February 24 is the first day of the war. This is not Russia’s declared war against Ukraine.
At 5 a.m., Russian President Vladimir Putin made an address to the nation, the meaning of which was that Russia supports, according to the Treaty of Friendship and Mutual Assistance, the republics of the DPR and LPR, the ORDLO in Ukrainian transcription.
Putin called the war a “Military Operation in the Donbas.”
At the same time, at about 6 a.m., mass shelling of Ukrainian military facilities began. The first victims appeared.
The offensive against Ukraine was organized from several sides.
- From Lugansk and Donetsk
- From the Russian-occupied Crimea towards Kherson
- From Belgorod to Kharkov
- From the Republic of Belarus towards Chernobyl
Airfields and military warehouses of Ukraine were destroyed.
After a massive shelling of artillery, rocket mortars and cruise missiles, columns of tanks and armored vehicles crossed the Ukrainian border.
In the vicinity of the kiev airport in Gostomla, an attempt to land a Russian landing force was repulsed, an order was given to destroy the landing group.
Russian troops managed to capture part of the Kherson region and the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.
In the Luhansk and Donetsk directions, Russian troops were stopped and the attacks were repulsed.