Shelling by Ukrainian Army forces against Luhansk resulted in numerous private homes being destroyed, and numerous civilian fatalities, including the infant shown above, burned to death.
Complete coverage of developments commencing . . . check back for updates below 9:30 AM EST Sunday, 20 February 2022)
10:26 AM EST We begin with the most recent report from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) which highlights the incredible increase in hostilities in eastern Ukraine. The report, below, is mind-boggling:
To put a human face and perspective on the data above, here is a video report from Donetsk, this morning:
BULK UPDATE POSTED 10:29 AM EST FROM EARLIER EVENTS:
International Red Cross says intensified hostilities in the Donetsk region have disrupted water supplies to more than one million people on both sides of the frontline
Reports of people losing internet connection in Donetsk
I have a unconfirmed report that Russia has violated the Ukrainian airspace and the Su35s have entered the Ukrainian airspace.
Unconfirmed: Internet service provide 'Lugacom' announces that it may soon no longer be able to provide internet coverage to the LPR.
An terrorist group was blocked on the territory of Donetsk, which planned to blow up electrical substations and gas pipelines.
When trying to detain, they offered armed resistance, from which 2 special forces soldiers received gunshot wounds
At 5am on 2/20, 79th Airborne Assault Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine attempted to attack the positions of the LPR in the area of the settlement of Pionerskoye.
The attack was repulsed & suffered losses. 5 houses destroyed & civilian casualties
The leader of the Donetsk People's Republic, which declared its unilateral independence from Ukraine, Denis Pushilin: "If Ukraine's harassment continues, we will call on Russia for help." War start.
Patrick Lancaster: Anti Ukraine government LPR forces report attacks from UA forces has killed 2 civilians. I'm reporting from Donetsk DPR
More than 40,000 refugees from the Donbass region have arrived in Russia, announced Alexánder Chuprián, acting head of the country's Emergencies Ministry.
4:12 AM EST Donbass, Donetsk: South-west, west of Donetsk shelling thunders. People in basements. Take care of yourself and your loved ones!
VIDEO: Ukraine, with the approval of the West, has launched a plan to invade the territory of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), head of the People's Militia of the DPR Denis Sinenkov says – TASS
5:25 AM EST -- Explosions in areas of Donetsk, arrivals of shells with a caliber of 122 mm. Right now the Armed Forces of Ukraine are attacking Donetsk!
"I'm afraid to say, that the plan that we're seeing, is for something that could be really the biggest war in Europe since 1945," UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in an interview on Sunday with the BBC in Munich
South Korea issues an emergency warning urging it’s last remaining citizens to quickly leave Ukraine – Yonhap
The Dutch Foreign Ministry has decided to temporarily transfer employees of its embassy in Kiev to Lviv, reports the Netherlands Broadcasting Corporation (NOS)
6:33 AM EST -- Heavy shelling being reported in the vicinity of Donetsk int'l airport. Dozens of explosions heard
Moscow calls on Western partners to reason, said the press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov. “We urge you to ask yourself the question: what is the point of Russia attacking someone? We urge you to remember history,” Peskov said. At the same time, he remarked: “Well, let’s just say that, as we have recently seen, they are not very good with history in the West. But we remind you that Russia has never attacked anyone throughout its history. And Russia, which has survived so many wars is the last country in Europe that wants to speak at all, even pronounce the word "war".
"Russia intends to annex Baltic States after Ukraine" British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said
Donetsk announced that since the beginning of this day the Armed Forces of Ukraine have carried out 29 bombardments, using 122-millimeter artillery, 120- and 82-millimeter-caliber mortars, and grenade launchers. In total, 16 towns have been affected by the fire.
During the shelling of Zaitsevo, the military used 30-millimeter RHV-HEF cartridges for an automatic grenade launcher manufactured at the Bulgarian weapons plant 'Arsenal', the self-proclaimed republic detailed.
