Ukraine army says it is fighting off Russian forces outside Kyiv

accreditation
0:00
play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
  • Ukraine's army says it is fighting off Russian forces north of Kyiv as they continue their advance toward the capital.
  • The city was hit by "horrific air strikes" in the early hours of Friday morning, according to the government.
  • The Ukrainian military also said it had stopped advancing Russian forces at the Teteriv River.


Kyiv – Ukraine's army said on Friday it was fighting invading Russian forces north of the capital Kyiv, as Moscow pressed on with its advance on the pro-Western country for a second day.

Russian forces reached the outskirts of Kyiv on Friday, with the government saying the city was hit by "horrific rocket strikes" in the early hours.

Kyiv's army said on its Facebook page:

Airborne assault troops of the Ukrainian armed forces are fighting in the areas of the settlements of Dymer and Invankiv.

Dymer is around 45km north of Kyiv, while Ivankiv is about 60km northwest of the Ukrainian capital.

The military said it had stopped advancing Russian forces at the Teteriv River, a tributary of the Dnieper River that flows through Kyiv, adding that a bridge over it was destroyed.

'Another lie' of Russia's

The army also said it had retaken the Gostomel airfield, with reports that it had been captured by Russian forces the day before.

AFP was not able to immediately verify this.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Friday that Moscow's forces were also targeting civilian areas and praised his countrymen for their "heroism".

Zelensky said in a video:

They say that civilian objects are not a target for them. But this is another lie of theirs. In reality, they do not distinguish between areas in which they operate.

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the start of a military operation against Ukraine in the early hours of Thursday, confirming widespread fears Moscow was planning to invade its western neighbour.



We want to hear your views on the news. Subscribe to News24 to be part of the conversation in the comments section of this article.


We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
Zama zama crackdown: What are your thoughts on West Village residents taking the law into their own hands?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Authorities should bring in the army already
11% - 2109 votes
Illegal miners can't be scapegoated for all crime
50% - 9839 votes
What else did we expect without no proper policing
36% - 7185 votes
Vigilante groups are also part of the problem
4% - 725 votes
Vote
Rand - Dollar
16.41
-0.1%
Rand - Pound
19.87
-0.2%
Rand - Euro
16.69
-0.1%
Rand - Aus dollar
11.48
+0.4%
Rand - Yen
0.12
-0.1%
Gold
1,776.25
+0.0%
Silver
20.10
-0.2%
Palladium
2,155.50
-0.2%
Platinum
935.00
-0.3%
Brent-ruolie
92.34
-3.0%
Top 40
64,726
0.0%
All Share
71,505
0.0%
Resource 10
65,387
0.0%
Industrial 25
87,072
0.0%
Financial 15
16,239
0.0%
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.

LEARN MORE