Ukraine claims downing five Russian planes, helicopter; Russia refutes

Russian military says it knocked out Ukraine air defences

The General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces claimed to have shot down five Russian planes and a helicopter.

However, the Russian military has denied the claims, TASS news agency reported.

The defense of Ukraine said in a tweet in Ukrainian: “Message from the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Today 5 planes and one helicopter of the attackers were shot down in the territory of the Armed Forces.”

Leaders of several countries, including the UK, US, Canada and the European Union, have condemned Russia’s military operations in the Donbass region.

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned other countries that any attempt to interfere with Russian action would have “consequences”.

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmitro Kuleba said Russian attacks were taking place in Ukrainian cities.

“Putin has just launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Peaceful Ukrainian cities are under attack. This is a war of aggression. Ukraine will defend itself and win. The world can and must stop Putin. Action.” The time to do it is now,” Kuleba tweeted.

In another tweet, Kuleba said the world must act immediately.

“The future of Europe and the world is at stake. To-do list: catastrophic sanctions on Russia, including SWIFT. Completely isolate Russia in every way, in all formats. Weapons, equipment. Financial aid. Humanitarian aid, to Ukraine.” ” he said.

Russia defended its actions in Ukraine, saying “the root of today’s crisis around Ukraine is Ukraine’s actions.”

Russian envoy to the United Nations Vasily Alekseevich Nebenzya said the Russian campaign aimed to protect residents of eastern Ukraine.

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