Russian-Ukrainian Crisis Live: Reports of Civilian Casualties Amid ‘Full-Scale Invasion’ | Boris Johnson says Vladimir Putin’s plan “should end in failure”

The Ukrainian military claims to have shot down at least six Russian aircraft and lost at least forty of its own troops; there are reports of civilian casualties

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Boris Johnson said Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “disgusting and barbaric adventure” “must end in failure.”

Explosions were heard in the Ukrainian capital Kiev shortly after Putin’s speech, and explosions were also reported in the cities of Odessa and Kharkov.

The Border Service of Ukraine said that the Russian military attacked the country from neighboring Belarus.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Russian President Vladimir Putin had “chosen the path of bloodshed and destruction” in his attack on Ukraine and that the UK and its allies would respond “strongly” and make a televised statement after meeting Cobra.

This happened when the President of Ukraine declared martial law, and the Russian military said they were targeting Ukrainian air bases and other military installations, not populated areas.

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the Kremlin “must face the most severe consequences” for its “unprovoked aggression” in Ukraine and that Putin must “feel the wrath of the democratic world” after Russia launched a “full-scale invasion” of Ukraine.

She tweeted: “The overnight events in Ukraine – however expected – are horrendous and horrifying. The Kremlin must face the most severe consequences of this unprovoked aggression. And the world should stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine #StandWithUkraine.”

“With this package, we will target strategic sectors of the Russian economy, blocking their access to Russia’s key technologies and markets.”

The Prime Minister of Ireland condemned Russia’s “outrageous” actions in Ukraine and promised tough new sanctions from the EU.

At a specially convened press conference in government buildings, Michael Martin called Russia’s actions “an outrageous and moral violation of the most fundamental and basic principles of international law.”

He said that the EU would impose “tough” sanctions against the Russian leadership.

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The Prime Minister of Ireland condemned Russia’s “outrageous” actions in Ukraine and promised tough new sanctions from the EU.

At a specially convened press conference in government buildings, Michael Martin called Russia’s actions “an outrageous and moral violation of the most fundamental and basic principles of international law.”

He said that the EU would impose “tough” sanctions against the Russian leadership.

“Our thoughts should be with the innocent people of Ukraine at this most difficult hour for them.

“We stand with them.”

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The footage comes through a number of agencies and publications, showing some footage from Ukraine.

The missile set off a fireball as it hit Ivano-Frankivsk International Airport in western Ukraine. Rocket strikes and explosions are reported near major cities.

The Ukrainian military claims to have shot down at least six Russian aircraft and lost at least forty of its own troops; there are reports of civilian casualties

Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel announced that he would boycott the Russian Grand Prix.

Formula 1 bosses are under increasing pressure to cancel the race, due to take place on September 25, after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced an invasion of neighboring Ukraine.

Downing Street said the UK is providing Ukraine with “defensive military capability”.

The prime minister said earlier in an address to the nation: “Our mission is clear. Diplomatically, politically, economically, and ultimately militarily, this heinous and barbaric adventure by Vladimir Putin must end in failure.”

The Ministry of Defense tweeted: “Today Russia once again violated the sovereignty of Ukraine. There is no reason for this.”

The “intelligence update” says there were “more than 80 strikes” on targets in Ukraine.

It added that Russian ground forces are advancing across the border “in at least three directions” – from the north, east and south of Crimea.

Nicola Sturgeon said that “the world must now help and arm Ukraine to defend itself and resist Russian aggression.”

The Scottish First Minister added: “We must provide humanitarian aid and assistance and we must all be prepared to provide shelter and shelter where needed to those who may be displaced.”

She continued: “This is a critical moment in history, perhaps the most dangerous and possibly the most defining moment since World War II.

“We live in this moment, but it is true to say that historical priority will be set in the coming hours and days. They will define new norms for what is acceptable and what is not in our international order.”

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