Ukraine, Russia diplomats to meet on Belarus border as Putin puts Russia’s nuclear forces on alert, cites sanctions
Breaking: Russia attacks Ukraine as “military operation was needed to protect civilians in eastern Ukraine”
The first explosions sounded in Ukraine’s cities before dawn Thursday as Russian President Vladimir Putin launched his long-anticipated military operation in Ukraine.
Russia warned it could be forced to respond militarily if the US doesn’t give in to its security demands.
The US and NATO have firmly rejected Russia’s demand that Ukraine be forever banned from the alliance, stating that countries should be free to choose their own allies and defensive partnerships.