Russian troops closing in on Kyiv but UK says invasion is ‘failing’ with 450 casualties

Russian troops closing in on Kyiv but UK says invasion is ‘failing’ with 450 casualties

There have been reports this morning of fighting outside the Ukrainian capital city, however, even as Russia closes in on Kyiv, with 450 casualties Defence Secretary Ben Wallace claimed the invasion has failed to achieve its main objectives

Ukraine: Emergency services tackle fire at building in Kyiv

Russian troops have nearly reached the Ukraine capital city, with fighting raging outside of the city.

But the UK Defence Secretary says the invasion failed to achieve its targets on the first day and that the attacking forces had lost 450 men.

Kremlin soldiers are closing in on Kyiv on only day two of the Russian invasion.

In the early hours of this morning, the capital city was pummelled by missile strikes that left plumes of smoke rising above the city, and residential blocks and homes in ruin.

Air raid sirens sounded as many residents fled to underground bomb shelters for the night as missiles struck the city around 4am local time.

And now, as fighting has reached the outskirts of the city, it will increase worries that the capital of 2.8million people, known as the ‘mother of Russian cities’ will fall into Moscow’s hands.

However, despite Russia’s advances, UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said he thought the invasion was failing to achieve its aims.

Speaking to Sky News, he said: “Our assessment as of this morning is that Russia has not taken any of its major objectives, in fact it is behind its hopeful timetable.

Firefighters work at a damaged residential building at Koshytsa Street, a suburb of the Ukrainian capital Kyiv 

“They’ve lost over 450 personnel and… one of the significant airports they were trying to capture with their elite Spetsnaz has failed to be taken, and in fact the Ukrainians have taken it back.”

The UK was not alone in that assessment, the Ukraine defence ministry echoed Wallace’s claims.

Outside the northern city of Chernihiv, Ukrainian troops halted the Russian march, and fighting continues outside the city according to the country’s Ministry of Defence.

The country’ Ministry of Defence said that it thought Russia had failed to achieve its day one objectives and had been met with “fierce resistance” across all fronts.

Fighting has nearly reached the capital known in Russia as ‘the mother of Russian cities’ 

Speaking about the nighttime barrages, Ukrainian interior ministry advisor Anton Gerashchenko said: “Air defence of Kyiv shot down missiles fired by the invaders. We stand.

Kieren Williams News Reporter.

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