Ukraine-Russia War Breaking News: Kyiv rocked by explosions and gunfire as Kremlin forces approach
The sound of gunfire and explosions continued into the early hours of Saturday in Kyiv, the Ukrainian capital.
Video verified by The Washington Post shows at least three small fires and thick smoke lining the center of Peremohy Avenue, a major eight-lane two-way road. The video was filmed about 2,000 feet southeast of the Beresteiska metro station and, according to Google Maps, just 2½ miles from the Ukrainian Defense Ministry. A crowdsourced map and media reports indicate that a military unit is based approximately 800 feet from where the fires were observed.
At the beginning of the video, a voice said that “everything is burning”. There is then an exchange from the street which could not be deciphered.
Other video verified by The Post, filmed about 2½ miles southeast of the subway station, captured the sound of live ammunition and bright lights from explosions coming from the direction of Peremohy Avenue.
On social networks there were other reports heavy fire and explosions in this area. Later, the Ukrainian army said that they destroyed combat vehicles in the vicinity. Explosions could be heard on several different YouTube live streams from across the city throughout the morning.
In an overnight video message, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told his citizens that the Russians would begin storming Kiev that evening. “We all need to know what lies ahead and we need to resist. The fate of Ukraine is being decided right now,” he said.
David L. Stern of Mukachevo, Ukraine contributed to this report.