Russian special operations soldiers entered Ukraine’s capital city today, Feb. 25, following two nights of missile attacks and a nationwide military offensive. The fighting occurred in a northern district of Kyiv called Obolon, which is about 6 miles north of the city center, and explosions and gunfire were heard in the city throughout the day.
A Russian armored force met heavy Ukrainian resistance to the northwest of Kyiv in the towns of Ivaskiv and Dymer. A separate Russian force has met Ukrainian resistance in Chernihiv, to the northeast of the city. Another Russian advance on Kyiv is coming via a highway from the city of Sumy, which was the scene of intense fighting on Thursday. Russian forces have reportedly already set up checkpoints on the road.
At dusk on Friday, Kyiv remains eerily quiet. The city is under martial law, and a nighttime curfew will be in effect for the second day in a row.