The war did start. Everyone knew, but did not fully believe …
Radio Liberty: In the early morning of February 24, the Russian army attacked Ukraine. This happened immediately after Vladimir Putin announced that he had decided to launch a special operation in the Donbass after the request of the “DNR” and “LNR”. The President urged the Ukrainian servicemen to lay down their arms and “go home.”
A state of emergency has been introduced in Ukraine, the country has been subjected to a new massive hacker attack. Earlier, Russia recognized the “republics” as independent states with borders identical to those of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions of Ukraine.
The Russian president received permission from the Federation Council to use the armed forces abroad and ordered the deployment of troops to these territories. The “peacekeeping forces,” as Russian politicians call them, are tasked with performing “peacekeeping functions” on the territory of the “DPR” and “LPR.” Europe, the US and the UK have imposed new sanctions against Russian companies, officials, as well as the secondary market for Russian federal bonds.
RIA News. The Russian Armed Forces are not carrying out any missile, air or artillery strikes on Ukrainian cities, the Defense Ministry told RIA Novosti.
Russian President Vladimir Putin announced in his address to the Russians this morning that he had decided on a special military operation in the Donbass. The head of state noted that Russia’s plans do not include the occupation of Ukraine, but Moscow will strive for its demilitarization.
“The military infrastructure, air defense facilities, military airfields, aviation of the Armed Forces of Ukraine are disabled with high-precision weapons,” the agency said.
Nothing threatens the civilian population, assured the Ministry of Defense.
DW. Russia launched military aggression against Ukraine. On the night of February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the start of a war against Ukraine, calling it a “special military operation in the Donbass” in order to protect people who “have been subjected to genocide by the Kiev regime for eight years.” Putin’s claims of genocide have previously been refuted by both the European Union and the United Nations. Western politicians have accused the Russian president of lying. DW is following developments on Thursday, February 24th.
air force. Ukraine: Troops are being transferred from Belarus. Many reports now quote Ukrainian officials as saying that troops in Belarus are joining the Russian attack, meaning the offensive is now also coming from northern Ukraine. Belarus, which is located on the northern border of Ukraine, has long been an ally of Russia. Analysts call the small country a “client state” of Russia. The attack from the north is complemented by Russian attacks in eastern Ukraine and the movement of Russian troops to Odessa in the south. Military of Ukraine: Air Force repel Russian air raid.
The Ukrainian Armed Forces released a statement saying that the Russian military had begun “heavy shelling” of units in the country’s east. Russia has also carried out missile strikes on Boryspil airport near Kiev and several other airports, the statement said. The Ukrainian Air Force repels a Russian air attack. The statement denied reports of Russian paratroopers in the southern port city of Odessa.
newsbeast.gr. On the orders of Vladimir Putin, Russia invaded Ukraine at 5 am on February 24. Strong explosions are heard in Kyiv, Odessa and many parts of eastern Ukraine after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that he had ordered a military operation against the country. In Kyiv, at least two loud explosions sounded in the center, followed by ambulance sirens.
In Mariupol, the largest front-line city of half a million and home to a strategic port, several residents reported hearing artillery fire from an area in the eastern part of the city.
Closer to the front, in Kramatorsk, there were at least four loud explosions. Six hundred kilometers from this city, in the south of Ukraine, in Odessa – (a port on the Black Sea) explosions were also heard.