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Vladimir Putin has begun a full military invasion of Ukraine, with Russian troops attacking from the northern border from Belarus, the eastern frontier with Russia, and in the south from Crimea, the Ukrainian peninsula Moscow invaded and annexed in 2014.
In Kyiv, the capital, explosions were heard before dawn on Thursday, and the main roads out of the city were jammed with cars as residents fled.
Russian forces had shelled units in the east of the country and struck airfields in Kyiv’s airport, Boryspil, Ozerne, Kulbakino, Chuhuiv, Kramatorsk, Chornobaivka with missiles, Ukraine’s armed forces said in a statement. Video of explosions at an army depot in Kalynivka, a town south-west of Kyiv near the provincial city of Vinnytsia, was aired on Ukrainian television.
On Thursday morning, Russian incursions suggested the invasion forces aim to advance south towards Kyiv, encircling Ukraine’s forces in the east, and cleaving the country from the Russian border to the Black Sea.