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The Russian military has attacked airports and damaged hospitals and apartment buildings amid its full-scale invasion of Ukraine, according to videos shared online and reports from multiple outlets on Thursday.
What are the details?
Despite claiming that the Russian military would target only military installations in a so-called "special military operation" in Ukraine, it quickly became clear that Russian President Vladimir Putin's intentions in the neighboring country matched an all-out war, in which widespread civilian casualties are possible.
Footage obtained by the New York Times appeared to show a mass of airstrikes hitting an airport in Hostomel, just outside the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv. Subsequent reporting from CNN indicated that Russian forces had seized control of the facility, though Ukraine's military had apparently launched a counteroffensive.
More video of that attack was also posted online.
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\u2019s just 15 minutes west of the capital ring road.pic.twitter.com/JhlyVktVRC— Christopher Miller (@Christopher Miller) 1645702083
A hospital in southeastern Ukraine was also struck by ballistic missile fire Thursday in an apparently targeted attack. Amnesty International reportedly verified the attack and claimed it killed at least two civilians. The group noted that hospitals are protected under international humanitarian law.
Ballistic missile strike outside hospital in Vuhledar in #Ukraine killing at least two civilians is verified by Amnesty Evidence Lab. Hospitals are protected under international humanitarian law, ballistic missiles should never be used in populated areas.https://twitter.com/harshhihu/status/1496767505318264833\u00a0\u2026— Amnesty International (@Amnesty International) 1645717451
Ukraine's health minister, Viktor Lyashko, claimed that more hospitals are now being targeted by Russian forces.
Additionally, Russian rocket fire destroyed an apartment building near Kharkiv, Ukraine's second-largest city. The New York Times posted footage of firefighters and other first responders putting out flames and clearing debris from what remained of the building.
Chuhuyiv, in eastern Ukraine, was hit by bombs Thursday as Russian military forces attacked the country from several directions. Firefighters raced to extinguish a fire, first aid responders administered to the injured and residents mourned the dead. https://nyti.ms/3Hh1wX6\u00a0pic.twitter.com/TrnQY96sw6— The New York Times (@The New York Times) 1645724107
Video uploaded by the Daily Wire appeared to show a missile striking a building directly adjacent to a home with a woman and her children inside.
BuzzFeed News documented the extent of the devastation by posting a series of pictures online.
In all, the Russian military claimed Thursday it has overtaken 74 military installations, including 11 airfields. Ukraine has reported that at least 40 soldiers and up to 10 civilians have been killed so far.
A senior U.S. defense official told reporters Thursday that the Russian invasion of Ukraine is focused on three main axes of assault: a south-to-north approach from Crimea to Kherson; a north-central to south approach from Belarus to Kyiv; and a northeast-to-south approach near Kharkiv, where the heaviest fighting is currently happening.
The defense official, offering the information as part of an operational update, said Russia clearly intends is to overtake key population centers and is "making a move on Kyiv," NBC News reported.
Russia has "every intention of basically decapitating the government and installing their own method of governance," the defense official said.
They added that Russia's maneuvering so far is not surprising and "is very much in line with what was expected." U.S. intelligence predicted days ago that a full-scale invasion was imminent.
The defense official noted that this onslaught is only the first phase of the invasion and that many more may soon follow.
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