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Kyiv comes under heavy aerial and artillery bombardment leaving a pulsating glow in the sky

Kyiv comes under heavy aerial and artillery bombardment leaving skies glowing as Russian troops focus on capital: Ukrainian resistance to invasion has left Putin ‘raging’ in his mountain lair

  • Two explosions occurred in the southwest of the Ukrainian capital shortly after midnight local time
  • A fuel depot in the town of Vasylkiv was targeted by Russian ballistic missiles, its mayor says
  • Vladimir Putin is reportedly furious at his troops’ apparent lack of progress and is furious at his heavily guarded rollercoaster lair
  • A strange orange glow filled the sky, CNN reports that a fuel depot may have been hit
  • The explosion took place near one of Kiev’s two airports – Boryspil International Airport, the capture of which is vital to Russian takeover ambitions

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A Ukrainian town southwest of Kiev was rocked by two huge explosions shortly after midnight local time on Sunday, filling the sky with an eerie orange glow, as Vladimir Putin was reported to be outraged at the lack of progress of his troops.

Local journal The Kyiv Independent wrote that an oil depot had exploded in Vasylkiv, a town about 40 kilometers southwest of Kiev.

Ukrainian television channel Next shared footage of flames and dark clouds rising into the sky at the site of the attack as fuel burned.

Those explosions – believed to have been triggered by Russian ballistic missiles – filled the skies over Kiev with an eerie orange glow in the early hours of Sunday morning. It is not known if anyone was injured or killed in the explosions.

Vasylkiv Mayor Natalia Balasynovych told the Independent that her town and airfield had come under heavy bombardment from ballistic missiles. She said, “The enemy wants to destroy everything around, but he won’t be able to. Wait!’

Vasylkiv had come under heavy Russian bombardment in the early hours of Saturday as Russian troops battled to take control of a key strategic post on the road to Kiev.

The blasts, first reported by CNN, occurred near the Ukrainian capital’s secondary airport, Boryspil International. They took place about 15 minutes apart and set off car alarms miles from the epicenter of the blast.

Kiev’s 2.9 million citizens face another night of terror as it was claimed Russia would step up its bombardment on Saturday night and target commercial businesses in a bid to destroy Ukrainian morale.

Many fled to underground shelters in a bid to stay safe, although other men and women took to the streets with weapons in a bid to repel any Russian advance.

BNO News also shared footage of heavy shelling in Kharkiv, eastern Ukraine, with the night sky lit up with the orange glow of the explosions.

Oil depot fire

An oil depot is pictured on fire in the Ukrainian town of Vasylkiv, southwest of Kiev, in the early hours of Sunday. The city’s mayor, Natalia Balasynovych, said the fire was the result of a Russian ballistic missile attack.

A strange orange glow lights up the sky over Ukraine in the early hours of local time on Sunday, with the fire believed to be at the site of a fuel depot near one of the airports in the town

A strange orange glow lights up the sky over Ukraine in the early hours of local time on Sunday, with the fire believed to be at the site of a fuel depot near one of the airports in the town

Former Estonian Defense Minister Riho Terras shared what he claimed was information about Russia's slower-than-expected attempt to invade Ukraine

Former Estonian Defense Minister Riho Terras shared what he claimed was information about Russia’s slower-than-expected attempt to invade Ukraine

Terras claimed the Russians expected to terrify Ukraine into submission - only to meet stiff resistance

Terras claimed the Russians expected to terrify Ukraine into submission – only to meet stiff resistance

Terras also claimed horrific attacks on civilian targets would be launched in an attempt to panic Ukrainians, but urged them to stand firm.

Terras also claimed horrific attacks on civilian targets would be launched in an attempt to panic Ukrainians, but urged them to stand firm.

Terras shared this photo which he claims is from a Russian intelligence briefing, and which says Putin's invasion is going much worse than the Kremlin chief had expected.

Terras shared this photo which he claims is from a Russian intelligence briefing, and which says Putin’s invasion is going much worse than the Kremlin chief had expected.

A Russian missile hit a residential tower in the early hours of Saturday, with local officials warning that Putin would step up attacks on civilian targets in a bid to terrify Ukrainians into submission.

A Russian missile hit a residential tower in the early hours of Saturday, with local officials warning that Putin would step up attacks on civilian targets in a bid to terrify Ukrainians into submission.

It is estimated that around 200 Ukrainian civilians have been killed so far. Meanwhile, Ukraine has claimed to have killed 3,500 Russian soldiers, hundreds of whom are believed to have died when two transport planes were shot down on Friday evening.

These losses and the continued failure to capture Kiev infuriated Vladimir Putin, according to former Estonian defense chief Riho Terras.

Terras wrote on Twitter: “Putin is furious, he thought the whole war would be easy and everything would be done in 1-4 days.

“The Russians are in shock at the fierce resistance they encountered.”

A Ukrainian man waits with his weapon on Saturday at a territorial defense registration unit.  Tens of thousands of ordinary Ukrainians have signed up to try to help their army defeat Vladimir Putin's invasion

A Ukrainian man waits with his weapon on Saturday at a territorial defense registration unit. Tens of thousands of ordinary Ukrainians have signed up to try to help their army defeat Vladimir Putin’s invasion

The defense expert went on to say that Russia was failing because it failed to adopt a ‘tactical plan’ and beyond hope that the attack would ‘sow panic among civilians and armed forces and force (Ukrainian President Volodymyr) Zelensky to flee”.

Terras shared an image of a piece of paper thought to be a defense document that proclaimed: “Putin is raging.” He was sure it would be a cake walk.

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