New Delhi : Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday announced a military operation in eastern Ukraine. Putin called on the Ukraine military to lay down its arms.
As per media reports, explosions were heard in the Kyiv and Odesa and other parts of Ukraine hours after President Putin’s address.
United States President Joe Biden vowed that the world will hold Russia accountable and warned of a ‘catastrophic loss of life' because of Russia’s moves.
It may be noted that tensions between Russia and Ukraine have been for more than two months despite the diplomatic efforts to resolve the crisis. Russia has amassed more than 1,00,000 troops on its border with Ukraine. The Kremlin has consistently maintained that it has no plans to invade but has for long considered the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO) eastward expansion an existential threat.
U. N Secretary- General Antonio Guterres also said Russia’s attack on Ukraine was the saddest moment of his five-year tenure.
Antonio appealed President Putin to stop his troops. He opened emergency security meeting appealing to Putin: “In the name of humanity, bring your troops back to Russia.”
Meanwhile, TS Trimurti, India’s permanent representative to the United Nations said, “the crisis between Russia and Ukraine, if not handled carefully, would spiral into a major crisis that can severely destabilise the region.” “We call for immediate de-escalation and refraining from any further action that could contribute to a worsening of the situation,” the official tells the Security Council. “We call on all parties to exert greater efforts to bridge divergent interests.”