Map of Ukraine showing areas of Attack by Russia (Map: Yahoo News)
UPDATED: 11:09 AM PST ON FEBRUARY 24, 2022 – President Biden has spoken concerning the attack. He has announced a whole list of new sanctions against Russia which includes, financial, exporting, and commerce. He called the sanctions “significant” and “severe” and will be harmful to Russia, but he did mention in “the long term” in relation to the timing of the sanctions and consequences being felt. He relayed that half of the global economy will be participating in the sanctions. At the moment, there will be no military action for the USA. “Our forces are not going to Europe to fight in Ukraine,” stated President Biden. However, Biden is moving 7,000 military personnel to Germany.
He also stated if Russia launches cyberattacks against US Companies, the US is prepared for the attacks. Already, the stock market has started falling drastically with gas prices already rising.
Meanwhile, in Ukraine, it has become evident that over 100 missiles have been launched with about 75 air-vehicles have being flighted to Ukraine from Russia.
UPDATED: 9:58 AM PST ON FEBRUARY 24, 2022 – Sirens have just started in Ukraine as Russia is attacking again with a full military movement. President Biden has yet to speak to the American people.
A “special military operation” according to Russian President Vladimir V. Putin, has started on Thursday in Russia (about 11:30 pm PST on Wednesday in Nevada). The “special military operation” involved rocket and shelling attacks on major cities of Ukraine, especially the capital of Ukraine, Kyiv.
Putin stated his goal is to “demilitarize” Ukraine but not occupy the nation. This statement was delivered in an address to other nations warning them not to get involved with “consequences you have never seen in history” for those nations who do get involved.
The attack happened just minutes after Putin gave the statement and hours after he refused to talk to President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine. Zelensky went on air with a televised plea to the people of Russia.
At least 50 people are dead with people unaccounted for. The Ukrainian President has declared martial law with curfews and new mandates. Thousands of Ukrainians are trying to leave the cities and country.
The Ukrainian – Russian tensions had started about 2014-15 due to border problems and as well as the self-declared republics of Donetsk and Luhansk. The republics left Ukrainian rule in 2014 and dominantly speak Russian. Putin has stated that Russia needs to protect those republics and “Russian-speaking” people. Ukraine on the other hand states it is not for that reason, but Russia wants to forcefully take Ukraine back under Russia’s rule. Also, Putin saw Ukraine’s potentiality of joining NATO as a “hostile act” and in December gave a speech giving NATO a demand that Ukraine would never be allowed to join NATO.
Ukraine declared independence in 1991 when the fall of the Soviet Union happened. President Vladimir Putin has stated, “Modern Ukraine was created by Russia.” In fact, he related back to Vladimir Lenin being the creator of Ukraine in 1917. The former political theorist helped start the Soviet Union, officially the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, which started in 1922.
Russian forces announced at about 8:30 am PST as being only 16 miles from the capital of Kyiv. Meanwhile, Ukrainian has been active in recruiting reservists for their military defense and has been shooting down Russian planes and helicopters.
NATO’s (National Atlantic Treaty Organization) Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has released the following statement of Russia’s actions of hostility. “I strongly condemn Russia’s reckless and unprovoked attack on Ukraine, which puts at risk countless civilian lives. Once again, despite our repeated warnings and tireless efforts to engage in diplomacy, Russia has chosen the path of aggression against a sovereign and independent country.”
Meanwhile, costs of all sorts of items within the United States have started rising, especially energy and gas. It is expected that gas could hit as high as $7+ per gallon in relation to the attacks. The gas surge has already started which is at the highest it’s been in 45 years.
USA President Joe Biden is expected to address the public at 9:30 am PST in relation to the attacks on Ukraine and what the United States’ action in relation to Russia and what has been termed as a “full-scale war”.
Meanwhile, the people of Ukraine are fleeing and hiding in train stations, while the government still continues preparation for full invasion by Russia even though Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky stated in his televised plea… “Listen to the voice of reason. The Ukrainian people want peace.”
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