On 24 February 2022, the troops of the Russian Federation following the order of the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, carried out an open act of armed aggression and launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine.
Defensive battles are being fought in the northern direction in the Peremoha and Hlukhiv districts. The enemy column of the Russian 58th Brigade was stopped.
Defensive battles are being fought in the south of Kherson.
Mechanized units of the Armed Forces recaptured the road bridge and secured the left bank of the Dnipro. (Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine Hanna Maliar).
The estimated losses of the enemy have been: tanks – more than 30 units, armored combat vehicles – up to 130 units, aircraft – 5, helicopters – 6. According to the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valerii Zaluzhnyi.
As of 00:00 on February 25, a group of defense forces is conducting an organized defense operation in the south. Defensive battles are being fought in the area east of Kherson. Mechanized units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine recaptured the road bridge and secured the left bank of the Dnipro. Our mechanized units in the Rykove area defeated the overwhelming forces of the enemy. The enemy is destroyed, no success. Defensive battles are being fought in the Siverskyi direction in the Peremoha and Hlukhiv areas. The enemy column has been stopped. Units of the first tank brigade on the Bilous River in the direction of Chernihiv stopped the overwhelming forces of the occupiers. In Volyn, mechanized units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine took up positions on certain borders in readiness to repel the enemy’s offensive. In Slobozhanshchyna, the operational group of the Armed Forces of Ukraine conducts defense in the areas of Dovzhanka, Kharkiv, Okhtyrka, Sumy. Defensive battles are being fought in the areas of Vovchansk, Bilyi Kolodiaz, and Prykolotnyi. Security units in Okhtyrka stopped another enemy offensive. The Naval Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine continue to conduct hostilities in the southwestern part of the Black Sea. The bases and ports of Odesa, Pivdennyi, Ochakiv, and Chornomorsk are being defended. Certain forces and means were transferred to the defense of the city of Kyiv. The Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine repulses enemy air strikes, conducts constant reconnaissance using UAVs, strikes on columns of occupation troops in the areas of Nova Zburivka, Kupiansk, Nova Kakhovka, and enemy landings near Hostomel airfield. Groups of the combined forces in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions restored the position on the front line in some areas as a result of the combat activities. In the area of responsibility of certain units, the enemy is trying to wedge into the battle formations of our troops to the depth of platoon bases. (Center for Strategic Communications and Information Security).
As of 3:00 EET the reported by the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine military Russian losses are:
military aircraft – 7
helicopters – 6
tanks – 30+
armored vehicles – 130
manpower – 800 (to be further specified).
Enemy attacked border guard unit in Zaporizhzhia region by rockets. As a result of attack there are casualties.
Kyiv mayor: According to preliminary data, three people were injured, one of them in critical condition, as a result of the wreckage of the rocket hitting a residential building on Koshytse Street, 7-A. Ambulances take people to the hospital. The building is on fire, may collapse.
Several towns in Sumy Oblast were besieged, including Konotop. From different directions, Russian troops try to move in Kyiv direction. Part of Russian troops left Sumy district in Kyiv direction, have established several checkpoints on the Sumy-Kyiv road – the head of Sumy Oblast Administration.
Operational information on Russian invasion:
The defense forces resist a significant offensive group of Russian occupiers.
The enemy inflicted an airstrike on units near the city of Kropyvnytskyi.
Russian helicopters were seen in the areas above Vilkovo and Tiraspol.
Overwhelming enemy armored vehicles were stopped by airborne assault troops of the Ukrainian Armed Forces near settlements of Dymer and Ivankiv, near Teteriv River. The bridge across the river was destroyed.
Another tactical group of Ukrainian defense forces is holding the Hostomel airfield, to which Russian airborne troops rushed yesterday.
The Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine protects the sky over Kyiv. Thus, after 04:00, the Ukrainian air defense system did not allow the two deadly gifts of the “brothers” to reach the capital.
Russian military aircraft was downed in Cherkasy oblast. The pilot ejected.
Current situation at the Chornobyl NPP and other objects of the exclusion zone
According to the data of Ecocentre State Enterprise, exceedances of control gamma radiation dose rate levels were recorded in the Exclusion Zone.
