Russia’s military announced Thursday that it had destroyed more than 70 military targets, including 11 Ukrainian airfields.
“74 Ukrainian military ground sites were damaged as a consequence of attacks carried out by Russian armed forces,” said Igor Konashenkov, a spokesperson for the defence ministry.
According to him, the S-300 and Buk-M1 anti-aircraft missile systems destroyed 11 airfields, three command posts, and 18 radar sites.
A Ukrainian military helicopter and four drones were also shot down, according to him.
Separatist troops, according to Konashenkov, are continuing their onslaught with Russian military air assistance.
He said that “armed nationalist organisations” are now putting up opposition, stating that Ukrainian military intended to evacuate the conflict zone.
Sergei Shoigu, the Russian Defense Minister, has instructed Russian forces to “treat Ukrainian personnel with respect,” he added.
After a national speech broadcast at roughly 5:40 a.m. local time on Thursday, Putin started an attack on Ukraine.
According to AFP journalists, the first shelling was heard shortly after in Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital, and numerous other cities.
According to an AFP assessment based on multiple Ukrainian state sources, at least 68 persons were killed, including military and civilians.
Authorities say 18 people were murdered at a military facility near Ukraine’s Black Sea port city of Odessa in the country’s bloodiest single attack.
Russian military have arrived in the area near Kyiv, according to Ukraine’s border guards.
Several low-flying helicopters were seen above by an AFP correspondent in the city’s northern reaches amid claims of an airport assault.
Dmytro Kuleba, Ukraine’s foreign minister, warned a “full-scale invasion” was beginning.
President Volodymyr Zelensky announced martial rule, claiming that Russia was assaulting his country’s “military infrastructure,” but urging civilians not to be alarmed and promising victory.