Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a ‘special military operation’ in Ukraine in a television statement early on Thursday. Putin said Russia’s military action was aimed at demilitarisation of Ukraine and asked other countries to not intervene in their action as it could lead to dire consequences.
Hours after Putin announced the launch of a major offensive, explosions were heard in Ukraine’s capital Kyiv and the eastern port city of Maripol. A Russian missile hit airport Ivano-Frankivsk in Ukraine while Russian troops also launched an attack from annexed Crimea, Ukraine’s border guard service.
Ukraine’s foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba said that Putin has launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine and even peaceful cities were under strikes.