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Monday, February 26, 2024

Blasts rattle Ukraine after Russia launches an attack


Key takeaways: 

  • ‘The world can and must stop Putin,’ the Ukrainian foreign minister states as the nation undergoes an invasion.
  • The body of a rocket is stuck in an apartment after recent shelling on the northern outskirts of Kharkiv, Ukraine. 
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a full-scale attack on Ukraine on Thursday, causing multiple to escape. 

Russia attacks Ukraine, numerous explosions: 

On Thursday, Russian forces raided Ukraine by land, air, and sea, with Russian rockets showering down on Ukrainian cities and reports of armies running across the border.

Blasts could be heard before sunrise in the capital of Kyiv. Gunfire rattled, sirens blasted across the city, and the roadway out became clogged with traffic as citizens attempted to run.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin to eradicate his state.

“Putin has just launched a full-scale attack of Ukraine. Friendly Ukrainian cities are under strikes,” Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba stated on Twitter.

“This is a battle of aggression. Ukraine will defend itself and will succeed. The world can and must stop Putin. The time to act is now.”

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Russia’s brutal attack on Ukraine leaves the nation devastated

Ukraine declared armies are moving across its borders into the eastern Chernihiv, Kharkiv, and Luhansk provinces and landing by sea at the dock cities of Odessa and Mariupol in the south.

European Union foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell stated: “These are among the shadiest hours of Europe since the Second World War.”

A male and female stand next to pieces of military equipment on the road after an apparent Russian strike in Kharkiv.

A citizen of Ukraine’s second-largest city, Kharkiv, the nearest big city to the Russian border, stated windows in apartment blocks were stunning from continuous explosions.

Outside Mariupol, near the front line held by Russian-backed separatists, smoke billowed from a fire in a forest targeted by Russian bombing.

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