(UPDATED 11:06PM) Bombardment Continues As Russian Army Enters Kharkov, Ukraine’s Second Largest City
Russian President Putin announced the invasion of Ukraine late Wednesday night, and immediately followed it with action. The following is a summary of incidents, numbers and breaking news on the war.
This article will be updated throughout the day as information becomes available.
11:06pm: Analysis from Senator Marco Rubio – “This is the most dangerous moment in 60 years #Putin’s is facing a humiliating military fiasco & he has triggered extraordinary consequences on #Russia’s economy & people that will not be easy to reverse And his only options to reset this imbalance are catastrophic ones.”
10:49pm: Ukraine’s Interior Ministry says 352 Ukrainian civilians have been killed during Russia’s invasion, including 14 children. It says an additional 1,684 people, including 116 children, have been wounded.
The ministry’s statement Sunday does not give any information on casualties among Ukraine’s armed forces.
10:45pm: Belarus renounces it’s non-nuclear status after a referendum today, allowing the Russians to base nuclear weapons in the country.
6:20pm: General Update:
- Russia and Ukraine to hold talks on Monday morning.
- Around 4,300 Russian soldiers have died in Ukraine war so far.
- A convoy of over 3 miles of troop and fuel tanks is heading towards Kyiv.
- Russian forces have not captured any cities in Ukraine with over 250,000 people.
- U.S. Embassy urges all Americans in Russia to leave immediately while flights are still available.
- Russian Airline Aeroflot cancels all flights to European destinations.
- “Overwhelming majority” of EU states support proposal to let Ukrainian refugees stay for at least 3 years; formal decision soon.
- Russian forces have seized control of the port city of Berdiansk in southeast Ukraine.
- The Russian Ruble is down 20% in early trading and at a new record low against the US dollar.
4:01pm: New York Gov Kathy Hochul announced that the state will end and divest all investments in Russia.
3:58pm: Ukrainian Ministry of Health says 352 civilians, including 14 children, have died in the Russian attack on Ukraine so far.
2:58pm: FedEx and UPS have suspended shipments into Russia amid the country’s invasion of Ukraine.
2:57pm: The mayor of Kyiv says the city is now surrounded by Russian forces, making it impossible for citizens to evacuate.
12:27pm: Ukraine reports damage to two nuclear waste sites. According to initial reporting, there is no significant radiation leaks.
12:00pm: The official government account of Ukraine confirms that the sole An-225 Mriya, the world’s largest operational aircraft, has been destroyed by the Russians.
11:56am: The EU bans all “Russian-owned, Russian registered or Russian-controlled aircraft” from landing, taking off or flying over its airspace.
10:46am: SpaceX founder Elon Musk announced on Saturday that SpaceX’s Starlink satellite broadband service has been activated in Ukraine to provide high speed internet.
10:40am: Ukrainian and Russian officials will meet for talks at a venue on the Belarusian border with Ukraine, President Volodymyr Zelensky’s office said on Sunday.
10:00am: Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered his military’s nuclear deterrent forces on high alert.
9:20am: The Israeli government has published the following communication about a rescue of Israeli’s in Ukraine.
The Israeli embassy in Poland last night rescued 60 Israeli civilians through the Korczowa crossing in Poland in a rescue operation that lasted more than 12 hours.
The Israeli diplomats, from the Israeli embassies in Ukraine and Poland and recovering diplomats who came from the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem and from Israeli missions in Europe, crossed the border four times throughout the night and rescued the Israelis including women, children and students who needed medical assistance.
The event was conducted by the Foreign Ministry Lt. Col., which was established in the border town of Peshmerga.
9:10am: In an unconfirmed report, claims were made that the Ukrainian military has “neutralized” the Chechen general, Magomed Tushayev. Apparently, he could have been killed near Kiev, in the area known as Hostome. Tushayev He was in charge of the 141 motorized regiment of the so-called Kadyrov guard: one of the most elite units in Chechnya and whose contingent would be made up of about 400 men.
9:00am: Intel and AMD announce they will stop supplying microchips to Russia.
8:00am: A recent order to Russian military leaders has sparked a warning from the US.
Marco Rubio posted that officers should “think very carefully before following the orders they recently received.”
“Putin is 2 years shy of the life expectancy of a Russian male and you will spend the rest of your lives evading an international tribunal for committing his crimes.”
7:00am: As per US Intelligence Chair Marco Rubio, we know what Putin’s plan was:
- air dominance in first 12 hours
- Destroy #Ukraine military comms in 36 hours
- Bypass major urban areas, cut off Eastern Army, encircle Kyiv & get govt to flee within 48 hours
- Install puppet govt within 72 hours
He is still 0 for 4
Updates from 2/26/22
9:00pm: The United Nations says it has confirmed at least 240 civilian casualties, including at least 64 people killed, in the fighting in Ukraine that erupted since Russia’s invasion on Thursday — though it believed the “real figures are considerably higher” because many reports of casualties remain to be confirmed.
