Vladimir Putin announced the military operation into Ukraine at 5.55am Moscow time – and minutes later the first shelling and missiles were launched into Ukraine, according to reports.
In the capital of Kyiv, an emergency siren has gone off, and pictures show streams of cars clogging up an expressway as people flee the city.
Social media testimonies speak to a growing sense of panic, with some saying they are being rushed into bomb shelters and into basements. Television footage has showed people praying in the streets, huddled in groups.
Guardian journalist Luke Harding in Kyiv says on Twitter that there are few people on the streets, and people are queuing up at cash machines.
Dmytro Kuleba, Ukraine’s foreign minister, has tweeted a “to do list” for the international community in response to Russia’s attack.
He says “the world must act immediately” and the “future of Europe & the world is at stake”.
Kuleba calls for immediate “devastating sanctions”, including banning Russia from using the SWIFT financial transaction system.
He also says the world should “fully isolate Russia”, while providing Ukraine with weapons and equipment, financial assistance and humanitarian help.
The world must act immediately. Future of Europe & the world is at stake. To do list:
1. Devastating sanctions on Russia NOW, including SWIFT
2. Fully isolate Russia by all means, in all formats
3. Weapons, equipment for Ukraine
4. Financial assistance
5. Humanitarian assistance
— Dmytro Kuleba (@DmytroKuleba) February 24, 2022
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