Video footage shows dozens of Russian Mi-8 helicopters operating in the airport area of Ukraine’s capital.
Confirmed by Ukrainian authorities. A large air assault operation with Mi-8 helicopters on Antonov International Airport in Hostomel. Interior Ministry says Russia has seized control. Very dangerous; it’s just 15 minutes west of the capital ring road. pic.twitter.com/JhlyVktVRC
— Christopher Miller (@ChristopherJM) February 24, 2022
Numerous Russian military helicopters over Hostomel town in the Kyiv Oblast. Looks like a Russian Air Assault has started. pic.twitter.com/8hwDaMZ4uD
— CaucasusWarReport (@Caucasuswar) February 24, 2022
Russia launches a massive attack against Ukraine
Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine early on Thursday, starting a war with the European nation. Vladimir Putin announced the military operation into Ukraine at 5:55 am Moscow time – and minutes later the first shelling and missiles were launched into Ukraine.
A 19-year-old Greek woman living in Kyiv, Ukraine described scenes of chaos following Russia’s attack.
The woman who only gave her first name of Nikki, appealed for help through Greek Reporter, saying that “is really scared.”
“I want to live, I want peace,” she says. “They tell us not to panic and be calm but it’s very difficult. We do not know what will happen from one minute to the next,” Nikki says.
Russia’s attack on Ukraine Thursday ranked among the “darkest hours for Europe” in nearly 80 years, according to the European Union’s foreign policy chief.
“These are among the darkest hours for Europe since the end of World War II,” EU High Representative Josep Borrell told reporters.
Borrell promised “urgent assistance to Ukraine,” as well as supporting evacuation efforts, including of EU staff.
EU sanctions are in the pipeline as well. Speaking alongside EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, Borrell said punitive measures from the 27-member bloc against Russia would be “the harshest packet of sanctions that has ever been implemented.”
Von der Leyen said she will present “massive and strategic” sanctions against Russia for approval later today.