Headline RoundupFebruary 24th, 2022

Russia Attacks Ukraine

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Russia launched a "special military operation" in Ukraine Thursday, sending Russian troops and tanks flowing into the country as explosions were reported across major Ukrainian cities.

Multiple Russian missile strikes have been reported in Ukraine’s capital of Kyiv, as well as in other cities such as Dnipro, Kharkiv and Mariupol. Ukraine's government called it "full-scale war," and the head of NATO said it was a "brutal act of war." President Joe Biden said Russia "has chosen a premeditated war that will bring a catastrophic loss of life and human suffering," and more sanctions from the U.S. are expected Thursday. In announcing the operation, Putin called on Ukrainian troops to lay down their arms and maintained that Russia didn't plan to occupy any Ukrainian territories, but threatened "consequences that you have never experienced in your history" for anyone who tries to interfere.

The news was the top story from most outlets across the political spectrum Thursday. Reports about casualties are conflicting; Ukraine's defense ministry says no troops have been lost, but multiple reports across the spectrum say up to 40 people have been killed in the attacks. 

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