Russia warns Kyiv residents to leave immediately as armored convoy nears Ukraine’s capital

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People walk by a damaged vehicle and an armored car at a checkpoint in Brovary, outside Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, March 1, 2022. Russian shelling pounded civilian targets in Ukraine's second-largest city Tuesday and a 40-mile convoy of tanks and other vehicles threatened the capital — tactics Ukraine’s embattled president said were designed to force him into concessions in Europe’s largest ground war in generations. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Russia is warning residents of Kyiv near two key Ukrainian military units to leave the area as its armored forces roll toward the nation’s capital.

Russian forces said they will strike the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) and the 72nd Center for Information and Psychological Operations (PSO) in Kyiv, the state-owned news agency TASS said, citing the Russian Defense Ministry.

“We urge Ukrainian citizens involved by Ukrainian nationalists in provocations against Russia, as well as Kyiv residents living near relay stations, to leave their homes,” Russian defense officials said, according to TASS.

Russia’s attack on Ukraine stretched into its sixth day yesterday, as a massive armored convoy advanced toward the capital, Kyiv, and major cities were hit by more heavy shelling.

In Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city, video captured a deadly explosion at the regional state administration building that left at least 10 people dead, according to Ukrainian Interior Ministry adviser Anton Herashchenko.