Russia’s military operation in Ukraine began at 5 am (local time) with a barrage of anti-aircraft missiles launched from both land, sea and air.
Russian Army spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov said: “Yesterday, February 24, units of the Russian Airborne Forces took full control of the territory in the Chernobyl nuclear power plant area.” .
“An agreement has been reached with the servicemen of the independent battalion guarding the Ukrainian nuclear power plant on joint security of the generating units and the coffins of the Chernobyl Plant.”
The Chernobyl nuclear power plant is located about 100 km from the Ukrainian capital Kiev.
Moscow claims that its ongoing military operation is to protect the people of Donbass, whom Kiev accuses of waging an eight-year war.
President Vladimir Putin stated that the goal of this operation was to “de-militarize” and “de-fascistize” Ukraine completely.
The Russian Defense Ministry said that precision weapons were used to neutralize Ukraine’s military infrastructure, and that there was no threat to civilians.