Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered a “special military operation” in the Donbas region of Ukraine.
Explosions have been reported in the capital city of Kiyv.
Comparing the current government of Ukraine to Nazi nationalists Putin said they are oppressing the people of the former Soviet nation and Russia intends to protect them.
Earlier Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky made a passionate appeal for peace but said “if we are attacked, we will defend ourselves.”
U.S. president Joe Biden called it an unjustified attack by Russia and said that the world will hold Russia accountable for any loss of life.
Putin issued a stern warning to the US, stating “Russia will respond immediately and you will have consequences that you never have had before in your history.”
The UN Security Council convened an emergency meeting Wednesday night.
This is a developing story.