The Russian military says it has taken control of a strategic airport just outside the Ukrainian capital and cut Kyiv off from the west.
The airport in Hostomel has a long runway capable of accommodating heavy transport planes. Its seizure allows Russia to airlift troops directly to Kyiv’s outskirts. Hostomel is just 7 kilometers (4 miles) northwest of Kyiv.
Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov says that the Russian airborne forces used 200 helicopters to land in Hostomel.