Watch live: NewsNation coverage of Russia’s attack on Ukraine

In a handout photo taken from video released by Ukrainian Police Department Press Service, apparently Russian helicopters, fly over the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine
Ukrainian Police Department Press Service via AP

Russian President Vladimir Putin early on Thursday announced a military operation in Ukraine, leading to international condemnation of what world leaders called the start of a Russian invasion of its nation.

Putin claimed in a televised address that the operation was aimed at protecting eastern Ukraine from what he called a “regime,” continuing the Kremlin’s disinformation claim.

Watch live coverage from NewsNation in the video above. 

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