BREAKING: Russia declares war on Ukraine
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BREAKING: Russia declares war on Ukraine

BREAKING!!! Putin Launches Full Scale Invasion of Ukraine With Massive Air Strikes, Warns Biden To Keep Off 

Russian forces have unleashed an attack of Ukraine on the orders of Vladimir Putin, who announced a “special military operation” at dawn, amid warnings from world leaders that it could spark the biggest war in Europe since 1945.

Within minutes of Putin’s short televised address, at about 5am Ukrainian time, explosions were heard near major Ukrainian cities, including the capital Kyiv.

The scope of the Russian attack appears to be massive. Ukraine’s interior ministry reported that the country was under attack from cruise and ballistic missiles, with Russia appearing to target infrastructure near major cities such as Kyiv, Kharkiv, Mariupol and Dnipro.

“To anyone who would consider interfering from the outside: if you do, you will face consequences greater than any you have faced in history. All relevant decisions have been taken. I hope you hear me,” he said.

Russia-Ukraine live news: 

Moscow launches ‘full-scale invasion’
As multi-pronged attack on several Ukrainian cities begins, Kyiv accuses Russia’s Putin of ‘war of aggression’.

Russian President Vladimir Putin announces military operation in eastern Ukraine’s Donbas region.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy declares martial law throughout the country, says Ukraine will ‘win’.

US President Joe Biden denounced “unprovoked and unjustified” attack on Ukraine, pledging the world will “hold Russia accountable”.

UN Security Council members hold emergency meeting amid mounting tensions.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urges Putin to “stop troops from attacking Ukraine”.

Kremlin says Ukraine separatists have asked Moscow for “help” against Kyiv.

Ukraine says troops attacked from Russia and Belarus
Russian troops attacked Ukraine from Belarus as well as Russia itself, with Belarusian support, at about 5 am local time (07:00 GMT), Ukraine’s border guard service says.

The agency said an attack had also been launched from Crimea, which Russia annexed from Crimea in 2014.

11 mins ago (05:59 GMT)

Russian military ‘tight-lipped’ on Ukraine attack
Al Jazeera’s Dorsa Jabbari, reporting from Moscow, says the Russian military is being “very tight-lipped on what is happening on the ground with Ukraine”.

“We are hearing reports of the Russian military going in from various sides of Ukraine – from the east, from the west and now allegedly from the north in Belarus,” Jabbari said.

“It is clear now that this is not just a small military operation in the eastern region of Donbas as the president [Putin] had said,” she added.

“Many residents in Moscow yesterday were commemorating their version of Remembrance day. They said they could not possibly fathom the idea of going to war with Ukraine. [They said] Ukraine is their neighbor, is part of their family, they are brother and sisters and there is really no justification for launching a full-scale attack on Ukraine.”

22 mins ago (05:48 GMT)

Intensive shelling in Ukraine’s east, minister says
Ukraine’s defence minister has said that Ukrainian units, military control centres and airfields in the country’s east are under intensive Russian shelling.

His update came as the military said that Ukraine’s air force was trying to repel a Russian air attack.

40 mins ago (05:30 GMT)

Russia’s move could ‘change dynamics in Russia’, analyst says
Chris Weafer, Macro advisory CEO, said that Russia’s move could pose a risk for Putin’s domestic consensus.

“What Putin has done is not just risky in terms of geopolitics and in terms of western reaction, but it is also in terms of domestic politics,” he said, pointing out that a growing active part of the population will not easily accept the consequences for them that will now come from Russia’s invasion.

“We are already seeing a weak ruble at the early opening this morning that will have consequences in terms of inflation and lifestyle,” Weafer said, adding that sanctions could impact people’s ability to use bank cards, to withdraw money form ATM and to travel.

“All of these are potential consequences and if that happens there will be a domestic public reaction. Not immediately, but it will start to change dynamics in Russia,” he said.

43 mins ago (05:27 GMT)

Ukraine leader says Russia attacking ‘our military infrastructure’
Zelenskyy has said that Russia is attacking his country’s “military infrastructure” and border guards, but urged citizens not to panic and vowed victory.

In a video message posted on Facebook, Zelenskyy also introduced martial law across the country.

Ukrainian service members stand in a recessed shelter during a shelling on the front line near the city of Novoluhanske in the Donetsk region, Ukraine [Gleb Garanich/Reuters]

45 mins ago (05:25 GMT)

Russia says targeting Ukraine military facilities with ‘precision’ weapons
The Russian defence ministry has said it is targeting Ukrainian military infrastructure with precision weapons.

“Military infrastructure, air defense facilities, military airfields, and aviation of the Armed Forces of Ukraine are being disabled with high-precision weapons,” the ministry said in a statement carried by Russian news agencies.

1 hour ago (05:07 GMT)

EU chief vows to hold Kremlin ‘accountable’ for ‘unjustified’ Ukraine attack
European Union chief Ursula von der Leyen has denounced Russia’s attack and vowed to hold Moscow “accountable”.

“We strongly condemn Russia’s unjustified attack on Ukraine. In these dark hours, our thoughts are with Ukraine and the innocent women, men and children as they face this unprovoked attack and fear for their lives,” she wrote on Twitter.

“We will hold the Kremlin accountable.”

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