The United Nations Security Council has now called an urgent meeting & Ukraine has closed its airspace.
President Biden is receiving briefings from his national security team on Russia’s operation. (10:04 PM EST)
UPDATE 2: CNN is reporting that explosions have been heard near the Ukrainian capital — and it’s most populous city– of Kyiv.
UPDATE 3 (10:53PM EST) : Biden released a statement on Russia’s invasion calling it a “premeditated war” that will “lead to catastrophic life”:
“The prayers of the entire world are with the people of Ukraine tonight as they suffer an unprovoked and unjustified attack by Russian military forces”
The prayers of the entire world are with the people of Ukraine tonight as they suffer an unprovoked and unjustified attack by Russian military forces.
President Putin has chosen a premeditated war that will bring a catastrophic loss of life and human suffering. Russia alone is responsible for the death and destruction this attack will bring, and the United States and its Allies and partners will respond in a united and decisive way. The world will hold Russia accountable.