Russia’s invasion of Ukraine officially began early this morning. Vladimir Putin announced early this morning, at 5.00 Kiev time, a major military operation in Ukraine. The Russian president justified the invasion as a “defense” of Ukrainian separatists in the Donbas region who had requested his intervention. Explosions can already be heard near the capital, Kiev.
From Washington, Joe Biden has already said that the world will “hold Russia accountable” for the deaths that are coming in this war. Not even the last call from the UN has made Putin desist from the invasion.
Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelenski said Thursday that Russia was abiding by his country’s “military infrastructure” and border posts. while urging the population not to panic.
In a Facebook video message, Zelenski announced the imposition of martial law throughout the country and said he spoke by phone with U.S. President Joe Biden.
The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the Russian military operation seeks to “destroy the Ukrainian state, seize its territory by force and establish an occupation.”
The ministry urges the international community to “act immediately.” “Only united and strong actions can stop the aggression of Ukraine by Vladimir Putin,” it asserted.