Russia Ukraine Crisis Live: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Thursday the country cut diplomatic ties with Russia after Moscow launched an all-out invasion of Ukraine by land, air and sea on Thursday, the largest attack by one state on another in Europe since World War II and confirmation of the West’s worst fears.
Ukraine said at least seven people were killed and nine injured by Russian shelling, according to a Reuters report. The AFP, meanwhile, reported that Ukraine said it killed “about 50 Russian occupiers” without providing details. The victims are the latest in a series of rapid developments that began when the Russian president Vladimir Putin announced a military operation in Ukraine early Thursday. Meanwhile, Ukraine’s ambassador to India urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to contact Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr to mediate in the crisis.
After Putin’s invasion early Thursday, explosions were reported in several parts of Ukraine and air sirens went off in Kiev, signaling that the capital is under attack. Shortly afterwards, the The Russian Defense Ministry said Ukraine’s air bases and military infrastructure have been neutralized, according to a report by the IFX news agency.
Zelenskiy declared martial law in the country and Ukraine’s foreign minister promised to fight and defeat Russia. For days, the borders between Russia and Ukraine have seen heavy deployment of Russian military columns. Tensions had risen after Putin recognized two separatist regions in Ukraine as an independent and ordered the deployment of what he called peacekeepers.