Piers Morgan labelled Vladimir Putin a ‘ruthless dictator’: Piers Morgan has led celebrity reactions to ‘shameful’ Russian president Vladimir Putin as he delivered orders to attack Ukraine in the early hours of the morning. Follow Wikistardom for more updates.
Targets across Ukraine have been attacked by rocket attacks, including in the capital Kyiv, and there are indications some cities have already succumbed to Russian forces.
Hundreds are reported to have been killed already after a thorough strike on military targets and crucial infrastructure.
Many woke up to the news of the attack on Thursday morning, with former Good Morning Britain host Piers criticizing Mr Putin’s conduct.
‘This is an act of war by a bully-boy thug who doesn’t think the rest of the world has the courage or will to stop him,’ he said in one post. ‘Shameful.’
In a later tweet, he added: ‘Putin’s doing this because he got away with it last time in Crimea. And if he gets away with it again in Ukraine, he’ll start invading other nations until he reestablish the Soviet Union.
‘The world must unite to fight this terrible dictator — before it’s too late.’
Strictly Come Dancing judge Motsi Mabuse wrote: ‘This cannot be happening!!!!!!!!!!!’
After posting an image of Ukraine’s flag, she captioned the photo, ‘Prayers for Ukraine and the World!!’
“My thoughts and prayers are with the Ukrainian people,” said Nicola Adams, who will perform in Strictly’s first-ever same-sex partnership in 2020.
Putin made the announcement in a televised address at the crack of dawn on Thursday, claiming the decision was in reaction to Ukrainian threats.
He said that Russia has no intention of occupying Ukraine and that the Ukrainian’regime’ bears responsibility for the killing.
He also warned other nations that any interference with Russian activities would result in ‘consequences that they have never seen.’”
It was claimed by Putin that the United States and its allies ignored Russian demands to prevent Ukraine from joining Nato, as well as ensure Moscow’s safety.
As a result of the Russian military action, he claimed, Ukrainian personnel who lay down their weapons would be able to leave the conflict zone safely.
After Mr Putin’s speech, explosions could be heard in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, as well as in the cities of Odesa and Kharkiv.