The Russian invasion of Ukraine is affecting life in a number of ways.
Russian vodka can be found in many liquor stores and bars in the US.
Read on to learn more.
Russian drinks are being removed from liquor stores and bars in the US.
Nice to see liquor stores in Canada and the United States refusing to sell Russian vodka.
Let the world do the same.
— BrooklynDad_Defiant!☮️ (@mmpadellan) February 26, 2022
After a televised address on Thursday, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin ordered a “special military operation” in the east of the country.
Putin claimed that the move was in response to threats.
Putin declares war on Ukraine in the early hours of Thursday, February 24 … wearing the exact same outfit, in the same room, surrounded by the same stuff, as he gave his incendiary speech on Monday, February 21.
Top image: Feb 21.
Bottom image: Feb 24. pic.twitter.com/JXRxrdpegd
— Zoya Sheftalovich (@zoyashef) February 24, 2022
“Our actions are self-defense against threats,” Putin said, claiming that Moscow had no plans to occupy Ukraine.
Russia’s president warned other countries against interference.
He said that any attempts to do so will result in consequences they have never seen.
Several explosions were heard in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv after Putin spoke.
— Aditya Raj Kaul (@AdityaRajKaul) February 24, 2022
There were explosions heard on the outskirts of the cities of Mariupol and Kramatorsk.
The Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dmytro Kuleba, said that Russia has just launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine.
Putin has just launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Peaceful Ukrainian cities are under strikes. This is a war of aggression. Ukraine will defend itself and will win. The world can and must stop Putin. The time to act is now.
— Dmytro Kuleba (@DmytroKuleba) February 24, 2022
“Peaceful Ukrainian cities are under strikes,” he wrote. “This is a war of aggression. Ukraine will defend itself and will win. The world can and must stop Putin. The time to act is now.”
“I will make an address to the nation this morning on the Russian invasion of Ukraine,” he wrote.
This is a catastrophe for our continent.
I will make an address to the nation this morning on the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
I will also speak to fellow G7 leaders and I am calling for an urgent meeting of all NATO leaders as soon as possible.
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) February 24, 2022
“I will also speak to fellow G7 leaders and I am calling for an urgent meeting of all NATO leaders as soon as possible.”
President Joe Biden sent prayers to the people of Ukraine tonight as they suffer an unprovoked and unwarranted attack by Russian military forces.
The prayers of the world are with the people of Ukraine tonight as they suffer an unprovoked and unjustified attack by Russian military forces. President Putin has chosen a premeditated war that will bring a catastrophic loss of life and human suffering. https://t.co/Q7eUJ0CG3k
— President Biden (@POTUS) February 24, 2022
“President Putin has chosen a premeditated war that will bring a catastrophic loss of life and human suffering,” the statement read. “Russia alone is responsible for the death and destruction this attack will bring, and the United States and its Allies and partners will respond in a united and decisive way. The world will hold Russia accountable.”
“I will be monitoring the situation from the White House this evening and will continue to get regular updates from my national security team.”
Tomorrow, I will be meeting with the Leaders of the G7, and the United States and our Allies and partners will be imposing severe sanctions on Russia.
We will continue to provide support and assistance to Ukraine and the Ukrainian people.
— President Biden (@POTUS) February 24, 2022
“Tomorrow, I will meet with my G7 counterparts in the morning and then speak to the American people to announce the further consequences the United States and our Allies and partners will impose on Russia for this needless act of aggression against Ukraine and global peace and security. We will also coordinate with our NATO Allies to ensure a strong, united response that deters any aggression against the Alliance.
“Tonight, Jill and I are praying for the brave and proud people of Ukraine.”
Ukrainian airports have been closed and secured against Russian planes.
Russia has reportedly closed its airspace around the border.
Many Ukrainian residents prepared to flee after Putin announced a military assault.
A woman with her daughter waits for a train as they try to leave Kyiv, Ukraine, Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022. Big explosions happened in Kyiv, Kharkiv and Odesa as world leaders decried the start of an Russian invasion that could cause massive casualties. pic.twitter.com/WVSobVg5qp
— Emilio Morenatti (@EmilioMorenatti) February 24, 2022
The Daily Mail reports that the capital of Kyiv saw traffic jams as people tried to leave the city.
There were long lines for buses and cashpoints.
People tried to leave the city on the train while others used the station itself to seek shelter.
People lined up at stores to buy groceries.
According to reports, sirens could be heard across the city.
The Ukrainian government wants residents to remain calm.
