Additionally, dozens were injured. “We are issuing arms to all those capable of defending our sovereignty,” said Zelensky in a televised address from Kyiv. CNN broadcasted a translation of the speech. “Each citizen of Ukraine will decide the future of our people. Anyone with military experience who is able to join the defense of Ukraine must report to call-up stations.”
KHARKIV, UKRAINE – FEBRUARY 24: (EDITORS NOTE: Image depicts graphic content) A wounded woman is seen as airstrike damages an apartment complex outside of Kharkiv, Ukraine on February 24, 2022. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) pic.twitter.com/FxXoLEN3sQ
— Kevin Baron (@DefenseBaron) February 24, 2022
Ukraine will not “cede its freedom” said Zelensky. “Whatever they might think in Moscow, to Ukrainians independence and the right to live on our land is the highest value,” Zelensky said. “Russia has attacked our state in a cunning way, in the way Nazi Germany did during the Second World War.”
Ukrainian Interior Ministry has said there have already been hundreds of casualties Thursday after Russian troops moved in on Ukraine. Oleksiy Arestovich, an adviser for Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky confirmed over 40 Ukrainian soldiers were killed on Thursday morning.
National Review reports:
Zelensky’s statement was issued hours after Russia began shelling virtually every major Ukrainian population center, including the capital city of Kyiv; Kharkiv, the second-largest city in Ukraine, which sits just 20 miles from the Russian border; and Odessa, the strategically valuable southern port city. The aerial bombardment was swiftly followed by a ground incursion featuring Russian tanks and armored personnel carriers streaming through multiple checkpoints on the Russian-Ukrainian border.
Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Oleg Nikolenko claimed four Russian tanks were “burned on Kharkiv ring road.”
Footage of burned apartment buildings in the city of Kharkiv showed potential evidence of Russian attacks on civilian targets, the New York Times reported.
Ukrainians lined up at banks to retrieve valuables on Thursday, including in Lviv in the west of the country.
“They sent us a message and said come collect all your valuable today, tomorrow we will be closed,” Christina Kornienko told the Times. Kornienko said she thought the most likely scenario would be that “the women will go to Poland, and the men will fight.”
Air raid sirens sounded earlier in the morning in Lviv, where U.S. diplomatic had moved recently for fear of being caught in the crossfire nearer to the Russian border in Kyiv.. American staff are now working out of Poland.
Confirmed by Ukrainian authorities. A large air assault operation with Mi-8 helicopters on Antonov International Airport in Hostomel. Interior Ministry says Russia has seized control. Very dangerous; it’s just 15 minutes west of the capital ring road. pic.twitter.com/JhlyVktVRC
— Christopher Miller (@ChristopherJM) February 24, 2022
Report: North Korean ballistic missile fired by Russia into Ukraine contained components sourced from U.S.
A new report from Conflict Armament Research (CAR), a U.K.-based investigative organization, determined that a North Korean ballistic missile which was fired by Russia into Ukraine contained “numerous” electronic components sourced from the U.S. and Europe.
The Daily Caller News Foundation reported on the findings, noting approximately 75% of the 290 components analyzed in the missile originated from U.S.-based companies, and an additional 16% of components came from European firms, according to the CAR report.
The electronic components came from 26 countries in total and were largely utilized in the missile’s navigation system, according to the report. It isn’t clear how the components ended up in North Korea’s possession, as the country is strictly sanctioned by a bulk of the international community, but it’s possible other foreign companies, acting as middlemen, bought the components and then diverted them to the communist country.
However, the fact that North Korea was able to acquire so many American electronic component parts suggests “that the country has developed a robust acquisition network capable of circumventing, without detection, sanction regimes that have been in place for nearly two decades,” according to the report.
CAR documents “weapons at the point of use and track their sources back through the chains of supply.”North Korea gathered the components, assembled the missile and shipped it to Russia, all within a relatively short time period, according to the report. The missile was recovered by CAR on Jan. 2, and the investigators determined it could not have been manufactured before March 2023.
A @conflictarm field investigation team recently documented the electronic components of a North Korean ballistic missile recovered in Ukraine on 2 January 2024. CAR investigators documented over 290 components, mostly found in the missile’s navigation system.🧵 (1/6) pic.twitter.com/WxsedC18K6
— CAR (@conflictarm) February 20, 2024
The U.S. government and intelligence agencies are working to stop sensitive American intellectual property from ending up in the hands of several foreign adversaries. North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un and Russian President Vladimir Putin have strengthened their relationship since Russia first invaded Ukraine in February 2022.
“Due in part to our export and sanction controls, Russia has become increasingly isolated on the world stage, and they’ve been forced to look to like-minded states for military equipment,” White House National Security Council (NSC) spokesman John Kirby said during a press briefing in January. “One of those states is North Korea.”
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