Russian armored columns pushed into Ukraine and airstrikes hit the country’s capital and dozens of other cities early Thursday after President Vladimir Putin ordered an offensive that he said was aimed at toppling the government in Kyiv and demilitarizing the country.
Russian tanks were deployed on the outskirts of Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city, which is about 20 miles from the Russian border, witnesses said. Another offensive thrust was aimed at Kherson, a city on the Black Sea north of Crimea, Ukrainian officials said, adding that border guards and national-guard units had repelled an attempt by Russian armored units to cross from Belarus on the western side of the Dnipro River to the north of Kyiv.
Ukrainian officials also said military facilities and other infrastructure had been hit near the border with Poland, a NATO member. The objects struck included a television tower in the city of Lutsk, some 50 miles from the frontier, Lutsk airport and a nearby military army base.
According to local media reports. As Russian troops advance the capital, Ukraine’s security personnel is burning secret and vital documents in the center of Kyiv.
“In Kyiv, the acrid smell of burning documents wafting from the windows of government buildings hung in the air. Restaurants, coffee shops and other businesses were closed. Reservists and soldiers with overnight bags were seen heading to their units.
So I think it is over now Ukraine accept the defeat. Too bad the Ukrainian government is already burning documents, and Russian Choppers and fighters are flying above Kiev freely as well as tanks and armored fighting vehicles.