Ukraine invasion: Videos show missile strikes on Kiev and Russians protesting against war in Moscow

Ukraine invasion: Videos show missile strikes on Kiev and Russians protesting against war in Moscow

Russia’s war with Ukraine cranked up a notch on Friday as Vladimir Putin’s forces launched a brutal pincer movement around Kyiv.

Locals and cameramen captured horrifying footage of bombs dropping, soldiers shooting and jets screeching overhead as fighting raged in Europe.

A huge fireball was spotted exploding at a key airbase in the centre of the country after a missile smashed into it.

Ukrainians were recorded sprinting from a major train station to bunker down in the nearby metro as the harrowing wails of an air raid siren bellowed.

Meanwhile Russians protested the war in Moscow and were spotted launching Molotov cocktails towards police.

Russian forces continued their brutal offensive into Ukraine today as they circled the capital city Kyiv.

But the Ukrainian military – joined by civilians who answered the call to arms – positioned themselves ready for the onslaught.

Here, MailOnline looks at the most iconic videos of the battle form both sides today:

Ukrainian military blow up bridge to slow down the Russians

Incredible footage shows Ukrainian armed forces sacrificing a bridge near the second city of Kharkiv.

The soldiers blew up the crossing in the east of the country to try to slow the continued Russian advance.

The clip captured a car driving towards the bridge before a huge inferno erupts in front of it as the bomb strikes.

Projectiles stream down from the sky over Kyiv

One stunning video that emerged overnight showed bright projectiles showering the capital with wreckage

One stunning video that emerged overnight showed bright projectiles showering the capital with wreckage

One stunning video that emerged overnight showed bright projectiles showering the capital with wreckage.

Huge flecks of rubbish streamed down in spirals before slamming into the ground by Kyiv.

Stunned onlookers recorded the scenes while the sound of fighter jets can be heard rumbling.

Molotov cocktails are thrown in Moscow at illegal rally

Russians ignited Molotov cocktails in Moscow as they protested dictator Vladimir Putin's brutal war

Russians ignited Molotov cocktails in Moscow as they protested dictator Vladimir Putin’s brutal war

Russians ignited Molotov cocktails in Moscow as they protested dictator Vladimir Putin’s brutal war.

Demonstrators took to the streets around Pushkinskaya station on the city’s metro, where many were arrested during a police crackdown.

Meanwhile the Ukrainian defence ministry also told people to light the weapons as an easy way to attack the looming Russians.

Gunfire erupts on the outskirts of Kyiv as Russian forces loom

A terrified citizen recorded themselves sprinting through the outskirts of Kyiv as the pop of gunfire went off.

The Ukrainian fled through the Obolon district before taking cover inside a building with others.

It comes as Russian forces started to surround the capital city, but the locals continued to fight back.

Russian tank ‘runs over civilian’s car in outer Kyiv

A Russian tank appeared to run over a civilian’s car on a road on the outskirts of Kyiv as they continued the army continued its assault on the city.

The huge battle vehicle accelerated to roll over the machine, but it is not clear if anyone was inside it.

Other cars on the road stopped in dread and a women recording the footage could be heard weeping.

Huge explosion goes off at airbase in the Rostov region of Russia

Among the many huge explosions caught on camera today was this one in the Rostov region of Russia as Ukrainian troops fought back.

A fireball engulfed the area and a massive cloud of smoke emerged after the eruption in Millerovo.

The area is close to the border with Donetsk and saw vicious fighting between the two forces in the past two days.

Huge fireball explodes at airbase as Russian offensive continued

A huge fireball went off at a major airbase as Russian forces continued their offensive into Ukraine.

The blast caused flames to leap up into the air as Ukraine’s Vasylkiv compound was hit by the enemy.

The footage was recorded from a car on the highway, which accelerated towards the explosion while others turned off the road.

Terrified citizens run from train station to metro station for cover

Terrified citizens ran from a major train station to an underground metro station for cover today.

The people in Kyiv sprinted to shelter as eerie sound of bomb sirens wailed in the background.

It came as Russia stepped up its assault on the capital today as fighter jets and soldiers descended on the city. 

