Stoltenberg: War in Europe – on a scale we thought belonged to history 

Jens Stoltenberg - NATOPhoto: AP Photo / Olivier Matthys
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NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says the Russian attack on Ukraine has shattered peace in Europe. It is targeted at urban areas, he added.

Stoltenberg called Russia’s attack a brutal act of war.

“Peace on our continent has been shattered. We now have war in Europe on a scale we thought belonged to history,” Stoltenberg said on Thursday.

“This endangers countless civilian lives. There are attacks from several sides that are targeted at military infrastructure and urban areas,” the NATO chief noted.

Stoltenberg called the attack a cold-blooded and planned full-scale invasion of Ukraine. He emphasized that NATO will do what is necessary to protect the Alliance.

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.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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