Around 5 am Ukrainian time, explosions were heard near major Ukrainian cities, including the capital Kiev.
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 agency 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 “should face the most severe consequences” for its “unprovoked aggression” in 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.”
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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.”
Boris Johnson concluded: “I say to the British people and to everyone who has heard Putin’s threats against those who support Ukraine, we will certainly do everything to keep our country safe.”
He added: “We will work with them, however long it takes to ensure the restoration of Ukraine’s sovereignty and independence.”
Boris Johnson said Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “disgusting and barbaric gamble” “must end in failure.”
He said: “It is precisely because we have been so alarmed by Russian intimidation in recent months that the UK has become one of the first countries in Europe to send defensive weapons to help the Ukrainians.
“Other allies have done the same and we will do our best in the coming days.
“Today, together with our allies, we will agree on a massive package of economic sanctions designed to slow down the Russian economy in time. And to that end, we must also collectively end the reliance on Russian oil and gas that has given Putin control of Western politics for too long.
“Our mission is clear. Diplomatically, politically, economically, and ultimately militarily, this heinous and barbaric adventure by Vladimir Putin must end in failure.”
BREAKING: Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said the UK and the world cannot allow Ukraine’s freedom to be “strangled”.
He said: “A huge invasion is coming by land, by sea and by air. And this is not, to use a shameful expression, some distant country about which we know little.
“We have Ukrainian friends in this country, neighbors, colleagues. Ukraine is a country that has enjoyed freedom and democracy for decades, the right to choose its own destiny.
“We and the whole world cannot allow this freedom to be simply destroyed. We cannot and will not just look away.”