After a trail of tensions, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday announced a military operation in Ukraine, claiming it’s intended to protect civilians.
In an address, Putin said the action comes in response to threats coming from Ukraine. He clarified that Russia doesn’t have a goal to occupy Ukraine, and said the responsibility for bloodshed lies with the Ukrainian regime. He also warned other countries that any attempt to interfere with the Russian action would lead to consequences they have never seen. He alleged that the US and its allies were ignoring Russia’s demand to prevent Ukraine from integrating into the NATO bloc and offered Moscow security guarantees. He said the Russian military operation aims to ensure demilitarization of Ukraine. Putin said that all Ukrainian servicemen who lay down arms will be able to safely leave the zone of combat.
The United Nations Secretary General Antonio has appealed to Putin to stop his troops into Ukraine and give “peace a chance”.