Ukrainian authorities say the invading navy has come ashore at several points, including in Kharkiv and the southern city of Kherson. Three emergency workers were injured when a command post was shelled in Nizhyn, in the north, and six were trapped under rubble when the city’s airport was attacked, Ukraine’s Interior Ministry reported.
The ministry said military depots, warehouses and the National Guard were hit by artillery fire.
As dawn broke in Kyiv, Ukraine’s Zelensky said he had declared martial law. The country’s defense minister told residents that the army was “against the forces of the enemy” and “doing everything it can to protect you.”
But the army was surrounded. In the east, Russian-backed separatists – whose ranks have been bolstered by the arrival of hundreds of Russian mercenaries in recent days, according to European officials – say they have attacked Ukrainian troops along the entire 250-mile front line that divided the rebels and Ukraine. force since 2014.
Seeking to capture the entire territory of Donetsk and Luhansk, which Putin recognized as independent on Monday, the rebels have “used all weapons at their disposal”, Russian media reported. Ukrainian officials said the attacks included artillery strikes.
The Ukrainian state border service reported that Russian troops stationed in Belarus, north of Ukraine, carried out an attack with the support of the Belarusian army. This month, Russia deployed 30,000 troops to Belarus for exercises that the United States warned could support an attack on Kyiv, a 140-mile drive from the main border. President Aleksandr G. Lukashenko of Belarus denied that his forces were involved.
In mid-morning in Kyiv, the Russian Defense Ministry said it had neutralized all Ukrainian air defense systems and air bases. Ukraine’s Interior Ministry says Russian forces have captured two villages in the Luhansk region.
Ukrainian forces have shot down six Russian warplanes and a helicopter in the fight to maintain control of key cities, a Ukrainian military official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. Ukraine’s Defense Minister, Oleksiy Reznikov, has called on all Ukrainian civilians to join the fight and enlist with units to defend the territory.
“Ukraine is moving into a full-fledged defense mode,” he said.
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