Explosions heard in Kyiv as Ukrainian president says ‘enemy sabotage groups’ have entered capital

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says “enemy sabotage groups” have entered Kyiv, the capital, as Russian forces close in.

Two loud booms were heard from the city at around 4 a.m. local time. A residential building in Kyiv caught fire, sparked by what appeared to be rocket debris, and the capital’s mayor said that three people were injured and had been taken to hospital.

In an address to Ukrainians, Zelensky did not specifically say Russian forces had entered Kyiv, but his reference to “sabotage groups” was interpreted as a sign that the city was in peril. He also said the country has been left to fight alone by NATO despite appeals for help from the alliance. But he remained defiant and urged Ukrainians to fight on.

President Biden has announced sweeping sanctions against Russia for its full-scale attack, saying in a Thursday White House address that the aggression “cannot go unanswered.” The sanctions, coordinated with allies, target Russia’s elites, its largest state-owned banks and companies throughout its economy.

A senior U.S. defense official said Russia’s moves were “clearly designed to take key population centers” and topple Ukraine’s democratically elected, pro-Western government.

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