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Russia kicked off its rocket launch Wednesday as the oil depot blew up and the surrounding sky glowed orange.

Russia has begun another day of horrifying missile attacks on Ukraine.

Fireworks rain all over Eastern Europe after the invasion in the early hours of Thursday – when the battle for the capital Kyiv dragged on into the fourth day.

Smoke rises from an oil depot in Vasylkiv, about 25m west of Kyiv, following a Russian missile attack

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Smoke rises from an oil depot in Vasylkiv, about 25m west of Kyiv, following a Russian missile attackCredit: EPA
The sky above Kyiv glows orange as loud explosions are heard

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The sky above Kyiv glows orange as loud explosions are heard

The sky above the city glowed a terrifying orange as loud explosions – believed to be from a Russian ballistic missile – rang out.

The explosions are believed to have come from the southwest of Kyiv.

The explosions occurred near Kyiv’s secondary airport, Boryspil International, according to CNN.

A Russian missile hit a nuclear waste disposal site on the outskirts of Kyiv amid fears Ukrainians could be contaminated with dangerous radioactive material, BNO Sunday reported.

And Kyiv Independent said an oil depot had exploded at Vasylkiv, about 25m west of Kyiv.

Residents in the Ukrainian capital have been warned that a burning warehouse is emitting smoke and toxic fumes and have been told to close their windows and cover.

The mayor of Vasylkiv, Natalia Balasynovych, said the city had come under intense shelling – but declared that the Russians would not win.

She said: “The enemy wants to destroy everything around, but he won’t succeed. Come on!”

A mushroom-shaped swirling cloud of smoke and fire was also seen above the city of Kharkiv, in northeastern Ukraine.

And unverified reports also say a gas pipeline has exploded in the city.

Air raid sirens sounded and civilians were asked to hide in subways and basements as darkness fell on Saturday night.

People were asked not to turn on the lights in their homes and stay away from windows for fear of flying shards of glass.

There have been fears that the Russian military will step up efforts to capture Kyiv this weekend, targeting commercial businesses in an attempt to destroy Ukrainian morale.

Citywide curfew is being enforced in the capital while authorities hunt for “groups of sabotage and espionage”, the mayor of Kyiv said.

The footage shows the moment the sky above the city glows red and orange, as thunderous explosions can be heard in the background.

New York Times journalist Michael Downey wrote on Twitter: “It was a very quiet day in Kyiv until a few minutes ago – as the sun went down, explosions could now be heard in the suburbs.”

Alexander Marquardt, CNN’s Senior National Security Correspondent, tweeted a video of the sirens, adding: “The bloodsuckers are now in Kyiv.”

As midnight approaches in the war-torn country, civilians and troops are urged to rally ahead of the “imminent” attack.

It marked the dawn of the fourth day of fighting as Ukrainian troops and civilians heroically fought to defeat the Russian invaders.

MP Lesia Vasylenko tweeted: “In 30-60 minutes Kyiv will be attacked like never before. # Russia will attack us with all they have.”

It took place after a day of fighting in which Russian troops failed to capture the capital.

Ukraine’s official death toll is 198, including 3 children.

And at least 17 of them were civilians, killed in an explosion.

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The British Ministry of Defense tweeted in an intelligence update that the Russian military appeared to be weakening, subject to “logistic challenges” and strong Ukrainian resistance.

The MoD confirmed that Russian troops were wounded and captured by Ukrainian forces.

And Mr Putin is said to have banned some social media from the country, in a “probable” attempt to hide the gruesome details of Russia’s invasion from his people.

It follows last night’s frantic attempts by the Russian President to capture Kyiv.

Ukraine’s Interior Ministry said there was “active fighting on the streets of our city” as the conflict intensified and then air raid sirens sounded in Kyiv, sending soldiers and The civilians scrambled to find a place to hide.

The government insists the Russians have failed to advance with about 3,500 people killed.

Priminsterial adviser Oleksiy Arestovych said: “We are attacking the enemy around Kyiv.

“The opponent is currently not moving.”

Former Estonian defense chief, Riho Terras, said: “Putin was very angry, he thought the whole war would be easy and everything would be done in one to four days.

“The Russians are shocked by the fierce resistance they face.”

And Ukrainian MP Sviatoslav Yurash said today “hundreds” of Russian troops were captured near the capital.


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The social media accounts of Ukrainian officials suggested that many of the soldiers were teenagers, and that they were “well prepared”.

Speaking to Sky News before going into battle, Mr Yurash said Russian forces were about 1.8 to 2.5 miles away from where he was.

“The Russians don’t have a good time here, to say the least,” he said.

“We have hundreds of prisoners, we are releasing the video, showing the Russians going to Ukraine.”

He said Ukrainians “have no choice” when it comes to fighting Russia because Putin has “time and again tried to denounce Ukraine’s very ideas”.

“Everything is at stake, I’m not a soldier, I don’t have much experience with guns.

“When you fight for your life, you learn very quickly. The reality is Ukraine has no choice.

“Russia wants to destroy us and we will not let that happen. I was born in independent Ukraine and I will die in independent Ukraine.”

Speaking early this morning, President Vlodymyr Zelenskyy said Ukraine had “successfully repelled” the Russians from the capital overnight.

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“War is still raging in many of our state’s cities, but we know that we are protecting our country, our land and the future of our children,” he said.

And he appealed to anyone who had fled to return and fight for Ukraine, as all men between the ages of 18 and 60 were conscripted.

President Zelenskyy also called on Ukraine’s “friends” to help in the war.

Germany tonight protested its decision not to send weapons to the country, promising 1,000 anti-tank weapons and 500 Stinger missiles.

And President Zelenskyy also said that he would welcome peace talks between Russia, Turkey and Azerbaijan.

Today saw a lot of emotional and exhausted refugees lucky to arrive at the Polish border, with residents still inside Ukraine taking to the streets and arming themselves.

Neighbors were seen making homemade Molatov cocktails, with their actions approved by the Ukrainian version of the MoD.

Meanwhile, men and women lining up to sign up to fight were seen in towns and cities around the country.

Others lined up to drop off supplies, medicine and food for the army.

The The Prime Minister has also promised to crack down on Russian oligarchs transfer dirty money through the UK.

And Russia’s central bank was frozen and banned from participating in Germany’s SWIFT system, a global interbank system.

Ursula von der Leyen said that the measures would “paralyze Putin’s ability to finance the war machine”.

The sky glowed orange after the explosions

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The sky glowed orange after the explosionsCredit: Twitter / Trey Yingst
A Ukrainian soldier stands in the ashes left of the battlefield

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A Ukrainian soldier stands in the ashes left of the battlefieldCredit: EPA
A refugee child covers his face after crossing the border into Romania

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A refugee child covers his face after crossing the border into RomaniaCredit: AP
An apartment complex was destroyed after the bombing earlier today

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An apartment complex was destroyed after the bombing earlier todayCredit: PA
Helena, from Lviv, Ukraine, sits with supplies in Poland

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Helena, from Lviv, Ukraine, sits with supplies in PolandCredit: AFP
Volunteers make Molotov cocktails in the basement of a bomb shelter earlier today

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Volunteers make Molotov cocktails in the basement of a bomb shelter earlier todayCredit: Getty
A Tochka-U missile is seen after shelling in Ukraine today

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A Tochka-U missile is seen after shelling in Ukraine todayCredit: Getty

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Bobby Allyn

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