Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, has declared war on Ukraine. Conflicts between the Russian and Ukrainian military are “inevitable,” he warned. Putin even urged Ukrainian troops to “lay down their guns and return home.” The special military action, he added, was “aimed at demilitarizing Ukraine.” Meanwhile, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenksy claimed he attempted but failed to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Russia might unleash a “big battle in Europe” shortly, according to Zelenksy. Volodymyr Zelenksy’s declaration comes as Ukraine faces Russian invasion threats. Because of the conflict with Russia, the Ukrainian authorities shuttered airports in eastern Ukraine from midnight to 7 a.m.
Putin’s move comes only hours after US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Russia will attack Ukraine in a matter of hours. Separatists had requested the Kremlin for assistance in repelling Ukrainian “aggression” earlier, as explosions rocked the breakaway eastern city of Donetsk. Russian military columns have been deployed at the Russia-Ukraine border for days. Tensions had risen when Putin declared two Ukrainian rebel areas autonomous and ordered the deployment of “peacekeepers.”
European airlines have been told not to fly over or near Ukraine, and the Indian government is moving quickly to evacuate more than 20,000 Indian citizens, including numerous medical students. So far, two aircraft carrying over 420 people have landed, with at least four more anticipated.
Sanctions on Russia have been declared by major western powers, including the United States, the United Kingdom, and the European Union, as well as other countries, although Putin’s government has downplayed their influence thus far.
What is happening in India?
On Thursday morning, a special flight from Ukraine arrived at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport, bringing 182 Indian nationals (majorly students) from the European country. At 7.45 a.m., the plane landed safely.
The Sensex was down almost 1,300 points at 55,880 on Thursday morning, while the Nifty was trading at 16,667.