Specialists of Ecocentre attribute such fluctuations to the violation of the top layer of soil due to the movement of a large number of heavy military equipment through the exclusion zone and the release of contaminated radioactive dust into the air.
According to the Automated Radiation Control System of the Exclusion Zone, the following indicators are:
Fire depot – 9460, with the annual average in 2021 – 1900
Yaniv station – 3460, with the annual average annual – 670
Mashevo – 8040, with the annual average – 840
Krasne – 3340, with the annual average – 720
Zymovyshche – 8220, with an annual average – 780
Vector – 2050, with the annual average – 130.
February 24, 2022, the troops of the Russian Federation seized control of nuclear and radiation facilities in the exclusion zone.
Such acts of aggression by the Russian Federation are a direct violation of Article 56 of the Additional Protocol to the Geneva Conventions of August 12, 1949: “Works or installations containing dangerous forces, namely dams, dykes and nuclear electrical generating stations, shall not be made the object of attack, even where these objects are military objectives, if such attack may cause the release of dangerous forces and consequent severe losses among the civilian population. Other military objectives located at or in the vicinity of these works or installations shall not be made the object of attack if such attack may cause the release of dangerous forces from the works or installations and consequent severe losses among the civilian population”
Part 5 of Article 85 of the Protocol states that these violations may be considered war crimes in the event of grievous bodily harm among the civilian population.
Ukrainian Ministry of Defence: Because of damaged runway in Hostomel airport, Russian occupiers are heading from the territory of Belarus in the direction of Homel-Chernihiv-Kyiv;
Russian IL-76 with paratroopers on board have landed at the airport in Homel (Belarus);
Ukrainian army has stopped the aggressor in Chernihiv oblast
Occupiers are trying to surpass Chernihiv in order to attack the capital of Ukraine. The city of Konotop has been lost;
In the south, the enemy has reached the line of Kherson – Nova Kakhovka – Kakhovka, in order to hold the dam of North Crimean Canal and establish provision of water to temporarily occupied Crimea. There is a fight for the city of Melitopol;
In Donbas, the enemy keeps shelling at the Ukrainian military. Nevertheless, the occupiers have not managed to reach out of the administrative borders of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts;
Ukrainian army defends Kharkiv and Valuykiv, the military have managed to stop the enemy and have consolidated their position;
Air forces repel the blows of the enemy, they go on fighting and perform reconnaissance.
Units of Operational Command “North” have liquidated circa 20 units of the enemy’s tanks on the Menska direction in Chernihiv oblast. Precise losses of manpower are yet to be established. Also, a subunit of “North” has liquidated columns of the enemy’s vehicles that was moving from Ripky to Chernihiv. Aggressor’s losses amount to 10-15 units.
Ukrainian MiG-29 destroyed Russian Su-35 – Air Force of the Armed Forces.
Operational information on the Russian invasion from the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine:
The enemy continues with offensive operations against Ukraine in previously selected areas with the support of long-range operational and tactical aircraft and high-precision long-range weapons.
In the direction of Volyn, no active ground groups were noticed. Enemy aircraft continues to work from the territory of the Republic of Belarus along the northern part of the state border of Ukraine.
In Polissia, the occupiers continue their offensive with significant forces in the direction of the city of Kyiv.
Trying to maintain the pace of the offensive, the enemy brings the second echelon.
President of Ukraine V. Zelenskyy called on volunteers from all over the world to go to Ukraine and defend Europe together with Ukrainians.
Sumy military administration: Uragan fired the city of Okhtyrka. The shelter and kindergarten were hit. One person dead and three seriously wounded, icluding children. Dmytro Kuleba (twitter): Today’s Russian attacks on a kindergarten and an orphanage are war crimes and violations of the Rome Statute. Together with the General Prosecutor’s Office we are collecting this and other facts, which we will immediately send to the Hague. Responsibility is inevitable”.
Fighting with the Russian military is taking place near Chernihiv. The situation is complicated. A considerable number of armored vehicles are moving to Kyiv and Nizhyn, bypassing Chernihiv (the mayor of Chernihiv Vladislav Atroshenko).
