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Ukrainian Border forces have released a statement saying their forces have been attacked by Russian, and Belarusian Forces to the north, looks like Russia has decided every COA at once.
 
Reports of amphibious landings at Odessa and Mariupol and that Russian airborne troops may have captured the Kyiv Airport.
 
Reports of amphibious landings at Odessa and Mariupol and that Russian airborne troops may have captured the Kyiv Airport.
Ukraine has multiple brigades tasked to defend Kyiv, I doubt the airport would be captured so swiftly, though reports of strikes against C2 and anti air defenses are confirmed.
 
Ukraine has multiple brigades tasked to defend Kyiv, I doubt the airport would be captured so swiftly, though reports of strikes against C2 and anti air defenses are confirmed.
Obviously things are very fluid at the moment and any report must be taken with a grain of salt, but that report was from a tweet by Senator Marco Rubio
 
So destroy them militarily, and remove the government...now what will the west do, if they want to save Ukraine, they better act fast
I fear it is too late.

Blitzkrieg was invented 80 years ago. War machines haven't gotten slower.
 
It was noted by CNN that Putin, in his invasion Address was wearing the exact same outfit as his speech on Monday, causing people to speculate it was a prerecorded Address.
 
From CNN

US senators have said the unfolding attack in Ukraine is in line with intelligence briefings they received about what to expect from a Russian invasion.

In a series of tweets, Sen. Marco Rubio, the top Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said that Russia was launching a “full scale and comprehensive military assault throughout Ukraine.”

The attack involved “airborne and amphibious landings, missile strikes from air, ground and naval forces, electronic and cyber attacks and a large ground force to occupy a large swarth of territory," Rubio said.
He added that Russian airborne forces are also working to “take control of the airport in Kyiv (so) they can fly in forces to occupy the (capital) city." A source familiar with the matter said the tweets were based on US intelligence being shared with Intelligence Committee members.
 
I don't see Ukraine winning this. Nobody is coming in, under arms, to help. Maybe if they could get the UN to consider them as an independent country, neutral of either side. If they say and sign a treaty to never being NATO or Warsaw Pact (can we still call it that?) it might avoid bloodshed. That is really what Putin has been asking for the most.
All the threats about sanctions, freezing accounts, assets, trade and business, has been gamed through, thought about and contingencies planned. Putin dumped all his US Treasury bills and bought gold. He has a huge amount of a sought after commodity nobody can touch. He either has a solution or has decided it's acceptable losses. He's done his estimate and has his flow charts.

There is one sticky point that will be good watching. Ukraine is not a NATO Members, but they are NATO partners. The ball is in NATO's court now. If they walk away the alliance becomes untrustworthy and suspect.

It won't matter, time moves on. Ukraine will become as forgotten the Crimea.

Well except for Brandon's oil investments

All my opinion.😉
 
From UKR MoD's info machine so far here ....
Today, on 24 of February, at 5.00 AM the armed forces of the Russian Federation launched an intensive shelling of our units on east, delivered missile/bomb strikes on airfields in Boryspil, Ozerne, Kulbakino, Chuhuiv, Kramatorsk, Chornobaivka, as well as on military infrastructure of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. At the same time the aggressor started artillery shelling of the areas and settlements along the state border and administrative boundary with temporarily occupied territory of Crimea .... In the Joined Forces Operation area 5 aircraft and 2 helicopters of Russian Aerospace Forces were shot, two tanks were damaged, several trucks of the armed forces of the Russian Federation were destroyed ...
... here ...
Today, on February 24, at 5.00 am, the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation began intense shelling of our units in the east and also launched missile and bombing raids on airdromes in Boryspil, Ozerne, Kulbakino, Chuguev, Kramatorsk, Chornobayivka, also on military facilities of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. At the same time, the aggressor started artillery shelling Ukrainian territory and settlements along the state border. The Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine is repelling an air attack by an invader. The Armed Forces of Ukraine are in full combat readiness have taken and are holding defensive positions. Therefore, the situation is under control. Information about the landing of Russian troops in Odessa is not valid.
... here ...
... In Chernihiv region, the enemy was stopped. Fierce fights are taking place in the direction of Kharkiv and in the Joint Forces Operation area, where the enemy suffered casualties in men and materiel. Our Forces have taken full control of MARIUPOL and SHCHASTIA. At least six planes, two helicopters and dozens of enemy armored vehicles have been destroyed. The situation on Kharkiv direction is difficult, but the Ukrainian Defence Forces are fighting back the aggressor.
Full UKR mobilization? Check. UKR martial law for at least 30 days? Check. UKR diplomatic relations w/RUS severed? Check.

From the other side, rebels say they're "liberating UKR-occupied areas" in a joint op w/RUS forces, all while asking RUS & allied media to join the info-fight. No more evacuations to RUS from occupied areas. RUS state media denying RUS losses reported by UKR and reporting UKR desertions.

Also, this from RUS state media ...

I'd share some RUS MoD info-machine material, but their web page doesn't seem to be working ...
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