Initially, many associated the military exercises scheduled for February 2022 by Russia and Belarus with the referendum. But, as the practice has shown, the referendum was not a reason, and the real reason was a completely mad usurper who fancied himself a “collector of Russian lands.” As we know, appetite appears during meals — the dictator’s appetite is immeasurable.
The escalation of the conflict around Ukraine has reached a new level literally in the last few days. Ukraine has not just found itself in the spotlight of the world community. Politicians and diplomats are not just expressing concern — the imposition of sanctions against Russia is happening much faster than expected. But pay attention to one fact! On November 25, 2021, the United States stated that the Russian Federation was preparing for an attack on Ukraine.
So what happened and is happening around Ukraine, on the territory of Belarus, in Russia itself? Who said or blurted out what? After all, all these events turned out to be linked in the same chain. Our chronicle begins in November 2021, when, in our opinion, words began to be accompanied by more concrete actions.
|Date||Incidents and official statements of the parties|
|02.11.2021||Russia massively transfers military equipment to the borders of Belarus and Ukraine|
|06.11.2021||The Ministry of Security announced the strengthening of air defence|
|07.11.2021||Minsk expects to receive Russian Mi-35P helicopters in 2022|
|10.11.2021||Ministry of Security: Belarus has increased its forces along the western borders and will patrol the sky with Russian bombers.
Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei called Crimea a Russian territory
Two long-range Tu-22M3 bombers of the Russian Aerospace Forces performed patrols in the airspace of Belarus today. The Defense Ministry said that now, such flights will be practiced constantly
|12.11.2021||Two Russian paratroopers died today after an accident during the landing at the Belarusian training ground
Russian paratroopers landed near Grodno. Il-76 military transport aircraft of the Russian Federation also arrived
|14.11.2021||Lukashenko said he was going to join the All-Belarusian People’s Assembly, and leave the posts of president and ministers for the “new generation”|
|23.11.2021||The Ministry of Security of Belarus promised to increase the country’s defence capability. The ministry is confident that the population of neighbouring countries is “accustomed to the idea of the inevitability of war”
On the border with Belarus, there is a joint special border operation “Polesie”, in which aviation and a drone are used
|25.11.2021||American media said that Russia is preparing for an attack on Ukraine|
|27.11.2021||The head of Ukrainian intelligence announced preparations for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine by the end of January – the beginning of February. Western media and military analysts write about the buildup of Russian troops near the borders with Ukraine|
|29.11.2021||Belarus plans to hold an exercise with Russia “to cover the southern borders”|
|30.11.2021||The United States commented on the joint exercises of Belarus and Russia to ensure the security of the republic’s borders: “We would not like to see aggressive or destabilizing actions”
Lukashenko said that he would offer Putin to return nuclear weapons to Belarus if similar NATO systems turn out to be in Poland.
Lukashenko recognized Crimea as Russian. Lukashenko told how Crimea was annexed to Russia. According to his version, the Ukrainian military “went out to the Russians, drank a glass, and a conversation ensued”
|01.12.2021||Lukashenko promised to support Russia “in case of aggression from Ukraine”
Russia supplied Belarus with the S-400 anti-aircraft missile system
Lukashenko clarified that this is not a training model but a combat-ready technique.
