Ukraine: Sirens Blare In Kyiv As Putin Announces Military Operation
Vladimir Putin has declared war on Ukraine after announcing a “special military operation” in the east of the country during a televised address on Thursday. The Russian leader warned other countries not to respond, saying "if you do you will face consequences greater than any of you have faced in history”.
Explosions were reported in the outskirts of the cities of Kharkiv, Kramatorsk, Mariupol and the capital. Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky said Russia had "declared war" on the region.
Zelensky announced that martial law was now being imposed across all of Ukraine.
"No panic. We're strong. We're ready for anything. We'll defeat everyone because we are Ukraine," the Ukrainian leader said in a video statement.
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To support Ukraine, Olesya Khromeychuk, historian, author and director of the Ukrainian Institute London advises people to: "Stay informed and inform others, join demos and write to your MPs, donate to humanitarian aid charities and the Ukrainian army.
She also added to stick with reputable sources to avoid the spread of misinformation.
What was once a platform that shared light-hearted content about the rumours of war, has now transformed into firsthand footage from devastated Ukrainian citizens.