Air alert declared in Kiev, the Ukrainian capital, as fighting continues

Latest news updates from the Russian-Ukrainian war: An air alert was declared on Wednesday morning in and around the Ukrainian capital, with civilians urged to get to bomb shelters as quickly as possible.

A man stands on top of a destroyed bridge in Irpin, on the outskirts of Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo: AP)

An air alert was declared Wednesday morning in Kyiv and its surroundings, with residents urged to get to bomb shelters as quickly as possible.

“Kiev region air alert. Threat of missile attack. Everyone immediately went to shelters,” regional administration head Oleksiy Kuleba said on Telegram.

Almost two weeks after the invasion, Russian troops advanced deep along Ukraine littoral. The city of Mariupol, located on the Sea of ​​Azov, has been surrounded by Russian soldiers for days and a humanitarian crisis is unfolding in the surrounded city of 430,000 people.

For days, as forces from Moscow besieged Ukrainian cities, attempts to create corridors to evacuate civilians safely stumbled in the midst of the incessant fighting.

Across the country, thousands of people were reportedly killed, both civilians and soldiers, in nearly two weeks of fighting. Russian forces saw their advances halted in some areas, notably around the capital Kyiv, by fiercer-than-expected resistance from the Ukrainians.

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