|04.12.2021||The border committee said that the Ukrainian helicopter violated the border with Belarus. According to preliminary information, the violation was unintentional|
|05.12.2021||Belarus handed a protest note to Ukraine in connection with “frequent violations of the state border in the airspace”|
|28.12.2021||Belarus plans to buy a new batch of Tor air defense systems from Russia. There is no talk of S-400 deliveries yet|
|04.01.2022||NATO convenes an extraordinary meeting on January 7 due to the build-up of the Russian military presence near the borders of Ukraine|
|12.01.2022||NATO Secretary General: Russia cannot veto Ukraine’s entry into the alliance
The US Senate adopted a draft of sanctions in case of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. They will affect Putin and the entire Russian leadership
|16.01.2022||Peskov responded to Russia’s accusations of a planned attack on Ukraine: “We live in a world of false accusations, fake news and a world of lies”
The Ukrainian Foreign Minister revealed a plan to “contain Russia”: diplomatic efforts, economic sanctions and in-depth defence cooperation
|17.01.2022||Lukashenko spoke about the joint exercises with Russia, held in February. He sees danger from the Baltic States, Poland, Ukraine
Belarus and Russia will conduct a “surprise check” of the combat readiness of the troops. Its main goal will be to assess readiness to perform tasks “to neutralize threats on the borders of the Union State”
The SBU reacted to Lukashenka’s statement about the buildup of Ukraine’s military contingent at the Belarusian borders: “The statements do not correspond to reality, they are political manipulation”
|18.01.2022||The Belarusian-Russian exercises “Allied Resolve – 2022” will be held from February 10 to 20, the Ministry of Defense of Belarus reports
Units of the Russian armed forces have begun arriving in Belarus as part of the inspection of the reaction forces of the Union State
|19.01.2022||The State Department is “concerned” about the Russian troops arriving in Belarus and amendments to the Constitution
Russia is increasingly developing Belarus as an operational space for its armed forces
The State Department reported that Moscow had sent more military personnel to Belarus than is necessary for standard exercises
Lithuanian Defense Minister Arvydas Anushauskas called the arrival of Russian military units on the territory of the Republic of Belarus a direct and immediate threat to Lithuania
A column of military equipment is moving from Kalinkovichi towards the border with Ukraine. Military equipment was also seen on the streets of Gomel
|20.01.2022||President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky made a video message to fellow citizens, in which he urged not to panic amid reports of possible preparations for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine
Yuri Drakohrust talks about the military exercises of Russia and Belarus. “Military control over Belarus is one of the options”
Russia reproached Ukraine for receiving military assistance from the West
|21.01.2022||Reuters has published satellite images of Russian troops near the border with Ukraine. They show a significant amount of Russian military equipment
33 echelons of military equipment arrived in Belarus in a week. In total, 200 echelons with Russian soldiers and military equipment will arrive in Belarus
|22.01.2022||The Russian Security Ministry told about the Russian-Belarusian exercises
“Fighter crews have started flying to Belarus”, they will work out flights to the maximum range, landing at Belarusian airfields
“Russia can use Lukashenka as a bad guy who will be the first to get into a fight.” It cannot be ruled out that the exercises of the Russian Federation and Belarus may turn out to be something more than just a psychological attack against Ukraine and the West
Belarusian and Russian military equipment is located along the border with Ukraine from Gomel to Lelchitsy
|23.01.2022||Ukraine has received military aid from the United States and Great Britain, including lethal weapons. Germany refused to supply weapons to Ukraine “for historical reasons”|
|24.01.2022||The State Department allowed US diplomats to leave Ukraine and ordered them to take their families out. Authorized departure allows these workers to leave if they want to
Half of the staff of the British Embassy in Ukraine are being taken out of Kyiv. Russia denies having any plans for military action in Ukraine
Lukashenko told about the US State Department’s “threats” to Belarusian diplomats: “They came to our diplomats in New York and threatened us: yes, if you allow Putin and Russia, allow this, then we will impose sanctions. If you return this nuclear weapon to Belarus, it will be this and that”
Russian military equipment has already arrived in Belarus. Tanks, infantry fighting vehicles and unique self-propelled guns
Australia has also started to remove its diplomats from Ukraine
In the EU, they do not see any reasons for evacuation
Kyiv sees no grounds for asserting a large-scale offensive against Ukraine: “It’s impossible”
|25.01.2022||The other day, Deputy head of the Lukashenka administration Olga Chupris said that the combination of the positions of the President of Belarus and the chairman of the National Assembly will be possible only for Lukashenka himself
Croatia will withdraw all its military personnel from NATO in the event of a conflict between Russia and Ukraine
Ukraine turned to the world because of the Russian military threat
|26.01.2022||Biden does not rule out sanctions against Putin in the event of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. “The world will change if Russia invades Ukraine”, Joe Biden said
Russia is transferring the latest Su-35S fighters from the Eastern Military District to Belarus
The US has threatened Belarus with a “quick and decisive response” if Minsk allows its territory to be used to attack Ukraine
NATO called on Russia to withdraw troops from Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova
