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Ukraine Breaks Diplomatic Ties With Russia, Says President Volodymyr Zelenskyy

Ukraine breaks diplomatic ties with Russia, reports AFP quoting President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. This comes after Russia's full-flown air and ground military attack on Ukraine.

Updated: February 24, 2022 4:20 PM IST

By Victor Dasgupta | Edited by Victor Dasgupta

Don't Panic: Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy Urges in Televised Speech
Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy (File photo)

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Thursday announced that Ukraine has decide to break all diplomatic ties with Russia. This comes after Russia’s full-flown air and ground military attack on the country. President Zelenskyy also took to Twitter and wrote, “We have severed diplomatic relations with Russia. For all those who have not yet lost their conscience in Russia, it is time to go out and protest against the war with Ukraine.”

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Earlier today, Russian troops launched their anticipated attack on Ukraine, as President Vladimir Putin cast aside international condemnation and sanctions, warning other countries that any attempt to interfere would lead to “consequences you have never seen.”

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Big explosions were heard before dawn in Kyiv, Kharkiv and Odesa as world leaders decried the start of an Russian invasion that could cause massive casualties and topple Ukraine’s democratically elected government.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy introduced martial law, saying Russia has targeted Ukraine’s military infrastructure and explosions are heard across the country. Zelenskyy said he had just talked to President Joe Biden and the U.S. was rallying international support for Ukraine. He urged Ukrainians to stay home and not to panic.

Russian president Putin, on the other hand, justified it all in a televised address, asserting the attack was needed to protect civilians in eastern Ukraine — a false claim the U.S. had predicted he would make as a pretext for an invasion.

He accused the U.S. and its allies of ignoring Russia’s demand to prevent Ukraine from joining NATO and offer Moscow security guarantees, and credulously claimed that Russia doesn’t intend to occupy Ukraine but will move to “demilitarize” it and bring those who committed crimes to justice.

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Published Date: February 24, 2022 3:26 PM IST

Updated Date: February 24, 2022 4:20 PM IST