Ukraine says ‘full scale invasion’ from Russia has begun after President Putin announces military operation

Source: CNN, Atlantic Council

In a terrifying preclude to what many fear may break into all-out war, massive explosions have reportedly been heard in multiple Ukranian cities after Russian President Vladimir Putin had announced the commencement of a ‘military operation’ in the country earlier today (24th February 2022). According to Time magazine, Putin has warned other countries against interfering, lest it leads to “consequences they have never seen.”

Russia orders military operation into Ukraine 

During a televised address, the Russian premier claimed that the military operation was justified in order to protect civilians which have been living in the eastern part of Ukraine. The United States government had earlier predicted that the claim would have been used by Putin to justify an invasion into Ukraine. In the latest updates to emerge from the country, a number of explosions have been heard in multiple Ukranian cities, including in the capital of Kyiv.

A photo provided by the Ukrainian President’s office appears to show an explosion in the country's capital, Kyiv, early Thursday morning. Source: CNN
A photo provided by the Ukrainian President’s office appears to show an explosion in the country’s capital, Kyiv, early Thursday morning. Source: CNN

In response to the attack, the United States of America, the United Kingdom, as well as members of the European Union have all vowed to hold Russia accountable for any bloodshed that may occur. Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky has also announced a state of martial law in the country, according to DW News.

Attack has been described as a ‘full-scaled invasion’

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has described the attack as a ‘full-scaled invasion of Ukraine’. Taking to his Twitter account, he has appealed to the international community to send assistance to Ukraine by means of humanitarian aid, financial assistance, and weapons and firepower.

This comes after a United Nations Security Council meeting was held with world leaders in hopes of averting the likelihood of war, with warnings that claim an invasion of such a scale could trigger what British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has described as possibly the ‘biggest war in Europe since 1945’.

An adviser for the Ukraine Interior Minister, Anton Gerashchenko, has told Russian media outlets via an official WhatsApp channel that troops are now present in the Southern Ukrainian city of Odessa, and is now crossing into Kharkiv, the second-largest city in the nation. Artillery fire has also been reported along the nation’s border, including missile strikes into Kyiv.

This is a developing story and will be periodically updated when new information is made available to the press. 

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