UPDATE: All developments of Russia's "special military operation" in Ukraine

President Putin warned other countries that any attempt to interfere in Russia's actions would lead to "consequences they have never seen before".

President Putin warned other countries that any attempt to interfere in Russia's actions would lead to "consequences they have never seen before".


On February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced he had ordered the Russian Army to conduct a special operation in the Donbass after the two breakaway republics asked Moscow for military assistance against what they said. is an increase in "Ukrainian aggression".

Below are the main developments in chronological order of events reported to date.

03:00 GMT - Russian President Putin announces an attack on eastern Ukraine

Putin announced a Russian attack on the Donbass and called on Ukrainian troops to lay down their weapons.

The Russian leader warned other countries that any attempt to interfere in Russia's military action would lead to "consequences they have never seen before".

Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses the nation on recognition of the independence of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk Peoples Republics on February 21, 2022. Photo: TASS
Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses the nation on recognition of the independence of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk Peoples Republics on February 21, 2022. Photo: TASS


03:35 GMT - International condemnation of Russia's military action

US President Joe Biden condemned Moscow's "unprovoked and unjustified" attack on Ukraine, and pledged the world would "hold Russia accountable".

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg also reiterated Biden's statement, while UN chief Antonio Guterres said: "President Putin, in the name of humanity, bring your troops back to Russia."

In a phone call to Ukrainian President Zelenskyy, Mr. Biden also pledged to support Ukraine and its people.

03:46 GMT - First explosions recorded in Mariupol, eastern Ukraine

04 GMT - Ukraine's Ministry of Infrastructure announces the evacuation of passengers and staff from Kiev airport

04:15 GMT - Explosions are heard near the capital Kiev and elsewhere

Al Jazeera TV channel reported that at least seven "loud bangs" were heard in the Ukrainian capital, near Boryspil international airport.

In the east, several people heard shelling in Donetsk, controlled by pro-Russian rebels, as well as explosions near Kharkiv.

Map of explosions and troop movements in Ukraine
Map of explosions and troop movements in Ukraine

04:30 GMT - Ukraine claims Russia has launched "a full-scale invasion"

Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said that Russia has launched a "full-scale invasion" of Ukraine and is attacking cities with its air force.

04:41 GMT - The mayor of Kiev urged residents to stay indoors after explosions were heard in the capital.

04:45 GMT - Ukraine shuts down all of its airspace in response to Russian military activity in the Donbass.

05:00 GMT - Russia claims to attack only military targets in Kiev

Russian Ambassador to the UN Vassily Nebenzia told an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council that Moscow's military action against Ukraine was aimed solely at the military forces in power in Kiev.

"I would like to conclude that we are not aggressing against the Ukrainian people, but against the government in power in Kiev," said Vassily Nebenzia.

Several explosions rocked the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv. Photo: Reuters
Several explosions rocked the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv. Photo: Reuters

05 GMT - Russian-backed separatists say they attacked Ukrainian-controlled town

Russian-backed separatists say they have launched attacks on the Ukrainian town of Shchastia in Luhansk province and against Ukrainian forces along the demarcation line in Donetsk.

05:25 GMT - Russia claims to attack Ukrainian military facilities with "precision weapons"

"The military infrastructure, air defense bases, military airfields and aviation of the Ukrainian Armed Forces are being neutralized with high-precision weapons," the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement obtained by the Russian Defense Ministry. Russian news agency.

5:30 GMT - Russia suspends flights at domestic airports near the Ukraine border until March 2.

05:45 GMT - Ukraine says eastern units are under heavy shelling

Ukraine's Defense Minister said that Ukrainian units, military control centers and airfields in the east of the country are under intense Russian shelling.

06:00 GMT - Ukraine announces Russian Army troops attacking from Belarus

The Ukrainian border service said that the Russian military attacked Ukraine from Belarus as well as from Russian territory.

06:05 GMT - Ukrainian President Zelenskyy declares martial law

Zelenskyy, in a brief nationwide address, said “Russia has carried out attacks on our military infrastructure and border guards” and introduced martial law. throughout Ukraine.

6:15 GMT - Poland says it wants NATO's eastern flank to be strengthened

A Polish government spokesman said Poland will make a decision on strengthening NATO's eastern flank after Russia's attack on Ukraine.

“Now is the time to fortify NATO's eastern flank. We expect such decisions to be made,” spokesman Piotr Muller said.

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06:20 GMT - Russia says it has crippled Ukraine's air defenses

The Russian Defense Ministry says that it attacked military infrastructure at Ukrainian air bases and weakened Ukraine's air defenses. These claims cannot be independently verified.

The Russian Defense Ministry also denied that one of its planes was shot down over Ukraine.

06:48 GMT - Separatist forces claim capture of Ukrainian towns

Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine say they have captured the towns of Shchastia and Stanytsia Luhanska in the Ukrainian territory of Luhansk.

Ukrainian officials have not commented on this.

07:00 GMT - Ukraine claims to have shot down Russian plane

The Ukrainian military said it shot down five Russian warplanes and a helicopter in the Luhansk region. Information cannot be independently verified.

07:15 GMT - Ukraine says Russian military hardware infiltrates from Crimea

Ukraine believes that Russia has moved military equipment into the country from the Crimean Peninsula and that Russia has shelled the country as far as Lviv region in western Ukraine.

Russian military vehicle
Russian military vehicle

07:15 GMT -Ukraine says at least 8 people have been killed by Russian shelling while border guards say Russian units have crossed the border into Ukraine

According to Reuters news agency, at least eight people were killed and nine injured by Russian shelling.

The Ukrainian border guard said that Russian military units alone crossed the Ukrainian border into the Chernihiv, Kharkiv and Luhansk regions.

07:44 GMT - Russia-backed separatists say the goal is to capture parts of Ukraine

A leader of Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine said their main goal is to regain control of all of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions, where Ukraine's breakaway territories are located, Interfax news agency reported. surname.

08:25 GMT - Security camera footage shows Russian military vehicles entering Ukraine from the Crimean Peninsula

08:48 GMT - Kiev calls on anyone who can take up arms to join forces to defend the territory

Ukraine's Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said that anyone who is willing and able to take up arms can join the ranks of the forces defending the territory. Ukrainian police also said that they would distribute weapons to veterans.

09:00 GMT - Mayor Mariupol says three "moderate people" were killed in a village near the airport

Mariupol Mayor Vadym Boychenko said three "moderate people" were killed in Russian attacks on the city's airport.

“I want to reassure you that our military morale is at its highest. No one will hand over Mariupol, we will protect our city and our land.”

09:30 GMT - Ukrainian President Zelenskyy calls on the people to fight

The President of Ukraine called on all citizens who are ready to defend the country to move forward and that Kyiv will give weapons to all who want them.

Zelenskyy also called on the Russians to take to the streets to protest the war.

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