Russia launches full-scale invasion of Ukraine, killing 8 people and injuring 14: officials

At least eight people were killed and 14 were injured in a Moscow-led attack on Ukrainian military units, according to the Ukrainian Ministry of Home Affairs.

Immediately after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a “special military operation” in Ukraine on Thursday, explosions were reported across the country, including Kiev, the capital of Ukraine. KharkivMariupol, Odessa.

Ministry of Interior of Ukraine Said in a statement It was noted that six people were killed, seven were injured and 19 were still missing in a bombing in Podolsk, Odessa Oblast on Thursday.

Farid Agaev, a local Odessa resident, told The Epoch Times that his family was awakened by the sound of an explosion and a car alarm around 5 am local time.

According to the ministry, another person was killed and two more were injured during the bombardment in the city of Mariupol in the Donetsk region.

And in Berdyans’k district, one was killed and five were injured after air defense forces were targeted early Thursday morning. Authorities confirmed..

The Russian Defense Ministry has issued a statement that its troops are targeting Ukrainian military infrastructure.

“Nothing threatens Ukrainian citizens.” Said in a statement..

Ukrainian Eurocorps headquarters said Thursday that at least five Russian aircraft and one helicopter had been shot down.

“On February 24, five aircraft and an invader’s helicopter were shot down near a joint force,” Command said on Facebook.

“The Eurocorps give the troops of the Russian Federation a valuable rejection,” the statement said.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky said Thursday morning that Russia had targeted Ukraine’s military infrastructure and imposed nationwide martial law.

“Russia has attacked our military infrastructure, the border guard,” Zelensky said. “I heard explosions in many cities in Ukraine.”

Zelensky urged civilians to stay home as much as possible. The day before, Ukraine imposed a 30-day national emergency and urged Russian citizens to leave immediately.

Declaring martial law imposes stricter restrictions than a state of emergency and may include bans on meetings, movements, and political parties.

Putin claims his “special operations” The purpose is to “protect civilians and demilitarize Ukraine” and respond to threats from Ukraine.

He said Russia had no plans to occupy Ukraine and Ukrainian troops should “put down their weapons immediately.”

Putin also said that foreign attempts to disrupt Russia’s actions would provoke an immediate reaction from Russia, leading to “results they have never seen before.”

According to AFP, Zelensky instructed Maj. Gen. Valerie Zargini, the head of the Ukrainian army, to “do the greatest loss to the invaders.”

Isabelle van Brugen


Isabel van Brugen is an award-winning journalist and currently a news reporter for The Epoch Times. She holds a Master’s degree in Newspaper Journalism from City University of London.

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