Russian President Vladimir Putin declared war on Ukraine early Thursday morning, claiming his forces would be undertaking a “special military operation” to demilitarize and “denazify” its Western neighbor.
In the hours that followed, cities and villages across Ukraine were bombarded with shelling, explosions, air attacks and ground invasions. Dozens of people in Ukraine have been killed and many more injured, according to Aleksey Arestovich, adviser to the head of the country’s presidential office.
A senior defense official informed the Washington Post on Thursday that Moscow launched more than 100 missiles at Ukraine from Belarus, the Black Sea and the motherland overnight. Nearly 10 airports were among the targets.
“We would describe what we are seeing as an initial phase, and it is likely we will see this unfold in multiple phases. How many? How long? We don’t know. But what we are seeing is initial phases of a large-scale invasion,” the official said, adding that it appears Russia is moving to take control of Kyiv and other cities.
As the West and Ukrainian forces await Russia’s next move, here is where Putin’s forces have hit so far:
Explosions reported overnight, at least one injury according to Ukraine’s State Emergencies Service (SES). A TV tower in the region was blown up and the local airfield experienced shelling.
Explosions reported Thursday morning, setting warehouses on fire. At least six reportedly killed and seven others wounded following bombing in the city of Podolsk. Nearly twenty are reported missing.
Shelling and explosions reported overnight and Thursday morning in several of the capital’s districts: Bila Tserkva, Vyshorod, Brovary, Fastiv, Obukhiv, Boryspil. Numerous fires have been reported as a result of the shelling. Multiple injuries and at least 10 people are believed to have been killed, according to BBC News. A military plane with the Armed Forces of Ukraine crashed in the Obukhiv district on Thursday, 14 people were on board. The death toll is being determined. Residents have been urged to take shelter.
Due to shelling, Bila Gora pumping station “de-energized” cutting off partial water supply to 4,500 people in the region. The local airport was also hit by shelling.
Several fires have been reported in the region at multiple warehouses and military depots.
A military warehouse in S. Ivnytsia was hit with shelling while a series of explosions went off at the military airfield in Ozerne Thursday morning.
Russian missiles reported in the area, as fires were reported at military depots in Kransopillya and Marhanets.
Shelling and explosions have been reported in the region since late last week, recently resulting in multiple fires in residential buildings. So far, the villages of Horodyshche and Milove have been captured.
Three SES officers were injured following the shelling of the command and control post in Nizhyn.
Shelling has been reported on the outskirts of villages in the region including Zelenopillya, Kurdyumivka and Myronivskyi. Zelenopillya saw damage to power lines while the other two villages and the Bakhmut district were de-energized.
Seven homes caught fire as a result of shelling, as Russia forces moved into the city with tanks and from the Black Sea
As explosions have been reported in the region, SES claimed a projectile hit a military unit.
Missile strikes reported in the region as residents sought for shelter underground, according to CNN.
Explosions reported in the region, video verified by the New York Times showed smoke rising from the Kherson International Airport. Russian media reported 13 casualties, including 2 children and nine servicemen.
Explosions reported across the city as families crowd in subway stations, using them as impromptu bomb shelters.