The Kremlin has ordered all Ukrainians to leave Kyiv immediately as the capital is virtually surrounded and the grim warning means Russian forces are about to wage a full scale attack.
The BBC said they had received a “pretty ominous warning” from the Russian Defence Ministry, the warned that they are “about to hit targets in the Ukraine capital Kyiv.”
Via the news agency Interfax the Russian Ministry said, “In order to thwart informational attacks against Russia, [Russian forces] will strike technological objects of the SBU and the 72nd Main PSO Center in Kiev.
“We urge Ukrainian citizens who are being used by nationalists in provocations against Russia, as well as Kiev residents living near relay stations, to leave their homes.”
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The Times showed satellite images of thousands of soldiers and former Brigadier Ben Barry, senior fellow for land warfare at the International Institute for Strategic Studies warned, “What this shows is Russia is assembling a large combined-arms formation, which is what would be needed for a deliberate attack on Kyiv.”
He then told the outlet: “A key question in the mind of the Russian commanders attacking Kyiv is: can the defenders stop attacking armoured vehicles?”
Russian forces have now said they will strike objects of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) and the 72nd Center for Information and Psychological Operations (PSO) in Kyiv.
Satellite images from Maxar shows there are as many as 15,000 soldiers, a division-sized force which are edging closer to Kyiv.