Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that the country managed to withstand the first wave of invasion in Russia, resulting in a pause. Outside of a real war, a war began about the damage suffered by the parties. Russian President Vladimir Putin, who announced himself in the morning about the start of a military operation, met with a meeting of big business in the evening amid a historic market collapse. Anti-war actions were held in Moscow, St. Petersburg and other Russian cities, in which mass detentions took part.
What they say in Kiev
The victims of the first day of the Russian invasions were 57 Ukrainians, another 169 wounded, reported on Thursday evening, Minister of Health of the country Viktor Lyashko.
“The Ukrainian army, border guards, police forces and special services stopped the attack of the enemy.
According to him, in the Donbass, the armed forces of Ukraine “act perfectly”, “safely leave” Kharkiv. “The most problematic situation is in the south. Our troops are fighting intense battles in the suburbs of Kherson. The enemy is pressing from the occupied Crimea, moving towards Melitopol,” Zelensky admitted.
Zelensky claims that Russian citizens were captured. Ukrainian media published a photo. Kiev also reported several downed found and helicopters and used armored vehicles. The Russian Defense Ministry denies this. The Russian media published footage of the military convoy leaving the Crimea, while the Ukrainian media published footage of disabled military detection equipment.
Even before this incident, Zelensky said on Twitter that Russian troops were carrying out the seizure of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.
Late in the evening, an adviser to the head of the presidential office, Mikhail Podolyak, said that a state-owned site had been seized in Ukraine.
“After a severe fear of our control over the Chernobyl site, the state of the facilities of the former Chernobyl nuclear power plant, confinement and nuclear waste storage,” warned Podolyak. The Russian authorities have not yet commented on this.
The President of Ukraine has been appealing all day for help to the nations, as well as to the citizens of Russia, and he calls to speak out against the war. In the morning, Zelensky announced the introduction of a warning, in the afternoon he announced a break in the investigation of their relations with Russia.
In the afternoon, a CNN correspondent took footage of a public landing at the Antonov airport near Kiev. The military themselves told the journalist that they took this airfield under control.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine told how the battle for this airport, located near the village of Gostomel, took place.
At the same time, Russian attack aircraft, fighter jets and helicopters were operating. “The brigade has regrouped. The data on losses is being specified,” the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine said.
A curfew is being held in Kyiv and Kharkiv (it will be in effect from 22:00). In cities where the authorities and the population took refuge in the subway. In the subway train surprise people so that more could find shelter there. In the afternoon, a siren sounded in Kiev, warning of an air raid, a correspondent of the Russian service of the BBC reported from the capital of Ukraine. In the morning, among the targets of Russian missile strikes were objects in the capital’s Boryspil airport.
What they say in Moscow
The collection of briefings with Zelensky and Ukrainian security officials during the day was held by the Russian Ministry of Defense. There were discovered cases of detection of only one Su-25 attack aircraft – “as a result of errors in piloting techniques.” It has already been accidentally confirmed that another aircraft – the military transport An-24 – died near Voronezh, the crew died. equipment failures were also found.
In the afternoon, the servicemen said that as a result of their strikes, 74 ground-based historical objects of Ukrainian statistics were withdrawn from the building, including 11 airfields of the Air Force, three command posts and a naval base. According to the Russian military, 18 radar stations of the S-300 and Buk-M1 air defense systems were also neutralized.
The Russian Defense Ministry says they do not strike cities, but the Ukrainian media published photos of victims among residents and reported on meetings among children around the world. In addition, according to the Ukrainian authorities, in the village of Lipetskoe in the Odessa region, 22 – 11 men and 11 women died as a result of a rocket attack on a military unit. The administration of Mariupol reported about the shelling of one of the microdistricts.
In the evening, a representative of the department, Igor Konashenkov, named new facts of attacks by 83 ground objects of historical events, two Su-27s, two Su-24s, one and four Bayraktar drones were shot down. The Ministry of Internal Affairs reported in the afternoon that 203 people had died in Russia.
All the tasks assigned to the group of troops for the day were successful – in particular, access to Kherson was secured, General Konashenkov reported (Zelensky spoke about “tense battles in the suburbs of Kherson”).
According to Moscow, the armed formations of the DPR and LPR, with fire support from Russian artillery and army aviation, managed to break through the defenses of the Ukrainian armed forces and advance 6-8 km in the area. The parties report on the battles in the city of Shchastya and Stanytsia Luhanska, but assess their outcomes differently.
“The special military operation continues,” Konashenkov said in the evening. This is the attack on Ukraine that Putin called in the TV broadcast, which aired on Thursday at six in the morning.
Putin himself explained his decision to big business, with the things he did. He called “what is happening” a “forced measure” and said “treat with understanding.” The Russian president believes that Russia remains part of the world economy.
“We will support business despite the sanctions, and you must be patriotic,” – description edition of The Bell source familiar with the conversation.
His words came against the background of an unprecedented collapse of the Russian market. During the day the shares of Russian companies collapsed by 45%. So far, the record drop – minus 20% – was in 1997. As a result of the trading day, the ruble index of the Moscow Exchange fell by 33.28%, and the RTS dollar by 39.44%. After that, it was decided to cancel the morning trading session on the stock market and the derivatives market of the Moscow Exchange.
The ruble exchange rate also collapsed, but the continuation of its fall was restrained by foreign exchange interventions of the Central Bank.
Shortly after Putin began the meeting with business, it became known that Britain had imposed sanctions on VTB and Aeroflot, as well as a ban on the export of high-tech products to Russia. The British Prime Minister called these measures tough sanctions that Russia has seen.
Later, US Joe Biden announced the blocking of sanctions by the president of VTB and other banks – as it turned out later, Otkritie, Sovcombank and Novikombank. A case has been initiated against Sberbank in relation to correspondent and payment accounts.
The US has also decided to bring in representatives of debt and equity financing from the US presence. They are prohibited from new debt obligations and shares of Gazprom, Rostelecom, RusHydro, Alrosa, Sovcomflot, Russian Railways, as well as Alfa-Bank and Moscow Credit Bank. A ban on the amount of debt for a period of assistance for more than 14 days.
In the morning, the Kremlin deals with the journalistic initiatives that are pursuing Putin by attacking Ukraine. The most quoted phrase of the press secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov was the words that Russia intends to “cleanse” Ukraine from “pro-Nazi-minded people and ideology.”
Peskov did not rule out the possibility of dealing with Kiev, but spoke about this in Putin’s Supreme Ultimatum on the “demilitarization” of Ukraine. When asked about the timing of the “military operation,” he did not.
Meanwhile, in Russia, there are not very common, but still well-known anti-war actions, which Zelensky calls for in his video messages. They are expected beyond the Urals and by the evening are expected in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Human rights activists have calculated that police have detained more protesters in the country.
Cultural figures also spoke out against the war. “The outbreak of the war between Russia and Ukraine is a shame. and others.
Russian television, as the BBC found out, in its programs.
What do they say in the West
Western leaders unanimously condemned the second and court session to involve Moscow in the sessions.
In particular, Czech President Milos Zeman, who until now suspected of sympathy for Putin, said: “A few days ago I said that the Russians were not crazy and would not attack Ukraine. building from it not only words, but also the impact of measures.
Putin has chosen a path of bloodshed and destruction by launching an unprovoked attack on Ukraine, British Prime Minister Johnson has said. Joe Biden, announcing sanctions for the invasion, said that Putin’s aggression would cost Russia dearly. The President of the United States is no longer going to do important work with him.