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    Russia launches Ukraine invasion

    Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine on Thursday, forcing residents to flee for their lives and leaving at least 40 Ukrainian soldiers and 10 civilians dead.

    Russian air strikes hit military facilities across the country and ground forces moved in from the north, south and east, triggering condemnation from Western leaders and warnings of massive sanctions.

    Weeks of intense diplomacy to avert war failed to deter Putin, who had massed more than 150,000 troops along the borders of Ukraine.

    “I have decided to proceed with a special military operation,” Putin said in a television announcement in the early hours of Thursday.

    Shortly afterwards, the first bombardments were heard in Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv, and several other cities, according to AFP correspondents.

    “Putin has just launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Peaceful Ukrainian cities are under strikes,” Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba tweeted.

    President Volodymyr Zelensky declared martial law and said Russia was attacking his country’s “military infrastructure” but urged citizens not to panic and vowed victory.

    The military said it had received orders from Zelensky to “inflict maximum losses against the aggressor”.

    It said its forces had killed “around 50 Russian occupiers” while repulsing an attack on a town on the frontline with Moscow-backed rebels, a toll that could not be immediately confirmed by AFP.

    – ‘Sounds of bombing’ –

    Kyiv’s main international airport was hit in the first bombing of the city since World War II and air raid sirens sounded over the capital at the break of dawn.

    “I woke up because of the sounds of bombing. I packed a bag and tried to escape,” said Maria Kashkoska, as she sheltered inside the Kyiv metro station.

    In the eastern Ukrainian town of Chuguiv, a son wept over the body of his father among the wreckage of a missile strike in a residential district.

    “I told him to leave,” the man sobbed repeatedly, next to the twisted ruins of a car.

    – ‘The time to act is now’ –

    Kuleba said the worst-case scenario was playing out.

    “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 said.

    Within a few hours of Putin’s speech, Russia’s defence ministry said it had neutralised Ukrainian military airbases and its air defence systems.

    Ukraine said Russian tanks and heavy equipment crossed the border in several northern regions, in the east as well as from the Kremlin-annexed peninsula of Crimea in the south.

    The Russian army said Moscow-backed separatists in the east had advanced by up to three kilometres (1.8 miles) into territory previously under government control.

    The fighting roiled the global financial markets, with stocks plunging and oil prices soaring past $100.

    The Russian ruble fell nine percent against the dollar after the attack and the Moscow Stock Exchange was down more than 25 percent.

    – ‘Unprovoked and unjustified’ –

    In his televised address, Putin justified the operation by claiming the government was overseeing a “genocide” in the east of the country.

    The Kremlin had earlier said the leaders of two separatist territories in eastern Ukraine had asked Moscow for military help against Kyiv.

    Putin recognised the independence of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk republics on Monday.

    US President Joe Biden spoke with Zelensky after the Russian operation began to vow US “support” and “assistance”.

    Biden condemned the “unprovoked and unjustified attack by Russian military forces,” and vowed Russia would be held accountable.

    “President Putin has chosen a premeditated war that will bring a catastrophic loss of life and human suffering,” he said in a statement.

    Biden was due to join a virtual, closed-door meeting of G7 leaders — Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States — on Thursday, likely to result in more sanctions against Russia.

    In Brussels, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said Russia faced “unprecedented isolation” and would be hit with the “harshest sanctions” the EU has ever imposed.

    The Russian invasion also rattled other countries in eastern Europe once dominated by Moscow.

    NATO member Poland said it was invoking Article 4 of the NATO Treaty, calling for urgent consultations among leaders of the Western military alliance.

    Lithuania joined Poland’s call and said it would impose a national state of emergency.

    – Drop NATO ambitions –

    Ukraine has around 200,000 military personnel, and could boost that with up to 250,000 reservists.

    Moscow’s total forces are much larger — around a million active-duty personnel — and have been modernised and re-armed in recent years.

    But Ukraine has received advanced anti-tank weapons and some drones from NATO members. More have been promised as the allies try to deter a Russian attack or at least make it costly.

    Russia has long demanded that Ukraine be forbidden from ever joining the NATO alliance and that US troops pull out from Eastern Europe.

