Timeline of the Russian invasion of Ukraine (2022)
On Thursday, February 24, 2022, Russia launched an invasion of Ukraine. This timeline provides a chronological overview of events during the ongoing conflict.
Vladimir Putin said in a pre-recorded speech shortly before four o'clock in the morning (CET) that Russia had launched a "special military operation to demilitarize and denazify Ukraine." Shortly after the speech, Russian troops crossed the Ukrainian border in several places, including Belarusian territory and the Crimean peninsula. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky immediately declared a state of war in the country. Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba accused Vladimir Putin of launching a "total invasion" of Ukraine. Putin denied the allegations, but urged Ukrainian military troops to withdraw home and lay down their arms and other states not to intervene. Otherwise, they will bear the consequences. In the morning, the President of the United States Joe Biden telephoned Volodymyr Zelensky and called on the states of the European Union to unequivocally condemn the Russian aggression. Russia is attacking the entire territory of Ukraine. The main strikes shortly after the attack began on the city of Kharkov, from Belarusian territory to the Chernihiv region and from the Crimea towards Kherson and the Dnieper River. Fights were also reported from the Sumy, Donetsk and Luhansk regions. In the Zhytomyr region, Russian forces attacked Belarusian territory through the Vilča border crossing. During the heavy fighting, two Russian tanks and one armored personnel carrier were to be destroyed on the access roads to the city of Starobilsk. Although Russian sources have denied that the Russian military is attacking with missile systems, CNN footage has convicted it of lying. A live broadcast of a volley was fired behind a reporter near Belgorod. Russia attacked military targets throughout Ukraine (barracks, ammunition depots, almost a dozen airports) with ballistic missiles, flat-track missiles and air raids involving about 75 fighter jets. Ground forces invaded Ukraine from the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics, Belarus and Crimea. US sources believe that the aim of the invasion is to overthrow the legitimate Ukrainian government and establish a convenient form of government for Russia. Ukraine has asked Turkey to deny Russian warships the right of Bosphorus and Dardanelles. This is considered a war crime under international law. Around 12:45, the Ukrainian Interior Ministry announced that Russia had taken control of Hostomel International Airport on the outskirts of Kiev, which occupied about 200 Russian paratroopers during the day. The counterattack was led by the 4th Rapid Guard Brigade. These are soldiers trained according to NATO. At the same time, however, the Ukrainian army regained control of the cities of Mariupol and Ščasťa. Adviser to the head of the presidential office, Mychaljo Podoljak, said that a Russian landing party in the government district of Kiev was threatened in order to capture the country's leadership. Fighting also took place in the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. There were fears that secure landfills for nuclear waste could be disrupted. At about half past six in the evening, the power plant area was occupied. At 5:40 pm, the Russian army also occupied a hydroelectric power plant on the Dnieper, the Ukrainian Minister of Energy announced. In the afternoon, unconfirmed reports of the number of victims came from the affected areas. According to various sources, at least 35 Ukrainians, including civilians and children, died in the Odessa and Kherson regions. At about 5:40 pm, President Zelensky said that Ukraine