SLOVYANSK, Ukraine – Russian troops plunged into Ukraine by land, sea and air on Thursday, killing more than 100 Ukrainian soldiers and civilians and sparking a fierce battle in a highly radioactive area. around the Chernobyl nuclear reactor melted down in 1986.
The first day of Europe’s first major land war in decades began before sunrise with devastating shelling of airports and military installations across Ukraine. A senior Pentagon official said that three Russian armies and forces were rapidly moving toward Ukrainian cities – one south from Belarus to the capital Kyiv; another direction towards Kharkiv, in northeastern Ukraine; and a third towards Kherson in the south, near Crimea. Forces are using long-range rockets and artillery, the official said.
At dusk, Russian special forces and paratroopers were entering the outskirts of Kyiv. While the ultimate goal of the Russian President, Vladimir V. Putin, and his generals remains unclear, US officials assess that the end game is likely to be the replacement of the President’s government. Volodymyr Zelensky by a puppet regime controlled by Russia.
The deadly realities have prompted tens of thousands of Ukrainians to flee by car or bus to the country’s far west, which is considered safer, through the roads and long lines at the stations. gasoline.
According to Mykhailo Podolyak, an adviser to the office of the president of Ukraine, the day also ends with Russian forces taking control of the Chernobyl facility, despite the state of the plant and its nuclear waste storage facilities. is still unknown.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/24/world/europe/russian-invasion-forces-penetrate-ukraine-on-multiple-fronts-and-close-in-on-kyiv.html Russian aggression forces penetrated Ukraine on several fronts and closed in on Kyiv.