Early Thursday, Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia, announced to initiate a military operation in Ukraine and warned other nations not to interfere with the Russian actions; otherwise, they will face severe consequences. Putin justified his decision to invade by saying he was acting in response to threats from the Ukrainian government.
Russian President Vladimir Putin announced to start a military operation in Ukraine. He Justified his action by saying that he was responding to threats from the Ukrainian government and warned other countries not to interfere with Russian matters. pic.twitter.com/FCoDIX8SAJ
— Live News Now (@LiveNewsNow6) February 24, 2022
During a televised speech, the Russian leader added that those who oppose the Russian move in the Donbas region of Ukraine would face consequences they have never seen before. At the time of the announcement, several media organizations reported the sound of artillery fire in Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine, and expositions in the Donbas region.
Response of the U.S. President at Russian Military Action in Ukraine
Joe Biden, the President of the United States, said that Ukrainian people were experiencing an unjustified and senseless attack by Putin’s military forces. Further, he added that the Russian president picked a pre-planned war that would bring a disastrous loss of precious lives and human suffering. Biden said that Moscow alone is responsible for the damage and death this invasion will get with time. Moreover, the U.S. president said that the U.S. and its allies would swiftly respond to the Russian aggression in a crucial and united way.
However, President Biden criticized the Russian action and called the attack on Ukraine unjustified and unprovoked, and said that the world would hold Russia accountable. The Putin announcement swiftly drove concerns that Russia was offering a pretense for war, just as the Western countries warned.
U.N. Secretary-General Remarks and Russian Aggression
Russian president comments came a short time after United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres claimed during an emergency meeting of the United Nations (U.N.) Security Council for the Russian leader to avoid the conflict. Guterres said that Putin should stop his troops from invading Ukraine. However, he insisted on peace as he said that too many people had already lost their lives.
Secretary-General @antonioguterres considers the decision of the Russian Federation to be a violation of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine and inconsistent with the principles of the Charter of the United Nations. https://t.co/B3iEl3QyIW pic.twitter.com/lTAtV7WATr
— UN Spokesperson (@UN_Spokesperson) February 21, 2022
On Wednesday, John Kirby, the Press Secretary of the Pentagon, told reporters that Russians are ready. Further, he added that Pentagon believes that further Russian military forces are moving into the Luhansk and Donetsk Ukrainian regions. However, he wouldn’t confirm the details on the number of Russian troops that penetrated both parts.
On the other hand, President Putin blamed the United States and its partners for ignoring the Russian demand to prevent Ukraine from joining the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and offering Russia security guarantees. Putin said that the aim of Moscow was not to occupy Ukraine.
The U.N. Security Council instantly scheduled an emergency meeting Wednesday night at the request of the Ukrainian government. Dmytro Kuleba, the Foreign Minister of Ukraine, called the demand of the separatists to escalate security. Jen Psaki, the White House Press Secretary, said the request of separatists for Moscow help was a case of a false-flag operation that the United States and its partners expected Russia to use deceit for war.
Ukraine Restricted Civilian Flights
Some hours after a war zone monitor warned airlines to stop overflights, Ukraine officials announced restricting civilian flights in its airspace amid the possible risk. According to fight n El Al Israel Airlines Ltd flight from Tel Aviv to Toronto and a Polskie Linie Lotnicze LOT S.A flight from Warsaw to Kyiv was driven out of Ukrainian airspace around the time when a notice was issued.
According to the recent notice to airmen, Russia moderately closed its airspace in the Rostov flight information region to the east of its Ukrainian border to provide security for civil aviation flights. Since Monday, shelling deepened when Putin recognized two separatist regions of Ukraine as independent and ordered the deployment of peacekeepers.
According to a draft text, a thirty-day state of emergency in Ukraine restricts the freedom of movement of recruited reservists, enforcing personal document checks, and restricting the media. Likewise, the Ukrainian government announced mandatory military service for all fighting-age men. However, western nations and Japan slapped sanctions on Russian individuals and banks but held off their strongest moves until an attack started.