Russia’s War on Ukraine: The First Day

Russian President Vladimir Putin. Photo by Kremlin.ru

Weeks of diplomatic stalemate have come to an end as Russia launched missile strikes throughout the entire country of Ukraine. Russia has launched “in total more than 160 missiles for airstrikes,” a senior US defense official told reporters Thursday.

Russian forces have seized control of Chernobyl nuclear power plant in northern Ukraine. Earlier Thursday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky warned Russia would attempt to do so. “Russian occupation forces are trying to seize the Chernobyl (nuclear power plant). Our defenders are sacrificing their lives so that the tragedy of 1986 will not be repeated,” Zelensky tweeted.” This is a declaration of war against the whole of Europe.”

Russian troops have also taken control of Antonov Airport, which is less than 10 miles from Kyiv. Ukrainian military is reportedly staging a counteroffensive to take the airport back.

Ukraine’s Minister of Healthcare Viktor Lyashko said there have been at least 57 people killed and 169 people injured, including both combat and non-combat injuries.

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World leaders immediately responded with a deluge of sanctions.

Russia’s Declaration

Putin appeared on television just before 6:00am local time, after which the shelling began almost immediately. Despite claiming he did not intend to occupy Ukraine, he stated:

“Circumstances require us to take decisive and immediate action. The People’s Republics of Donbas turned to Russia with a request for help. In this regard, in accordance with Article 51, part 7 of the UN Charter, with the sanction of the Federation Council and in pursuance of the friendship treaties ratified by the Federal Assembly and mutual assistance with the DPR and LPR, I have decided to conduct a special military operation.”

The UN Security Council immediately called an emergency meeting. Russia’s ambassador to the UN, Vasily Alekseevich Nebenzya, put the blame solely on Ukraine while defending Russia’s actions.

“The root of today’s crisis around Ukraine is the actions of Ukraine itself, who for many years were sabotaging its obligations under the (Minsk agreement),” said Nebenzya. He claimed that Russia would protect residents in the separatist pro-Moscow regions of eastern Ukraine, “who for eight years have been cowering from Ukraine’s shelling.”

He also said, “Ukrainian provocation against those in Donbas not only has not stopped but has intensified,” which prompted separatist leaders in the regions of Luhansk and Donetsk to request Russian assistance.

 

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Max
Max
4 months ago

Who cares about Chernobyl, it is nothing but a radioactive wasteland due to the powerplants melt down in the 80’s. The whole power plant has been a wasteland ever since and their military is in danger long term now……This would be a great place to send the DEMOCRAP PARTYY TO IN NOVEMBER….The END OF THE DEMOCRATE PARTY AS WE KNOW IT…..TOTAL BLOODBATH

Donald
Donald
4 months ago

While I do not advocate this I do think it would be fair. In 1995 Ukraine agreed to send its 1,900 nuclear warheads to Russia in exchange for lifelong peace. So, to be fair the world should call for a true between Russia and the Ukraine until a peaceful transfer of the warheads back to Ukrain can be completed with some additional peace time to allow Ukraine to weaponize the warheads. Fair is fair. Russia agreed to take the warheads and should return them with additional time granted for Ukrain to make them ready for use. I am fervently against nuclear war, but realize the deterrent factor thar they represent. Putin and Russia are guilty of war crimes by invading Ukrain in spite of their lasting compact with Ukrain. The USA under Clinton arranged the peace for warheads treaty and now we do have a moral obligation to do more to help Ukraine than Biden hasxsaid we will do so far.

Jose U Lucero
Jose U Lucero
4 months ago
Reply to  Donald

Economic sanctions have to be tried first, secondly, the higher ups who make the decisions should be targeted. More than likely foot soldiers will have to go to battle. What is left is nuclear war an armageddon resulting in destruction of our earth as we know it. All because the madman putin wants more power. a big question is will trump join his buddy and benefactor putin?

Bradford Honigsberg
Bradford Honigsberg
4 months ago

NOTHING LESS THAN TREASON – OPINION

We have not declared war on Russia, but Russia (Putin) has declared war against us, our freedom, and our democracy.

Both Russian and Chinese leaders expect a ‘Bang for their bucks’. They do not give away large amounts of cash because they think particular Americans are deserving of those funds just because they are breathing. You know who and what I am talking about.  

Our country, our military, and our economy run on petroleum, not windmill power or sunshine power. The only sunshine afoot here is the sunshine being blown up our skirts. 

We are importing millions of gallons of Putin’s crude oil and have canceled our own oil drilling leases, closed off public lands’ drilling, and our connection with the Canadian petroleum pipeline. We make Russia strong at our own peril. Putin is getting rich because we forsake our own country and people. In this travesty our current leadership is overtly complicit. 

We have a very DIRTY selling of office, influence, and ‘Blind-eye-turning’ happening now in real time in this nation. Our country has been sold out and our word to the Ukrainians has been sold out. We promised to ‘Have-Their-Backs’ if they agreed to give up their nukes. We double crossed them. We are complicit and WE ARE DIRTY!  We have lost credibility. No one will ever believe us again; Ukrainians will be first in line for that list.

We should be choking the snake that attacks and hates us, not feeding it. This affront is in our face, blatant, and cannot be denied. The big question s WHY are we not turning on our own petroleum spickit? This is unforgivable and disgusting pertaining to America’s best interests.

This is NOTHING LESS THAN TREASONEOUS ! 

My opinion as an American.

Brad Honigsberg

 

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
4 months ago

The Mirror War since mirrors WW2:
o Blitz into Ukraine
o citizens hide in subways
Rerun WW2 on those points

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