Russian President Vladimir Putin started a military operation in Ukraine but his foreign minister said that a full-scale invasion was underway. Russia has already deployed between 150,000 to 200,000 troops along the Ukraine borders and they have started bombing targets in Ukraine.
Putin’s Message For Ukrainian Soldiers
Lay your arms roared the Russian President in his first address to the Ukraine army. Putin also assured the soldiers that they could leave the battlefield without hindrance.
Putin Justifies The Action
The Russian President claimed that he was approached by rebel leaders for military help. Also, he couldn’t see genocide in Ukraine. Earlier Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov updated the world through media that the separatist leaders of Donetsk and Lugansk asked Moscow to help them repel Ukraine’s aggression in separate letters. The Russian state media published the letters dated 22 February.
Putin Ignored Ukraine’s Appeal
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky asked Moscow to avoid a major war in Europe in an emotional appeal on late Wednesday night. He said that Russian people were being lied to about Ukraine. He further maintained that he tried to call Putin but his calls went unanswered.
But Ukraine Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba called it the worst-case scenario and that Ukraine would defend itself and win the war of aggression. He also said that the world leaders could stop Putin.
Putin Sets Conditions
Russian President made it clear that Ukraine must drop its ambitions to join NATO if the west wanted to de-escalate the tension. Moscow wants Ukraine to remain neutral between NATO and Russia.
Ukraine Defending Itself
US and UK have announced multiple sanctions on Russia to deter it from military action. Also, NATO members have strengthened the Ukrainian army with anti-tank weapons and drones. The allies have promised more military help if the tension escalates into a full-blown war.