The situation in the morning hours was still unclear. command centers of Ukrainian The military in the capital Kiev and the metropolis Kharkiv would be attacked with rockets, the quoted Ukrainian “Pravda” on its website a representative of Ukrainian Ministry of the Interior.
A correspondent for the German Press Agency in Kiev reported that thunderbolts could also be heard in Kiev. It was unclear where the noise was coming from. “Now we hear some explosions,” wrote a resident of Kiev in a private chat that was available to dpa.
Kiev’s deputy mayor Andriy Kryshchenko reported on public television that the impacts were in the Kiev region. “It wasn’t in Kiev, it was in the Kiev region – in Brovary and Boryspil. So far there have been no actions in Kiev. The staff for emergencies gathers.”
In the Ukrainian Artillery fire can be heard in the city of Donetsk, controlled by the Russian-backed separatists, according to eyewitnesses. According to the Interfax news agency, Russia is also attacking from the water. There are landing operations of the Black Sea Fleet in the Sea of Azov and in Odessa.
In his declaration of war on Thursday morning, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin referred to the Soviet dictator Josef Stalin: In 1940 and 1941 the Soviet Union tried to prevent or delay the start of the war (with Nazi Germany, note) and tried to defeat the aggressor not to provoke, he said. The country was therefore not ready to oppose the German attack on June 22, 1941 with full force.
Attempts to appease the aggressor before the war turned out to be a costly mistake, he explained. “A second time we will not allow such a mistake,” he said.