Russia treacherously attacked Ukraine in the morning, February, 24.
Vladimir Putin has declared war on Ukraine in the early morning, February, 24. Russia attacked dozens of locations across the country.
At 5.00 AM the armed forces of the Russian Federation launched an intensive shelling of our units on east, delivered missile/bomb strikes on airfields in Boryspil, Ozerne, Kulbakino, Chuhuiv, Kramatorsk, Chornobaivka (cities of Ukraine from west to east, from north to south), as well as on military infrastructure of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. At the same time the aggressor started artillery shelling of the areas and settlements along the state border and administrative boundary with temporarily occupied territory of Crimea.
Explosions were heard in cities including Lutsk, Ivano-Frankivsk, Odesa, Mariupol, Kharkiv, Dnipro and the capital, Kyiv.
As of 13:00 on February 24, the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation launched more than 30 strikes with Caliber cruise missiles, MLRS, aircraft and artillery on the objects of civil and military infrastructure of Ukraine.
Martial law was imposed in Ukraine.
In Chernihiv oblast, Nizhyn city, Police Colonel was killed in the morning during the bombing of the airfield.
In Donetsk oblast, in the town of Vugledar, four civilians were killed in the shelling conducted by Russia, ten people were wounded.
22 people died as a result of a military strike on a military unit in Lipetsk, Podolsk district of Odesa oblast.
A fire broke out in a residential building in Chuhuiv Kharkiv oblast as a result of enemy shelling. A minor boy died in the explosion. There are wounded.
More than 40 servicemen of the Ukrainian Armed Forces were killed by the Russian invasion as of 13:00.
Between the village Zhukivtsi and Trypillya, Obukhiv district, Kyiv oblast a military plane of the Armed Forces of Ukraine crashed (there were 14 people on board) with a subsequent fire, 5 people died.
The Armed Forces of Ukraine hold fast their defensive positions.
In Chernihiv region, the enemy was stopped.
Fierce fights are taking place in the direction of Kharkiv and in the Joint Forces Operation area, where the enemy suffered casualties in men and materiel.
Our Forces have taken full control of Mariupol (Donetsk oblast) and Shchastia (Luhansk oblast). At least six planes, two helicopters and dozens of enemy armored vehicles have been destroyed.
The situation on Kharkiv direction is difficult, but the Ukrainian Defence Forces are fighting back the aggressor.
As of 15:00, the situation is tense on the Northen and Southern directions.
There is a fight for Hostomel Airport, as well as Henichesk, Skadovsk, Chaplynka.
Fierce fighting is going on in the area of the Pishchevyk settlement. The enemy is trying to break through the defenses, using 16 tanks. Allied forces used NLAW ATGM. Three enemy tanks were destroyed.
Russian tanks, infantry fighting vehicles and infantry attack the positions of Ukrainian troops on the outskirts of Starobilsk.
The battle continues, the situation is tense.
The occupiers are trying to take control of the city, but Ukrainian soldiers are repelling the invaders.
Ukrainian anti-tank units are working on the enemy. Two Russian tanks and 1 armored personnel carrier have already been destroyed during the fighting.
In the Glukhiv city area, the Ukrainian military used the Javelin anti-tank missile system and neutralized a convoy of Russian equipment — 15 T-72 tanks.
From the territory of the Republic of Belarus 4 ballistic missiles were launched towards Southwestern direction.
The invaders from the territory of Belarus have moved into the Chornobyl AES Zone.
The National Guardsmen, who guard the collectors of unsafe nuclear radioactive waste, are fighting hard.
If the invaders artillery hits and ruins/damages the collectors of nuclear waste, radioactive nuclear dust can be spread over the territory of Ukraine, Belarus and the country of the EU!
In Sumy, there are fightings in the city. It is known about three dead and six wounded people.
Russian troops shelled residential areas of Mariupol.
As of 16:00 in Mariupol, sixteen locals were injured in the shelling of the Left Bank district and the Skhidnyi district. Among them — one child.
An attempt of the Russian occupation forces to break through failed in the area of the Pishchevyk settlement. The enemy retreated with losses. Ukrainian servicemen destroyed 4 enemy tanks.
The settlement of Shchastia (Luhansk oblast) is under the control of Ukrainian defenders.
The combined forces are confident in holding their own positions and giving a decent rebuff to the invaders.
Russia is trying to capture Snake Island. The territory was shelled by the artillery of the cruiser «Moscow» and the patrol ship «Vasily Bykov». After that, an air raid was carried out by a Russian Su-24. There are currently no surviving buildings on the island.
However, the Ukrainian Marines, together with the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine, are defending the island.
Russian military captured Chernobyl nuclear power plant.
The President's Office believes that this is «one of the most serious threats to Europe today», as Russian troops may be preparing provocations on the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, or «use the damage received during the attack to blame Ukraine, or damage these by far the most dangerous objects».
Despite numerous enemy attacks, aircraft, artillery and missile strikes, as well as a large number of armored vehicles, the enemy was unable to advance deep into Ukraine in the eastern direction.
Ukrainian defenders managed to repel attacks, defend and hold all key settlements and infrastructure.
In the Luhansk direction during the day the fiercest battles were fought for Shchastia, Stanitsia Luhanska, Lobacheve, Bilovodsk, Starobilsk. In the battles for Shchastia, two enemy tanks were destroyed and one tank and one ZU-23−2 were captured.
In the area of occupied Sentyanivka, our artillerymen stopped a mixed column of armored vehicles, hailstones and automobiles with enemy fire.
In the Donetsk direction, the areas of Novotroitske, Novognativka, Pavlopiv and Pishchevyk.
Ukrainian soldiers firmly hold their positions and fight the aggressor.
Infrastructure of Zmiiniy Island was destroyed after shelling by the ship artillery.
Besides, connection lost with border guards and warriors of the Ukrainian armed forces.
According to last information Zmiiniy Island was captured by the enemy.
During the day enemy tried to scare Ukrainian defenders of the island with the requirements to surround.
It should be noted, the SBGSU together with the Ukrainian armed forces and the National Guard of Ukraine continues to fight actively against enemy.
13 Ukrainian border guards were killed.