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In Pics | Russia launches military attack in Ukraine

Big explosions were heard before dawn in Kyiv, Kharkiv and Odesa as world leaders decried the start of a military operation that could cause massive casualties, topple Ukraine’s democratically elected government and threaten the post-Cold War balance on the continent.

February 24, 2022 / 06:12 PM IST
Smoke rises as a fire burns on the premises of the Ukrainian Defence Ministry's unit, in Kyiv, Ukraine February 24. (Image: Reuters)
Smoke rises as a fire burns on the premises of the Ukrainian Defence Ministry's unit, in Kyiv, Ukraine February 24. (Image: Reuters)
A view shows the Ukrainian State Border Guard Service site damaged by shelling in Kyiv region, Ukraine, in this handout picture released February 24. (Image: Press service of the Ukrainian State Border Guard Service/Reuters)
A view shows the Ukrainian State Border Guard Service site damaged by shelling in Kyiv region, Ukraine, in this handout picture released February 24. (Image: Press service of the Ukrainian State Border Guard Service/Reuters)
Smoke and flame rise near a military building after an apparent Russian strike in Kyiv, Ukraine. (Image: AP)
Smoke and flame rise near a military building after an apparent Russian strike in Kyiv, Ukraine. (Image: AP)
Smoke rise from an air defence base in the aftermath of an apparent Russian strike in Mariupol, Ukraine. (Image: AP)
Smoke rise from an air defence base in the aftermath of an apparent Russian strike in Mariupol, Ukraine. (Image: AP)
This CCTV image released on February 24 by the Ukrainian Border Guard Committee shows Russian military equipment crossing Crimea border checkpoint. "The movement of military equipment across the administrative border from the peninsula is currently being recorded", they say in a statement. (Image: AFP)
This CCTV image released on February 24 by the Ukrainian Border Guard Committee shows Russian military equipment crossing Crimea border checkpoint. "The movement of military equipment across the administrative border from the peninsula is currently being recorded", they say in a statement. (Image: AFP)
Military trucks, with letter 'Z' on them, drive near Armyansk, in Crimea, February 24, 2022 in this screen grab taken from a video. (Image: Reuters)
Military trucks, with letter 'Z' on them, drive near Armyansk, in Crimea, February 24, 2022 in this screen grab taken from a video. (Image: Reuters)
Firefighters work on a fire in a building after bombings on the eastern Ukraine town of Chuguiv. Russia's ground forces on February 24 crossed into Ukraine from several directions, Ukraine's border guard service said, hours after President Vladimir Putin announced the launch of a major offensive. (Image: AFP)
Firefighters work on a fire in a building after bombings on the eastern Ukraine town of Chuguiv. Russia's ground forces on February 24 crossed into Ukraine from several directions, Ukraine's border guard service said, hours after President Vladimir Putin announced the launch of a major offensive. (Image: AFP)
A man uses a carpet to cover a body stretched out on the ground after bombings on the eastern Ukraine town of Chuguiv on February 24, as Russian armed forces are trying to invade Ukraine from several directions, using rocket systems and helicopters to attack Ukrainian position in the south, the border guard service said. Russian tanks and other heavy equipment crossed the frontier in several northern regions, as well as from the Kremlin-annexed peninsula of Crimea in the south, the agency said. (Image: AFP)
A man uses a carpet to cover a body stretched out on the ground after bombings on the eastern Ukraine town of Chuguiv on February 24, as Russian armed forces are trying to invade Ukraine from several directions, using rocket systems and helicopters to attack Ukrainian position in the south, the border guard service said. Russian tanks and other heavy equipment crossed the frontier in several northern regions, as well as from the Kremlin-annexed peninsula of Crimea in the south, the agency said. (Image: AFP)
A man sits outside his destroyed building after bombings on the eastern Ukraine town of Chuguiv on February 24. (Image: AFP)
A man sits outside his destroyed building after bombings on the eastern Ukraine town of Chuguiv on February 24. (Image: AFP)
People stand next to fragments of military equipment on the street in the aftermath of an apparent Russian strike in Kharkiv, Ukraine, February 24. Russian troops have launched their anticipated attack on Ukraine. Big explosions were heard before dawn in Kyiv, Kharkiv and Odesa as world leaders decried the start of a Russian invasion that could cause massive casualties and topple Ukraine's democratically elected government. (Image: AP)
People stand next to fragments of military equipment on the street in the aftermath of an apparent Russian strike in Kharkiv, Ukraine, February 24. Russian troops have launched their anticipated attack on Ukraine. Big explosions were heard before dawn in Kyiv, Kharkiv and Odesa as world leaders decried the start of a Russian invasion that could cause massive casualties and topple Ukraine's democratically elected government. (Image: AP)
A Ukrainian rocket launcher vehicle drives west of the coastal city of Mariupol, after Russian President Vladimir Putin authorized a military operation in eastern Ukraine, in Mariupol, February 24. (Image: Reuters)
