By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):
Sources: Ukrainian President’s Office, Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, The White House (Information):
Ukraine: Russia has invaded Ukraine after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on Thursday, February 24th, 2022 a ‘special military operation’ in Ukraine.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said the attack was needed to protect civilians in eastern Ukraine, and warned other countries that any attempt to interfere with the Russian action would lead to “consequences you have never seen.”
During a televised address, Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the United States and its allies of ignoring Russia’s demand to prevent Ukraine from joining NATO and offer Moscow security guarantees, adding that Russia doesn’t intend to occupy Ukraine but will move to “demilitarize” it and bring those who committed crimes to justice.
Picture: Ukrainian President’s Office (Courtesy):
As Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke before dawn, big explosions were heard across Ukraine, including in Kyiv, Kharkiv and Odessa.
Reports that the explosions during the attack on Ukraine by Russia were conducted by air, land, and sea, launching more than 160 missiles.
There’s reports from Ukraine of many people killed and wounded following the attacks, and that the Chernobyl power plant was captured by Russian forces.
As he unleashed the military action, Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a stark warning to other countries not to meddle, and urged Ukrainian servicemen to “immediately put down arms and go home.”
“I have a few words for those who could feel tempted to interfere with ongoing developments: whoever tries to impede us, let alone create threats for our country and its people must know that the Russian response will be immediate and lead to the consequences you have never seen in history,” said Russian President Vladimir Putin.
In a posted statement, United States President Joe Biden said, “The prayers of the entire world are with the people of Ukraine tonight as they suffer an unprovoked and unjustified attack by Russian military forces. President Putin has chosen a premeditated war that will bring a catastrophic loss of life and human suffering. Russia alone is responsible for the death and destruction this attack will bring, and the United States and its Allies and partners will respond in a united and decisive way. The world will hold Russia accountable. I will be monitoring the situation from the White House this evening and will continue to get regular updates from my national security team. Tomorrow, I will meet with my G7 counterparts in the morning and then speak to the American people to announce the further consequences the United States and our Allies and partners will impose on Russia for this needless act of aggression against Ukraine and global peace and security. We will also coordinate with our NATO Allies to ensure a strong, united response that deters any aggression against the Alliance. Tonight, Jill and I are praying for the brave and proud people of Ukraine.”
The announcement by Russian President Vladimir Putin of military operation comes after the Kremlin said rebels in eastern Ukraine asked Russia for military assistance to help fend off Ukrainian “aggression.”
The White House said the announcement was a “false flag” operation by Moscow to offer up a pretext for an invasion.
The announcement by Russian President Vladimir Putin of military operation also came just hours after the Ukrainian president rejected Moscow’s claims that his country poses a threat to Russia and made a passionate, last-minute plea for peace.
In an emotional overnight address, speaking in Russian in a direct appeal to Russian citizens, Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said, “The people of Ukraine and the government of Ukraine want peace. But if we come under attack, if we face an attempt to take away our country, our freedom, our lives and lives of our children, we will defend ourselves. When you attack us, you will see our faces, not our backs.”
Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said he asked to arrange a call with Putin late on Wednesday, February 23rd, 2022, but the Kremlin did not respond.
In an apparent reference to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s move to authorize the deployment of the Russian military to “maintain peace” in eastern Ukraine, Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that “this step could mark the start of a big war on the European continent.”
“Any provocation, any spark could trigger a blaze that will destroy everything,” said Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
More information continues to come in.