Updated at 6:30 pm
Bombing, missiles, ground attacks … Russian troops said Thursday that they had destroyed 74 military facilities, including 11 airfields, in Ukraine, where Moscow launched a major military operation in the morning. The Pentagon said the Russian army used cruise missiles, surface-to-air missiles, and surface-to-ground missiles to launch about 100 projectiles during the attack.
- Attack from Belarus to Kiev
Russian tanks entered Ukraine through the Belarusian border post. Before dawn, an explosion was heard in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine. After that, the city was flooded with Russian planes.
The purpose of the attack is “Decapitation” The Kiev government will replace it with a pro-Moscow government, US military officials said Thursday.
The Russians have conquered Hostomel’s military airport, located 25 kilometers northwest of the center of Kiev, announced the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky.According to Zelensky, who spoke in a video speech, the airport was occupied by Russian troops, but the landing of airborne troops on Gostmel, where it is located, “I was blocked” And the Ukrainian army “I received an order to destroy it.”..
Images on social media show that he was attacked by numerous helicopters. CNN aired footage of Russian troops at the airport, and a channel reporter said he spoke to them.
Battles took place near the nuclear waste disposal site around Chernobyl and Ukrainian soldiers “Sacrifice their lives” To avoid a recurrence of the 1986 nuclear disaster, the President of Ukraine said. By evening, Russian troops had ruled the area, according to the president’s adviser.
In Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city near the Russian border, the explosion rattled windows and evacuated hundreds of civilians to subway stations. The battle made Ukrainian troops fight against Russian troops.
The situation “tense” In the southern part of the country where Russian tanks entered from Crimea. According to Valerie Zarouginy, the head of the Ukrainian army, fighting is taking place in the cities of Henicesk, Skadovsk and Chaplinka in the Kherson region near the Crimean Peninsula.
In Mariupol, the main port in the eastern part of the country, a powerful explosion struck the city. In this sector, the first evacuation begins, especially in the small towns of Zoroti and Gorsky.
In the morning, a member of President Zelensky’s aides said: “More than 40 Ukrainian soldiers were killed and dozens were injured.” When “Nearly 10 civilians were killed”.. In the Odessa region alone, officials have announced that a strike has killed 18 people in the village. In the evening, officials in the Kherson region announced that 13 civilians and 9 soldiers had been killed on Thursday in a region partially controlled by Russian troops. “The attack on the Kherson area killed 13 civilians, including two children, and nine Ukrainian soldiers.”, The administration said on Facebook. According to the same source, the city of Henicesk is under Russian control.
In addition, thousands of Ukrainians have already left the country, especially in the direction of Moldova and Hungary.