk airport shows the projectile streaking through gray skies before exploding in a plume of fire on an already smoldering building.

The building ignites before a large cloud of black smoke rises above the center of the Ukrainian city.

Cruise missiles, guided bombs and GRAD rockets struck down targets in Ukrainian cities.

They targeted airfields, military bases, munitions caches and command posts, but also hit at least one civilian building.

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The missile was filmed flying through the sky



It crashed into Ivano-Frankivsk airport



Particularly graphic CCTV footage shows a cyclist torn from her bike by a shell in the Cherkassy region of central Ukraine.

A photo later emerged of a woman lying dead under a blanket, blood streaming from her side to the streets below.

The Russians appear to be trying to control the skies over Ukraine by shutting down airports, including Chuguyev Airport near Kharkiv in the east of the country.

Airspace over Ukraine was closed overnight, leading carriers like Ryanair and WhizzAir to halt services to and from the country.

Ukraine claimed that six Russian jets were shot down from the skies above the eastern region of Donbass.

An explosion is seen in the distance in Kiev


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The Lutsk air base in the Volyn region was attacked



Kiev said 50 Russian soldiers were killed in the attack.

Russian strikes on airports do not appear to have been entirely successful, with a building near a runway at Chuhuiv in the northeast apparently hit by mistake.

It was completely devastated by the explosion which knocked down all the windows and ripped off its balconies.

During the night, loud noises were heard in cities like Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city on the eastern border.

Footage reportedly taken in Hostomel, near Kiev, shows at least eight attack helicopters hovering close to the ground as smoke billows around them.

Missiles can be seen being fired into the ground below.

Ukrainian officials said an attempted Russian helicopter landing was underway at Hostomel military airport, just outside Kyiv, around 11:30 GMT.

Separate footage shows explosions hitting Svatove, a town in eastern Ukraine. Reports said the missiles hit “near” a warehouse storing Ukrainian army equipment.

In addition to the air assault, ground forces came from Belarus, Crimea, Donetsk and Luhansk.

The overnight attacks prompted Kiev to declare a nationwide state of emergency and urge citizens to donate blood.

A Kalibr missile reportedly destroyed a military warehouse near Odessa


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Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said on Thursday that anyone willing and able to possess a weapon can join the ranks of the Territorial Defense Forces, as police said they would distribute weapons to veterans.

Dmytro Kuleba, Ukraine’s foreign minister, condemned the strikes early this morning.

“Putin just launched a full scale invasion of Ukraine,” he tweeted.

“Peaceful Ukrainian towns are being struck. This is a war of aggression.

“Ukraine will fight back and win. The world can and must stop Putin. Now is the time to act.”

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