Zelensky asks compatriots to join defense of Ukraine, urges people to donate blood to help wounded soldiers

Volodymyr ZelenskyyPhoto: Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP
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Ukraine has cut all diplomatic ties with Russia, President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a speech on Thursday, according to Sky News.

Zelenskyj also asked everyone with military experience to join the defense of Ukraine, adding that the authorities will offer weapons to anyone who wants them.

He urged people to donate blood to help wounded soldiers.

“We will fight for our country,” he noted.

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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