KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia launched a wide-ranging attack on Ukraine on Thursday, hitting cities and bases with airstrikes or shelling, as civilians piled into trains and cars to flee. Ukraine’s government said Russian tanks and troops rolled across the border in a “full-scale war” that could rewrite the geopolitical order and whose fallout already reverberated around the world.
International condemnation of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s pre-dawn attack against Ukraine mounted Thursday, as U.S. and Western allies prepared to impose punishing sanctions against Moscow for a stunning full-scale invasion that global leaders had been warning about for weeks.
“This is a brutal act of war,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday.
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Ukrainians start building Molotov Cocktails to fight back against the Russians
According to Health Minister Viktor Lyashko, 198 Ukrainians have been killed in Russia’s attacks. Three victims were identified as children. Over 1,000 people were wounded as of Saturday morning.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky declined an offer from the US to be evacuated from Kyiv, instead choosing to remain behind with his countrymen and fight
“The fight is here; I need ammunition, not a ride,” Zelensky said, The Associated Press reported, citing a senior American intelligence official with direct knowledge of the conversation.
President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine posted a video on Twitter, telling the public not to believe false reports. “I’m here,” he said. “We are not putting down any arms. We will protect our country, because our weapons are our truth.”
Videos and photos showed a residential building struck by a missile in southwestern Kyiv, about 1.5 miles from Sikorsky Memorial Airport, on Saturday morning.
Bloody battles were being waged in close quarters. Ukrainska Pravda, a Ukrainian news site, reported combat 400 yards from Maidan Square in central Kyiv.
- WHEN DID THE INVASION START? At roughly 10 p.m. ET (5 a.m. in Ukraine), Russian forces began a military operation in eastern Ukraine.
- HOW DID BIDEN RESPOND: Biden said G7 leaders would convene Thursday morning. He is expected to announce the harshest sanctions possible against Russia at noon ET.
- HAS PUTIN SAID ANYTHING? Russian president has not made any comments since his declaration of war was televised in Russia.
- ARE THERE CASUALTIES? Ukraine last reported about 40 people dead from Russian attacks.
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Russian Tanks Roll in from Belarus
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What appears to be a Russian Soldier Flaunting their rocket fire
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Troops Maneuvering in Kyiv
Kyiv high rise hit by a missile
Destroyed Russian Convoy Kherson area. Mass casualties reported