Ukrainian forces dish out rifles to civilians on the streets

Stunning scenes showed Ukrainian forces dishing out rifles to ordinary citizens as they stepped up to defend their country.

Footage showed young and old men rooting through ammunition and protective clothing as they prepared for battle.

It comes as the West continued to refuse to deploy troops into the war-torn country, despite amassing soldiers in nearby NATO countries.

Huge flash of light as Kyiv comes under fire

The Ukrainian capital was lit up by a huge ball of light as the city came under heavy bombardment.

Kyiv was covered in light as Russian artillery fired on the city and left terrified residents cowering in their homes.

The light remained across the skyline for a matter of seconds before retreating to the ground as embers.

First day of dramatic videos from war in Ukraine: Cruise missiles fly overhead, Russian troops parachute in and devastating explosions around citizens

by Lauren Lewis for MailOnline

Ukrainians yesterday recorded footage of war unfolding before their eyes with cruise missiles flying overhead, Russian troops parachuting in and devastating explosions around them on the first day of the conflict.

Putin had hours earlier launched all-out war on Ukraine with a multi-pronged assault on the country from the north, south and east.

Extraordinary video showed what appeared to be a cruise missile slamming into Ivano-Frankivsk airport, also in the west.

Russian troops were filmed parachuting into Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city which sits on the eastern border with Russia.

While video filmed in Odessa, in the country’s southwest, showed the sky light up bright white by an explosion.

Similar footage from Kharkiv showed a massive explosion within the city, though it was not clear what the target was.

Luhansk, Sumy, Kharkiv, Uman and Chernihiv in the east of Ukraine all reported coming under attack, but blasts were also reported in the west – in Zhytomyr and Lviv, close to the border with Poland.

Here are the most iconic clips from day one of the crisis: 

Missing shell hits passerby cyclist 

This is the moment a passerby cyclist was hit by a shell as it missed its target in Uman in the Cherkassy region of Ukraine

This is the moment a passerby cyclist was hit by a shell as it missed its target in Uman in the Cherkassy region of Ukraine

This is the moment a passerby cyclist was hit by a shell as it missed its target in Uman in the Cherkassy region of Ukraine. 

Reports stated that at least one civilian was killed and five others wounded in the missile attack, which sparked an evacuation of the population within a 19 mile radius of the nearby military unit. 

Tank stand off outside Kharkiv 

Video filmed on the outskirts of Kharkiv Purports to show Ukrainian tanks engaged in a stand off with Russian forces who rolled over the border in the early hours

Video filmed on the outskirts of Kharkiv, in the east of Ukraine, purports to show Ukrainian tanks engaged in a stand off with Russian forces who rolled over the border in the early hours

Video filmed on the outskirts of  Kharkiv, in the east of Ukraine, purports to show Ukrainian tanks engaged in a stand off with Russian forces who rolled over the border in the early hours. 

A Ukrainian woman can be heard on the footage saying: ‘Russian tanks are standing at the ring road. And ours are shelling them.

‘Shoot at them, at people. Do not let anybody go.’

Missile strike on warehouse in Odessa 

This is the moment a Russian Kalibr missile hit a warehouse in Odessa, in the southwestern corner of Ukraine, around 10:15am today

This is the moment a Russian Kalibr missile hit a warehouse in Odessa, in the southwestern corner of Ukraine, around 10:15am today

Video shows the warehouse becoming a fireball after it is hit by the missile - the latest in a barrage that have hit key Ukrainian military warehouses and depots since Russian strongman Putin ordered troops over the border in the early hours of today

Video shows the warehouse becoming a fireball after it is hit by the missile – the latest in a barrage that have hit key Ukrainian military warehouses and depots since Russian strongman Putin ordered troops over the border in the early hours of today

Footage shows the warehouse imploding after the strike this morning. The city of Odessa, where one of Ukraine's main naval bases is located, was also attacked

Footage shows the warehouse imploding after the strike this morning. The city of Odessa, where one of Ukraine’s main naval bases is located, was also attacked

Footage from Odessa in the southwestern corner of Ukraine shows a warehouse being destroyed by a Russia Kalibr missile just after 10:15 this morning. 

