In Picture: Russia Launches Military Operations In Ukraine

Smoke rises near the town of Chasiv Yar in the Donetsk region. [Gleb Garanich/Reuters]

Just before 6AM GMT,  on 24 Feb 2022, Russian President, Vladimir Putin announced a military operation in Ukraine.

Moments after the announcement,  explosions were soon heard across the country and its foreign minister warning a “full-scale invasion” was under way.

Weeks of intense diplomacy and the imposition of sanctions on Russia failed to deter Putin, who had massed between 150,000 and 200,000 soldiers along the borders of Ukraine.

Putin called on Ukrainian soldiers to lay down their arms and said the operation was overseeing a “genocide” in the east of Ukraine.

The Kremlin had earlier said rebel leaders in eastern Ukraine had asked Moscow for military help against Kyiv.

The extent of Thursday’s attacks was not immediately clear, but Ukraine Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said the worst-case scenario was playing out.

Biden immediately warned of “consequences” for Russia and that there would be a “catastrophic loss of life and human suffering”.

NATO’s chief condemned Russia’s “reckless and unprovoked attack” on

Here are pictures of events so far:In Picture: Russia Launches Military Operations In Ukraine - Vantage News Nigeria

In Picture: Russia Launches Military Operations In Ukraine - Vantage News Nigeria
Tanks move into the city of Mariupol. [Carlos Barria/Reuters]
In Picture: Russia Launches Military Operations In Ukraine - Vantage News Nigeria
A military vehicle is seen on a street on the outskirts of the separatist-controlled city of Donetsk, Ukraine [Alexander Ermochenko/Reuters]
In Picture: Russia Launches Military Operations In Ukraine - Vantage News Nigeria
Fire is seen coming out of a military installation near the airport in Mariupol. [Carlos Barria/Reuters]
In Picture: Russia Launches Military Operations In Ukraine - Vantage News Nigeria
Smoke rises near the town of Chasiv Yar in the Donetsk region. [Gleb Garanich/Reuters]

In Picture: Russia Launches Military Operations In Ukraine - Vantage News Nigeria
Where are Russian troops stationed

In Picture: Russia Launches Military Operations In Ukraine - Vantage News Nigeria
Police officers inspect the remains of a missile that fell in the street in Kyiv. [Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters]
In Picture: Russia Launches Military Operations In Ukraine - Vantage News Nigeria
People queue for fuel at a gas station in Sievierodonetsk. [Vadim Ghirda/AP Photo]

In Picture: Russia Launches Military Operations In Ukraine - Vantage News Nigeria
A Ukrainian soldier

In Picture: Russia Launches Military Operations In Ukraine - Vantage News Nigeria
Cars leave Kyiv after Putin authorised the invasion of eastern Ukraine. [Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters]
In Picture: Russia Launches Military Operations In Ukraine - Vantage News Nigeria
People take shelter in a subway station in Kyiv. [Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters]
In Picture: Russia Launches Military Operations In Ukraine - Vantage News Nigeria
People queue to use an ATM in Sievierodonetsk. [Vadim Ghirda/AP Photo]
In Picture: Russia Launches Military Operations In Ukraine - Vantage News Nigeria
People wait at Kyiv Airport. [Umit Bektas/Reuters]
In Picture: Russia Launches Military Operations In Ukraine - Vantage News Nigeria
People, some carrying bags and suitcases, walk at a metro station in Kyiv. [Daniel Leal/AFP]

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