Ukrainians react to Russian invasion


Ukrainians shared details about what is happening in the country as Moscow-led military attacks have fled thousands of residents from their homes.

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.

Digital artist Natalie Teresheva, who lives in Kharkov, about 299 miles from Kiev, told the Epoch Times early Thursday morning that she was awakened by her mother who heard the sound of an explosion hit the city.

“I was sleeping, my mother rushed into my bedroom, said she heard an explosion, and shouted that we needed to leave because the war was coming,” Teresheva said.

“But this is my home and I don’t want to be afraid, so I don’t want to leave. The enemy should be afraid,” Teresheva added.

The artist, 25, said he saw hundreds of people trying to escape the city and seeing the roads completely blocked by traffic.

Her family is considering a trip to Poltava on the Vorskla River in central Ukraine. They feel safe, but they still hesitate to leave the house.

Inside Kharkov, locals turn to stockpiling goods during the invasion, leaving supermarket shelves virtually empty.

“I went out early today, and there were so many people leaving the street, some of them went to the underground station to evacuate from air-to-air missiles,” Teresheva said. I did. “I wanted to buy water, but I was afraid that I would run out of water, so I bought a lot of food and drink. I couldn’t get anything.”

“There’s a general panic here. I’m afraid,” she said, adding that she heard multiple explosions earlier this afternoon, but things became “much quieter” this afternoon.

Telesheva said Russian troops had previously hijacked the ring road near Kharkov, but Ukrainian troops excluded them from the area.

After Putin announced earlier this week that he would recognize the independent sovereignty of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of eastern Ukraine, Russian troops arrived near the town of Schastija in the Luhansk region of Ukraine.

However, Telesheva said the area is now “safe”.

The Ukrainian Army statement On Thursday morning local time social media, “Operational information from eastern Ukraine. Two tanks and several trucks in the Russian Federation were destroyed in the Shchastya area. Follow the update.”

In the second update, officials Said“The city of happiness is under control.” Shchastya means happiness in Ukrainian.

Iuliia Mendel, a former spokesman for the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s administration Said “Ukrainian troops have regained Zumiini Island (near South Odessa),” he said on Twitter Thursday. “Mariupol and Shastia in Donbas are also under Ukrainian control.”

Telesheva said Ukrainian troops also successfully removed Russian troops from Chernihiv in northern Ukraine, where the attack was taking place today.

The Ukrainian Ministry of Interior said Thursday that at least eight people were killed and 14 were injured during an attack on a Moscow-led military unit.

The country’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, imposed nationwide martial law on Thursday morning, stating that Russia had targeted Ukraine’s military infrastructure and urged citizens to stay home as much as possible.

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

Russia has urged the United States and its allies to refuse NATO accession to Ukraine and other former Soviet countries, and to reduce the deployment of troops in Central and Eastern Europe.

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Ukrainian military vehicles will pass the Independence Square in central Kiev on February 24, 2022. (DanielLeal / AFP via Getty Images)
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Firefighters are working on a building fire after being bombed in the eastern Ukrainian town of Chuhuiv on February 24, 2022. (Aris Messinis / AFP via Getty Images)

In the accumulation of attacks, Russian state media described Moscow as: Come to rescue the war-torn area In the eastern part of Ukraine where the inhabitants were afflicted by the invasion of Ukraine.

“You paid with your blood for the pain and expectations of the last eight years,” said Anchor Olga Skabeyeva during a popular political talk show on Tuesday morning. “Russia will now defend Donbus.”

However, leaders around the world have accused Russia of “provocatively and unjustly attacking Ukraine” in the wake of the invasion.

Late Wednesday, President Joe Biden issued a statement stating that 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.”

Biden also said it would sanction two state-owned banks and the country’s sovereign debt, including banks serving Russian troops and elites close to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

In response, Russia’s ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov, said US sanctions “cannot solve the problem.”

“It’s hard to imagine anyone in Washington expecting Russia to modify its foreign policy under the threat of restrictions,” he wrote in a social media post. “I don’t remember one day our country lived without restrictions from the western world. We learned to work in such a situation. And not only survive, but our nation To develop. “

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Catabella Roberts

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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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