Signs of World War 3?, Putin Announces Military Operation in Ukraine


Signs of World War 3?, Putin Announces Military Operation in Ukraine
A still image from a video provided by the Russian Defence ministry shows military drills near Orenburg, Russia, 16 December 2021

MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday blazoned a military operation in Ukraine and advised other countries that any attempt to intrude with Russia's conduct would lead to" consequences they've noway seen."

He said the strikes were necessary to cover civilians in eastern Ukraine-a claim the US had prognosticated he'd falsely make to justify an irruption. 

In a televised address, Putin indicted the United States and its abettors of ignoring Russia's requests to help Ukraine from joining NATO and offering Moscow security guarantees. He said Russia's thing wasn't to enthrall Ukraine.U.S. President Joe Biden denounced the"unprovoked and unjustified" attack on Ukraine and said the world will" hold Russia responsible."

As Putin spoke, big explosions were heard in Kyiv, Kharkiv and other areas of Ukraine. 


A Ukrainian serviceman stands at his position at the line of separation between Ukraine-held territory and rebel-held territory near Svitlodarsk, eastern Ukraine, Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

A full-bloated Russian irruption could beget massive casualties and trip Ukraine's democratically tagged government. And the consequences of the conflict and performing warrants levied on Russia could resonate throughout the world, affecting energy inventories in Europe, jarring global fiscal requests and hanging thepost-Cold War balance on the mainland. 

He said the Russian military operation aims to insure a" disarmament"of Ukraine. Putin prompted Ukrainian soldiers to" incontinently put down arms and go home."

Putin blazoned the military operation after the Kremlin said revolutionists in eastern Ukraine asked Russia for military backing to help forfend off Ukrainian" aggression."The advertisement incontinently fueled fears that Moscow was offering up a rationale for war, just as the West had advised. 

A short time latterly, the Ukrainian chairman rejected Moscow's claims that his country poses a trouble to Russia and said a Russian irruption would bring knockouts of thousands of lives. 

"The people of Ukraine and the government of Ukraine want peace,"President Volodymyr 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."

The United Nations Security Council snappily listed an exigency meeting Wednesday night at Ukraine's request. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba called the secessionists' request"a further escalation of the security situation."

Anxiety about an imminent Russian descent against its neighbor soared after Putin honored the separatist regions' independence on Monday, championed the deployment of colors to the recusant homes and entered administrative blessing to use military force outside the country. The West responded with warrants. 

Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said the recusant chiefs wrote to Putin on Wednesday, contending with him to intermediate after Ukrainian shelling caused mercenary deaths and crippled vital structure. 

White House press clerk Jen Psaki said the secessionists' request for Russian help was an illustration of the kind of"false- flag" operation that theU.S. and its abettors have anticipated Moscow to use as a pretense for war. 

" So we'll continue to call out what we see as false- flag operations or sweats to spread misinformation about what the factual status is on the ground,"she said. 

Before in the day, Ukrainian lawgivers approved a decree that imposes a civil state of exigency for 30 days starting Thursday. The measure allows authorities to declare curfews and other restrictions on movement, block rallies and ban political parties and associations"in the interests of public security and public order."

The action reflected adding concern among Ukrainian authorities after weeks of trying to project calm. The Foreign Ministry advised against trip to Russia and recommended that any Ukrainians who are there leave incontinently.

"For a long time, we abstain from declaring a state of exigency. but moment the situation has come more complicated,"Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council head Oleksiy Danilov told congress, emphasizing that Moscow's sweats to destabilize Ukraine represented the main trouble. 

Pentagon press clerk John Kirby said the Russian force of further than colors disposed along Ukraine's borders is in an advanced state of readiness."They're ready to go right now,"Kirby said. 

The rearmost images released by the Maxar satellite image company showed Russian colors and military outfit stationed within 10 country miles of the Ukrainian border and lower than 50 country miles from Ukraine's alternate-largest megacity, Kharkiv. 

Early Thursday, airspace over all of Ukraine was shut down to mercenary air business, according to a notice to birdmen. A marketable flight shadowing website showed that an Israeli El Al Boeing 787 flying from Tel Aviv to Toronto turned suddenly out of Ukrainian airspace before detouring over Romania, Hungary, Slovakia and Poland. The only other aircraft tracked over Ukraine was aU.S. RQ-4B Global Hawk unmanned surveillance aeroplane, which began flying westward beforehand Thursday after Russia put in place flight restrictions over Ukrainian home. 

Another surge of distributed- denial-of- service attacks hit Ukraine's congress and other government and banking websites on Wednesday, and cybersecurity experimenters said unidentified bushwhackers had also infected hundreds of computers with destructive malware. 

Officers have long said they anticipate cyberattacks to antecede and accompany any Russian military irruption, and judges said the incidents hew to a nearly two-decade-old Russian playbook of marriage cyber operations with real- world aggression. 

In other developments, Russia vacated its delegacy in Kyiv; Ukraine recalled its minister to Russia and considered breaking all politic ties with Moscow and dozens of nations further squeezed Russian oligarchs and banks out of transnational requests. 

President Joe Biden allowed warrants to move forward against the company that erected the Russia-to-Germany Nord Stream 2 gas channel and against the company's CEO. 

"As I've made clear, we won't vacillate to take farther way if Russia continues to escalate,"Biden said in a statement. 

Germany said Tuesday that it was indefinitely suspending the design, after Biden charged that Putin had launched"the morning of a Russian irruption of Ukraine"by transferring colors into the rebel regions. The channel is complete but has not yet begun operating. 

Putin said Tuesday that he hadn't yet transferred any Russian colors into the revolutionary regions, contrary to Western claims, and Donetsk recusant leader Denis Pushilin claimed Wednesday there were no Russian colors in the region, indeed though a original council member claimed the former day they had moved by. 

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

European Union warrants against Russia took effect, targeting several companies along with 351 Russian lawgivers who suggested for a stir prompting Putin to fete the revolutionary regions and 27 elderly government officers, business directors and top military officers. 

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."

In Ukraine's east, one Ukrainian dogface was killed and six further wounded after revolutionary shelling, the Ukrainian service said Wednesday. Separatist officers reported several explosions on their home overnight and three mercenary deaths. 

Facing a shower of review at the 193- member United Nations General Assembly, Russia'sU.N. minister, Vassily Nebenzia, advised Ukraine that Russia will cover a check- fire in the east and emphasized that"no bone intends to go vocally, vocally with any violators."

"A new military adventure"by Kyiv"might bring the total of Ukraine veritably dearly,"he advised ominously. 

After weeks of rising pressures, Putin's way this week dramatically raised the stakes. He honored the independence of the rebel regions, a move he said extends indeed to the large corridor of the homes now held by Ukrainian forces, and had congress grant him authority to use military force outside the country. 

Putin laid out three conditions that he said could end the standoff, prompting Kyiv to renounce its shot to join NATO, to incompletely disarm and to fete Russia's sovereignty over Crimea, the Black Sea promontory that Moscow adjoined from Ukraine in 2014. Ukraine long has rejected similar demands. 

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