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Russia advances on Kyiv, Zelenskiy pleads for help

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STORY: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy vowed on Friday to stay put in the capital Kyiv as Russian troops launched an all-out invasion of Ukraine from several fronts.

"(The) enemy has marked me down as the number one target. "My family is the number two target. They want to destroy Ukraine politically by destroying the head of state."

Ukrainian forces downed an aircraft over Kyiv early on Friday, said Anton Herashchenko, an adviser to the interior minister.

A missile also struck a Ukrainian border post in the southeast.

Russia has invaded by land, as well as the air and sea, following a declaration of war just yesterday.

An estimated 100,000 people fled as explosions and gunfire rocked major cities.

Zelenskiy said over 130 military personnel and civilians had been killed in the fighting.

Russia's target appears to be capturing Kyiv and toppling the government, according to U.S and Ukrainian officials.

Russian troops seized Chernobyl as they have advanced along the shorted route from Belarus to Kyiv.

Putin says it's all in the name of stop the Ukrainian government from committing genocide against its own people - an accusation the West calls baseless.

The U.S, Britain, Japan, Australia and the EU slapped more sanctions on Moscow, including a move by Germany to halt an $11 billion gas pipeline with Russia.

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