Russia Ukraine invasion: what we know so far

  • Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy said 137 people inside Ukraine had died and 316 had been wounded as a result of Russia’s invasion and military attacks. In a video address late on Thursday, the Ukrainian leader said he was disheartened after speaking to the leaders of Nato member states after the invasion began. “We have been left alone to defend our state. Who is ready to fight alongside us? I don’t see anyone,” he said.

  • Russian troops have entered the country from the north, east and south, seemingly targeting the capital, Kyiv, as well as the cities of Kharkiv and Kherson respectively, in the hours since explosions were first heard at dawn on Thursday. Russian troops have seized the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the north and there were credible reports they were holding staff there hostage, the White House said. Meanwhile, a fierce battle for the strategic airbase close to Kyiv appeared to be continuing late on Thursday. Additionally, every single soldier defending Zmiinyi Island, or Snake Island, in the Black Sea had died, Zelenskiy said.

  • Ukraine has decreed a full military mobilisation against the Russian invasion. For the next 90 days, the Ukrainian military will determine how many people are eligible for national service. Ukrainian men aged 18-60 are now forbidden from leaving Ukraine, the State Border Guard service announced. Earlier, Zelenskiy declared martial law and vowed to issue weapons to every citizen willing to defend their country.

  • Zelenskiy says he will remain in Kyiv, despite claims Russia had marked him as “target #1”. “We are not afraid. We are not afraid of anything,” he said. US secretary of state Antony Blinken said “all evidence suggests that Russia intends to encircle and threaten” the Ukrainian capital.

  • Thousands attempted to flee Kyiv, leading to large traffic queues. Meanwhile, pictures have emerged of Kyiv residents crowding into underground metro stations where they are taking shelter from…

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