Agonies As Russian War Plane Pounds Ukrainian Town of Chuguiv, Others - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Thursday, February 24, 2022

Agonies As Russian War Plane Pounds Ukrainian Town of Chuguiv, Others

The Daily Crucible | Thursday, February 24, 2022

Aftermath of a missile attack on a residential district in Chuguiv town has left the people in tears and pains as the country woke up to a Russian invasion.

The Russian air strikes in Ukraine’s Kharkiv began on Thursday.

A son swept over the body of his father in the middle of the wreckage of a missile attack in a residential district in the eastern Ukrainian town of Chuguiv in the Kharkiv region as the country woke up on Thursday to an invasion ordered by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“I told him to leave,” the man in his 30s said, sobbing next to the twisted ruins of a car.

Nearby, a woman screamed curses into the wintry sky.

A missile crater, 4-5 metres (13-16 feet) wide, was scoured into the earth between two devastated five-floor residential buildings.

Firefighters battled to extinguish the blaze in the remnants.

Ukrainian firefighters try to extinguish a fire after the air attack hit the apartment complex. [Wolfgang Schwan/Anadolu Agency]

A man uses a carpet to cover a body stretched out on the ground after bombings on the eastern Ukraine town of Chuguiv. [Aris Messinis/AFP]

A wounded woman after an airstrike damaged an apartment complex in the city of Chuhuiv. [Wolfgang Schwan/Anadolu Agency]

Teenager Anastasia clutched her grey cat as she watched her grandfather in a wheelchair being loaded onto a minibus waiting to rush them to a nearby village.

Several other buildings on the street were damaged badly, their windows shattered and doorframes hanging in the frigid morning air.

It was among the first reported damage after Russia launched the invasion, with explosions heard in several locations across the country.

A policeman said the casualties from the bombardment were still being “evaluated.”

 ABC News reports that Putin announced on television that Russia would not tolerate the threats from Ukraine even as 
Ukraine’s interior ministry said Russia has begun attacks on the country.

Explosions were reportedly heard in Kyiv, Kharkiv, Kramatorsk and in other parts of Ukraine as the attacks targeting key infrastructure rocked the country.

US President Joe Biden condemned the attacks, describing them as unprovoked.

He said Putin has chosen a “premeditated war that will bring a catastrophic loss of life and human suffering”.

He said the US and its allies — members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) — will deliver a decisive response.

”Russia alone is responsible for the death and destruction this attack will bring, and the United States and its Allies and partners will respond in a united and decisive way. The world will hold Russia accountable,” Biden said.

Putin had ordered troops into separatist-held parts of eastern Ukraine in what he called a “peacekeeping” mission.

The order came just hours after he signed decrees recognising the independence of the Moscow-backed regions.

The decrees signed by Putin conveyed Moscow’s official recognition of two breakaway territories in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine — the Donetsk People’s Republic and Luhansk People’s Republic (DPR and LPR).

The decrees recognised them as independent states and guaranteed their security with Russian troops. The decrees also said Russian peacekeeping forces would be deployed in the areas.

Additional report credit: Aljazeera

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