Photographs and video footage capture the horror of Russia's devastating attack on Ukraine
In the latest news, Russia has launched an all-out war on Ukraine with a multipronged assault on the country from north, south, and east. The invasion comes after Russian President Vladimir Putin approved a "special military operation" to attack the Eastern European country in a televised address.
Video footages from Ukraine show the war unfolding before the eyes of Ukrainian citizens with cruise missiles flying overhead, tanks and troops rolled across the Belarusian border and devastating explosions near them. As part of the war, cruise missiles, guided bombs, and GRAD rockets are seen taking out targets from east to west, aimed at airfields, military bases, ammo dumps, and command posts.
The footage from Western Ukraine shows a missile soaring in and landing on an already smoking building at Ivano-Frankivsk airport. The building appears to burst into flames before a large cloud of dark smoke rises over the area. The video was captioned by a Twitter user as, "Russian Kalibr missile strikes Ivano-Frankivsk airfield near the Polish border. Putin seems determined to dismantle entire Ukrainian military infrastructure."
Russian Kalibr missile strikes Ivano-Frankivsk airfield near the Polish border. Putin seems determined to dismantle entire Ukrainian military infrastructure. pic.twitter.com/zfdWnmA3SQ— Asfandyar Bhittani (@BhittaniKhannnn) February 24, 2022
Putin has targeted airports across Ukraine in a strategic bid to cripple the country and take control of the skies as the soldiers enter from north, east, and south. Sharing the footage of the explosion at Chuguyev airport near Kharkiv, one user wrote, "Big explosion in Kharkiv. Probably a missile strike? This isn't going to be limited, regardless. Sobering." Kharkiv is Ukraine's second-largest city on the eastern border with Russia.
Big explosion in Kharkiv. Probably a missile strike? This isn't going to be limited, regardless. Sobering. pic.twitter.com/5FXoBwnLYA— Drm_Long (@DRM_Long) February 24, 2022
Another video filmed in Kharkiv, close to the Ukrainian border shows Russian VDV squads parachuting into the country. The footage, taken in the daylight, shows one of several attacks on Ukraine from all fronts, with bombs and missiles striking targets across the country, ground forces rolling in from Belarus, Crimea, Donetsk, and Luhansk. US intelligence chiefs had already said Kharkiv was at particular risk of being targeted in a Russian invasion as it is close to the Ukrainian-Russian border.
Video from Krasnopillia near Odessa in the southwestern corner of Ukraine shows the night sky lit up bright white following an explosion. This comes after the Russian President declared a "special military operation" to "de-militarise" and "de-Nazify" Ukraine in what amounted to an outright declaration of war. Putin also issued a chilling warning to any country thinking of coming to Ukraine's aid, vowing "consequences greater than any of you have faced in history."
Russian soldiers are in Odessa.— Fuad Alakbarov (@DrAlakbarov) February 24, 2022
This footage just came from Krasnopillia, Sumy region. pic.twitter.com/8YshMeMPLi
Video filmed in the capital Kyiv shows air sirens wailing as residents woke up to a Russian invasion after weeks of warnings that Putin was preparing a land, air, and sea assault. The footage shows highways out of the city gridlocked as people tried to flee after Russian bombs started to fall.
The CCTV footage at Belarusian-Ukrainian checkpoint Senkovka-Veselovka shows military tanks rolling into Ukraine from Belarus which borders Ukraine in the north. The footage captures at least four T-72B tanks, eight MT-LB tractors, and a Ural truck crossing the border. Since January, Russia had been deploying troops along its border with Ukraine ostensibly for war games.
NOW: Ukrainian Border Guard video, obtained by CNN, shows military tanks rolling into Ukraine from Belarus which borders Ukraine in the north. pic.twitter.com/aTrzvjylB1— David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) February 24, 2022