Russia says attacks in Ukraine will continue

Photo: AP Photo / Alexander Zemlianichenko Jr

Russia’s attacks on targets in Ukraine will continue for as long as necessary, a spokesman for the Kremlin’s leadership said.

Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov maintains that the attacks are aimed only at military targets and that Ukrainian cities will not be attacked by aircraft, missiles, or artillery.

Russia wants to destroy Ukraine’s military facilities, air defenses, and airports with precision weapons, he said.

Eyewitnesses in several places in Ukraine say that civilian targets have also been attacked, but these reports have not been confirmed by independent sources.

Peskov: Market effect expected

Peskov also commented on the dramatic fall in the stock market in Russia and said that it was as expected.

“The emotional reaction of the market and the financial sector was expected. All necessary measures have been put in place to ensure that this period is over as quickly as possible,” Peskov said.

According to Putin’s spokesman, “a solid majority” supports the decision to recognize the Ukrainian breakaway republics of Donetsk and Luhansk as independent.

“That is why we expect this to be supported as well,” he said, referring to the attack on Ukraine.

Background: Russian attack on Ukraine

In the middle of the night, around 4 AM Norwegian time, in an extraordinary television address, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that Russia was launching a military operation in Ukraine.

Putin announced the attack on Ukraine during an extraordinary session of the UN Security Council.

Ukraine has closed its airspace to civilian flights. CNN journalists report explosions in Kyiv and at least six other Ukrainian cities.

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