Russian President Vladimir Putin cautioned other nations that interfering with Russia’s activity would result in “consequences,” as he announced a special “military operation” in the Donbas area.
Putin claimed the operation was initiated to demilitarise Ukraine and defend people “suffering persecution and extermination” by the Kiev administration in an emergency speech.
“I’ve made the decision to conduct a special military mission. Its mission will be to protect individuals who have been persecuted and genocided by the Kiev administration for the past eight years. We shall strive for demilitarisation and de-Nazification of Ukraine in order to achieve this “Putin asked Ukrainian soldiers to lay down their weapons.
“Anyone who attempts to meddle with us, or even worse, create dangers for our nation and people, must understand that Russia’s retaliation will be quick, and you will face repercussions like you’ve never seen before in your history,” he continued. This comes only hours after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy stated that Ukraine does not constitute a danger to Russia and would not do so in the future.
“You are being persuaded that Ukraine might represent a threat to Russia,” Zelenskyy said in an emotive appeal made mostly in Russian.
“It wasn’t like this before, it isn’t like this now, and it won’t be like this in the future. NATO must provide you with security assurances, as you expect. We also need security assurances from you, Russia, and the other Budapest agreement guarantors “In a video speech, Zelenskyy stated.
The Ukrainian president also dismissed Moscow’s accusations that his nation is a threat to Russia, warning that a Russian invasion would result in the deaths of tens of thousands of people. The White House warned Putin on Wednesday that if Russia invades Ukraine, he would face serious repercussions.
Speaking at an emergency UN Security Council meeting on Wednesday night, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to cease “attacking Ukraine” and to give peace a chance.
“The day was filled with rumours and hints that an attack on Ukraine was on the way. There have been other instances in the recent past with comparable indicators, rumours, and outcomes “The UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, addressed the council.
“I was mistaken. And I’d like to avoid making another mistake today “Added he.