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Russia announces attack on Ukraine, US President warns of catastrophic loss of life

Weeks of intense diplomacy to avert war and the imposition of Western sanctions on Russia failed to deter Putin

By agencies

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a military operation in Ukraine on Thursday morning with explosions heard soon after in the capital and other parts of the country, prompting outrage from Joe Biden who warned of a “catastrophic loss of life”. Weeks of intense diplomacy to avert war and the imposition of Western sanctions on Russia failed to deter Putin, who had massed between 150,000 and 200,000 troops along the borders of Ukraine.”

” I have made the decision of a military operation,” Putin said in a surprise television announcement shortly before 6:00am (0300 GMT) in Moscow.


 

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