Russian President Vladimir Putin. Credit: (PA Wire/ PA Images)

Russian forces have reached the northern suburbs of Kyiv, a day after Ukraine started being attacked on multiple fronts.

Many videos are circulating online of what residents say are Russian tanks on the streets, with heavy gunfire and explosions being heard throughout the city.

A televised statement from the president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyi, appearing from an undisclosed location, stated that this is not only a conflict against Ukraine, but is waging “a war against Europe”, and condemned the countries for not doing enough.

In a recent tweet, Ukraine’s foreign minister, Dmytro Kuleba, compared the current attacks to those from Nazi Germany and urged for tougher sanctions on Russia.

Meanwhile, Russia’s foreign minister, Sergei Larvov, stated that Moscow was ready to discuss the situation if Ukraine’s military surrendered, as Russia was only seeking to free Ukraine from “oppression” and not occupy it, according to The Guardian.