On the night of February 25, the Ukrainian Armed Forces (UAF) showed resistance in several cities of Ukraine, fightings and sporadic clashes broke out on the streets.
If on the first day of the operation, Russian forces avoided attacks on civilian infrastructure by entering cities without firing a single shot, almost not engaging in battles with Ukrainian military, the second day of the operation will likely be more bloody.
The UAF are resisting in the residential areas in the cities and in their suburbs. On February 25, the Ukrainian Armed Forces are actively deploying military equipment on the streets in Kiev and Kharkiv. Urban combat is always bloody, and it is very difficult to avoid collateral damage.
Zelensky said that 137 Ukrainians were killed in a day, 316 wounded.
According to the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, the Russian Armed Forces lost 7 aircraft, 6 helicopters, more than 30 tanks and 120 armored vehicles, up to 800 personnel.
During the fighting, more than 150 servicemen of various security agencies of Ukraine laid down their arms and surrendered, Major General Igor Konashenkov, an official representative of the Russian Defense Ministry, said.
During the special military operation, the Russian Armed Forces took out 118 military facilities of Ukraine’s military infrastructure, including: 11 military airfields, 13 AFU control points and communication nodes, 14 air defense missile systems S-300 and “Osa”, 36 radar stations. 5 combat aircrafts, 1 helicopter and 5 unmanned aerial vehicles were shot down. 18 tanks and other armoured combat vehicles, 7 multiple rocket launchers, 41 pieces of special military vehicles and 5 combat boats were destroyed.
DPR forces in the Volnovakha direction, advanced one more kilometer deep into the defense of the nationalist battalions, overcoming the stubborn resistance of the enemy, the Russian Defence Ministry reported. LPR forces advanced up to 9 kilometers in the Stepovoye area .
The shelling of civilian infrastructure in Donbass continues. In Gorlovka, a civilian was killed by the UAF strike, 5 others were wounded.
Two women were also killed as a result of a strike on a school in Gorlovka.
In Donetsk, about two dozen buildings were damaged, including the city’s specialized orphanage. The Ukrainian Armed Forces shelled the children’s hospital in Donetsk. The building was significantly damaged by Ukrainian mines.
More servicemen of the 53rd UAF Brigade laid down their arms and were transfered to Donetsk. Several Ukrainian servicemen of the 36th Marines Brigade, who have already laid down their weapons, are also in Donetsk. On the morning of February 25, servicemen of the 57th UAF Brigade raised a white flag, asked for a humanitarian corridor.
They were guaranteed release after signing a pledge never to participate in hostilities.
At night, a column of 50 UAF armored vehicles headed from the direction of Krasnopolye towards the city of Sumy. Halfway, half of the vehicles turned around and moved back towards Kiev.
Judging by the footage from the Sumy region, the UAF suffered significant losses in equipment.
Russian troops entered the city of Sumy around 5 p.m. on February 24. During the first hours in the city, they faced no resistance.
Later in the evening, Ukrainian troops unleashed combat in the city. According to local reports, one of the main battles broke out near the city’s military school. Fierce fighting took place on the outskirts.
The fighting lasted several hours. The checkpoint of the cadet school was taken under the control of Russian troops.
The head of the Sumy region Zhivitsky confirmed that the nearby city of Konotop was taken in the ring. Ukrainian forces in the town of Akhtyrka repelled Russian troops twice. The settlements of the Sumy region were besieged.
“The equipment from Sumy went out in the direction of Kiev, a lot of equipment that passed through in transit is heading to the western direction.” – Zhivitsky added.
Despite the advance of Russian troops on the northeastern outskirts of Kharkov, the UAF are still holding the city, transferring reinforcements to the Cirkunov area. The dam at the Pechenezh reservoir was destroyed by the UAF.
The UAF are deploying Grad MLRSs in residential neighborhoods of Kharkiv. Images of multiple-launch rocket launchers placed directly in residential areas of the city are published in Ukrainian social networks. Tanks are taking their positions on the streets.