7:44pm: Further Updates:
-Russia’s government portal is facing cyberattacks on an “unprecedented scale,” ministry says; multiple websites, including the Kremlin are down.
-Nearly 120,000 Ukrainians have fled the country so far, seeking refuge from fighting.
-Ukraine official says about 3,500 Russian soldiers killed or injured so far.
-Several European nations have banned Russia from their airspace.
-Over 3,000 detained for anti-war protests in Russia since Thursday.
-Zelensky asks UN to strip Russia of its security council vote.
-YouTube blocks RT, other Russian channels from generating revenue.
7:22pm: Russian state TV channels have been hacked by Anonymous to broadcast what is happening in Ukraine.
7:00pm: Analysis done by the UK Defense Ministry reveals that the speed of the Russian invasion has been temporarily slowed as a result of acute logistical difficulties and a strong Ukrainian resistance.
-Germany agrees to send 1,000 anti-tank weapons and 500 Stinger missiles to help Ukraine.
-Netherlands agrees to send 50 Panzerfaust-3 anti-tank weapons and 400 rockets to Ukraine.
-Russian artillery fire has struck Kyiv’s children’s cancer hospital Okhmadyt, killing one child and wounding two, along with two adults.
-The United States will transfer an unnamed number of “Stinger” air defense systems to Kyiv as part of a new $350 million arms shipment to Ukraine.
-Delta Air Lines has suspended its partnership with Russian national airline Aeroflot following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
-US allies agree to remove ‘selected’ Russian banks from the international SWIFT messaging system.
-A Russian missile just hit an oil depot in Vasilkov, not far from Kyiv, creating an explosion clearly seen from the city.
Updates from 2/25/22
2:20pm: General Update: Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Malyar Numbers update:
Russian forces had suffered the following losses:
Tanks – up to 80
Aircraft – 10
Helicopters – 7
Personnel – 2,800
Armored combat vehicles of different types – 516
- US Defense official says Russian military has lost some momentum and is facing more resistance than it expected.
- UK Prime Minister Johnson says It is now impossible to normalize relations with Russia after the events in Ukraine.
- For the first time ever, the NATO Response Force has been activated as a defensive measure in response to Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine.
- Large convoy of lethal NATO supplies just crossed the border into Ukraine. Poland’s Minister of Defence Mariusz Błaszczak shared this picture.
- Kyiv mayor says situation is “threatening” with Russian troops close to the capital: “This night, in the morning, will be very difficult”
- Russia will not be participating in Eurovision Song Contest 2022.
- NATO Secretary General warns cyber attacks can trigger Article 5.
12:22pm: Chechen special forces are reportedly making their way to Ukraine to hunt down the Ukrainian government officials.
12:21pm: 18,000 rifles distributed to cvilians as the Russian offensive enters Kiev proper.
9:51am: President Zelenskiy says that 137 Ukrainians have been killed and another 316 wounded since the Russian invasion began.
8:59am: General Update:
- US intelligence officials are concerned Kyiv could fall under Russian control within days.
- Russian forces have moved to within 20 miles of the capital. But Ukrainian military putting up stiff resistance.
- U.K. Defence Minister says he estimates that 450 Russian soldiers were killed in first day of fighting.
- 18,000 assault rifles distributed to residents in Kyiv.
- Russian FM Lavrov says Moscow would be ready to negotiate with Ukraine once the Ukrainian military lays down its weapons.
8:50am: Bridge near Kyiv blown up to prevent it from being used by Russian forces.
Updates from Thursday 8/24/22
8:40pm: Earlier on today, 13 Ukrainian border guards were killed in the Russian take-over of Snake Island in the Black Sea, near the Romanian border.
3:08pm: At least 57 Ukrainians were killed and 169 injured as a result of Russia’s harsh attacks today. (Health Minister)
1:25pm: General Update:
- Russian army has seized control of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.
- UK to ban aeroflot aircraft from landing in UK.
- The Russian army have seized Antonov’s airport of Hostomel, 20km of Kyiv
- Biden and G7 leaders have agreed on a package of sanctions and other economic measures
1:18pm: Russia plans to encircle #Kyiv, force the legitimate govt of #Ukraine to flee & install “Vichy Ukranian”puppets
Key to this plan is a large #Russian Airborne Forces operation
We may see an attempt to execute on that operation within a matter of hours #UkraineRussiaConflict
11:54am: Switzerland imposes sanctions against three Russian banks and 361 deputies of the Russian Duma, President of the Swiss Confederation Ignazio Cassis announced.
11:50am: General Update
- Ukrainian Army calls on reservists and “and all those who can hold weapons” to attack invading Russian forces.
- Russian Ministry of Defence said it had destroyed 74 Ukrainian above-ground military facilities, including 11 aerodromes.
- City of Kyiv warns that there is a threat of airstrikes on the city, when hearing sirens go to a bomb shelter.
- NATO chief says no ‘plans’ to send alliance troops to Ukraine.
- UK PM calls Putin a ‘dictator’, Ukraine invasion a ‘hideous and barbaric venture’.
- Israel condemns Russian invasion as breach of world ‘order.