“United Russia” asked Putin to start supplying military products to the “DPR” and “LPR”
|27.01.2022||The US Embassy urged Americans to leave Ukraine
The Belarusian Defense Ministry told about the Belarusian-Russian exercises: “Purely defensive in nature”
Russian equipment has arrived in Belarus for exercises in recent days. The most powerful fighters and “Iskanders”
|30.01.2022||NATO has no plans to send troops to Ukraine in case of Russian aggression: “We are focused on providing support”
Denmark has declared its readiness to provide Ukraine with weapons and military equipment
|31.01.2022||Field stations of the units of the Eastern Military District of Russia participating in the exercises have begun to be deployed in Belarus
The new Russian ambassador Boris Gryzlov has arrived in Minsk. Makei “expressed hope for his active work to further strengthen comprehensive relations between Minsk and Moscow”
Moscow called on Washington to abandon escalating tensions: “In Ukraine, people are almost collecting front-line bags”
|01.02.2022||The State Department ordered the families of diplomats to be taken out of Belarus because of the situation around Ukraine
The Russian military set up a field camp at the Brest training ground
|02.02.2022||El País has published a confidential responce from the United States and NATO to Russia’s security proposals. Called on Russia to return to compliance with the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe|
|03.02.2022||The United States plans to send almost three thousand troops to Poland and Romania. The reason is that Russia is not reducing its military presence on the border with Ukraine
The S-400 anti-aircraft missile system was delivered to Belarus. The equipment arrived in the country as part of the verification of the reaction forces of the Union State
The Belarusian Foreign Ministry accused Ukraine of purposefully launching a drone for reconnaissance over the Brest military training ground
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine reacted to the information of Belarusian colleagues: “Another provocation of the authorities in Belarus. The mythical “tones of weapons” were replaced by “drones”
NATO: the largest deployment of Russian forces since the Cold War is taking place in Belarus
|04.02.2022||Minsk and Moscow to sign agreement on military-technical cooperation
USA: In case of participation in Russian aggression against Ukraine, Belarus will face the same consequences as Russia
|05.02.2022||On the eve of joint exercises with Belarus, the Russian military is engaged in patrolling on bombers and an excursion to Khatyn|
|06.02.2022||“In case of military actions in the Donbas, the Belarusian army will behave “like the Russian one,” Lukashenko said|
|07.02.2022||The US military began arriving in Poland because of the situation around Ukraine|
|08.02.2022||Biden promised that in the incident of a Russian invasion of Ukraine, there would be no more Nord Stream-2
Ukraine will hold its military exercises across the country simultaneously with the Belarusian-Russian “Allied Determination”
|10.02.2022||The joint exercise “Allied Determination” with Russia officially begins in Belarus. According to legend, the “Republic of Polesie” and the “Northern Federation” will oppose the Western coalition|
|11.02.2022||The Ministry of Security told the plan for the second day of the exercises. Saboteurs are being searched for near Gomel, and airstrikes are being repelled beyond Rechitsa
Russian military equipment was found far from the landfills where the exercises “Allied Determination — 2022” are planned
Ukraine demanded that Russia explain its military activity at the border
The Belarusian authorities provided explanations to the Baltic States about military activities on Belarusian territory in accordance with the OSCE Vienna Document
Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council: Ukraine does not intend to return the territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions by military means
|12.02.2022||The embassies of eight other countries urged citizens to “immediately leave” Ukraine. Norway advised not to go to Belarus as well
According to the statements of Ukrainian citizens, Russian diplomats and employees of consulates in Ukraine began to leave for Russia.
The US Secretary of State warned Russia of a “decisive, large-scale response in the event of aggression against Ukraine”
What do Ukrainian officials say about a possible Russian invasion? “There will be no repeat of 2014”
Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation about the situation on the border with Ukraine. The White House and the Kremlin told about its details
“If Russia undertakes a further invasion of Ukraine, the United States, together with our allies and partners, will respond decisively.”
|13.02.2022||Reuters reported on the departure of the OSCE mission staff from the DPR
Zelensky’s adviser commented on the potential closure of the sky over Ukraine: “This is nonsense. Ukraine does not see the point in this”
Latvia and Poland are preparing for the refugees from Ukraine after a conflict with Russia
Ukraine recommends avoiding flights over part of the Black Sea due to Russian exercises
Ukraine has requested a meeting with OSCE countries within 48 hours: “To discuss the movement of Russian troops”
Canada is moving part of its military from Ukraine “to another place in Europe.” An official statement about this was published by the Department of National Defense of Canada
|14.02.2022||President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky invited his American counterpart Joe Biden to visit Kyiv in the coming days
Oligarchs and businessmen leave Ukraine by charter flights
Norwegian Airline suspends flights over Ukraine
The Defense Ministers of Belarus and Ukraine discussed the situation in the region: “Any threats or provocations are excluded”
|15.02.2022||Zelensky appointed Unity Day for the alleged date of the “invasion of Russia”: “We have never been able to give up and are not going to learn it”
The US temporarily closes the embassy in Kyiv and transfers diplomatic staff to Lviv
