Russia invades Ukraine with strikes on major cities

Russian military operation is underway in multiple cities across Ukraine after President Vladimir Putin announced special military operation on Thursday.

Putin’s move was swiftly condemned by several nations.

“President Putin: In the name of humanity bring your troops back to #Russia. In the name of humanity do not allow to start in Europe what could be the worst war since the beginning of the century”, UN chief António Guterres appealed.

Russian media reported quoting Putin he had given approval to the operation in the Donbas region of Ukraine, where Moscow earlier recognised rebel-held territories in Luhansk and Donetsk and said they had asked for its “help”.

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said Putin had “launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine” and that peaceful cities were “under strikes”.

“This is a war of aggression. Ukraine will defend itself and will win. The world can and must stop Putin. The time to act is now,” he tweeted.

President Joe Biden has condemned Russia for an “unprovoked and unjustified attack” on Ukraine while promising that his country and its allies “will hold Russia accountable”.

(This is a developing story)