Russian forces laying siege to Kyiv and Kharkiv, says Ukrainian official

A woman walks past a street barricade, as Russia's invasion of Ukraine continues, in Kyiv, Ukraine February 28, 2022. Jedrzej Nowicki/Agencja via REUTERS

LVIV, March 1 (Reuters) - Ukrainian presidential advisor Oleksiy Arestovych said Russian forces were trying to lay siege to Kyiv and the northeastern city Kharkiv, Ukraine's second-largest.

Russian troops fired artillery at Kyiv, Kharkiv and the southern port city of Mariupol overnight while the Ukrainian side shot down Russian military planes around the capital, Arestovych said in a televised briefing.

He described the current situation as under control.

Reporting by Natalia Zinets; Writing by Alessandra Prentice; Editing by Edmund Blair

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