The Ukrainian military does not record a sharp increase in the number of Russian troops at the border. Currently, there are about 120 thousand of them
The Russian Security Ministry announced the return of troops from the border regions with Ukraine
Putin: Russia does not want war, the Donbas problem should be solved within the framework of the Minsk agreements, and the issue of Ukraine and NATO should be solved “right now”
|16.02.2022||Ukraine has requested international assistance from NATO in case of large-scale emergencies
Makei assured that Russian troops will be withdrawn from the territory of Belarus: “Not a single serviceman will remain”
NATO does not see a real de-escalation on the part of Russia and the withdrawal of troops from the Ukrainian borders
Belarus invites Germany to observe the exercises “Allied Determination”
|17.02.2022||Lithuania has transferred part of the staff of its embassy in Ukraine from Kyiv to Lviv
Lukashenko: It is possible to return the Russian military to the places of permanent deployment in a day, but they will be in Belarus “as long as it is necessary”
Ukraine and the self-proclaimed DPR and LPR announced the aggravation in the Donbass
The Minister of Defense of Ukraine told what he talked about with his Belarusian counterpart Khrenin: “Belarusians are frightened by terrible Ukraine and the fact that we are almost preparing military offensive operations”
Lukashenko said that nuclear weapons will be deployed in Belarus only in case of threats from the West: “We will also deploy super-nuclear, promising ones to protect our territory”
On February 17 and February 19, the Russian military will conduct live firing in Belarus. After the completion of the exercises, they will return to their permanent bases
Lukashenko chastised a CNN journalist who asked about the attack on Ukraine
The NATO Secretary-General spoke about the situation in the region: “We call on Russia to do what it says – withdraw its troops from the borders of Ukraine. It will be an important first step towards a peaceful settlement.”
The US Secretary of State spoke about Russia’s possible provocations against Ukraine. According to him, Russia may invade Ukraine under the pretext of protecting Russian citizens or ethnic Russians.
|18.02.2022||The authorities of the self-proclaimed DPR and LPR organized a mass centralized departure of the population to Russia. According to their information, Ukraine is preparing “for the forceful seizure of Donbass” and is increasing the number of military personnel and lethal weapons along the entire contact line|
|19.02.2022||US President Joe Biden said that Vladimir Putin has already decided to invade Ukraine. According to intelligence, it will begin in the coming days
The heads of the self-proclaimed LPR and the DPR signed decrees on general mobilization and banned the departure of men from 18 to 55 years old
The military from Lithuania and Latvia came to Belarus to observe the Belarusian-Russian exercises
Ukraine and the self-proclaimed LPR and DPR accuse each other of shelling — there are already dead and wounded. In addition, today TASS reported about an exploding shell on the territory of the Rostov region a kilometre from the state border of Russia
Volodymyr Zelensky wants to initiate negotiations between the participating countries of the Budapest Memorandum
The CSTO can send “as many peacekeepers as necessary” to Donbass, but there are several conditions. This was announced by the Secretary General of the organization Stanislav Zas
Lukashenko and Putin took part in a training session on the management of the Armed Forces of Russia
|20.02.2022||Lukashenko and Putin decided to continue checking the reaction forces of the Union State due to the situation in the Donbas
An emergency regime has been introduced in the Voronezh region due to the refugees from Donbas. According to Russian state media, more than 40 thousand people have arrived
Security Minister Viktor Khrenin said that Belarus and Russia had created a group of troops, which, if necessary, will fight back accordingly
SAS, Austrian Airlines and Swiss airlines cancelled flights to Ukraine due to security threats
In Donetsk, utility workers hang flags of the self-proclaimed DPR on the balconies of residents
|21.02.2021||Macron invited Biden and Putin to meet for talks — they agreed. The meeting will take place only if Russia does not commit a military invasion of Ukraine
The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine announced possible scenarios of aggression and assessed the prospect of an attack from Belarus
Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksiy Danilov said that a shell was not fired from the Ukrainian territory at the border checkpoint in the Rostov region
The Russian military and border guards “prevented the violation of the border by a sabotage and reconnaissance group from Ukraine.” The head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Dmytro Kuleba, categorically denied the information about sending saboteurs to Russia
The heads of the self-proclaimed DPR and LPR Denis Pushilin and Leonid Pasechnik ask Vladimir Putin to recognize the independence of the republics, reports TASS
Reuters told how the United States would react to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. A powerful blow will be dealt with the financial sector
The head of EU diplomacy, Josep Borrel, said that the crisis around Ukraine was “created by Russia”: “This is not a Ukrainian crisis, but a Russian crisis, since it was created by Russia”
“The EU will deploy an advisory military training mission in Ukraine,” Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba said.
Israel, through advertising on the Facebook social network, calls on its citizens to leave Ukraine urgently
Political analyst Alexander Fridman spoke about the impostor’s decision to leave Russian troops in Belarus: “Lukashenko turned the country into an instrument of the Kremlin’s foreign policy adventure”
Putin told Scholz and Macron that he was going to sign a decree recognizing the independence of the DPR and the LPR.
