The day before, the government declared a state of emergency in the country due to the situation in Ukraine. Moldovan President Maia Sandu called the actions of Russia, which had previously launched a special operation in the Donbass, “a gross violation of international law.” She noted that Moldova is ready to provide assistance to the citizens of Ukraine and, if necessary, to accept refugees, Sandu said earlier.
On the night of February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the start of a Russian special operation in Ukraine to “protect people who have been subjected to abuse and genocide by the Kiev regime for eight years.”
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The Russian Defense Ministry noted that the Russian armed forces are striking at the military infrastructure and aviation of Ukraine, while nothing threatens the civilian population. “In total, as a result of the strikes of the Russian armed forces, 83 ground objects of the military infrastructure of Ukraine were disabled. Since the beginning of the special military operation, two Su-27s, two Su-24s, one helicopter and four Bayraktar TB-2 attack unmanned aerial vehicles of the Armed Forces of Ukraine have been shot down,” Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said on the evening of February 24.
In connection with this, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky introduced martial law in the country and announced a general mobilization. On the night of February 25, the head of state said that as a result of the military special operation of Russia, 137 citizens of Ukraine were killed, 316 were injured.