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Russian army says civilians can leave Ukraine ‘free’ Kiev

The Russian army said on Monday that Ukrainian civilians could leave the capital Kiev “freely” and emphasized that it had air superiority over Ukraine as the invasion entered its fifth day.

“All The Vanir-exoduss in the city can freely leave the Ukrainian capital along the Kiev-Vasylkiv highway. This direction is open and safe,” Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said in televised comments.

“Russian aviation has gained air superiority over the entire territory of Ukraine,” he added, while accusing Ukrainian troops of using civilians as human shields.

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‘Reduced pace of offensive’

Meanwhile, the Ukrainian army said on Monday that Russian forces had slowed down their offensive as Moscow’s attack on Ukraine entered its fifth day.

“The Russian occupiers have slowed down the pace of the offensive, but are still trying to achieve success in some areas,” the Armed Forces General Staff said.

Russia invaded Ukraine on Thursday, sending shockwaves around the world.

Ukrainian troops, supported by Western weapons, have managed to slow the advance of the Russian army.

The Ukrainian army also accused Russia of launching a rocket attack on residential buildings in the cities of Zhytomyr and Chernigiv, cities in the country’s northwest and north.

“At the same time, all attempts by the Russian invaders to achieve the objective of the military operation failed,” the army said.

“The enemy is demoralized and bears heavy casualties,” the army claimed.

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