Explosions heard in several Ukrainian cities after Putin declared a “special military operation”

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin allegedly heard an explosion in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, shortly after announcing a “special military operation” in Ukraine at the beginning of Thursday local time.

In an emergency television speech, Putin said military operations aimed at protecting civilians and “demilitarizing” Ukraine, in response to threats from Ukraine.

But he added that Russia’s plan was “not to occupy Ukraine, and we are not planning to impose ourselves on anyone,” and urged the Ukrainian army to “put weapons immediately.” rice field.

Immediately after Putin’s speech, explosions were reported not only in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, but also in other cities such as Kharkov, Mariupol and Odessa.

CNN reporter Matthew Chance said he heard “Big Bang” behind him during CNN’s live broadcast.

“Currently there is a big explosion in Kiev. I don’t know where the explosion is happening from this vantage point on the rooftop of a hotel in central Kiev,” he continued. What they are, but I heard four or five explosions a while back. “

Apart from this, Andrew Symonds of Al Jazeera Said When he reported from the Ukrainian capital, he heard at least seven “big explosions” in Kiev.

“It sounds like a cannonball fire, but it could be an airstrike,” Simmons told the news channel. “Boryspil International Airport was attacked … I don’t know if it was bombarded or an explosion,” he added.

“I’ve heard of sirens, so there’s definitely a complete attack in the capital.”

It has not been confirmed if the airport was attacked.

Separately, CBS International Correspondent Charlie D’Agata said during the CBS broadcast:5 big explosions“Before suspending reports of what he believed was a fighter flying overhead.

“Just a while ago, I heard five big explosions … first three, then two more,” D’Agata said. “Immediately after 5.15 this morning, there was a report of an explosion earlier this morning.”

D’Agata added that the explosion was a “very clear and characteristic explosion.”

Another CBS correspondent Holly Williams Hearing explosion reported After 5 am local time in Kharkov, he said he heard “more than 12 people” early this morning.

“It sounds like an explosion, but I can’t tell what it is, but of course there is a suspicion of a missile attack, an airstrike,” Williams said, reporting from a city just 20 miles from the Russian border.

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Russian military vehicles can be seen on February 23, 2022, on a train platform about 30 miles from the border with the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic in the Rostov region of southern Russia. (Stringer / AFP via Getty Images)

Following Putin’s declaration, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said Tweet It said, “Putin has launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Peaceful Ukrainian cities are on strike. This is a war of aggression.”

“The world can and must stop Putin. Now is the time to act.”

NATO Secretary-General Jason Stoltenberg Blame What he called Russia’s “reckless and provocative attack” on Ukraine is endangering the lives of countless civilians, he said.

“This is a serious breach of international law and a serious threat to the security of the European Atlantic. I call on Russia to immediately stop military operations and respect Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.” Stortemberg said.

“NATO allies meet to deal with the consequences of Russia’s aggressive actions. We are standing with the Ukrainian people during this terrifying time. NATO protects and protects all allies. Do everything you need to do. “

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Russian President Vladimir Putin will address the country on February 21, 2022 in the Moscow Kremlin with a still image from a video. (Screenshot via Russian Pool / Epoch Times via Reuters)

Putin warned in a Thursday announcement that foreign attempts to thwart Russia’s actions would provoke an immediate reaction from Russia, leading to “results they have never seen.”

His announcement on “military operations” came after the President said on Monday that he would recognize the independent sovereignty of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of eastern Ukraine.

Putin also signed a decree permitting Russian troops to be sent to the region for so-called “peacekeeping operations.”

Late Wednesday local time, President Joe Biden issued a statement saying Putin “chosen a planned war that would result in catastrophic loss of life and human suffering.”

“World prayers are with the Ukrainian people tonight, and they are suffering from provocative and unjustified attacks by Russian troops,” Biden said. “Russia is solely responsible for the death and destruction of this attack, and the United States and its allies and partners will unite and respond in a decisive way. The world will be responsible for Russia.”

Mimi Nguyen Ly contributed to this report.

Catabella Roberts


Katabella Roberts is a reporter currently based in Turkey. She focuses primarily on the United States and covers the news and business of The Epoch Times.

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