KYIV, Feb 25 — Ukraine’s president said Friday that “enemy sabotage groups” have entered the capital Kyiv and called on the public to be careful and follow curfew rules.

In a video message on Facebook, Volodymyr Zelenskyy said the Ukrainian army has managed to protect almost the entire territory, Anadolu Agency citing Ukraine’s official Ukrinform news agency reported.

Zelenskyy also noted the recapture of Hostomel airport in the Kyiv region from Russian forces.

According to preliminary data, at least 137 people — soldiers and civilians — were killed on the first day of the Russian attacks, he added.

Zelenskyy said he remains in the government quarter.

“According to our information, the enemy has identified me as the number one target. My family is the number two target.

“They want to destroy Ukraine politically by destroying the head of state,” he added.

Zelenskyy on early Friday signed a decree on a general mobilisation of the population as Russian attacks continued.

He said 137 people including civilians were killed in Russia’s military operation on the first day.

Putin announced a military operation in Ukraine early Thursday, days after recognising two breakaway enclaves in eastern Ukraine, drawing international condemnation and vows of tougher sanctions on Moscow.


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