War: Ukrainian fleet disabled, Odessa under attack, Kalibr missile in air
MOSCOW, KYIV — Pro-Russian media and social media profiles say the situation is critical at the moment, describing it as a “war” between Russia and Ukraine. BulgarianMilitary.com monitors all information channels on both sides of the conflict.
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According to pro-Russian news agencies [Avia.pro and ASB News], the Ukrainian fleet was completely destroyed [perhaps referring to disarmed – ed.] In less than 40 minutes. The information may refer to multiple strikes on Odesa and the bases of the Ukrainian navy.
NBC journalist Matt Bradley, citing Anton Gerashchenko, an adviser to the head of the Ukrainian Interior Ministry, claims that Russian troops landed in Odessa in southwestern Ukraine.
Ukraine has ships in the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov. Information about the “destruction” of the Ukrainian fleet has not been officially confirmed by Russia or Ukraine.
However, Ukraine has officially announced that at 5.00 am Russian troops attacked Ukrainian military sites and airports without providing further information. The Armed Forces of Ukraine declared that they were repelling the attack. “The country’s defense forces are in full combat readiness, they have occupied and are holding defensive positions. The situation is under control. Information about the landing of Russian troops in Odesa is not true,” the General Staff of Ukraine added.
“Military infrastructure, air defense facilities, military airfields, and aviation of the Armed Forces of Ukraine are being disabled with high-precision weapons,” the defense ministry said in a statement carried out by Russian news agencies.
According to unconfirmed data and according to a video circulating on social networks [the video is below – ed.], the Russian military fired Kalibr missiles at the Ukrainian Air Force base Kulbakino in the Nikolaev region. BulgarianMilitary.com reminds us that in this base are located a large part of the Air Force arsenal of Ukraine from Turkish drones Bayraktar TB2.
BulgarianMilitary.com obtained an unconfirmed video, which is alleged to be the Ukrainian base with Turkish drones Bayraktar TM2, after airstrikes on it. Another source claims that this is not a Ukrainian airbase, but Ukrainian warehouses with ammunition and explosives.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba posted a tweet saying “Putin has just launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Peaceful Ukrainian cities are under strikes.”
Shortly after Putin spoke in a televised address on Russian state TV, explosions could be heard in the pre-dawn quiet of the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv. “Russia cannot feel safe, develop, and exist with a constant threat of emanating from the territory of modern Ukraine,” Putin said. “All responsibility for bloodshed will be on the conscience of the ruling regime in Ukraine.”
Deputy Head of the People’s Militia Department of the DPR Eduard Basurin called on the Ukrainian military to lay down their arms. “I call on the Ukrainian military to lay down their arms. Save your life! Then you can restore your country.”
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