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Russia attacks Ukraine as defiant Putin warns US, NATO of 'consequences'

Explosions heard before dawn in Kyiv, Kharkiv and Odesa as world leaders decried the start of an Russian invasion.

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Russian troops launched their anticipated attack on Ukraine on Thursday, as President Vladimir Putin cast aside international condemnation and sanctions, warning other countries that any attempt to interfere would lead to “consequences you have never seen.”

Big explosions were heard before dawn in Kyiv, Kharkiv and Odesa as world leaders decried the start of an Russian invasion that could cause massive casualties and topple Ukraine’s democratically elected government.

U.S. President Joe Biden pledged new sanctions meant to punish Russia for an act of aggression that the international community had for weeks anticipated but could not prevent through diplomacy.

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First Published: Feb 24 2022 | 8:40 AM IST

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