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Russia-Ukraine Crisis: Ukrainian President Declares A State Of War || The Live Blog

Russia launched an attack on Ukraine from multiple flanks. Impacts are reported from Kiev and other Ukrainian cities.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered a military operation in eastern Ukraine. Explosions are reported from numerous Ukrainian cities.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has declared a state of war across the country. The US condemns the "unjustified attack" by Russia.

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Ukraine reports shooting down of Russian planes, Russia denies

According to its own statements, the Ukrainian military shot down five Russian planes and a helicopter in the Luhansk region. Russia has denied claims that no planes were shot down.  According to the Russian news agency Ria, Ukraine's missile defense system is "suppressed". Furthermore, the infrastructure of the Ukrainian air force has been shut down and Ukrainian border troops offer no resistance.

President Vladimir Putin's speech

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the attack on Ukraine in a televised speech. "Circumstances require us to act decisively and immediately," he said. People's republics of Donbas asked for help from Russia. Putin said Russia does not intend to occupy all of Ukraine, but to demilitarize it. "Clashes between Russia and nationalist forces in Ukraine are inevitable.”

Vladimir Putin's declaration

of war The Russian President had announced the military attack on Ukraine in a television speech. With reference to an alleged Ukrainian threat to the separatist areas in eastern Ukraine, which he recently recognized as people's republics, Vladimir Putin described the operation as an attempt to "demilitarize and denazify Ukraine". Russia is "constantly threatened by Ukraine" and cannot feel safe.

Many residents of Kiev are leaving the city

After President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's speech on the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the imposition of martial law, many residents of the capital are trying to leave the city. Pictures show cars jammed on the way out of the city. An air alarm had previously been triggered in Kiev, and sirens could be heard on live images. Selenskyj had called on the population to stay at home.

Latvia calls for Article 4 NATO consultations

Latvia's Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins has condemned the Russian attack on Ukraine. It was " military aggression against sovereignty, the people and democracy ," he wrote on Twitter. He emphasized Latvia's close contact with its EU and NATO partners and asked for consultations within NATO. "We call for the opening of Article 4 consultations," wrote Karins.

Ukrainian Security Council Announces State Of Emergency

Article 4 of the NATO treaty provides for consultations when a member fears that the integrity of its territory, political independence or security is threatened. Latvia borders Russia and its ally Belarus."Let's be vigilant and united," wrote Karins. The security authorities of his country worked in an extended mode. President Egils Levits said on the radio that the other two Baltic states, Estonia and Lithuania, together with Poland, would encourage further NATO measures to strengthen local security.

Representatives of all 30 NATO countries come together for an emergency meeting , the consultations in Brussels are scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg then announced a press conference for 12:30 p.m.

Ukrainian border guard reports attacks from Belarus

According to the Ukrainian border guard, Ukraine is being attacked both on the border with Russia and on the border with Belarus. According to the border guard, Ukraine was being shelled with "artillery" by " Russian troops from Russia and Belarus." Ukrainian forces returned fire.

Russia suspends domestic flights in border region

Russia is suspending all domestic flights to and from a number of cities bordering Ukraine. This order is valid until March 2nd, the aviation authority Rosaviatsiya announced. The airports in Rostov-on-Don, Krasnodar, Anapa, Voronezh and Stavropol are among those affected.

Boris Johnson: "Putin has chosen a path of bloodshed"

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has expressed his dismay at the Russian invasion. "I am appalled by the terrible events in Ukraine," he wrote on Twitter. He spoke to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to discuss the next steps.

"With this unprovoked attack on Ukraine, President Putin has chosen a path of bloodshed and destruction, "the British prime minister wrote. Britain and its allies would react decisively. In addition to the EU and the USA, the UK had already, after Putin's announcement,first sanctions imposed.

NATO ambassadors meet for emergency meeting

After the Russian attack on Ukraine, the NATO ambassadors meet for an emergency meeting in Brussels in the morning. According to a representative of the western military alliance, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg wanted to hold a press conference afterwards at around 12.30 p.m. (CET). Stoltenberg had previously strongly condemned Russia's "reckless and unprovoked attack". This "endangers the lives of countless civilians".

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