People in Ukraine have shared dramatic TikTok videos that show the Russian attack and comment on it. You can watch the videos below.
People used the immensely popular medium to alert the world to the attack.
@mamuskasimonka it's not a joke 😳 #2022 #ukraina🇺🇦 #war #foryou #infoworld ♬ dźwięk oryginalny – MamuśkaSimonka
Another TikTok video captured rocket artillery.
People also used TikTok to make commentary on the war.
@mamuskasimonka the war in Ukraine begins🙏🏼😖 #foryou #ukraina🇺🇦 #2022 #infoworld #war ♬ dźwięk oryginalny – diabelek383
Live stream and other videos out of Ukraine also captured explosions, missiles, and Russian warplanes as Russia launched an attack.
You can see TikTok videos posted under the tag #Ukraine here.
@world247breakingnews #ukraine #scared #ww1 #ww2 #trench #warfare #trenchwarfare ##russia ♬ original sound – World247breakingnews
Here’s what you need to know:
Massive Explosions Were Captured on Video & Shared on TikTok
@norahodonnell War has begun in Ukraine. Explosions heard in Kyiv after President Putin announces a special military action #ukraine #military #war #russia #putin ♬ original sound – Norah O’Donnell
Videos shared on TikTok captured explosions.
@thesmoothtoad_ Massive 💥 caught on camera in Ukraine #truth #truthseeker #thesmoothtoad #russia #ukraine #kyiv #kharkiv #cnn #fox #war ♬ original sound – TheSmoothToad
@aghaninews99 Breaking: Massive explosion reported in the Sumy region of Ukraine.#russia #Ukraine #viral #fyp #war ♬ original sound – Aghaninews99
Videos shared on Twitter also showed Russian warplanes overhead.
Several reporters were on the air on the evening of February 23, 2022 (United States’ time), broadcasting from Ukraine, when explosions could be heard in the background. You can watch the live videos that captured the explosions throughout this article, as well as see live stream and other videos from Ukraine as Russia launched its anticipated attack.
Other Videos Captured Air Raid Sirens & Missiles
Air raid sirens were heard in Kiev.
According to CNN, several explosions were reported around the Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk, but people were still heading to work. Explosions were also reported in Kiev.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky instituted martial law, CNN reported, saying in a statement, in part, “Dear Ukrainian citizens, this morning President Putin announced a special military operation in Donbas. Russia conducted strikes on our military infrastructure and our border guards. There were blasts heard in many cities of Ukraine. We’re introducing martial law on the whole territory of our country.”
Tanks were captured rolling into Ukraine.
There were reports of Russian cruise missiles and warplanes in Ukraine.
CNN tweeted, “CNN’s Matthew Chance in Kyiv, Ukraine, stops his live reporting to put on gear as he and the team hear loud explosions near the city.”
According to CBS News, its correspondents heard explosions in Kiev. Putin declared that he had “decided to conduct a special military operation” in eastern Ukraine, CBS News reported. Putin recognized parts of eastern Ukraine – Donetsk and Luhansk – as independent, according to CBS.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken called that act by Putin “a clear attack on Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” CBS reported. Biden had said he was “convinced” Russia would attack Ukraine, CBS reported.
According to BBC, Ukraine’s president said he had tried to reach out to Russian leader Vladimir Putin to no avail; he also said that Russia “had almost 200,000 troops and thousands of combat vehicles on Ukraine’s borders,” BBC reported, adding that Ukraine would defend itself.