Russian forces raids Ukraine, strike several cities 

After President Vladimir Putin authorised a special military operation in the east, Russian troops fired missiles at various cities in Ukraine and landed troops on its south coast on Thursday.

Reuters reports that shortly after Putin spoke in a televised address on Russian state TV, explosions could be heard in the pre-dawn quiet of the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv. Gunfire chattered near the capital’s main airport and sirens were heard over the city.

“Putin has just launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Peaceful Ukrainian cities are under strikes,” Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said on Twitter.

“This is a war of aggression. Ukraine will defend itself and will win. The world can and must stop Putin. The time to act is now.”

Responding to an invasion the United States had been predicting for weeks,  U.S. President Joe Biden said his prayers were with the people of Ukraine “as they suffer an unprovoked and unjustified attack by Russian military forces”.

Russia has demanded a stop to NATO’s eastward expansion and Putin repeated his position that Ukrainian membership of the U.S.-led Atlantic military alliance was unacceptable.

Putin said he had authorised military action after Russia had been left with no option but to protect itself against what he said were threats arising from modern Ukraine, a democratic state of 44 million people.

“Russia cannot feel safe, develop, and exist with a constant threat emanating from the territory of modern Ukraine,” Putin said. “All responsibility for bloodshed will be on the conscience of the ruling regime in Ukraine.” He said.

The full scope of the Russian military operation was not immediately clear but Putin said: “Our plans do not include the occupation of Ukrainian territories. We are not going to impose anything by force.”

Putin, speaking as the U.N. Security Council held an emergency meeting in New York, said he had authorized Russian forces to defend the people and appealed to the Ukrainian military to lay down their arms.

According to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, Russia had carried out missile strikes on Ukrainian infrastructure and border guards, and that explosions had been heard in many cities.

He said that martial law had been declared and that he had spoken by telephone to Biden. Reservists were called up on Wednesday.

Military command centres in Kyiv and the city of Kharkiv in the northeast had been struck by missiles while Russian troops had landed in the southern port cities of Odessa and Mariupol. A Reuters witness later heard three loud blasts in Mariupol.

Russian-backed separatists said they had undertaken an offensive on the Ukrainian-controlled town of Shchastia in the east, and explosions also rocked the breakaway eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, Russia’s Interfax news agency reports.

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