Won't carry out missile strikes on Ukraine's cities: Russian defence ministry

WION Web Team
Moscow Updated: Feb 24, 2022, 12:38 PM(IST)

General view of Kyiv after Russian President Vladimir Putin authorized a military operation in eastern Ukraine Photograph:( Reuters )

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NATO chief General Jens Stoltenberg condemned the attack on Ukraine by Russia saying 'despite our repeated warnings and tireless efforts to engage in diplomacy'.

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Russia's defence ministry said there was "no threat to Ukraine's citizens" while declaring that it will not carry out missile strikes on Ukraine's cities.

Ukraine closed its airspace to civilian aircraft after loud explosions could be heard in Kharkiv including in eastern Ukraine.

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Explosions were also heard in Ukraine's Black Sea port Odessa and capital Kyiv.

NATO chief General Jens Stoltenberg condemned the attack saying "despite our repeated warnings and tireless efforts to engage in diplomacy".

Russia's ambassador to the United Nations told an emergency Security Council that Moscow's military operation against Ukraine was targeting "the junta" in power.

Russia said Ukraine's "air defences will be disabled" even as explosions were heard in Mariupol.

(With inputs from Agencies)

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