Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told his nation that Ukraine had suffered “serious losses” in the early stages of a long-feared Russian attack in early February 24, and his adviser said at least 40 people had been killed in the attacks.
Zelensky also said he was severing diplomatic ties with Moscow and called on Russians “who have not lost their honor” to protest against their government’s actions.
Zelensky spoke in a televised address today, shortly after Russian missiles hit air bases and military infrastructure in about 25 cities.
The attacks came after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a “special” operation to “demilitarize” his neighbor and rival.
The bomber struck shortly after noon in front of a rally on Friday, killing at least 12 people and wounding dozens more in the capital, Kiev, and at Borispil Airport.
The attack sparked outrage and condemnation from the West and other countries as fears of a major war spread across Europe.