In two Ukrainian cities – Lvov and Kiev – an air raid alert has been announced, sirens are sounding. Residents are asked to go down to the bomb shelters:
“Attention! An air threat has been detected! If the sirens turn on, we ask everyone to urgently follow to the shelters of civil protection!”. Many Kievans use the metropolitan metro as a shelter.
The Office of the Ukrainian President announced a high probability of airborne landings in the government quarter, reports The country.
Radio Liberty: Since the early morning of February 24, the Russian army has been attacking the territory of Ukraine. There are reports of shelling and bombing of large Ukrainian cities. Fighting is underway in the Donbass, near Kharkov, in northern Ukraine, it is reported about a Russian landing near Kiev and the penetration of Russian troops into the country from the annexed Crimea.
The armed forces of Ukraine are resisting, there is information about dozens of dead on both sides. As a result of the shelling of residential areas, there were also casualties among the civilian population, their exact number is unknown.
The United States, the European Union, and other countries condemned Russian aggression and announced the imposition of the most severe sanctions against the Kremlin in the near future. “This is a war of conquest. Ukraine will defend itself and win. The world can and must stop Putin. The time to act is right now,” said Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba, his words cites edition.
According to video evidence published on social networks, Russian troops took control of the cities of Genichesk and Novaya Kakhovka near Kherson, as well as a number of settlements in the Kharkiv, Sumy and Chernihiv regions. It was reported about the battles near Kharkov – photos and videos of burnt Russian military equipment on the bypass road of this city were published, as well as about the movement of Russian armored vehicles towards Kiev. Among the dead in Ukraine, according to national TV channels, there are already several children.