War Ukraine And Russia, Last Minute |Invasion Begins: Russia Claims To Have Destroyed Ukraine’s Air Bases
The Russian Armed Forces have neutralized the anti-aircraft defense of Ukraine and have destroyed the infrastructure of the air bases of this country in the framework of the military operation launched by Moscow, as reported by the Russian Ministry of Defense. “The anti-aircraft defense means of the Ukrainian Armed Forces have been neutralized. The infrastructure of the Ukrainian Army’s air bases is out of service,” the military entity said in a statement.
The Ministry of Defense has assured that the Ukrainian border guard “does not offer any resistance to the Russian units” and denied that the Ukrainian Army had shot down Russian fighter planes.
07.55: Spain condemns Russia’s aggression against Ukraine and assures that it is in “close” contact with the EU and NATO partners
The President of the Government, Pedro Sanchez, has condemned Russia‘s aggression against Ukraine and has assured that he remains in “close” contact with the partners of the European Union and NATO to coordinate the response.
This has been transferred by the leader of the Executive in a message that he has published on his profile on the social network Twitter after the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, announced this Thursday “a military operation” in the Donbas region after the request of military aid from the self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Luhansk.
Sanchez has also sent Spain ‘s solidarity with the Government and the Ukrainian people. “The Government of Spain condemns Russia‘s aggression against Ukraine and stands in solidarity with the Government and the Ukrainian people,” she wrote.
07.53: The UN urges Putin to stop the attack on Ukraine in the name of “humanity”
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has sent an eloquent message to Russian President Vladimir Putin calling for him to end the military attack on Ukraine “in the name of humanity”.
At the end of the emergency meeting of the UN Security Council held on Wednesday night, which coincided with Putin ‘s announcement of the start of a military operation by his troops in Ukraine, Guterres said that it is “the saddest day ” that he has had at the head of the UN.
“President Putin , in the name of humanity, bring the troops back to Russia ,” the secretary-general implored.
“In the name of humanity, do not allow what could be the worst war since the beginning of the century to start in Europe,” Guterres urged before calling for the conflict to “stop now.”
07.47: This was the beginning of the Russian attack on Ukraine
Russian President Vladimir Putin announced this morning the start of a military operation in eastern Ukraine to protect people from “abuses and genocide” by the Ukrainian government for eight years. At 0405 hours the Russian army began the attack on several Ukrainian cities.
07.26: Russia claims to have ‘neutralized’ Ukraine’s anti-aircraft defense
The Russian Armed Forces have assured that they neutralized the anti-aircraft defense of Ukraine and destroyed the infrastructure of the air bases of this country in the framework of the military operation launched by Moscow , the Russian Defense Ministry reported.
“The anti-aircraft defense means of the Ukrainian Armed Forces have been neutralized. The infrastructure of the Ukrainian Army’s air bases is out of service,” the military entity said in a statement quoted by the Interfax agency.
07.23: Ukraine claims it shot down five Russian planes and a helicopter
Ukraine ‘s military has claimed it shot down five Russian planes and a helicopter in the country’s east, shortly after Moscow launched a military offensive.
“Five planes and one helicopter of the aggressor were shot down,” the Ukrainian Army General Staff said in a statement.
07.20: Putin called his Belarusian ally Lukashenko before attacking Ukraine
Russian President Vladimir Putin warned his Belarusian ally and colleague Alexander Lukashenko by phone early Thursday morning that he would launch a military operation against Ukraine , the Belarusian presidential office revealed.
“Around 0500 (0200 GMT) today, a telephone conversation took place between the Belarusian and Russian presidents. In the course of the call, Vladimir Putin informed his Belarusian colleague about the situation on the border with Ukraine and in Donetsk,” one of the two pro-Russian breakaway regions of Ukraine , the Belarusian presidency said in a statement.
The Kremlin has not released information about that contact.
07.18: Ukraine closes airspace after the start of Russia’s military operation
Ukraine today ordered the closure of its airspace after the start of the military operation launched by Russia in the country.
“Due to the high risk of aviation security for civil aeronautics, the closure of Ukraine’s airspace for civil flights is decreed (…),” the State Enterprise of Air Traffic Services of Ukraine said in a statement .
Shortly before, Russia closed the airspace in the surrounding regions to the east of Ukraine.
07.11: Ukraine calls for “devastating measures” and isolation for Russia
Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has called on the international community to impose “devastating sanctions” on Russia and isolate it “in all formats” after the start of the Russian military operation against his country.
“The world must act immediately. The future of Europe and the world is at stake. This is the list: devastating sanctions against Russia now, including (the disconnection of) SWIFT, the total isolation of Russia , in all formats,” he published. on his Twitter account.
In addition, the head of Ukrainian diplomacy asked for weapons and equipment for his country, financial and humanitarian aid.
“Putin has launched a full-scale invasion against Ukraine. Peaceful Ukrainian cities are under attack. This is a war of aggression. Ukraine will defend itself and win,” he added.
07.09: Biden spoke with the president of Ukraine and promises support against Russia
The president of the United States, Joe Biden , has spoken with his Ukrainian counterpart , Volodimir Zelensky, and promised him support in the face of the Russian attack, the White House reported.
“President Zelensky called me and we just finished talking,” Biden said in a White House statement. “We will continue to give support and assistance to Ukraine and the Ukrainian people,” he added.
“I condemned this unprovoked and unjustified attack by the Russian military forces,” Biden added after the start of a “military operation” announced by President Vladimir Putin.
07.03: Germany condemns “Russian attack” on Ukraine
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has condemned Russia ‘s early morning attack on Ukraine , calling it a “flagrant breach of international law” that “cannot be justified under any circumstances.”
“Germany condemns in the strongest terms this thoughtless act by President (Vladimir) Putin ,” added Chancellor Scholz, referring to the Russian leader, who also expressed solidarity with “Ukraine and the people who live there.”
“Russia must immediately cease this military action,” said the foreign minister, who described today as a “terrible day for Ukraine and a dark day for Europe,” according to his spokesman in a message to the media
07.01: Ukraine’s president says Russia attacks military infrastructure and border posts
Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky has claimed that Russia was abiding by his country’s “military infrastructure” and border posts. while he urged the population not to panic.
In a Facebook video message, Zelensky announced the imposition of martial law across the country and said he had spoken by phone with US President Joe Biden .
The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the Russian military operation seeks to “destroy the Ukrainian state, seize its territory by force and establish an occupation.”