- Advisor to Ukrainian interior ministry says Russian forces entered Chernobyl and that fighting there destroyed a nuclear waste storage facility.
- Ukraine’s President Zelensky says that Russia is attempting to capture Chernobyl nuclear plant. He further says “This is a declaration of war on the whole of Europe.”
- The Mayor of Ukraine’s capital Kyiv announced a curfew from 10:00 PM to 7:00 AM.
- A senior U.S. defense official tells Reuters that assessment is that Russia has every intention of basically decapitating Ukrainian government.
- US official says that Russia used about 75 aircraft during initial phase of assault on Ukraine.
9:00am: Latest numbers and info:
- 40 Ukrainian soldiers killed
- 50 Russian soldiers killed
- 6 Russian planes shot down by Ukraine
- UK’s Boris Johnson calls an emergency NATO summit
- Ukraine cuts diplomatic ties with Russia.
7:00am: Russian Tanks in Khakhova, Ukraine.
5:00am: Israel releases Notice to citizens in Ukraine:
A few hours ago a new and difficult phase began in the war in Ukraine. The airspace in the country was closed and all flights were canceled. The Foreign Ministry calls on Israeli citizens in the country to leave Ukraine immediately to neighboring countries to the west, depending on the security situation. The Foreign Ministry calls on Israeli citizens in Ukraine to follow the reports in the media and to obey the instructions of the local security forces.
Israeli embassies in the area have sent representatives to major border crossings according to the list below.
The following is a list of border crossings where our people will be stationed:
Medyka border crossing to Poland
Vysne Nemescke crossing the border into Slovakia
Zahony border crossing to Hungary
Sighet border crossing to Romania
Later in the day, we will also present an Israeli representative in Moldova at the Planca border crossing
Citizens who need assistance or guidance are invited to contact the State Department’s situation room at 02-52303155
The telephone number of the office in Lvov: + 380935402099
You can also continue to contact the hot lines of the embassy:
3536 770 67 380+
4216 770 67 380+
We call on Israeli citizens who are in Ukraine to register at the following link:
2:00am: Russian strikes are now being reported in Ukraine’s neighbor Moldova, including in the capital city of Chişinău.
1:00am: Footage of Russian paratroopers parachuting down near Kharkiv, Ukraine.
Updates from Wednesday 2/23/22
11:11pm: According to Marco Rubio: Long range missile launches from #Russia are now underway. They are headed towards various pre-selected military sites throughout #Ukraine
10:58pm: NATO responds to Russia Invasion:
I strongly condemn Russia’s reckless and unprovoked attack on Ukraine, which puts at risk countless civilian lives. Once again, despite our repeated warnings and tireless efforts to engage in diplomacy, Russia has chosen the path of aggression against a sovereign and independent country.
This is a grave breach of international law, and a serious threat to Euro-Atlantic security. I call on Russia to cease its military action immediately and respect Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. NATO Allies will meet to address the consequences of Russia’s aggressive actions. We stand with the people of Ukraine at this terrible time. NATO will do all it takes to protect and defend all Allies.
10:44pm: According to Marco Rubio, Russia is now working on:
-establishing air superiority via targeted surgical strikes
-a pincer movement to trap Ukrainian forces in the east & cut them off from #Kyiv
-finally attempt to decapitate Ukrainian govt by targeting govt buildings,leaders & command & control systems
-Russia’s airborne forces are attempting to take control of the airport in #Kyiv to they can fly in forces to occupy the capitol city
-An amphibious assault on the key port city of #Mariupol is now underway
-Ground forces now moving in from Belarus,Crimea & from #Russia
10:31pm: US President Biden has released the following statement on the Ukraine invasion:
The prayers of the entire world are with the people of Ukraine tonight as they suffer an unprovoked and unjustified attack by Russian military forces. President Putin has chosen a premeditated war that will bring a catastrophic loss of life and human suffering. Russia alone is responsible for the death and destruction this attack will bring, and the United States and its Allies and partners will respond in a united and decisive way. The world will hold Russia accountable.
I will be monitoring the situation from the White House this evening and will continue to get regular updates from my national security team. Tomorrow, I will meet with my G7 counterparts in the morning and then speak to the American people to announce the further consequences the United States and our Allies and partners will impose on Russia for this needless act of aggression against Ukraine and global peace and security. We will also coordinate with our NATO Allies to ensure a strong, united response that deters any aggression against the Alliance. Tonight, Jill and I are praying for the brave and proud people of Ukraine.
10:28pm: Reports of Explosions in Kiev.
10:21pm: Ukrainian air defenses engaging targets in Ukrainian airspace.
10:00pm: Breaking: massive explosions just now in Kramatorsk. At least four. Very big.
10:00pm: Putin just spoke live on TV: Announced ‘special operation’ in Donbass, eastern Ukraine. Calls on Ukrainian service members to ‘lay down their arms and go home’. Russia does not plan to “occupy” Ukraine. Russia’s response to outside interference will be terrible:
9:50pm: The airspace above Ukraine is cleared of all civilian aircraft.