Kremlin says situation on the line of contact in Donbas has been strained to the maximum, any minor provocation can lead to irreparable consequences – TASS
Czech Prime Minister says the likelihood of a peaceful settlement around Ukraine is declining.
The Kremlin Spokesperson, Dmitry Peskov, has accused French diplomats of leaking information divulged by Putin during his talks with French President Macron
8:00 AM EST 'Biden convenes National Security Council as violence escalates in Ukraine'
BULK UPDATE 10:53 AM EST --
*U.S. Officials Expect Russian Attack on Ukraine Within Next Few Days --WSJ
*Invasion Expected to Involve Tanks, Jets, Ballistic Missiles, Cyber, U.S. Officials Say --WSJ
*Prospects for Averting War Appear Dim, U.S. Officials Say –WSJ
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands decided to temporarily transfer employees of its embassy in Kiev to Lviv
India evacuates embassy staff in Kiev
“But we're very clear of our principles and our purpose, which is to be aligned with our allies understanding that I mean, listen, guys we're talking about the potential for war in Europe.” -- Kamala Harris Munich Security Conference
Aleksandrovka (Petrovsky Quarter SW Donetsk) under infantry and artillery fire from Kiev Several houses in flames Further north, the airport is also the target of heavy fire from the Kievan forces
10:00 AM EST -- The Olympic Games in China are now officially closed. War can now commence.
10:23 AM EST -- Poland to convene an emergency OSCE Permanent Council session on Ukraine
An SPG-9 shell has reportedly destroyed a substation providing electricity to a part of Alexandrovka village in rebel-held Donetsk.
Окра Outskirts of Petrovsky district under fire of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The projectile flew into the courtyard of a residential building.
France’s Macron and Russia’s Putin agreed to try to hold working group meeting in coming hours with aim of reaching cease-fire on contact line
Russia's Federation Council (Their Version of US Senate) to hold unscheduled meeting on February 22nd -- local media
Israeli PM renews call on Israelis to immediately leave Ukraine, says more than 3,000 have already left but many are still there.
11:36 AM EST --
Minutes ago, a Ukrainian base near the frontlines came under fire from the Luhansk area. This is the first time (they’ve had to get in the air raid shelter) at this location according to the local commander.
CBS News National Security Correspondent David Martin reports US intel confirms TO HIM, “Russian troops have actually received orders now to proceed with the invasion” of Ukraine. The intelligence indicates that "they're doing everything that American commanders would do once they got the order to proceed.” - (HT REMARK: So then this invasion order is a CONCLUSION come to by US Intel. Which means they DO NOT have intercepted comms "giving the order." Their own words contradict themselves.)
11:47 AM EST --
Russia issues NOTAM (Notice to Air Missions) citing a "Tempo Danger Area" (Temporary Danger Area) in the Sea of Azov, from the surface to "unlimited altitude" beginning at Midnight tonight!
The Russian Defense Ministry "closed" most of the Sea of Azov and the airspace above it from midnight of February 21 until the end of February 26.
(HT REMARK: So now, it seems, we actually KNOW. Whatever is going to take place, will happen between tonight at Midnight, and February 26.)
12:51 PM EST
Around 10 Russian ships have passed through the Kerch strait, entering the Sea of Azov. Two Russian amphibious assault group HAVE NOW ARRIVED east and west of Crimea.
The first group between Crimea and Odessa (with a six assault ships from the north and the Barents fleets), the second group in the Azov Sea (with the amphibious component of the Black Sea and Caspian Sea)
12:55 PM EST --
Scandinavian Airlines ("SAS") from February 20 to 27 stops flights over the airspace of Ukraine
According to the latest US intelligence assessment, against Ukraine Russia now has positioned:
-Close to 75% of its conventional forces
-120 Battalion Tactical Groups within 60km of Ukraine
-35 air defense battalions
-500 fighter/bomber aircraft
-50 medium to heavy bombers.
