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A gut-wrenching video has surfaced online showing Ukrainians singing the national anthem and waving flags. The footage comes as reports this morning announced a full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine. Watch the clip below:
The video, which was uploaded on Twitter yesterday (23 February), shows crowds of people gathered together in solidarity, as they join each other in song and wave Ukrainian flags.
It is believed the footage was filmed in Kramatorsk, Donetsk.
Sirens can also be heard wailing in the background, giving the video an ominous feeling.
Reddit users shared their thoughts on the emotional footage, as one person said: “This is chilling.”
Another agreed, adding: “It’s eerie as f***. Can’t believe this is happening in 2022.”
A third wrote: “This is chilling. One of those videos history teachers will be sharing to their classes years from now.”
Earlier today (24 February), it was announced that President Putin declared war on Ukraine.
Putin gave a televised address, claiming that the move was a response to threats from Ukraine.
Ukraine’s border guard agency said the Russian military attacked the country from neighbouring Belarus.
Russia’s military said it had targeted Ukrainian air bases and other military assets and had not targeted populated areas.
After Putin announced the Russian ‘military operation’ had begun, explosions could be heard in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv as well as Odesa and Kharkiv.
Putin also warned western nations that any attempt to interfere would lead to 'consequences greater than any of you have faced in history'.
In the televised address, Putin also accused the US and its allies of failing to offer Moscow security guarantees and ignoring Russia's demands that Ukraine not join NATO - the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation - which boasts 30 member states across North America and Europe.
Putin has been demanding that Kiev renounce its bid to join NATO.
He also wants Ukraine to demilitarise Crimea and recognise Russia's sovereignty over the region.
US President Joe Biden denounced the action and said the world will 'hold Russia accountable'.
Meanwhile, Ukraine's capital is in gridlock after residents try to flee following Russia's 'military operation'.
Despite President Volodymyr Zelenskyy urging citizens not to panic, video footage shows desperate civilians attempting to leave Kyiv, causing a huge gridlock in the capital city.
Many are either heading for the exit signs or lining up in lengthy queues to get gas.
Some are also stopping at ATM's to withdraw cash prior to fleeing.