UN urges to refrain from unilateral decisions on Ukraine
The office of the UN Secretary-General stated that it fully supports the territorial integrity of Ukraine
Zyuganov: after the recognition of the LDPR, Russian troops will be brought to Donbas
Ukraine has opened a case against Putin and members of the Security Council of the Russian Federation because of statements about the recognition of the “LDPR”
“Recognition of the DPR and the LPR is a violation of international law”, – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson
Putin signed decrees on the recognition of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics
The DPR and LPR appealed for immediate military assistance to the Russian Federation
The heads of the European Commission and the European Council called the recognition of the independence of the DPR and LPR a violation of international law and the territorial integrity of Ukraine
Latvia calls on the EU to immediately impose sanctions against Russia
The Chairman of the Seimas of Lithuania said that she would initiate a resolution in the Seimas that the change in the status of Donbas would never be recognized
Vladimir Zelensky’s “Servant of the People” party proposed to completely sever diplomatic relations with the Russian Federation because Putin decided to recognize the independence of the LPR and the DPR
After the recognition of the LPR and the DPR, NATO called on Moscow to choose the path of diplomacy. The alliance supports the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine
The German Foreign Ministry called Russia’s recognition of the DPR and LPR a gross violation of international law and a blow to all diplomatic efforts
The UK government has confirmed that it will impose sanctions against Russia tomorrow – the Guardian writes about this
The Pentagon expects Putin to give an order tonight to move troops to the territory of the “L/DNR
Members of the Russian Security Council asked Putin to recognize the independence of the self-proclaimed DPR and LPR
Putin told Scholz and Macron that he intends to sign a decree recognizing the self-proclaimed DPR and LPR. This is reported by the Kremlin’s press service
Putin announced the recognition of the sovereignty of the self-proclaimed DPR and LPR by Russia and the ratification of the treaty of friendship and mutual assistance. He “demands an immediate cessation of hostilities” from the Kyiv authorities
NATO Secretary-General stated Russia’s recognition of the “LDPR”
French President Emmanuel Macron condemned the recognition of the DPR and LPR
The White House clarified that the sanctions that the United States will impose against the DPR and LPR are not included in the package of measures that Washington has prepared in case of a Russian attack on Ukraine
|22.02.2022||At night, the official Internet portal of legal information of Russia published decrees of Russian President Vladimir Putin on the recognition of the self-proclaimed DNR and LNR. In them, he instructed the Ministry of Defense to ensure the “maintenance of peace” in the republics by the Russian armed forces
Volodymyr Zelensky appealed for Russia’s recognition of the independence of the self-proclaimed LPR and DPR: “We will not give anything to anyone”
Russia’s agreements with the “DPR” and “LPR” give the right to use military infrastructure and military bases on each other’s territory
Japan plans to restrict the export of advanced technologies, including semiconductors, as part of sanctions against the Russian Federation
Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Poland have called for tough sanctions against Russia for recognizing the “LDPR”
The OSCE called on the Russian Federation to immediately revoke the recognition of the “DPR” and “LPR”
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic has ordered an increased readiness of the army, special forces and police in connection with developments in eastern Europe.
The head of the Duma Committee on the CIS Kalashnikov (KPRF) said that the LPR and the DPR would be recognized within the borders of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.
Former Interior Minister of Ukraine Arsen Avakov, addressing Western diplomats, said: “If you surrender Ukraine, Poland will be next, and then more and more… It is impossible to saturate the aggressor”
Turkey strongly condemned Russia’s recognition of the “DPR” and “LPR”
by the Russian Foreign Ministry: Russia’s agreement with the DPR and the LPR implies the provision of military assistance and the creation of military bases
The means of payment on the territory of the “DPR” is the Russian ruble, the Russian Foreign Ministry said
The leader of the DPR signed a decree on the conscription of citizens born in 1995-2004. 18-year-olds go to war
Russian oppositionists – representatives of the PARNAS party submitted an application to the Moscow Mayor’s Office for an anti-war rally on March 5, numbering 150 thousand people
Vice-Speaker of the so-called “LPR parliament”: our territory is the entire Luhansk region, we will call on Ukraine to voluntarily withdraw troops, otherwise measures will be taken
The Minister of Security of Ukraine reacted to the decision of the Russian Federation to recognize the “L / DPR” with a line from Pink Floyd. According to the Minister of Defense of Ukraine Alexey Reznikov, the Kremlin did not recognize the self-proclaimed “DPR/LPR”, it recognized its aggression against Ukraine
The EPP faction, the largest in the European Parliament, called on the EU to immediately impose sanctions against Russia “to exclude it from the European economy”
Speech by the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky:
By recognizing the republics of Donbas, Russia creates a legal basis for further aggression against Ukraine
Zelensky will consider a proposal to break off diplomatic relations with the Russian Federation
Zelensky said that he believes that there will be no war with Russia and there will be no widespread escalation and if there is, martial law will be imposed
“Martial law in Ukraine will be imposed, only if Russia’s escalation continues,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said.
