New York Daily News: February 24, 2022 – Russian President Vladimir Putin launched the long-feared attack on Ukraine early Thursday, promising “consequences they have never seen.”

As Putin blustered bluster before dawn, blasts were heard in Kyiv, Kharkiv, Odessa and other cities throughout the nation — and President Joe Biden promised the Russian leader Pould be in for some hell of his own, ripping the Russian rogue for launching an unprovoked invasion on his much-smaller neighbour.

“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.” Biden said in a statement. “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.”

FILE - President Joe Biden

FILE – President Joe Biden – Alex Brandon/AP

Putin a KGB colonel in the former Soviet Union, has been building up troops along Ukraine’s border for weeks. He has seemingly been looking for an excuse for his military land-grab, and came up with a flimsy reason this week. He recognized separatist areas of Ukraine and sent in “peacekeeping” forces to those areas.

On Thursday morning, Putin ordered the invasion, calling it a “special military operation.”

But as explosions echoed, Ukraine officials described the Russian aggression for what it really was.

“Putin has just launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine,” tweeted Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba. “Peaceful Ukrainian cities are under strikes. This is a war of aggression. Ukraine will defend itself and will win. The world can and must stop Putin. The time to act is now.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a Security Council meeting via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Feb. 11, 2022.

Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a Security Council meeting via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Feb 11, 2022 – Alexei Nikolsky/AP

On Wednesday night, Ukraine’s ambassador to the United Nations, Sergiy Kyslytsya, issued a desperate plea to the Security Council and all countries to stop Russia’s invasion of his nation, as the sounds of explosions echoed through the night in Kyiv and rattled an anxious world.

“Today, the entire membership of the United Nations is under attack,” Kyslytsya said in an emergency meeting at UN headquarters in Midtown Manhattan. “It is the responsibility of this body to stop the war. So I call on every one of you to do everything possible to stop the war.”

As the world reacted with revulsion, financial marked recoiled. Asian stock markets plunged and oil prices spiked after word of the attack got out. Markets in Tokyo and Seoul fell 2% and Hong Kong and Sydney lost more than 3% early Thursday.

Oil prices jumped nearly $3 per barrel on unease about possible disruption of Russian supplies.

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