Ukraine, from Putin’s announcement to Zelensky’s response: first day of war

It was 4.20 am (Kiev time) when Putin announced the start of the “special military operation”

A year has passed since that February 24th when, at 4.20 in the night (Kiev time), Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the start of what he called a “special military operation” to “denazify and secure Ukraine. At 5.27, always Kiev time (one hour ahead of Italy), the first explosions were heard in Kiev, as well as in other areas of Ukraine. At 6.58 am local time, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky confirmed that the country was hit by a series of attacks. At 13.56 NATO activates its defense plans, which provide for the mobilization of over 100 fighter jets which are on standby and 120 allied ships at sea, from the Arctic to the Mediterranean Sea.

”Our greatest fear has come true and our warnings have tragically come true. Russian President Putin unleashed the war without any provocation and without any credible excuse,” then British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said, addressing the nation at noon London time (2pm in Ukraine).

At 20.50 Ukrainian time the port city of Mariupol is hit by heavy attacks. At 23.40 Moscow time about two thousand people are arrested in Russia for having taken to the streets to protest against the war. During the night Zelensky calls for general mobilization and imposes martial law, denouncing that 137 Ukrainians were killed on the first day of the Russian assault.