Russia’s military operation in Ukraine, which has led to explosions being heard across Ukraine, has left the world stunned. Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the operation early Thursday. "I have made the decision of a military operation," he said in a surprise statement on television.
The internet is condemning Moscow’s move on the neighbouring country, with sharing their concern on the rapid unfolding of events.Users weighed in on how, just as the world is marking two years of the coronavirus pandemic, Russia has triggered the mega crisis in Ukraine. “World War 3” and “WWIII” were among the trending hashtags on Twitter.
Trying to survive a pandemic while entering World War 3.
— Ricky Smith (@Rickonia) February 24, 2022
Surviving a global pandemic just to witness World War 3 ain't it— skechers gurl (@SassyStarke) February 24, 2022
A pandemic and world war 3 I cannot believe it…
— (@90lbs) February 24, 2022
i’m 25 years old and i’ve lived through 3 recessions, a pandemic and now apparently a world war.— dunwell (@crlb__) February 24, 2022
In a televised address, Putin accused the US and its allies of ignoring Russia's demand to prevent Ukraine from joining NATO and offer Moscow security guarantees. He said Russia doesn't intend to occupy Ukraine but will move to demilitarise it and bring those who committed crimes to justice. As Putin spoke before dawn, big explosions were heard in Kyiv, Kharkiv, Odessa and other cities across Ukraine.
Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba accused Russia's leader President Vladimir Putin of launching a "full-scale invasion".