Ukraine 'repulsed' Russian attack on main Kyiv avenue: Army

Smoke and flames rising near Kyiv after the area was shelled, during the Russian invasion of Ukraine, on Feb 26, 2022. PHOTO: REUTERS

KYIV (AFP/REUTERS) - Ukraine's army said on Saturday (Feb 26) it had repelled a Russian attack on one of capital city Kyiv's main avenues.

Russia "attacked one of the military units on Victory Avenue in Kyiv. The attack was repulsed," Ukraine's army said on its verified Facebook page, without specifying where exactly the incident took place.

An AFP journalist said there were loud explosions heard in central Kyiv early on Saturday.

In a separate post, the army said "heavy fighting" was underway in the town of Vasylkiv south of Kyiv, adding that Russia was "trying to land paratroopers".

The military also said it had shot down a Russian helicopter and SU-25 aircraft at around midnight (6am Saturday Singapore time), and posted that an IL-76 military transport plane had been destroyed.

The statement did not say how many people were onboard.

There has been no confirmation of the losses from Russia's defence ministry.

Separately, the Interfax Ukraine agency said Russian soldiers were trying to capture one of the city's electricity generating stations.

Hours earlier, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky had predicted Russian troops would mount an assault overnight.

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