China News Service, February 24. According to US media reports, after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a military operation in the Donbas region on the 24th, US President Biden issued an urgent statement condemning Russia's actions.

  "Russia's actions against Ukraine could result in catastrophic casualties and losses," Biden said in the statement.

  Biden said the United States and its allies would respond in a decisive and consistent manner.

  Biden also said that he is monitoring the situation at the White House and will meet with the leaders of the Group of Seven on the morning of the 24th local time.

  He said that "further actions" imposed by the United States and its allies against Russia would be announced on the 24th local time.

  At 6 a.m. local time on the 24th, Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered a televised speech announcing a special military operation to protect the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine.

He said the special operations plan did not include occupying Ukrainian territory, but the situation called for decisive Russian action.

  Recently, the situation in eastern Ukraine has continued to be tense, which has attracted attention from the outside world.

Putin announced on the 21st that it recognizes the "Donetsk People's Republic" and "Luhansk People's Republic" in eastern Ukraine, and the Russian Federation Council has approved Putin's request for the use of Russian armed forces abroad.