Ukraine President Zelenskyy: The war is a big disaster

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has appealed to the people of Ukraine to stay calm and indoors if possible after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced he had authorized a “special military operation” in the country’s east on Thursday.

“Dear Ukrainians, this morning President Putin announced military operations in Donbas,” said Zelinskyy.

“We have introduced martial law. Today, we need you to be calm, if possible stay at home.

“The war is a big disaster, and this disaster has a high price.”