Smoke and flame rise near a military building after an apparent Russian strike in Kyiv

Air raid sirens heard in Kyiv as Russia attacks Ukraine

Air raid sirens sounded in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv on Thursday morning as Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine, attacking several cities with missiles and dispatching troops to the country.

Air raid sirens sounded in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv on Thursday morning as Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine, attacking several cities with missiles and dispatching troops to the country.

Videos captured by eyewitnesses showed long queues of cars at petrol stations across the country amid the sounds of explosions.

Videos also showed Russia shelling military airports in Kyiv, Kramatorsk, Kharkiv, and elsewhere.

Putin authorised a military operation in eastern Ukraine early Thursday, which was followed by reports of explosions in the capital Kyiv and other cities across the country.