The war did start. Everyone knew, but did not fully believe …
Radio Liberty: In the early morning of February 24, the Russian army attacked Ukraine. This happened immediately after Vladimir Putin announced that he had decided to start a special operation in the Donbass after the request of the “DNR” and “LNR”. The President urged the Ukrainian servicemen to lay down their arms and “go home.”
A state of emergency has been declared in Ukraine, the country has been subjected to a new massive hacker attack. Earlier, Russia recognized the “republics” as independent states with borders identical to those of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions of Ukraine.
The Russian president received permission from the Federation Council to use the armed forces abroad and ordered the deployment of troops to these territories. The “peacekeeping forces,” as Russian politicians call them, are tasked with performing “peacekeeping functions” on the territory of the “DPR” and “LPR.” Europe, the US and the UK have imposed new sanctions against Russian companies, officials, as well as the secondary market for Russian federal bonds.
RIA News. The Russian Armed Forces do not carry out any missile, air or artillery strikes on the cities of Ukraine, the Ministry of Defense told RIA Novosti.
Russian President Vladimir Putin announced in his address to the Russians this morning that he had decided on a special military operation in the Donbass. The head of state noted that Russia’s plans do not include the occupation of Ukraine, but Moscow will strive for its demilitarization.
“The military infrastructure, air defense facilities, military airfields, aviation of the Armed Forces of Ukraine are disabled with high-precision weapons,” the agency said.
Nothing threatens the civilian population, assured the Ministry of Defense.
D.W. Russia launched military aggression against Ukraine. On the night of February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the start of a war against Ukraine, calling it a “special military operation in the Donbass” in order to protect people who “have been subjected to genocide by the Kiev regime for eight years.” Putin’s claims of genocide have previously been refuted by both the European Union and the United Nations. Western politicians have accused the Russian president of lying. DW is following developments on Thursday, February 24th.