- Videos shared on social media indicates that Russian air forces are firing missiles into the Ukrainian air space
- The international media has also confirmed the air raids by Russia, especially in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv
- Dmytro Kuleba, Ukraine's minister of foreign affairs, says the last time the country witnessed such attacks was in 1941
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Kyiv - The Ukrainian capital Kyiv was targeted with missile fire before dawn on Friday, February 25 as Russia continued its military assault on the country.
Anton Gerashchenko, adviser to the Head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine told reporters via text message:
“Strikes on Kyiv with a cruise or ballistic missiles continued.”
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Ukraine's deputy defense ministry said that one missile was shot out of the sky by their anti-missile defense systems.
Another missile struck a residential building in the city, while a Ukrainian jet, a SU-27, was shot down by a surface-to-air missile in a separate incident, the Ukrainian government said.
CNN reporters say they have heard two large blasts in central Kyiv and a third loud explosion in the distance.
Illia Ponomarenko, a Defense reporter with The Kyiv Independent tweeted:
“Kyiv is now expected to sustain Russia a missile assault. Everybody, take shelter and hold your fingers crossed for Ukrainian air defense guys.”
Dmytro Kuleba, Ukraine's minister of foreign affairs tweeted:
“Horrific Russian rocket strikes on Kyiv. Last time our capital experienced anything like this was in 1941 when it was attacked by Germany. Ukraine defeated that evil and will defeat this one. Stop Putin. Isolate Russia. Severe all ties. Kick Russia out of everywhere.”
Prophet says Russian invasion may have global consequences
Meanwhile, Primate Elijah Ayodele, the leader of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, has predicted that the Russian invasion of Ukraine might have global consequences.
The cleric made a statement concerning the crisis during a prayer meeting with notable African leaders at his mountain located around the Lome-Benin-Nigerian border.
Ayodele cautioned Vladimir Putin, president of Russia, and Joe Biden, president of the United States, stating that he foresees the crisis escalating beyond necessary and causing destruction in other countries.
Nigerian Embassy in Ukraine sends urgent message to Nigerians
On its part, the Nigerian Embassy in Ukraine has told Nigerians resident in the country to be responsible for their personal security and safety.
The embassy said this in an advisory issued shortly before Russia invaded Ukraine.
The travel advice was in response to the declaration of a state of emergency and martial law on the entire territory of Ukraine.
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