Moscow announces operation to “demilitarize” Ukraine, strikes airfields


Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency has suspended all flights to and from 12 airports in the south of the country. The move comes after Moscow revealed that it had launched airstrikes in Ukraine.

“The airports temporarily suspended are Rostov (Platov), Krasnodar (Pashkovsky), Anapa (Vityazevo), Gelendzhik, Elista, Stavropol, Belgorod, Bryansk, Kursk, Voronezh, and Simferopol,” the agency reported on its official website, also noting that people should avoid going to the airports. The restriction will remain in place until March 2, 2022.

Russia has asserted that it is targeting “military infrastructure, air defense facilities, military airfields, and aviation [in Ukraine],” with the Defense Ministry stating that there is no threat to the civilian population.

Moscow says weapons brought in by the US and NATO and was going to be used against civilians in Donbass is being targeted and destroyed.

Early on Thursday morning, in a televised address to the nation, Putin announced that Russia would begin launching a special military operation in Ukraine. The goal of the action, according to the Kremlin, is “to protect the people [of Donbass] who have been tortured for eight years by the Ukrainian regime.”

Putin also called for the complete “demilitarization” and “denazification” of Ukraine, and made a pledge to prosecute those who were involved in “numerous bloody crimes against civilians.” The Russian leader called on Ukrainian soldiers “to put down arms immediately” so they could return home to their families.

Apparently, the Ukrainians didn’t notice what happens to any nation that has the US as its ally? Just few months ago Armenia lost all of Nagorno Kharabakh after being guided by Washington.