Putin announces military operation in Ukraine

Summary

  1. Russian President Vladimir Putin announces a “military operation” in Ukraine’s Donbas region
  2. Putin urges Ukrainian soldiers in the combat zone in eastern Ukraine to lay down weapons and return to their homes
  3. Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky says an invasion “could be the beginning of a big war on the European continent”
  4. In a late-night address to the nation, he vows that “we will defend ourselves” if Russia does attack
  5. Ukraine entered a month-long state of emergency at midnight on Thursday local time (22:00 GMT)
  6. Two breakaway regions in eastern Ukraine have asked Russia for help to repel what they called aggression by Ukrainian forces, the Kremlin says
  7. Analysts suggest the request, reported in Russian state media, could be a pretext for a full-scale invasion
  8. A senior US defence official has said that Russia is now fully prepared militarily for a large-scale invasion
  9. The UK has announced it will be providing greater military support to Ukraine, in the form of defensive weapons and non-lethal aid
  10. Western countries and their allies have imposed sanctions on Russian banks and MPs, as the crisis escalates
Also read: Can Ukraine invasion start World War 3?

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military operation in Ukraine source BBC

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