US President Joe Biden has denounced Russia’s decision to conduct a military operation in Ukraine as an “unprovoked and unjustified attack”.
President Zelenskyy reached out to me tonight and we just finished speaking. I condemned this unprovoked and unjustified attack by Russian military forces. I briefed him on the steps we are taking to rally international condemnation, including tonight at the UN Security Council.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has also condemned the move, saying: “President Putin has chosen a path of bloodshed and destruction by launching this unprovoked attack on Ukraine.”
I am appalled by the horrific events in Ukraine and I have spoken to President Zelenskyy to discuss next steps. \n\nPresident Putin has chosen a path of bloodshed and destruction by launching this unprovoked attack on Ukraine. \n\nThe UK and our allies will respond decisively.
The DPR and LPR declared their independence in 2014 after Putin annexed the Crimean Peninsula, The Independent reports.
Since 2014 the region has been the site of a conflict between separatists and Ukrainian forces. Russia has been accused by Nato and Ukraine of arming separatists, but the Kremlin denies this. An estimated 14,000 people have been killed in the ongoing conflict over the last eight years.
Russia far outweighs Ukraine in terms of resources for ground, sea, and air combat.
For example, Russia has approximately 12,420 tanks, while Ukraine only has 2,596. Ukraine has only 34 attack helicopters, whereas Russia reportedly has 544. Russia also boasts 15 destroyers, but Ukraine has none.
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Several European nations are heavily dependent on Russia for its gas supply.
If a stop was put on Russian gas imports, Europeans could heat their homes using reserves, according to German analysis.
Markets across the globe slumped and oil prices soared to levels not seen in eight years in response to Putin's launch of a full-scale invasion.
Trading was suspended on the Moscow Stock Exchange for a period, but it plunged by around a third after reopening and the rouble plummeted to a record low against the dollar.
UK gas prices shot up by a third, while global wheat prices are also soaring, Ukraine is a major food supplier, something experts say could push up inflation and put further pressure on household finances.
“Not only will energy bills keep going up, but food prices look set to jump even higher. Ukraine and Russia are both big food suppliers and any disruption to supplies will force buyers to seek alternative sources, which could jack up prices,” said AJ Bell investment director Russ Mould.