Russian Foreign Ministry: Moscow recognizes the LPR and the DPR within the borders within which the leadership of the republics exercises its powers
“The certification of Nord Stream-2 cannot be continued, given Russia’s recent actions,” German Chancellor Scholz said
The Charge d’affaires of Ukraine in the Russian Federation has been recalled for consultations — the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine stated
Action against Russian aggression is taking place in Vilnius
EU ambassadors agreed to a policy of non-recognition of Russian passports issued to citizens from the DPR and LPR
The EU sanctions will affect persons who voted for decisions on the recognition of the LPR and DPR, as well as organizations operating in these regions
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that there are Russian military on the territory of the terrorist DPR and LPR and this is an “invasion”
He also announced the imposition of sanctions against five Russian banks, Promsvyazbank, Rossiya, Industrial Savings Bank, Black Sea Development Bank, Genbank were subject to restrictions. and personal sanctions against Timchenko and the Rotenberg brothers
Russian activists held pickets against the war with Ukraine
Belarusian and Ukrainian activists of Warsaw held a picket at the Russian Embassy against the occupation actions of the Russian authorities
A draft resolution on the termination of diplomatic relations with the Russian Federation has been submitted to the Verkhovna Rada
The United States will introduce “significant additional sanctions” against Russia in the coming hours, according to the Deputy Secretary of State
The EU listed the acts of international law violated by Russia when recognizing the independence of certain Donbas areas:
Latvian airline airBaltic temporarily stops performing night flights to and from Ukraine
The Belarusian Foreign Ministry commented on Russia’s recognition of the independence of the self-proclaimed DPR and LPR: “We respect and understand the decision of the Russian side to recognize the independence of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics”
Putin was allowed to use the Russian army in the Donbas.
Russia will evacuate embassy staff from Ukraine very shortly
Joseph Borrel said that 351 State Duma deputies and 27 more individuals and legal entities would be under EU sanctions
An anti-war picket in support of Ukraine was held at the Embassy of Ukraine in Tbilisi
“If Russia does not withdraw troops from Belarus, there will be a transfer of American troops to the Baltic states,” Biden said
|23.02.2022||US Secretary of State Blinken cancelled a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov, which was scheduled for February 24
Belarusian bank BelVEB also came under US sanctions against Russia due to the situation around Ukraine
Canada, Japan and Australia have imposed sanctions against Russia
“Our House” demands the immediate withdrawal of Russian troops
The NSDC of Ukraine has decided to introduce a state of emergency on the entire territory of Ukraine, except for Donetsk and Luhansk regions, the decision must be approved by the Verkhovna Rada
February 24, 2022
- The war in Ukraine has begun. Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a “special military operation”
- The Russian army has hit a local military unit in Kharkiv.
- The Russian army has attacked the Ukrainian city of Dnipro.
- Explosions in Odessa.
- Journalist Yuri Butusov writes that Russia is attacking military facilities across the country. First of all, strikes are carried out on air defence units, air bases, control systems.
- Russia is launching missile strikes on military command centres, airfields, a military warehouse in Kyiv, Dnipro and Kharkiv, said Anton Gerashchenko, adviser to the Interior Minister of Ukraine.
- Russia is closing the airspace along the northeastern border of Ukraine for civil aviation flights.
- The explosions near Kyiv’s Boryspil airport are the result of Ukrainian air defence firing at, presumably, Russian drones – Boryspil Mayor Vladimir Borisenko.
- Russian troops have landed in Odesa and are crossing the border with Kharkiv – Anton Gerashchenko, Adviser to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine.
- The Russian Defense Ministry said it was striking military infrastructure, aviation, air defense facilities, and military airfields in Ukraine.
- “Nothing threatens the civilian population,” the Russian Security Ministry quoted TASS as saying.
- The Border Service of Ukraine says that the armed forces of Belarus are supporting the Russian army
- Civil defense sirens have started working in Kyiv.
- Ukraine claims to have shot down a Russian military plane.
