Russia invades Ukraine; 8,000 Israelis remain in the area



 Ukraine is under attack from Russia, according to multiple media reports. Troops entered the country from a border crossing with Belarus, where tens of thousands of additional troops are reportedly stationed.

President Vladimir Putin authorized the special military operation in the early morning hours on Thursday.

Speaking on TV, the president said, “I have declared a special military operation… For those who would be tempted to intervene. Russia will respond immediately and you will have consequences that you never have had before in your history.”

Russian airstrikes had commenced on multiple airports, airbases and checkpoints around the country, according to media reports. In addition, bombings were underway in other parts of Ukraine.

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fl.) tweeted on Thursday that “what is underway is a full scale and comprehensive military assault throughout Ukraine. Airborne & amphibious landings, missile strikes from air, ground and naval forces, electronic and cyber attacks and a large ground force to occupy a large swath of territory.”