This happened last night in Ukraine
Russia invaded Ukraine on Thursday. As a result, the years-long conflict between the two neighboring countries has turned into a full-fledged war. An overview of the main events of last night.
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Russian troops to Kiev
At the beginning of the night, the president of Ukraine announced that Russian “sabotage troops” had arrived in Kiev. Later in the night, CNN reported that Russian troops would be 30 kilometers from Kiev.
From 4 a.m. Dutch time, reports came in about high explosives by ballistic missiles and cruise missiles in Kiev. This was reported by CNN and The New York Times, among others.
More missile strikes in Kiev
Kiev mayor Vitali Klitschko tweeted early this morning that three people were injured in a rocket impact on an apartment building. The building caught fire and is “on the brink of collapse,” he wrote.
An adviser to the Ukrainian Ministry of the Interior spoke of a ballistic missile and cruise missile attack. These are said to have been intercepted by Ukrainian anti-aircraft fire. This could not yet be verified. The New York Times did verify images of a “major explosion” in the sky over Kiev.
Mobilization of the population
The evening ended with a decree from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. In it he announced a general mobilization of the population. This means, among other things, that male residents between the ages of eighteen and sixty are no longer allowed to leave the country, because they must be available for the army.
Heavy sanctions package against Russia
On Thursday evening, the situation in Ukraine was discussed during a scheduled summit in Brussels. EU leaders agree on a new package of tough sanctions against Russia. They will have “enormous and serious consequences” for the country, they said.
More and more countries are joining the sanctions of western countries. Around 5 a.m. it was announced that Australia, New Zealand and Taiwan would also introduce more and more extensive sanctions against Russia. What these mean in terms of content will be announced later.
Curfew in Kiev
A curfew has been in place in Kiev since 10 p.m. on Thursday. It is in effect from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. There are no subways during the curfew, but stations will remain open.
Many Ukrainians spent the night in these underground metro stations because of the Russian invasion. Adults and children had, among other things, suitcases, blankets and pets.
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