The Ministry of Emergency Situations of Ukraine reports on the consequences of Russian shelling as of 8.00 (Minsk time).
- A fuel depot is burning in a military unit in the village of Starokonstantinov.
- In the cities of Krasnopolye and Manganets of the Dnipropetrovsk region — fires in military warehouses.
- In the city of Tulchin and the village of Bohan in the Vinnytsia region — military units are burning.
- A TV tower was blown up in the city of Lutsk.
- In the Kyiv region, a military unit is burning near the city of Brovary.
- The villages of Gorodishche and Melovoye in the Luhansk region were captured.
The General Staff of Ukraine reports that five Russian planes and helicopters were shot down in the combat zone in the Donbas.
According to the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Ukraine at 8.20 (Minsk time):
- The airfield in the city of Lutsk was shelled.
- Fires at military depots in the village of Hospodintsy in the Poltava region, in the village of Rossoshka in the Cherkasy region.
- A military unit in the town of Kamenka-Bugskaya in the Lviv region was shelled.
- A shell hit the territory of a military warehouse in the village of Ivnitsa, Zhytomyr region.
- A shell hit a military unit in Ivano-Frankivsk.
- There is an air alarm signal in Poltava.
- In the city of Khmelnytskyi, a shell exploded on the runway of a military airfield.
- In Mariupol, as a result of shelling, seven residential buildings are burning, the airfield in Kramatorsk was shelled.
- In the city of Nizhyn, 6 people are unblocked from under the rubble at the airfield.
The mayor of Kyiv Vitali Klitschko in a video message to the residents of the city said that kindergartens and schools will be closed today. Polyclinics, hospitals and the entire medical system are working in an enhanced mode.
The Ministry of Security of Ukraine reports that “the united forces are giving a worthy rebuff to the armed forces of the Russian Federation. Military units in their positions. The enemy is suffering losses.”
The Ground Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine report two destroyed tanks of Russians near the town of Shchastya, Luhansk region.
The Russian Defense Ministry says the following:
- Ukrainian border guards do not offer any resistance to Russian units.
- The air defence means of the Armed Forces of Ukraine have been suppressed.
- The military infrastructure of the airbases of the Armed Forces of Ukraine is out of order.
- Information from foreign media about the Russian plane allegedly shot down over the territory of Ukraine does not correspond to reality.
The State Border Service of Ukraine reports an attack from Crimea and publishes a video with the movement of military equipment.
Attacks on the Ukrainian border in Luhansk, Sumy, Kharkiv, Chernihiv and Zhytomyr regions are also reported. Artillery is used.
The Chief Commander of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, gave the order to inflict maximum losses to the invaders.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine reports the death of a border guard in the village of Preobrazhenka in the Kherson region.
According to the ministry, he died as a result of a multiple rocket launcher attack.
A column of armoured vehicles is travelling across the border of Belarus towards Ukraine.
The recording was made from the broadcast of cameras installed at the Belarusian-Ukrainian checkpoint “Senkovka”-“Veselovka” from the Ukrainian side.
The military equipment of the Russian occupiers from Brest moved towards the Ukrainian border, Tomashovka.
The city of Shchastya was recaptured by the troops of Ukraine. Enemy equipment was destroyed, about 50 killed.
Ukraine has closed the Vilcha checkpoint on the border with Belarus, the State Border Committee of Belarus reports. The road checkpoints Mokrany, Komarin, Novaya Guta, Veselovka continue to operate.
The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine: Everyone who knows how to hold a weapon in their hands – come to the territorial defense and to the Armed Forces.
Anton Gerashchenko, the adviser to the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, spoke about the victims in Ukraine according to the police:
- In Podolsk, Odesa region, as a result of the bombing of a military unit, six people were killed, seven wounded, and 19 were missing.
- In Mariupol, Donetsk region, one person was killed and two wounded as a result of shelling.
- During the strike in the city of Brovary in the Kyiv region, one person was killed, five were injured.
- In the Genichesk district of the Kherson region, a 17-year-old boy was killed in the shelling
The mayor of Horlivka, Ivan Prikhodko, announced the death of another civilian.
From Belarus, an unmarked helicopter fired at the bridge in front of the Slavutich checkpoint.
The General Staff of Ukraine reported the destruction of 4 Russian tanks near Kharkiv.
Russia is shelling Ukraine from Transnistria.
As a result of the shelling of a residential building in Chuguev in the Kharkiv region, a minor boy was killed. Also, the State Service of Ukraine reports that rescuers evacuated 15 people from a burning house.
The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine shared information about the course of hostilities.
- It is reported that the offensive of Russian troops in the Chernihiv region has been stopped.
