President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has spoken extensively on a Russian Army confrontation after hopes of a diplomatic resolve have gone south.
Despite calling on the people of Russia to speak up and prevent a war, Zelenskyy’s latest resolve depicts a full-blown standoff between both countries.
The Ukrainian President—during a video address stated that Kremlin had ordered a war, but urged Russian citizens to ‘listen to the voice of reason’.
Zelenskyy’s latest decision came after he claimed Vladimir Putin failed to converse.
“Today I initiated a phone call with the president of the Russian Federation. The result was silence.
“We are separated by more than 2,000 km of mutual borders, along which 200,000 of your soldiers and a thousand armoured vehicles are standing. Your leadership has approved their step forward on to the territory of another country. This step could become the beginning of a big war.
“They’re telling you that this flame will liberate the people of Ukraine, but the Ukrainian people are free,” he said.
Zelenskyy now accepts the looming war; despite ruling the tensions as alarmist for several months.
In a desperate effort to avoid the current circumstances, the Ukrainian President had called an emergency session of the UN security council; with the aim of addressing Russian citizens directly via a Telegram video.
“I know this speech of mine won’t be shown on Russian TV, but the people of Russia need to see it,” the Ukrainian president said. They need to know the truth. The truth is that this must be stopped before it is too late.
“Listen to yourselves, to the voice of reason. The people of Ukraine want peace.
“If someone attempts to take away our land, our freedom, our lives, the lives of our children, we will defend ourselves.
“By attacking, you will see our faces, not our backs, but our faces,” he added.
Furthermore, Russia issued a warning to civilian aviations to avoid the airspace between Russia and eastern Ukraine.
This follows after Putin’s announcement of a Ukraine invasion.
Russian special forces have also advanced since the announcement at 6 a.m Moscow time.
According to Putin, the decision to send in troops is to protect the civilians; a needed response to imminent threats from Ukraine. The Russian President also reiterated that it will not seek to occupy Ukraine.
Casualties have been reported from the latest airstrikes in Donbask region. With citizens fleeing from Kharkiv, Kyiv and other cities in Ukraine.
Other places where explosions were heard are Kramatorsk, Dnipro, Mariupol, Odessa, and Ivano Frankivsk.
Meanwhile, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison have condemned Russia’s actions, and called for Russia’s troops to be withdrawn from Ukraine.
According to Morrison, it was a breach on international law and the UN charter.
“The Russian government declared that they had commenced a so-called ‘special military operation’ in Ukraine, and they said this after months of aggression.
“I’ll call it for what it is — the Russian government launched a brutal invasion… and should be condemned for doing so. Australia does.
“Together with the international community, we are banding together in strong terms to condemn these outrageous acts in the strongest possible terms,” he said.