Numerous reports are emerging that Kyiv Boryspil International Airport (KBP) is under attack by Russian forces.
Report: Kyiv Airport Under Attack By Russian Forces
Yesterday evening, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), a senior member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and Vice Chairman of the Select Committee on Intelligence, tweeted that Kyiv, also known as Kiev, was under attack and that Russian forces were attempting to take control of the airport. According to Rubio, Russia hopes to use the airport as base of operations to fly in forces with the end goal of occupying the Ukrainian capital city.
An amphibious assault on the key port city of #Mariupol is now underway
Ground forces now moving in from Belarus,Crimea & from #Russia
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) February 24, 2022
Reuters has reported that KBP Airport is now under evacuation and explosions have been heard in the vicinity. Earlier, fearing both physical and cyberattacks were imminent, all flights were suspended from the airport. Inbound traffic, including an EL-AL flight from Tel Aviv to Toronto that would have flown over western Ukraine, turned around mid-flight as a precautionary measure. A LOT Polish flight from Warsaw to Kyiv also returned to Warsaw mid-flight.
According to FlightRadar24, a limited number of jets (and only one foreign jet, owned by WizzAir) remain on the ground at Kyiv Boryspil or Kyiv Sikorsky International Airport (IEV).
Aircraft tracked by Flightradar24 on the ground at Kyiv’s two main commercial airports as of this morning. Only foreign air carrier with aircraft on the ground is Wizz Air with 3 A320s (HA-LWY, HA-LPJ, HA-LPM).
— Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) February 24, 2022
Ukraine International Airlines PS602 from Baku (GYD) to Kyiv (KBP) has just diverted to Chișinău, Moldova (KIV). Other inbound flights are expected to divert.
Russian troops have also landed in Mariupol and Odessa according to the Wall Street Journal:
Reuters via IFX: Russian troops have landed in Mariupol and Odessa
— Anthony DeRosa (@Anthony) February 24, 2022
Thus far, the Kremlin has only announced that it has ordered a “military operation” in Ukraine, confirming Western fears of a further attack. Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned other countries will endure “consequences they have never seen” should they interfere. U.S. President Joe Biden has condemned Putin’s move, calling it “an unprovoked and unjustified attack by Russian military forces.” Biden added:
“President Putin has chosen a premeditated war that will bring a catastrophic loss of life and human suffering. Russia alone is responsible for the death and destruction this attack will bring, and the United States and its Allies and partners will respond in a united and decisive way. The world will hold Russia accountable.”
The UN Security Council has called for peace but not condemned the attack because Russia, as a permanent member, has veto power on any vote. G7 leaders and NATO will meet on Thursday to weigh their next steps.
This is breaking news.