Live updates from Russia’s massive Ukraine invasion

A U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II aircraft assigned to the 34th Fighter Squadron receives fuel from a KC-10 Extender aircraft over Poland, Feb. 24, 2022. The F-35A aircraft affords NATO leaders the flexibility to project power and assert air dominance in highly contested environments. (Senior Airman Joseph Barron/Air Force)

On Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin launched his long-anticipated invasion of neigboring Ukraine. Despite pleas from the international community, Putin rebuffed condemnation and sanctions, warning other countries that attempts made by other states to interfere would lead to “consequences you have never seen.”

Events of the invasion have played out in real time on social media platforms. Sources on the ground in Ukraine are reporting live on Twitter, and Military Times is chronicling these accounts and will continue to provide live updates. You can find updates prior to 11:30 a.m. Thursday here.

7:34 p.m. EST

Buzzfeed News and other outlets are reporting that about a dozen Ukrainian troops found themselves alone against the Russians on Snake Island, a small outcropping southwest of Odesa.

They reportedly refused to surrender to the Russians and were all killed. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is putting them in for the “Hero of Ukraine” honor.

Navy Twitter has already created a crest honoring these fallen servicemembers.

7:30 p.m. EST

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki praises Russians for standing against their government’s decision to invade Ukraine.

According to Reuters, the Ukrainian government is calling on hackers to defend the country from Russian attacks.

CNN reports that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky asked outright if Ukraine will be accepted into NATO.

6:00 p.m. EST

Ukrainian Foreign Affairs Minister Dmytro Kulebo shares that during a call with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, he requested worldwide support as his country works to repel the Russian advance.

In the invasion thus far, Russia has sent 160 missiles into Ukraine.

The Daily Beat reported a hospital bombing, adding that Russian attacks are causing civilian casualties, not just military members.

Reuters confirms that Russian officials are holding more than 1,600 people for protesting the country’s invasion into Ukraine.

Leaders around the world publicly condemn the actions of Putin and voice support for Ukraine.

All Ukrainian troops are mobilized throughout the country.

4:00 p.m. EST

Satellite imagery shows massive craters near Ukrainian military bases.

NBC brings latest updates on the situation in Ukraine at-large.

Congress is set to convene a classified briefing on the situation in Ukraine after the recess ends, according to The Guardian. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will be among those in attendance.

Washington Post reports that 14,000 troops are deploying in reponse to Russia’s attack on Ukraine.

2:45 p.m. EST

An anti-war protest broke out in Russia, with its citizens decrying the decision of Putin to invade neighboring Ukraine.

Ukraine’s U.S. ambassador Oksana Markarova called for a robust international response to the Russian invasion of her country.

2:00 p.m. EST

I have called a virtual Summit of NATO leaders tomorrow, to address the way forward,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in a Thursday press briefing.

1:45 p.m. EST

“The Russian military has begun a brutal assault on the people of Ukraine,” Biden said. “Without provocation, without justification, without necessity. This is a premeditated attack. Vladimir Putin has been planning this for months.”

Around 8,500 U.S. troops remain on high alert as concerns the NATO Response Force will be activated increase following the Russian attack on nuclear facilities at Chernobyl.

British intelligence sources confirm that the Russian Black Sea Fleet has entered Ukrainian waters, potentially preparing for a full blockade as clashes on land continue.

1:15 p.m. EST

Politico and NBC report on cyberattack options against Russia.

AP reports that Ukraine lost Chernobyl in a firefight.

12:50 p.m. EST

The Hill reports that the U.S. embassy to Ukraine has been moved to neighboring Poland officially.

President Joe Biden confirms G7 meeting and discusses sanctions against Russia.

In a press conference, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said that there are no plans to send alliance troops into Ukraine.

11:50 a.m. EST

CNN reports that the Ukrainian troops do not have what they need to repel Russian forces. Its United Kingdom Ambassador Vadym Prystaiko confirmed that its arsenal is not robust enough to defend the country.

The official Ukraine Twitter account requests that the platform ban Russia as a user.

BBC reports that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has not fled the country, but his location remains undisclosed.

Sarah Sicard is a Senior Editor with Military Times. She previously served as the Digital Editor of Military Times and the Army Times Editor. Other work can be found at National Defense Magazine, Task & Purpose, and Defense News.

Rachel is a Marine Corps veteran, Penn State alumna and Master’s candidate at New York University for Business and Economic Reporting.

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