Battle Updates: Ukraine

Ukraine ‘hits airfield in Russia’ with missile strike in latest blow to Putin’s forces after shooting down six helicopters and killing or capturing 800 troops around 10am local time (8am GMT) with several buildings on the site engulfed in flames. (DailyMail)

Ukraine claims it has RECAPTURED airport on outskirts of Kyiv from Russian special forces, claims defense minister, as President Zelensky says 137 of his soldiers have been killed fighting Putin’s troops 

The airport is seen as a vital asset for Moscow to bring more troops and military equipment into the capital (DailyMail)

Moscow now says it’s willing to talk after Ukraine’s leader cites an openness to discussing ‘neutral status.’ (NYT)

7:55 a.m. (EST) The Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, was under bombardment on Friday morning, with missile strikes and a rocket crashing into a residential building as the second day of Russia’s military offensive pressed closer to the heart of the government. Ukrainian forces were battling Russian troops on the outskirts of Kyiv, a city of 2.8 million people, where President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned in a television address that he was “target No. 1” of the Russian advance.

6:30 a.m (EST) Earliier, the Ukrainian Interior Ministry posted details of how to create a molotov cocktail on their official Facebook page.

6:04 a.m (EST) Russia’s Civil Aviation Authority has banned U.K. flights to and over Russia in retaliation to the British ban on Aeroflot flights. (TheStar)