”The Ukrainian-Russian war has officially begun! The capital, Kiev, is being attacked by Russian airstrikes!” On February 24, 2022, at 5:50 a.m. Moscow time, the Kremlin released an emergency live broadcast without warning – Russian President Vladimir Putin, in front of the world, Officially declared war on the Ukrainian government – Putin emphasized that Russia cannot accept Ukraine’s threat to the security of the Russian state and nation, so it has authorized the Russian army to conduct “special military operations” on the Ukrainian mainland, the purpose of which is to carry out “Ukrainian disarmament” , the “peacekeeping purpose” of “denazification of Ukraine”. Putin’s declaration of war has not only surpassed his ambition to occupy the eastern Ukrainian area, but also bluntly stated that he will destroy the Ukrainian army and even overthrow the Ukrainian government. “The war has officially started.
Putin’s “declaration of war live broadcast” on the 24th is obviously a malicious strategy full of calculations – because at the “same time” as the announcement of the use of force, the UN Security Council held an emergency meeting in New York, demanding that Russia stop its action against Ukraine and withdraw its troops immediately, and even the UN secretary Guterres made a rare direct statement: “Mr. Putin, please turn your back before you get out of control!” Who would have thought that less than 15 minutes after the Security Council meeting started, the Kremlin would broadcast the “Declaration of War” to the world , and even entered a full-scale war directly with the aim of destroying the current Ukrainian government.
At the same time that Putin confirmed the war, the BBC’s field correspondent was also on the Ukrainian front and Kramatorsk, the Ukrainian government-controlled area of Donetsk, and heard the loud bombing; at the same time, the southern coast of Ukraine, only Mariupol, an important town on the Sea of Azov, 60 kilometers away from the Russian border, also began to hear “suburban street battles” around 4 a.m. on 24th. Shelling and continuous gunfire continued to approach the city center at high speed.
Before Putin confirmed the declaration of war on Ukraine, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky also declared a state of emergency in Ukraine on February 23 and ordered the mobilization of military reserves. But Zelensky’s request for a “last hotline” call with Putin on the evening of the 23rd was hung up by the Kremlin, even though the Ukrainian president used a rather impassioned Russian speech on the eve of the war to try to persuade the Russian military and civilians not to Bow to Moscow’s runaway war machine, but the worst is still as the US State Department predicts: “Russian invasion, before dawn on the 24th.”
At present, the international civil aviation airspace in Ukraine has been “completely blocked” from 5:00 a.m. on February 24, and all civil aviation airports in the country have entered a state of runway blockade to prevent the “surprise landing” of the Russian airborne troops; as for Russia, it is From 0:00 on the 24th, Russia’s southeastern airspace on the border with Ukraine has been blocked. Large-scale air and land operations are expected to be “attacked by the entire army” after dawn on Thursday.
According to Ukrainian media and major international news agencies within 30 minutes after Putin started the war, in addition to the border towns of Kramatorsk, Mariupol, Kharkov, etc., Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, was also at 6 in the morning. There was a “loud explosion” around 1:00 p.m., but the Ukrainian central government has not yet responded with unified information, and the parties cannot immediately assess the “synchronized airstrikes” of the Russian military.