US President Joe Biden issued a statement condemning the “unprovoked and unjustified attack by the Russian armed forces.”
“President Putin has chosen a deliberate war that will bring catastrophic loss of life and human suffering,” says the American president. “Russia alone is responsible for the death and destruction this attack will bring, and the United States and its allies and partners will respond in a united and decisive manner. The world will call Russia to account.”
According to the American president, he will “monitor the situation from the White House and continue to receive regular updates from my national security service.”
Joe Biden said he plans to speak to the American people on Thursday and announce the “further consequences” that the US and its allies planned to impose on Russia in connection with “this unnecessary act of aggression against Ukraine and global peace and security.”
“We will also coordinate with our NATO allies to ensure a strong, cooperative response that deters any aggression against the Alliance,” Biden promised.
Hours earlier, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken had said that “it looks like everything is ready” for a Russian invasion of Ukraine, but he still sees a chance to “prevent major aggression.”
In an interview with NBC News, the head of the State Department said: “It seems that everything is ready for Russia to launch a major aggression against Ukraine.”
Blinken also told ABC News that Russia was “putting the finishing touches” on troop deployment in locations for a “full-scale invasion” and said the US “definitely saw the presence of Russian troops in Ukraine.”
The Secretary of State did not elaborate on the Russian forces he said he had seen on Ukrainian soil and could not provide “specific numbers,” but “everything we have seen over the past 24 to 48 hours suggests that Russia is putting the finishing touches on having its forces deployed across all of Ukraine’s borders, north, east, south, to be ready for a full-scale invasion.”
British Ambassador to Ukraine Melinda Simmons said on her Twitter account that there was a “completely unprovoked” attack on Ukraine.
“A completely unprovoked attack on a peaceful country is unfolding. Terrified,” she wrote in a microblog on Thursday morning. “Just because you’ve been preparing and thinking about this possibility for weeks and months doesn’t mean it’s not shocking when it actually happens.”
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called Russia’s actions “a serious violation of international law and a serious threat to Euro-Atlantic security.”
According to The Guardian, while President Putin was speaking and the first explosions were reported, the UN Security Council was holding an emergency meeting under the chairmanship of Russia itself. It was launched by UN Secretary General António Guterres, who made a direct appeal: “President Putin, stop your troops from attacking Ukraine. Give the world a chance. Too many people have already died.” Russia’s representative to the UN, Vasily Nebenzya, justified Russia’s military actions with Article 51 of the United Nations Charter, which allows for “self-defense.” According to Reuters, Nebenzya told the UN Security Council about Putin’s announcement of a special military operation in eastern Ukraine.
The representative of Ukraine to the UN, for his part, told the Security Council: “It is too late to talk about de-escalation. This body is obliged to stop the war. I urge each of you to do everything possible to stop the war.”
Earlier in his speech, the Ukrainian permanent representative to the UN said that the remarks he had prepared were now useless, adding, addressing the Russian representative: “48 minutes ago your country declared war on my country.”
The Sky News channel reports on explosions that are heard in Kiev, as well as on the landing of amphibious assault forces on the Azov coast and in Odessa.
Meanwhile, Lviv-based The Guardian journalist Peter Beaumont reports: “After a sleepless night in Ukraine, when many here were waiting for the Russian attack to begin and were on their phones all night, reports of explosions began to come in from different cities in the last few minutes. Just live from Kiev, CNN’s Matthew Chance said he heard 4-5 loud bangs that he couldn’t identify.
The Ifax report also reported on shootings near the Kiev Boryspil airport, again not yet confirmed … There were also initial, albeit unconfirmed, details of explosions that sounded in Kharkiv, Kramatorsk, Kharkiv, Odessa and Mariupol. These reports followed immediately after a speech by Russian President Vladimir Putin in which he announced that he was ordering a military operation against Ukraine, in other words, declaring war on Ukraine. Putin added that any attempt by foreigners to interfere in Russia’s actions would lead to “consequences they have never seen.”
Accusing the United States and its allies of ignoring Russia’s demands to prevent Ukraine from joining NATO and to provide Moscow with security guarantees, Putin said the Russian military operation was aimed at ensuring the “demilitarization” and “denazification” – in his words – of Ukraine. Putin said that Ukrainian servicemen who laid down their arms would be able to safely leave the war zone.
So far, where I am in Lviv in western Ukraine, it is quiet.”
Read the online broadcast of events around Ukraine and Donbass
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