Putin says Russia was forced to measures it took in Ukraine because there was no other choice.
“Everything that is happening now, We were forced to do that. We were given no other chance, no other option. The risk and security were so high that we couldn’t have reacted in another way, all attempts didn’t bring any fruits and didn’t lead anywhere”, president Vladimir Putin of Russia said.
Putin had announced that the Russian military was carrying out a special operation in Ukraine aiming at demilitarization and denazification of Ukraine and also protecting the People of Ukraine and the Russians.
This was the largest full military operation that Russia has carried out in many years which involved attacking Ukraine from sea, air, and land. The airstrikes destroyed Ukraine’s air defense systems and military infrastructure at the airports.
President Zelensky of Ukraine has called on all experienced fighters in Ukraine to register with the internal affairs ministry and get weapons to fight Russia and defend the country as he declared Martial law all over the country.
At Alteast 40 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed and 8 civilians according to Ukraine government. President Putin of Russia had asked Ukrainian soldiers to put down weapons and go home to meet their families to avoid being targeted.
Reports of fighting have been coming as the US, UK and EU prepare the toughest sanctions against Russia for invading Ukraine.
Russia had written down security demands which included not allowing Ukraine to join NATO and handed them to US-led NATO but NATO rejected them as non-starters.
After diplomatic solutions failed, Putin recognized the two breakaway regions of Lugansk and Donetsk as independent states and asked president Zelensky of Ukraine to recognize them, which he refused.
The Russian military operation in Ukraine has caused a global economic crisis as oil prices skyrocketed past 100 dollars a barrel which forced the US and its allies to start releasing oil from their oil reserves.