The capital, Kiev, and many other cities in Ukraine are under attack from Russia. Fatalities have been reported. Some Ukrainians flee cities, while others take refuge in shelters where they can find shelter.
Many of them must be killed
Interfax news agency reported that Russian troops landed in Odessa. For their part, the Ukrainian authorities reported that the Russian reports from the port city were false.
The Ukrainian military reports that the Air Force has shot down several Russian planes and helicopters in eastern Ukraine. This is denied by the Russian side.
Ukrainian authorities have reported that at least eight people were killed by Russian bombs, Reuters reports. There were reports that nine people were injured.
Escape and panic messages
From Kiev Explosions were reported and anti-aircraft sirens sounded over the city. There is an hour-long traffic jam with people who want to leave the capital. In front of many ATMs, there are queues of people who want to cash. The authorities have imposed a limit on bank withdrawals of about 30,000 NOK.
Kharkiv Ukraine’s Interior Ministry said a Russian missile was under fire and a military command center was hit by a Russian missile. An eyewitness told Reuters that people are fleeing in panic.
I woke up to a roar
I woke up at five in the morning by roaring. I ran to the balcony and realized that there were no fireworks, only explosions. I saw smoke from afar, Sasha who lives in Kharkiv tells the AP news agency.
She says she saw people running in the streets. Many got in their cars and left town.
– My family shouldn’t go anywhere because this is our home. We wish the best. She says we are not affected by war.
Several explosions were heard in the morning in the Ukrainian coastal city Mariupol In the Sea of Azov, near the border with Russia, Reuters reports.
The plane alarm is also heard in the big city group , In western Ukraine, near the border with Poland. Agence France-Presse reports.
Ukraine’s defense minister urged anyone who can carry a weapon to register. The authorities say they will call up all reserve forces. The country’s police said they would hand over weapons to the war veterans.
Attacks from the Belarusian border
Ukrainian border guards said they are under artillery attack from both the Belarusian and Russian sides on the country’s northern border. According to Agence France-Presse, the fire has been answered.
A large number of Russian tanks are said to have crossed the border from Belarus.
Ukrainian authorities say the country is under constant cyber attack, Reuters reports. Also earlier this week, Ukrainian websites and services were attacked by hackers.
Zelensky: – Don’t panic
– Don’t panic. We are strong, we are ready for everything and we want to beat everyone, because we are Ukraine,” President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a speech Thursday morning.
He called on the international community to take measures to compel Moscow to stop its attack on Ukraine.
Ukraine’s foreign minister accused Russia of going to war.
The Russian Defense Ministry said that it is shooting at military targets with precision weapons, and that the civilian population is not in danger.
Smoke from Chugev Airport, southwest of Kharkiv:
Russian President Vladimir Putin gave a speech broadcast on state television at 04:00 Norwegian time last night. There, Putin made it clear that a military offensive was launched in the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine.
From the speech, it was not clear how broad the attack was. Russian authorities have said that they are deliberately trying to destroy Ukraine’s military infrastructure with precision weapons, and that they are not attacking Ukrainian cities, reports the Russian news agency RIA.
Pictures showing the explosion at Ivano-Frankivsk airport, western Ukraine:
Allegation of genocide
Putin claimed that Russia has been trying for 30 years to reach an agreement with NATO and the United States on Russia’s security, but to no avail.
“This has become a matter of life and death for Russia, it has become a real threat,” Putin said.
He repeated the claim of “genocide” in the Russian-backed rebel areas in eastern Ukraine.
– The Russian President confirmed that Russia will disarm and disarm Ukraine.
Putin says he does not want occupation
It is not clear from Putin whether the Russian offensive will be limited to eastern Ukraine, or whether it will cover larger parts of the country, or the whole of Ukraine.
But the president indicated that Russia does not want to occupy the neighboring country.
According to Putin, military action is inevitable. Conducted an appeal to the Ukrainian army.
“I urge the Ukrainian army to lay down their arms and go home,” he said.
He also addressed the Russian military, saying that he expected the army to do its duty. Calculates their patriotism, achieves the goals that have been set.
Disagreement in the UN Security Council
A large-scale brawl erupted between Ukraine and Russia at the United Nations Security Council last night. Western countries in the council condemned the Russian invasion, which Putin gave the green light to last night.
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said tonight’s Security Council meeting marks his saddest moment as the head of the United Nations.
“I asked Putin, with all my heart, to stop his forces from attacking in Ukraine, and to give peace a chance,” he said at a touching news conference after tonight’s emergency meeting.
In the name of humanity, bring your forces back to Russia, and stop what could be the worst war of this century, with disastrous consequences for both Ukraine and Russia, and for the global economy, Guterres’ call for Putin.
– This war is meaningless and violates the principles of the UN Charter. It will lead to a lot of suffering. He said it was difficult to determine the number of dead, the number of those forced to flee and the number of those who lost hope.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg condemns the attack and says it is a serious violation of international law.
From Kherson Airport, Southern Ukraine:
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