Russia launched a ‘full-scale invasion’ on Ukraine following President Vladimir Putin declaring that he had “authorized a special military operation” in the state’s eastern side when the United Nations Security Council held the second emergency meeting this week.

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On Thursday, President Putin reportedly said, he had authorized “a special military operation in the Donbas region of Ukraine, where Moscow earlier recognized rebel-held territories in Luhansk and Donetsk”, as they had “asked for its help”, he added, reported the Russian media.

The tensions between the two countries are only a matter of time said, Putin.

Shortly after Putin’s declaration, a reporter from Al Jazeera in Kyiv heard explosions in the country’s capital and witnessed power outages.

“It appeared to be a ‘full-scale attack’, targeting the airport and key buildings”, said the reporter. “There was ‘chaos’ in the city center”.

Explosions shook the breakaway of Donetsk and caused the authorities to warn away the civilian aircraft.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addressed the nation in a brief message that he “was declaring martial law and that Ukraine would win”.

“Putin has just launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine,” wrote, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister, Dmytro Kuleba on Twitter. “Peaceful Ukrainian cities are under strikes. This is a war of aggression. Ukraine will defend itself and will win. The world can and must stop Putin. The time to act is now.”

On the other hand, President Joe Biden censured the “unprovoked and unjustified attack by Russian military forces” during a telephonic conversation with Zelenskyy, reported the White House.

The US president has also briefed Ukraine’s president, Zelensky on the US and its allies’ plan against the anticipated Russian attack, including “severe sanctions”.

“Tomorrow, I will be meeting with the Leaders of the G7, and the United States and our Allies and partners will be imposing severe sanctions on Russia.

We will continue to provide support and assistance to Ukraine and the Ukrainian people”, Joe Biden Tweeted today.

UN chief Antonio Guterres also condemned Russia’s actions in an impassioned appeal.

“In the name of humanity, bring your troops back to Russia,” said Guterres.  “In the name of humanity, do not allow a war to start in Europe which could be the worst war since the beginning of the century with consequences not only devastating for Ukraine, not only tragic for the Russian Federation but with an impact, we cannot even foresee.” In another story, NATO held an urgent meeting with chief Jens Stoltenberg, denouncing the ‘reckless attack’.