RUSSIA has launched a third wave of terrifying nighttime missile strikes on Ukraine.
Shells rained down across the Eastern European country following the third day of all out war with Russia.
The sky above the city glowed an ominous orange as loud bangs rang out from the blasts, thought to have been from Russian ballistic missiles.
It is unclear where the explosions took place, although it is thought to be to the South West of the city.
The blasts struck close to Kyiv’s secondary airport, Boryspil International, according to CNN.
And The Kyiv Independent reports an oil depot has been blown up at Vasylkiv, around 40km West of Kyiv.
Vasylkiv mayor Natalia Balasynovych said the city had sustained heavy shelling, but vowed not to let the Russians win.
She said: “The enemy wants to destroy everything around, but he will not succeed. Hold on!”
A swirling mushroom cloud of smoke and flames was also seen unfurling above the city of Kharkiv, in the North East of Ukraine.
And unverified reports also said a gas pipeline had been blown up in the city.
Chilling air raid sirens rang out and civilians were urged to take cover in subways and basements as darkness fell.
People were asked not to turn lights on in their homes and keep well away from windows over fears of flying shards of glass.
It’s feared the Russian army will step-up attempts to seize Kyiv overnight tonight, targeting commercial businesses in a bid to destroy Ukrainians’ morale.
A city-wide curfew has also been introduced in the capital, while authorities hunt down “sabotage and reconnaissance groups,” Kyiv’s mayor said.
Footage shows the moment the sky above the city glows red and orange, as thunderous bangs can be heard in the background.
New York Times journalist Michael Downey tweeted: “It has been a very quiet day in #Kyiv until a few minutes ago – as the sun has set, explosions can now be heard on the outskirts.”
Alexander Marquardt, Senior National Security Correspondent for CNN, tweeted a video of the sirens, adding: “Sirens right now in Kyiv.”
As midnight struck in the war-torn country, civilians and troops were urged to hunker down ahead of the “imminent” attack.
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MP Lesia Vasylenko tweeted: “In 30-60 mins #Kyiv will be under attack never seen before. #Russia will hit us with all they have.”
It comes after a third day of fighting, during which Russian troops once again failed to capture the capital.
The official Ukraine death toll currently stands at 198, including three children.
And at least 17 of those were civilians, killed in a blast.
The UK Ministry of Defence tweeted in an intelligence update that Russian troops appear to be waning, suffering from “logistical challenges” and a strong, Ukrainian resistance.
The MoD confirmed that Russian troops had been injured and captured by Ukrainian forces.
And sniveling Putin has reportedly banned some social media from the country, in a “probable” attempt to hide the horrific details of the Russian invasion from his own people.
It followed last night’s unsuccessful attempts by the crazed Russian President to capture Kyiv.
The Ukrainian Interior Ministry said there was “active fighting on the streets of our city” as the conflict intensified and later air raid sirens were heard in Kyiv, sending soldiers and civilians scrambling for cover.
The Government has insisted the Russians are failing to advance with some 3,500 killed.
Priminsterial adviser Oleksiy Arestovych said: “We are striking the enemy around Kyiv.
“The enemy is not moving for now.”
And Ukrainian MP Sviatoslav Yurash said today “hundreds” of Russian troops had been captured near the capital.
Social media accounts from Ukraine officials suggested many of the soldiers were teens, and that they were “badly prepared”.
Speaking to Sky News before he went to the front, Mr Yurash said Russian forces were about 1.8 to 2.5 miles from where he was.
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“Russians don’t have a good time here, to say the least,” he said.
“We have hundreds of POWs, we are issuing videos, showing Russians coming to Ukraine.”
He said Ukrainians “don’t have a choice” when it comes to fighting Russia as Putin has “time and again tried to denounce the very idea of Ukraine”.
“Everything is at stake, I’m no soldier, I don’t have much experience with the gun.
“When you are fighting for your life you learn very quick. The reality is Ukraine doesn’t have a choice.
“Russia wants to destroy us and we will not let that happen. I was born in independent Ukraine and I will die in independent Ukraine.”
Speaking earlier this morning, President Vlodymyr Zelenskyy said Ukraine had “successfully repelled” Russians from the capital overnight.
He said: “The fighting goes on in many cities of our state, but we know we are defending our country, our land, and our childrens’ future.”
And he called for anyone who had fled to return and fight for Ukraine, as all men aged between 18 and 60 are being conscripted.
President Zelenskyy also called for “friends” of Ukraine to come and help the fight.
Germany tonight backtracked on their decision not to send arms to the country, promising 1,000 anti tank-weapons and 500 Stinger missiles.
And President Zelenskyy also said that he would welcome peace talks between Russia, Turkey and Azerbaijan.
Today saw scores of emotional and exhausted refugees thankfully arriving at the Polish border, with residents still inside Ukraine taking to the streets and arming themselves.
Neighbours were seen crafting homemade Molatov cocktails, with their actions approved by the Ukrainian version of the MoD.
Meanwhile, queues of men and women signing up to fight were seen in towns and cities across the country.
Others queued to drop off supplies, medicine and food for the army.
The PM has also promised to crack down on Russian oligarchs funneling dirty money through the UK.
And Russia’s central bank was frozen, and banned from the German SWIFT system.
Ursula von der Leyen said the measures would “cripple Putin’s ability to finance his war machine.
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Volunteers making Molotov cocktails in the basement of a bomb shelter earlier today[/caption]
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