Putin declares war on Ukraine – live updates

Ukraine-Russian invasion: Russian military vehicles move across Crimea border

Russian ground troops have crossed the Crimea border into Ukraine after Vladimir Putin announced a “special military operation” in the east of the country.

Video footage shows armoured vehicles rolling through border force checkpoints on Thursday morning. Ukraine’s border force said a number of its guards were injured.

Shortly after Putin’s televised address, explosions were also reported in the outskirts of the cities of Kharkiv, Kramatorsk, Mariupol, as well as the capital Kiev.

US president Joe Biden and Boris Johnson joined other global powers in condemning Russia’s ‘unprovoked and unjustified’ attack on Ukraine as and promised to hold it “accountable”.

Inside the country, airports have been shut down temporarily and secured against potential Russian aircraft landings, while Russia has closed its own airspace around the border to civilian access for the next four months.

Long queues could be seen snaking along a motorway on Thursday as Ukrainians attempted to flee following the invasion.

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky said the government is introducing martial law on all territories of the state and urged citizens to stay at home as much as possible.

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