It is the latest in a barrage of missiles that have hit key Ukrainian military warehouses and depots since Russian strongman Putin ordered troops over the border in the early hours.  

The city of Odessa, where one of Ukraine’s main naval bases is located, was also attacked. Russian tankers appeared to have blockaded the Kerch Strait, leading from the Back Sea to the Sea of Azov, cutting off Mariupol. 

Missile strike on airport in Ukraine’s east 

Footage from Western Ukraine showed a missile soaring in and landing on an already smoking building at an airport in the region The building bursts into flames before a large cloud of dark smoke rises over the area

Footage from Western Ukraine showed a missile soaring in and landing on an already smoking building at an airport in the region. The building bursts into flames before a large cloud of dark smoke rises over the area

Footage from Western Ukraine showed a missile soaring in and landing on an already smoking building at Ivano-Frankivsk airport. The building appears to burst into flames before a large cloud of dark smoke rises over the area.  

Cruise missiles, guided bombs and GRAD rockets also took out targets from east to west – aimed at airfields, military bases, ammo dumps, and command posts. 

Russian President Putin has targeted airports across Ukraine, among them Chuguyev airport near Kharkiv, in the country’s east in what appears to be a strategic bid to cripple the country and take control of the skies as soldiers squeeze from the north, east and south. 

Moscow has boasted of taking full control of the skies – though Ukraine reported that six Russian jets were shot out of the sky over the eastern Donbass region with 50 Russian troops killed. 

Russian tanks surround Chernobyl nuclear power plant 

A Russian T-72 tank is pictured sitting in front of the main reactor at Chernobyl after Putin's forces seized it in a 'fierce' battle with the condition of nuclear storage facilities 'unknown'

A Russian T-72 tank is pictured sitting in front of the main reactor at Chernobyl after Putin’s forces seized it in a ‘fierce’ battle with the condition of nuclear storage facilities ‘unknown’

Russian armoured vehicles park on roads near the Chernobyl plant, amid fears that damage to the facility could cause a radiation leak that would blanket Europe with fallout

Russian armoured vehicles park on roads near the Chernobyl plant, amid fears that damage to the facility could cause a radiation leak that would blanket Europe with fallout

Russian T-72 tank were pictured sitting in front of the main reactor at Chernobyl after Putin’s forces seized it in a ‘fierce’ battle.

The condition of nuclear storage facilities was ‘unknown’ by later afternoon on Thursday, amid fears that damage to the facility could cause a radiation leak that would blanket Europe with fallout.

Russian helicopters seize control of airport outside Kiev 

Ukraine invasion: Videos show missile strikes on Kiev and Russians protesting against war in Moscow

Russian Mi-8 attack helicopters stage an assault on Gostomel air base, just on the outskirts of Kiev, after Vladimir Putin launched an all-out attack on the country

Just after midday on Thursday, the skies Gostomel air base, just on the outskirts of Kiev, swarmed with a squadron of 20 Russian helicopters which pounded the air base’s runway.  

But Ukrainian ground forces launched a fight-back, moving in to retake the air field as jets streaking over the city, shooting down the Russian helicopters.  

The attack underlined just how close the invaders were not to the capital. Soon after, the distant roar of fighter jets high above the city stoked another wave of panic. 

Wreckage in Kiev after missile hits residential street 

Footage showed the wreckage of what appeared to be a Russian missile on a residential street in southern Kiev on Thursday afternoon. 

A witness said she heard a ‘terrible explosion’ outside her building before all the nearby car alarms started ringing.

Describing the attack, she said ‘there was no smoke, no smell, no nothing’ apart from the sound. Military personnel were pictured inspecting the site later on Thursday.  

Fire breaks out at Mariupol International Airport 

A fire broke out at Mariupol International Airport on Thursday morning after Russian forces attacked the port city, where one of Ukraine's main naval bases is located

A fire broke out at Mariupol International Airport on Thursday morning after Russian forces attacked the port city, where one of Ukraine’s main naval bases is located

A fire broke out at Mariupol International Airport on Thursday morning after Russian forces attacked the port city, where one of Ukraine’s main naval bases is located. 

