Twitter is alight with news, and some of it may be fake, so beware. That said, multiple correspondents for different television networks have heard explosions in Kyiv. There have been explosions in multiple other cities. The U.S. embassy reports:
There are reports of Russian attacks on targets in a number of major Ukrainian cities, including Kyiv, Kharkiv, Odesa, Ivano-Frankivsk, and Mariupol. U.S. citizens in Ukraine are advised to shelter in place and take the following actions:
— U.S. Embassy Kyiv (@USEmbassyKyiv) February 24, 2022
Air raid sirens are going off in Kyiv as I write this. People are trying desperately to get out:
Said to be a massive line of cars leaving Kyiv, the Ukrainian capital. https://t.co/SPjh5pBiDK
— Christopher Miller (@ChristopherJM) February 24, 2022
Here is video of the debris of a cruise missile in the capital city:
KH-31 air-to-surface missile debris in Kyiv https://t.co/8QGJK7Sq7A
— OSINTtechnical (@Osinttechnical) February 24, 2022
Zelensky has declared martial law, and the Ukrainian government reports that the Russian military has attacked military targets all over the country. The first wave of attacks appears to be targeting air defense. Reports are that all military airports have now been destroyed:
Map of Russian missile strikes against Ukrainian targets. All military airports are apparently destroyed pic.twitter.com/Q0wY7diVst
— Dmitri Alperovitch (@DAlperovitch) February 24, 2022
A family friend has a mom in Kyiv. She reports to her daughter: “War.”
Meanwhile, as you have surely read, the repugnant punk Tucker Carlson has gone to town propagandizing for Putin, asking his audience: what did Vladimir Putin ever do to you? Did he call you a racist, or make fentanyl, or eat dogs? Why, no! As stupid as that sounds, I’m not even making it up. I’ll show you the version shown on Russian state television, with subtitles that gleefully proclaim this useful idiot propaganda to the Russian people:
Russian state broadcaster RT just published Tucker Carlson’s rant to defend Putin with Russian subtitles pic.twitter.com/atmHt4TlmS
— Ragıp Soylu (@ragipsoylu) February 23, 2022
Nor am I making up Trump’s talk tonight to his dullard crowd in Mar-a-Lago as he fanbois for Putin, dreamy-eyed at the thought of a “smart” man who can just waltz in and take over huge tracts of land without repercussion:
At Mar-a-Lago event, Trump says "Trump said Putin is smart. He's taken over a country for $2 worth of sanctions. I'd say that's pretty smart." pic.twitter.com/v4RkhqvCd3
— danny (@dabbs346) February 24, 2022
Trump is a monster. Tucker Carlson is a sinister propagandist. Now if there is anything they can do for us:
Keep the people of Ukraine in your thoughts. And as to the evil Vladimir Putin and his sinister propagandists in the United States, like the unspeakable cretin at Mar-a-Lago, or Father Carlson, I wish them . . . nothing good.
UPDATE: Russian cyberattacks have taken down Ukranian news sites:
I see that my standard Ukrainian news sites, Ukrainskaya pravda and Novoe Vremya, are frozen, presumably Russia cyber attack. Ukrainskaya pravda confirms that five Russian fighter planes & one helicopter have been shot down in Donbass.
— Anders Åslund (@anders_aslund) February 24, 2022
Our friend with the mom in Kyiv told us the same thing tonight.
UPDATE: Russians are firing rockets indiscriminately into the city. The face of a victim:
KHARKIV, UKRAINE – FEBRUARY 24: (EDITORS NOTE: Image depicts graphic content) A wounded woman is seen as airstrike damages an apartment complex outside of Kharkiv, Ukraine on February 24, 2022. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) pic.twitter.com/FxXoLEN3sQ
— Kevin Baron (@DefenseBaron) February 24, 2022
An apartment complex in Is devastated by bombardment, south of Kharkiv. Untold number of casualties. pic.twitter.com/jdx4CQdGeK
— Justin Yau (@PDocumentarians) February 24, 2022
Wow. Video of a missile hitting an airport, reportedly in Ivano-Frankivsk in Western Ukraine. The geographic scale of this thing is crazy pic.twitter.com/odhvqin77Y
— Alec Luhn (@ASLuhn) February 24, 2022
I’m going to bed. I’ll leave you tonight with this message:
Stand with Ukraine.
Cripple Russia with sanctions.
Arm the Ukrainian military and the Ukrainian resistance.
Seize oligarch assets.
Welcome Ukrainian refugees.
Make Russia pay for what it has done.
— David French (@DavidAFrench) February 24, 2022