KYIV, Ukraine (AP) – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky has ordered a full military mobilization to counter the Russian invasion.
In an order issued on Thursday, he said the mobilization would last 90 days.
He commissioned the army’s civil servants to determine the number of persons eligible for service and the number of those who would be booked and the order of the call. The president’s cabinet has been tasked with allocating funds for the mobilization.
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KYIV, Ukraine (AP) – Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine on Thursday, unleashing air strikes on cities and military bases, sending troops and tanks from three sides in an offensive that could rewrite the global post-Cold War order. The Ukrainian government sought help as it rallied on trains and cars to escape.
Russian President Vladimir Putin ignored global condemnation and imposed new sanctions He unleashed the largest ground war in Europe since World War II, and referred to his country’s nuclear arsenal. He threatened any country trying to intervene “in consequences you have never seen before.”
Ukrainian officials say their forces have been fighting the Russians on several fronts, causing dozens of deaths and losing control of the defunct Chernobyl nuclear power plant.The scene of the worst nuclear disaster in the world.
“Russia has gone down the wrong path, but Ukraine is defending itself and will not give up its independence,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky tweeted.
US President Joe Biden has announced new sanctions against Russia, saying Putin “chose this war” and that his country would bear the consequences of his actions. Other countries announced sanctions, or they were soon to be announced.
Fearing a Russian attack on the capital, thousands of people went deep underground at night, causing congestion at Kiev’s subway stations.
Sometimes it was almost happy. The family had dinner. The children played. The adults spoke. People brought sleeping bags or dogs or crossword puzzles – anything that would shorten the wait and the long night.
But fatigue was evident on many faces. And worries.
“No one believed that this war would start, they would take Kiev directly,” said Anton Mironov, who was waiting for the night at one of the old Soviet metro stations. “I often feel tired. None of that is real.
The invasion began early Thursday with a series of missile strikes, several major government and military installations, quickly following a three-pronged ground offensive. Ukrainian and US officials say Russian forces are attacking from the east towards Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city; From the southern part of Crimea, which joined Russia in 2014; And north of Belarus.
Zelensky, who had earlier severed diplomatic ties with Moscow and declared martial law, appealed to world leaders, “If you do not help us now, if you fail to provide powerful assistance to Ukraine, tomorrow the war will strike you. The door.”
Both sides claimed to have destroyed some of the other aircraft and military hardware, although little could be confirmed.
Hours after the invasion, Russian forces seized control of the now-defunct Chernobyl plant and the exemption zone around it after a bitter war, Presidential Adviser Myhilo Potoliyak told the Associated Press.
The International Atomic Energy Agency, based in Vienna, said the acquisition was carried out by Ukraine, adding that “there were no casualties or destruction at the industrial site.”
The 1986 catastrophe erupted when a nuclear reactor at a plant 130 kilometers (80 miles) north of Kiev exploded, sending a cloud of radiation across Europe. The damaged furnace was then sealed with a protective shell to prevent leakage.
Jens Stoltenberg, the leader of the NATO alliance, said the “brutal act of war” had destabilized peace in Europe, joining a group of world leaders who could overthrow the democratically elected government of Ukraine. The crisis shook global financial markets: stocks plummeted and oil prices soared amid concerns over rising heating bills and food prices.
Condemnation came not only from the United States and Europe, but also from South Korea, Australia and beyond – and many governments prepared new sanctions. Even friendly leaders such as Hungary’s Victor Orban have sought to distance themselves from Putin.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he intended to cut Russia off from the UK financial markets, announced sanctions, froze the assets of all major Russian banks and planned to prevent Russian companies and the Kremlin from raising money in British markets.
“Now we see him – he’s a bloodthirsty aggressor who believes in imperialist victory,” Johnson said of Putin.
Biden said US sanctions would target Russian banks, oligarchs, state-owned enterprises and the high-tech sector, but that they were designed to destabilize global energy markets. Russian oil and natural gas exports are major energy sources for Europe.
Zelenskyy urged the United States and the West to reduce the Russians from SWIFT, a key financial network that connects thousands of banks around the world. The White House is reluctant to immediately reduce Russia from the SWIFT, which is concerned that it could cause major economic problems in Europe and other Western countries.
While some tense Europeans have speculated about a new world war, the United States and its NATO allies have shown no sign of sending troops into Ukraine for fear of a major confrontation. They mobilized troops and equipment on the side of the alliance as Ukraine begged for help in defense and defense of its airspace.
Biden said NATO had strengthened its membership in Eastern Europe as a precaution, and that the United States was sending additional troops to Germany to strengthen NATO.
European authorities have declared the country’s airspace a hotbed of conflict.
Several weeks after rejecting plans for an invasion, Putin launched an offensive against a country the size of Texas, which was increasingly leaning toward the democratic West and moving away from Moscow’s domination. The dictatorial leader made it clear earlier this week that there was no reason for Ukraine to exist, raising fears of a possible broader conflict in the vast territory once ruled by the Soviet Union. Putin has denied plans to invade Ukraine, but his ultimate goals remain elusive.
The Ukrainians were urged not to panic and to stay in the shelter.
“Until the last minute, I did not believe it would happen. I put these thoughts aside,” said the terrified Anna Downia Kiev, who saw soldiers and police removing pieces from the exploding shell. “We lost all hope.”
As social media multiplied military claims and counter-claims, it was difficult to pinpoint exactly what was going on on the ground.
Russia and Ukraine competed over the damage they caused. Russia’s Defense Ministry says it has destroyed Ukrainian air bases, military facilities and drones. It confirmed the loss of one of its Su-25 attack jets, accused it of being a “pilot error” and claimed that an An-26 transport aircraft had crashed due to a technical glitch and that all crew had been killed. It was not immediately clear how many people were on board.
Russia said it was not targeting cities, but journalists saw destruction in several civilian areas.
The Ukrainian health minister said 57 Ukrainians had been killed and 169 wounded in the attack. Although it was reported the previous day that 40 soldiers had died, it was not clear how many civilians there were.
The Polish army increased its readiness, Lithuania Moldova moved in the same direction.
In an overnight televised speech, Putin justified his actions, Insists that the attack is necessary to protect civilians in eastern Ukraine – a false claim that the United States predicts he will use as an excuse for an invasion. He accused the United States and its allies of ignoring Russia’s demands for preventing Ukraine from joining NATO and for security guarantees, calling the military action “compulsory.”
In anticipation of international condemnation and counter-measures, Putin issued a stern warning not to interfere in other countries.
In a reminder of Russia’s nuclear program, he warned that “there can be no doubt that a direct invasion of our country will lead to the destruction and terrible consequences of any invader.”
Within Russia, the authorities quickly moved to suppress any critical voices. OVD-Info, a group that monitors political arrests, has detained 1,620 people in 52 Russian cities for protesting against the invasion, more than half of whom are in Moscow.
Isenchenkov and Litvinova reported from Moscow. Francesca Ebel in Kiev; Angela Charlton in Paris; Khair Molson and Frank Jordans in Berlin; Raf Gazzard and Lorne Cook in Brussels; Nick Dumitrache in Mariupol, Ukraine, Inna Varenitsia in eastern Ukraine; And Robert Burns, Matthew Lee, Amar Madani, Eric Tucker, Noman Merchant, Ellen Nickmeyer, Jack Miller, Chris McGregor and Darlene Superville in Washington.
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