Ukraine conflict: Russia announces special military operation in Donbas
BBC News says Russian forces have launched a major military assault in Ukraine, with reports of explosions near major cities across the country.
In a pre-dawn TV statement Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russia did not plan to occupy Ukraine, but said Moscow’s response would be “instant” if anyone tried to stop this.
Shortly afterwards, reports began of attacks on Ukraine’s military targets.
Ukraine said that “Putin has launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine”.
In a video statement on Thursday morning, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said martial law was now being imposed across all of Ukraine.
“No panic. We’re strong. We’re ready for anything. We’ll defeat everyone, because we are Ukraine,” the president said.
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