Ukraine’s defence ministry urges Kyiv residents to make Molotov cocktails to fight Russian troops
As fighting broke out in a northern Kyiv neighbourhood on Friday, the Ukrainian Defence Ministry encouraged residents “to make Molotov cocktails [firebombs] and neutralise the enemy". Weapons were later seen being handed out to men in civilian clothing.
The fighting took place in the Obolon district of Kyiv, also known as Obolonsky. In an amateur video filmed 8 kilometres northwest of Kyiv’s Independence Square and posted on Twitter, small-arms fire could be heard in the neighbourhood as a tracked vehicle manoeuvred in the street. It was impossible to determine whether the tracked vehicle belonged to the Russian or Ukrainian military.
Oblon Kyiv pic.twitter.com/lmMlepPufg— C O U P S U R E (@COUPSURE) February 25, 2022
By midmorning Friday, Ukraine’s defence ministry said that Russian forces had entered the Obolon district. A large formation of Russian helicopters had attacked the Antonov cargo airport at Hostomel on the outskirts of the city on Thursday, and the Russian defence ministry said Friday the troops who landed at the airport had hooked up with other Russian troops in the western part of the city.
In Kyiv’s Obolon, firearms are delivered to anyone willing pic.twitter.com/UbHgBQNZJu— Illia Ponomarenko (@IAPonomarenko) February 25, 2022