Explosions were seen in Kiev, Chuguev, Kharkiv, Mariupol, and Odessa before dawn. The Ukrainian government has said that 40 soldiers were killed, but media reports have only confirmed eight deaths so far.
Russian President Vladimir Putin addressed citizens on television this morning, alerting them to the conflict and warning international leaders that any attempt to intervene in the affair will “lead to consequences you have never seen in your history.”
“Russia’s response will be immediate,” he said.
Announcing the attack as a “special military operation,” Putin said that the impetus behind moving troops in on Ukraine was “the protection of people who … suffer from abuse and genocide from the Kiev regime” as well as a pre-emptive strike against threats from NATO, which he said is using Ukraine as a proxy to challenge the Russian military.
“We have been left no other option to protect Russia and our people,” the president said, denying claims that he plans to occupy Ukraine.
PETITION UPDATE (2/24/22)
VICTORY - Trudeau revokes Emergencies Act
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Wednesday that his government will revoke the Emergencies Act (EA) despite it being approved by the House of Commons on Monday.
Trudeau had said at the beginning of the week that the EA was still needed because his government was worried about further freedom-oriented activity from Canadian truckers and patriots.
The drastic change in governance comes as the Canadian Senate has spent the last two days debating whether to approve the EA when a national emergency is not present.
Conservative Senator Leo Housakos has led the charge in the Senate, and he gave an impassioned speech today against using the EA under the circumstances.
“This country is deeply divided like I’ve never seen,” Housakos said. “It’s moments like this when the executive branch of government and every prime minister has an obligation to put the nations interests above the interests of himself, his party, and partisan politics.”
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Please read the latest article from LifeSiteNews about Trudeau's about face: 'BREAKING: Trudeau gov’t dropping Emergencies Act early after pressure from Senate'
The Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, is using police-state tactics to attempt to suppress the civil rights of the Truckers' Freedom Convoy protesters, those brave men and women who have called for an end to the mandates and a return to freedom.
This past Tuesday, Trudeau took the outrageous step of invoking the Emergencies Act (EA) in his ongoing battle against the truckers (and freedom, in general), and has officially moved to FREEZE the bank accounts of participating protesters.
And, in the latest dramatic development, police - some in riot gear, others on horseback - have started to move in, to attempt to disperse what has been a peaceful, democratic protest.
This kind of authoritarian police-state action cannot go uncondemned.
Please SIGN and SHARE this petition which asks world leaders to CONDEMN these strong-arm tactics and urge Trudeau and his government to use restraint and allow the peaceful protests to continue.*
The EA, which replaced the War Measures Act in 1988, permits the federal government to take "special temporary measures to ensure safety and security during national emergencies," which the law defines as "an urgent and critical situation of a temporary nature" that either "seriously endangers the lives, health or safety of Canadians and is of such proportions or nature as to exceed the capacity or authority of a province to deal with it" or "seriously threatens the ability of the Government of Canada to preserve the sovereignty, security and territorial integrity of Canada."
But, of course, the truckers' nationwide protests have not in any sense risen to such a level that anyone's life or safety have been endangered!
Please SIGN and SHARE this petition which asks world leaders to CONDEMN these strong-arm tactics and urge Trudeau and his government to use restraint and allow the peaceful protests to continue.
Trudeau's politically-motivated use of the EA, therefore, seems nothing more than an effort to violate the rights of protesters, and, for all intents and purposes, impose "martial law" as a means to quash the civil liberties of people he sees as political opposition, but who are, in reality, just normal, freedom-loving Canadians who want their freedoms back.
Indeed, Trudeau is now using tyrannical, authoritarian-style tactics to silence dissenters, and mercilessly attack the Charter rights of Canadians who are using their freedom of expression to protest his unjust war against citizens' medical autonomy.
Thank you for SIGNING and SHARING this petition which asks world leaders to CONDEMN these strong-arm tactics and urge Trudeau and his government to use restraint and allow the peaceful protests to continue.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
'Trudeau uses Emergencies Act to freeze private bank accounts in latest attack on Freedom Convoy': https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/trudeau-uses-emergencies-act-to-freeze-private-bank-accounts-in-latest-attack-on-freedom-convoy/
'Separating fact from fiction: Here’s what Trudeau can and cannot do under the Emergencies Act': https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/separating-fact-from-fiction-heres-what-trudeau-can-and-cannot-do-under-the-emergencies-act/
'Everything you need to know about Trudeau’s decision to invoke the ‘Emergencies Act’': https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/everything-you-need-to-know-about-trudeaus-decision-to-invoke-the-emergencies-act/
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Putin urged Ukrainian forces to “lay down arms immediately and go home,” promising that he will not attack any servicemen who opt to leave the field of battle while stating that the country is “ready for any outcome.”
Watch the moment Russia’s President Putin announced a military operation in Ukraine’s Donbas region, warning other nations of consequences if they interfere ⤵️
— Al Jazeera English (@AJEnglish) February 24, 2022
Attack helicopters and tanks have moved across both the Russian and Belarusian borders with Ukraine.
In response to the attack, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky declared a state of martial law for 30 days across the country and severed all diplomatic ties with neighboring Russia. He urged Ukrainians to leave Russia immediately.
In a video statement, Zelensky said the country should not panic as citizens rushed to leave the burgeoning capital. “We’re strong. We’re ready for anything. We’ll defeat everyone, because we are Ukraine,” he said.
Describing Putin’s early morning advance as “villainous,” Zelensky said that “Ukraine is defending itself and will not give up its freedom, no matter what Moscow thinks. Russia vilely and suicidally attacked our state in the morning. Just like fascist Germany did during the second world war.”
International leaders denounced this morning’s events, with European Union President Ursula Von der Leyen condemning the attack as “barbaric,” while the NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg characterized Putin’s actions as “reckless.” British Prime Minister Boris Johnson vowed that the U.K. “and our allies will respond decisively.”