Russian President Vladimir Putin stated on Thursday that Russia would conduct an election. military operationThe eastern Ukraine vowed to retaliate against other countries who interfere with Russia’s actions.
U.S. President Joe Biden condemned the “unprovoked and unjustified attack” and warned of “catastrophic loss of life and human suffering.”
Here’s what we know so far.
What’s happening on the ground in Ukraine?
According to the Associated Press, large explosions were heard in Kyiv, Kharkiv, and other parts of Ukraine.
Reporters who were on the ground at the scene reported that they heard blasts. SlovianskIn eastern Ukraine
Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said on Twitter that Putin has “launched a full-scale invasion” of the country. “This is a war of aggression. Ukraine will fight back and win. Putin must be stopped by the world. The time to act is now.”
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio claimedOn Twitter, it was reported that Russian planes were on their way to strike at key defence sites in Ukraine.
In recent weeks, financial and oil markets have been shaken by worries about a conflict with Ukraine. The oil price rose above $100 per barrel, the highest level since 2014.
What is Russia doing in Ukraine?
According to the Associated Press, Putin stated in a televised speech on Thursday that an attack was needed to protect the civilians of eastern Ukraine. This claim was dismissed by the U.S., who claimed it as falsified and meant to give cover for an invasion.
There are growing fears about a Russian invasion in Ukraine. Putin on Monday recognized the independence of Donetsk and Luhansk, two regions in eastern Ukraine, and ordered Russian troops to conduct “peacekeeping” operations there.
In an overnight speech, Volodymyr Zelensky, the Ukrainian president called for peace. The Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky stated that he asked Putin to call him late Wednesday but was not able to get a response.
“The people of Ukraine and the government of Ukraine want peace,” Zelensky said, in Russian, in a direct appeal to Russia’s citizens. “But if we come under attack, if we face an attempt to take away our country, our freedom, our lives and the lives of our children, we will defend ourselves. When you attack us, you will see our faces, not our backs.”
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