- The difficult situation in the Kharkiv and Kherson directions, as well as in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions — difficult battles are being fought there now.
- The ministry claims that the Ukrainian military regained control over Mariupol and Shchastya, destroyed “at least six planes, two helicopters and dozens of armoured vehicles.”
All checkpoints of Ukraine on the border with Belarus have suspended work for an indefinite period, the State Border Committee reports.
Russia has launched a cruise missile strike on Brovary.
The Ministry of Security of Ukraine has released a summary of the fighting as of 14.00 (Minsk time). That’s what it says:
- Russia has carried out more than 30 strikes with Kalibr cruise missiles, MLRS, aviation and artillery on objects of civil and military infrastructure of Ukraine.
- The enemy continues its offensive with the support of army aviation with the crossing of the Ukrainian border in the directions of Armyansk – Kherson, Chaplinka – Kakhovka.
- The work of sabotage and reconnaissance groups in the Bessarabian operational area and the Black Sea Operational Zone is noted.
- Ukrainian troops have switched to conducting a defense operation.
- Operational and tactical groups conduct defensive battles.
The State Emergency Service of Ukraine (an analogue of the Belorussian Ministry of Emergency Situations) reported that a Ukrainian military plane crashed in the Kyiv region, killing five people.
Ukrainian border guards repulsed the enemy at the border checkpoint “Vilcha” in the Zhytomyr region.
There was an explosion at the airfield in Melitopol
Four ballistic missiles were fired from the territory of Belarus in a south-westerly direction.
Snake Island in the Black Sea near Odesa is being attacked by Russian ships, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine reports. Earlier, the Ukrainian military on the island was called to surrender and threatened with destruction.
The Odessa regional administration reports that as a result of the shelling of a military unit in the village of Lipetsk, 22 people (11 men and 11 women) were killed. Six people were rescued from the rubble and taken to the hospital.
Troops from the territory of Belarus entered the Chernobyl Zone. It was stated by the adviser to the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Anton Gerashchenko
There is a battle between them and the troops of the National Guard of Ukraine.
The Bragin – Khoyniki highway is blocked due to helicopter take-off
A Turkish ship en route from Odesa to Romania came under fire in the Black Sea. There were no casualties.
A curfew has been introduced in Kyiv. “At the moment, I want to say that a curfew has been introduced and you should know that there will be no movement around the city at night,” said the mayor of Kyiv, Vitali Klitschko. Curfew after Kyiv was introduced in Cherkasy, Kharkiv regions and in the Dnieper.
The mayor of the city of Genichesk in the Kherson region of Ukraine confirmed that the settlement was captured by Russian troops.
In Brovary, near Kyiv, a person was killed as a result of shelling. Six more people were injured and are in hospitals. It was stated by the city head of Brovarov Igor Sapozhko
According to the ministry, several thousand citizens of Belarus are in Ukraine, evacuation is underway. At the moment, about 50 people have crossed the border, about 1,000 have turned to Belarusian diplomats for help.
As a result of the strikes, the Russian armed Forces disabled 74 ground-based military infrastructure facilities, including 11 airfields of the Air Force, three command posts, a base of the Naval Forces of Ukraine, as well as 18 radar stations of the S-300 and Buk-M1 anti-aircraft missile systems.
The Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Valery Zaluzhny, reports on mass cases of the surrender of the Russian military: “Intelligence from the 74th Motorized Rifle Brigade surrendered near Chernihiv.”
Russian troops have captured the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, according to the adviser to the commander of the Ground Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Alena Shevtsova.
Employees of the station, according to her, are being held hostage. “This threatens the security not only of Ukraine, but also of Europe”.
Russian troops seized control of the Antonov International airport in Gostomel, which is located less than 10 km from Kyiv.
Russian Security Ministry: Russian troops reached Kherson.
“The joint use of raid detachments and airborne troops in the Crimean direction ensured the exit of Russian troops to the city of Kherson.”
The Minister of Health of Ukraine Viktor Lyashko on the air of TSN reported that now in Ukraine, according to doctors, 169 people were injured, 57 were killed as a result of an attack by the Russian army on Ukrainian territory.
Fierce fighting between the Russian and Ukrainian military continues in Sumy.
The situation in the Donetsk and Lugansk directions is tense, but controlled. The shelling by the Russian occupation forces continues
Residents of Kyiv have been issued more than 10,000 automatic rifles in the last few hours, according to the Interior Ministry
How Kharkiv residents will spend tonight. People are settling down for the night in the subway, in Ukrainian cities the subway is used as a shelter from bombing.