Odessa, the country’s other primary naval base, was also attacked by appeared to remain under Ukrainian control as of Thursday afternoon.   

Russian tankers blockaded the Kerch Strait, leading from the Back Sea to the Sea of Azov, cutting off Mariupol. 

Russian military trucks head for Crimea 

Russian military trucks were filmed apparently heading for Crimea, though it was not clear where they came from since Russia does not have a land border with the peninsula

Russian military trucks were filmed apparently heading for Crimea, though it was not clear where they came from since Russia does not have a land border with the peninsula

Russian military trucks were filmed apparently heading for Crimea, though it was not clear where they came from since Russia does not have a land border with the peninsula, hours after Moscow’s forces started to batter Ukraine.  

The Ukrainian army was on Thursday afternoon fighting in almost every region of the country, battling the Russians for control of military bases, airports, cities and ports from Kharkiv to Kiev, and Donetsk to Odessa. 

Russian helicopters fly over and tanks head towards hydroelectric power plant 

Russian helicopters were filmed flying over and tanks heading towards the Kakhovka hydroelectric plant

Russian helicopters were filmed flying over and tanks heading towards the Kakhovka hydroelectric plant

Russian soldiers raise a flag over the Kakhovka Hydroelectric plant after attacking it with helicopters

Russian soldiers raise a flag over the Kakhovka Hydroelectric plant after attacking it with helicopters

Russian helicopters were filmed flying over and tanks heading towards the Kakhovka hydroelectric plant. 

Moscow’s soldiers were seen raising a flag on top of the plant later in the day. Russia has targeted key plants, military depots and warehouses in the opening stages of what appears to be a full-scale invasion. 

Kiev residents pack into an underground shelter 

Residents packed into an underground shelter in Kiev as Russian forces bombarded the Ukrainian capital Footage shows citizens huddled together in the basement wearing warm clothes as they waited for the shelling to stop

Residents packed into an underground shelter in Kiev as Russian forces bombarded the Ukrainian capital. Footage shows citizens huddled together in the basement wearing warm clothes as they waited for the shelling to stop

Residents packed into an underground shelter in Kiev as Russian forces bombarded the Ukrainian capital on Thursday after Putin ordered an all-out invasion of the country. 

Footage shows citizens huddled together in the basement wearing warm clothes as they waited for the shelling to stop.  

Massive explosion in Kharkiv 

Footage from Kharkiv, Ukraine's largest city which sits on the eastern border with Russia, showed an explosion rocking the region

Footage from Kharkiv, Ukraine’s largest city which sits on the eastern border with Russia, showed an explosion rocking the region

Footage from Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city which sits on the eastern border with Russia, showed an explosion rocking the region. 

US intelligence chiefs had already said the city was at particular risk of being targeted in a Russian invasion as it is close to the Ukrainian-Russian border. 

Anton Gerashchenko, an adviser to Ukraine’s interior minister, said on Facebook that the Russian military had launched missile strikes on Ukrainian military command facilities, air bases and military depots in Kyiv, Kharkiv and Dnipro. 

And on Wednesday night, a huge military convoy of more than 100 trucks with soldiers were heading in the direction of the city.   

Russian paratroopers parachute into Ukraine 

Video filmed in Kharkiv, close to Ukraine's border with Russia, purported to show Russian troops parachuting into the country

Video filmed in Kharkiv, close to Ukraine’s border with Russia, purported to show Russian troops parachuting into the country

Video filmed in Kharkiv, close to Ukraine’s border with Russia, purported to show Russian troops parachuting into the country. 

The footage, taken in the daylight, shows on of several attacks on Ukraine from all fronts, with bombs and missiles striking targets across the country, ground forces rolling in from Belarus, Crimea, Donetsk and Luhansk.

An apartment block in Kharkiv was struck, causing civilian casualties, during the early hours before troops were seen arriving in the east of Ukraine. 

