By Joel C. Rosenberg, AllIsrael.com—
To the astonishment of millions around the world – including many in government and the media who thought he was just bluffing, President Vladimir Putin ordered Russian military forces early Thursday morning to attack Ukraine, including missile strikes on the capital of Kyiv.
“Putin has just launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Peaceful Ukrainian cities are under strikes,” Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba tweeted at 5:58 a.m.
“This is a war of aggression,” Kuleba added. “Ukraine will defend itself and will win. The world can and must stop Putin. The time to act is now.”
In another tweet at 6:58am, the foreign minister wrote:
The world must act immediately. Future of Europe & the world is at stake. To do list:
1. Devastating sanctions on Russia NOW, including SWIFT
2. Fully isolate Russia by all means, in all formats
3. Weapons, equipment for Ukraine
4. Financial assistance
5. Humanitarian assistance
PUTIN DECLARES “SPECIAL MILITARY OPERATION”
“Russian forces fired missiles at several cities in Ukraine and landed troops on its south coast on Thursday, officials and media said, after President Vladimir Putin authorized what he called a special military operation in the East,” Reuters is reporting.
“Shortly after Putin spoke in a televised address on Russian state TV, explosions could be heard in the pre-dawn quiet of the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv” (also spelled Kiev).
BIDEN TO ADDRESS THE NATION
U.S. President Joe Biden immediately issued a statement and plans to address the American people:
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. Continue Reading….