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'Invasion of Ukraine has begun' as tanks appear on streets, says Javid

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  • Sajid JavidBritish politician (born 1969)
  • Vladimir PutinVladimir Putin2nd and 4th President of Russia
  • Boris JohnsonBoris JohnsonPrime Minister of the United Kingdom since 2019

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has begun, Sajid Javid has said, as Vladimir Putin formally recognised two breakaway regions in Donetsk and Luhansk as independent.

Tanks and and armoured vehicles have been seen on the streets in Donetsk as tensions rise, as Boris Johnson warned Putin had "gravely miscalculated" the situation.

Javid said: “We are waking up to a very dark day in Europe and it’s clear from what we have already seen and found out today that the Russians, President Putin, has decided to attack the sovereignty of Ukraine and its territorial integrity.”

The Health Secretary told Sky News: “We have seen that he has recognised these breakaway eastern regions in Ukraine and from the reports we can already tell that he has sent in tanks and troops.

“From that you can conclude that the invasion of Ukraine has begun.”

Read more:Putin declares Ukraine regions of Luhansk and Donetsk independent entities in signed decree

A tank drives along a street after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the deployment of Russian troops to two breakaway regions in eastern Ukraine following the recognition of their independence, in the separatist-controlled city of Donetsk, Ukraine February 22, 2022. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko
Tanks and and armoured vehicles have been seen on the streets in Donetsk as tensions rise. (Reuters)

Johnson held an emergency COBR meeting on Tuesday morning to consider the response to Putin's actions.

Speaking after, Johnson said the Russian president was "bent on a full scale invasion".

He added Putin had “gravely miscalculated” the situation as he announced the UK would be sanctioning "Russian economic interests as hard as we can”.

“He believes that Ukraine has no real right to exist as a sovereign, independent country,” the prime minister said.

“But that goes against everything that we struggled to achieve at the end of the Cold War, it goes against the aspirations of the Ukrainian people.

“The most difficult thing now for Vladimir Putin in prosecuting this war… he will come up against something that I think will be very hard for him to beat, and that is the Ukrainian sense of national pride and their determination to defend their country and to fight for it.”

He added that Putin has “completely torn up international law” by his actions in Ukraine.

Further details of sanctions will be given in the House of Commons later today.

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