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How the Ukraine invasion unfolded minute-by-minute:

How the Ukraine invasion unfolded minute-by-minute

The first sign an invasion was imminent came at just before 12am Ukrainian time when Moscow-backed rebels issued a request for military assistance from Russia. Moments later, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy delivered a defiant message to the nation, vowing his countrymen would 'fight back' in the event of an invasion, telling Moscow: 'When you attack us, you will see our faces, not our backs.' A frenzied string of diplomatic manoeuvres, including an emergency UN Security Council meeting in New York, were not enough to dissuade Putin, who declared a 'special military operation' at around 3am Ukraine time.


War unfolds before their eyes: Videos recorded by Ukrainians show cruise missiles flying overhead, Russian troops parachuting in and devastating explosions around them