Ukraine’s border guard agency says that the Russian military has attacked the country from neighboring Belarus. 

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The agency said that the Russian troops unleashed artillery barrage as part of an attack backed by Belarus. 

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They said the Ukrainian border guards were firing back, adding that there was no immediate report of casualties. 

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Russian troops have deployed to its ally Belarus for military drills, a move that the West saw as a prelude to an invasion of Ukraine. 

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The Ukrainian capital of Kyiv is about 75 kilometers (50 miles) south of the border with Belarus. 

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German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has sharply condemned Russia’s attack on Ukraine calling it “a terrible day for Ukraine and a dark day for Europe.” 

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The chancellor said Thursday morning that “the Russian attack on Ukraine is a blatant violation of international law. It cannot be justified by anything.” 

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He added that “Germany condemns this reckless act by President Putin in the strongest possible terms.” 

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Scholz said in a written statement that “our solidarity is with Ukraine and its people. Russia must stop this military action immediately."