Just hours after Russia started the onslaught of their “special military operation,” government officials in Ukraine announced that they’d already shot down one Russian helicopter and five fighter jets from Russia successfully. The announcement came from the Twitter account of Ukraine’s Department of Defense, and it urged the citizen of Ukraine to remain calm.
Google translate helped translate the message from the General Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces:
According to the Joint Forces Command, 5 planes and a helicopter of the aggressors were shot down in the area of the Armed Forces today. The combined forces give a worthy rebuff to the armed forces of the Russian Federation. Military units in their positions. The enemy suffers losses. Keep calm!
The Government in Ukraine is using an all-hands on deck approach to the Russian invasion, and is offering a firearm to any and all citizens who want to join their army and protect their country against Russia’s forces:
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced on Thursday morning that he would give weapons to anyone who wanted to defend the country from the full-scale Russian invasion that was launched during the early morning hours which came at approximately the same time that Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that a “special military operation” was underway.
Putin told Ukrainian soldiers to give up and go home while threatening the U.S. and NATO that if they intervene “Russia will respond immediately, and you will have consequences that you never have had before in your history.”
“We will give weapons to anyone who wants to defend the country. Be ready to support Ukraine in the squares of our cities,” Zelensky said in a statement. “We will lift sanctions on all citizens of Ukraine who are ready to defend our country as part of the territorial defense with weapons in hands.”
Russia is targeting multiple Ukrainian cities, those with and without military targets. Ukraine has officially asked for help to protect Ukraine from Russia’s invasion.