Ukraine says Russia has captured an air base near Kyiv

Photo: AP Photo / Emilio Morenatti

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyj promised to retake the Hostomel military airport, located 25 kilometers from the center of Kyiv, from Russian forces.

“Enemy paratroopers are blocked in Hostomel; our soldiers have been ordered to eliminate them,” Zelenskyj said in a video speech.

Earlier Thursday, Ukrainian officials announced that Russian helicopters had attacked the airport. They also claimed that three of the helicopters had been shot down.

Background: Russian attack on Ukraine

In the middle of the night, around 4 AM Norwegian time, in an extraordinary television address, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that Russia was launching a military operation in Ukraine.

Putin announced the attack on Ukraine during an extraordinary session of the UN Security Council.

Ukraine has closed its airspace to civilian flights.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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