Startling vision has captured the moment a reporter came face to face with Russian forces shortly after troops seized a key airport on the outskirts of Kyiv.
CNN journalist Matthew Chance spoke to viewers while reporting from the front line, saying he had held talks with “the commander on the ground” who had confirmed Russian troops had captured Antonov Airport, on the north-western outskirts of the Ukrainian capital.
“We are here at the Antonov Airport which is about 25 kilometres – 15 miles or so – out of the centre,” Mr Chance said.
“These troops you can see over here…they are Russian airborne forces. They have taken this airport.
“They have allowed us to come in and be with them as they defend the perimeter of this air base here.
“These troops were landed in the early hours of this morning to take and form an air bridge to allow for more troops to come.”
Mr Chance said that Russian forces are identifiable due to an orange and black band present on their uniforms.
He said that, according to Ukrainian officials, Russian’s plan “isn’t just to surround” the capital, they fear now it’s Russian President Vladimir Putin’s plan to completely capture Kyiv.
“To decapitate the leadership of Ukraine,” he said.
“And replace that leadership with a pro-Russian government.
“That’s what Ukrainian officials are telling us now.”
Overnight, Ukraine lost control of the Chernobyl nuclear site, where Ukranian forces had waged a fierce battle with Russian troops.
Adviser Myhailo Podolyak told The Associated Press that Ukrainian authorities did not know the current condition of the facilities at Chernobyl, the site of the world’s worst nuclear disaster.
“After the absolutely senseless attack of the Russians in this direction, it is impossible to say that the Chernobyl nuclear power plant is safe,” he said.