Russia to carry out ‘special military operation’ in eastern Ukraine says Putin

Russia is to carry out a special military operation in eastern Ukraine, Vladimir Putin has announced, according to Russian state controlled media.

In a televised address at around 6am in Moscow, the Russian leader warned of the “consequences” over foreign interference in Russia’s actions.

He claimed Russia did not intend to occupy Ukraine permanently and urged Ukrainian troops to put down their weapons.

He said any bloodshed would lie with the Ukrainian “regime.”

He accused the US and its allies of ignoring Russia’s demands to stop Ukraine from joining NATO and offer Moscow security guarantees.

He said the Russian military operation aimed to ensure a “demilitarisation” of Ukraine.

Ukraine news – live: Putin announces military operation in eastern Ukraine as US warns of ‘imminent’ invasion

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