Ukraine's Zelenskiy addresses nation, sirens echo through Maidan square

Published on 24 Feb 2022 2:38:48 PM

President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Thursday (Feb 24) that Russia had carried out missile strikes on Ukrainian infrastructure and the country's border guards, and that explosions had been heard in many cities.

He said that martial law had been declared across the country and that he had spoken by phone to US President Joe Biden.

In a separate statement, the Ukrainian foreign ministry said the purpose of Russia's military operation was to destroy the Ukrainian state.