The Russian war in Ukraine It began at dawn this Thursday, February 24, in ten different areas with selective bombing, according to the Ukrainian authorities, which the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, has described as a “special military operation”. Regions under attack include the country’s capital, Kyivand the Donbas region, the self-proclaimed republics of Luhansk and Donetsk which Putin declared independent on Monday.
Russia has entered Ukraine from several flanks: to the north, across the border with Belarus towards Chernobyl; to the east, through the city of Kharkov; to the southeast, from Lugansk and Donetsk; and to the south, from the Crimean peninsula and through the port of Odessa. and has already caused the first dead. Early in the morning, the Presidency of Ukraine reported that more than 40 soldiers died in the Russian Army’s attacks on airfields and military bases in the country’s territories and that there are also dozens of wounded. For its part, the Russian Defense Ministry has assured that the country’s Armed Forces are not attacking Ukrainian cities in the course of the “special military operation” launched by Putin and that there is no threat to the peaceful population.
Russia has bombed the kiev airport, as confirmed by a TVE team posted there. has also bombed military installations in several locations and more and more cities report more attacks by Russian forces, such as in eastern Sumy. For his part, the president of Ukraine, Volodímir Zelenski, addressed the main leaders of the international community on Thursday to create an “anti-Putin coalition”.
The Russian military has claimed that they use high-precision weapons against Ukrainian military infrastructures, anti-aircraft batteries and air bases. “According to intelligence data, the units and soldiers of the Ukrainian armed forces are massively abandoning their positions,” said Defense, which has stressed that the places where the Ukrainian forces have laid down their weapons are not subjected to attacks. And they added that the statements of the Ukrainian side about the losses of aircraft and armored vehicles by the Russian army are a “complete lie”.
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky has asked the top leaders of the international community for help in creating an “anti-Putin coalition” and stopping Putin’s attack on his country.
This has been the military deployment on the border with Ukraine
In the last weeks, the international community has seen the intensifying movement of Russian troops on the Ukrainian border. A movement that had begun to be seen months before.
The maps below show how the situation around Ukraine in the last month: Russian troop movements in different border areas and violations of the Minsk treaty reported by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in the Donbas region have been added to the permanent deployments.
The Secretary of State of the United States, Antony Blinken, assured this Wednesday that Russia had everything ready to launch an invasion in Ukraine and could do so that same night. The imminent denouement was foreseen after tensions between Kiev and Moscow increased in Novemberwhen Russia stationed tens of thousands of troops near the Ukrainian border, triggering alarms in Ukraine and the West, which denounced the preparations for an invasion.
The deployment in recent weeks has served to have the necessary components for a military operationr. Troops in the north allowed a quick entry into the capital, while forces in the Black Sea threatened the south of the country.
For now, European and world leaders have condemned the attack and announced sanctions. In a speech this afternoon, President Zelensky insisted: if they do not help Ukraine today in the face of the Russian attack, “tomorrow the war will knock on their doors.”
A hole in the air space
In the current situation, airlines are suspending their flights over Ukraine’s airspace due to the risk of an unintentional shoot-down or a cyber attack against air traffic control. On Wednesday, Safe Airspace, an organization that monitors security over conflict zones, warned of this risk.
Russia closed part of the airspace in Rostov, east of its border with Ukraine, and in this country the airports of Dnipro, Kharkov and Zaporizhia. The United States, Italy, Canada, France and the United Kingdom have advised their airlines to avoid airspace over eastern Ukraine and Crimea, short of an outright ban.
The president of the Government, Pedro Sánchez has accused Russia of violating international law. “It is a crisis that affects balances that go far beyond the countries involved. It will have far-reaching consequences,” he added. Sánchez has indicated that the Government has promised to help the Spanish citizens who still remain in Ukraine. He has also sent “a clear message” to the Putin government so that put an end to the hostilitiesthat revokes the recognition of the independence of the territories of another sovereign nation and that complies with international law”.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.