Live updates: Russia invades Ukraine

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Russian forces launched multiple rocket attacks on a variety of targets across Ukraine early Friday, causing extensive damage in and around the central city of Dnipro and also attacking airports in the country’s far west that had previously been spared the conflict.

Lutsk Airport in north-western Ukraine, some 70 miles from the Polish border, suffered extensive damage. The governor of the Volyn region said four rockets were fired from a Russian bomber and two people were killed. Plumes of smoke also rose from Ivano-Frankivsk airbase in western Ukraine, which was hit by missiles.

Russia’s Defense Ministry said on Friday: “Long-range high-precision weapons have attacked Ukraine’s military infrastructure.

The military airfields in Lutsk and Ivano-Frankovsk were shut down.”

Closer to Kyiv, fighting has intensified in the northeast and east of the capital after Ukrainians successfully intercepted and attacked an advancing Russian tank column on Thursday. This front is still very active.

A night air raid in the Brovary district east of Kyiv did not claim any victims, according to the Kiev authorities.

Ukrainian authorities also reported a missile attack in the town of Baryshivka, some 45 miles east of the capital. According to authorities, 60 apartments were damaged along with four apartment buildings and 10 houses.

According to the Ukrainian Task Force East, a rocket attack on the outskirts of Dnipro killed a civilian and damaged an elementary school building, apartment buildings and a shoe factory.

“All components of the Ukrainian Defense Forces, state agencies and local governments are working to eliminate the consequences of another missile attack on Ukraine’s civilian infrastructure and provide assistance to the victims,” ​​it said.

The Russian column, which had been sitting outside of Kyiv for almost two weeks, has now dispersed, according to Maxar satellite imagery on Thursday. The forces seem to be regrouping.

Thomas Bullock, senior analyst at Janes, told CNN: “Ukraine’s tactic of targeting supply lines worked well, especially in the first 5 to 10 days of the war. “

“During the first few days of the war, Russian forces seem to have prioritized rapid advances to secure targets.

“This effectively enabled Ukrainian forces to slip behind Russia’s advanced mechanized units and attack logistics columns traveling in the rear on unsecured roads.

“It’s unclear how effective this tactic will be as Russia begins to refocus its forces for a prolonged war after failing to secure a quick victory,” Bullock added.

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