12:56 PM EST -- LPR reports Ukrainian armed forces are approaching the line of contact with TB2 drones, closer and closer everyday
1:03 PM EST -- This video from Brahin, Belarus, is near a suspected major Russian thrust point towards Kyiv. Brahin, Belarus is 2 miles from the Ukrainian border and about 30 miles from Chernobyl. Pontoon bridges ring a bell?
LUFTHANSA SUSPENDS FLIGHTS TO UKRAINE’S CAPITAL KYIV
1:04 PM EST -- Emergency mode introduced in the Kursk region in connection with the arrival of refugees from the Donbass - EMERCOM of the Russian Federation
1:11 PM EST -- Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipavsky called on citizens of his country to leave Ukraine
1:14 PM EST -- NATO has relocated Ukraine staff from the capital Kyiv to Lviv in the west of the country and to Brussels for safety reasons.
1:18 PM EST -- Swiss Air announces all flights into Ukraine cancelled beginning Monday through end of the month due to threat of Russian invasion
BULK UPDATE 2:44 PM EST --
Large Russian staging area for Medical Personnel and Equipment spotted in the town of Shebekino in the Belgorod Region, there must be at least 10 Mobile Medical Units just at this one location alone which is only 3 miles from the border with Ukraine.
Russian Emergencies Ministry: More than 60% of refugees in Donbas are children.
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UPDATED 3:29 PM EST --
Elected member of the Russian State Duma (Their version of US Congress) Vladimir Zhirinovsky, took to the floor of the state duma and publicly stated ""At 4am on 22 Feb you'll feel [our new policy]. I'd like 2022 to be peaceful. But I love the truth, for 70 years I've said the truth. It won't be peaceful. It will be a year when Russia once again becomes great."
Vladimir Volfovich Zhirinovsky is leader of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia. He has been described as fiercely nationalist and as "a showman of Russian politics, blending populist and nationalist rhetoric, anti-Western invective and a brash, confrontational style"
Here is video of him uttering the words quoted above:
He said this . . . . back on December 27. None of us paid much attention. Now, we're paying attention.
It appears to me, that what he said back then was referring to what we're seeing right now. How could it be anything else?
So all of this . . . was planned. Planned well in advance. And if you're a rational, thinking, person, it should occur to you that the OUTCOME has been planned as well.
We in the West just don't know what their planned outcome actually is.
However you look at all of this, what we're seeing now, is bad on a scale we've never seen in our lifetimes.
(Hal Turner Remark -- Regular readers of this web site, and regular listeners to the Hal Turner Radio Show know that I am not a "Holy Roller." I am not a Priest, Pastor, Rabbi or any other religious official.
I was born and raised Catholic, but I was a Holiday Catholic. I really only made it a point to go to Church on Christmas and Easter.
I have publicly confessed that I have been a way bad sinner. I got hooked up on cocaine in my youth; had all sorts of depraved, debaucherous, sex.
I've Lied, cheated, and stolen in the past.
I've been arrogant, condescending, and boasted like I was something special. I found out, I'm not.
To this day I speak boldly, bluntly, offending people, and I cuss like a drunken Sailor. (I'm working on all that.)
Yet I have always made clear I firmly believe in Almighty God (YHVH), and as a Christian, I personally believe that Jesus (Y'Shua) is the son of God, who died for my sins, so I and other sinners like me, could have a chance at Redemption. A chance at Salvation.
I don't preach, I don't do a religious radio show, but I believe nonetheless.
So what I'm about to say, is a big departure for me in style and content, and it is taking an awful lot for me to publish what I'm about to say. Ok, here goes:
NOW is time to come to Jesus.
Is this not a come to Jesus moment for many? Yes absolutely.
Repent of your sins and ask Jesus for His forgiveness, confess with your mouth that Jesus Christ is the actual living Son of GOD. Believe it with all your heart that Jesus died for your sins and rose again on the 3rd day. That He shed His Blood so that you can have your sins forgiven and are covered by the blood of the Lamb. To gain everlasting life, no matter what happens to us on earth.
