On the morning of February 24, a group of Russian paratroopers, consisting of a reinforced company of about 200 men, landed from helicopters and seized Gostomel airport, located 7 km northwest of Kiev, which is part of the Kiev agglomeration.
For more than 24 hours, Russian paratroopers repelled attacks by the vastly superior Ukrainian army.
As of 10:00 a.m. local time on Feb. 25, the paratroopers had been deblocked by an advancing mechanized column of the Russian army.
Earlier, the Ukrainian side had twice reported the alleged elimination of the Russian landing force. However, numerous videos from the scene confirm that all this time the landing force continued to hold the airport and engaged in intense fighting with Ukrainian units.
Ukrainian troops have been undermining bridges on the outskirts of Kyiv.
There are reports of small arms battles in the Minsk district of Kiev.
In addition, Ukrainian social media blogs report shootouts in Kiev’s Vinogradarsky and Obolonsky districts. Russian paratroopers are believed to have landed there.
An adviser to the head of the Ukrainian presidential administration said that Ukraine is ready to negotiate a neutral status with Russia, but must receive security guarantees. It is not certain to what extent this statement reflects Ukraine’s real willingness to negotiate.