As many as 40 Ukrainian soldiers and around 10 civilians have been killed by Russian shelling, international media reported quoting the Ukrainian President’s adviser as saying.
The AFP, meanwhile reported that Ukraine said it killed ‘around 50 Russian occupiers’ without providing details. The casualties are the latest in a series of fast-paced developments that began when Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a military operation in Ukraine early Thursday.
Meanwhile, Ukraine’s ambassador to India urged PM of India Narendra Modi to contact Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr to mediate the crisis.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Thursday said that the country has severed diplomatic relations with Russia after Moscow launched an all-out invasion of Ukraine by land, air, and sea on Thursday, the biggest attack by one state against another in Europe since World War Two and confirmation of the worst fears of the West. Zelenskiy has declared martial law in the country and the Ukrainian foreign minister vowed to fight and defeat Russia.
Following Putin’s invasion early on Thursday, explosions were reported in several areas of Ukraine and air sirens went off in Kyiv, indicating that the capital city is under attack.
Shortly afterward, the Russian defense ministry said that Ukraine’s air bases and military infrastructure has been neutralized, according to an IFX news agency report.