Live Updates: Russia Launches Full Scale Military Operation

A military vehicle is seen on a street on the outskirts of the separatist-controlled city of Donetsk, Ukraine [Alexander Ermochenko/Reuters]

Kyiv accuses Russia of ‘war of aggression’ as multi-pronged attack on several Ukrainian cities begins.

Russia’s involvement follows months of tension over Moscow’s military build-up around Ukraine.

Russia has repeatedly warned of consequences if the US and NATO continued to use Ukraine as pawn to attack its interests.

Russia has also said NATO was not showing any interest in guaranteeing its security demands.

10 mins ago (06:22 GMT)

Russia says it has taken out infrastructure at Ukraine air bases: Reports
Russia’s defence ministry says it has attacked military infrastructure at Ukrainian air bases and degraded Ukraine’s air defences, according to reports by Russian news agencies.

The ministry denied reports that one of its aircraft had been shot down over Ukraine. Ukraine’s military said earlier that five Russian planes and one helicopter had been downed in the country’s eastern Luhansk region.

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A Ukrainian serviceman stands at his position at the line of separation between Ukraine-held territory and rebel-held territory near Svitlodarsk, eastern Ukraine [Evgeniy Maloletka/AP Photo]
18 mins ago (06:14 GMT)

Air raid sirens blaring throughout Kyiv
Air raid sirens have been blaring throughout the city.

It would appear that military installations have been the target [of the attack] – there have been missiles attacks and the number of casualties and level of damage is unclear at the moment.

The sky in Kiev was awash with red and orange when these missiles struck – some of which were apparently cruise missiles. And the main international airport did come under attack – it is not clear what the damage is there, but all air space is closed.

25 mins ago (06:07 GMT)

Zelenskyy declares martial law, says Ukraine will ‘win’
Ukraine’s president has made a brief national address to declare martial law throughout the country.

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“Dear Ukrainian citizens, this morning President Putin announced a special military operation in Donbas. Russia conducted strikes on our military infrastructure and our border guards. There were blasts heard in many cities of Ukraine. We’re introducing martial law on the whole territory of our country,” Zelenskyy said in a video address.

“A minute ago I had a conversation with President Biden. The US have already started uniting international support. Today each of you should keep calm. Stay at home if you can. We are working. The army is working. The whole sector of defense and security is working,” he added.

“No panic. We are strong. We are ready for everything. We will win over everybody because we are Ukraine.”

27 mins ago (06:05 GMT)

Ukraine says troops attacked from Russia and Belarus
Russian troops attacked Ukraine from Belarus as well as Russia itself, with Belarusian support, at about 5 am local time (07:00 GMT), Ukraine’s border guard service says.

The agency said an attack had also been launched from Crimea, which Russia annexed from Crimea in 2014.

33 mins ago (05:59 GMT)

Russian military ‘tight-lipped’ on Ukraine attack
The Russian military is being “very tight-lipped on what is happening on the ground with Ukraine”.

“We are hearing reports of the Russian military going in from various sides of Ukraine – from the east, from the west and now allegedly from the north in Belarus,” Dorsa Jabbari, told Al Jazeera

“It is clear now that this is not just a small military operation in the eastern region of Donbas as the president [Putin] had said,” she added.

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