Terrorized Ukrainians rush to take refuge in Kiev church – WATCH | World | News

Civilians in Kiev, the Ukrainian capital, were filmed rushing into a church in a desperate attempt to avoid Russian artillery fire. President Vladimir Putin ordered the Russian military into Ukraine on Wednesday night after months of troop buildup and tensions with the West.

Footage taken in central Kiev shows the moment residents flee in panic as Russian bombardment rains down on the city.

Large numbers of Kyiv residents sought to evacuate the capital as Russian troops advanced towards the city from the border.

Broadcast sirens can be heard warning civilians of incoming fire as Ukrainians make their way to the relative safety of a nearby cathedral.

The Kremlin said it only targeted Ukrainian airbases and other military assets, not populated areas.

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Announcing the invasion in a televised address, Mr Putin warned other countries that any attempt to interfere with Russian action would lead to “consequences they have never seen”.

He said that Russia has no intention of occupying Ukraine and claimed that the responsibility for the bloodshed lies with the Ukrainian “regime”.

Explosions were heard in Kiev moments later, while blasts were also reported in the cities of Odessa and Kharkiv.

Reports suggested that Russian troops had captured an airport on the outskirts of Kiev.

Speaking to reporters in London, Mr Prystaiko said the country wanted “something that only NATO can provide” and that was a no-fly zone over the country.

Mr Prystaiko said anti-tank weapons supplied by the UK were used against Russian tanks on Thursday, as he called on NATO to send troops to Ukraine.

He said “we should have started much earlier, maybe decades ago” to prepare for Russian aggression.

“That’s why we’ve been trying to get into NATO (for) all these years,” he said. “Because we always believed it would come.”

Martha J. Finley