Ukraine downs five Russian planes and one helicopter. Russia claims to have destroyed Ukraine’s air bases and air defenses

Five Russian planes and a Russian helicopter were shot down in the Luhansk region, according to the Ukrainian military, in a new step in the Russia-Ukraine situation. On Thursday, Russian troops launched their much-anticipated onslaught on Ukraine. International concerns and penalties were brushed aside by Russian President Vladimir Putin, who warned that any attempt to intervene would be met with retaliation.

According to Reuters, the Ukrainian military stated five Russian jets and a Russian chopper were shot down in the Luhansk region. Russia, on the other side, claimed that Ukraine’s air bases and air defenses were devastated. Ukraine’s air defenses have been neutralized, according to Russia’s Defense Ministry, according to state-owned Sputnik.

“Ukrainian military air bases’ military infrastructure has been decommissioned. The Ukrainian armed forces’ air defenses have been disabled “According to Sputnik, the Russian Defense Ministry stated. Ukraine’s border guard agency has claimed that the Russian military has assaulted the country from Belarus, according to the Associated Press.

Russian Troops launched an artillery barrage

According to the report, Russian troops launched an artillery barrage as part of a Belarus-backed invasion. The Ukrainian border guards are retaliating, according to the border guard agency, with no immediate reports of deaths.
The deployment of Russian troops to Belarus for military exercises was interpreted as a preparation for a Ukrainian invasion. Kyiv, the Ukrainian capital, is roughly 75 kilometers (50 miles) south of the Belarusian border.

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On Thursday, President Vladimir Putin announced a “military operation” in Ukraine to defend rebels in the country’s east. According to AFP, Putin announced, “I have made the decision of a military operation.”

The Russian president also threatened people who criticize Russia’s actions in Ukraine with punishment. “Anyone who tries to meddle with us, or even worse, create threats for our nation and people,” he warned in a televised address, “must know that Russia’s retaliation will be quick and will lead to such consequences as you have never known in your history,” he said.

Large explosions were reported in Kyiv, Kharkiv, and Odesa before daybreak as international leaders denounced the start of a Russian assault that might result in catastrophic casualties while overthrowing Ukraine’s democratically elected government. The announcement by Russian President Vladimir Putin has been described as the saddest moment in UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ tenure.

UN reacted

“This is the saddest moment of my time as United Nations Secretary-General. I began this Security Council meeting by addressing President Putin and telling him, “Stop your troops from attacking Ukraine, give peace a chance because too many people have died,” and “Stop your troops from attacking Ukraine, give peace a chance because too many people have died,” and “Stop your troops from attacking Ukraine, give peace a chance because too many people have died,” and “Stop your troops from attacking Ukraine, give peace “According to PTI, Guterres told reporters at the UN headquarters. 

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