Russia-Ukraine War: Moscow stages ‘successful landing operation’ to capture airfield near Kyiv

Moscow, Russia): The Russian Defense Ministry said on Friday that its forces have carried out a “successful landing operation” to capture Gostomel airfield in the suburbs of Kiev in Ukraine.

“On February 24, the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation conducted a successful landing operation in the area of ​​Gostomel airfield in the suburbs of Kiev. More than 200 Russian helicopters were involved in the operation,” the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement. ,

“During the capture of the airfield, more than 200 Nationalists of special units of Ukraine were eliminated. The success of the landing was ensured by the suppression of the entire air defense system in the landing area, complete isolation of the combat zone. Air and active electronic warfare,” the statement said.

There were no casualties in the Russian armed forces, the statement said. “At present, the main forces of the airborne troops are connected with units of the Russian troops at the Gostomel airfield, which block Kiev from the west. Units of the Russian Armed Forces continue to operate on the territory of Kiev and other cities. ,” the statement said.

“Currently, reconnaissance data show that the Grad Multiple Launch Rocket System mounts have been deployed on Shevchenko Square in Kiev to attack Gostomel airfield.”

The ministry claimed that Pentagon and CIA advisers “taught the Ukrainian military leadership how to deploy rocket artillery systems in residential areas to inflict return fire on local residents”.

“The use of residential areas by the Kiev regime to cover up its artillery firing positions is a war crime. It is familiar to us. These techniques are actively used by CIA-supervised terrorists in the Middle East and other countries. is,” the statement said.

In addition, the Russian Defense Ministry claimed that Ukraine “uses methods similar to terrorists’ nationalist leadership” and that it wants to use civilians “as human shields”.

“Russian armed forces will not attack residential areas of the Ukrainian capital,” the statement said.

The Russian Defense Ministry also said that units of the Lugansk People’s Republic moved rapidly in the Severodnetsk direction to a depth of 12 kilometers. It said that troops of the Donetsk People’s Republic moved 11 kilometers in defense of nationalist battalions in the direction of Volnovakha.

The statement said that units of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation have completed the blockade of the city of Chernihiv. “Russian troops are taking all measures to prevent casualties among the civilian population,” it said.

The statement claimed that “units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine for the most part do not participate in hostilities” and that “only battalions of Ukrainian Nazis are protesting”.

“Also, in advance, the Security Service of Ukraine integrated groups of notorious nationalists numbering 25-30 people into the military units of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, who underwent special training. Nationalists identify unreliable among Ukrainian soldiers And if the commanders of the units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine decide to withdraw from the occupation lines, they act as barrage detachments. to blow up the bridges,” the statement said.

The statement claimed that “Ukrainian soldiers laid down their arms”, citing that “more than one case of lynching and retaliation by nationalists who did not fight to intimidate Ukrainian Armed Forces personnel”. have been recorded.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday recognized separate regions of Ukraine – Donetsk and Luhansk – as independent entities. Later, Putin ordered special military operations to “protect” the people in the Donbass region. (ANI)

First published:February 26, 2022, 12:47 am

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