KIEV – Associated Press journalists in Ukraine and abroad document military activities during the Russian invasion. As disinformation spreads, and social media amplifies military claims and counterclaims, it is difficult to determine exactly what is happening. Here’s a look at what can be confirmed on Friday.
Activities with direct witnesses:
– The explosions were heard from the center of Kiev, about 800 meters (half a mile) from the headquarters of the President.
– A high-rise apartment building in Kyiv was hit by heavy shelling on the east bank of the Dnieper River, which cuts through the capital, 13 kilometers (8 miles) southeast of the government quarter.
– Shooting near the main highway leading to the center of Kiev from the south.
– Ukrainian military evacuates unmarked military vehicle damaged by guns in Kyiv, Obolon district, about 10 kilometers (6 miles) north of the government quarter
– The Ukrainian military is establishing defensive positions on bridges around Kiev. Armored personnel carriers drive through the streets of Kyiv. Ukrainian authorities have deployed snow blowers in some places along Kiev’s roads to slow traffic.
– A Russian missile launcher was seen on the outskirts of the city of Kharkiv in the northeast, shelling could be heard from afar.
– Destroyed bridge in Ivankov, about 60 kilometers (40 miles) northwest of Kiev.
Announced by the Ukrainian and Russian authorities and others:
– The regulator of nuclear energy of Ukraine stated that in the area of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, the site of the world’s largest nuclear accident, after its capture by the Russian military, the level of gamma radiation was detected higher than usual. The International Atomic Energy Agency has stated that the declared levels do not pose a danger to the population. Russia’s Defense Ministry said radiation levels in the area remained normal.
– The mayor of Kiev said that the shootings and explosions in several areas of the city occurred when Ukrainian troops were fighting groups of Russian saboteurs.
– President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said that 137 “heroes” were killed, including 10 servicemen. The Ukrainian military said it had killed more than 1,000 Russian servicemen in response to Moscow’s invasion. The Russian military did not report any casualties during the attack. No claim can be verified independently.
– The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said that his staff has so far confirmed at least 127 civilian casualties, 25 killed and 102 wounded, mostly as a result of shelling and air strikes.
– The Russian military said it had taken control of an airport outside the Ukrainian capital. At the airport of Gastomel, a city 7 kilometers (4 miles) from Kiev, there is a runway long enough to accommodate all types of aircraft, including the largest cargo aircraft. Its capture allows Russia to send troops directly to the outskirts of Kiev.
– The Russian military said that since the beginning of the assault destroyed 118 Ukrainian military facilities. An independent verification of the claim failed.
– The mayor said that the school building was hit by a Ukrainian shell in the rebel-held city of Gorlovka in eastern Ukraine, killing its principal and teacher; Insurgents holding Donetsk said the city’s main hospital was damaged by shelling, but there were no casualties.
– The National Naval Agency of Moldova reported that the ship under the Moldovan flag was hit by a missile in “neutral waters” in the Black Sea, as a result of which two crew members were seriously injured.
– The representative of the US defense said that the Russian assault continues, and thousands of Russian marines are coming ashore from the Sea of Azov, west of Mariupol. The official said Ukraine’s air defenses had been lowered but were still in place, and that about a third of the fighting power Russia had gathered around Ukraine was now in the country.
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