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Russian President Vladimir Putin announced February 24 Russian “military operation” in Ukraine. Putin said the operation was aimed at “demilitarizing and denationalizing” the country. Ballistic missile explosions reported near the capital of Ukraine Kiev and other cities early in the morning.
Seeking to avoid war with Russia, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called for peace and respect for sovereignty in building a future for both nations. Explosions and attacks reported in more than a dozen Ukrainian cities when the Russian military invaded Ukraine.
Ukrainians are trying to evacuate in urban areas
Air raid sirens sounded all over Kiev and Lvivthat forced many residents to hide in subway stations and underground shelters. There were long queues at ATMs, grocery stores and bus stations as people tried to prepare for the shortage and evacuate to safer areas of the country.
It is reported that gas mains have also been formed in eastern Ukraine station as machines prepare to escape rural towns. Many highways leading to Kiev are congested due to the large number of people fleeing the city.
There are Ukraine, Moldova and regions of several border countries closed their airspace on commercial flights from 24 February. Government officials in Ukraine have said explosions have taken place at several airports near Kyiv. Passengers and staff allegedly started evacuation from Boryspil International Airport is in Kiev, and the Russian military is said to have taken Antonov airport. Winged rocket reportedly hit another international airport in Ivano-Frankivsk.
Some families hid in basements shortly after reports of explosions, Fr. tweet Luke Harding, a reporter for The Guardian.
It was reported that there was an apartment complex in Kharkiv hit as a result of an air strike that killed a young boy. As of February 24, there are currently reports of more than 40 Ukrainian soldiers killed in conflict.
Preparations for the refugee crisis are beginning in the border countries
Ukraine’s population of almost 44 million is one of the highest in Europe, and thousands of refugees have already escaped to avoid the Russian invasion. Due to heavy traffic across the country, some refugees have decided to walk to the border, according to the BBC.
The Polish government is there working on setup Refugee reception centers – several have already been set up near the border to accommodate thousands of expected refugees.
“Establishing camps, if necessary, in places like Poland would be much more imperative than planning to resettle refugees at this emergency,” said Bill Frelik, director of the Human Rights Watch refugee program. This was reported by a New York Times journalist.
President of Moldova Maya Sandu wrote on Twitter on February 24 that more than 4,000 Ukrainian refugees arrived at the temporary accommodation center in Palanka and Ocnita. Sandu said Moldova would keep its borders open to any Ukrainian citizen seeking asylum.
600,000 refugees expected arrival in Hungary across the eastern border with Ukraine, according to the Hungarian Defense Forces. Military forces from Hungary have been transferred to the border.
Anti-war protests are taking place in Russia
Thousands of anti-war protesters gathered in the streets various Russian cities on February 24 to condemn Putin for the invasion. At least 1788 protesters were reportedly arrested for countering the invasion as of February 24, there were about 1,000 people in Moscow alone.
Russian police can be seen in the videos uploaded to social networks kicks and kicks some protesters when they arrest them. Russian government warned its citizens legal consequences if they joined demonstrations related to the “tense foreign policy situation”.
“We need to be aware of the negative legal consequences of these actions in the form of criminal prosecution,” the Investigative Committee said.
Elena Chernenko, correspondent of the business newspaper “Kommersant”. started a petition against the invasion, which was signed by more than 100 journalists. Russian human rights activist Maryna Litvinovich condemned the attacks and encouraged protests in a video statement. Shortly afterwards, she was arrested near her home.
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