Russia's Invasion of Ukraine: What is Happening Now
Nato Chief Jens Stoltenburg on Thursday denounced Russia’s “reckless and unpromoted attack” on Ukraine. That statement came after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a special military operation in Ukraine as air and missile strikes happened in multiple locations across the country.
Ukraine is not a member of NATO, but it has attempted to join, to Russia’s displeasure. Russia told the United States, and members of NATO, that Ukraine should never be allowed to become a member.
As of 11:47am Thursday, Ukraine has cut all diplomatic ties with Russia, and announced full militarization of the country. Ukrainian President Zelenskyy has imposed Martial Law, and has made a call to arms to anyone who is able to fight for their country. Citizens are attempting to flee cities by car and public transport; Ukrainian airspace is closed with all flights canceled. Russian trucks and tanks are already in the streets in Kharkiv, Ukraine.
Russian citizens woke up this morning just as shocked as the rest of the world. Lines formed at ATMs, currency exchanges, and outside of grocery stores. A poll was taken a few days ago in Russia, asking the public if they thought that war with Ukraine was possible; around half of those polled didn’t think that it would happen. Those opposed to the war with Ukraine, are attempting to protest in Moscow later on Thursday.
By: Alexandria Gregson