️The Russian army fired on an orphanage in Vorzel, where 50 children were staying, said Prosecutor General Venediktova. No one was injured – the children and staff were in another room.
Fighting with the Russian military is taking place near Chernihiv. The situation is complicated. A considerable number of armored vehicles are moving to Kyiv and Nizhyn, bypassing Chernihiv — the mayor of Chernihiv Vladislav Atroshenko notes.
The city of Okhtyrka in the Sumy region was shelled by the Russian military with “Hurricanes”. Five people died. 17 adults and 2 children were injured. This was the third shelling of the city today (Dmytro Zhyvytskyi, Head of the Sumy Regional Military Administration).
Land Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine: The number of losses from Russian troops is more than a thousand. This is the largest number of losses of all the wars started by Russia.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces reported that the Ukrainian air defense system destroyed several Russian ballistic missiles and at least two aircrafts.
Source: Facebook page of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Facebook page of the Land Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Chernihiv. Two shells hit building of the Security Service of Ukraine. The roof of the building is on fire.
Since the beginning of the open large-scale invasion of Ukraine by Russians, they have lost more than 2,800 soldiers, 80 tanks and 516 armored vehicles. Ministry of Defence of Ukraine.
Ukraine has lost control of the Antonov Bridge. Russian troops with significant forces, but having suffered significant losses, overcame the defense of the city.
Prosecutor General of Ukraine: Russian shelling Kharkiv. Among the victims are three wounded cadets.
As a result of the shelling of the Kupiansk railway station, two conductors were injured, Ukraziliznytsia reported. One railroader in the stomach, another – in the leg. They are currently in the city hospital, their condition is stable.
An air alert has been announced in Cherkasy, airstrikes on the territory of the city are possible within an hour or two, the Head of the Cherkasy Regional State Administration said.
Russian troops fired on the buildings of the Chernihiv Psychoneurological Hospital. None of the patients or staff were injured, and people were in the shelter at the time of the shelling.
Russian military fired on emergency medical care brigades in Zaporizhzhia region, in the north of Kyiv region, in the village of Marianivtsi the wounded can not receive medical care – said the Head of the Ministry of Healthcare Viktor Liashko.
In Odesa, shots are reported in the city.
Russian army has committed a missile attack at a military airport in Starokostiantyniv in Khmelnytska oblast (verified by the city mayor).
The city of Shchastia in the Luhansk region has been destroyed by 80%. Its shelling continues. In the morning, a number of residents were able to evacuate on their own. This was announced by the Head of the Luhansk Regional Military Administration Serhii Haidai.
Suspilne: Russian army has committed a missile attack at a military airport in Starokostiantyniv in Khelmnytska oblast (verified by the city mayor).
5 explosions occured with interval of 3 to 5 minutes in the vicinity of Thermo-Power Plant 6. Emergency servicemen are heading there. Details are yet to be established.
Kyiv City State Administration: Thermal Power Plan 6 continues working as usual. No damages observed. TPP produces electricity and heat for the city, there is a regular shift working there.
Chernihiv is under the control of the Armed Forces. Russians are already asking for food near Konotop
The latest official information from the regions of Ukraine on the state of affairs during the Russian invasion:
-Chernihiv is under the control of the Armed Forces. This was announced by the Head of the Regional State Administration Viacheslav Chaus;
-The Russian army fired missiles at the airfield in Starokostiantyniv in the Khmelnytskyi region. This was confirmed by Mayor Mykola Melnychuk;
-Tank columns of the occupiers are moving towards Zaporizhzhia. The Head of the Regional State Administration Oleksandr Starukh asked all residents to stay in the shelters;
-Soldiers of the aggressor were left without food and fuel near Konotop. According to the Armed Forces headquarters, tank crews are carrying canisters and trying to buy fuel. At least 40 units of burned enemy equipment were found on the outskirts of the city.
Suspilne: Melitopol has been encircled, there are fights near the city. Earlier, Russian military were knocked out of the city, then several groups broke into the city who are attempting to take hold over the objects of critical infrastructure – Head of Zaporizhzhia Oblast State Administration
UPD: Control over Melitopol is split between Ukraine and Russian occupiers.