Russia invades Ukraine after Putin’s declaration
Russian military vehicles were said to have breached the border in several places, north, south and east, including from Belarus. President Volodymyr Zelensky announced that martial law was now being imposed across Ukraine.Ukraine’s Interior Ministry said Russia’s “invasion has begun,” with reports of troops crossing the border from multiple directions and explosions in various cities, including Kyiv.
Ukrainian authorities stated that Boryspil international airport in the capital city was among several airfields bombed, along with military headquarters and warehouses in the big cities of Kyiv, Dnipro, Kharkiv and Mariupol.
European markets opened sharply lower on Thursday after Russia’s military operation in Ukraine. In the opening minutes of trade, the FTSE 100 fell 2.5%, the French CAC 40 dropped 4%, and Germany’s Dax was 4% lower.