According to Ukraine’s central military command, Russia bombed several airports in Ukraine including Kyiv Boryspil, Nikolaev, Kramatorsk, Kherson. Ukraine’s Kharkiv military airport is burning.
Notably, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced today a military operation in Ukraine to defend separatists in the east of the country, called the Donbas region. “I have made the decision of a military operation,” he said in a surprise statement on television shortly before 6 am.
Weeks of intense diplomacy to avert war and the imposition of Western sanctions on Russia failed to deter Putin, who had massed between 150,000 and 200,000 troops along the borders of Ukraine.
Ukraine Airspace Closed For Civil Aircrafts
Ukraine authorities on Thursday, 24th Feb 2022 imposed a restriction on flights operated using civil aircraft in its airspace due to “potential hazard”.
The announcement comes hours after a conflict zone monitor warned airlines should stop overflights over the risk of an unintended shootdown or cyber attack. Ukraine’s authorities issued a NOTAM (notice to airmen) at 0156 GMT on Thursday, which is due to expire at 2359 GMT unless extended.