Russia Attacks Ukraine, Putin Ignores US and NATO Criticism and Sanctions


Russia Attacks Ukraine, Putin Ignores US and NATO Criticism and Sanctions
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, near the Kremlin Wall during the national celebrations of the 'Defender of the Fatherland Day' in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022. (Alexei Nikolsky, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

KYIV, Ukraine - Russian colors launched a wide- ranging assault on Ukraine on Thursday, as President Vladimir Putin brushed away transnational commination and warrants and advised other countries that any attempt to intrude would lead to" consequences you've noway seen."

Ukraine's leader says at least 40 people have been killed so far in what he called a" full-scale war"targeting the country from the east, north and south. In response, NATO envoys agreed to increase air, ground and air power in the eastern hand of the alliance close to Ukraine and Russia. 

Ukrainian border guards released footage of what they said was a moving Russian military vehicle, and large explosions were heard in the capital Kyiv, Kharkiv in the east and Odesa in the west. When the Russian service claimed to have destroyed all of Ukraine's air defenses within hours, Ukrainians fled from several metropolises and European authorities declared Ukrainian airspace an active conflict zone. 

World leaders denounced the launch of the long- awaited irruption with far- reaching consequences, as global fiscal requests plunged and canvas prices soared. Russia's conduct could beget heavy casualties, overthrow Ukraine's democratically tagged government and upset the geopolitical and security balance ofpost-Cold War Europe. 

Governments from the US to Asia and Europe are setting up new warrants after weeks of failed attempts for a politic result-but global powers say they won't intermediate militarily to defend Ukraine. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy cut politic ties with Moscow and declared martial law, saying Russia had targeted Ukraine's military structure. Ukrainians who had long been preparing for a possible attack were prompted to stay home and not horrify indeed as Ukrainian authorities reported a shower of ordnance and air strikes on targets across the country. 

An counsel to Ukraine's chairman, Oleksii Arestovich, said so far about 40 people had been killed in the Russian strikes and several dozen injured. He didn't specify whether the victims were civilians. "The Ukrainian service is waging heavy fighting, repelling attacks in the Donbas and other areas in the east, north and south,"Zelenskyy told a briefing. He said Ukrainian authorities would hand over munitions to everyone who wanted to defend the country. 

After weeks of denying plans to attack, Putin justified his conduct in a televised address last night, declaring that the strikes were necessary to cover civilians in eastern Ukraine-a false claim the US had prognosticated he'd make as a rationale for irruption. He indicted the US and its abettors of ignoring Russian demands to help Ukraine from joining NATO and for security guarantees. He also claimed that Russia didn't intend to enthrall Ukraine but would move to" disarm"and bring those who committed crimes to justice. 

The attacks came first from the air, but also Ukrainian border guards released security camera footage on Thursday showing rows of Russian military vehicles crossing into Ukrainian government- held home from Russian- adjoined Crimea. 

Oleksii Arestovich, an counsel to Zelenskyy, said Russian colors had moved as far as 5 kilometers (3 country miles) into Ukrainian home in the Kharkiv and Chernihiv regions, and, conceivably in other areas. 

President Joe Biden pledged new warrants to discipline Russia for the aggression that the transnational community had anticipated for weeks but couldn't help through tactfulness. Putin justified it all in a televised address, asserting that the attack was demanded to cover civilians in eastern Ukraine - a false claim theU.S. had prognosticated he'd make as a rationale for an irruption. He indicted theU.S. and its abettors of ignoring Russia’s demands to help Ukraine from joining NATO and for security guarantees. He also claimed that Russia doesn't intend to enthrall Ukraine but will move to “ disarm” it and bring those who committed crimes to justice. 

Biden in a written statement condemned the “ unprovoked and unjustified attack,” and he promised that theU.S. and its abettors would “ hold Russia responsible.” The chairman said he planned to speak to Americans on Thursday after a meeting of the Group of Seven leaders. Further warrants against Russia were anticipated to be blazoned Thursday. 

In the capital, Kyiv Mayor Vitaly Klitschko advised residers to stay home unless they're involved in critical work and prompted them to prepare go- bags with musts and documents if they need to void. An Associated Press photographer in Mariupol reported hearing explosions and seeing dozens of people with wallets heading for their buses to leave the megacity. 

