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Belarus’ Lukashenko calls meeting with military: state media

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Putin appealed to Ukrainian soldiers to lay down their arms and go home in a nationally televised address ahead of the offensive.

Moscow, Feb 24: Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko will convene a meeting with his military, state-run news agency Belta reported on Thursday.

Belarus and Russia have close military ties, and Russian troops has been deployed to Belarus for extensive military drills.

There have been reports of troops atop a column of military vehicles entering Ukraine from a border crossing with Belarus.

Meanwhile as per Belta news agency, Lukashenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke earlier Thursday morning about the ongoing situation in Ukraine.

Multiple explosions were heard near the main airport in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev soon after Russia announced a military operation in Ukraine, media reports said on Thursday.

The price of bitcoin fell below $35,000 early Thursday after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a military operation in the Donbas region of Ukraine.

The world’s most valuable cryptocurrency fell below $40,000 over the weekend, and has continued to slide as the Ukraine crisis intensifies.

Putin appealed to Ukrainian soldiers to lay down their arms and go home in a nationally televised address ahead of the offensive.

He said Russia doesn’t plan to “occupy” its southern neighbor, but that Russia must “defend itself from those who took Ukraine hostage,” accusing the U.S. and its allies of crossing Russia’s “red line” by expanding the NATO alliance.

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