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Kyiv — Ukraine’s government said Russia launched a “full-scale invasion” late on Wednesday evening and President Joe Biden accused Vladimir Putin of personally choosing to carry out “a premeditated war that will bring a catastrophic loss of life and human suffering.”  

Russian shelling began moments after Putin said he had “decided to conduct a special military operation” aimed at the “demilitarization and denazification” of Ukraine. He called on Ukraine’s forces to lay down their arms and surrender their country to Russian control. 

CBS News teams in the capital city of Kyiv and in Kharkiv, close to the Russian border in the country’s east, heard shelling into the early hours of the morning as a Ukrainian government spokesperson said “cruise and ballistic missile strikes” were underway targeting military control centers in Kyiv.

Smoke rises from the territory of the Ukrainian Defence Ministry's unit in Kyiv
Smoke rises from near the Ukrainian Defence Ministry’s intelligence unit, after Russian President Vladimir Putin launched military strikes across Ukraine, in Kyiv, February 24, 2022. VALENTYN OGIRENKO/REUTERS

After a brief lull, CBS News’ Haley Ott said a second wave of Russian strikes was hitting targets in Kyiv, with smoke seen billowing above the city. One strike was believed to have hit near a railway bridge in central Kyiv.

In a Wednesday night speech on Russian state TV, Putin said his plans did “not include an occupation” of Ukraine, and his government insisted it was not shelling population centers. The Russian leader portrayed his attack on Ukraine as a defense of ethnic Russians in Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region, whom he has repeatedly claimed are suffering “genocide” at the hands of the government in Kyiv. 

Ukraine, the U.S. and Europe, flatly reject accusations that any aggression was being directed at residents of Donbas, where Russian-backed separatists have fought government forces for almost eight years, since Russia last invaded and annexed the southern Crimean Peninsula.  

Ukraine map
Source: CIA World Factbook

The invasion came just two days after Putin recognized the self-declared “People’s Republics” of Donetsk and Luhansk in the Donbas region as independent, sending shockwaves across the globe and sparking a round of sanctions from the West.  

Russia had massed roughly 190,000 forces near the Ukrainian border, and Mr. Biden on Friday said he was “convinced” Putin had decided to invade.

Source: CBS Chicago

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