Ukraine: As It’s Happening

Russian President Vladimir Putin has actually released a major invasion of Ukraine, requiring millions to run away for their lives and leaving thousands dead.

Thursday 24 February

3:45 p.m.: A Ukrainian army aircraft with 14 people aboard collapsed south of Kyiv on Thursday, the emergencies solution said.

The service stated it was “still identifying how many people died.” The event occurred concerning 20 kilometers (12 miles) south of Kyiv, amidst records of a number of locations around the city coming under fire.

3:37 p.m.: The UN refugee principal advised Thursday Russia’s invasion of Ukraine would have “devastating” altruistic effects as well as urged adjoining nations to keep boundaries open up to those running away the violence.

“We are seriously worried about the fast-deteriorating situation and also recurring army activity in Ukraine,” Felippo Grandi claimed in a declaration.

3:30 p.m.: Several Russian social figures also made declarations versus the battle.

“Soviet crimes went unpunished in Russia, and so they persist. The rate of what was not done in 1991 are the Russian projectiles and also bombs killing Ukrainians today,” Sergei Lebedev, author of “Untraceable,” wrote under a photograph of the Bykivnia graves outside Kyiv where “enemies of individuals” performed by the NKVD were hidden.

“It is too early to ask Ukrainians to forgive us,” he composed. “We will request mercy after the criminals that started this war are penalized. If they are punished.”

Yelena Kovalskaya, director of the Meyerhold Theater Center, revealed her resignation from the state theater Thursday, saying: “It is impossible to work for a murderer and obtain income from him. I will certainly finish the work I’ve begun, but without pay.”

2:31 p.m.: Eighteen people died in an air strike on a military base near Ukraine’s Black Sea port city of Odessa, the regional management stated.

“Eighteen died– eight guys and also 10 females. Right now, we are still digging through the rubble,” the Odessa local administration claimed in a statement.

2:30 p.m.: Russian forces have actually broken through into the north of the Kyiv area, Ukraine’s border guards claimed, presenting an attack with Grad rockets on federal government settings.

Videos circulating on social networks showed Russian Mi-8 and also Ka-52 helicopters attacking the Antonov International Airport in the Kyiv suburban area of Gostomel.

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