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Russia warns residents to leave Kyiv, warns of strikes

Russia’s military warned residents to leave the Ukrainian capital city of Kyiv ahead of planned strikes, CNN reported

Russian forces reportedly said the Security Service of Ukraine and the 72nd Main Center for Information and Psychological Operations (PSO) in Kyiv would be targeted

“In order to suppress information attacks against Russia, the technological facilities of the SBU and the 72nd main PSO center in Kyiv will be hit with high-precision weapons,” the military said, according to CNN.

“We call on Ukrainian citizens attracted by Ukrainian nationalists to carry out provocations against Russia, as well as residents of Kyiv living near relay nodes leave their homes.”

The development comes as a convoy of Russian tanks and vehicles moves closer to Kyiv.

Russian forces also conducted airstrikes on Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-most populous city, in the last two days.

The United Nations reported that at least 102 Ukrainian civilians have been killed and 304 others are injured across the country since the invasion began last Thursday,  CNN noted. Hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians have also fled the nation to neighboring countries.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has led to a series of international sanctions against Moscow. U.S. companies in a variety of sectors have moved to end business with Russia.

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