The President of Russia, Vladimir Putin has warned other countries against interfering in its military action in Ukraine.
Putin on Thursday in a televised address announced a military operation in Ukraine, claiming it’s intended to protect civilians.
He noted that Russia does not have a goal to occupy Ukraine but its military operation aims to ensure a “demilitarization” of Ukraine.
Putin urged the Ukrainian military to put down their arms, adding that they will be responsible for any bloodshed.
He warned other countries that any attempt to interfere with the Russian action in Ukraine would lead to “consequences they have never seen”.
He accused the US and its allies of ignoring Russia’s demand to prevent Ukraine from joining NATO and offer Moscow security guarantees.
Putin said the attack was necessary to protect civilians in eastern Ukraine.
Meanwhile, U.S. President Joe Biden condemning Russia’s attack on Ukraine swarmed that its allies will respond to the unprovoked attack by Putin.
Earlier, Putin had listed three conditions that he said could end the standoff, urging Kyiv to renounce its bid to join NATO, to partially demilitarize and to recognize Russia’s sovereignty over Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula that Moscow annexed from Ukraine in 2014.
Ukraine has since rejected such demands.