Ukrainian air defense systems suppressed – Russia

Thursday’s lightning offensive has crippled the Ukrainian military and demoralized them, Russia claims

Russia has taken out Ukraine’s air defenses and air forces with a series of precision attacks, the country’s Defense Ministry has said in a statement on Thursday morning.

In addition, Moscow also claimed that Ukrainian border guards are not resisting advancing Russian troops after President Vladimir Putin signed an order to begin a “special operation” in the Donbass. At the same time, officials denied claims made by Kiev’s defense chiefs that Russia had lost at least one military plane over the country during the offensive.

In an earlier statement, the Russian ministry reported conducting precision strikes at elements of Ukraine’s military infrastructure.

Russia launched an attack on Ukraine on Thursday morning on the orders of President Vladimir Putin. He said the goal of the operation was to demilitarize and “de-Nazify” Ukraine.

The Russian leader claimed military action was necessary to stop Ukrainian attacks on its two breakaway regions, which Moscow recognized as sovereign states on Monday. He claimed Russia may come under attack by Ukrainian radicals, unless their influence in the country is diminished, and accused Western nations of arming Kiev against Russia.

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