The International Community Responds to Russia’s Attack on Ukraine

[Photo: BBC News]

Ukraine is appealing for international help saying the future of Europe and the world is at stake.

This is after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a military operation into Ukraine at 5.55am Moscow time.

According to reports minutes later missiles were launched into Ukraine.

Countries across the globe have appealed to Russia to stop its invasion of Ukraine.

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida condemned Russia’s military actions in Ukraine and said his country will respond with the US and other allies.

European Commission Chief Ursula von der Leyen says European leaders will be presented with a package of massive and targeted sanctions for approval following Russia’s move in Ukraine.

“With this package, we will target strategic sectors of the Russian economy by blocking their access to key technologies and markets. We will weaken Russia’s economic base and its capacity to modernise,” she says.

“In addition, we will freeze Russian assets in the EU and stop the access of Russian banks to the European financial market. Like with the first package of sanctions, we are closely aligned with partners and allies. These sanctions are designed to take a heavy toll on the Kremlin’s interests and on their ability to finance the war.”

Junior UK Foreign Minister James Cleverly says the UK is bringing forward an unprecedented and coordinated sanctions package.

The sanctions will start today as more will be announced in the coming days.

This is as Ukrainian police say seven people are known to have died in the bombing by Russian forces.

The officials say an attack on a military unit in Podilsk, outside Odessa killed six people and wounded seven.

Nineteen persons are also missing.

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