A Ukrainian rocket launcher vehicle drives west of the coastal city of Mariupol, after Russian President Vladimir Putin authorized a military operation in eastern Ukraine, in Mariupol, February 24. (Image: Reuters)
Heavy traffic is seen on a road heading out of the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, as Russian military operation begins, in Ukraine, February 24, in this screen grab taken from a live video. (Image: Reuters)
Heavy traffic is seen on a road heading out of the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, as Russian military operation begins, in Ukraine, February 24, in this screen grab taken from a live video. (Image: Reuters)
Russian troops launched a wide-ranging attacks on Ukraine on February 24, as Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a military operation in Ukraine and warned other countries that any attempt to interfere with the Russian action would lead to "consequences you have never seen." (Image: Reuters)
Russian troops launched a wide-ranging attacks on Ukraine on February 24, as Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a military operation in Ukraine and warned other countries that any attempt to interfere with the Russian action would lead to "consequences you have never seen." (Image: Reuters)
Big explosions were heard before dawn in Kyiv, Kharkiv and Odesa as world leaders decried the start of a military operation that could cause massive casualties, topple Ukraine’s democratically elected government and threaten the post-Cold War balance on the continent. (Image: AP)
Big explosions were heard before dawn in Kyiv, Kharkiv and Odesa as world leaders decried the start of a military operation that could cause massive casualties, topple Ukraine’s democratically elected government and threaten the post-Cold War balance on the continent. (Image: AP)
Police officers inspect the remains of a missile that fell in the street, after Russian President Vladimir Putin authorized a military operation in eastern Ukraine, in Kyiv. (Image: Reuters)
Police officers inspect the remains of a missile that fell in the street, after Russian President Vladimir Putin authorized a military operation in eastern Ukraine, in Kyiv. (Image: Reuters)
Smoke is seen coming out of a military installation near the airport, after Russian President Vladimir Putin authorized a military operation in eastern Ukraine, in Mariupol, February 24. (Image: Reuters)
Smoke is seen coming out of a military installation near the airport, after Russian President Vladimir Putin authorized a military operation in eastern Ukraine, in Mariupol, February 24. (Image: Reuters)
People inspect the consequences of Russian shelling in Kyiv, Ukraine, February 24. Russian troops have launched their anticipated attack on Ukraine. Big explosions were heard before dawn in Kyiv, Kharkiv and Odesa as world leaders decried the start of an Russian invasion that could cause massive casualties and topple Ukraine's democratically elected government. (Image: AP)
People inspect the consequences of Russian shelling in Kyiv, Ukraine, February 24. Russian troops have launched their anticipated attack on Ukraine. Big explosions were heard before dawn in Kyiv, Kharkiv and Odesa as world leaders decried the start of an Russian invasion that could cause massive casualties and topple Ukraine's democratically elected government. (Image: AP)
A flame is seen from an area near the Dnieper river in Kyiv, Ukraine, February 24. Russian troops have launched their anticipated attack on Ukraine. President Vladimir Putin has cast aside international condemnation and sanctions, warning other countries that any attempt to interfere would lead to “consequences you have never seen.” (Image: AP)
A flame is seen from an area near the Dnieper river in Kyiv, Ukraine, February 24. Russian troops have launched their anticipated attack on Ukraine. President Vladimir Putin has cast aside international condemnation and sanctions, warning other countries that any attempt to interfere would lead to “consequences you have never seen.” (Image: AP)
Black smoke rises from a military airport in Chuguyev near Kharkiv on February 24. Ukraine border guards report the first death and say Russia's ground forces have crossed into Ukraine from several directions. Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a military operation in Ukraine today with explosions heard soon after across the country and its foreign minister warning a "full-scale invasion" was underway. (Image: AFP)
Black smoke rises from a military airport in Chuguyev near Kharkiv on February 24. Ukraine border guards report the first death and say Russia's ground forces have crossed into Ukraine from several directions. Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a military operation in Ukraine today with explosions heard soon after across the country and its foreign minister warning a "full-scale invasion" was underway. (Image: AFP)
Ukrainian tanks move into the city, after Russian President Vladimir Putin authorized a military operation in eastern Ukraine, in Mariupol, February 24. (Image: Reuters)
Ukrainian tanks move into the city, after Russian President Vladimir Putin authorized a military operation in eastern Ukraine, in Mariupol, February 24. (Image: Reuters)
Ukrainian soldiers ride in a military vehicle in Mariupol, Ukraine, February 24. (Image: AP)
Ukrainian soldiers ride in a military vehicle in Mariupol, Ukraine, February 24. (Image: AP)
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