‘Full-scale invasion of Ukraine underway’ – Kiev

The country’s top diplomat has called on the international community for support

War has broken out between Russia and Ukraine, Kiev’s foreign minister has declared, after a series of explosions were reported across the country moments after Moscow issued an order for a “special operation” in the breakaway Donbass region.

In a statement issued early on Thursday morning, Dmitry Kuleba said that Russian President Vladimir Putin “has just launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine.”

“Peaceful Ukrainian cities are under strikes,” he added, with claims coming in of explosions near the capital, Kiev. “This is a war of aggression. Ukraine will defend itself and will win,” he insisted. “The world can and must stop Putin. The time to act is now.”

His comments come after Putin signed a decree authorizing the use of military force following a request for support from the leaders of the separatist Donetsk and Lugansk regions. “Circumstances require us to take decisive and immediate action,” the order reads. In a televised address to the nation, the Russian President said that that he wanted to “demilitarize” and “de-Nazify” Ukraine.

A number of Ukrainian military installations are believed to have been targeted by missile strikes, and there have been reports of large-scale Russian troop movements. The country’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, has reportedly convened the National Security and Defense Council and Ukrainian airspace is believed to have been closed.

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