Ukraine Claims Down Russian Planes, Helicopters

New Delhi: Russian forces have fired missiles at the several cities of the Ukraine, after the President Vladimir Putin announced military operations. On Thursday morning, Russian President Vladimir Putin had announced a ‘military operation’ on Ukraine.

They called on soldiers there to lay down their arms, defying Western outrage and global appeals not to launch a war. Vladimir Putin has made this surprising statement on television and has expressed his intentions clearly.

“I have made the decision of a military operation,” he said shortly before 6:00 am (0300 GMT) in Moscow, as he vowed retaliation against anyone who interfered. He also asked the Ukraine military to lay down its arms. His statement came after the Kremlin said rebel leaders in eastern Ukraine had asked Moscow for military help against Kyiv.

Russia’s defense ministry has said that they have neutralized Ukrainian military airbases and their air defense systems. This comes after Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a military offensive against his country’s neighbor. “Military infrastructure at Ukrainian army air bases has been rendered out of action,” the defense ministry said in a statement carried by news agencies, which added that Kyiv’s air defense systems were “eliminated”.

Ukraine has claimed that they have downed five air planes and helicopter of Russia in the east of the country. “According to the Joint Forces Command, today, February 24, in the area of the Joint Forces operation, five planes and a helicopter of the aggressors were shot down,” the army general staff said.

Anton Gerashchenko, Ukraine’s deputy interior minister, said, “Russia had fired missiles on military headquarters, airports, military warehouses near Kyiv, Kharkov and Dnieper.”

US President Joe Biden has stated that the attack on Ukraine by Russia is ‘unprovoked and unjustified.’

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has made a direct, impassioned plea to Vladimir Putin to stop Russia’s attacks on Ukraine “in the name of humanity”.

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