    Putin this week set out a number of stringent conditions if the West wanted to de-escalate the crisis, saying Ukraine should drop its NATO ambition and become neutral.

    “Putin’s aim is to end the existence of Ukraine,” said Tatyana Stanovaya, founder of the political consultancy R.Politik Center and a non-resident scholar at the Carnegie Moscow Center.

    “It is possible that the east of Ukraine will come under Russian control,” she said, adding: “I cannot see anything that would stop Russia now”.

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    Out of the eyes of the communist bastards:

    Door to issue's peaceful resolution has not fully closed, spokeswoman says

    China accused the United States on Wednesday of fueling tensions and creating panic on the Ukraine issue, and urged all parties concerned to be responsible and work for peace.

    "It is irresponsible to add fuel to the flames on the one hand while blaming those who fight the fire on the other hand," Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a daily news briefing.

    Unlike the US, which keeps sending weapons to Ukraine, China believes the door to a peaceful resolution of the Ukraine issue has not fully closed, and it will continue to promote peace talks in its own way, Hua said.
    US adding fuel to Ukraine crisis 'irresponsible' - World - Chinadaily.com.cn


    What ever is left of the Olympics should be boycotted

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    WTF are the chinkies on about now?

    Talk about thick as fuck.

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    In photos: Russia launches major military assault on Ukraine cities

    Kyiv and other cities across Ukraine were facing a major military assault by Russian forces overnight, in what Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba described as "a full-scale invasion" that's killed dozens of people.


    The big picture: Shortly after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a "special military operation" in Ukraine, Kuleba tweeted: "Peaceful Ukrainian cities are under strikes. This is a war of aggression." President Biden said the U.S. would impose further "severe sanctions" on Russia in response.

    PHOTOS HERE. Photos: Russia attacks Ukraine - Axios

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    Putin will decide when Ukraine offensive ends – Kremlin



    Russian military action is the prerogative of the president, who makes the calls on its goals and terms, Kremlin said

    Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has set the targets for the country’s military attack against Ukraine and he will decide when the operation ends “based on results and expediency,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday.


    The operation “has its goals and they need to be achieved,” the official said, when asked by journalists when the offensive would end.


    In his Thursday morning address, Putin said he’d ordered Russian troops to attack Ukraine to demilitarize and, as he put it, “denazify” the country. He claimed Russia’s national security was compromised by NATO encroachment in Ukraine.


    He further stated that Russia was duty-bound to protect the breakaway republics of Donetsk and Lugansk from continued attacks by the Ukrainian forces. Moscow recognized the two entities as sovereign states on Monday.

    Russia is determined to “neutralize the [Ukrainian] military potential, which was boosted considerably lately, including with the active assistance of foreign nations,” Peskov said.


    He added that “ideally” Ukraine needs to be “cleansed” from neo-Nazi ideology.


    Peskov rejected the idea that Russia was in the process of occupying Ukraine, saying the Russian operation had limited goals of protecting Russia and the separatist regions. He said the future of Ukraine will be determined by the Ukrainian people.


    The Russian military launched a massive attack against Ukraine on Putin’s order right after his televised address. The defense ministry said it was targeting elements of the Ukrainian military infrastructure and sought to avoid civilian casualties. Multiple reports from the ground said apparent Russian strikes throughout Ukraine have caused damage to military bases, weapons depots and some arms factories.

    Putin will decide when Ukraine offensive ends – Kremlin — RT Russia & Former Soviet Union

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    Russia denies warplane downed over Ukraine

    Moscow’s Ministry of Defense has released a statement denying reports that a Russian warplane was downed in Ukraine, insisting that it has taken out all the Eastern European nation’s air defenses, after the Kremlin ordered a “special military operation” across the border.


    In an official announcement on Thursday, the ministry wrote, “The Ukrainian Border Service is providing no resistance to Russian divisions. The Ukrainian Armed Forces’ anti-air capabilities have been suppressed. The military infrastructure of the Ukrainian Armed Forces’ air bases is out of commission.”

    The statement also claimed that reports in foreign media of a Russian plane brought down in Ukrainian territory are not true.


    Earlier on Thursday, Kiev claimed that five Russian planes and one helicopter had been shot down in the Lugansk region, near the separatist-held territory which Russian President Vladimir Putin officially recognized as independent on Monday.


