Moscow-led attacks on military units in Ukraine killed at least eight people and wounded 14 others, Ukraine’s Ministry of Internal Affairs said on Thursday.
Local Odessa resident Farid Agayev told The Epoch Times that his family was woken up at roughly 5 a.m. local time to the sound of an explosion and car alarms going off.
Another person was killed and two more were injured during shelling in the city of Mariupol in the Donetsk region, the ministry said.
Russia’s ministry of defense issued a statement saying that its military is targeting Ukraine’s military infrastructure.
Ukraine’s Command of Joint Forces said Thursday that at least five Russian aircraft and one helicopter were shot down.
"On Feb. 24, 5 aircraft and an aggressor helicopter were shot down near the area of the Joint Forces," the command said on Facebook.
"The Joint Forces give a worthy rebuff to the armed forces of the Russian Federation," is said in a statement.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky imposed nationwide martial law on Thursday morning, saying Russia had targeted Ukraine’s military infrastructure.
“Russia has attacked our military infrastructure, our border guards,” Zelensky said. “Explosions were heard in many cities of Ukraine.”
Zelensky urged civilians to stay home where possible. A day earlier, Ukraine imposed a nationwide state of emergency lasting for 30 days, and urged citizens in Russia to leave immediately.
Declaring martial law imposed harder restrictions than a state of emergency, and could include bans on meetings, movement, and political parties.
He said that Russia doesn’t plan to occupy Ukraine and said that the Ukrainian military should “immediately lay down its arms.”
Putin also said that any foreign attempt to interfere with Russia’s action will trigger an immediate reaction from Russia, and will lead to “consequences they have not seen before.”
Zelensky has directed the head of Ukraine’s armed forces, Maj. Gen. Valeriy Zaluzhny, to “inflict maximum losses against the aggressor,” according to AFP.