Putin says he was ‘forced’ to take military action, Ukraine president appeals to end hostilities
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said that he was “forced” to order military action in Ukraine because of the refusal of Western countries to heed to his country’s security demands. In Ukraine, President Volodymyr Zelensnkyy urged Moscow to end hostilities, adding that Russian airborne troops have been stopped outside the country’s capital of Kyiv.
This was hours after fighting ensued in the eastern borders of Ukraine after Russian forces fired missiles at several cities of the neighbouring country.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Putin, his office said on Thursday. Modi called for “immediate cessation of violence” and also spoke about the safety of Indians.
At least 40 Ukrainian soldiers and 10 civilians have died, an advisor to the country’s president said on Thursday. Meanwhile, the Ukrainian military claimed to have killed about 50 Russian troops and destroyed six of its warplanes.
Tensions between Russia and Ukraine have been simmering for more than two months, with weeks of diplomatic efforts to resolve the crisis failing.