    On Wednesday evening, the leaders of the newly recognized Lugansk People’s Republic and its neighbor the Donetsk People’s Republic formally requested military assistance from Russia. Hours later, Putin authorized the use of force for an offensive in the Donbass, and in a televised address to the nation, claimed that the goal was to “de-militarize” and “de-Nazify” Ukraine.


    Kiev's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has since announced that a “full scale” invasion of the country is underway. “This is a war of aggression,” he said in a statement. “Ukraine will defend itself and will win. The world can and must stop Putin. The time to act is now.”


    President Volodymyr Zelensky has declared martial law in the country, urging citizens to stay calm and stay at home.


    Foreign leaders have condemned Moscow’s actions, with US President Joe Biden saying that Russia had declared a “premeditated war” that would lead to “catastrophic loss of life and human suffering.”

    Russia denies warplane downed over Ukraine — RT Russia & Former Soviet Union

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    Moscow warns Russians against joining anti-war protests

    The Kremlin has warned Russians against taking part in anti-war protests after President Vladimir Putin decided to launch a full-scale military attack on Ukraine.


    In a special televised address on Thursday, President Putin said, "People’s Republics of Donbas approached Russia with a request for help. In connection therewith, I made the decision to hold a special military operation."


    Russia had earlier this week decided to "recognise the independence" of two separatist regions in eastern Ukraine, which President Putin referred to as the People’s Republics of Donbas.

    Russia-Ukraine war LIVE updates: Over 70 Ukrainian military targets destroyed, says Russia - India Today

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    Dozens of Russian Anti-War Picketers Detained – Reports

    Dozens of Russians have been detained in cities across the country for protesting against the war against Ukraine, independent monitors said Thursday.


    Solo pickets — essentially the only legal form of public protest in Russia — in protest of the war have taken place from the southern city of Tolyatti to the Far East city of Khabarovsk.


    The police-monitoring website OVD-Info has reported nearly 50 detentions in Moscow, St. Petersburg and other Russian cities for staging solo anti-war pickets.

    Prominent rights activist Marina Litvinovich on Thursday called on Russians to attend a “walk” against the war at 7 p.m. Moscow time, including on Pushkin Square in central Moscow.


    Soon after, authorities detained Litvinovich outside her home, the independent Dozhd broadcaster reported.


    Later, several anti-war protesters who had gathered at the Ukrainian Embassy in Moscow were detained.

    In Russia's fourth-largest city Yekaterinburg, more than 100 people took part in an anti-war protest, according to the Znak.com news website.


    Moscow prosecutors warned that unauthorized gatherings are illegal and will lead to “negative consequences,” and the federal Investigative Committee issued a special warning to “unpermitted” anti-war demonstrators.


    The protests are among the many displays of public resistance to the military offensive on Russia’s pro-Western neighbor.


    Russian pop culture figures, celebrities, journalists, cultural figures and scientists have all voiced opposition to the war since President Vladimir Putin announced it Thursday morning.

    https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2022/...reports-a76559

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    Zelensky ‘does not know how much longer Ukraine will exist’ – Austria

    The fate of Ukraine is looking increasingly uncertain as Russia launches a series of strikes across the country, President Volodymyr Zelensky has apparently told his Austrian counterpart, warning that the Eastern European nation may not be able to withstand the offensive by Moscow’s armed forces.


    In a statement issued on Thursday, Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer shared details of his telephone conversation with Zelensky. According to Vienna’s leader, Zelensky told him that “I don’t know how much longer my country will exist.”

    Nehammer added that Austria “is not indifferent to breaches of international law,” promising that it helps wherever it can.

    The remarks come after the leaders of the newly recognized Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics formally requested military assistance from Moscow to combat what they claimed was a spike in “Ukrainian aggression.” Hours later, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the use of force for an offensive in the Donbass.


    Within moments of the televised address, rounds of explosions hit sites across the country, including military installations and airfields. Blasts also struck around major cities, including the capital Kiev.

    Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba issued a statement in which he asserted that Moscow “has just launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine.” In the wake of the attack, Kiev declared martial law after a meeting between Zelensky and the country’s National Security and Defense Council.