Apparently, the AFU seeks to make the battle for Kharkov as bloody as possible.
At night, a column of marines and paratroopers of the UAF headed towards Krivoy Rog. It was spotted moving from Nikolaev to Bashtanka. These forces aim to seize and hold the roads to Kremenchug and Dnepropetrovsk, which are running through Krivoy Rog.
On the evening of February 24, fighting broke out near the eastern outskirts of Kherson. It was reported that the UAF had recaptured the road bridge in Kherson and were conducting defensive operations. By morning, Russian troops had passed through according to the footage from the area.
By the morning, several regional districts were taken under control. The city itself was under Ukrainian control.
At night, Russian troops entered Melitopol. There was no resistance. Local sources reported that checkpoints had already been set up all over the city and Russian flags were seen. Meanwhile, in Mariupol, evacuation preparations were underway, and blast furnaces of the largest metallurgical production facilities were being prepared to be shut down and blown up.
In the morning, clashes were reported in the region.
Firefighting in the building of the SBU in Melitopol.
A grouping of Russian troops is heading from Crimea towards Zaporizhzhya to join Russian forces coming from the direction of Melovoye.
Fire was also opened in the outskirts of the city of Mariupol. The UAF Grad systems were firing from the residential sector.
On February 25, an assault on the naval landing force began in Ochakov. In the morning the Ukrainian naval base in Ochakov was destroyed.
In the evening of February 24, the Zmeiny Island in the Odessa region was taken by Russian forces. 82 Ukrainian servicemen surrendered. 13 Ukrainian soldiers were killed.
On February 25, it is reported that there are Russian forces at many checkpoints on the roads near the city of Odessa, that many UAF soldiers have surrendered.
The UAF are mining beaches in Odessa:
According to several reports, Russian armored vehicles are on the approaches to the city of Nikolaev.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Global Hawk is monitoring the situation in the Black Sea:
On February 24, Russian assault forces landed at the Gostomel airfield northwest of Kiev and are holding the airfield until the main forces arrive. On the morning of February 25, an operation to unblock the Russian landing force at the Gostomel airfield began. Fighting with the paratroopers near Gostomel broke out.
The Russian Armed Forces entered Dymer in the Kiev region, 25 kilometers from Gostomel.
The Chernobyl nuclear power plant was taken under control to avoid provocations from Ukraine. A pontoon crossing of Russian troops across the Pripyat River. An agreement was reached with soldiers of a separate battalion of Ukrainian nuclear power plant guards to jointly ensure the safety of power units and the sarcophagus of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.
Kiev is actively speculating on the topic of safety at Chernobyl, spreading information that there was an increase in radiation in the staple region after the arrival of Russian troops.
Meanwhile, Russian tanks are approaching Kiev. Halfway to the capital, near Ivankov, a battle began. The Ukrainian Armed Forces blew up a bridge in the Vyshgorod direction in order to stop the advance of Russian troops.
Ukrainian tanks were deployed on the streets in the center of Kiev.
While the Russian troops are approaching the capital, the Ukrainian military is crushing civilians.
Video showing the rescue of a man whose car was run over by the Strela-10 of the UAF was shared online.
There have been several similar incidents in various Ukrainian cities before, filmed by locals. All the incidents were the result of the UAF ations.
Last night a Kalibr missile was intercepted over Kiev. The wreckage hit a house in he Darnitskiy district of Kiev.
Another house was destroyed by wreckage of an aircraft that was shot doen over the Kiev suburbs.
Another Kalibr missile successfully hit its target, an ammunition depot was likely blown up.
Russian territory also came under fire. On February 24, several shells struck the territory of Crimea. The head of the Republic, Sergey Aksenov confirmed.
At least 140 Ukrainian shells fell on the territory of the Rostov Region at night, the Russian Investigative Committee said.
The aircraft parking lot in the military airfield in Millerovo in the Rostov region was hit with Ukrainian Tochka-U. According to preliminary data of the law enforcement agencies of the Rostov region, the Russian Air Force combat aviation during the strike on the military airport in Millerovo was not damaged.
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