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Sirens blared in Ukrainian capital in the morning

Sirens blared in the Ukrainian capital on Saturday morning following media reports of Russian troops clashing with Ukrainian forces in Kyiv streets throughout the night.

After Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that the night would be difficult and Kyiv should not be lost, the sounds of clashes and explosions were heard mostly in residential areas of the city until the morning.

It was stated that Russian troops tried to enter the city through street clashes from Victory Street at the western entrance of Kyiv.

Ukrainian Land Forces press service reported that as of 4.08 a.m local time (0208GMT), the attack on the military unit around Victory Street was repulsed and the situation was calm.

Intense armed clashes took place in the Vasylkiv settlement in Kyiv, according to media reports.

Vasylkiv Mayor Nataliia Balasynovych told the 1+1 television channel that a large number of Russian soldiers parachuted into the region. Balasynovych said there were clashes in the city and that Russian soldiers carried out rocket attacks, and that there were deaths among the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said on Twitter: "Kyiv, our splendid, peaceful city, survived another night under attacks by Russian ground forces, missiles. One of them has hit a residential apartment in Kyiv. I demand the world: fully isolate Russia, expel ambassadors, oil embargo, ruin its economy. Stop Russian war criminals!"

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