    Western officials had been warning for months that Moscow’s armed forces were building up at the Ukrainian border ahead of an invasion. Until Thursday morning, Russia had denied that it planned to attack, and insisted its intervention in the Donbass would be defensive.

    Zelensky ‘does not know how much longer Ukraine will exist’ – Austria — RT Russia & Former Soviet Union

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    Hopefully Zelensky is being hustled out of the country so he is not captured. I think Putin may have bitten off more than he can chew this time as he has just become the enemy of the whole world, including many inside Russia.

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    There was a report earlier about the Russians having a number of people marked to be captured or killed. Hopefully, all those people have been spirited away from Ukraine.

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    Lukashenko says Putin promises he would regard attack on Belarus as attack on Russia

    MINSK, February 24. /TASS/. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko says he has received assurances from Russian President Vladimir Putin the Russian leadership would regard an attack against Belarus as an attack against Russia. A Telegram channel close to the Belarusian presidential press service released a video with Lukashenko’s statement to this effect on Thursday.


    "We have a joint group. Part of it is on the western border of Russia. I asked him (the Russian president - TASS) to avoid using part of that group. To keep it in reserve just in case, if something happens. His reply was: ‘I promise you that any attack against or just one step across the border into the Belarusian territory would mean that they attack Russia’," Lukashenko cited Putin as saying.


    "I would like them (in the West - TASS) to hear and understand this. And refrain from lying and coining fakes," Lukashenko added.


    Also, he pointed out that NATO was quickly building up forces on the border with Belarus in Poland and in the Baltic countries.

    Lukashenko says Putin promises he would regard attack on Belarus as attack on Russia - Russian Politics & Diplomacy - TASS

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    Putin Threatens Nuclear Response and Hypersonic Weapons

    A belligerent and rambling Putin on Thursday warned other states not to interfere following his invasion of Ukraine.


    He threatened the use of nuclear weapons and restated the fact that the Russian armed forces possess hypersonic weapons that the West does not have: “Russia remains one of the most powerful nuclear states” with “a certain advantage in several cutting-edge weapons.”


    He said that his target was not just Ukraine, but America’s “empire of lies,” and he threatened “consequences you have never faced in your history” for “anyone who tries to interfere with us.”


    Meanwhile, imprisoned opposition figure Alexeï Navalny was able to state his opposition to the attack on Ukraine in court on Thursday morning: “I am against this war. I think this war between Russia and Ukraine is being waged to cover up the theft of Russian citizens and divert their attention from the problems that exist inside the country, from the deterioration of the economy… this war will cause a large number of victims, waste lives, and continue the policy of impoverishment of Russian citizens”.


    In a phone call with President Emmanuel Macron of France, President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine called “for multiple interventions to support Ukraine.” Mr Macron had reached Mr. Zelensky on his mobile phone a few hours after the attack began, and promised him “all the support and solidarity of France.”

    Putin threatens nuclear response and hypersonic weapons - NEWS.MC

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    He threatened the use of nuclear weapons and restated the fact that the Russian armed forces possess hypersonic weapons that the West does not have: “Russia remains one of the most powerful nuclear states” with “a certain advantage in several cutting-edge weapons.”
    Fucking hell

    What do one comment on such talk ?

    Did they even threaten each other out loud during the Cuba crises ?


    Is he insane ?

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    Of course he is insane, the whole invasion is driven by his paranoia and wish to make some sort of mark and legacy; he has wound the clock back 60 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    In a phone call with President Emmanuel Macron of France
    Is he going to ask him to announce a 3rd diplomatic exchange?

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    Russian troops ‘trying to seize’ Chernobyl nuclear power plant, Zelensky claims

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky tweeted on Thursday evening that Russian troops are trying to capture the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the northern part of the Kiev Region. The plant was the site of the 1986 disaster, which caused massive contamination of the surrounding area and parts of Europe.


    Zelensky claimed there was fighting in Chernobyl hours into Moscow’s “special operation,” which the Kremlin says was launched to protect the breakaway eastern republics in the Donbass.


    “Our defenders are giving their lives so that the tragedy of 1986 will not be repeated,” Zelensky tweeted.