Russian forces have reportedly taken the Kakhovskaya hydroelectric power station in Kherson region of Ukraine. pic.twitter.com/KhxHJ4dlWv
— Moshe Schwartz (@YWNReporter) February 24, 2022
The spokesman for the Ukrainian president asked people to stay strong and said that Russia was expecting a lot of panics.
The government wants citizens to stay at home as much as possible.
🇺🇦The Russians are struggling in Kharkiv. T-80 suffered an ammunition detonation, popping the turret off. #Ukraine
— Quark (@UkraineNews0) February 24, 2022
“Putin attacked, but no one is running away,” he wrote. “Army, diplomats, everyone is working. Ukraine fights. Ukraine will defend itself. Ukraine will win.”
To Ukrainians around the globe:
Putin attacked, but no one is running away. Army, diplomats, everyone is working. Ukraine fights. Ukraine will defend itself. Ukraine will win.
Share the truth about Putin’s invasion in your countries and call on governments to act immediately.
— Dmytro Kuleba (@DmytroKuleba) February 24, 2022
“Share the truth about Putin’s invasion in your countries and call on governments to act immediately.”
The story of the Ukrainian soldier who sacrificed himself to prevent Russia’s advancement has become a legend.
The General Staff of the armed forces of Ukraine wrote on Facebook that Skakun Vitaliy Volodymyrovich was positioned at a bridge when Russia tried to pass.
Volodymyrovich stayed on the bridge to make sure it was destroyed because he knew he wouldn’t get away before the explosion.
The post, which has been translated to English, reads: “On this difficult day for our country when the Ukrainian people give away to the Russian occupiers in all directions, one of the hardest places on the map of Ukraine was the Crimean intersection, where one of the first enemies met a separate marine battalion. In order to stop the promotion of the tank column, a decision was made to overthrow the Geniche Car Bridge.”
It continued: “The engineer of a separate battalion sailor Skakun Vitaliy Volodymyrovich was called to perform this task. The bridge was replaced, but he didn’t have time to get out of there.”
“According to the words of the brothers, Vitaliy came out of contact and informed about what pídrivâ the bridge. There was an explosion right away. Our brother was killed. His heroic act significantly slowed down the push of the enemy, allowing the unit to relocate and organize defense.”
The story of this man shows the strength and courage of the Ukrainian people.
Someone posted a photo of this 80-year-old who showed up to join the army, carrying with him a small case with 2 t-shirts, a pair of extra pants, a toothbrush and a few sandwiches for lunch. He said he was doing it for his grandkids. pic.twitter.com/bemD24h6Ae
— Kateryna Yushchenko 🌻 🇺🇦 (@KatyaYushchenko) February 24, 2022
The former First Lady shared a photo of a man who enlisted in the army to fight for his children.
She captioned the photo:
80 year old that tried to enlist, fighter pilot with six air to air kills, soldiers on snake island that told the russian naval captain to go fuck himself, lady that told the russian soldiers to put seed in their pockets so flowers will grow when they die in the dirt
— world famous art thief (@famousartthief) February 25, 2022
“Someone posted a photo of this 80-year-old who showed up to join the army, carrying with him a small case with 2 t-shirts, a pair of extra pants, a toothbrush and a few sandwiches for lunch. He said he was doing it for his grandkids.”
The photo has been shared all over the world.
80 year old Ukrainians are picking up arms and making Molotov cocktails to fight to defend their country. Two former Heavyweight champs are in the streets leading troops. President Zelensky is putting his life on the line for the freedom of his people.
Putin will not win.
— Zack Czajkowski (@ZackCz) February 25, 2022
There are many acts of bravery, courage and patriotism in these uncertain times.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy is a story of complete heroism.
New @AP reporting tonight: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy was asked to evacuate Kyiv at the behest of the U.S. government but turned down the offer. An American official tells me Zelenskyy said, “The fight is here; I need ammunition, not a ride.” pic.twitter.com/oSpa1vdX29
— James LaPorta (@JimLaPorta) February 26, 2022
The President has updated his social media channels to show that he has not fled and will not.
Liquor stores and bars in the US are not selling Russian drinks.
Hundreds of bars and liquor stores across US and Canada are dumping Russian vodka in show of solidarity with Ukraine https://t.co/sMVgCEWS1B
— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) February 26, 2022
In the U.S., the Jacob Liquor Exchange in Wichita, Kansas, is one of many liquor stores to remove hundreds of bottles of Russian vodka from the shelves, pouring some of it straight into the ground.
Bars and stores in Canada are doing the same thing.
Liquor stores in Canada, US refusing to sell Russian vodka https://t.co/w1CiNQZypQ
— Roshan Rinaldi (@Roshan_Rinaldi) February 26, 2022
Russian products were removed from the shelves and website of the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation.