Fears of Russian shelling have begun in Ukraine after sounds like explosions and gunfire were reported in Kyiv and the port city of Mariupol as Vladimir Putin said he had begun a special military operation.
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Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is underway with reports of explosions and gunfire being heard in Kyiv as well as the port city of Mariupol while President Vladimir Putin claims to have launched a special military operation. especially in separatist eastern Ukraine.
Ukraine’s Interior Ministry said that the Russian invasions began with the foreign minister saying they would “defend themselves and win”.
Frequent explosions were heard from the Ukrainian capital Kyiv and gunfire was heard from near the main Boryspil airport in Kyiv.
A contemporaneous social media video taken in Mariupol, about 30 kilometers from the Russian border, shows what appear to be plumes of smoke rising between the explosions.
“For more than 70 years, we have avoided large-scale war in Europe,” said US Senator Mark Warner, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee.
“Now, the United States and our NATO allies must unite and resolutely oppose Putin’s efforts to renew the Russian empire at the expense of the Ukrainian people.”
Putin ordered the Ukrainian army to lay down its weapons in the area.
According to the new Tass agency, Vladimir Putin said that Russia will carry out a special military operation in the Donbass and he has called on all Ukrainian soldiers to “immediately” lay down their weapons and go home.
He claimed that Russia was acting defenselessly and told the Ukrainian military that “their fathers and grandfathers” did not fight so they could help the “neo nazis”.
In a televised address early Thursday morning, Putin said the move was in response to threats coming from Ukraine.
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He added that Russia has no aim to occupy Ukraine, but said the responsibility for the bloodshed lies with the ”regime” Ukraine.
US President Joe Biden called Russia’s decision to start a military operation in eastern Ukraine an “unprovoked and unjustified attack”.
“The prayers of the whole world are with the people of Ukraine tonight as they suffer an unprovoked and unjustified attack by Russian military forces,” he said in a statement.
“President Putin has chosen a premeditated war that will bring catastrophic loss of life and property. Russia alone is responsible for the death and devastation this attack will bring. world will hold Russia accountable.”
Mr. Putin said that Russia had no choice but to defend itself against what he said were threats posed by modern Ukraine.
Mr. Putin also made an appeal to the Ukrainian army: “I urge you to immediately lay down your arms and go home. All servicemen of the Ukrainian army who fulfill this request will be able to be freed. leave the combat zone and return to their families”.
The scope of Russia’s military activity in Ukraine is not immediately clear. A Reuters reporter in Kyiv, the Ukrainian capital, heard artillery-like explosions in the distance shortly after Putin finished speaking.
Putin said Russia would respond immediately if any outside forces tried to intervene and Moscow would try to demilitarize and ‘de-fascist’ Ukraine.
“Russia cannot feel secure, develop and survive with a constant threat emanating from the territory of modern Ukraine,” Putin said.
Earlier, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he believed Russia would invade Ukraine within hours after the separatists asked for Russia’s help to repel the “aggression” and when explosions rocked Ukraine. moved the breakaway city of Donetsk to the east.
This week, Mr. Putin said he wanted to capture Mariupol’s key seaport of Azov, which processes about half of Ukraine’s steel and mineral exports.
Blinken told NBC News that he hopes Russian forces will attack Ukraine tonight, though he still hopes for diplomacy to pull Europe back to the brink of war.
“Everything seems ready for Russia to engage in a major invasion of Ukraine,” Blinken said in an interview, adding that he could not be precise about it. time and place.
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A pro-Ukrainian rally was held in Mariupol on Tuesday night, where people gathered to protest against Russia’s aggression, waving Ukrainian flags.
Separatists have been asking for help from Russia in eastern Ukraine, and hours after Wednesday’s pleas, at least five explosions were heard in the separatist-held city of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine. on Thursday morning.
Four military trucks were seen approaching the scene, but the cause of the explosions is unknown and it is feared that it was used by the separatists as a “false flag” to create an excuse for Russia. aggression.
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Convoys of military equipment including nine tanks were seen approaching Donetsk on Wednesday from the direction of the border with Russia.
Shelling has increased in the east, where Putin has recognized the two breakaway regions as independent and ordered the deployment of what he calls peacekeepers, a move the West calls start an invasion.
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