    The adviser to Ukraine’s interior minister and former MP, Anton Gerashchenko, wrote on social media that Russian forces have crossed into Ukraine from Belarus and entered the exclusion zone set up around the plant after the disaster.

    The national guardsmen, who are protecting the storage of unsafe nuclear waste, are fighting hard,” he claimed. Moscow has not confirmed or denied the situation so far.


    When asked whether the Belarusian troops were also fighting in Ukraine, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said earlier on Thursday that “our troops are not taking any part in this operation.”


    Russia said it began hitting Ukraine’s military targets on Thursday morning, insisting it was necessary to prevent Kiev’s attacks against the Donetsk (DPR) and Lugansk (LPR) People’s Republics. Moscow recognized the DPR and LPR’s independence from Kiev on Monday, also signing treaties that include military assistance.

    The DPR and the LPR have alleged they were facing a full-blown assault on the eve of the operation. Kiev has denied trying to retake the area by force all along, claiming Moscow’s attack was unprovoked and calling on other countries to impose sweeping sanctions on Russia.

    Russian troops ‘trying to seize’ Chernobyl nuclear power plant, Zelensky claims — RT Russia & Former Soviet Union

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    UK's Johnson announces raft of new sanctions on Russia, bans Aeroflot

    Boris Johnson has outlined a range of further economic sanctions being imposed on Russia by the UK

    DETAILS TO FOLLOW

    UK's Johnson announces raft of new sanctions on Russia, bans Aeroflot — RT Russia & Former Soviet Union

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    Russian airborne troops north of Kiev

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    Putin’s Declaration of War on Ukraine Was Filmed Three Days Ago, Says Russian Newspaper

    Vladimir Putin’s televised announcement of a “special military operation” against Ukraine, broadcast early Thursday morning, was filmed three days ago, according to Russia’s Novaya Gazeta. The newspaper, whose editor-in-chief shared last year’s Nobel Peace Prize, published on its Twitter feed what it said was metadata from the Kremlin website showing that the video was recorded on Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. Moscow time. Separately, the Russian-based Conflict Intelligence Team pointed out that Putin was wearing the exact same suit and tie in Thursday’s broadcast as he wore when he announced that Russia was to recognize two breakaway regions in eastern Ukraine—the prelude to all-out war. In the same Twitter thread, the CIT team also claimed that a NOTAM no-fly noticed issued by Russian authorities overnight was dated Feb. 22. “That could suggest that a mass invasion of Ukraine had been planned for February 22, but was delayed for reasons we do not know,” it said.

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/putins...-novaya-gazeta

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    .He said that his target was not just Ukraine, but America’s “empire of lies,” and he threatened “consequences you have never faced in your history” for “anyone who tries to interfere with us.”

    Gee, that’s reassuring…

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    Post Joe Biden's speech, and i agree. If the west and NATO are going to stand by then they should bring every means to the table to crucify Russia, their people will suffer but Ukrainians are dying.


    After his speech on the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Joe Biden was asked by a reporter why the US and its allies are not moving to block Russia out of Swift (the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication).


    “The sanctions that we have proposed on all of their banks are of equal consequence, maybe more consequence, than Swift,” Biden said.


    He added, “It is always an option, but right now that’s not the position that the rest of Europe wishes to take.”


    The West’s refusal to crack down on Russia’s use of Swift has outraged the Ukrainian government. The Guardian’s Daniel Boffey and Jessica Elgot report:


    Ukraine’s foreign minister, Dmytro Kuleba, voiced his anger as EU heads of state and government appeared likely to decide against blocking Russia from an international payments system through which it receives foreign currency.


    With casualties mounting, Kuleba warned that European and US politicians would have ‘blood on their hands’ if they failed to impose the heaviest toll on Moscow by cutting Russia from the so-called Swift payments system.


    ‘I will not be diplomatic on this,’ he tweeted. ‘Everyone who now doubts whether Russia should be banned from Swift has to understand that the blood of innocent Ukrainian men, women and children will be on their hands too. BAN RUSSIA FROM SWIFT.’

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/live/2022/feb/24/biden-ukraine-us-russia-invasion-latest-news-g7-leaders-updates

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    Some better sanctions would be to seize all of the properties and yachts of sympathetic oligarchs and their families, cancel their residency visas, and put them in a taxi to the airport.

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