Explosions hit near Ukrainian army warehouse 

Footage shows explosions hitting Svatove, a city in the east of Ukraine Reports said the missiles had hit 'near' a warehouse storing Ukrainian army equipment

Footage shows explosions hitting Svatove, a city in the east of Ukraine. Reports said the missiles had hit ‘near’ a warehouse storing Ukrainian army equipment

Footage shows explosions hitting Svatove, a city in the east of Ukraine. Reports said the missiles had hit ‘near’ a warehouse storing Ukrainian army equipment. 

Russian troops have launched targeted missile strikes on Ukrainian military command facilities, air bases and military depots in what appears to be a strategic bid to cripple the country.

The invasion marks the most concerted attempt to up-end world order since the end of the Cold War, and risks sparking the bloodiest conflict in Europe since the end of the Second World War. 

Explosion in Odessa 

Video from Krasnopillia, near Odessa in the southwestern corner of Ukraine purported to show part of a ground invasion Footage showed blinding bright light and a smoke cloud

Video from Krasnopillia, near Odessa in the southwestern corner of Ukraine purported to show part of a ground invasion with blinding bright light and a smoke cloud hanging over the area

Video from Krasnopillia, near Odessa in the southwestern corner of Ukraine, showed the night sky lit up bright white following an explosion. 

It came after Vladimir Putin gave an extraordinary early-morning address to the Russian nation – delivered during a UN meeting aimed at avoiding war – in which he declared a ‘special military operation’ to ‘de-militarise’ and ‘de-Nazify’ Ukraine in what amounted to a outright declaration of war.

The Russian strongman also issued a chilling warning to any country thinking of coming to Ukraine’s aid, vowing ‘consequences greater than any you have faced in history’. 

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba described the assault as a ‘full-scale invasion’ and said Ukraine will ‘defend itself and will win. The world can and must stop Putin. The time to act is now.’

Air raid warning sirens blare in Kiev 

Video filmed in the capital Kiev showed air sirens wailing as residents woke up to a Russian invasion after weeks of warnings that Putin was preparing a land, air and sea assault

Video filmed in the capital Kiev showed air sirens wailing as residents woke up to a Russian invasion after weeks of warnings that Putin was preparing a land, air and sea assault

Video filmed in the capital Kiev showed air sirens wailing as residents woke up to a Russian invasion after weeks of warnings that Putin was preparing a land, air and sea assault. 

Terrified citizens rushed to bomb shelters through the night despite no air raid warnings sounded in the capital until early morning – only the frequent muffled crump of missile or air strikes breaking through the pre-dawn stillness.

Others reported sheltering in subways and basements as the sounds of distant explosions became a constant backdrop. 

Images from Kiev showed highways out of the city gridlocked as people tried to flee after Russian bombs started to fall – but with the whole country under simultaneous attack, there was little safety to be found. 

Tanks roll in from Belarus 

Footage showed tanks rolling into Ukraine from Belarus after dictator Alexander Lukashenko threw his forces into the fight

Footage showed tanks rolling into Ukraine from Belarus after dictator Alexander Lukashenko threw his forces into the fight

Footage showed tanks rolling into Ukraine from Belarus after dictator Alexander Lukashenko threw his forces into the fight. 

The CCTV footage at Belarusian-Ukrainian checkpoint Senkovka-Veselovka captured at least four T-72B tanks, at least eight MT-LB tractors, and a Ural truck crossing the border.

Russia had been massing troops along its border with Ukraine since October but added to its arsenal by deploying soldiers to Belarus in January, ostensibly for war games.  

Fighters jets spotted over Ukrainian cities 

Four fighter jets fly over a city in Ukraine Helicopters fly over a city in Ukraine

Video this morning showed what was thought to be Russian jets flying over major cities in Ukraine – among them helicopters as well as fighter jets

Video this morning showed what was thought to be Russian jets flying over major cities in Ukraine – among them helicopters as well as fighter jets. 

Terrified citizens sheltered indoors, in subways and basements as air raid siren warnings wailed into the morning after Putin ordered his troops into the country overnight. 

Russian fighter jet flies over Dnipro 

Video posted online showed a fighter jet flying over Dnipro Jet whizzed over Dnipro, in the centre-east of Ukraine, in the early hours of the morning

Video posted online showed a fighter jet flying over Dnipro, in the centre-east of Ukraine, in the early hours of the morning

Video posted online showed a fighter jet flying over Dnipro, in the centre-east of Ukraine, in the early hours of the morning. 

The moon was still visible as the jet soared over the city hours after Putin ordered an all-out invasion of Ukraine by his forces who have been massed on the border in recent months. 

Russian forces roll into Kharkiv 

Russian forces were seen arriving in Kharkiv in eastern Ukraine this morning Armoured vehicles were spotted driving on the outskirts of the city as tanks and troops were seen stopping civilians as they tried to leave the area in their cars

Russian forces were seen arriving in Kharkiv in eastern Ukraine this morning. Armoured vehicles were spotted driving on the outskirts of the city as tanks and troops were seen stopping civilians as they tried to leave the area in their cars

Russian forces were seen arriving in Kharkiv in eastern Ukraine this morning hours after Putin ordered troops to launch an invasion of the country – as terrified residents tried to flee. 

Armoured vehicles were spotted driving on the outskirts of the city as tanks and troops were seen stopping civilians as they tried to leave the area in their cars. 

Missiles rained down in the city, which US intelligence chiefs had warned was at particular risk of being targeted in a Russian invasion as it is close to the Ukrainian-Russian border, in the early hours.

Debris from Russian missile found in Kiev 

Footage showed the debris of an X-32 missile The missile landed in Kiev this morning

Footage showed the debris of an X-32 missile which landed in Kiev this morning, hours after Putin ordered an all-out invasion of Ukraine

Footage showed the debris of an X-32 missile which landed in Kiev this morning, hours after Putin ordered an all-out invasion of Ukraine. 

Cruise missiles, guided bombs and GRAD rockets took out targets from east to west – aimed at airfields, military bases, ammo dumps, and command posts including in the capital.

Shelling hear in Mariupol 

Residents of Mariupol, eastern Ukraine, captured the sound of shelling in the city early this morning after Putin ordered an all-out invasion of the country

Residents of Mariupol, eastern Ukraine, captured the sound of shelling in the city early this morning after Putin ordered an all-out invasion of the country

Residents of Mariupol, eastern Ukraine, captured the sound of shelling in the city early this morning after Putin ordered an all-out invasion of the country. 

Footage filmed through a window in an apartment complex showed that people were taking shelter in their homes as shelling sounded out nearby. 

Explosions in Mariupol

Footage shows smoke supposedly rising on the skyline after the blasts were heard near Mariupol, eastern Ukraine

Footage shows smoke supposedly rising on the skyline after the blasts were heard near Mariupol, eastern Ukraine

CCTV footage caught a livestream of explosions in Mariupol, one of Ukraine’s primary naval bases, around 3:41am on Thursday. 

Footage shows smoke supposedly rising on the skyline after the blasts were heard near the port city in eastern Ukraine.

Explosions heard in Kharkiv 

Video captures explosions in Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city located in the east of the country, near the border with Russia.  

Nearby pro-Russian rebel forces pushed out from the occupied Donbass region, capturing two villages and claimed to have shot two Ukrainian jets out of the skies.

Cloud of orange smoke fills Dnipro skyline 

Footage captured a huge cloud of orange smoke filling the skyline above Dnipro Footage showed the cloud near the Dnieper River, early on Thursday

Footage captured a huge cloud of orange smoke filling the skyline above Dnipro, near the Dnieper River, early on Thursday

Footage captured a huge cloud of orange smoke filling the skyline above Dnipro, near the Dnieper River, early on Thursday. 

It came as Putin’s forces launched a barrage of attacks on Ukraine after the Russian strongman ordered what has been interpreted as an all out invasion of the country.  

Air raid sirens sounded across Ukraine 

Roads in cities across the country were gridlocked with Ukrainian citizens trying to flee the advance of the Russian army as air sirens wailed in warning of an incoming attack. 

Long lines also formed at gas stations around the city, but with so many places being pounded from the air, it wasn’t obvious where would be the safest place to flee to. 

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