Putin issues an attack order.
Putin ordered a “military action” in Ukraine’s eastern Donbas area in a televised speech at 05:55 Moscow time (02:55 GMT) officially starting Russia-Ukraine Conflict on ground.
Many Russian-speaking Ukrainians live in this region. Since 2014, Russian-backed separatists have captured and ruled parts of it. Putin stated that Russia was engaging in self-defence. He stated that Russia will demilitarize and “de-Nazify” Ukraine rather than occupy it. He asked Ukrainian soldiers in the conflict zone to lay down their guns and return home but warned that conflicts would inevitably occur and that it was only a matter of time before they did. He further stated that any foreign action to counter the Russian strike will be greeted with an “immediate” and terrible reprisal.
Explosions may be heard all around the nation.
Loud booms were reported in Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital, and Kramatorsk, in the Donetsk area of eastern Ukraine, according to sources. Blasts were also heard in Odesa, a southern port city. Russian missile assaults against Ukraine’s infrastructure and border guards, according to Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky. Russia’s defence ministry has denied striking Ukrainian cities, claiming that “high-precision weaponry” was used to target military facilities, air defence, and air forces.
Ukraine is retaliating.
Ukraine’s military forces claimed to have shot down five Russian planes and a helicopter, which Russia disputes, and killed invading soldiers. However, President Zelensky later stated that Ukraine had incurred casualties and that several planes and armoured vehicles had been destroyed. Russia has claimed responsibility for the destruction of more than 70 military sites in Ukraine.
Much of the conflict looks to be concentrated in the country’s east. However, there have been conflicts in the area of Kyiv and the Black Sea port cities of Odesa and Mariupol.
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Ukraine has proclaimed martial law, which means the military will be in charge for the time being. It has severed diplomatic ties with Russia, made arms available to anybody who wants them, and imposed a nighttime curfew on Kyiv. Meanwhile, Dmytro Kuleba, Russia’s foreign minister, pleaded with the international community to inflict crippling penalties, including barring Russia from using the international Swift financial transfer system.
World Condemns Putin’s action
US President Joe Biden said Mr Putin had “chosen a premeditated war that will bring a catastrophic loss of life and human suffering”.
He said he would address Americans on Thursday about consequences Russia would face.
UKPrime Minister Boris Johnson said that the “hideous and barbaric venture by Vladimir Putin must end in failure”.
Addressing Russians, he said: “I cannot believe this is being done in your name, or that you really want the pariah status it will bring to the Putin regime.” He told Ukrainians that the UK was “on your side”.
Nato Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg condemned Russia’s “reckless attack” saying it “puts at risk countless civilian lives”.