DEVELOPING STORY: Russian President Vladimir Putin has declared a “special military operation” is underway in Ukraine. In other words — war.
“I’ve made the decision to conduct a special military operation,” Putin said. “Our analysis has concluded that our confrontation with these [Ukrainian] forces in inevitable.”
“A couple of words for those who would be tempted to intervene. Russia will respond immediately and you will have consequences that you never have had before in your history,” he added.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) updated the nation during an appearance on Fox News Channel.
“The Russian invasion of Ukraine is now underway,” Rubio said.
Fox News Channel’s Jennifer Griffin reports there are explosions happening in Ukraine’s capital city of Kyiv.
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MIDNIGHT: Massive Explosions Reported Across Ukraine
10: 45 P.M. Russian Forces Attack Kyiv Airport, Ground Forces on Move
#Russia’s airborne forces are attempting to take control of the airport in #Kyiv to they can fly in forces to occupy the capitol city— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) February 24, 2022
An amphibious assault on the key port city of #Mariupol is now underway
Ground forces now moving in from Belarus,Crimea & from #Russia
10:38 P.M. BIDEN CONDEMNS RUSSIAN INVASION
Statement from President Biden: The prayers of the entire world are with the people of Ukraine tonight as they suffer an unprovoked and unjustified attack by Russian military forces. President Putin has chosen a premeditated war that will bring a catastrophic loss of life and human suffering. Russia alone is responsible for the death and destruction this attack will bring, and the United States and its Allies and partners will respond in a united and decisive way. The world will hold Russia accountable.
I will be monitoring the situation from the White House this evening and will continue to get regular updates from my national security team. Tomorrow, I will meet with my G7 counterparts in the morning and then speak to the American people to announce the further consequences the United States and our Allies and partners will impose on Russia for this needless act of aggression against Ukraine and global peace and security. We will also coordinate with our NATO Allies to ensure a strong, united response that deters any aggression against the Alliance. Tonight, Jill and I are praying for the brave and proud people of Ukraine.
10:34 P.M. EXPLOSIONS ROCK KYIV
CNN reporter puts on flak jacket as explosions get louder in Kyiv pic.twitter.com/03p9aYC3j3— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 24, 2022
Florida Senator Marco Rubio, Vice Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, says the “Russian invasion of Ukraine is now underway.” https://t.co/qqOQXXPLgQ— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) February 24, 2022
In apparent warning to the United States and NATO, Putin says in televised speech announcing war: “A couple of words for those who would be tempted to intervene. Russia will respond immediately and you will have consequences that you never have had before in your history.”— Jennifer Griffin (@JenGriffinFNC) February 24, 2022