Ukraine’s ambassador to the United Nations, Sergiy Kyslytsya, has appealed to the Security Council and all countries to stop the ongoing Russian invasion of his nation on Wednesday.

“It is the responsibility of this body to stop the war,” Kyslytsya said in an emergency meeting at U.N. headquarters in Midtown Manhattan.

“So I call on every one of you to do everything possible to stop the war,” Kyslytsya added.

Earlier, in a video released just before dawn in Moscow, President Vladimir Putin of Russia said he had launched a special military operation.

Putin also said those who will interfere with the operation would lead to “consequences they have never seen.”

US president Joe Biden for his part condemned the Russian invasion of Ukraine saying that the “prayers of the entire world are with the people of Ukraine tonight as they suffer an unprovoked and unjustified attack.”

“Putin has chosen a premeditated war that will bring a catastrophic loss of life and human suffering,” Biden said in the statement.

“Russia alone is responsible for the death and destruction this attack will bring, and the United States and its Allies and partners will respond in a united and decisive way. The world will hold Russia accountable,” Biden added.

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