President Zelenskyy introduced Ukraine would break diplomatic relations with Moscow in response to Russia’s invasion.
Ukraine has reduce all diplomatic ties with Russia after President Vladimir Putin authorised an all-out invasion of Ukraine by land, air and sea.
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy introduced the nation would break diplomatic relations with Moscow in response to Russia’s invasion of its Western-backed neighbour.
It marked the primary rupture in ties since Russia and Ukraine grew to become impartial nations after the Soviet Union’s collapse in 1991.
“We broke off diplomatic relations with Russia,” Zelenskyy mentioned in a video message on Thursday.
“Ukraine is defending itself and won’t hand over its freedom, it doesn’t matter what Moscow thinks. Russia vilely and suicidally attacked our state within the morning. Identical to fascist Germany did through the second world warfare.”
Ukraine and Russia maintained ties all through a fancy historical past of relations that included two pro-Western revolutions in Kyiv in 2004 and 2014 that the Kremlin strongly opposed.
Zelenskyy’s resolution got here hours after Putin launched an all-out offensive that included an air assault and floor invasions alongside Ukraine’s northern and southern frontiers.
The assaults started after Putin mentioned in a televised tackle that he had authorised a “particular army operation”.
The transfer got here after Moscow earlier recognised rebel-held territories in Luhansk and Donetsk and mentioned they’d requested for its “assist”.