Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned of ‘consequences unheard of in your history’ if the West tries to stop the invasion of Ukraine that began in the early hours of this morning
Vladimir Putin has issued a chilling warning to the West that attempting to prevent or interfere with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine will lead to “consequences unprecedented in your history”.
The Russian President gave an early morning speech announcing that a special military operation would be launched in eastern Ukraine in the breakaway regions.
But what immediately followed was a “massive” attack on their Balkan neighbour, with multiple rocket attacks on the capital Kyiv as well as other cities around the country.
“Whoever tries to hinder us, and even pose a threat to our country, to our people, should,” he said in a televised address at 6am local time. know that the Russian response will be immediate, and it will lead you to such consequences that you have never experienced in your history.
“We are ready for any development of events. All necessary decisions have been made on this matter. I hope that I will be heard.”
Putin asked the Ukrainian army to lay down their weapons and go home.
“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 freely leave the combat zone and return to their families. “, said Mr. Putin.
It has led to condemnation from leaders around the world.
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.
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“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.”
The United Nations Security Council has convened an emergency meeting as European and US officials rush to impose more economic sanctions on Russia.
The attack comes after Putin deployed up to 160,000 troops on the border with Ukraine, but remained adamant he had no plans to invade.
Instead, Russian-backed separatists took control of Donetsk and Luhansk on Tuesday and they were declared an independent People’s Republic.
Putin said that the Kremlin’s troops were then given the green light to move and act as “peacekeepers”.
At the same time, the Russian leader stated that all acts of violence were provoked by Kyiv.
He described the invasion as a “special military occupation” and said he wanted “demilitarization”, not occupying Ukraine.
“I have decided to conduct a special military operation,” said Putin, sitting at a table in the Kremlin next to a cell phone battery with a Russian flag behind it.
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“Its goal is to protect those who have suffered bullying and genocide … over the past eight years. And for this, we will work for the demilitarization and demilitarization of Ukraine.
“And bring to court those who have committed many bloody crimes against civilians, including against citizens of the Russian Federation.”
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