Thank you Jesus.
UPDATE 4:17 PM EST --
Separatist sources, and Russian news agency are claiming that the Ukrainian Army is shelling the entire line of contact in the Donbas with artillery, in preparation for an invasion of Luhansk and Donetsk.
4:24 PM EST -- The US embassy in Russia has told Americans in the country to have evacuation plans ready 'that do not rely on US government assistance', saying there have been threats of attacks.
4:59 PM EST -- Austria sets up a "crisis cabinet" because of the Russia-Ukraine conflict. “The situation in Ukraine is deteriorating by the hour, unfortunately the specter of war in Europe is real."
UPDATE 5:00 PM EST --
Russia was promised in 1991 that NATO would "not move one inch east" after the fall of the Soviet Union and then the re-unification of Germany. The proof of this promise was found this week the National Archives of the United Kingdom (Story HERE). So Russia views NATO and the West as having deliberately DECEIVED Russia as it expanded and expanded, now right up to Russia's border. The map below shows the expansion:
So all this fuss about Ukraine joining NATO is *** NOT *** the real issue. The real issue is NATO encroaching upon Russia since 1997. Ukraine was the straw that broke the camels' back. Now, what do we see? Russia mobilizing SEVENTY-FIVE PERCENT (75%) OF ITS TOTAL ARMED FORCES, to the West.
This isn't going to be simply an invasion of Ukraine; it's going to be the opening salvo of a blazing, direct fight with NATO. Yes, Ukraine will get taken; but realistically, that should be over and done within a few short DAYS. The Russian Army will simply steamroll over Ukraine. The Ukrainians don't have a chance . . . at all. Want to see why? Look:
THEN . . . .
Well, THEN the real trouble comes. Because it seems to many people that Russia is going to tell a whole slew of "NATO" countries (most likely the ones that joined after 1997) that either they agree to rid themselves of NATO troops and weapons . . . or they get what Ukraine just got.
It's that simple.
Russia TRIED to do all this peacefully.
Russia made proposals for written, legally enforceable security guarantees.
The US and NATO threw those proposals in trash cans. Gave them no real consideration at all.
So most observers of this whole situation have said the Russians probably thought to themselves "OK, peaceful means haven't worked, now we'll fight it out." And here we are.
This is huge trouble folks. Huge beyond words. Get right with the Lord.
5:05 PM EST -- Reports of automatic gunfire heard in the center of Donetsk
5:29 PM EST -- DPR/LPR channels report a lot of shelling west of Donetsk. A house is reportedly on fire in the Trudovska area
5:30 PM EST -- Heavy artillery sounding in Abakumova now. ALSO, Explosions Heard in Luhansk Outskirts
5:36 PM EST -- Image below shows large explosion now in Donetsk . . . as the President of Ukraine dares to get on TV and say they are NOT attacking anyone!
5:39 PM EST -- Armed Forces of Ukraine violated the ceasefire in the LPR 16 times in less than an hour, using banned heavy weapons - LPR representative office in the JCCC
The French TV channel BFMTV claims that Macron talked to Putin again on Sunday, the conversation lasted an hour, the details of the conversation are not given.6:22 PM · Feb 20, 2022
Russian troops at the Ukrainian border have been ordered to give blood to bolster supplies, a US official tells me. This is separate from the blood and medical supplies that have been transported over -- this blood is being collected on the front from the soldiers themselves.
7:15 PM EST -- Per the NOTAM reported above, as of fifteen minutes ago, the Sea of Azov is now CLOSED until Feb. 26. Whatever is going to take place, will apparently happen at any moment between now and then.
UKRAINE IS NOW SHOWING THEIR POPULATION MAPS WITH THE LOCATIONS OF BOMB SHELTERS AND BUNKERS!!! AS SEEN BELOW: