By Shola Akingboye, 25 February, 2022
“Fifty Russian occupiers were killed, seven Russian planes were shot down, and four tanks were destroyed,” the Ukraine Defence Ministry said in a statement.
It also said Ukraine downed two Russian helicopters over the Gostomel town, near the capital Kyiv.
Separately, Ukraine took captive two Russian soldiers, according to information obtained from the Ukrainian Embassy in Ankara.
Kyiv Residents Fleeing
Residents in Kyiv on Thursday tried to flee the capital after Russian forces invaded Ukraine, while others stood in long lines hoping to draw money and stock up on supplies.
Signs of nervousness were growing as planes flew overhead, explosions were heard and an emergency siren sounded early in the morning.
Even after weeks of warnings by Ukrainian and Western politicians that a Russian attack was imminent, some people were caught off guard in the city of around three million people.
Ukraine: Measures to evacuate Nigerians ongoing, says FG
The Federal Government has said measures to keep Nigerians in Ukraine safe and to evacuate those who wish to leave the war-hit country is ongoing.
This was disclosed in a statement titled, ‘Federal Government Reassures Of Its Commitment To The Safety Of Nigerians In Ukraine,’ signed by the Spokesperson, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Francisca Omayuli, on Thursday.
It read, “The Federal Government has received with surprise, reports of the invasion of Ukraine by Russia.
NATO to Russia: Cease military action immediately
NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, has called on Russia to cease its military action in Ukraine immediately.
He made the call in a press briefing at Brussels, Belgium, on Thursday.
“We call on Russia to immediately cease its military action, withdraw its forces from Ukraine and choose diplomacy,” he said.
He accused Russia of having criminal intentions for invading Ukraine, stating that the invasion was deliberate, cold-blooded and long-planned. He reiterated that “NATO fully supports Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and…right to self-defense.”