“ We're facing a war and horror. What could be worse?” 64- time-old Liudmila Gireyeva said in Kyiv. She planned to head to the western megacity of Lviv and also to try to move to Poland to join her son. Putin “ will be damned by history, and Ukrainians are ruinous him.”  The Russian claims about knocking out Ukrainian air defenses and Ukrainian claims to have shot down several Russian aircraft couldn't incontinently be vindicated. The Ukrainian air defense system and air force date back to the Soviet period and are suppressed by Russia’s massive air power and its force of perfection munitions. 

The Russian Defense Ministry said it wasn't targeting metropolises, but using perfection munitions and claimed that “ there is no trouble to mercenary population.” Zelenskyy prompted global leaders to give defense backing to Ukraine and help cover its airspace from the “ raider.” The European Union Aviation Safety Agency told air drivers of a high threat to mercenary aircraft over Ukraine, reminding air drivers that “ this is now an active conflict zone.” 

Anton Gerashchenko, an counsel to Ukraine’s innards minister, said on Facebook that the Russian service had launched bullet strikes on Ukrainian military command installations, air bases and military depots in Kyiv, Kharkiv and Dnipro. 

After the original explosions in Kyiv, people could be heard crying in the thoroughfares. Also a sense of normalcy returned, with buses circulating and people walking in the thoroughfares as apre-dawn commute appeared to start in relative calm. 

The consequences of the conflict and performing warrants on Russia started resonating throughout the world. World stock requests plunged and canvas prices surged by nearly$ 6 per barrel. Request marks tumbled in Europe and Asia andU.S. futures were sprucely lower. Brent crude canvas jumped to over$ 100 per barrel Thursday on apprehension about possible dislocation of Russian inventories. The ruble sank 

Anticipating transnational commination and countermeasures, Putin issued a stark warning to other countries not to intrude, saying, “ whoever tries to stymie us, let alone produce pitfalls for our country and its people, must know that the Russian response will be immediate and lead to the consequences you have noway seen in history.” 

In a stark memorial of Russia’s nuclear power, Putin advised that “ no bone should have any dubieties that a direct attack on our country will lead to the destruction and horrible consequences for any implicit raider.” 

Though theU.S. on Tuesday blazoned the displacing of forces around the Baltics, Biden has said he'll not shoot in colors to fight Russia. Putin’s advertisement came just hours after the Ukrainian chairman rejected Moscow’s claims that his country poses a trouble to Russia and made a passionate, last- nanosecond plea for peace. 

“ The people of Ukraine and the government of Ukraine want peace,” Zelenskyy said in an emotional late address, speaking in Russian in a direct appeal to Russian citizens. “ But if we come under attack, if we face an attempt to take down our country, our freedom, our lives and lives of our children, we will defend ourselves. When you attack us, you'll see our faces, not our tails.” 

Zelenskyy said he asked to arrange a call with Putin late Wednesday, but the Kremlin didn't respond. In an apparent reference to Putin’s move to authorize the deployment of the Russian service to “ maintain peace” in eastern Ukraine, Zelensky advised that “ this step could mark the launch of a big war on the European mainland.” 

 “ Any provocation, any spark could spark a blaze that will destroy everything,” he said. He challenged the Russian propaganda claims, saying that “ you are told that this blaze will bring freedom to the people of Ukraine, but the Ukrainian people are free.” 

At an exigency meeting of theU.N. Security Council called by Ukraine because of the imminent trouble of a Russian irruption, members still ignorant of Putin’s advertisement appealed to him to stop an attack.U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres opened the meeting, just before the advertisement, telling Putin “ Give peace a chance.” 

European Council President Charles Michel and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen promised to hold the Kremlin responsible. “ In these dark hours, our studies are with Ukraine and the innocent women, men and children as they face this unprovoked attack and fear for their lives,” they said on Twitter. 

Indeed before Putin’s advertisement, dozens of nations assessed warrants on Russia, further squeezing Russian oligarchs and banks out of transnational requests. The Russian Foreign Ministry has signed off the warrants, saying that “ Russia has proven that, with all the costs of the warrants, it's suitable to minimize the damage.” 

The trouble of war has formerly tattered Ukraine’s frugality and raised the specter of massive casualties, energy dearths across Europe and global profitable chaos. 

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