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Atiku Reacts As Russia Launches Military Operation Against Ukraine

 

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Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has called for the deployment of diplomacy in order to stop the military invasion of Ukraine by Russia.

In a tweet via his Twitter page on Thursday, the chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) appealed to nations of goodwill to help solve the conflict between the two countries.

Abubakar also asked the Nigerian government to do its best to immediately evacuate Nigerians in Ukraine, majority of which are students.

He wrote: “The conflict between Russia & Ukraine demands that all nations of goodwill must rise to ensure that diplomacy is deployed to de-escalate the situation. I will also request that the Nigerian government does its best to evacuate Nigerians in Ukraine, majority of which are students.”

Abubakar’s submission follows an earlier report by Naija News that Russia is currently attacking the northern and southern borders of Ukraine through artillery fire and land invasion.

The border guard service while revealing the development on Thursday added that Ukrainian forces are returning fire.

According to the guards, the Russian forces are receiving support from Belarus, adding that an attack has been launched from Crimea, the Russian-occupied peninsula region on Ukraine’s southern flank.

The invasion is belied to be on the orders of Russian President, Vladimir Putin.

Amidst the ongoing military operation and tension, Russia on Thursday morning announced that it has destroyed Ukrainian military airbases and its air defence systems.

Naija News reports that this was made known by Russia’s defence ministry.

Ukraine military also on Thursday morning stated that it has shot down five Russian fighter jets. The military also stated that a helicopter belonging to Russia was shut down too.

According to the Defence spokesperson of Ukraine, hundreds of Russian troops are likely to have been killed in the incident