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Latest: Reactions and developments after Russian President Putin orders military operation in Ukraine

Latest: Reactions and developments after Russian President Putin orders military operation in Ukraine

Ukrainian servicemen get ready to repel an attack in Ukraine's Luhansk region on Feb 24, 2022. (Photo: AFP/Anatolii Stepanov)

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday (Feb 24) ordered a military operation in Ukraine and called on the Ukrainian military to lay down their arms.

His statement came after the Kremlin said rebel leaders in eastern Ukraine had asked Moscow for military help against Kyiv.

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